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Daily IU News Update

September 19, 2008

IU commits $1 million to diversity initiative
Indiana Daily News, Sept. 18 -- IU is committing $1 million to increasing diversity, President Michael McRobbie announced Thursday. The plan, President's University Diversity Initiative, proposes to support minorities who wish to gain access to or graduate from IU, according to a press release. Full story.

IU breaks fundraising record,, Sept. 18 -- Indiana University's president says the school's latest fundraising campaign set a record of nearly $409 million, smashing the old record by more than $100 million. President Michael McRobbie said yesterday that IU's record 2008 private sector support included $251 million in gifts made to the IU Foundation and $36 million in gifts to the Riley Children's Foundation. Full story. Full story 2.

'Welcome home, Hoagy.'
One of IU's most famous alumni now has a permanent home on campus.
Indiana Daily Student, Bloomington Herald-Times,, Sept. 19 -- The Grand Foyer of the IU Auditorium was bursting at the seams Thursday evening for the dedication ceremony of the Hoagy Carmichael Landmark Sculpture. President Michael McRobbie presided over the ceremony to pay fitting tribute to who he said is IU's most revered alumnus. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Diversity push at IU includes big 'carrot'
Trustees told plan includes $1 million for best proposals to recruit more minority students
Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 19 -- Despite a record enrollment of Asian and Hispanic students at Indiana University this fall, the university has a long way to go to be truly diverse, according to administrators. The IU Board of Trustees at its meeting Thursday heard about the need to diversify from one dean, and about $1 million earmarked by President Michael McRobbie toward that goal systemwide. Full story.

Jill Bolte Taylor on Her Life
Sound Medicine, Sept. 19 -- Sound Medicine co-host Kathy Miller, M.D., visits with Jill Bolte Taylor, an IU School of Medicine neuroanatomist, whose experiences recovering from a stroke have brought worldwide attention, including being name one of Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People." The show airs Sunday at 2 p.m. on WFYI, 90.1. It airs at 6 p.m. Sunday on WFIU. The Web audio will be available here first thing Sunday morning. For more airtimes around the state, check here.

IU Trustees applaud job of athletic director
Despite NCAA case, they say, Greenspan has enjoyed successes
Indianapolis Star, Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 19 -- Indiana University trustees Thursday praised outgoing athletic director Rick Greenspan for his performance in finances, facilities and gender equity, while barely touching on the NCAA investigation that led to Greenspan's resignation. Full story. Full story 2.

IU AD remains defiant over allegations
WISHTV8, Sept. 19 -- For the first time since the NCAA extended its deadline for a report on IU's alleged recruiting violations, its athletic director is speaking out. Rick Greenspan spoke before I.U.'s board of trustees Thursday afternoon. He gave a glimpse into how he's likely to defend the athletic program on September 26. Full story.

Greenspan: IU's 'compliance' good
Indianapolis Star, Sept. 18 -- Indiana University athletic director Rick Greenspan said this afternoon that "our compliance culture is good" during his annual report to the school's board of trustees. "Obviously what we've gone through and experienced in men's basketball is disappointing," Greenspan said. "It's embarrassing. It's frustrating. And it's been costly for many." Full story.

IU Athletics announces $6M surplus
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 19 -- Three years ago, there was a huge deficit. IU Director of Athletics Rick Greenspan was getting heat from students and trustees, and his department was struggling to meet financial goals from ticket sales, especially in football. But at Thursday's board of trustees meeting, Greenspan delivered the athletics department annual report and painted a starkly different picture. Full story.

Indiana Medical Transcription Company to Add 100 Jobs
Inside Indiana Business, Sept. 18 -- A Terre Haute-based medical transcription software company, InfraWare Inc., will create up to 100 jobs over the next five years as it begins testing its new dictation recognition engine. Linguistics researchers from Indiana University assisted in the conceptual development of InfraWare's technology along with software engineers from the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology who assisted in developing the platform's software infrastructure. The Terre Haute Innovation Alliance, an economic development and education partnership between Indiana State University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the City of Terre Haute provided consulting services to InfraWare, and associates from Indiana State University's Center for Business Support and Economic Innovation assisted InfraWare with grant procurement services. Full story.

