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Front Page News at Indiana University

April 18, 2008

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IU investigates earthquake
IU law professor provides testimony on The National Security Letters Reform Act
Social Work Student Travels To South Africa To Explore Developmental Disabilities Advocacy
Four IUPUI Faculty Members Receive 2008 FACET Awards
Indianapolis' Riley Hospital for Children and Beijing's Capital Institute of Pediatrics become international sister hospitals
John Graham to lead IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Confucius Institute To Celebrate Grand Opening
Students fuse their art to create "Hammer and Nail"
Next-generation environmental science center launches at IU
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU investigates earthquake -- The Indiana University Department of Geological Sciences has quickly mobilized, sending two field teams to deploy instruments in the region of Friday morning's earthquakes. Michael Hamburger, professor of geological sciences , said the seismographs and Global Positioning System (GPS) units being deployed will record aftershocks, half a dozen of which have already occurred. Read the complete story.

IU law professor provides testimony on The National Security Letters Reform Act -- The National Security Letters Reform Act being considered by Congress is an "important first step" in protecting Americans against excessive data-mining, but more needs to be done, an Indiana University law professor said. Fred Cate, distinguished professor at the IU School of Law--Bloomington and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research at Indiana University, provided written testimony on the legislation this week to the House Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Read the complete story.

Social Work Student Travels To South Africa To Explore Developmental Disabilities Advocacy -- Michelle Kellogg knew she was about to set off on a trip she had dreamed about for months as she settled into her seat on the plane. Even so, when the cabin door closed Kellogg had one overriding emotion - she was terrified. Kellogg, a senior in the Indiana University Bachelor of Social Work program, was setting off for her senior practicum in South Africa. After months of planning, the final details had finally fallen into place about a week before the school year was to start. She was to work with a South African agency, the Association for Persons with Disabilities, and more importantly get a first-hand look at how another country's policies affect the daily lives of people with developmental disabilities. Read the complete story.

Four IUPUI Faculty Members Receive 2008 FACET Awards -- Four Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis faculty members are among the 17 faculty from throughout the Indiana University system who are recipients of 2008 Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET) awards. The annual FACET awards recognize faculty who have demonstrated their exceptional commitment to teaching and learning through self-evaluation, course preparation, research, instructional skills and student impact. Read the complete story.

Indianapolis' Riley Hospital for Children and Beijing's Capital Institute of Pediatrics become international sister hospitals -- In a move that will benefit children of both countries, Riley Hospital for Children, one of the premier children's hospitals in the United States, and the highly regarded Capital Institute of Pediatrics of Beijing, China, have formalized a longtime relationship by officially becoming "international sister hospitals." Modeled on the concept of international sister cities, the formal linkage of hospitals in two countries is much rarer. As international sister hospitals, the two institutions will take a decade of experience with exchange of faculty members to new levels, benefiting medical care for children in both nations. Read the complete story.

John Graham to lead IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs -- John D. Graham, a former Harvard faculty member and top official with the White House Office of Management and Budget, has been named dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The appointment, subject to approval by the IU Board of Trustees, was announced today by Charles Bantz, chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. It takes effect Aug. 1. Read the complete story.

Confucius Institute To Celebrate Grand Opening -- The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis, Central Indiana's premier Institute for teaching Chinese language and culture, will celebrate its grand opening on Friday, April 25 at IUPUI. Read the complete story.

Students fuse their art to create "Hammer and Nail" -- The collaboration between Kelly McCormick Bangs and Gabriel Lubell began last semester with a form of speed dating, when choreographers from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and composers from the Jacobs School of Music came together in search of their like-minded counterpart. Rather than dinner and a movie, the creative pairings resulted in 15 new and robust dance/music works that will be performed this weekend at the third annual "Hammer and Nail." Read the complete story.

