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IU President McRobbie to travel to South Korea for international alumni conference and reunion
IU hailed as IT pioneer in CIO 100 Awards
Commonly used medications may produce cognitive impairment in older adults
IU announces new automatic scholarship criteria
Biomedical research, training at IU receives $3 million federal grant
MSW students help launch new community partnership
IU awarded nearly $290,000 in federal STARTALK grants for Chinese, Hindi and Urdu language programs
International community of biotechnologists converge on Bloomington for 21st American Peptide Symposium
IU's Lilly Library showcases vintage autos
Obama's cybersecurity response disappointing in scope
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


IU President McRobbie to travel to South Korea for international alumni conference and reunion -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie will travel to South Korea this week, where he will participate in the first IU international alumni reunion in Asia in a decade, meet with current and prospective students from the region and add to the university's growing list of partnerships with the region's leading academic and research institutions. McRobbie is scheduled to leave June 2 for South Korea, where IU is expected to sign an agreement with Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) on a joint J.D.-M.B.A. program. The program is believed to be the first agreement of its kind between a U.S. law school and an Asian business school. Read the complete story.

IU hailed as IT pioneer in CIO 100 Awards -- IU has been recognized among the top 100 organizations in the nation by CIO magazine for its leadership in new software development models for higher education. The 22nd CIO 100 Awards recognized the IU Office of the Vice President for Information Technology (OVPIT) for its leadership in developing open source software with dozens of colleges, universities and commercial partners. Read the complete story.

Commonly used medications may produce cognitive impairment in older adults -- Many drugs commonly prescribed to older adults for a variety of common medical conditions including allergies, hypertension, asthma, and cardiovascular disease appear to negatively affect the aging brain causing immediate but possibly reversible cognitive impairment, including delirium, in older adults according to a clinical review now available online in the Journal of Clinical Interventions in Aging, a peer reviewed, open access publication. Read the complete story.

IU announces new automatic scholarship criteria -- Indiana University announced new criteria for its Automatic Academic Scholarships June 1 for students applying for 2010 fall admission to the Bloomington campus. Expecting to enroll the most academically talented class in university history and award the largest number of scholarships ever, IU has increased criteria slightly to coincide with the increasing abilities of incoming freshmen. Read the complete story.

Biomedical research, training at IU receives $3 million federal grant -- In 1979 Chancellor's Professor David Pisoni brought the first two postdoctoral researchers to Indiana University Bloomington when he was awarded a five-year training grant by the National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders. Today, the same grant supports six postdoctoral researchers, six doctoral students and six medical students in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Read the complete story.

MSW students help launch new community partnership -- Graduate students from the Indiana University School of Social Work are part of a new community partnership to help meet the needs of the growing Hispanic parish at St. Anthony's Catholic Church on Westside of Indianapolis. The church, located at 337 N. Warman Ave., was the first Catholic parish west of White River in Marion County, and has been a home to immigrants for generations. Ashley Fallos and Carolyn Harkin-Brinton, both Master's of Social Work degree students, will help launch the program this summer. They will undertake a needs assessment of the parish; develop a community resource guide; and do referral and short-term counseling for children, teens and families among other things. Read the complete story.

IU awarded nearly $290,000 in federal STARTALK grants for Chinese, Hindi and Urdu language programs -- Two centers in Indiana University's College of Arts and Sciences have received nearly $290,000 in additional federal funding to educate middle- and high school teachers and students in three strategic languages spoken in some of the most populated countries -- Chinese, Hindi and Urdu. The National Security Language Initiative (NSLI) has awarded IU's Center for Chinese Language Pedagogy two STARTALK grants totaling $169,993 to continue a teacher training program in Mandarin Chinese for 20 middle- and high school instructors and for a new four-week language program for 20 secondary school students. Read the complete story.

International community of biotechnologists converge on Bloomington for 21st American Peptide Symposium -- About 800 participants from around the world will be in Bloomington this week for the 21st American Peptide Society Symposium, a forum for exchanging cutting-edge developments in biotechnology. The program consists of scientific opinion leaders from academia with keynote lectures from two pharmaceutical CEOs and two CSOs, as well as a collective of other executives from the pharmaceutical and venture capital sectors. Co-chairing the event are Indiana University Bloomington biochemist Richard DiMarchi and University of Michigan medicinal chemist Henry Mosberg. Read the complete story.