Improving campus security solid choice
We Say Requiring minimum campus safety is necessary
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 18 -- Campus safety might be on students' minds lately. Besides recent national tragedies such as the Virginia Tech and the Northern Illinois University shootings, IU students recently experienced a test of the IU-Notify system and a reported incident with an unidentified slasher. Full story.

Clean Colonoscopy Grants 5-Year Relief
No Cancers Seen 5 Years After Colonoscopy 'All Clear'
WebMD, Sept. 17 -- People who get an "all clear" after colonoscopy screening don't get colon cancer for at least five years, a new study confirms. Now there's more evidence from Thomas F. Imperiale, MD, of Indiana University; David F. Ransohoff, MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and colleagues. The researchers found no colon cancers in 1,256 healthy men and women rescreened five years after their first negative colonoscopy. Full story.

Indiana University Melvin And Bren Simon Cancer Center Advances Prostate Cancer Research With Progress
Medical News Today, Sept. 18 -- Noah Hahn, M.D., assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a member of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, said one in six men will be affected by prostate cancer. This year, 186,000 men will be diagnosed with the disease and 28,000 will die from it. Full story.

Bisphenol A may raise breast cancer risk, Sept. 18 -- A study by Dr. Theodore Widlanski and colleagues from Indiana University and the University of California and published in the journal Chemistry & Biology showed breast cancer cells can pick up bisphenol A indicating that this chemical may have something to do with the development of breast cancer. Full story.

IU voices in the news

Growth engines
Indianapolis Star, Sept. 19 -- Indianapolis-based National Trade Supply is the textbook case of a company offering the right products at the right time."From a regional credibility standpoint, having Indiana companies on that list is very important in attracting outside venture funding from the East Coast and West Coast," said Todd Saxton, an associate professor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. "When you get that kind of visibility and that national and international recognition, it's not just good for the individual company, but it's good for our area." Full story.

Drinking age: a double-edged sword
Lariat, Sept. 16 -- Professor Ruth C. Engs of Indiana University made a point by saying, "As a nation, we have tried prohibition legislation twice in the past for controlling irresponsible drinking problems. Today we are repeating history and making the same mistakes that occurred in the past. Prohibition did not work then and prohibition for young people under the age of 21 is not working now." Full story.

Bioheart Reports Promising Results From Preclinical Study of Adipose-Derived Acute Cell Therapy
Market Watch, Sept. 18 -- A proposed pathway for seeking regulatory approval of Bioheart Acute Cell Therapy using the TGI 1200 System has been developed and additional preclinical studies involving pigs, testing for the safety and efficacy of the therapy, commenced in the first quarter of 2007 at Indiana University. "We are very proud of our pre-clinical work with adipose-derived stem cells," said Howard J. Leonhardt, Bioheart CEO and Chief Technology Officer. "We hope that this and other pre-clinical studies will allow us to obtain IND approval for the start of a human clinical trial involving these cells for use in patients soon after they have a heart attack." Full story.

From the Chronicle

Experts Lay Out Aggressive Plan for Simplifying Student Aid
The federal student-aid system makes college possible for a lot of students. It is also needlessly complicated and confusing. That's the thought that inspired the Rethinking Student Aid study group, a collection of higher-education professionals, policy experts, and researchers who have met over the last two years to create a set of proposals for simplifying and improving the federal student-aid system. Full story.

Nonprofit Lender Asks Congress for More Help to Stay Afloat
With the credit crunch showing no signs of subsiding, nonprofit lenders are asking Congress to take additional measures to keep them afloat. At a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee on the auction-rate securities market on Thursday, the president of Pennsylvania's nonprofit lender urged lawmakers to give the U.S. secretary of the treasury the authority to purchase securities backed by student loans. Full story.

The Body Politic: Biology May Shape Political Views
If conservatives and liberals can't see eye to eye, it may be because their brains are wired differently from birth, according to researchers who have for the first time found a link between people's political leanings and their physiology. Full story.

Thirst of a Nation
A free drink is increasingly tough to come by in the Great White North.
"I knew access to tap water was declining and that 'crumbling infrastructure' meant universities didn't have money for little repairs," says Erika Shaker, author of a report based on the survey. "But it was shocking to read that many new buildings are being constructed without fountains." Full story.

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