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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 6, 2009

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IU raises fundraising campaign goal
Lincoln remembered in Lilly Library exhibition
Wright named associate dean for IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI
At 2,500 pounds and 43 feet, prehistoric snake is the largest on record
IU Jacobs Professor Violette Verdy awarded France's highest decoration
Arts and humanities grants awarded to 28 faculty at IU
IU honors pioneers in women's collegiate sports
Informatics professors' WiFi malware study published in top journal
Two IU donors among nation's most generous
State partners with Dentistry, Center for Health Policy to form Indiana Strategic Oral Health Initiative
IU Bloomington Scoreboard

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IU raises fundraising campaign goal -- Indiana University and its fundraising partner, the IU Foundation, today announced that they are raising the goal of the university's "Matching the Promise" fundraising campaign for the Bloomington campus by $100 million, or 10 percent, to $1.1 billion. The seven-year campaign, which runs through 2010, already has realized 95 percent of its initial $1 billion goal, according to IU President Michael A. McRobbie. Read the complete story.

Lincoln remembered in Lilly Library exhibition -- The Lilly Library at Indiana University will mark the 200th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth by showcasing highlights from its vast collections of materials pertaining to the president. As the most extensive exhibition of such items ever displayed at the library, "Remembering Lincoln" traces Lincoln's life from his Indiana boyhood through his celebrated presidency. The exhibition runs through May 9 and is free and open to the public. Read the complete story.

Wright named associate dean for IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI -- Eric R. Wright, director of the Center for Health Policy at Indiana University, has been named associate dean of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The appointment, subject to approval by the IU Board of Trustees, was announced today by John Graham, dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. It takes effect May 11, 2009. Read the complete story.

At 2,500 pounds and 43 feet, prehistoric snake is the largest on record -- Scientists have recovered fossils from a 60-million-year-old South American snake whose length and weight might make today's anacondas and reticulated pythons seem a bit cuter and more cuddly. Named Titanoboa cerrejonensis by its discoverers, the size of the snake's vertebrae suggest it weighed 1,140 kilograms (2,500 pounds) and measured 13 meters (42.7 feet) nose to tail tip -- and that's a conservative estimate. A report describing the find appears in this week's Nature. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs Professor Violette Verdy awarded France's highest decoration -- Violette Verdy, a distinguished professor in the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, has been named a Chevalier (Knight) in France's National Order of the Legion of Honor, an award from President M. Nicolas Sarkozy. The order is France's highest decoration. Read the complete story.

Arts and humanities grants awarded to 28 faculty at IU -- Twenty-eight faculty from various Indiana University campuses have been awarded New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities grants. With the intent of encouraging faculty to expand their work into new disciplinary or interdisciplinary areas, the awards will provide funding for this year's winners to explore different topics. Read the complete story.

IU honors pioneers in women's collegiate sports -- Indiana University alumna Joan Hult and IU athletic trainer Katie Grove, both pioneers in women's collegiate athletics, will be honored on Saturday (Feb. 7) in conjunction with National Girls and Women in Sport Day by the Indiana University School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, the IU Alumni Association and the IU Office for Women's Affairs. Read the complete story.

Informatics professors' WiFi malware study published in top journal -- The recent work of Indiana University informatics professors Steven Myers and Alex Vespignani on WiFi malware spreading has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), one of the world's most cited multidisciplinary scientific serials. The paper, titled "WiFi Networks and Malware Epidemiology," is the result of an ongoing research project by the pair and two additional collaborators. The team created a model based on principles of infectious disease to study how malware might spread through a WiFi network, based on current insecure installations. Read the complete story.

Two IU donors among nation's most generous -- Two donors who made extraordinary gifts to Indiana University in the last year are being recognized by the Chronicle of Philanthropy as some of the most generous philanthropists in the nation. The Chronicle's listing of the "The Philanthropy 50" includes Michael and Janie Maurer, who committed $35 million for scholarships to the newly-named Maurer School of Law-Bloomington, and the estate of Jesse and Beulah Cox, which provided a gift of $77 million for scholarships to be awarded to students on the IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) campuses. Read the complete story.

