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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 15, 2008

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IU announces accelerated timetable on investigation of men's basketball coach
Independence crisis in Kosovo
Literacy researchers from around the world at IU this weekend
Jacobs School composer receives two prestigious honors
Donning the White Coat
Human rights activist Prendergast to speak at IU about genocide and atrocities in Africa
IU Jacobs School of Music offers more than 50 events during ArtsWeek 2008
IU Dental School will use grant to complete treatment for "Give Kids a Smile" participants
Jacobs School ensemble and students featured in "A Prairie Home Companion" this weekend
Kenya Recovery Fund provides welcome relief to victims of political unrest
MacArthur Genius Fellow Robert Sapolsky to visit IU
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU announces accelerated timetable on investigation of men's basketball coach -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced today (Feb. 15) that the university will launch an immediate investigation into new NCAA allegations against men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson. McRobbie directed that Athletics Director Rick Greenspan oversee an assessment as to whether allegations of potentially "major" recruiting violations raised against Sampson are "credible and accurate." Read the complete story.

Independence crisis in Kosovo -- The Serbian province of Kosovo is poised to declare independence, perhaps within days. The U.S. and most European states are strongly in favor, but Russia and Serbia are firmly opposed. Timothy Waters, a professor at the Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, discusses the implications of the crisis in terms of regional stability and international law. Read the complete story.

Literacy researchers from around the world at IU this weekend -- Around 200 of the top literacy researchers in the U.S. and world will be at the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington this weekend for the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research's mid-winter conference. Over two days, plus a pre-conference workshop, researchers will share their insights into literacy in communities, including work with English as a second language students, blogging and other modern technologies influencing literacy, African-American Vernacular English in the workplace and youth using media arts. Read the complete story.

Jacobs School composer receives two prestigious honors -- Jeffrey Hass, director of the Indiana University Center for Electronic and Computer Music and professor of composition, received two significant professional honors during the past several weeks. Hass, an IU faculty member since 1987, was named as one of the first four fellows of the newly-created IU Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities (IDAH) for his project "Creative Applications of an Integrated Interactive Sensor Environment for Music and Dance Performance." Read the complete story.

Donning the White Coat -- On Saturday, Feb. 16, second-year Optometry students at Indiana University Bloomington will celebrate a big milestone in their education. More than 70 students will participate in a traditional white coat ceremony, which marks the beginning of the clinical phase of their careers. Read the complete story.

Human rights activist Prendergast to speak at IU about genocide and atrocities in Africa -- John Prendergast, an American human rights activist currently focusing his activities on genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, violence against women in eastern Congo and atrocities in Chad and northern Uganda, will speak at Indiana University at noon on Tuesday (Feb. 19). Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music offers more than 50 events during ArtsWeek 2008 -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music celebrates ArtsWeek 2008 (Feb. 20 to March 1) with a rich variety of events that range from contemporary workshop readings to a musical examination of the meaning of life and death to Mozart's celebrated opera Le Nozze di Figaro. A host of orchestral, chamber, solo and ensemble performances by a wide array of guests, faculty and students completes the schedule during Bloomington's 11-day arts extravaganza. Read the complete story.

IU Dental School will use Delta Dental Foundation grant to complete treatment for "Give Kids a Smile" participants -- The Indiana University School of Dentistry will use a $5,000 grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to provide additional treatment to some of the children who participated in Give Kids a Smile day at the dental school on February 1. Give Kids a Smile is an annual American Dental Association program in which thousands of volunteers from dental offices, clinics, and schools nationwide spend the first Friday of February donating dental services to children from low-income, uninsured families. Read the complete story.

Jacobs School ensemble and students featured in "A Prairie Home Companion" this weekend -- Three students and the spirited pre-college Violin Virtuosi ensemble from the IU Jacobs School of Music will take the stage this Saturday, Feb. 16, in the IU Auditorium as Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion comes to town. Read the complete story.

