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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 17, 2008

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IU to begin nationwide search for men's basketball coach
IU center issues report identifying key issues in U.S.-Pakistan relations
African American Choral Ensemble to present its spring concert on March 28
IU Bloomington Libraries offer expertise to new federal government reference service
Teaching without distractions
Filmmaker Yoruba Richen to visit IU, screen her film "Sisters of the Good Death"
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU to begin nationwide search for men's basketball coach -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced today that he has appointed a 10-member, blue-ribbon committee of faculty, alumni and Athletic Department representatives to begin a nationwide search for a new men's basketball coach. The panel will be chaired by Harry Gonso, an Indianapolis attorney and former IU trustee who led the Hoosiers as quarterback of the 1968 Rose Bowl team. Read the complete story.

IU center issues report identifying key issues in U.S.-Pakistan relations -- A new report released today (March 17) by the Center on American and Global Security (CAGS) at Indiana University identifies key issues in U.S.-Pakistan relations and makes recommendations for next steps in U.S. policy. Read the complete story.

African American Choral Ensemble to present its spring concert on March 28 -- The African American Choral Ensemble of Indiana University's African American Arts Institute will present its annual spring concert on March 28 (Friday). The concert, which will begin at 8 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave., Bloomington, will feature the music of William Dawson, Diane White, Kirk Franklin and others. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington Libraries offer expertise to new federal government reference service -- Indiana University Bloomington Libraries are one of only 20 public, academic and state libraries nationwide to provide an online reference service to the public through a new federal service launched by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Launched this month as a free, Web-based service, "Government Information Online: Ask a Librarian" gives the American public the opportunity to ask librarians questions about government resources. Read the complete story.

Teaching without distractions -- Marisa Churchill and Mark Gathmann, graduates from the Indiana University School of Education, will speak about their experiences as faculty members at a middle school on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Pinon, Ariz., during a 5 p.m. presentation on Monday (March 17) in the Wright Education Building Auditorium. Churchill and Gathmann will share their stories in a presentation titled "Teaching and Living on the Navajo Reservation: IU Graduates Share Challenges, Rewards and Opportunities." Read the complete story.

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen to visit IU, screen her film "Sisters of the Good Death" -- Documentary filmmaker Yoruba Richen will visit Indiana University and speak Wednesday (March 19) at a screening of her new documentary Sisters of the Good Death. Sisters of the Good Death follows the filmmaker's journey to the town of Cachoeira in northeastern Brazil to uncover the origins of a three-day Catholic festival that has taken place for more than 200 years. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Monday, March 17:
Women's Golf: Betsy Rawls Invitational, Austin, Texas
Men's Golf: Pinehurst Intercollegiate, Pinehurst, NC

Schedule for Tuesday, March 18:
Men's Tennis: Louisville, 1:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Golf: Betsy Rawls Invitational, Austin, Texas
Men's Golf: Pinehurst Intercollegiate, Pinehurst, NC

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IU in the news

IU ranks in national top 20, 4th in Big Ten for private sector donations
Indiana Daily Student, March 17 -- IU ranked 19th nationally in 2007 in private-sector support, a drop from its 2006 17th-place ranking, according to rankings released by the Council for Aid to Education last week. The University ranked seventh nationally among public schools and fourth in the Big Ten, keeping with the University's 18-year hold in the top 10 among public schools and the Big Ten. IU received more than $278 million in 2007 from the private sector. Read the full story.

IU students to retrace Ernie Pyle's steps
Indianapolis Star, March 9 -- A group of Indiana University journalism students taking a course on World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle are visiting London and Normandy to see some of the spots where he wrote his battlefield dispatches. Terre Haute native Beka Mech is among 30 IU journalism students who left Saturday on the European trek, which ends March 16. They'll visit the places where Pyle covered the London blitz and the D-Day invasion in Normandy. In the weeks before they left, the students watched movies and videos about Pyle's experiences as part of the semester-long course on the war correspondent, which the IU School of Journalism is offering for the first time. Read the full story.

How flies process visual data
The Hindu, March 13 -- Blowflies can be nearly impossible to swat. The tiny acrobats -- nicknamed the 'Ferrari of the insect world' -- zip and zoom at relatively high speeds wherever they go. A team of scientists from Indiana University, Princeton University and the Los Alamos National Laboratory recently gained new insight into how blowflies process visual information. The findings, published in an article in the Public Library of Science journals, show that the precise, sub-millisecond timing of 'spikes' from visual motion-sensitive nerve cells encodes complex, detailed information of what the fly is seeing. Read the full story.

Why stand by these men?
Chicago Tribune, March 12 -- The sight of a political wife standing at her husband's side as he issues an awkward apology in connection with an alleged sexual indiscretion is at once heart-wrenchingly particular and oddly familiar. Haven't we seen it all before? In what is developing into a set piece of American political scandal, Silda Spitzer chose to deploy the silence of Suzanne Craig, wife of Idaho Sen. Larry Craig, and the G-rated physical contact (hand-holding) of Carlita Kilpatrick, wife of Kwame Kilpatrick, mayor of Detroit. "That's always" the case, that the wife makes an official appearance in the face of sexual scandal, says Kathleen Gilbert, an associate professor of family studies at Indiana University. "Even if they want to kill him, they're there." Read the full story.

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