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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 20, 2008

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'Commedia dell'arte' performance at IU Bloomington
IU Bloomington Health Programs Fair scheduled for February 27
The downside of a good idea
Merging discover with therapy: second generation memory care debuts
Met audition finds a star among IU Jacobs School singers
2008 Circle of Life Mini Marathon teams up with IU football coach Bill Lynch
De-bunking the blame game; education blogger and researcher speaks Wednesday
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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'Commedia dell'arte' performance at IU Bloomington -- Classically trained actor Mace Perlman will bring to life the traditional masked characters of the Italian commedia dell'arte in a performance on the IU Bloomington campus on March 4. The Department of French and Italian and the Department of Theatre and Drama are sponsoring the performance, which is free and open to the public, at 6 p.m. in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center's Grand Hall. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington Health Programs Fair scheduled for February 27 -- Students considering a career in health care can learn about far more than just the familiar roles of "doctor" and "nurse" at Indiana University Bloomington's Health Programs Fair on February 27. The fair, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union Alumni Hall, will feature more than 100 health care representatives on hand to meet with students and answer questions about educational and career opportunities. Health care fields represented will range from athletic training and radiation therapy to cytotechnology and paramedic science. Read the complete story.

The downside of a good idea -- Good ideas can have drawbacks. When information is freely shared, good ideas can stunt innovation by distracting others from pursuing even better ideas, according to Indiana University cognitive scientist Robert Goldstone. Read the complete story.

Merging discover with therapy: second generation memory care debuts -- Researchers and clinicians from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute are blurring the distinction between lab and clinic as they debut the second generation of memory care. Building upon a care model they developed and extensively tested over the past seven years, the focus of second generation memory care is on two groups -- patients with cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. Results of the clinical trial of the IU-Regenstrief care model were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2006. Read the complete story.

Met audition finds a star among IU Jacobs School singers -- Soprano and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music graduate student Carolina Castells has made it through to the Grand Finals of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, the elite competition to identify the best young opera singers throughout the nation. Read the complete story.

2008 Circle of Life Mini Marathon teams up with IU football coach Bill Lynch -- While the IU Circle of Life Mini Marathon and 5K races at Indiana University Bloomington have been moved from September to April, they will feature a familar face from the fall collegiate sports scene. IU head football coach Bill Lynch will be a part of the IU Circle of Life Mini Marathon and 5K races on Saturday, April 5. Read the complete story.

De-bunking the blame game; education blogger and researcher speaks Wednesday -- An education policy expert who sometimes offers biting commentary on popular discourse about U.S. education will speak on Wednesday at Indiana University Bloomington. Gerald Bracey, an associate of the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, presents "From Sputnik to Edin08: Blaming Schools for Crises Real and Imagined" in the latest Education Policy Chat presented by The Center for Evaluation and Education Policy and the IU School of Education. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Tuesday, Feb. 19:
Men's Golf: The 19th-ranked Indiana men's golf team closed out its first tournament of the spring season with a 297 on Tuesday, its lowest round at the John Hayt Collegiate. IU finished at 900 (302-301-297), good for 12th place in the 15-team field hosted by the Sawgrass Country Club. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Golf: Posting a 306 in the final round the Indiana women's golf team finished seventh at the highly competitive Central District Invitational at the River Wilderness Golf Club in Parrish, Fla. Read the tournament notes.
Men's Basketball: D.J. White had 19 points and 15 rebounds in 36 minutes of action, as the No. 14/15 Indiana basketball team posted a 77-68 win over No. 15/14 Purdue on Tuesday. Eric Gordon added 22 points and Armon Bassett had 16 points and a career-best eight boards in the victory. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 20:
Women's Basketball: Wisconsin, 8 p.m., Madison, Wisc.
Men's and Women's Swimming: FINA Diving World Cup, Beijing, China

Schedule for Thursday, Feb. 21:
Men's and Women's Swimming: FINA Diving World Cup, Beiging, China
Women's Swimming: Big Ten Championships, Columbus, Ohio

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IU in the news

Council: Investment in companies linked to Sudan must end
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 20 -- The Bloomington Faculty Council passed three resolutions Tuesday, including one requesting the IU Foundation to invest its retirement stocks in companies that don't cooperate with the government of Sudan. The council had previously passed a resolution on Nov. 20 asking IU to move its savings away from companies doing business with Sudan in accordance with the law Indiana's General Assembly passed. Read the full story.

U.S., major EU countries recognize Kosovo
Los Angeles Times, Feb. 19 -- The United States and major European powers formally recognized Kosovo on Monday, but fears of fueling secessionist movements around the world undercut their efforts to project a broader front of support for what they regard as Europe's newest state. Experts appeared divided on the legal aspects of Kosovo's declaration. "Russia and Serbia probably have the stronger technical argument, simply because there are such strong international norms against dividing sovereign states," said Timothy Waters, a law professor at Indiana University in Bloomington. However, that might not mean much after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization air war nine years ago. Read the full story.

Study Shows Digg Freezes Innovation Among Its Users
io9.com, Feb. 20 -- Transparently-shared ideas, like those that circulate on popular social networks such as Digg, Delicious, and StumbleUpon, may be destroying people's creativity. According to a new study published today by two cognitive scientists, people who share ideas in large groups tend to stagnate rather than innovate. When information is freely shared, good ideas can stunt innovation by distracting others from pursuing even better ideas, according to Indiana University cognitive scientist Robert Goldstone. Read the full story.

IU ends Purdue streak, creates 3-team race
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 20 -- Assembly Hall was electric, the Indiana-Purdue rivalry is alive again and the Big Ten championship is up for grabs. With as much going on off the court as there is on it with the Indiana basketball program these days, the Hoosiers mustered their second great effort against a top-15 team in four days. The players insisted they have been able to focus on playing for a Big Ten title and not worry about the future of coach Kelvin Sampson, who is the subject of an internal investigation in the wake of last week's notice of NCAA allegations. Read the full story.

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