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Front Page News at Indiana University

January 23, 2009

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IU Theatre and Drama opens spring season with acclaimed 'Stop Kiss'
The total package: a skillful, compassionate doctor
Supreme Court decision ends battle over COPA
IU Opera presents 'Cinderella story' "Cendrillon"
IU researchers receive $1.9 million NIH grant
IU center working to quell 'cybergeddon'
IU African American Choral Ensemble to present concert, "Pressing Forward -- No Turning Back"
Indiana University Discovery May Provide New Approach to HIV Treatment
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU Theatre and Drama opens spring season with acclaimed 'Stop Kiss' -- What happens when a sincere expression of love is met with intolerance and violence? Simultaneously a valentine and a warning, Diana Son's sweetly arresting Stop Kiss explores the highs and lows of contemporary urban life. Swinging back and forth in time, the play revolves around a brutal beating that occurs when two young women are seen kissing on a park bench in Greenwich Village. While deftly addressing issues of sexuality and the devastating impact of a simple, hesitating moment of intimacy, the play retains a pervasive sense of humor, melding light and dark into a single work that eloquently captures the complexity and humanity of daily existence. Read the complete story.

The total package: a skillful, compassionate doctor -- Patients and their families want physicians who are gifted in diagnosis and treatment and who are caring individuals with the interpersonal skills needed to communicate complex information in stressful circumstances. A new study in the January 2009 issue of Academic Medicine shows training physicians to be humanistic is feasible and produces measurably better communicators. Read the complete story.

Supreme Court decision ends battle over COPA -- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Wednesday not to review a ruling striking down the Child Online Pornography Act (COPA) has brought to an end a more than 10-year effort by Congress to protect children from exposure to online pornography. This decision -- and those that preceded it -- cast doubt on the effectiveness of regulating a vast medium like the Internet, according to an Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor. Read the complete story.

IU Opera presents 'Cinderella story' "Cendrillon" -- In a show that's sure to engage and inspire Cinderella fans of all ages, IU Opera Theater presents a new production of Jules Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella), based on the original fairy tale, on Feb. 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. in Bloomington's Musical Arts Center. Guest directed by Chuck Hudson, guest conducted by Ronald Zollman and designed by Jacobs School of Music Professor C. David Higgins, Cendrillon is set in 18th-century France, and will be chock-full of visual effects to help create a magical environment. Read the complete story.

IU researchers receive $1.9 million NIH grant -- Researchers in Indiana University's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences have received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of cognitive and motivational processes in decision making and behavioral control in alcoholism and related disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and childhood conduct disorder. Read the complete story.

IU center working to quell 'cybergeddon' -- Cyber attacks pose one of the greatest threats to the United States, lagging behind only nuclear warfare and weapons of mass destruction in terms of their potential devastation, FBI experts said earlier this month. Indiana University is assisting in research and education to help prevent such attacks on American infrastructure, said Fred H. Cate, a distinguished professor of law at the IU Maurer School of Law -- Bloomington and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. Read the complete story.

IU African American Choral Ensemble to present concert, "Pressing Forward -- No Turning Back" -- Indiana University's African American Arts Institute will present a free concert of traditional and contemporary gospel music at 5 p.m.on Sunday, Feb. 22, in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. The African American Choral Ensemble's repertoire resonates with the complexities of the black American experience. The larger ensemble offers the public three smaller contemporary gospel groups: SoulACE, Sojourner and God's Progress. These groups honor and preserve the vocal traditions of black gospel music. Read the complete story.

Indiana University Discovery May Provide New Approach to HIV Treatment -- Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have identified a potential new target in the war on HIV/AIDS. The information was published in the Jan. 16 issue of the journal Molecular Cell. The study revealed that a variant of a protein involved in HIV pathogenesis can suppress production of an HIV protein, known as Nef. Nef is required for the human immunodeficiency virus to develop into AIDS through a series of complex events involving viral elements and cellular proteins. Nef has never been a target for drug treatment in HIV patients. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Monday, Jan. 19:
Women's Basketball: Four Hoosiers reached double-digits in scoring as the Indiana women's basketball team (13-3, 6-1) won a battle against in-state rival Purdue, 71-57. The win gave the Hoosiers their first win in the Barnburner series since Jan. 25, 1998, when IU won in Bloomington, 85-71. That was also the last time the Hoosiers beat Purdue in Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.

Results from Thursday, Jan. 22:
Women's Basketball: Senior Amber Jackson and junior Jamie Braun combined for 34 points as the Indiana women's basketball team defeated Michigan, 60-50, Thursday at Crisler Arena. The Hoosiers are 14-3 overall and 7-1 in the Big Ten. IU's 7-1 league mark is its best start in school history. The win was the Hoosiers first in Ann Arbor since Feb. 1, 1998. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, Jan. 23:
Men's Tennis: New Mexico Military Institute, 10 a.m., New Mexico, 6 p.m., Albuquerque, NM
Wrestling: Penn State, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Gladstein Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, Jan. 24:
Women's Swimming: Purdue, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Swimming: Evansville, 1 p.m., Evansville, Ind.
Men's Tennis: Texas A&M Corpus Christi, 1 p.m., Albuquerque, NM
Women's Water Polo: UCLA, 1:15 p.m., California, 6:15 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Men's and Women's Track: Gladstein Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Jan. 25:
Women's Water Polo: Cal State Northbridge, 9:05 a.m., Colorado State, 12:20 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Women's Tennis: Marquette, 10 a.m., Ball State, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Basketball: Minnesota, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Basketball: Illinois, 4 p.m., Champaign, Ill.

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IU in the news

Leukemia drug studied in ovarian cancer fight
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 22 -- Dr. Daniela Matei, co-leader of experimental and developmental therapeutics at the IU Simon Cancer Center and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine, answers questions about treatment for ovarian cancer. Full story.

Lilly Library: 'IU's hidden treasure'
Indiana Daily Student, Jan. 23 -- Every day students pass by the ivy-covered stone walls of the Lilly Library without realizing what's inside. The Lilly Library is IU's own hidden treasure, said Rebecca Cape, head of reference and public services. Though the library was opened in 1960 to display the wide collection of Josiah Kirby Lilly Jr.'s books and manuscripts, it has become a place for students to research and view exhibits and books found nowhere else. Lilly donated the more than 20,000 books and 17,000 manuscripts that make up the rare book and manuscript collection that can be seen in the Lilly Library today. Full story.

Researching 'baby talk'; Professors investigate if 'baby talk' can help hearing impaired infants
The BG News, Jan. 22 -- When talking with young children, parents often use what is called "baby talk" to put a smile on their babies' faces. This use of "baby talk" has been linked to the improvement of normal-hearing children's speech and language skills. Laura Dilley, assistant professor of psychology and communication disorders, and J. Devin McAuley, an associate professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University are in collaboration with Tonya Bergeson, the project leader from Indiana University School of Medicine, researching how hearing-impaired infants develop speech and language skills. The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Deafness and Other Communications Disorders is funding the five-year, $2 million research project. Full story.

McRobbie grasps IU's mission
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 23 -- Sitting in his office overlooking the limestone Sample Gates at an entrance to Indiana University's Bloomington campus, President Michael McRobbie spent part of a recent chilly afternoon talking about the first 18 months of his tenure. He spoke of the "almost unprecedented cooperation" between Indiana and Purdue universities, as well as recent calls for sweeping cuts in state spending on higher education. He talked about his goal of providing each student with a global outlook, regardless of his or her major, and his effort to meet with as many Hoosiers as possible "so I can consistently spread the word about the great things happening at IU." Full story.

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