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World-renowned puzzle expert Jerry Slocum to appear at IU's Lilly Library
Indiana University adopts new eldercare benefit
IU campus bus to deliver anti-smoking message to students
Indiana Memorial Union Board presents 24th annual Live from Bloomington Club Night
Time of conception linked to birth defects in United States
Multicultural Understanding Awards given at IU Bloomington
2009 IUPUI Outstanding Women Leaders Honored
IU's Department of Theatre and Drama presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Oklahoma!'
Fourth annual IU Bloomington SPEA Auction and Gala this Friday
UK fashion designer Julian Roberts to visit IU this weekend
IU Department of Theatre and Drama celebrates 75th anniversary with gala event
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


World-renowned puzzle expert Jerry Slocum to appear at IU's Lilly Library -- World-renowned puzzle expert Jerry Slocum will appear at Indiana University's Lilly Library, April 8 (Wednesday), from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., to talk about his new book, The Cube: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Bestselling Puzzle: Secrets, Stories, Solutions. Co-author Wei-Hwa Huang, a four-time World Puzzle Champion, will demonstrate cube-solving tricks and techniques. Slocum's appearance coincides with the library's Rubik's Cube-related exhibition, "Revolutions and Solutions: A Celebration of the World's Most Iconic Puzzle." Read the complete story.

Indiana University adopts new eldercare benefit -- Indiana University announced today (April 1) it will provide its nearly 18,000 full-time employees with a new eldercare benefit offered by Indianapolis-based My Health Care Manager. "Taking care of parents is an increasingly stressful responsibility that not only affects our faculty and staff personally but also costs the university in absenteeism and increased health care expenses due to the stress it places on employees," said Dan Rives, IU's associate vice president for university human resources. Read the complete story.

IU campus bus to deliver anti-smoking message to students -- Indiana University steps up its tobacco-free efforts Thursday (April 2) with the roll-out of a campus bus sporting an exterior freshly wrapped in a spicy "stop smoking" advertisement. The latest "Tobacco Free IUB" effort, extolled with a vivid what's hot (the seven-foot-tall red pepper) and what's not (crumpled tobacco butt) message, will be unveiled as a wrap-around billboard on a 40-foot-long campus bus at noon Thursday at the IU Health Center. Read the complete story.

Indiana Memorial Union Board presents 24th annual Live from Bloomington Club Night -- The Indiana Memorial Union Board at Indiana University is preparing for its 24th annual "Live from Bloomington Club Night," in which the university and community come together to celebrate Bloomington's unique local music scene and benefit Hoosier Hills Food Bank. The two-day musical extravaganza kicks off on the evening of April 9 with shows for those 21 and older and culminates April 10 with a series of all-ages shows. Tickets can be purchased at the door of any of the shows (for either $5 or $3 and two cans of food) and are good for all of the performance venues that day. A Live from Bloomington CD will be available at all venues for just $5. Read the complete story.

Time of conception linked to birth defects in United States -- A study published in the April 2009 issue of the medical journal Acta Paediatrica is the first to report that birth defect rates in the United States were highest for women conceiving in the spring and summer. The researchers also found that this period of increase risk correlated with increased levels of pesticides in surface water across the United States. "Elevated concentrations of pesticides and other agrochemicals in surface water during April through July coincided with significantly higher risk of birth defects in live births conceived by women whose last menstrual period began in the same months. While our study didn't prove a cause and effect link, the fact that birth defects and pesticides in surface water peak during the same four months makes us suspect that the two are related," said Paul Winchester, M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine professor of clinical pediatrics, the first author of the study. Read the complete story.

Multicultural Understanding Awards given at IU Bloomington -- The Indiana University Commission on Multicultural Understanding (COMU) will honor six individuals and one program with its 2008-09 COMU Awards, April 6 (Monday), at the Federal Room in the Indiana Memorial Union. This event is open to the public, with a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m., followed by the award presentations at 5 p.m. The COMU awards, created in 1986, are given in recognition of those actively supporting, participating in or encouraging the exploration of cultural diversity in and around the IU Bloomington campus. Read the complete story.

2009 IUPUI Outstanding Women Leaders Honored -- In honor of the annual Women's History Month celebration, the IUPUI Office for Women and Campus & Community Life recently presented Outstanding Women Leadership Awards to faculty, staff and students nominated by their colleagues. The theme of Women's History Month this year was "Women Taking the Lead to Save Our Planet." The awards event featured a keynote address by Professor Lenore Tedesco, director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI. Dr. Tedesco spoke about her efforts and that of the center to protect the Central Indiana water supply and to restore wetlands to our water ecosystem. Read the complete story.

