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Front Page News at Indiana University

May 30, 2008

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IU SPEA Executive Education Program to sponsor homeland security seminar
Bilateral Cochlear Implants: A Case When Two Are Definitely Superior to One
Sustainability task force announces summer internship program
IU-Purdue research initiative will benefit Hoosiers statewide
IU receives Health Games technology grant, sends students on Skeleton Chase
Chancellor Ruth Person to leave IU Kokomo
Kelley School's event on June 17 to help alumni make the right next career move
Indiana University School of Informatics appoints assistant dean of diversity and education
New reports indicate consistency, orientation have benefits for Ivy Tech students
Search for IU East chancellor to begin
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU SPEA Executive Education Program to sponsor homeland security seminar -- What does it take to get city services up and running following a devastating tornado? How do you protect lives and property during high-profile events such as a Super Bowl or major motorsports race? How do you protect important businesses from sabotage? Such questions and concerns are the focus of an upcoming homeland security emergency management seminar. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) will host the first of six major national conferences on homeland security and emergency management from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 12, at the University Place Conference Center, located at 850 W. Michigan St. on the IUPUI campus. Read the complete story.

Bilateral Cochlear Implants: A Case When Two Are Definitely Superior to One -- A study of cochlear implant patients seen by Indiana University School of Medicine physicians is the first research to show evidence that cochlear implants in both ears significantly improves quality of life in patients with profound hearing loss and that the cost of the second implant is offset by its benefits. The study, which appears in the May issue of the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, found that improvements in factors that contribute to quality of life including such critical abilities as hearing in noisy environments, focusing on conversations, and speaking at an appropriate volume resulted when cochlear devices were implanted in both ears. Read the complete story.

Sustainability task force announces summer internship program -- As part of a rapidly expanding initiative to advance environmental sustainability at its Bloomington campus, Indiana University's Sustainability Task Force has appointed 18 undergraduate interns and graduate fellows to its second Summer Program in Sustainability. Under the mentorship of IU faculty and staff, students will work on a broad array of academic and operational issues related to sustainability. Building upon the work done by their predecessors last summer and through the past academic year, the students will engage in research and lay the groundwork for new initiatives aimed at further improvement of sustainability on the Bloomington campus. Read the complete story.

IU-Purdue research initiative will benefit Hoosiers statewide -- A federal award to fund the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute validates Indiana's position as a biomedical research leader, and citizens across Indiana and beyond will benefit, say Hoosier life sciences leaders. The National Institutes of Health has awarded a five-year grant of $25 million to the IU School of Medicine to fund Indiana CTSI activities at Indiana and Purdue universities. The NIH created the clinical and translational awards program as a high priority effort to improve the process by which the laboratory discoveries of basic science are transformed into new medical treatments and products -- a process called translational research. Read the complete story.

IU receives Health Games technology grant, sends students on Skeleton Chase -- Indiana University announced today (May 29) that it received a $185,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to explore how an interactive digital game can be designed to improve players' health. IU joins 11 other research teams supported in this first round of funding from Health Games Research, an RWJF national program established to strengthen the evidence base related to the development and use of games to achieve desirable health outcomes. Read the complete story.

Chancellor Ruth Person to leave IU Kokomo -- Ruth R. Person, chancellor at Indiana University Kokomo since 1999, will leave that position this summer to become chancellor at the University of Michigan-Flint. Person, an alumna of the University of Michigan, will begin her appointment Aug. 18, pending approval by the University of Michigan Board of Regents. Read the complete story.

Kelley School's event on June 17 to help alumni make the right next career move -- In a move that's both good will and smart business, more colleges and universities are expanding career management services for their alumni. That's why Indiana University's Kelley School of Business Alumni Association has partnered with seasonedPRO.com to produce a unique one-day event designed to advance the careers of experienced alumni and other members of the professional community. Titled "Career Moves 2008," the event will be held on June 17 at the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capitol Ave. in Indianapolis. The one-day event brings together employers and alumni along with career management experts. Read the complete story.

