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Front Page News at Indiana University

April 20, 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.


National Security Agency designates IU a cybersecurity "center of excellence"
This week on Sound Medicine: Kidney Organ Donation Ethics; LifeSharers; Hollywood Organ Donation Myths; Breast Cancer and MRI testing; Spanish-language Pediatric Radio Program; and Instant Hospital Translator
Indiana Science Monthly: The chemistry of B.O.
Mutant fly eyes help us see what's normal
Transforming medical records
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


National Security Agency designates IU a cybersecurity "center of excellence" -- The National Security Agency has assigned Indiana University "center of excellence" status for the academy's ongoing commitment to the protection of digital information from hackers and other Internet-savvy troublemakers. As a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education, IU becomes a formal partner in national efforts to keep networks and computers safe and secure. Read the complete story.

This week on Sound Medicine: Kidney Organ Donation Ethics; LifeSharers; Hollywood Organ Donation Myths; Breast Cancer and MRI testing; Spanish-language Pediatric Radio Program; and Instant Hospital Translator -- Sound Medicine is produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine and WFYI Public Radio. Host Barbara Lewis interviews medical experts on a wide range of current issues in medicine, from Alzheimer research to the West Nile virus. Joining Ms. Lewis each week are faculty co-hosts from the IU School of Medicine: Drs. Steven Bogdewic, David Crabb, Eric Meslin, Kathy Miller, and Ora Pescovitz. The program educates and encourages listeners to make sound health decisions. It's also a forum for health issues affecting local communities. Read the story. Hear the Podcast.

Indiana Science Monthly: The chemistry of B.O. -- Indiana Science Monthly is a selection of recent news about IU scientists and their research. This issue features Milos Novotny's work on human body odor. "Everyone has a special smell, often recognizable to other people and to dogs. New research, the most comprehensive study of human odor to date, shows that body odor is made up of a diverse array of volatile compounds. One's own distinctive scent, moreover, comes from a personalized blend of those chemicals." Read the March issue. Read the Novotny story.

Mutant fly eyes help us see what's normal -- A gene thought to play a relatively minor role in eye development is powerful enough to initiate the formation of eyes in strange spots on a fruit fly's body, Indiana University Bloomington scientists have learned. Biologist Justin Kumar and colleagues have reported in Developmental Biology that the gene sine oculis (or just SO) is capable of turning on a series of developmental cascades that result in the formation of retinas on traditionally non-retinal tissues including the antennae, legs, wings, and even genitals. "It may not seem like it, but this avenue of research really gets at the heart of the question: Why is eye development restricted to the head of flies, mice, and men?" Kumar says. "If you can break the system, you can learn a lot by comparing what's normal to what isn't." Read the full story.

Transforming medical records -- J. Marc Overhage can't say that he didn't know what he was in for when he came to work for the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., part of the IU School of Medicine and based on the IUPUI campus. He knew his teacher and mentor, Clement J. McDonald, was the force behind the country's largest and most detailed computerized system of medical records. And the former School of Medicine student (he graduated in 1988) knew that when the day came that McDonald moved on to new challenges and the torch was passed, he might be the one closest to the flame. Read the full story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Thursday, April 19, 2007

No varsity teams in action

Schedule for Friday-Saturday, April 20-22

Baseball -- The Indiana baseball team hits the road for a Big Ten weekend series against Ohio State in Columbus, April 20-22. Read game notes.

Golf (men's) -- Indiana heads to East Lansing, Mich., for the Fossum/Spartan Invitational on April 21-22. Read invitational notes.

Golf (women's) -- The Hoosiers head for the Lady Buckeye Invitational on April 21-22, in Columbus, Ohio. Read invitational notes.

Softball -- Indiana returns to Big Ten action this weekend when it hosts Michigan State and Michigan. The Hoosiers will battle the Spartans on Friday, April 20, and Saturday, April 21, and will take on the No. 9/8 Wolverines in a doubleheader on Sunday, April 22. Read game notes.

Tennis (men's) -- Indiana closes out its regular season schedule at Michigan and Penn State. The Hoosiers take on Michigan on Saturday, April 21, at noon, and face the Nittany Lions on Sunday, April 22, at noon. Read match notes.

Tennis (women's) -- Indiana closes out its regular season at home against Penn State and Michigan. The Hoosiers take on the Nittany Lions on Saturday, April 21, at 10 a.m., and face the Wolverines on Sunday, April 22, at 10 a.m. Read match notes.

Track and field (men's and women's) -- The Indiana track and field teams will continue to look for more regional qualifications this weekend as it travels to the Cardinal Invitational hosted by the University of Louisville, on Friday, April 20-Saturday, April 21, at Cardinal Park in Louisville, Ky. Read men's meet notes. Read women's meet notes.

Water polo -- The Hoosiers open the postseason on Saturday, April 21, as the No. 1 seed in the CWPA Western Division Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich. IU will take on No. 8 Penn State-Behrend at 10 a.m. in Michigan's Canham Natatorium.


IU in the News

Korean students worry about a bigoted backlash to the Virginia shootings
The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 20 -- EnJoo Chung has been worried this week. "When I first heard the news about Virginia Tech, I was really concerned," said Ms. Chung, a graduate student at Columbia University's School of Social Work and a member of the Korean Graduate Students Association at Columbia. "The media was labeling the shooter as a Korean first, before anything else." Her anxiety was shared by Heejoon Kang, a business professor at Indiana University at Bloomington: "All the headlines kept saying 'Korean student,' and I thought people might blame all Koreans ... Christopher J. Viers, associate dean of international programs at Indiana, has spent much of the week reaching out to the 950 Korean students on the Bloomington campus. "We expected Korean students would be coping with this tragedy in different ways than I am," he said. "First of all, many do take it personally, and feel that it reflects poorly on their country. We've been telling them that these were the actions of one individual. We are very proud of them at Indiana, and admire and respect them." Read the full story.

Shooting shows gaps in mental health safety net
Reuters, April 20 -- Mental health professionals complain their hands are tied in two ways when they try to help people like Virginia Tech gunman Cho Seung-Hui -- a lack of funding for mental health services in general, and laws that makes it tough to treat people against their will. They say the 23-year-old student's shooting rampage sheds new light on flaws in the U.S. mental health system. "Our mental health system failed this young man," said Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain researcher at Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Indiana. Read the complete story.

Clarian Health has price guide for patients; Web site, which lists costs for procedures from tests to major surgery, draws praise
Indianapolis Star, April 20 -- Clarian Health Partners has launched a Web site -- -- that it says provides patients with pricing and other information on 75 medical procedures and services, from a simple cholesterol test to a heart transplant. Clarian, which operates Indiana University Hospital, Methodist Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children, is trying to provide "real information about a patient-specific question rather than generic information about general questions," Chief Executive Officer Daniel Evans said. Dr. Thomas Inui, a professor of medicine at Indiana University, said making price information widely available empowers patients." Read the complete story.


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