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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 3, 2008

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IU Bloomington lecture series to explore "The Truth of the Humanities"
IU recognized for employment of people with disabilities
IU journalism students to retrace steps of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in Europe
Simon Hall wins high honors in architecture competition
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU Bloomington lecture series to explore "The Truth of the Humanities" -- Leading advocates for and scholars of the humanities will speak at Indiana University Bloomington in March and April as part of a public lecture series titled "The Truth of the Humanities." Read the complete story.

IU recognized for employment of people with disabilities -- Stone Belt will recognize 10 local businesses and organizations, five of them Indiana University affiliated, at its annual Business Recognition Ceremony on March 4 (Tuesday). The event will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Convention Center Olcott Young Room. The awards are presented during National Disabilities Awareness Month to recognize outstanding contributions in promoting employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. Read the complete story.

IU journalism students to retrace steps of war correspondent Ernie Pyle in Europe -- While many Indiana University students will be hitting warm and sunny beaches for spring break, 30 journalism students will be retracing the steps of thousands of soldiers in Normandy, France, at the "Bloody Omaha" beach. More specifically, they'll be seeing where famed war correspondent and fellow Hoosier Ernie Pyle reported on the lives of those soldiers embroiled in World War II. Read the complete story.

Simon Hall wins high honors in architecture competition -- Indiana University Bloominton's newest science building, Simon Hall, has won high honors in R&D Magazine's 2008 "Lab of the Year," an architecture competition for research facilities. Madison, Wisc.-based Flad & Associates, which designed Simon Hall, submitted their contest entry in January. Flad architects worked closely with IU architects to design a 141,000-square-foot structure that encourages interdisciplinary collaboration among researchers in fields as disparate as biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Feb. 29:
Softball: The Indiana softball team dropped its second game of the day at the Frost Classic in Chattanooga, Tenn., falling to the Eastern Illinois University Panthers, 4-2 after a morning 4-1 loss to the Connecticut Huskies. Read the game notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team was toppled by Illinois State 12-5 on Friday. Read the game notes.
Men's Tennis: The Indiana University men's tennis team made quick work of Charlotte on Friday, sweeping the 49ers, 7-0. It marks the Hoosiers' fifth shutout of the year after they opened the spring with four consecutive 7-0 victories. Read the match notes.
Men's Swimming: Senior All-American Ben Hesen took home two individual and one relay title and freshman Landon Marzullo continued his amazing run with the 3-meter springboard title on day two of the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Hoosiers remained in second place with 562 points heading into the final day. Michigan is the overall leader with 690.5 points. Read the tournament notes.

Results from Saturday, March 1:
Women's Water Polo: The Hoosiers made it a two-game sweep on the first day of the Elite Six Tournament in College Park, Md. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Tennis: The Indiana University women's tennis team improved to10-3 on the year following a pair of victories on Saturday. No. 28 Indiana downed No. 57 DePaul and Xavier in the home doubleheader. Read the match notes.
Softball: The Indiana softball team suffered its third loss at the Frost Classic, dropping an 8-1 decision to the host Chattanooga Mocs at Frost Stadium in Chattanooga, Tenn. The second game of the day against Buffalo was cancelled. Read the game notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team (2-3) notched a 9-1 victory over Austin Peay State on Saturday afternoon. Read the game notes.
Men's Swimming: Ben Hesen capped off his Big Ten career in dominating fashion with a pool and school record in a victorious 200-yard backstroke as the Hoosiers recorded a second-place finish at the Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships. Read the tournament notes.

