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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 21, 2007

Front Page News at IU delivers top headlines of the day from the campuses of Indiana University. It comes to you courtesy of IU University Communications in the Office of University Relations.


Colon cancer screening: going 'Back to the Future?'
New music to get big treatment on IU New Music Ensemble's East Coast tour
Grant awarded to IU Dental School extends care beyond "Give Kids a Smile" Day
Security experts draw bead on how malware targets and dupes Internet users
IU researchers say communities may help, may hurt immigrant integration
IU Kelley School of Business on the IUPUI campus revamps blog
Sometimes people can be trusted: Alternative means of ecological preservation


Colon cancer screening: Going 'Back to the Future?' -- Colon cancer screening rates continue to lag behind those for breast and cervical cancer. In an editorial in the Feb. 20 print edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine gastroenterologist and Regenstrief Institute, Inc. researcher Thomas Imperiale, M.D., writes that to increase screening rates for colorectal cancers, we need more convenient and less invasive screening tests. An infrequently used type of fecal sampling test, which has had Federal Drug Administration approval since 2001, may meet that need he says. Read the complete story.

New music to get big treatment on IU New Music Ensemble's East Coast tour; Program will feature premiere of new work by one of nation's top young composers -- Featuring 20 musicians who deftly glide through new solo, chamber and large ensemble works, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble expects to make a sizeable impact on the East Coast music scene next month when it tours the area with a concert titled "New Music from Indiana." Representing the best of composition and performance from the IU Jacobs School of Music, the concert features compositions by notable faculty, as well as a premiere by Joseph Sheehan, two-time winner of the William Schuman Prize, the top award given at the annual BMI Student Composer Awards in New York City. Read the full story.

Grant awarded to IU Dental School extends care beyond "Give Kids a Smile" Day -- The IU School of Dentistry will use a grant from the Delta Dental Foundation to provide additional free dental care to children who recently participated in the American Dental Association's nationwide Give Kids a Smile dental program for children in need. Read the entire story.

Security experts draw bead on how malware targets and dupes Internet users -- In the good old days, computer-savvy rogues used malware mainly to wreak havoc with others' computers. But cyber crooks now are stealing users' personal and financial information and defrauding businesses with more sophisticated attacks. Malware is increasingly targeting consumers. Markus Jakobsson, associate professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics, said that malware relies on social vulnerabilities to spread and infect. This makes it harder to detect and block malware because users bypass detection systems when they agree to use the software. "Looking at the way in which online crime has flourished, phishing stands out and is perhaps the most visible type of crime," said Jakobsson. "Phishing clearly is a crime that relies on deceit, and an understanding of how it's used may help us to better predict what is going to happen in the arena of malware." Read the complete story.

IU researchers say communities may help, may hurt immigrant integration -- Inconsistency and debates over immigration are hampering efforts to deal with the tide of Latino immigrants to the state of Indiana, say Indiana University Bloomington researchers. A new report, "Integrating Indiana's Latino Newcomers: A Study of State and Community Responses to the New Immigration," examined two Indiana communities, as well as the state as a whole, over two years. The researchers found that current efforts are not allowing Latinos to fully become part of communities and may actually further marginalize Latinos in the future. Read the entire story.

IU Kelley School of Business on the IUPUI campus revamps blog -- In late 2005, the IU Kelley School of Business Indianapolis created its own niche in the "blogosphere," adding a weblog feature to its website that allowed visitors to follow the experiences of several students in its nationally-known business programs on the IUPUI campus. Today, the School announced a revamped blog, with a new name, new interactive features, and new bloggers - including Kelley Indianapolis Dean Roger Schmenner. Read the entire story and get a link to the blog.

Sometimes people can be trusted: Alternative means of ecological preservation -- Government ownership is not always the best way to protect natural resources, said Elinor Ostrom, director of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. Instead, she proposes a diagnostic framework to help policymakers develop sustainability plans for each unique resource. Contradicting the standard approach to environmental protection, the proposed framework relies on her conviction that "most people can be trusted if the institutions enhance trust." "Adopting any one strategy as a panacea for all ecological threats is clearly the wrong way to proceed," Ostrom said. "A fishery that has been operated by the same families for centuries is going to require a very different approach from one in which commercial fishers arrive for just a single harvest. The instinct among environmentalists, however, seems to be to follow one strategy, such as marketable permits, no matter what the circumstances." Read the full story. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results for Tuesday, February 20: No varsity teams in action.

Schedule for Wednesday, February 21:

Men's basketball -- After two straight road losses, the Hoosiers host Minnesota in Assembly Hall, with game time set for 7 p.m. ESPN Plus will televise the game. Read Indiana game notes. Read Minnesota game notes.

Other IU athletic news:

Head Coach Kelvin Sampson's weekly press conference -- Head coach Kelvin Sampson met with the media on Tuesday, Feb. 20, to discuss the upcoming game against Minnesota. Read the full transcript.

This week in Hoosier history -- Feb. 19-25 - As part of an ongoming online series, will take a look back at each week in IU athletics history. This week spotlights Feb. 19-25. Read the full story. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

IU in the News

Study: Group thinking clouds decisions, February 21 -- People have a harder time coming up with alternative solutions to a problem when they are part of a group. Researchers speculate that when a group of people receives information, the inclination is to discuss it. The more times one option is said aloud, the harder it is for individuals to recall other options, explained H. Shanker Krishnan, associate professor of marketing at Indiana University. Full story.

Designer Majors: Rise in interdisciplinary study programs reflects career, cultural changes
Chicago Tribune, February 21 -- A growing number of students are designing degrees that stretch convention and by turn predict emerging cultural trends. Will Shortz was one of the first into the petri dish. In 1974, five years after Indiana University developed its independent study program, Shortz graduated with a degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles. Shortz later went on to become the puzzle editor for The New York Times. "The major did what any regular degree would do: It gave me an academic underpinning, and it gave me a credential," Shortz says. Full story.

Connecting with their customers:Telecom providers making pitches in displays, solicitations
Ft. Wayne Journal-Gazette, February 21 -- This article discusses new advertising and promotional trends. These techniques may catch the attention of consumers who throw out direct mail and ignore TV ads, said Laura Buchholz, a lecturer of marketing for the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington. Full story.

Trial set up for devise to treat blood clots
Indianapolis Star, February 20 -- Dr. Matthew Johnson, chief of interventional radiology at Clarian Health Partners and associate professor of radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine, discusses in this interview a new device to treat blood clots in patients who can't go on blood thinners. Read the interview.

Primitive yeast yields secrets of human cholesterol and drug metabolism
Medical News Today, February 20 -- By first probing the way primitive yeast make cholesterol, a team of scientists has discovered a long-sought protein whose human counterpart controls cholesterol production and potentially drug metabolism. The collaborative study by investigators at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, Indiana University and Eli Lilly Co., was published in the February issue of Cell Metabolism. Read the entire story.

What's New: New device tests for early signs of septic shock
Indianapolis Star, February 20 -- A team of Indiana University researchers has discovered the technology for a device that can give earlier warning that a post-operative trauma patient is going into septic shock. Now, hospitals see the first sign of the sometimes-fatal blood system infection when the patient's blood pressure collapses and heart failure begins. The miniature optical biosensor being developed would clamp onto a patient's IV pole and allow hospitals to test blood chemistry every 10 to 15 minutes for early warnings of sepsis, said IU Bloomington professor James A. Glazier. Read the complete story.


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