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IU researcher's company, new device looks to prevent vision loss in diabetes patients
IU physics team helps bring foundation of Big Bang evidence, particle mass closer
IU professor a panelist, advisor for Carnegie Hall festival celebrating African American music
University Library, partners to provide books, technology for Kenyan library
Colon cancer screenings recommended at 45 for African Americans
Singing Hoosiers present 'Celebration' spring concert
Hoosiers trust nonprofit to do what is right, Indiana University survey finds
Telehealth for diabetes promotes aging at home, not in the hospital
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IU researcher's company, new device looks to prevent vision loss in diabetes patients -- An Indiana University School of Optometry faculty member's company is nearing completion of a diagnostic camera that could aid in saving the vision of millions of people worldwide. Dr. Ann Elsner, director of IU's Borish Center for Ophthalmic Research, believes screening to prevent one of the most devastating aspects of diabetes -- vision loss and blindness from diabetic retinopathy -- could be expanded to millions of underserved people if a more affordable diagnostic camera were available. Read the complete story.

IU physics team helps bring foundation of Big Bang evidence, particle mass closer -- Six Indiana University physicists collaborating with researchers from around the world have helped move mankind one step closer to finding the Higgs boson, the still unidentified particle predicted by the Standard Model to be the origin of mass for all elementary particles. Former graduate student Leah Welty-Rieger, post-doctoral fellow Nirmalya Parua, research scientist Daria Zieminska, assistant professor Sabine Lammers, associate professor Harold Evans and Physics Department Chair Rick Van Kooten, with scientists from 80 other institutions working as part of the DZero collaboration, say they have observed particle collisions that produce single top quarks. Read the complete story.

IU professor a panelist, advisor for Carnegie Hall festival celebrating African American music -- Indiana University Professor Portia Maultsby was closely involved with the development of "Honor! A Celebration of the African American Cultural Legacy," a groundbreaking, two-week festival at Carnegie Hall celebrating African American culture The festival, which began March 4 and runs through March 23, was conceptualized and curated by renowned soprano Jessye Norman. Read the complete story.

University Library, partners to provide books, technology for Kenyan library -- The University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), in partnership with two national organizations and an Indianapolis business, is helping a Kenyan library develop its collections and improve its technology options. The IUPUI library has collected more than 1,500 volumes of valuable reference resources, along with computers and servers, for the Margaret Thatcher Library at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. Read the complete story.

Colon cancer screenings recommended at 45 for African Americans -- Have you had your colonoscopy? According to the American Cancer Society, there were about 108,070 new cases of colon cancer and 40,740 new cases of rectal cancer in 2008. Overall, the two cancers caused nearly 50,000 deaths last year. Colonoscopies and other screening tests have played important roles in the steady decline of deaths caused by colon cancer in recent years. Still, colorectal cancer remains the third deadliest form of cancer in America. For unknown reasons, the disease affects more African Americans than any other group in America. And it does so with more deadly consequences than in any other group. Read the complete story.

Singing Hoosiers present 'Celebration' spring concert -- America's premier show choir, the Indiana University Singing Hoosiers, will perform its 59th annual spring concert, "A Celebration of American Popular Music," at IU Auditorium April 4 at 8 p.m. The vocal ensemble performs American popular music, jazz and Broadway favorites with dazzling choreography, energy and style. The upcoming Bloomington performance follows the Singing Hoosiers' recent participation in the Inaugural Ball of the Indiana Society of Washington, D.C., and number of performances throughout the eastern United States this past winter. Read the complete story.

Hoosiers trust nonprofit to do what is right, Indiana University survey finds -- A large majority of Indiana residents trust nonprofit organizations and charities in their communities to do what is right most or just about all the time, according to a new Indiana University survey. Hoosiers expressed modest levels of trust in community businesses and corporations, and in state and local government, the survey found. They had the least faith in the federal government. Findings of the survey are published in a new report, "Are Nonprofits Trustworthy?"by the Center on Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, both at Indiana University. The report is part of the ongoing project "Indiana Nonprofit Sector: Scope and Community Dimensions." Read the complete story.

