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IU-launched software provider sold for $100 million
With latest honor, Hofstadter is IU's first-ever Pulitzer, APS, AAAS triple honoree
More than 700,000 pounds of e-waste collected at IU Bloomington, IUPUI
272 Poised to Receive IU Medical Degrees Saturday
IU Bloomington's first Herbert Presidential Scholars honored
IUPUI, City of Indianapolis Delegation Heads to Moi University
Virginia incident illustrates need for better data protection
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


IU-launched software provider sold for $100 million -- ANGEL Learning, an Indianapolis-based educational software provider created from technology developed almost a decade ago by Indiana University faculty members, is being acquired in the largest commercial transaction the university has experienced. Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), an educational software provider headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced Wednesday (May 6) that it will purchase ANGEL Learning for $100 million. As a result of IU investments in ANGEL Learning, the university and its Research and Technology Corp. jointly stand to realize approximately $23 million in proceeds from the sale. Read the complete story.

With latest honor, Hofstadter is IU's first-ever Pulitzer, APS, AAAS triple honoree -- Little more than a week after election as a fellow to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Indiana University College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science Douglas Hofstadter has been elected a fellow of the American Philosophical Society. With the honor, Hofstadter becomes the first faculty member in Indiana University history to hold fellowships in the two prestigious societies and to have won a Pulitzer Prize, placing him among a group of 16 people worldwide with the same distinction. Read the complete story.

More than 700,000 pounds of e-waste collected at IU Bloomington, IUPUI -- More than 700,000 pounds of computers, televisions and other electronic equipment is being recycled and properly disposed of thanks to Electronic Waste Collection Days, hosted by Indiana University Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The free event was open last Thursday and Friday to all public and private schools, universities, businesses and nonprofit organizations and Saturday to the general public. Read the complete story.

272 Poised to Receive IU Medical Degrees Saturday -- On Saturday, May 9, 272 Indiana University School of Medicine students will be able to add the prefix "Dr." to their names following commencement exercises at 10 a.m. in the Indiana Convention Center Sagamore Ballroom. As family and friends look on, the new physicians will recite the traditional Hippocratic oath, receive their diplomas and participate in a hooding ceremony. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington's first Herbert Presidential Scholars honored -- Four years after starting classes at Indiana University Bloomington, the first-ever class of Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars were honored with an inaugural Herbert Presidential Scholars Senior Reception Thursday, April 30, at the Woodburn House. The Indiana University Office of Scholarships hosted the event. "It was an honor to recognize the inaugural graduating class of Herbert Presidential Scholars, who have achieved great things at Indiana University, and will continue their success as IU alumni," said Sarah Booher, director of scholarships at IU. "It was a momentous occasion for the scholars, as well as the program's history." Read the complete story.

IUPUI, City of Indianapolis Delegation Heads to Moi University -- A major delegation from IUPUI and the city of Indianapolis will participate in the International Symposium "Towards Kenyan National Dialogue, Healing, and Reconciliation: Reform Issues in a Modern African State" from May 13-15, 2009 at Moi University, Eldoret, Kenya. Guest speakers at the conference, which is jointly organized by the Moi University Law School, the IUPUI office of international affairs, and the IUPUI-Moi University social science research network. Read the complete story.

Virginia incident illustrates need for better data protection -- A recent threat by hackers to disclose personal information on millions of Virginia residents if a $10 million ransom demand is not met is only the most recent in an escalating series of attacks on sensitive data and critical computer networks. According to Fred H. Cate, director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research and distinguished professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, it is also the latest evidence of how ill-prepared much of the country is for potentially devastating cyber-attacks. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Friday, May 8:
Men's and Women's Track: Billy Hayes Invitational, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Baseball: Northwestern, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, May 9:
Softball: Purdue, 1 and 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Baseball: Northwestern, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, May 10:
Baseball: Northwestern, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

Poll Finds Americans Concerned About Swine Flu
Consumer Affairs, May 7 -- One in three Americans is worried about the swine flu (H1N1) outbreak, and more than half of the people surveyed say they are paying extra attention to good hygiene and preparedness, according to a new poll by the American Red Cross. Though H1N1 cases in the U.S. have been mild, officials at the CDC have remained cautious, saying it's too early to know how serious the outbreak could turn out to be. Today's jump in confirmed cases, they say, serves to illustrate the need for caution. While some may seem to be "over-reacting" to the outbreak, David P. Fidler, the James Louis Calamaras Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, said health officials must err on the side of caution. Full story.

IPFW promotes green engineering to high school students
Fort Wayne Daily News, May 7 -- Imagine a city with no pollution . . . waterless toilets, fuel cell cars that only steam, and apartments with gardens on each floor. Thirty local high school students will have the opportunity to do more than just imagine this at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Summer Youth Program: Life After High School. This year the program will focus on green engineering and provide a fun summer activity, guidance on opportunities after high school, and an introduction to college life. Full story.

Indiana University Southeast, Urban Enterprise Association sponsoring mentor program for potential entrepreneurs in New Albany
News and Tribune, May 7 -- Hands-on experience for the next wave of entrepreneurs is being offered through a new course sponsored by the New Albany Urban Enterprise Association, Indiana University Southeast and the Floyd County branch of the YMCA of Southern Indiana. A six-week entrepreneur-training workshop begins June 24 and will feature youth/mentor teams under the instruction of Frank Wadsworth, IUS professor of business administration. Full story.

Gearing up for graduation
Indiana Daily Student, May 8 -- With more than 5,800 students eligible to graduate, about 4,500 are expected to walk across the stage in cap and gown Saturday. Two commencement ceremonies will take place at Assembly Hall, one at 10 a.m. and the second at 3 p.m. Assistant director of ceremonies Terri Crouch said the University bases its estimate on cap and gown reservations, but some students do not always show. Full story.


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