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Front Page News at Indiana University

June 26, 2009


IU Bloomington faculty receive $1 million boost from campus research funding
12 business, community leaders agree to serve on IU president's Economic Development Cabinet
Inhaled growth hormone safe for children deficient in this key protein
University Library receives grant to make more Hoosier history accessible
IU English professor's new book a meditation on slang
National organization honors Hossler for contributions to institutional research
IU names Kerbeshian as VP for technology commercialization
Project-based learning institute to emphasize "learning by doing"
IU Summer String Academy celebrates 25th year
Indiana University study shows Lilly's major impact on jobs in the Hoosier state
IU East continues in-state tuition with reciprocity agreement
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IU Bloomington faculty receive $1 million boost from campus research funding -- Indiana University Bloomington faculty and faculty teams seeking large grants from external funding agencies are being assisted by more than $1 million in seed funding provided by IU's Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR). The Faculty Research Support Program (FRSP) enables faculty to conduct research that will form the basis of bigger, more ambitious research projects. The specific goals of the FRSP are to support development, expansion and enhancement of research by faculty at Indiana University Bloomington and to improve the faculty's ability to garner external funding. Read the complete story.

12 business, community leaders agree to serve on IU president's Economic Development Cabinet -- A 12-member group of distinguished business and community leaders with a broad range of experiences and knowledge in the high-tech and life-sciences sectors have agreed to serve as economic development advisers to Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie. The president's Economic Development Cabinet will meet at least three times a year with McRobbie to provide input and counsel on how the university can best leverage its many research assets into initiatives that will advance both the university's needs and the state of Indiana's long-term economic development goals. Read the complete story.

Inhaled growth hormone safe for children deficient in this key protein -- A multi-center clinical trial led by a Riley Hospital for Children endocrinologist has found that inhaled growth hormone (GH) is well tolerated by children with GH deficiency and that this easy-to-use method can, over a one-week period, safely deliver GH to the blood stream. In addition to having implications for those who need GH, this first pediatric study of administering it through the lungs may also help researchers interested in using this convenient method for effectively delivering other types of medications to children. Read the complete story.

University Library receives grant to make more Hoosier history accessible -- IUPUI University Library, in collaboration with Conner Prairie, received a Library Service Technology Act (LSTA) digitization grant for over $11,000 to create the museum's newest online digital collection entitled: "Conner Prairie's Traditional Crafts: Preservation and Reproduction." The digital collection will make more of the organization's resources accessible online to the public, especially Hoosier K-12 students. While the collection will highlight artisan crafts such as pottery making, arms making and blacksmithing, it also emphasizes the role of museums in preserving age-old skills through teaching, reproduction and research, explains David Lewis, dean of the University Library. Read the complete story.

IU English professor's new book a meditation on slang -- Lexical much? In his new book, Slang: The People's Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2009), Indiana University Assistant Professor Michael Adams describes -- and passionately defends -- slang as the creative expression of the every day. The first major work on American slang in nearly a decade, Slang neatly bridges the gap between pop culture and academia with a thorough examination of the ways Americans continually reinvent or combine words to keep language a living, breathing entity. Read the complete story.

National organization honors Hossler for contributions to institutional research -- Don Hossler, the executive associate dean at Indiana University's School of Education, has been named the Sidney Suslow Award recipient by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). The award honors his distinguished scholarly contributions to institutional research. The AIR award committee selects honorees "for their cumulative and ongoing scholarly efforts to keep institutional research on the cutting edge of research practice, policies and procedures in higher education," according to the organization's Web site. While the Suslow Award is presented at the group's annual forum, it is not always an annual award; it is given to an honoree only when the selection committee receives a nomination that meets the award criteria. Read the complete story.

IU names Kerbeshian as VP for technology commercialization -- A zoologist and registered patent agent specializing in the protection and licensing of discoveries derived from faculty research has been named vice president for technology commercialization at the Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation. Marie Kerbeshian assumes the post after serving as interim executive director and chief executive officer of the University of Virginia Patent Foundation since February. Read the complete story.

Project-based learning institute to emphasize "learning by doing" -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis -- in conjunction with other organizations -- is sponsoring a three-day workshop for educators who wish to learn more about project-based learning. The workshop, titled "Learning by Doing: Project-Based Learning Institute for Middle and High School Educators," will enable educators to develop their own project-based learning (PBL) plans. The workshop begins Monday, June 29, at Ben Davis High School, 1200 N. Girls School Road, Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis and its Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation are also sponsors of the event. Read the complete story.

