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Front Page News at Indiana University

January 16, 2009

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IU Ballet Theater presents edgy new choreography at Buskirk-Chumley
IU President's University Diversity Initiative announces funding for 12 projects
IU Maurer School of Law hosts inaugural Tax Policy Colloquium
Inauguration Day at Wells Library features public art event
Exiled Bangladeshi feminist author Taslima Nasrin will visit IU Bloomington, present lecture Jan. 23
Economist returns to Kelley after more than a year in Washington at the Federal Trade Commission
IU physicist Horowitz receives DOE grant, APS fellowship
Does Universal Health Care Affect Attitude Toward Dementia?
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU Ballet Theater presents edgy new choreography at Buskirk-Chumley -- Showcasing recent work by up-and-coming regional choreographers, Indiana University Ballet Theater will present "Ballet at the BCT: On the Edge" on Jan. 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in downtown Bloomington. The performances will feature new works by choreographers from the Louisville Ballet and BalletMet (Columbus, Ohio) created especially for this production, as well as recent work from IU Ballet Department faculty and students. Read the complete story.

IU President's University Diversity Initiative announces funding for 12 projects -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced Jan. 15 that the university has awarded $1 million through the President's University Diversity Initiative to fund 12 projects that will strengthen racial, ethnic and cultural diversity at seven IU campuses. "I am extraordinarily pleased with the energy, imagination and creativity shown in these proposals," McRobbie said. "All the campuses responded to the challenge with ideas that reflect their strategic goals and address the varied dimensions of diversity. I look forward to seeing the results that these initiatives will produce." Read the complete story.

IU Maurer School of Law hosts inaugural Tax Policy Colloquium -- Tax law experts from across the country will visit the Indiana University Maurer School of Law--Bloomington during the spring 2009 semester as part of the Law School's inaugural Tax Policy Colloquium. The six speakers will present works in progress on timely topics in the field of tax law and policy, said Leandra Lederman, the William W. Oliver Professor of Tax Law at the IU Maurer School of Law. Read the complete story.

Inauguration Day at Wells Library features public art event -- If you're looking to commemorate Inauguration Day 2009, head to the lobby of the Indiana University Herman B Wells Library on Jan. 20. Students can view the inauguration in the Herman B Wells Library (room E174, near the south lobby entrance) from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Work stations in the Information Commons (Wells Library, west tower) will have links to the live feed of the event in Washington, D.C. Yes We Can, an interactive art project, also will be installed in the Wells Library lobby. Timed to coincide with the inauguration of President Barack Obama, this new exhibit invites visitors to write on free-standing panels as they respond to the question, "What are your hopes and dreams for American democracy?" Read the complete story.

Exiled Bangladeshi feminist author Taslima Nasrin will visit IU Bloomington, present lecture Jan. 23 -- Exiled Bangladeshi feminist author Taslima Nasrin will visit Indiana University Bloomington and present the Shiva and Ram Avtar Tiwari Memorial Lecture, "My Life: A Struggle for Equality," at 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. Nasrin left Bangladesh in 1994 after Islamic extremists accused her of insulting Islam in her writings and threatened to kill her. She left India last March to seek medical assistance in Sweden and soon will move to Paris. Read the complete story.

Economist returns to Kelley after more than a year in Washington at the Federal Trade Commission -- Professor Michael Baye has returned to Indiana University's Kelley School of Business after spending the past year and a half as director of the Bureau of Economics at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Baye, the Bert Elwert professor of business economics since 1997, served as the agency's chief economist, supervising economic analysis at the FTC and advising on economic policy matters. Baye promoted the effective interaction of economists in the Bureau of Economics with attorneys in the bureaus of Competition and Consumer Protection. Read the complete story.

IU physicist Horowitz receives DOE grant, APS fellowship -- Charles Horowitz, professor of physics at Indiana University, has been elected to fellowship in the American Physical Society, the preeminent organization of physicists in the United States. Horowitz was honored for his contributions to research involving dense nuclear matter. The U.S. Department of Energy also recognized the importance of Horowitz's work in describing and modeling nuclei, nuclear reactions and dense matter by awarding him a $266,000 grant to continue his theoretical studies of nuclear and hadronic physics. Read the complete story.

Does Universal Health Care Affect Attitude Toward Dementia? -- A new study has found that in spite of their universal health care system which facilitates access to free dementia care, older adults in the United Kingdom are less willing to undergo dementia screening than their counterparts in the U.S. because the Britons perceive greater societal stigma from diagnosis of the disease than do Americans. Researchers surveyed 125 older adults in Indianapolis and 120 older adults in Kent, England, on their opinions on the perceived harms and benefits of dementia screening. None of those surveyed had been diagnosed with dementia, however significantly more of the U.K. participants (48 percent) had close friends or relatives who have or had Alzheimer's disease compared to U.S. participants (27 percent). Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Thursday, Jan. 15:
Women's Basketball: Senior All-America candidate Whitney Thomas led three Hoosiers (12-3, 5-1) in double-digit points as she collected her 29th career double-double in a 64-61 win over Wisconsin (13-5, 3-4) on Jan. 15 in Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Saturday, Jan. 17:
Men's Tennis: Eastern Kentucky, 9 a.m., Toledo, 1 p.m., Gardner-Webb, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Swimming: Missouri/Ohio State, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Basketball: Penn State, 6 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Indiana Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Jan. 18:
Women's Tennis: Western Michigan, 10 a.m., Miami of Ohio, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Wrestling: Clarion/Gardner-Webb/American, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Monday, Jan. 19:
Women's Basketball: Purdue, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

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IU in the news

IU pleased with ranking as a best value university by the Princeton Review
Indiana Daily Student, Jan. 15 -- IU is back on top, ranking among some of the most affordable universities. As one of three Big Ten universities on the list, IU is among the 50 "Best Value" public colleges, according to The Princeton Review. "We are pleased with the ranking as a best value, and it confirms what we believe students and families already believe about Indiana University," said Roger Thompson, IU vice provost for enrollment management, in an e-mail interview. Full story.

Singing Hoosiers hope to delight at inauguration ball
Indiana Daily Student, Jan. 16 -- IU's Singing Hoosiers will perform at the ball in the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington the night before President-elect Barack Obama is sworn into office. The group received an invitation to perform and will sing for about an hour and a half, said Director Michael Schwartzkopf. He said the Singing Hoosiers have performed at inaugural balls before, but 15 to 20 years have passed since the last. Full story.

Methane discovery could mean life on Mars
CNN, Jan. 15 -- Scientists have discovered methane in Mars' atmosphere, raising the possibility that life might exist on the planet. The methane could have come from past or present subsurface microorganisms, geological activity or comets striking the planet, scientists and NASA officials said. Scientists were not sure how long the methane has been on the planet. Methane -- four atoms of hydrogen bound to a carbon atom -- is the main component of natural gas on Earth. It's of interest to astrobiologists because organisms release much of Earth's methane as they digest nutrients. Other purely geological processes, like oxidation of iron, also release methane. "It's time, it's prudent that we begin to explore Mars looking for the possibility of a life form that's exhaling methane," said Lisa Pratt, professor of geological sciences at Indiana University, at a NASA news briefing Thursday. Full story.

The influence of prenatal exposure to nicotine on kids' behavior problems less than thought
Health News Digest, Jan. 14 -- For years, research has shown that there is a connection between prenatal exposure to nicotine and behavior problems in children, but an Indiana University study suggests that these problems are caused by environmental factors that increase the probability of both maternal smoking during pregnancy and offspring problems, not the specific effects of prenatal exposures. Full story.

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