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Last modified: Friday, July 30, 2010

IU News Roundup

July 30, 2010

'I Grew to hate basketball'
The Chronicle of Higher Education, 7/29/2010 -- Twenty-eight players and assistant coaches have quit the women's basketball program at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis over the past four years. This week an extensive and disturbing report published in The Indianapolis Star offers some clues as to why. More.

IUPUI to probe 'emotional abuse' allegations in women's basketball
USA Today, 7/30/2010 -- A three-member panel will investigate allegations of "emotional abuse" and NCAA rules violations in IUPUI's women's basketball program. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Charles Bantz said Tuesday that he has appointed Sue Shields, retired magistrate judge for the U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana, to lead the panel. The other members are Gary Roberts, dean of the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, and Angie Torain, associate athletic director. The panel will report its findings to IU President Michael McRobbie, the IU board of trustees and other IUPUI leaders. No time was mentioned for when the panel is expected to complete its work. More.

19 IU med students headed to Haiti to provide care
Chicago Tribune (AP), 7/30/2010 -- Nineteen northwestern Indiana medical students will travel to Haiti to provide care to victims of the devastating earthquake that hit earlier this year. The 19 students leaving Sunday are part of a group called Medical Student Missions, which is comprised of second-year students in the Indiana University Medical School. Member Brandon Sparks of the med school's northwest campus in Gary says the project originated in a medical ethics class earlier this year. More.

IUN expects record enrollment
Chesterton Tribune, 7/29/2010 -- Indiana University Northwest will continue to admit fully qualified students one week prior to the start of fall classes, but is urging students to apply soon to ensure that their financial aid is in place in time. More.

Frugal IU East prepared for continued wage freeze
Richmond Paladium-Item, 7/30/2010 -- The chancellor of Indiana University East said the campus is prepared if a wage freeze is extended by President Michael McRobbie. "We have been very careful about the way we have been spending money," Nasser Paydar said. "We are still scanning the environment. No decision has been made." More.

Ohio's hot, rainy summer turns lakes and ponds into breeding grounds for slimy, smelly algae
The Columbus Republic, 7/29/2010 -- Slimy blobs of algae like the ones that have polluted Ohio's largest inland lake are now being found in some small lakes and ponds. On Lake Erie, algae blooms are popping up in growing numbers earlier than in past years. Researchers think it's because it has been hotter and rainier than usual and a sign of things to come. Indiana has had similar problems. Indiana's health department said last week that five of nine reservoirs that it monitors have high levels of algae that could cause health problems for swimmers, including rashes and nausea. "It's been bad the last three years," said Lenore Tedesco, director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. More.

Wanted man rescued after jumping into river
Witnesses reported suspicious man driving golf car
The INDY, 7/29/2010 -- A man wanted on outstanding warrants for sexual misconduct and battery was rescued Thursday after jumping into the White River downtown, police said. Officers were called to the campus of Indiana University Purdue University-Indianapolis just after 4:30 p.m. on a report of a suspicious person driving a golf cart. More.

Family fight seeps into Simon Property Group boardroom
Simon feud could play pivotal role in control of mall giant
Indianapolis Star, 7/30/2010 -- In a court deposition filled with examples of divisions in her family, Bren Simon, the widow of billionaire real estate investor Melvin Simon, admits that she has referred to stepson David Simon as a "terrorist." Indiana knows the Simons, in large part, for their generosity. The corporate stake in the mall development company created the wealth that's allowed the family to be one of the most charitable in Indianapolis' history, donating more than $150 million to Indiana University and numerous Indianapolis civic institutions. Melvin Simon's estate also co-owns the Indiana Pacers. More.

Purdue athletics is self-sustaining, one of four school sin Big Ten that can claim this
Purdue Exponent, 7/28/2010 -- Amidst a firestorm of speculation and criticism over where the University will cut the next million or so dollars, it's reasonable to expect many to be baffled by the $99.5-million Mackey Arena renovation. The recent economic downturn and Gov. Mitch Daniels' call to cut $45 million from the University budget have resulted in hiring freezes, deferred operations and facility repairs, energy savings and cuts to information technology. The reason that money has not come from the athletic budget, however, is because athletics and academics are separate financial entities. More.

IU Voices in the News

The 411 on phone therapy
The Los Angeles Times, 7/302020 -- The therapist-patient relationship is crucial to people battling depression, addiction, weight gain and diabetes. But that relationship might not always have to be in person to be effective. A study published in the July 14 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that cancer patients who talked regularly with a nurse over the phone and answered automated voice-recorded surveys about their symptoms experienced greater improvements in their pain and depression levels than patients who did not receive this additional care. "Pain and depression are two of the most common symptoms in cancer patients, besides fatigue," said Dr. Kurt Kroenke, lead author of the study and professor of medicine at Indiana University. "However, in a busy clinical setting, discussing issues like symptoms might be a secondary part of the visit, so it is often unmentioned and untreated." More.

We're through -- now get off my Facebook page
Social networking complicates the age-old problems of romance
Tech & Science on TODAY, July 30/2010 -- Lovers still see a face-to-face encounter as the ideal way to break up their relationship in the complicated age of Facebook and cell phones, according to Ilana Gershon's interviews with college students and middle-age adults. She assistant professor of communication and culture at Indiana University in Bloomington and the author of a new book, "The Breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over New Media" (Cornell University Press, July 2010). "I got really interested in the fact that all this technology is designed to connect with people, yet people [are] constantly dealing with the problem of how to disconnect," said Gershon. More.

Negative stereotypes shown to affect learning, not just performance
New research shows negative stereotypes not only jeopardize test performance but also inhibit learning
U.S. News and World Report Science, 7/28/2010 -- Negative stereotypes not only jeopardize how members of stigmatized groups might perform on tests and in other skill-based acts, such as driving and golf putting, but they also can inhibit actual learning, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers. While the effect of negative performance stereotypes on test-taking and in other domains is well documented, the study by social psychologist Robert J. Rydell and his colleagues in IU's Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences is the first to show that the effects might also be seen further upstream than once thought, when the skills are learned, not just performed. More.

In young girls, obesity linked to early puberty, analysis reveals
YAHOO NEWS (Health Day News), 7/28//2010 -- Obesity is associated with early puberty in young girls, according to a researcher who analyzed more than 100 reports on the issue. Some experts have concluded that early puberty increases the risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes, but these diseases are linked to obesity, not early puberty, according to review author and pediatric endocrinologist Dr. Emily Walvoord, of the Indiana University School of Medicine. More.

Planting seeds
Summer program gives students a lesson in the environment
South Bend Tribune, 7/29/2010 -- Indiana University South Bend biology professor Deb Marr gathered youngsters around the colored layers of plastic representing land. The enthusiastic students poured colored sprinkles and liquids representing fertilizer, manure, chemicals and mystery substances on the plastic while others sprayed water to simulate rain. Soon there were orange, purple and black-colored puddles and streams in the low areas as the group realized anything on land could end up in the water. IUSB's Center for a Sustainable Future is a partner in this program known as Summer Science and Education Development Series (SEEDS). More.