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Front Page News at Indiana University

May 13, 2008

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Chronic Disease Management: Does It Improve Health and Save Money?
IU informatics professor plots historical development of roadways globally
Kelley School of Business executive programs climb six places in 'Financial Times' worldwide ranking
Indiana University launches Public Policy Institute
Motorsports Engineering Degree Approved at IUPUI
Anthropology student earns $34,000 Beinecke award
New Ph.D. in African American and African Diaspora Studies created at IU Bloomington
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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Chronic Disease Management: Does It Improve Health and Save Money? -- A study published in the May/June issue of Health Affairs reports on the first randomized trial providing a scientifically valid look at what one might expect from chronic disease management programs that serve low-income individuals. The study result provides good news for state Medicaid leaders struggling to meet the needs of individuals with chronic conditions and also suggests that some disease management efforts, even among relatively low-risk patients, may be an effective strategy. Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine, the Regenstrief Institute, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis designed a study to determine whether chronic disease management of individuals with diabetes and/or congestive heart failure (CHF) improves health outcome and lowers healthcare costs. Read the complete story.

IU informatics professor plots historical development of roadways globally -- As the French poet Jean de La Fontaine once opined, "All roads lead to Rome." Well, they also all evolve according to a universal mechanism, irrespective of cultural and historical differences. Such are the research findings of an IU School of Informatics professor and a French academic colleague, published recently by Physical Review Letters. Alessandro Flammini, assistant professor of informatics, and Marc Barthélemy, of the French Atomic Commission, analyzed street pattern data from cities around the globe -- about 300 or so. They were looking for commonalities among roadways as they have developed over time, recent and past. Read the complete story.

Kelley School of Business executive programs climb six places in 'Financial Times' worldwide ranking -- Customized executive education programs offered by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business returned to the top 25 in the world as ranked by the Financial Times today (May 12) in its annual survey of international non-degree programs. In a field dominated by business schools from across Europe and North America, the Kelley School ranked 25th overall -- moving up six places from 31st last year -- and 15th among U.S. institutions in the London-based financial newspaper's ranking of customized executive education programs. No other business schools in Indiana were ranked. Read the complete story.

Indiana University launches Public Policy Institute -- Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs today announced it has established the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. Located near the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus, the new Institute will serve as an umbrella organization for research centers affiliated with the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Read the complete story.

Motorsports Engineering Degree Approved at IUPUI -- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has approved a bachelor's degree program in Motorsports Engineering at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The program, which had previously been approved by the Purdue University board of trustees, is now set to be offered to students beginning in the fall of 2008. The program, which aims to prepare graduates for careers with automotive-related companies, will focus on teaching fundamentals of engineering from a practical viewpoint. Projects will involve designing, analyzing and building of actual systems. Read the complete story.

Anthropology student earns $34,000 Beinecke award -- Paula Dias, an Indiana University Bloomington junior, has been selected as a 2008 Beinecke Scholar. Dias, of Bloomington, Ind., is one of only 22 students nationwide to receive the $34,000 award, which supports graduate study in the arts, humanities or social sciences. She is the fifth IU student to receive the award. Read the complete story.

New Ph.D. in African American and African Diaspora Studies created at IU Bloomington -- The Indiana Commission for Higher Education May 9 approved the establishment of a doctoral degree program in African American and African Diaspora Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Only three other public universities and seven universities nationally offer a doctoral degree related to African American Studies. The doctoral program being created at IU Bloomington will be the only one to focus specifically on the African Diaspora, especially through involuntary means, as experienced by people in the United States and worldwide. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, May 9:
Women's Tennis: The #30 Indiana University women's tennis team (21-7) advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a 4-3 victory over Louisville (16-8) in the opening round. Read the match notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team was edged by Northwestern on Friday, 8-5. Read the game notes.
Men's and Women's Track: Despite a rainy evening, the Indiana track and field team recorded a successful outing at its home conclusion with the Billy Hayes Invitational at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex in Bloomington on Friday, May 9. Read the men's results. Read the women's results.
Women's Golf: The Indiana women's golf team shot a 313 ( 25) in round two of the NCAA East Regional being held at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga. The Hoosiers two-round score of 622 has them tied for 15th with Tennessee. Read the tournament notes.

Results from Saturday, May 10:
Baseball: Matt Bashore was stellar in a complete-game victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Northwestern, but the Wildcats picked up a 10-8 victory in game two to split the double dip and win two of the first three games of the series. Read the game notes.
Men's Tennis: The Indiana men's tennis team suffered a heart-breaking 4-3 loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores at the Oxford Regional on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Read the match notes.
Women's Tennis: The #30 Indiana women's tennis season came to a close on Saturday following a loss to #1 Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers finish with an overall record of 21-8. Read the match notes.
Women's Golf: Posting a third-round score of 311, the Indiana women's golf team concluded the NCAA East Regional in 18th with a total score of 933 (309-313-311). Florida finished first at 19 (883). The Gators will be joined at the NCAA Championships by Duke (884), Georgia (889), Auburn (894), Virginia (898), South Carolina (899), Wake Forest (899) and Furman (900). Read the tournament notes.

Results from Sunday, May 11:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team won a wild, 14-12 contest over Northwestern on Sunday in extra innings. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Tuesday, May 13:
Baseball: Butler, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Wednesday, May 14: No varsity teams in action.

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IU in the news

'Inspirational'
Indiana Daily Student, May 12 -- More than 700 runners, walkers and cyclists gathered at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Saturday morning to show their support in fighting cancer at the first annual Coach Hep Indiana Cancer Challenge. The Challenge included a 5K run, 40K cycle, 100K cycle and 40K cycle/5K run event for those who wanted a more competitive experience. A 2K walk was also held for those who simply wanted to honor their loved ones. Full story.

Vera Bradley Foundation 'Turns the Town Pink' for its annual breast cancer fundraiser
WANE 15, May 9 -- Fort Wayne just got a lot more colorful. That's because the Vera Bradley Foundation is kicking off its Breast Cancer Awareness Drive. People hung ribbons around Fort Wayne Friday morning. Each has a name on it of the person who bought it. A spokesperson for Vera Bradley says the names make it a more meaninful symbol of the fight against breast cancer. Katherine Hill, from the Vera Bradley foundation said, "Anywhere you go, anyone you talk to, somebody knows someone or has been affected themselves. It's definitely an epidemic. It's somthing that we need to find a cure for and we believe we're putting the dollars in the hands of people who will do so at the IU Center in Indianapolis." Full story.

Hot off the press from local profs
Journal Gazette, May 11 -- Three recently published books authored by Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne professors provide examples of the wide-ranging academic research and scholarship of the school's faculty. All the professors -- Jane Grant, Strayer and Erik S. Ohlander -- laud IPFW leadership not only for encouraging their research and writing but also for offering material support that made the publication of the books possible. Full story.

In hard times, steel firms forge ahead
Chicago Tribune, May 13 -- The economy is struggling. The auto industry is on its back. Housing starts are at historic lows. If it seems there is no relief in sight from the bad economic data, just take a look along the southern shore of Lake Michigan. From East Chicago to Gary, in the heart of the old Midwestern steel belt, a fragile boomlet is taking shape. "It's not glory times for the steel industry, but it's a big improvement from what it's been," said Don Coffin, a professor at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. Full story.

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