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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 5, 2008

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IU chemist Dongwhan Lee elected a Sloan Fellow
IU, Ivy Tech partner to deliver affordable and efficient learning opportunities
Endowment earnings are helping low-income students at IU
Colon cancer preventable with advanced screening
Leonard Slatkin conducts IU Philharmonic and renowned composer and pianist Michel Camilo
IU Informatics awarded grant to develop hands-on computing initiative
IU School of Continuing Studies post-prison employment course honored
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU chemist Dongwhan Lee elected a Sloan Fellow -- The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded Indiana University Bloomington chemist Dongwhan Lee its 2008 Sloan Research Fellowship, a coveted $50,000 early-career grant. The fellowship is intended to enhance the careers of young faculty members in chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience and physics. Selection procedures identify those who show the most outstanding promise of making fundamental contributions to new knowledge, according to the Sloan Foundation. Read the complete story.

IU, Ivy Tech partner to deliver affordable and efficient learning opportunities -- Indiana University and Ivy Tech Community College March 4 announced a new partnership between IU East and Ivy Tech Community College Richmond to enhance learning opportunities for residents of east central Indiana and west central Ohio. In signing a "statement of mutual purpose" during an afternoon ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse, the two campuses in Richmond, Ind., declared their commitment to working together to provide efficient and affordable academic programs to their surrounding communities. Read the complete story.

Endowment earnings are helping low-income students at IU -- By combining endowment earnings with state and federal financial aid programs for students, Indiana University Bloomington was able to cover 98 percent of the so-called "sticker price" of attendance for last fall's incoming freshmen from lower-income families. That was one of the key points made by IU President Michael A. McRobbie in a letter responding to a request for information from U.S. Senators Max Baucus (D-Montana) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Read the complete story.

Colon cancer preventable with advanced screening -- Fewer people are dying from colorectal cancer, but it remains the third deadliest form of cancer in America. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be about 108,070 new cases of colon cancer and 40,740 new cases of rectal cancer this year. Overall, the two will cause nearly 50,000 deaths. Screenings for colon cancer play an important role in the steady decline of deaths caused by the disease. Read the complete story.

Leonard Slatkin conducts IU Philharmonic and renowned composer and pianist Michel Camilo -- Marking a historic evening at the IU Auditorium on March 23, world-renowned composer and pianist Michel Camilo will play his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, originally commissioned by the National Symphony Orchestra with Indiana University faculty member Leonard Slatkin as music director, for the first time in Bloomington. Read the complete story.

IU Informatics awarded grant to develop hands-on computing initiative -- Indiana University School of Informatics faculty researchers have received an Academic Alliance Seed Fund grant from the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT). The seed fund award will be used to enhance the school's "Just Be" outreach program, an interactive road show in which IU students travel to K-12 schools to give presentations aimed at dispelling gender and race-based myths about careers in information technology. Read the complete story.

IU School of Continuing Studies post-prison employment course honored -- The Indiana Council for Continuing Education (ICCE) has selected an Indiana University School of Continuing Studies (SCS) training program as its 2007 Course of the Year. The course, "Employment after Prison: Strategies and Best Practices," is one of several programs developed as part of an ongoing partnership between IU and the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Workforce development professionals from across the state participated in the course to learn how to better serve Indiana's ex-offender and parolee populations. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Wednesday, March 5:
Men's Basketball: Minnesota, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Thursday, March 6:
Women's Basketball: Northwestern, 2:25 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind.
Softball: Fairfield, 2:30 p.m., Clearwater, Fla.; Sam Houston State, 5 p.m., Clearwater, Fla.

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IU in the news

Easily Overlooked Lesions Tied to Colon Cancer
The New York Times, March 5 -- An easily overlooked type of abnormality in the colon is the most likely type to turn cancerous, and is more common in this country than previously thought, researchers are reporting. The findings come from a study of colonoscopy, in which a camera-tipped tube is used to examine the lining of the intestine. Generally, doctors search for polyps, abnormal growths that stick out from the lining and can turn into cancer. But another type of growth is much more dangerous, and harder to see because it is flat or depressed and similar in color to healthy tissue. Some doctors who perform colonoscopy just are not good at seeing flat lesions, but may improve with training and practice, said Dr. Douglas K. Rex, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Indiana University. Read the full story.

Donut-shaped organic molecule mops up chemical waste
LabTechnologist, March 5 -- Dissolved charged particles frequently form the waste product of both industrial and biological processes, but while it has been easy to remove positive ions (cations) without disturbing the surrounding solution, it has been significantly harder to recover negative ions (anions). Now scientists have created a ring-shaped organic molecule that strongly binds the anions to a solid support without affecting the solvent or the other solutes. Anions are often important in biological processes, and an incorrect balance of these particles can lead to diseases such as cystic fibrosis. Since the molecule is neutrally charged and insensitive to the pH of a solution, the researchers hope it could be used to regulate these particles in medical applications in addition to mopping up waste in chemical production. "It is not sensitive to pH and therefore might be useful for anion transport through hydrophobic membranes in physiological contexts," Amar Flood of Indiana University, Bloomington, said in an interview. Read the full story.

Purdue and Indiana University to Sponsor Nursing Conference
Inside Indiana Business, March 4 -- Nurses from across the Midwest will convene in Indianapolis to discuss global health-care concerns during a conference sponsored by Purdue University's School of Nursing and Indiana University's School of Nursing. The Midwest Nursing Research Society's 2008 conference, Nursing Research: At the Crossroads of Global Health, will take place March 28-31 at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown. The conference is expected to draw about 1,000 nursing professionals and students from a 13-state region. Read the full story.

IU hosts Gophers in last home game; Hoosiers to honor 4 seniors following contest
Indiana Daily Student, March 5 -- It's taken three games, two weeks and one horrific loss, but Lance Stemler thinks the IU men's basketball team is ready to accept IU interim coach Dan Dakich as its leader. "We really are starting to see coach Dakich as the head coach now," said Stemler, a senior forward. "I guess there was a little bit of transition from going from assistant to head coach." It couldn't have come sooner for the Hoosiers. After their worst loss in four years, IU begins its last week of regular season play when it hosts Minnesota tonight. Read the full story.

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