Results from Sunday, March 2:
Women's Water Polo: Indiana and Hartwick met for the second time this season and it was the Hoosiers looking revenge after dropping a 8-6 decision to the Hawks (6-7) at the Triton Invite in San Diego, Calif. And Indiana (9-7) was able to do just that, coming away with an 11-8 win to wrap-up a four-game sweep at the Elite Six Tournament in College Park, Md. Read the tournament notes.
Baseball: Josh Phegley went 5-for-5 and posted the first cycle by an Indiana player since Joe Kemp against Michigan State on May 7, 2005, to lead the Hoosiers to a 17-14 victory over Valparaiso on Sunday. Read the game notes.
Softball: The Indiana softball team rallied to take a 5-4 lead after five innings against Kentucky (8-7) on Sunday, but the Wildcats responded with six runs in the sixth to take a 10-5 lead and would go on to win by that score. Read the game notes.
Men's Tennis: The Indiana University men's tennis team defeated #30 North Carolina State, 4-3, down in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday. #56 Indiana improved to 9-2 on the season with the win. Read the match notes.
Men's Basketball: No. 19 Michigan State built a big lead and beat No. 12 Indiana 103-74 Sunday, allowing the Spartans to finish undefeated at home and hand Dan Dakich his first loss as interim coach. Read the game notes.
Women's Basketball: The Hoosiers wrapped up the regular season on Senior Day in front of 8,136 fans, which is the largest crowd that has ever seen an Indiana women's basketball game in Assembly Hall. Behind a solid scoring effort from senior Nikki Smith and junior Kim Roberson, IU came away with a 79-67 win over Penn State. Read the game notes.
Men's Track: The Hoosiers finished competition in the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Sunday. The event took place at the Camp Randall Memorial Sports Center on Wisconsin's campus. The Hoosiers finished ninth in the championships with a total of 35 points. The team recorded eight top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes, and two top-three finishes. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Track: The Hoosiers finished competition in the Big Ten Indoor Championships on Sunday. The event took place in the Minnesota Fieldhouse on Minnesota's campus. Indiana finished ninth overall recording 33.5 points. The team finished just 1.5 points behind Michigan State, the eighth place team. The Hoosiers recorded six top-ten finishes, three top-five finishes, and one first-place finish. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Monday and Tuesday, March 3-4: No varsity teams in action

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IU in the news

Blood test hope for mood disorder
BBC News, March 1 -- Scientists have found that the presence of certain chemicals in the blood may be a sign of mood disorders. Concentrations of the key "biomarkers" were directly linked to the severity of the disorder. The researchers are hoping the breakthrough may lead to simple blood tests and a much faster way to assess the impact of medication. The research, by Indiana University School of Medicine, features online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Lead researcher Dr Alexander Niculescu said: "This discovery is a major step towards bringing psychiatry on par with other medical specialties that have diagnostic tools to measure disease states and the effectiveness of treatments. Read the full story.

Floridians want sex ed in schools
St. Petersburg Times, March 1 -- An overwhelming majority of Floridians, including many who describe themselves as evangelical Christians, think public schools should teach sex education, according to a St. Petersburg Times survey. The results came as no surprise to Brian Dodge, a former public health professor at the University of Florida who now is associate director of the Center for Sexual Health Promotion at Indiana University. Dodge said opponents of what the state Department of Education calls comprehensive sexuality education or "abstinence plus" are a vocal but very well-funded minority. Still, Dodge said, a recent survey of Florida teachers he conducted for UF indicated that educators are influenced by those who would prefer children to hear an abstinence-only message. "They're teaching sexuality education in stealth," Dodge said. "They're doing the best they can in a very contentious environment." Read the full story.

A New Life Science Pitch
redOrbit, March 3 -- For the last two months, two academics at Indiana University and Purdue University have been passing notes. Dr. Craig Brater, dean of IU's School of Medicine, and Vic Lechtenberg, Purdue's interim provost, have been swapping e-mails, trading phone calls and meeting face to face. Their topic? How the institutions can work together to rev up research in medicine and life sciences and, in the process, boost Indiana's economy. At the same time, IU officials are launching talks with administrators from universities around the state on how the medical school can train more physicians to cure a shortage, particularly in the state's doctor-depleted hinterlands. "We want to say, 'How can we do this most effectively?"' Brater said of advancing the unversities' life sciences efforts in ways that benefit the entire state. Read the full story.

Artistry of vandalism
Indiana Daily Student, March 3 -- If the walls could talk, Joe LaMantia thinks they would speak about democracy. LaMantia, local artist and coordinator for "Writing on the Wall," an ArtsWeek exhibit which asked community members to use graffiti to communicate their views of democracy, joined city and campus representatives for a panel discussion of graffiti's place in the arts on Friday night at the School of Fine Arts Gallery. From October to December, LaMantia installed blank panels at several campus and city locations and invited passersby to write or draw their conception of democracy. President Michael McRobbie spoke briefly in support of the exhibit. McRobbie compared graffiti art to the work of abstract artists such as Jackson Pollock to make the point that graffiti art is equally misunderstood and potentially great. Read the full story.

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