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IU and Campus Management form strategic alliance for communications
Abbey Stemler is IU's new student trustee
Indiana University and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance to provide screenings at Allstate 400
IU recreation therapy videos available to students, therapists
SPEA brochure celebrates IU Bloomington's 'Woodland Campus'
New strategies to improve treatment and ultimately prevent heart failure in children
Jacobs School of Music alumna brings Miss Indiana crown back to IU
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IU and Campus Management form strategic alliance for communications -- Through a new strategic partnership, Indiana University will deploy an institution-wide communication system to more effectively reach prospective students, current students, alumni, donors and friends. IU has partnered with Campus Management Corp. to deliver its constituent relationship management (CRM) software for managing data and communications for all IU campuses. The new six-year enterprise license agreement will provide unlimited use of Campus Management's Talisma-CampusCRM (TM) product. With this path-breaking agreement, IU is the first major, multi-campus university in the nation to elevate constituent communications to a university-wide platform inclusive of all schools, its alumni association and foundation. Read the complete story.

Abbey Stemler is IU's new student trustee -- Abbey Stemler, a second-year law student at the IU Maurer School of Law, has been appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels as the new student member of the Indiana University Board of Trustees. Stemler also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with highest distinction at IU Bloomington in 2008. Her two-year term on the nine-member board of trustees was effective July 1. She succeeds Arthur D. King of Columbus, who graduated in May. "I am especially pleased that the governor selected someone with such a strong background as a student leader, both in and out of the classroom," Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie said. "Her experiences will be a great resource for the other trustees. I particularly appreciate that the governor worked very hard to find someone who understands the needs of both undergraduate and professional students." Read the complete story.

Indiana University and Head and Neck Cancer Alliance to provide screenings at Allstate 400 -- Race fans at this year's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard can get a free oral, head and neck cancer screening. Volunteers from the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, and the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance will provide the screenings. The screenings, which are quick and painless and involve a physical examination of the mouth as well as feeling of the facial area and neck for abnormalities, are offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 25, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26. The screenings will be offered in the display lot on the east side of the Hall of Fame Museum to race ticket holders. Read the complete story.

IU recreation therapy videos available to students, therapists -- Indiana University has made the entire collection of 23 videos produced by the Recreation Therapy Video (RTV) Project available via streaming technology so they may be viewed by students on their home computers, in university classrooms and by recreation therapists in healthcare centers. The video project, developed by David Austin, professor emeritus in the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, was supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the RPTS department, which is part of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. The instructional videos cover a wide variety of topics, including therapeutic communication, professional ethics, clinical supervision, interacting with persons with disabilities, recreation therapy practice models, behavioral observation, documentation and the history of recreation therapy. Read the complete story.

SPEA brochure celebrates IU Bloomington's 'Woodland Campus' -- The woodland campus of Indiana University Bloomington has been celebrated for its natural beauty for more than a century. A new publication from the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs will help students and visitors better understand what makes the campus special. Titled The Woodland Campus, the glossy, pocket-size brochure includes information on the history, management and future of IU Bloomington's quintessential urban forest, along with a "historic walking tour" focused on mature trees near the core of campus. Read the complete story.

New strategies to improve treatment and ultimately prevent heart failure in children -- Structural cardiovascular abnormalities present at birth are the leading cause of heart failure in children. Nearly half a million children in the United States have structural heart problems ranging in severity from relatively simple issues, such as small holes between chambers of the heart, to very severe malformations, including complete absence of one or more chambers or valves. The July issue of the journal Pediatric Cardiology focuses on a recent meeting of pediatric cardiology experts from around the world who gathered at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children for the inaugural Riley Heart Center Symposium on Cardiac Development. The experts presented new basic science and clinical research to improve treatment of, and ultimately to prevent, the congenital defects and damage acquired after birth that cause heart failure in children. Read the complete story.