IU Summer String Academy celebrates 25th year -- This summer marks the 25th anniversary of Indiana University's prestigious Jacobs School of Music Summer String Academy, which brings together students and renowned faculty from around the world. Led by Jacobs Professor Mimi Zweig, the Summer String Academy is geared toward serious students ages 12-18 who wish to study violin, viola or cello in an intensive environment. The four-week curriculum began June 20 and runs through July 18 and includes private lessons, chamber music, master classes, performance opportunities and attendance at the concerts of IU's 2009 Summer Music Festival. Read the complete story.

Indiana University study shows Lilly's major impact on jobs in the Hoosier state -- According to a new study by the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and its Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC), Eli Lilly and Co. (Lilly) contributes about $8 billion to the state's economy and is Indiana's sixth largest employer with more than 14,000 employees. The study, "Economic Impact of Eli Lilly and Company in Indiana", details how Lilly's economic presence contributes significantly to the state's economic and job growth. Read the complete story.

IU East continues in-state tuition with reciprocity agreement -- Indiana University East announced today (June 24) that the Tuition Reciprocity Agreement with Ohio institutions of higher education will be renewed. The agreement means that IU East will continue to offer Ohio students in neighboring counties in-state tuition rates. The renewal of the Tuition Reciprocity Agreement follows the approval of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Ohio Board of Regents and becomes effective July 1, 2009. The reciprocity agreement allows Indiana and Ohio institutions of higher education to expand postsecondary opportunities across the states' borders while limiting the cost to taxpayers. Read the complete story.


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IU, Iran connected through crisis
Indiana Daily Student, June 24 -- About two weeks after Iran's disputed presidential election, protests continue despite government crackdown. Protesting began after the June 12 announcement that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the winner of the ongoing presidential elections. The announcement, which stated he had gained more than 60 percent of the vote, led to allegations of voting fraud. "Iran's presidential elections began as a matter of national sovereignty, and so did disputes over elections results," said Jamsheed Choksy, IU professor of Iranian studies in the department of Central Eurasian studies. "But when Iran's government failed to investigate and resolve election discrepancies in accordance with its law and constitution, and after the government in Tehran and Qom resorted to threats and violence, that government lost its legitimacy." Full story.

Michael Jackson Dies of Reported Cardiac Arrest
WebMD Health News, June 25 -- Pop star Michael Jackson has died at age 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest, according to media reports. Los Angeles TV station KTLA reports that Los Angeles fire officials said they responded to a 911 call at Jackson's home and that Jackson wasn't breathing when they arrived; paramedics performed CPR and rushed him to UCLA Medical Center, although the hospital, due to privacy rules, could not confirm that. In a cardiac arrest, the heart stops working properly. A cardiac arrest is not the same as a heart attack, but it can happen because of a heart attack, notes Douglas Zipes, MD, MACC, distinguished professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and past president of the American College of Cardiology. Zipes explains that "cardiac arrest is a heart rhythm disturbance when the bottom chamber of the heart, the ventricles, beat an at extremely rapid rate -- 4 to 600 times a minute." Full story.

Nation's first children's hospital-based safety store focuses on child injury prevention
Physorg, June 25 -- The Riley Safety Store at Riley Hospital for Children, the first of its kind in the nation, serves as a model for children's hospitals across the nation. Recently expanded, the Riley Safety Store provides space to showcase safety products for children and families, as well as offer different "zones" that simulate home settings and provide families with the opportunity to practice installation and use of child safety products prior to purchase. "Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death of American children ages 1 to 14 years, and many parents and caregivers are unaware of the risks around the home and on the road that present a danger to their children," said Jeffrey L. Sperring, MD, chief medical officer, Riley Hospital for Children. "By offering the Safety Store to our community and partnering with other hospitals, we are actively promoting the message, statewide and nationally, that child injury prevention needs to be an important priority for all children and their families," said Dr. Sperring, who is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Full story.

Booster seat safety: Child restraints can save lives, but many are used incorrectly
The Courier-Journal, June 25 -- Parents who think they're protecting their children by strapping them into a booster seat could be overlooking a fatal flaw: Many kids aren't fastened in correctly. That's according to a recently published study by researchers at Indiana University and Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis. In the study, which involved nearly 565 children in belt-positioning booster seats, experts found at least one seat-belt mistake for nearly 65 percent of the kids. "I was a little bit taken aback that nearly two out of three children had at least one misuse," said Dr. Joseph O'Neil, an IU associate professor of pediatrics who was part of the study. "Either the belt was too loose, it wasn't positioned right, it was behind the back, it was under their arm, it was over the arm rest. "There was a lot of different things as you went through." Full story.


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