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IU welcomes vets studying under Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program
IU, Microsoft expand partnership
'Green computing' project points to potential for energy savings
World-class musician, Bloomington native Jonathan Biss returns for IU Summer Music Festival
IU Trustees OK option for possible Wishard land swap
IUPUI Chemists Develop Distributed Drug Discovery: Finding Drugs for Neglected Diseases
Public invited to annual Camp S.O.U.L. concert at IU Friday
Celebration of Campus and Community planned for Tuesday at IU East
New IU Bloomington program to address civic engagement
New article co-authored by IU professors examines benefits of internal whistle-blowing
Black holes take center stage at IU during Capra Conference
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


IU welcomes vets studying under Post-9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program -- This fall, Indiana University will welcome its first group of "Yellow Ribbon Program" veterans. The Veterans Administration's Yellow Ribbon Program -- a new, Post-9/11 GI Bill -- is designed to cover the costs of an in-state undergraduate education for military veterans and also offers additional support for military veterans enrolled in graduate programs or from outside the state. Read the complete story.

IU, Microsoft expand partnership -- Indiana University's new enterprise license agreement with Microsoft Corp. will expand the path-breaking 1998 strategy to provide popular Microsoft products to all students, faculty and staff on IU campuses by including unlimited licenses and software maintenance to IU departments for server software such as SQL Server, Windows Server, SharePoint Server, and Configuration Manager Server. Read the complete story.

'Green computing' project points to potential for energy savings -- A pilot project carried out by IT staff of the Indiana University School of Education produced impressive energy savings from putting desktop computers into "sleep mode" when they were not in use. Now information technology managers at other IU offices are looking into making similar efforts, which have the potential for saving hundreds of thousands of dollars for the university. Read the complete story.

World-class musician, Bloomington native Jonathan Biss returns for IU Summer Music Festival -- Indiana University's 2009 Summer Music Festival will include a diverse series of piano recitals highlighted by a July 3 performance by international soloist and chamber musician Jonathan Biss, who was raised in Bloomington and studied with IU Jacobs School of Music professors Karen Taylor and Evelyne Brancart. The Biss performance, scheduled for 8 p.m. in Recital Hall, will raise scholarship money for the Summer Piano Academy, directed by Taylor. The academy offers serious young pianists (grades 7-12) the opportunity to work with outstanding teachers and acclaimed guest artists in an intensive, varied program. Read the complete story.

IU Trustees OK option for possible Wishard land swap -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees June 12 approved a plan that would enable the Health and Hospital Corp. of Marion County to swap land with the university so that it could eventually build a new Wishard Memorial Hospital facility directly west of the IUPUI campus. Under the agreement, IU would transfer ownership of approximately 26 acres of land directly west of the campus to the hospital corporation in exchange for the similar-sized parcel that the current hospital occupies directly north of the campus. Read the complete story.

IUPUI Chemists Develop Distributed Drug Discovery: Finding Drugs for Neglected Diseases -- Researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) have developed Distributed Drug Discovery (D3), a new low-cost strategy to accelerate the discovery of drugs to treat neglected diseases such as tuberculosis, leprosy, leshmaniasis, dengue fever, and Chagas disease. Even in times of economic prosperity, the pharmaceutical industry has often been reluctant to get involved in developing treatments for diseases that occur primarily in low income countries. The low cost D3 approach, involving distributed global educational resources at the early stage of discovery, is even more attractive in this time of global economic downturn. Read the complete story.

Public invited to annual Camp S.O.U.L. concert at IU Friday -- This is the first year of Camp S.O.U.L. (Students Obtaining Unique musical Levels) at Indiana University under the leadership of Professor Nathanael Fareed Mahluli, director of the IU Soul Revue. Underrepresented high school students from the state of Indiana will participate in a week-long camp. The culminating event will be a free concert at 11 a.m. Friday (June 19) in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Read the complete story.

Celebration of Campus and Community planned for Tuesday at IU East -- Indiana University East will host a Celebration of Campus and Community on Tuesday, June 16, on the Springwood Hall lawn. The public event is being held on the IU East campus and is replacing a traditional installation ceremony for Chancellor Nasser Paydar. The reception will begin at 2:30 p.m. with remarks by Indiana University President Michael McRobbie and Paydar beginning at 3:15 p.m. Members of the IU Board of Trustees will also be in attendance. WCTV Channel 20 will broadcast the formal program live. Read the complete story.

