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Front Page News at Indiana University

April 8, 2008

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IU to add to a historic list of honorary degree holders this spring
IU's Mini University is near maximum capacity enrollment
Carnegie Corporation honors IUPUI professor; will study African American connections to foreign Muslims
IU researcher awarded $1.2 million to develop a cyber infrastructure for epidemics research
IU commencements scheduled for May 3 through May 14
IU SIFE team wins at regional competition
IU Asteroid Program "records" final chapter
IU history faculty and Campus Instructional Consulting receive grant to improve student learning
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU to add to a historic list of honorary degree holders this spring -- This spring during commencement exercises, Indiana University will award three honorary degrees, the highest academic recognition the university can give, thus adding to its list of 651 distinguished individuals who have been so recognized since the first honorary degree was given in 1905. Read the complete story.

IU's Mini University is near maximum capacity enrollment -- Attendance for Indiana University's Mini University 2008 is filling at a faster rate than Mini 2007, which sold out in June last year. Those wishing to attend the popular week-long program should register at www.alumni.indiana.edu/miniu or call the Indiana University Alumni Association at 800-824-3044 or 812-855-6120. Read the complete story.

Carnegie Corporation honors IUPUI professor; will study African American connections to foreign Muslims -- The Carnegie Corporation of New York has named IUPUI professor Edward Curtis a Carnegie Scholar. The Corporation will provide Curtis with a grant of approximately $100,000 to study African American Muslim connections to foreign Muslims and Islamic institutions in Muslim countries. "When policymakers think of black Muslims traveling and studying in Muslim countries," said Curtis, "they often conjure fearful images of a black American in some terrorist training camp." Read the complete story.

IU researcher awarded $1.2 million to develop a cyber infrastructure for epidemics research -- Have you ever shared photos or videos using Flickr or YouTube? Alessandro Vespignani, professor in the Indiana University School of Informatics, says these types of content-sharing sites are, in some sense, similar to a cutting-edge research toolset that he and two IU faculty colleagues are developing. EpiC -- Epidemics Cyber infrastructure -- is a computational infrastructure supporting plug-and-play datasets, algorithms and visualization components used in "biological and social contagion research." Read the complete story.

IU commencements scheduled for May 3 through May 14 -- A total of 16,049 graduates will be eligible for degrees from Indiana University during May commencement ceremonies at eight campuses. IU commencement week begins in Bloomington on May 3 (Saturday) and concludes at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne on May 14 (Wednesday). Read the complete story.

IU SIFE team wins at regional competition -- The Indiana University Bloomington Students In Free Enterprise team has won the SIFE USA Regional Championship and advances to the next competition. The IU Bloomington SIFE team won the regional championship after a select group of seven SIFE students presented a report of eight community outreach projects to a panel of business leaders. Read the complete story.

IU Asteroid Program "records" final chapter -- The Indiana Asteroid Program began with a borrowed lens and a bet over a chocolate ice cream cone. Almost 60 years later, its final chapter was written with the naming of a heavenly body after one of the most dedicated staff members Indiana University Bloomington's Department of Astronomy has ever seen. Read the complete story.

IU history faculty and Campus Instructional Consulting receive grant to improve student learning -- Four Indiana University Bloomington faculty members have been awarded an $80,000 foundation grant for a three-year project to document and improve student learning in history. The grant comes from the Spencer and Teagle Foundations' initiative for Systematic Improvement of Undergraduate Education in Research Universities. Indiana University will support the project by providing $45,000. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Monday, April 7:
Baseball: Five different players had multi-hit games, but Illinois put up two big innings in an 18-8 victory over the Indiana baseball team on Monday. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Tuesday, April 8:
Men's and Women's Swimming: OMP Selection Camp Diving
Women's Golf: IU Invitational, Carmel, Ind.
Men's Golf: UMB Bank-Mizzou Tiger Classic, Columbia, Mo.

Schedule for Wednesday, April 9:
Softball: Indiana State, 4 p.m., Terre Haute, Ind.
Baseball: Miami (Ohio), 6 p.m., Oxford, Ohio
Men's and Women's Swimming: OMP Selection Camp Diving

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IU in the news

IU promotes recycling awareness; Designs hope to remind students to 'mind' environment
Indiana Daily Student, April 8 -- Usually a unicorn, a sun, a swallow and flying bottles don't have much in common. However, all of these are the winning designs to be displayed on recycling bins throughout campus. The IU Task Force on Campus Sustainability held a design contest for recycling bins in February. More than 20 students submitted their designs and the top 10 were selected. Read the full story.

Future college students applying in record numbers
WTHR, April 7 -- More than 20,000 high school students with eyes on attending Indiana University in the fall have to make other plans. The school received about four times more applications than the freshman class can handle, forcing administrators to stop accepting applications after the April 1 deadline for the first time in history. About 31,000 students applied for the class that has room for only 7,000. Read the full story.

Crossword master to test IU grads
Indianapolis Star, April 7 -- Got a six letter word for one of the most unique commencement speakers of 2008? How about "S-H-O-R-T-Z" -- as in Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times, who will speak to graduating students at Indiana University on May 3 at Assembly Hall in Bloomington. The professional puzzle-master and wordsmith leads this year's list of prominent commencement speakers at Indiana colleges. Read the full story.

A price too high? Questions surround ethanol, other homegrown answers to energy production
Reporter-Times, April 6 -- For Greene County farmer Steve White, the nationwide ethanol boom is a win-win situation. "It's clean on the environment, clean on motors and good for farmers," said White, who grows 2,500 acres of corn near Switz City. Ethanol is the most widely produced biofuel on the market, and it's bringing a bounty to Indiana farmers who produce crops that serve as its base. Bob Bent, an emeritus professor of physics at Indiana University who has spent years studying global energy problems, raises larger questions about the drive to produce ethanol. "My main worry is that the human species, which already appropriates 40 percent of the productivity of the Earth's biosphere, will ruin the planet in desperate and futile attempts to solve the 'energy problem' by endless increases in supply, which obviously isn't possible on a finite planet," he said. Read the full story.

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