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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 26, 2008

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Panel at IU Law to discuss race, death penalty
New rankings say IU School of Law--Bloomington is No. 14 in nation
Former U.S. Poet Laureate to visit IU Bloomington for talk, poetry reading
Top IU faculty honored as part of 2008 Founders Day
Outstanding IU Bloomington students to be the centerpiece of Founders Day convocation
IUPUI law professor receives Fulbright Award
Six honored with IU Bloomington Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
Workshops to inform police and safety officers about autism risk management
Have a laugh, support education in Guatemala
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Panel at IU Law to discuss race, death penalty -- A panel of experts will discuss how issues of race affect the implementation of the death penalty on Tuesday, April 1, at the Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington. The program, titled "Intersection of Race and Jury Composition with the Death Penalty," will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Law School's Moot Court Room. Read the complete story.

New rankings say IU School of Law--Bloomington is No. 14 in nation -- The Indiana University School of Law--Bloomington has been ranked No. 14 in the nation and fourth among public institutions in a new listing of the top 25 law schools. The rankings are by Vault, an online service that provides career information for students, graduates and employers, including law firms. The rankings are based on a survey of law firms and focus on the employability of law school graduates. Read the complete story.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate to visit IU Bloomington for talk, poetry reading -- Robert Hass, the former U.S. Poet Laureate and a recipient of a MacArthur Genius Fellowship, will present a talk and poetry reading at Indiana University Bloomington, April 7 (Monday), as a guest of IU's College Arts and Humanities Institute. The event is at 5 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union's Solarium, which is located next to Alumni Hall. Read the complete story.

Top IU faculty honored as part of 2008 Founders Day -- Faculty awards for outstanding teaching, research and service to Indiana University will be presented on 2008 Founders Day, Sunday (March 30) at 4:30 p.m. during an invitation-only event for the award recipients and their family and friends, in Alumni Hall, Indiana Memorial Union. IU President Michael A. McRobbie will preside over the program and will offer a welcome and remarks. Music will be provided by the IU String Quartet from the Jacobs School of Music. Twenty-one faculty members and one doctoral student will be recognized for outstanding teaching, research and service to the university. The award recipients teach at IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest and IU South Bend. Read the complete story.

Outstanding IU Bloomington students to be the centerpiece of Founders Day convocation -- To salute the university's beginning in 1820 and its academic mission today, Indiana University will celebrate 2008 Founders Day with two seperate events on Sunday (March 30). The first, at 1 p.m. in Assembly Hall, will recognize the achievements of IU Bloomington's top students. Later in the afternoon at a 4:30 p.m. invitation-only event in Alumni Hall in the Indiana Memorial Union, distinguished teaching and service awards will be presented. Read the complete story.

IUPUI law professor receives Fulbright Award -- Gerard Magliocca, professor of law at the Indiana University School of Law--Indianapolis, will hold the Fulbright-Dow Distinguished Chair at the Roosevelt Center for American Studies in the Netherlands in the fall of 2008. Read the complete story.

Six honored with IU Bloomington Outstanding Junior Faculty Award -- Recipients of the Outstanding Junior Faculty Award at Indiana University Bloomington this year are Candy Gunther Brown in the Department of Religious Studies, Tony H. Grubesic in Department of Geography, Scott Michaels in the Department of Biology, Ethan Michelson in the Departments of Sociology and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Sima Setayeshgar in the Department of Physics, and Chen Yu in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Read the complete story.

Workshops to inform police and safety officers about autism risk management -- The Indiana Resource Center for Autism at Indiana University is sponsoring one-day workshops in central and northern Indiana with a focus on providing information and strategies for law enforcement and school corporation police officers regarding autism risk and safety management. Support for the workshops comes from Autism Advocates of Indiana Inc. and the Autism Society of America. Read the complete story.

Have a laugh, support education in Guatemala -- On Saturday night (March 29) you can help global education by taking in a comedy act. Most of the proceeds from Saturday's "Comedy Caravan" at Bear's Place, 1316 E. 3rd St. in Bloomington, will go toward supporting Indiana University School of Education students participating in the second International School Psychology Practicum in Guatemala this summer. IU school psychology graduate students go to a Guatemalan school for two weeks where they will provide professional development seminars and intervention services to teachers and students. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Wednesday, March 26:
Baseball: Xavier, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Softball: Evansville, 4 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Swimming: Sectionals, Indianapolis, Ind.

Schedule for Thursday, March 27:
Men's and Women's Track: Alabama Relays, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Men's and Women's Swimming: Sectionals, Indianapolis, Ind.
Men's Swimming: NCAA Championships, Federal Way, Wash.

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IU in the news

Award honors students who overcome difficulties
Indiana Daily Student, March 25 -- The IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization and the University Graduate School are now accepting nominations for the Pari Prerana (Essence of Inspiration) Award. This award recognizes graduate students who have overcome a severe physical or other health-related difficulty. "This award was created by a graduate student who wanted to recognize those overcoming challenges," said James Wimbush, dean of the University Graduate School. "It is an anonymous gift from him and his family." Read the full story.

Booksellers incensed over sexual content law; Critics say state effort to target adult material casts too wide a net
Indianapolis Star, March 26 -- A new state law that requires sellers of adult material to register with the state has Hoosier bookstore owners fuming about government censorship and threatening a legal challenge. The new law that takes effect July 1 requires businesses that sell sexually explicit material to pay a $250 fee and register with the secretary of state, which would then pass the information to municipal or county officials so they can monitor the businesses for potential violations of local ordinances. Henry Karlson, a professor at Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and a First Amendment expert, said he sees several potential flaws in the law. One is the threshold it cites for having to file with the state. It relies on a statute that describes sexually explicit material that can be viewed as "harmful" to minors, including material that "appeals to the prurient interest in sex of minors." "The problem is, minors have an interest in sex, prurient or otherwise," Karlson said, "and how do you distinguish what is normal and what is prurient?" Read the full story.

IU-EMS to host mock drunk-driving scenario
Indiana Daily Student, March 26 -- Little 500 week is IU's most popular time to party, and rather than just advising the community to not drink, IU-EMS, the University's emergency medical team, is putting on "In An Instant," an event that will showcase the dangers of drinking and driving, at 12 p.m. today. "In any large group setting, there are folks who make bad decisions," said Dick McKaig, dean of students. He added that drinking is not only dangerous in terms of driving but also in terms of sexual assault. The student body should take on a heightened sense of awareness toward alcohol use in the coming weeks, he said. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 13,470 deaths in 2006 resulted from drunk driving - 32 percent of all reported driving fatalities in the United States. This year IU-EMS will do its part to lower this statistic. Read the full story.

Tracking Risky Teen Behavior Using GPS-enabled Cell Phones
Science Daily, March 24 -- How can researchers track where teens go when not in or near home or school to see if this movement has an impact on health-related behavior such as smoking or sexual activity? The answer is through that ubiquitous teen accessory -- the cell phone. In a paper published in the April issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine report on a pilot study which evaluated the feasibility of using global position system-enabled cell phones to track where 14- to 16-year-old girls spent their time. Read the full story.

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