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Massey named associate vice provost at IU Bloomington
PearlDiver to use Indiana University's Big Red supercomputer through economic development initiative
IU School of Medicine researchers develop promising new cancer diagnostic marker
IU education professor receives research award to further mathematics education
IU Art Museum's 19th annual Jazz in July begins July 10
IU's Brown County Playhouse presents 'There Goes the Bride'
IU School of Education professor selected for prestigious Spencer Fellowship
IU Jacobs School of Music students win prestigious fellowships
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Massey named associate vice provost at IU Bloomington -- The Indiana University Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs announced today (June 23) the appointment of Anne P. Massey as associate vice provost for faculty and academic affairs at IU Bloomington. Massey is the dean's research professor and professor of information systems at the IU Kelley School of Business. Her appointment takes effect immediately. As associate vice provost, Massey will assume responsibilities including oversight for campus-level promotion reviews, faculty development workshops and revisions of academic policies. In addition, drawing on her experience in the field of information technology, Massey will help develop FAR -- the online Faculty Annual Report system expected to be released later this year. Read the complete story.

PearlDiver to use Indiana University's Big Red supercomputer through economic development initiative -- PearlDiver Technologies Inc., creator of what is believed to be the largest fully HIPAA-compliant, publicly available and searchable database of patient records in the nation, will use IU's Big Red supercomputer for advanced data analysis. PearlDiver's mission is to improve the ways surgeons, product manufacturers, hospitals and regulators connect with and use health care-related information. Big Red's computational power will analyze outcomes from millions of patients to condense findings into information readily available to medical providers and policy makers. Read the complete story.

IU School of Medicine researchers develop promising new cancer diagnostic marker -- Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have developed a new breast cancer diagnostic marker that could enable physicians to more easily determine which patients have a less aggressive form of the disease that may not require chemotherapy treatment. The marker has been licensed by Clarient Inc., a California-based cancer diagnostics company that plans to develop a commercial test based on the research by Harikrishna Nakshatri, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., Marian J. Morrison Professor of Breast Cancer Research, and Sunil Badve, M.D., associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine. Read the complete story.

IU education professor receives research award to further mathematics education -- Dionne Cross, an assistant professor of education at Indiana University Bloomington, has received a 2009 Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities organization. This prestigious award is intended to foster research and professional growth and lead to new funding opportunities during the early stages of the recipients' careers. The ORAU's award consists of unrestricted funds for research and is matched by the awardee's home institution. Read the complete story.

IU Art Museum's 19th annual Jazz in July begins July 10 -- Starting July 10, the sultry sounds of jazz will fill the air on four consecutive Friday nights throughout the month when the Indiana University Art Museum hosts its 19th annual Jazz in July summer concert series. Each of the free, open-to-the-public concerts will be emcee'd by WFIU radio hosts Joe Bourne, host of "Just You and Me," and David Brent Johnson, host of "Night Lights." This year's Jazz in July features some of the top jazz talent in the Midwest, including Offramp, Craig and the Crawdads, Jan Aldridge Clark, Monica Herzig, Carolyn Dutton and Tom Roznowski. Read the complete story.

IU's Brown County Playhouse presents 'There Goes the Bride' -- Summer is the season for weddings, and Indiana University's Brown County Playhouse opens its second show of the season with the perfectly themed There Goes the Bride, a matrimonial comedy written by Ray Cooney and John Chapman that brings new meaning to the phrase "trouble in paradise." IU Professor of Theatre and Drama Bruce Burgun directs Bride, which features both professional actors and students from IU's highly regarded Department of Theatre and Drama. Broadway and television veteran Kurt Zischke joins the cast in the role of Charles Babcock. Read the complete story.

IU School of Education professor selected for prestigious Spencer Fellowship -- The National Academy of Education has selected an Indiana University School of Education assistant professor as a 2009-2010 Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. Melissa Gresalfi, a counseling and educational psychology assistant professor, is among the 20 researchers selected from a pool of more than 150 applicants. The National Academy of Education's Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. Researchers are selected within five years of earning a Ph.D. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music students win prestigious fellowships -- Two doctoral students in the Musicology Department of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music have won prestigious fellowships to pursue dissertation research in Europe. Lisa Cooper Vest was awarded a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship to Poland, which will support 12 months of study. The topic of her dissertation is "Musical and Political Negotiations in Polish Music Life, 1956-1970." Jonathan Yaeger was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Research Grant from the German Academic Exchange Service. His dissertation, "The Gewandhaus Orchestra of Leipzig in East Germany, 1949-1990," will focus on the political, cultural and musical interaction between the East German communist regime and the Gewandhaus Orchestra, one of the oldest and most esteemed orchestras in Europe. Read the complete story.


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Schedule for Wednesday-Friday, June 24-26:
Men's and Women's Track: USATF Sr. and Jr. Championships, Eugene, Ore.


IU in the news

Does Location Affect Kids' Weight?
Forbes, June 19 -- Living near a fast-food outlet doesn't make children fat, nor does living near a supermarket stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables make them thin, new research shows. The study by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researchers examined a decade of data on more than 60,000 children aged 3 to 18. They compared the children's weights before and after fast-food outlets or supermarkets opened near their homes. The study found that living near a fast-food outlet had little effect on weight gain and living near a supermarket wasn't associated with lower weight. The researchers also found that living near certain recreational facilities -- such as fitness areas, kickball diamonds and volleyball courts -- was associated with lower body-mass index (BMI). For example, an 8-year-old boy who lived near one of these facilities could reduce his weight by three to six pounds, the researchers calculated. But living near track and field facilities was linked to weight gain, they discovered. Full story.

Youth suicide prevention grant renewed
Fort Wayne Daily News, June 22 -- Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne is pleased to announce the Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute has received a second year of funding of almost a half million dollars to continue youth suicide prevention measures in Indiana. The Institute remains eligible to receive funding for one more year at the same level. The grant, totaling nearly $1.5 million, is from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The Institute is recognized by the Indiana Department of Health and FSSA Division of Mental Health and Addiction as the center of expertise for suicide prevention in Indiana. Full story.

Jobless rate in state expected to climb higher
Indianapolis Star, June 20 -- The recession that bit viciously into the economy last fall and spit thousands of Indiana residents out on the unemployment lines shows little sign of easing. On the contrary, experts say double-digit jobless rates could persist into next spring, peaking in Indiana at about 11.5 percent. Indiana's unemployment rate rose in May to 10.6 percent from 9.9 percent in April, government labor market analysts reported Friday. It was the seventh straight month that the state's jobless rate has been 7 percent or higher. The national rate in May was 9.4 percent. "It's a little early to say it's improving. What we have seen in numerous bits of financial data is a slowing down of the rate of decrease in the economy. But you can't conclude that things are getting better just because they are not getting worse anymore," said Robert Neal, a finance professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. Full story.

Keeping Connected With Iran
Indside Higher Ed, June 23 --Iran's universities have historically been sites of protest. Now is no exception -- except the students are not alone. "It takes large-scale events to bring about the sort of protests we are seeing now, but what has always struck me doing research in Iran is when you go to the universities, there are always banners up. There's some issue or another that agitates a group of students, much like in the U.S.," said Jamsheed Choksy, a professor in the Central Eurasian Studies department at Indiana University. This is despite the risk. Reports of dormitories being raided and students arrested are among the accounts of violence and intimidation that have emerged from Iran in the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections June 12. "While we may not know the exact numbers of students arrested, or killed, the reports are consistent with what has happened whenever there has been student activism in the Islamic Republic," Choksy said. Full story.


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