Jacobs School of Music alumna brings Miss Indiana crown back to IU -- Indiana University Jacobs School of Music alumna Nicole Pollard has been crowned Miss Indiana 2009. She captured the contest's runner-up title the previous two years after Jacobs alumna soprano Betsy Uschkrat held the crown in 2006. "It is an absolute honor to become Miss Indiana," said Pollard. "I was so thrilled to be crowned, and I still am having a hard time believing it's actually true! The tradition is for the new Miss Indiana to sleep with the crown and sash on the pillow next to her so when she wakes up, she realizes it wasn't a dream. I woke up Sunday morning, smiled to myself and thought, 'I am Miss Indiana. I'm going to Miss America. I am so blessed.'" Read the complete story.


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IU discovers test for cancer gene
Indiana Daily Student, July 9 -- IU School of Medicine researchers have developed a new breast cancer diagnostic marker licensed by the cancer diagnostics company Clarient Inc. The cancer diagnostic marker will help physicians determine the aggression of the disease in patients that might result in some patients not having to undergo treatment for less aggressive forms of the disease. Clarient Inc. developed a commercial test based on the research of IU School of Medicine's Harikrishna Nakshatri, Marian J. Morrison and Sunil Badve, associate professor of pathology and laboratory medicine. Researchers Nakshatri and Badve conducted two studies on tissue samples from about 675 patients who had been treated for breast cancer. The studies' results discovered a biomarker that could be tested for FOXA1, a gene known to cause breast cancer. Full story.

Women can ward off osteoporosis by tending to bone health early
Indianapolis Star, July 9 -- When Maralee Baumgardner and her 12-year-old granddaughter share a snack, the septuagenarian and preteen often quaff a glass of milk. A dietitian, Baumgardner has tended to her bone health for years. She walks regularly and monitors her calcium intake closely. The work has paid off for the West Lafayette resident. At 76, her bones remain strong, and she has not experienced the bowed legs her mother and brother had as they aged. The prescription for bone health varies little throughout a woman's life: Exercise, calcium and vitamin D. Sounds simple, right? But statistics say too few listen. About 10 million people have osteoporosis, about 80 percent of them women. By weakening the bones, the disease opens the door to costly and potentially life-altering fractures. Genetic factors determine about 60 to 80 percent of how much bone mass one accrues, but lifestyle still matters, says Dr. Michael Econs, Glenn W. Irwin Jr. professor of endocrinology and metabolism at Indiana University School of Medicine. "Everyone has a genetic potential for what their bone density will be," Econs says. "But whether you reach that genetic potential or not can be influenced by environmental or other health factors." Full story.

Barefoot coach inspires teen to begin collecting shoes
Delaware News, July 8 -- Inspired by the story of a barefoot college basketball coach in Indiana, a pair of Grandview Heights residents have decided to collect shoes. If it doesn't make sense yet, it will. Thirteen-year-old Gabriela Romero Rose and her mother, Charity Romero Rose, said they were watching a story on television about Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis men's basketball coach Ron Hunter. He coached a game in his bare feet to raise awareness about Samaritan's Feet -- a nonprofit organization that collects new shoes and gives them to children around the world -- during the NCAA basketball tournament this spring. Gabriela Romero Rose, who played basketball, said Hunter's story made a mark. "That's what kind of inspired me," Romero Rose said. "I thought, I could do something like that." Full story.

Strength Training Is Good for Seniors; Study Shows Progressive Resistance Training Improves Daily Activities
WebMD, July 8 -- Senior citizens, you may want to consider hitting the weight room. A new review, which compiles data from more than 100 clinical trials, concludes that progressive resistance training can help older people in daily activities, such as climbing stairs and fixing dinner. The study, published in the Cochrane Library, examined 121 trials with a total of 6,700 older participants. In most of the studies, progressive resistance training, or PRT, was performed two to three times a week at a high intensity. "Older adults seem to benefit from this type of exercise even at the age of 80, and even with some type of health condition," researcher Chiung-ju Liu of the department of occupational therapy at Indiana University in Indianapolis says in a news release. "The data support the idea that muscle strength is largely improved after the training, and the impact on older adults' daily activities can be significant. Simply having enough strength to do things such as carrying groceries would make a difference for seniors." Full story.


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