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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 7, 2008

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IU Ballet Theater brings audiences a night at the opera (at the ballet)
International Center of Indianapolis honors IU-Kenya Partnership
U.S. Secretary of Transportation to address Hoosier audience in Washington hosted by IU SPEA
Howard named Gatch Professor of Surgery at IU School of Medicine
IUPUI psychology professor among most frequently published in field
IU SIFE chapter partners with local non-profit organizations to present area events
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU Ballet Theater brings audiences a night at the opera (at the ballet) -- The Indiana University Ballet Department's origins as a means of supplying operas with dancers inspired Michael Vernon, chair of the IU Jacobs School's Ballet Department, to offer ballet audiences "A Night at the Opera (at the Ballet)." On March 21 and 22, dancers will perform to ballet music from beloved operas by Gounod, Rossini, Handel and Meyerbeer. Read the complete story.

International Center of Indianapolis honors IU-Kenya Partnership -- The Indiana University-Kenya Partnership will be honored by the International Center of Indianapolis as the recipient of its annual International Citizen of the Year Award to be presented in September. "We are thrilled to honor such a deserving and philanthropic organization as the IU-Kenya Partnership," says Diane Thomas, ICI President and CEO. "Long before the current events in Kenya put a spotlight on this country, the recipient of this year's International Citizen of the Year had spent years exemplifying ICI's motto: "Indiana can change the world, and the world can change Indiana." Read the complete story.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation to address Hoosier audience in Washington hosted by IU SPEA -- U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary E. Peters will be the featured speaker on Monday (March 10), on Capitol Hill at the 2008 Bi-annual Capitol Hill Colloquium hosted by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. Secretary Peters will discuss her vision for the Department of Transportation and her efforts to transform the nation's transportation policy paradigm. Read the complete story.

Howard named Gatch Professor of Surgery at IU School of Medicine -- Thomas J. Howard, M.D., has been named the Willis D. Gatch Professor of Surgery, pending approval by the Trustees of Indiana University. Dr. Howard is a professor of surgery and has served on the Indiana University School of Medicine faculty since 1992. He directs the IU Pancreas Research Group. Read the complete story.

IUPUI psychology professor among most frequently published in field -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Professor Gary R. Bond is among the nation's most productive scholarly writers in the field of clinical psychology, according to a recent study. In a survey of scholarly publications of almost 2,000 faculty members at 166 accredited clinical psychology PhD. Programs, researchers ranked Bond 31st in the number of published peer-reviewed journal articles. The IUPUI professor was 47th in the total number of publications, which included books, book chapters, and articles in peer-reviewed journals. Read the complete story.

IU SIFE chapter partners with local non-profit organizations to present area events -- Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), an Indiana University student group advocating service-based learning, has partnered its Fair Trade Bloomington project with several Bloomington-area non-profit organizations to present two upcoming events during March's Women's History Month. The partnering organizations -- Girls Incorporated of Monroe County, Middle Way House and Women Inspire -- address the goals and needs of women and children. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Wednesday, March 5:
Men's Basketball: The Hoosiers earned their school-record 17th home victory, a 69-55 win over Minnesota in the final home game for D.J. White, Lance Stemler, Mike White and Adam Ahlfeld. Read the game notes.

Results from Thursday, March 6:
Women's Basketball: The Hoosiers (25-5, 14-3) stayed in contention for that crown with their school-record 17th home victory, a 69-55 win over Minnesota in the final home game for White, Stemler, Mike White and Adam Ahlfeld. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, March 7:
Softball: Sam Houston State, 9:30 a.m., Clearwater, Fla.; Quinnipiac, 12 p.m., Clearwater, Fla.
Women's Basketball: Purdue, 1:55 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Notre Dame Qualifier Meet, South Bend, Ind.
Men's and Women's Swimming: NCAA Zone Diving, Columbus, Ohio; Indiana State Meet, Brownsburg, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, March 8:
Softball: Fairfield, 9:30 a.m., Clearwater, Fla.; Syracuse, 12 p.m., Clearwater, Fla.
Women's Tennis: Ohio State, 10 a.m., Columbus, Ohio
Baseball: Fresno State, 2:05 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
Wrestling: Big Ten Day One, Minneapolis, Minn.
Men's and Women's Swimming: NCAA Zone Diving, Columbus, Ohio; Indiana State Meet, Brownsburg, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Notre Dame Qualifier Meet, South Bend, Ind.
Women's Basketball: Big Ten Women's Tournament, Indianapolis, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, March 9:
Softball: Kennesaw State, 1 p.m., Clearwater, Fla.
Baseball: Fresno State, 2 p.m., Fresno, Calif.
Men's Basketball: Penn State, 2 p.m., University Park, Pa.
Men's and Women's Swimming: NCAA Zone Diving, Columbus, Ohio; Indiana State Meet, Brownsburg, Ind.
Wrestling: Big Ten Day Two, Minneapolis, Minn.

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IU in the news

Health comes with a price - or so we think
Globe and Mail, March 7 -- Consumers can be a fickle bunch. If a product is extremely expensive, many people automatically assume it has to be better than a cheaper version of the same thing. A new and provocative study suggests the link between price and perceived value is also at work in the medical field. Patients reported more pain relief from a high-priced drug compared with a low-priced medication -- even though both pills were, in reality, identical placebos. Psychiatrists currently rely on their own impressions and the patient's self-reporting of symptoms. "Patients aren't sure how ill they really are and neither is the clinician," explained the lead researcher, Alexander Niculescu, at Indiana University School of Medicine. Read the full story.

Paperless patients
Indianapolis Star, March 7 -- It can be an annoying and often-repeated task. A patient walks into a doctor's office for the first time and immediately is handed a clipboard holding a form asking for all sorts of information on that person's health status and medical history. NoMoreClipboard.com, a Fort Wayne medical technology startup, hopes to tap into consumers' frustration with all that medical paperwork to become a player in the fragmented and competitive market of personal health records. Dr. Marc Overhage, a medical-information technology expert at Indiana University, likes NoMoreClipboard.com's approach. "They've taken a very simple, important issue and addressed it well," said Overhage, a professor at the IU School of Medicine and director of medical informatics at the Regenstrief Institute. Read the full story.

Cellphones may spread global computer virus
The Windsor Star, March 6 -- Computer virus writers the world over are toiling on a digital version of the bubonic plague, capable of using cutting-edge cellphones to infect computer networks wirelessly. While the new viruses may still be a few years away from being perfected, researchers are working overtime to try and prevent a computer pandemic of global proportions. "We have to get out in front of this and plug the holes before they become a problem," said Steven Myers, assistant professor of informatics at Indiana University. "India is selling 8.3 million cellphones a month. These are going to become peoples' computers." Read the full story.

IU might consider pairing with schools to teach inmates on-site
Indiana Daily Student, March 6 -- Many universities, including IU, have programs that offer inmates in correctional facilities the opportunity to get a college degree. IU, however, only offers inmates distance learning courses, which are taught through mail correspondence. Incarcerated students taking classes through IU might have a more difficult time than those taking classes through universities that provide on-site instruction for inmates because there is no face-to-face interaction between teachers and students. Also, students taking classes through the IU program must fund their own education because only students who take on-site courses full-time are eligible for state grants, said Roy Durnal, the senior associate director of financial aid at IU. Read the full story.

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