Indiana University School of Informatics appoints assistant dean of diversity and education -- The Indiana University School of Informatics has announced that Maureen Biggers will be joining the school as the assistant dean for diversity and education, effective Aug. 1. Biggers comes to IU from the College of Computing at Georgia Tech, where she has held the positions of assistant dean for diversity and community, and most recently, director of the Diversity Research Lab. She has extensive experience in research and programs related to the inclusion of women and underrepresented minorities in computing, as well as in student services. Read the complete story.

New reports indicate consistency, orientation have benefits for Ivy Tech students -- Two new policy briefs from the Indiana Project on Academic Success (IPAS) find students who transfer from Ivy Tech Community College to public 4-year institutions in Indiana are more likely to do so within their first three years of study than if they carry studies further, and find evidence that orientation is helpful for new Ivy Tech students. Read the complete story.

Search for IU East chancellor to begin -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie May 28 announced the appointment of an 11-member search and screen committee to recommend finalists for the position of chancellor at IU East, the university's campus in Richmond, Ind. Former IU East Chancellor David Fulton retired at the end of the 2006-07 academic year. Nasser Paydar, former vice chancellor and dean of Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), has been serving as interim chancellor since Fulton's retirement. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Wednesday, May 28:
Men's Golf: The Indiana men's golf team, appearing at the NCAA Finals for the first time since 1996, finished the first round tied for 22nd with a score of 313, matching East Tennessee State. Read the tournament notes.

Results from Thursday, May 29:
Men's Golf: Halfway home at the 2008 NCAA Finals, Jorge Campillo sits in the top 10 and the Indiana men's golf team is tied for 27th place at the Kampen Course (par 72; 7,450 yards). Campillo shot a 2-under 70 in round two on Thursday, while the Hoosiers posted a 310. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Friday-Saturday, May 30-31:
Men's Golf: NCAA Championships, West Lafayette, Ind.
Women's Rowing: NCAA Championships
Women's and Men's Track: NCAA Regional Championships, Fayetteville, Ark.

Schedule for Sunday, June 1:
Women's Rowing: NCAA Championships

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IU in the news

2 IU student athletes receive Big Ten honors
Indiana Daily Student, May 29 -- With the 2007-2008 IU athletics season nearing completion, two IU student athletes received the Big Ten's Medal of Honor, rewarding achievement in athletics as well as in the classroom. Senior tennis player Thomas Richter and senior field hockey player Haley Exner received the award, which is given to one male and one female senior from each Big Ten school. Full story.

$25M worth of teamwork; Grant will help scientists from IU, Purdue transform research into realit
Indianapolis Star, May 30 -- Officials from Indiana and Purdue universities say a $25 million federal grant will help the rival institutions work together to turn scientific discoveries into treatments for patients more quickly. "This is hugely significant for the state," said Michael McRobbie, president of Indiana University. "It really heralds a new day in terms of collaboration and cooperation." The five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health was awarded Thursday to the IU School of Medicine to help fund the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute located on the Downtown Canal. The $81 million institute, known as CTSI, was created recently to more closely link IU and Purdue University researchers. Full story.

Fujitsu Teams with Indiana University on Optical Communications Research
TMCnet, May 30 -- Fujitsu Network Communications, a provider of IT and wireline/wireless networking solutions, has teamed with Indiana University (IU) on breakthrough research about the effects that Polarization Mode Dispersion (PMD) can have on specific wavelengths traveling at 40 Gbps or more. "Our collaboration with Fujitsu has allowed us to interact with the scientists from one of the leading research entities in optical networking," said Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and CIO at Indiana University. "Together, using advanced technology from Fujitsu, we were able to discover several optical characteristics that will have a profound implication on high speed networking across the globe. Our experience continues to be extremely positive, and we look forward to future research projects with Fujitsu." Full story.

Georgetown guard set to transfer to IU
Indiana Daily Student, May 29 -- Jeremiah Rivers, a 6-foot-4-inch, 205-lb. guard from Winter Park, Fla., may have put up less than impressive numbers in his two seasons as a Georgetown Hoya, but he isn't worried about the doubters who might have questioned IU coach Tom Crean's decision to extend him a scholarship offer. "Honestly, I could care less what they think," Rivers said in a phone interview on Tuesday. "I'm just here to play. Y'all will have to see for yourself." Although not all of the paperwork is in, the point guard told Crean on Tuesday that he is planning to transfer to IU. Full story.

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