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Last modified: Friday, April 9, 2004

IU News

Edition for April 9-15, 2004

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Presidential Inauguration

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IU set to inaugurate President Adam W. Herbert
IU will inaugurate Adam W. Herbert as its 17th president on April 15, during colorful public ceremonies that will pay tribute to the academic heritage of the university. IU Media Relations has begun presenting a series of stories about the history of inaugurations, the traditions and music, and the logistics of putting on such an event. To view those stories, visit the IU Media Relations Web site. More information about the performers and parking for the event can be found at this special inauguration Web site.

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Little 500 tradition continues at IU Bloomington
IU's Little 500 bicycle race began 54 years ago as a way to raise scholarship money for working students. It has been the subject of an Academy Award-winning film and numerous news reports and sports broadcasts. Today, it is the premier intramural collegiate cycling event in the nation. This year's celebration, which will be held April 23-24, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the movie that made the bike race famous, Breaking Away. Full story


Four IU professors are 2004 Guggenheim Fellows
Four IU Bloomington professors have been awarded Guggenheim fellowships, the Guggenheim Foundation announced on April 8. Professor of Central Eurasian Studies Christopher Beckwith, Professor Emeritus of Folklore and Ethnomusicology Mary Ellen Brown, Professor of Biology Ellen Ketterson and Distinguished Professor of Biology Loren Rieseberg are among the 2004 fellowship winners. Full story

HPER professor honored for helping to reduce the nation's chronic disease burden
Lloyd J. Kolbe, professor of applied health science at IU Bloomington, recently received the 2004 Award for Excellence in the Prevention and Control of Chronic Disease from the United States Chronic Disease Directors. This award recognizes distinguished service in reducing the nation's chronic disease burden. Read more about Kolbe in the Faculty Spotlight.


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Simon family lends name to new IU Bloomington life sciences building
One of the leading philanthropic families of Indiana is providing a major gift in support of a cutting-edge life sciences research building at the IU Bloomington campus. IU announced on April 8 that members of the Simon family will contribute $9 million toward construction of the 140,000-square-foot research and teaching facility, which will be named Simon Hall. Full story

Challenging math and "fun" not mutually exclusive
For many people the idea that challenging and comprehensive mathematics instruction also can be fun is, well, a bit of a stretch. Students, teachers and administrators in nine urban Indiana school districts are learning that mathematics can be challenging and fun -- for the students and the teachers, for the academic "eagles" as well as struggling students. This new-found enjoyment appears to be translating into better standardized test scores. Full story

IU focuses on genetics during National Parkinson's Awareness Month
April is National Parkinson's Awareness Month, but to Tatiana Foroud and her small group of dedicated genetics researchers, every month is Parkinson's Awareness Month. Dr. Foroud, associate professor of medical and molecular genetics at the IU School of Medicine, is the principal investigator for two clinical trials, both aimed at identifying the genes that cause the debilitating disease. Full story


Physicist to give Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture at IU Bloomington
The strongest force in nature that we know about is the force holding together the parts of the proton and neutron, which are called "quarks." This quark-binding force behaves very differently from other forces -- it doesn't weaken when the quarks get farther apart, and quarks can't be isolated. Understanding why this happens is the goal of a new $45 million project led by physicists from IU Bloomington. The project leader, IU Physics Professor Alex Dzierba, will give this year's Distinguished Faculty Research Lecture on Monday (April 12) at 3 p.m. in the Indiana Memorial Union's Whittenberger Auditorium. Full Story

Arts and Culture

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Celebrated jazzmen to reunite for pre-inaugural concert at IU Bloomington
Legendary jazz masters Vernice "Bunky" Green and David Baker, and IU President Adam W. Herbert, haven't always traveled the same roads, and yet there is a strong bond that connects them. Each is, in his own right, a major player in educating and inspiring America's youth. Green and Baker will perform a free concert on Wednesday evening (April 14) to celebrate the next day's inauguration of Herbert as IU's 17th president. Full Story

African American Choral Ensemble and IU Soul Revue to present annual spring concerts
The last two weekends of April will bring lots of music and joy to IU Bloomington and the community. On April 17, the African American Choral Ensemble will perform its annual spring concert. On April 24, the IU Soul Revue will "shake the house" with its annual spring performance. Full Story

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