State partners with Dentistry, Center for Health Policy to form Indiana Strategic Oral Health Initiative -- The Indiana State Department of Health has been awarded an $185,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Resources and Services Administration to help identify the top oral health priorities in Indiana. The State Department of Health will partner with the Indiana University School of Dentistry and the Indiana University Center for Health Policy to form the Indiana Strategic Oral Health Initiative. The grant will assist the Oral Health Program at the State Department of Health and its partners in identifying priority oral health needs and developing a strategic plan to address those needs. Read the complete story.

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Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Wednesday, Feb. 4:
Men's Basketball: Devan Dumes scored 27 and Nick Williams had 14 points, while both came up with big steals in the final 36 seconds to seal the Hoosiers' 68-60 victory over Iowa Wednesday night in Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.

Results from Thursday, Feb. 5:
Women's Basketball: Trailing by 10 with 2:28 to play, the Indiana women's basketball team clawed back to within two at 63-61 with just over a minute to go but ran out of time in its comeback bid with a 69-67 loss at Iowa on Thursday night. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, Feb. 6:
Softball: Cal Poly, 2:30 p.m., Cal State Fullerton, 9 p.m., Los Angeles, Calif.
Women's Tennis: Duke, 4:30 p.m., Durham, N.C.
Wrestling: Purdue, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, Feb. 7:
Women's Water Polo: Stanford, 8 a.m., Arizona State, 3:15 p.m., Palo Alto, Calif.
Men's Tennis: Nebraska, 10 a.m., Georgia State, 4 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Swimming: Purdue, 12 p.m., West Lafayette, Ind.
Women's Tennis: Princeton, 2:30 p.m., Durham, N.C.
Men's Basketball: Michigan State, 4 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.
Softball: Pacific, 5 p.m., UCLA, 10 p.m., Los Angeles, Calif.
Men's and Women's Track: Meyo Invitational, South Bend, Ind. and Hoosier Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Feb. 8:
Women's Water Polo: USC, 8 a.m., Palo Alto, Calif.
Women's Basketball: Illinois, 12:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Softball: Cal Poly, 2:30 p.m., Los Angeles, Calif.
Women's Golf: Lady Puerto Rico Classic, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico

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IU in the news

IU seniors join effort against global warming
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 5 -- The first-ever graduating class of the undergraduate degree program in human biology joined more than a million Americans in yesterday's National Teach-In on global warming. The 19 seniors organized IU's contribution to the national effort to stimulate discussion on the changes our planet is experiencing and the future decisions that will need to be made. As professor Vicky Meretsky of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs said, climate change affects almost everything. Full story.

AIDS protein is targeted
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 5 -- Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have found a potential new target in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Their study revealed that a variant of a protein involved in the development of HIV can suppress production of another HIV protein, known as Nef. Nef, which has never been a target for drug treatment in HIV patients, is required for the human immunodeficiency virus to develop into AIDS. Principal study author Johnny J. He said a drug affecting Nef could complement existing therapies to offer protection against the virus. Full story.

IUS spring enrollment up
News and Tribune, Feb. 4 -- The economy may be down, but spring enrollment numbers are up at Indiana University Southeast. This semester's enrollment grew by 6 percent -- reaching 6,173 students -- when compared to last spring. IUS isn't the only Indiana University campus that saw a growth in numbers. Spring enrollment figures increased at all eight IU campuses but one -- IU Kokomo -- which saw a 2 percent decrease. Student population at the Bloomington campus went up 3.3 percent and IU East increased the most, at 9.7 percent. Full story.

IU and Purdue Prepare For Indiana Innovation Alliance Day
Inside Indiana Business, Feb. 4 -- Indiana University and Purdue University will join forces for the 18th annual Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse Visit and Indiana Innovation Alliance Day. On February 17 the two institutions will make their case to state legislators for the Alliance and its importance to the state's economic future. The event will include exhibits highlighting collaborative research and work done by researchers with Indiana businesses, remarks by IU President Michael McRobbie and Purdue President France Córdova. The universities are proposing that the legislature provide $35 million for the alliance in each year of the 2009-11 biennial state budget. Full story.

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