IU's Lilly Library showcases vintage autos -- To kick off the summer traveling season, the Lilly Library at Indiana University's Bloomington campus has opened an exhibition featuring collections relating to early automobiles and motor cars. "Are We There Yet? The Age of the Automobile" showcases vintage catalogs, books and materials featuring topics ranging from luxury roadsters to the first Indianapolis 500. The exhibition runs through Sept. 5. Lavish catalogs aimed at Gatsby-like customers come from the collection of Thomas T. Solley. Solley was director of the Indiana University Art Museum from 1971 to 1986 and a grand-nephew of J. K. Lilly Jr., early benefactor of the library that bears his family name. Read the complete story.

Obama's cybersecurity response disappointing in scope -- President Barack Obama's announcement May 29 that he will create a cybersecurity coordinator in the White House with responsibility for information security is a step in the right direction, but more has to be done to protect America's network infrastructure from attacks, according to an Indiana University cybersecurity expert. Fred H. Cate, a professor in the IU Maurer School of Law and director of the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, said Obama's announcement -- which coincides with the release of a 60-day cybersecurity review -- will help ensure America's digital infrastructure is secure. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, May 29:
Men's and Women's Track: The regional couldn't have started much better for Indiana. The first two Hoosiers to compete on the day grabbed regional crowns with school record clearances in the high jump and pole vault. Read the day's notes.
Baseball: The Indiana pitching staff surrendered just seven hits, but three costly errors doomed the Hoosiers in an 8-2 loss to Louisville on Friday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Read the game notes.

Results from Saturday, May 30:
Men's and Women's Track: After scoring just three team points for 35th place at the Mideast Regional in 2008, the Indiana women scored 34.5 points for a sixth-place finish. The Indiana men's team was 16th with 16 points. Read the tournament notes.
Baseball: Vanderbilt was able to pitch its way out of early danger and used timely hitting to jump out to an early lead in taking a 10-0 victory over the Indiana baseball team. The loss eliminated the Hoosiers (32-27) from their first NCAA Tournament since 1996. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Tuesday-Friday, June 2-5: No varsity teams in action.


IU in the news

Vaccine Slows Recurrence in Skin Cancer
ABC News, May 31 -- In what researchers are calling a first, a vaccine that targets skin cancer cells shrinks tumors and cuts the chance that the disease will return. In a large clinical trial, more than twice as many people who got the vaccine saw their tumors shrink compared to those who didn't get the drug, Dr. Douglas Schwartzentruber of Indiana University told colleagues at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The study is "one of the first to show positive, promising results for a cancer vaccine" to fight the often-deadly skin cancer melanoma, Schwartzentruber said. Full story.

Caffeine reduces asthma symptoms
Times of India, June 1 -- Intake of caffeine within an hour of exercise can reduce the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma (EIA), according to a study. In the study, researchers at Indiana University found that a large dose -- 9 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight -- was as effective as the use of an albuterol inhaler, which is commonly used to treat or prevent exercise-induced asthma. Smaller amounts of caffeine -- for example, 3 and 6 milligrams of caffeine per kilogram of body weight -- also reduced the wheezing, coughing and other symptoms of EIA. Full story.

IU recognizes Clapacs' career achievements
Indiana Daily Student, May 31 -- In 1965, Terry Clapacs rode his last Little 500, packed up his room at Delta Upsilon and graduated from IU with a Bachelor of Science degree. Forty-four years, six IU presidents and 661 building projects later, the vice president and chief administrative officer is retiring, bringing to an end a career that shaped every IU campus. His work was celebrated Thursday in Alumni Hall by friends, family and coworkers. "Terry has overseen the construction of nearly half of the buildings on all Indiana University campuses," said IU President Michael McRobbie in a speech. "It is virtually impossible to look at any Indiana University campus without seeing the impact of Terry Clapacs." Full story.

Optimism abounds for IU football
Post-Tribune, June 2 -- Indiana University football remains a hard sell, something Hoosiers generally lose interest in when basketball practice begins every October. Last year, a 3-9 record did nothing to chip away at the annual indifference, but Coach Bill Lynch remains optimistic. He signed 18 recruits, including eight from in-state and five from Ohio. "It's the best class we've had," said Lynch, who came to Indiana in 2005 as an assistant coach, then guided the Hoosiers to a 7-6 season and its first bowl since 1993 when Terry Hoeppner stepped down. Speaking Monday at the IU Tailgate Tour at the Radisson, Lynch also pointed out that IU returns 35 juniors and seniors. Full story.


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