IU's Department of Theatre and Drama presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's 'Oklahoma!' -- Rodgers and Hammerstein's timeless musical Oklahoma! opens April 17 at Indiana University's Lee Norvelle Theatre and Drama Center, with additional performances April 18 and April 21-25. Considered the quintessential American musical, Oklahoma! focuses on the romance between cowboy Curly McLain and Laurey Williams. Set in the Oklahoma territory in 1906, the play tackles class issues between the farmers and the cowmen in the still-developing, rugged landscape of a state in its infancy as characters struggle to find hope, love and the fulfillment of "the American Dream." Read the complete story.

Fourth annual IU Bloomington SPEA Auction and Gala this Friday -- Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs graduate students and local contributors will host the fourth annual SPEA Auction and Gala on Friday, April 3. The auction will raise funds to support internships and research pursuits that students may otherwise find unattainable because of financial constraints. The resources raised give students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills they have obtained at SPEA to advance research, strengthen their communities and gain experiential knowledge to share in their classrooms and activities. Read the complete story.

UK fashion designer Julian Roberts to visit IU this weekend -- The Indiana University Department of Apparel Merchandising and Interior Design will host United Kingdom fashion designer Julian Roberts, the department's 2009 Bill Blass Fashion Design Seminar Series speaker, this weekend (Friday, April 3-Saturday, April 4) at IU Bloomington. Roberts has shown 13 collections at London's Fashion Week and serves as a consultant to the BBC. Currently, he develops his own collections, designing both the form and the engineered surface designs. His production company, JULIANAND, is considered a leader in defining the visual identity of the 21st century. JULIANAND produces films, Web sites and graphics. Read the complete story.

IU Department of Theatre and Drama celebrates 75th anniversary with gala event -- IU's Department of Theatre and Drama will commemorate its 75th year with a gala event Saturday, May 2. The event is preceded by a previously announced appearance by Stephen Sondheim and NPR's Scott Simon Thursday, April 30, at 8 p.m. The Department of Theatre and Drama's 75th Anniversary Gala features a gourmet dinner at 6 p.m. followed at 7:15 p.m. by a short film about the program's history and evolution (titled Memory Lane) and a performance by Broadway Cabaret -- a group directed by Emmy Award-winner George Pinney -- that features some of the department's top musical stars. After the show, at 8:15 p.m., is a cast party with a sing-along piano bar, a "Dancing with Our Stars" event, photo opportunities, a costume-and-set designer's boutique and exhibits that span the department's entire history. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Tuesday, March 31:
Men's Tennis: The #12 Illinois men's tennis team came to town and proved to have too much fire power for a young Hoosiers team. Read the match notes.
Baseball: Indiana batted around in both the first and second innings en route to an 11-4 victory over Chicago State in a game that was shortened to five innings by rain. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Wednesday, April 1:
Softball: Evansville, 6 p.m., Evansville, Ind.
Baseball: Cincinnati, 6:30 p.m., Cinicinnati, Ohio


IU in the news

Phi Delta Theta, Teter claim pole positions
Indiana Daily Student, March 30 -- Saturday afternoon, Phi Delta Theta carried the pole after finishing fourth in qualifications last year and 15th in the 2008 Little 500. Along with a record-setting performance on the women's side by Teter, which finished second last year and claimed its third consecutive pole, riders said this year's qualifications showed the competition for the upcoming Little 500 will be fiercer than ever. Full story.

Tax-weary smokers stock up, weigh options
Journal Gazette, April 1 -- Smokers were stocking up Tuesday and weighing their options, the day before the biggest single federal tobacco tax increase took effect. The federal tax on each pack of cigarettes will increase from 39 cents to $1. John Kessler, an economics lecturer at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, said the new increase is more complicated than a simple sin tax - a tax levied to discourage a certain behavior. President Obama's administration is banking on the revenue from the new cigarette tax. If too many people quit smoking, the money for the new program will dry up, Kessler said. Full story.

2nd dean candidate to visit IU today
Indiana Daily Student, April 1 -- The second candidate for the dean of students position will attend an open forum to introduce himself to the IU family. IU alumnus Pete Goldsmith currently works as the vice president for enrollment management and student affairs at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio, a position he has held since 2003. Students can meet Goldsmith at 5 p.m. today in the Wells-Metz Theatre. Full story.

Gardasil maker pitches the vaccine for boys
Washington Post, March 31 -- When a vaccine designed to protect girls against a sexually transmitted virus arrived three years ago, the debate centered on one question: Would the shots make girls more likely to have sex? The vaccine's maker now is trying to obtain approval to sell a vaccine for boys, and the debate focuses on entirely different issues: Is it worth the money, and is it safe and effective? The American Academy of Pediatrics also will consider cost-effectiveness in deciding whether to endorse Gardasil for boys. "The cost-effectiveness studies are really important, but I don't think they should be the sole driver of public health policy," said Gregory Zimet, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University. "This is a vaccine that principally benefits women's health. I wonder if it was the reverse, and there was a vaccine for women that helped prevent prostate cancer in men, this would be as much of an issue." Full story.


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