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Ora Pescovitz, leader at IU and Riley Hospital, takes executive role at University of Michigan
IU's Kelley School of Business continues to be ranked among nation's elite by 'Business Week'
Maya Angelou visit to IU rescheduled for 7 p.m. March 5
Indiana University biologist Mike Wade helps land $2 million grant
Doctors call for change in how non-active TB in immigrant children treated
IU to host its first World Language Festival
New online tool created to help teachers and others help students reach college
IU Central Heating Plant renovations move forward, support sustainable operation
Statewide contest, speaker series highlight IU salute to International Year of Astronomy
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Ora Pescovitz, leader at IU and Riley Hospital, takes executive role at University of Michigan -- Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., who oversaw dramatic growth in research at Indiana University School of Medicine and excellence in children's health care at Riley Hospital for Children, has accepted the top leadership position at the University of Michigan Health System. Pescovitz has been named executive vice president for medical affairs at Michigan and CEO of the U-M Health System. She will be assuming her new posts at the Ann Arbor campus on May 11. Read the complete story.

IU's Kelley School of Business continues to be ranked among nation's elite by 'Business Week' -- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business continues to be ranked among the nation's elite, ranking second among Big Ten schools and 20th overall in Business Week magazine's new evaluations of undergraduate business programs. Business Week, which announced its fourth ranking of undergraduate business programs through a Webcast late Thursday (Feb. 26), also said that Kelley was ranked seventh among all such programs at public universities. Kelley's undergraduate program has always been among the magazine's top 20 throughout the history of the survey. Read the complete story.

Maya Angelou visit to IU rescheduled for 7 p.m. March 5 -- Author Maya Angelou's scheduled March 1 visit to Indiana University in honor of IU's 25th Annual Arts Week has been rescheduled because of illness. Angelou's appearance will now take place March 5 at 7 p.m. at IU Auditorium, 1211 East Seventh St. Tickets for admission already issued for the March 1 lecture will be honored at the time of the lecture, and ticket exchanges will not be required. Read the complete story.

Indiana University biologist Mike Wade helps land $2 million grant -- Indiana University Bloomington biologist Mike Wade and University of Texas Arlington biologist Jeff Demuth will receive $2 million to study speciation of the grain pest Tribolium castaneum, or red flour beetle. The National Institutes of Health grant promises $328,535 in direct costs for the first year of the four-year grant period. The project will investigate why individuals of the species from different parts of the world often do not produce evolutionarily fit, flour-chomping offspring. Read the complete story.

Doctors call for change in how non-active TB in immigrant children treated -- New guidelines proposed in the March 2009 issue of the journal Pediatrics by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children may have a major impact on how pediatricians and family physicians treat non-active tuberculosis (TB) in children who are immigrants, internationally adopted or refugees. The researchers say the strategy should improve the health of this growing number of children and save healthcare dollars. Read the complete story.

IU to host its first World Language Festival -- Indiana high school students from across the state will converge in Bloomington, March 7, when Indiana University hosts its first-ever World Language Festival. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about subjects as diverse as traditional African drum and dance techniques, ancient Chinese calligraphy, Slavic languages, Germanic celebrations, common French gestures and current cultural issues in the Middle East. Read the complete story.

New online tool created to help teachers and others help students reach college -- A new interactive Web tool will virtually prepare teachers and others who work with youth to mentor students through the college-going process. The Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration in the Indiana University School of Education now offers the "College Knowledge and Access Module" at https://collegeknowledge.educ.indiana.edu. This free resource delivers a wide range of post-secondary education information through a series of realistic scenarios, in which two teachers and three students confront issues about their career and education aspirations. Read the complete story.

IU Central Heating Plant renovations move forward, support sustainable operation -- For years, efforts to reduce pollution emissions from the Indiana University Central Heating Plant (CHP) have been stymied by funding issues. As the plant's current state-funded renovations progress, though, it appears that the university's primary source of steam heat is well on its way to operating more sustainably in the future. The Central Heating Plant is now ready to test its new equipment by operating coal-fired boilers Nos. 3 and 4 with baghouses, fabric filters that can reduce emissions of particulate matter by as much as 95.5 percent. The filters, along with lime and carbon flue-gas injection systems to neutralize pollution, were installed in Phase II of the renovations. Read the complete story.