New IU Bloomington program to address civic engagement -- Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson announced June 15 that Indiana University Bloomington is initiating a program that combines academic study and real-world experience to help students develop skills for participating in American political and civic life. The program, called PACE (Political and Civic Engagement), will launch this fall. Read the complete story.

New article co-authored by IU professors examines benefits of internal whistle-blowing -- It seems logical that a good manager would want to deal with any "dirty laundry" inside the organization before any negative headlines and even a tragedy. According to a new article based on research by two professors at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and a colleague at Georgetown University, though, many organizations fail to implement evidence-based policies that encourage whistle-blowers to report wrongdoing internally -- and suffer the consequences. Read the complete story.

Black holes take center stage at IU during Capra Conference -- Black holes are a common topic for scientific discussion today -- but to the astrophysicists, theoretical physicists and mathematicians attending Indiana University's Capra Conference on radiation reaction, predictions still outweigh proof when it comes to black holes and their interstellar antics. Hosted by IU for the first time in the event's 12-year history, the Capra Conference each year affords scientists an opportunity to compare notes on how much closer they've come to theoretically confirming Einstein's general theory of relativity using predictions about black holes and their interactions with other stellar bodies. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, June 12:
Women's Track: Vera Neuenswander becomes the first All-American pole vaulter for the IU women's program, and she does it in style as the NCAA runner-up. The junior was one of two All-Americans on the day for Indiana. Sophomore Sarah Pease took seventh in the 3,000m steeplechase, becoming the first Hoosier ever to score in the event. The duo scored 10 points for the Hoosiers, and the team sits in 19th place. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Tuesday-Friday, June 16-19: No varsity teams in action


IU in the news

Summer studying is vital for kids to maintain skills
Des Moines Register, June 16 -- Educators say such hands-on approaches to summer are far from the norm. Too many school-age children, they say, will spend the summer in front of a television or computer screen with little parental supervision or influence. Job losses and tight household budgets mean more parents will be unable to afford camps and tutors this summer. The result, research shows, will be an acceleration of "summer slide" or "brain drain," which will surface in the fall. Some Indiana schools added up to 30 days to their school year in 2007, but there is little research to determine whether the change has had any effect on students' performance, according to the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University. "If time is not being used effectively on engaged student learning, then there's no real impact, and there will be no impact of adding additional time," wrote Terry Spradlin, an associate director at the center. Full story.

Colonoscopy Risks Increase With Age and Illness
Forbes, June 15 -- Screening colonoscopies for colon cancer may be too risky for some elderly patients, a new study finds. Of all the screening methods for colon cancer, a colonoscopy is considered the gold standard because it not only finds, but also removes, cancerous and precancerous lesions. However, risks such as bleeding, colon perforation and heart problems, while low, may outweigh the benefits for some elderly patients. Patients with a history of stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, atrial fibrillation or congestive heart failure -- or multiple chronic conditions -- had a higher risk for bleeding and colon perforation, the researchers found. Dr. Thomas Imperiale, a professor of medicine at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis, said these findings will help clinicians better tailor the risks of colonoscopy to their patients. "In addition to describing to patients an average, overall risk, we can be more precise in our explanation of perforation risk, based on the patient's age, their medical conditions, the indication for the colonoscopy and whether a polyp is removed," he said. Full story.

Indiana Humanities Projects Receive National Funding
Inside INdiana Business, June 15 -- Five Indiana organizations received a total of $831,976 in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The grants, which fund high quality humanities projects, were awarded to Allen County Public Library, Ball State University, Earlham College, Indiana Humanities Council and Indiana University. Indiana University received two grants. One is for $276,026 to preserve, annotate and improve access to a digital video collection of approximately 700 hours of oral history interviews with Yiddish speakers in Eastern Europe; and the other is for $250,000 to prepare two volumes of Native American oral history narratives and an accompanying directory. Full story.

IU increases admission standards
Indiana Daily Student, June 14 -- Freshmen in the fall of 2011 will have to do a little more of everything. The Bloomington Faculty Council decided to raise admissions standards Feb. 21, 2006, for the incoming class of 2011 at IU-Bloomington in most of the key fields, such as mathematics and the physical sciences. The changes will go into effect this fall. Both IU and Purdue University have raised admissions standards for the incoming class of 2011, giving current high school students a chance to fulfill these new requirements before they run out of time. Full story.


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