Telehealth for diabetes promotes aging at home, not in the hospital -- A large study of ethnically and racially diverse individuals with diabetes has found that home telemonitoring of their health resulted in significantly fewer deaths than in a similar group that was not monitored. Diabetes is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. The researchers, led by Neale Chumbler, Ph.D., professor of sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis's School of Liberal Arts and a Regenstrief Institute research scientist, used home telemonitoring technology to support timely transmission of diabetics' symptoms and health status at least once a day to a nurse coordinator who managed the process and acted upon the information when necessary or when requested by the patient. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Sunday, March 15:
Women's Water Polo: The Hoosiers took one of two matches at the Loyola Marymount Tournament in Los Angeles. Read the Cal State Northridge match notes. Read the Cal State San Bernardino match notes.
Softball: The Hoosiers weren't able to defeat the Florida Internalional Panthers, but took Loyola Marymount 4-2 as part of the USF-Under Armour Showcase. Read the FIU game notes. Read the Loyola Marymount game notes.
Baseball: Indiana outhit Jacksonville State 13-6, but the Gamecocks took a 9-8 decision in extra innings to knock off the Hoosiers. Read the game notes.

Results from Monday, March 16:
Women's Golf: After one round of competition, the Indiana women's golf squad sits in eighth place at the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. Read the day's notes.

Results from Tuesday, March 17:
Baseball: Eastern Illinois scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally for a 6-3 win over Indiana on Tuesday. Read the game notes.
Men's Tennis: The Hoosiers continued their winning streak by taking down the #43 Fresno State Bulldogs. Read the match notes.
Women's Golf: The Indiana women's golf team matched its first-round score with an identical 309 but moved up one spot to seventh place after day two of the Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational. Read the day's notes.

Schedule for Wednesday, March 18:
Baseball: Stetson, 6:30 p.m., Deland, Fla.
Women's Golf: Dr. Donnis Thompson Invitational, Kanehoe, Hawaii

Schedule for Thursday, March 19:
Baseball: Hartford, 10 a.m., Lakeland, Fla.
Wresting: NCAA Championship, St. Louis, Mo.
Women's Swimming: NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas

Schedule for Friday, March 20:
Baseball: Ohio State, 10 a.m., Winter Haven, Fla.
Women's Water Polo: Brown, 3 p.m., San Diego, Calif.
Women's Swimming: NCAA Championships, College Station, Texas


IU in the news

Transparency name of the game in stimulus spending
Post-Tribune, March 16 -- The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, more commonly known as the stimulus bill, promises unprecedented transparency to the public. The federal Web site, www.recovery.gov, will be reporting on each dollar spent and each job created or saved. The idea is that any member of the public can go online to assess whether the $787 billion of borrowed stimulus money is being spent wisely. But whether the heightened public disclosure will have the desired impacts of greater government accountability and public trust remains to be seen. Indiana University Northwest Political Science Professor Marie Eisenstein doesn't see the extra data posted on the Internet as something that will fundamentally change government operations or public perception. Just because you make the information available, he argues, doesn't mean people will have time to read the more than 1,000 pages of the stimulus bill or recognize what misspent $1 million dollars among the hundreds of billions of dollars to be spent. Full story.

Universities make cases for more money
WTHR 13, March 16 -- Indiana's public universities were back in front of lawmakers Monday, stating their cases for more money. Many of the state's public university presidents met at the governor's office before heading to the Senate Appropriations Committee. The problem is, Indiana University, Purdue and Ball State -- to name three -- don't know how much of an increase will be needed at this point in time. That will depend, in part, on the legislature. Democrats in the House proposed an increase for higher education, but now it is the Republicans' turn in the State Senate. "It's far too early for us to say anything about that," said IU President Dr. Michael McRobbie. "We do understand that these are very difficult times, so when it comes to tuition, I expect that the institution will be responsible and moderate in that regard. But at the moment, we really are here to advocate for our budget and for our innovation alliance with Purdue." Full story.

Too many options may result in no decision
UPI, March 13 -- Conventional wisdom may say more options are better and shoppers prefer lots of choices but U.S. researchers say too many options may result in no sale. The study, published in the journal Psychology & Marketing, finds that when people cannot easily determine which option is preferable, they are more likely to leave a store empty-handed. Researcher Beth Veinott of Indiana University and colleagues performed a simulation of the choice overload effect in which people sometimes prefer to choose from among fewer options rather than more options. Full story.

Alumnus, former IU trustee dies
Indiana Daily Student, March 17 -- Former IU trustee Stephen A. Backer, died Sunday morning after battling a brief illness. Backer was currently serving his second term as the Carmel Clay School Board President. Backer earned his undergraduate degree from IU in 1968 and received his law degree from IU in 1971. While at IU, Backer was a member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity and the Student Athletic Board. In 1994, Backer was appointed to his first term as an IU trustee. His second term expired in 2004. Full story.


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