Kenya Recovery Fund provides welcome relief to victims of political unrest -- Friends of the Indiana University-Kenya Partnership have generously responded to staff and patient needs resulting from political and racial strife in the normally peaceful east African nation. The Kenya Recovery Fund was created to assist Kenyans employed or assisted by AMPATH and the Moi University Teaching Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya. AMPATH (Academic Model for Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS) provides life-saving treatment and short-term food assistance for 60,000 HIV-positive Kenyans. Read the complete story.

MacArthur Genius Fellow Robert Sapolsky to visit IU -- Robert Sapolsky, a renowned neuroscientist, author and a MacArthur Foundation Genius Fellow, will visit Indiana University on March 3 to give a talk, "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers." Sapolsky, a professor of biological sciences and neurology at Stanford University, is the author of several books considered to be among the most accessible recent works by science writers. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Wednesday, Feb. 13:
Men's Basketball: Last week, the bank helped Indiana on the road. This week it helped visiting Wisconsin at Assembly Hall. The 15th-ranked Badgers held on for a 68-66 victory over No. 13 Indiana on Wednesday night. Read the game notes.

Results for Thursday, Feb. 14:
Women's Basketball: Despite four Hoosiers scoring in double-figures the Indiana women's basketball team lost a tough battle to Michigan State, 72-68. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, Feb. 15:
Softball: Fresno State, 9 a.m., San Diego, Calif.; San Diego State, 4:30 p.m., San Diego, Calif.
Men's Tennis: Middle Tennessee State, 1:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Wrestling: Iowa, 7 p.m., Iowa City, Iowa
Men's and Women's Track: Hoosier Hills Open, Bloomington, Ind.; Tyson Invite, Fayetteville, Ark.

Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 16:
Softball: UC Santa Barbara, 9 a.m., San Diego, Calif.; Utah State, 11:30 a.m., San Diego, Calif.
Women's Water Polo: Wagner, 9:40 a.m., Princeton, NJ; Maryland, 5:50 p.m., Princeton, NJ
Men's Basketball: Michigan State, 9 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Tyson Invite, Fayetteville, Ark.

Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 17:
Softball: Tulsa, 9 a.m., San Diego, Calif.
Women's Water Polo: San Diego State, 9:10 a.m., Princeton, NJ; Bucknell, 1:50 p.m., Princeton, NJ
Women's Tennis: Tennessee, 10 a.m., Bloomington, Ind.; Ball State, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Golf: John Hayt Collegiate Invitational, Point Verda, Fla.

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IU in the news

Kids Of Moms Who Drink May Suffer Later
11Alive and Well, Feb. 14 -- For decades, doctors have warned that alcohol and pregnancy are a tragic combination. Drinking can cause birth defects, mental disabilities and poor growth and coordination. But, a study from Indiana University finds that prenatal exposure to alcohol can also cause other problems that may show up years later. Read the full story.

A shelter of peace
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 15 -- As IU professor, Dr. Joe Mamlin carried plates of beans and rice into the single dining room of his home -- a seven-house, 40-bedroom compound in Eldoret, Kenya -- he heard the singing. Instead of witnessing glimpses of the tribal warfare ripping across Kenya, Mamlin and his wife, Sarah Ellen, watched as members of every tribe currently at war stood in one room of the compound crying, singing and praying. Together. As he described it, they became one with God, their voices combined as a beautiful music. Read the full story.

Dining with the Dean
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 15 -- Pieces of chocolate cake sat in front of about 120 students and staff Thursday during a luncheon in the Georgian Room of the Indiana Memorial Union with Dean of Students Dick McKaig. An invitation was sent to a pool of random freshmen a few weeks ago asking them to attend a lunch with McKaig and other faculty members, McKaig said. The description was discreet, but a free lunch buffet was offered and a friend could be invited. Read the full story.

No action yet on Coach Sampson
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 15 -- Kelvin Sampson will be coaching Indiana University's basketball team for at least another week, and probably longer. IU President Michael McRobbie announced today that the school will undertake a new investigation into allegations against Sampson. Athletic director Rick Greenspan is to make a recommendation within seven days. Read the full story.

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