Next-generation environmental science center launches at IU -- There's not much good news associated with global warming, but Indiana University's new Center for Research in Environmental Sciences (CRES) is an exception. Located at Indiana University Bloomington, CRES is bringing together scientists from anthropology, biology, chemistry, geography, geology, physics, informatics and public and environmental affairs to tackle environmental science issues such as rapid climate change, renewable energy resources, adequate water supply, ecosystem dynamics and the prediction and/or mitigation of natural disasters. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Tuesday, April 15:
Softball: The Indiana Hoosier bats were unable to get on track against the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon at the IU Softball field, amassing four hits in a 8-0 loss in six innings. Read the game notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team wound up on the losing end of a 5-4 score against 2007 College World Series participant Louisville on Tuesday. Read the game notes.

Results from Wednesday, April 16:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team collected nine hits, but Ball State was able to turn five double plays en route to a 5-2 victory over the Hoosiers. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, April 18:
Softball: Northwestern, 4 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Men's and Women's Track: Indiana Invitational, 4 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Tennis: Penn State, 4p.m., University Park, Pa.
Baseball: Penn State, 6:35 p.m., University Park, Pa.
Women's Water Polo: Slippery Rock, 7:45 p.m., Grove City, Pa.

Schedule for Saturday, April 19:
Men's Tennis: Michigan, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Softball: Northwestern, 12 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Baseball: Penn State, 4:35 p.m., University Park, Pa.
Men's Soccer: Virginia Tech, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Baseball: Penn State, 7:35 p.m., University Park, Pa.
Women's Water Polo: Western Divisional Championship, Grove City, Pa.
Men's Golf: Boilermaker Invitational, West Lafayette, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, April 20:
Women's Tennis: Michigan, 11 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Softball: Michigan State, 12 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.
Men's Tennis: Penn State, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Baseball: Penn State, 1:05 p.m., University Park, Pa.
Men's Golf: Boilermaker Invitational, West Lafayette, Ind.

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IU in the news

Older men pickier in choosing sex partners
United Press International, April 17 -- Older men say as they have aged, they have become more careful and particular in choosing sexual partners, a U.S. researchers found. Researchers at the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University questioned focus groups involving 50 men divided into three groups based on their age -- 18 to 24 years, 25 to 45 years and 46 and older. Full story.

IU Scientists join International Pharmacogenomics Research Initiative
Noblesville Daily Times, April 15 -- Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine will participate in the Global Alliance for Pharmacogenomics, a collaboration between scientists in the United States and Japan announced Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health. The U.S. scientists involved are members of the NIH Pharmacogenetics Research Network, including David Flockhart, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and of medical genetics and chief of the division of pharmacology at the IU School of Medicine. Full story.

Taxing Virtual Worlds
Forbes, April 16 -- Back on April 1, Congress held its first hearing on virtual worlds, and no, it wasn't an April Fools prank. Warning: If the politicians can hold a hearing on it, then they can probably tax it too. So at what point do virtual earnings become taxable income? In one law review article, Leandra Lederman, a professor at the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, argues that different virtual games should in fact be treated differently. She suggests that profits from "game worlds" such as "World of Warcraft" be taxed with a "cash out" rule but gains in commodified worlds such as "Second Life" be subject to in-world taxation. The thinking is that in-game trades of virtual items like swords are not taxable events, but in-game sales of items for virtual currency are taxable events. This approach would allow entertainment value to go untaxed without creating a new tax shelter for virtual commerce, Lederman says. Full story.

Daniels wants state to help pay part of college tab
Indianapolis Star, April 17 -- Gov. Mitch Daniels wants the state to help bankroll the first two years of college for Hoosier families struggling to pay tuition. The governor doesn't know how the state will pay for the plan, which he said would provide $6,000, the equivalent of two years of tuition at Ivy Tech Community College. The goal, Daniels said, is "to assure every Indiana high school graduate two years of paid tuition at Ivy Tech, or that amount of money transportable to any school in the state." Indiana ranks 44th nationally in the number of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree and 41st in the number of adults with an associate's degree, according to a February report from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Full story.

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