Statewide contest, speaker series highlight IU salute to International Year of Astronomy -- Indiana University next week kicks off its own celebration of the International Year of Astronomy with three months of events that include a statewide contest for high school students, a public lecture series highlighted by a visiting Nobel laureate and an open house at IU's historic Kirkwood Observatory. The worldwide celebration -- recognizing Galileo's first use of a telescope to study the heavens in 1609 -- has captured the imaginations of scholars, students and citizens in more than 135 countries, with official IYA events scheduled from Afghanistan to Zambia. IU astronomers have activities scheduled to begin next week that will continue through spring. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Sunday, March 1:
Women's Water Polo: No. 19 Indiana (5-6) wrapped up an undefeated weekend at the UC Santa Cruz Slugfest with a 7-5 victory over Santa Clara. Read the match notes.
Men's Tennis: Indiana men's tennis recorded two wins on Sunday, over the Salukis of Southern Illinois and the Bulldogs of Butler. Read the match notes.
Softball: The Cal Poly Mustangs withstood a furious Indiana rally en route to a 4-2 win over the Hoosiers on Sunday. Read the game notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team dominated Cleveland State on Sunday, 9-1. Read the game notes.
Women's Basketball: Despite being down by 15 early in the second half, the Indiana women's basketball team (18-9, 11-7) came back to defeat Michigan, 67-61, on Senior Day in Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.
Men's Track: The Hoosiers finished in 6th overall, scoring 61 points after day two at the Big Ten Indoor Championships. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Track: Molly Beckwith took home three Big Ten medals on day two at the Big Ten Indoor Championships, leading the Hoosiers to a fourth-place finish, the best for IU since 2003. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Monday, March 2: No varsity teams in action.

Schedule for Tuesday, March 3:
Baseball: Indiana State, 3 p.m., Terre Haute, Ind.
Men's Basketball: Michigan State, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

Unemployed Hoosiers head to classrooms in hope of jobs
Indianapolis Star, March 1 -- With Indiana's jobless rate surging to 8.2 percent in December, many of the state's 266,000 jobless are turning to certificate and short-term degree programs that can be completed in three to 18 months. Enrollment at Indiana University's eight campuses for the spring semester reached a record high of 97,155 students, an increase of 4 percent from last year. "It is apparent that the nation's troubled economic climate is providing people with even more incentive to enroll in higher education," IU President Michael McRobbie said in a statement. Full story.

Many guys misread the signals when getting to know women
Journal and Courier, March 2 -- When it comes to scouting out who is open in the playing field of romantic interest, male and female observers on average found it easier to gauge men's interest than women's interest, according to a Indiana University study, published in the January issue of the Psychological Science journal. Skyler Place, lead author on the study, said knowing who is available in the dating game can help people decide the best course for romantic pursuit since there are a limited number of options. Full story.

New tax credits to assist eligible students
Indiana Daily Student, March 2 -- New federal tax credits have been expanded for 2008 and will allow eligible students in Monroe and other Indiana counties to offset their qualified tuition rates. These tax benefits will increase two existing higher education credits: the Hope Credit and the Lifetime Learning Credit. "The tax benefits from the Hope and Lifetime Learning credits are being increased for many counties in Indiana, including both Indiana University and Ivy Tech State College here in Monroe County," Internal Revenue Service spokeswoman Jodie Reynolds said. Full story.

Funding needed for master plan
Indiana Daily Student, March 1 -- Of IU's existing 15.3 million square feet, the IU master plan maps out needs totaling to an increase of 4 million. Part of the needed space has been marked out for new campus facilities. Some schools in need or in the process of expansion include the Jacobs School of Music, the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the School of Informatics, the School of Journalism, the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and the Kelley School of Business. The IU master plan, which was released Feb. 19, will be used as a guideline for construction projects. Full story.


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