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Four IU campuses receive Operation Diploma grants to support students in the military and vets
2009 Wells Scholars announced at Indiana University
Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic to provide free health care to the uninsured
IU to host conference on energy research
IU Simon Cancer Center's Tissue Bank collecting samples Aug. 8
IU Jacobs School of Music appoints organist Jeffrey Smith to faculty
IU Health and Wellness: Back-to-school issue
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Four IU campuses receive Operation Diploma grants to support students in the military and vets -- Four campuses of Indiana University have received grants totaling $52,700 from Operation Diploma to provide additional support to students now serving in the military and to veterans. IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU Southeast and IU East received the grants through an initiative of the Military Family Research Institution at Purdue University, which was created through a $5.8-million gift from Lilly Endowment. Each campus will use the funding for efforts to improve academic persistence and success among student service members and veterans. More than $270,000 was awarded to 21 higher education institutions in Indiana during this initial round of funding. Read the complete story.

2009 Wells Scholars announced at Indiana University -- Indiana University announced July 29 that 18 entering freshmen and two current IU juniors will join the more than 420 others who have been named Wells Scholars since the first class enrolled in 1990. The scholarship, created in honor of the late IU Chancellor Herman B Wells, ranks among the most competitive and prestigious awards offered by any American university. Wells Scholars have gone on to win more than 50 national and international scholarships, fellowships and grants, such as the Rhodes, Truman, Marshall, Soros, Mitchell, Churchill, Fulbright and Goldwater. The Wells program also offers special seminars; an optional year of study abroad; support for a summer research or service project, creative activity or internship; and a wide range of extracurricular events and activities. The Wells program emphasizes close interaction with faculty, academic and career advising, opportunities for community service and contact with distinguished visitors. Read the complete story.

Indiana University Student Outreach Clinic to provide free health care to the uninsured -- People without health insurance will have another avenue for medical care beginning Aug. 1 when student volunteers at the Indiana University School of Medicine open the IU Student Outreach Clinic in a near eastside Indianapolis neighborhood. The medical school students are collaborating with students from Butler University's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the IU School of Medicine Department of Public Health, the IU School of Dentistry and Clarian Health to provide free urgent care to the needy. The clinic will operate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays at the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E. 10th Street. A grand opening is planned from 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 1, at the church and tours of the clinic will be available. Read the complete story.

IU to host conference on energy research -- In response to the growing challenges focused on global energy acquisition and use, close to 200 faculty from every campus at Indiana University will gather Aug. 6-7 to begin the process of formulating a comprehensive energy research plan for IU. IU's energy plan will identify pressing challenges in Indiana and the nation, and ways IU can contribute to sustainable solutions. Hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI, the first day of the conference, held on the Bloomington campus, will consist of a series of talks by national and state leaders to identify the most pressing energy related issues facing our society. Read the complete story.

IU Simon Cancer Center's Tissue Bank collecting samples Aug. 8 -- Although Hispanic women tend to develop breast cancer less than Caucasian women, it is usually more aggressive and advanced when it does develop. That difference is one puzzle researchers with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center hope to address by encouraging women, especially Hispanic women, to donate breast tissue and a blood sample. The cancer center's Komen Tissue Bank is collecting breast tissue and blood samples from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Hematology Clinic and Women's Center (second floor) in the new patient building of the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, 1030 W. Michigan St. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music appoints organist Jeffrey Smith to faculty -- Coinciding with the installation of a new pipe organ in Indiana University's Auer Hall, the Jacobs School of Music announced July 30 the appointment of acclaimed organist Jeffrey Smith, who will join the Jacobs faculty roster as a visiting associate professor in the fall of 2009. "We are absolutely delighted to welcome Jeffrey Smith to the organ faculty," said Janette Fishell, chair of the Jacobs School organ department. "Dr. Smith will join Professor Christopher Young and me in the exciting process of envisioning and embracing the Jacobs School of Music's defining role in 21st-century organ and sacred music education. Building upon decades of excellence in the pedagogy and art of organ performance and a longstanding commitment to training church musicians, we enter a new era in which our faculty and facilities support the training of organists who not only develop their full potential as performers and teachers, but study with equal vigor the art of improvisation, choral conducting and voice building for choirs throughout their time in our program." Read the complete story.

IU Health and Wellness: Back-to-school issue -- This back-to-school issue of IU Health and Wellness includes articles about Influenza A (H1N1), important sexual health information for incoming college freshmen, nurturing kids' interest in technology, and an inside view of how a sorority polices members' "ladylike" behavior. Read the complete story.


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IU in the news

Strength workouts help seniors function better
Reuters, July 30 -- Strength training can help older people function better and reduce pain for those suffering from arthritis, according to a review of the medical literature. But more information is needed on the safety of progressive resistance training for frail seniors or those recovering from illness, the reviewers conclude. People typically get weaker as they get older, which can lead to disability and increase their risk of falling, Drs. Chiung-ju Liu of Indiana University in Indianapolis and Nancy K. Latham of Boston University point out in The Cochrane Library, a publication of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Progressive resistance training, in which a person uses weights, elastic bands or exercise machines to strengthen their muscles by doing progressively tougher exercises, offers promise in helping people to maintain their strength as they age, Liu and Latham report. Full story.

The Student's Dean
Indiana Daily Student, July 29 -- Dick McKaig never wanted to be dean. "What I've always wanted to do was work with students outside of class, but what I didn't want to do is be the dean," he said. "I didn't want the administrative obligations. I'm not a big fan of budgets and administrative paperwork that goes with the job." But after 38 years, IU's dean of students will say goodbye Friday to crusty eyelashes from whipped cream from pies in the face. "It really is an age thing," McKaig said. "I could have retired last summer, but I was having so much fun in the job that I didn't want to leave it." Full story. See also: McKaig a mentor to many.

Choosing A Charity
Forbes, July 30 -- You don't need to be rich to give to charity. You don't even need to be middle class. In fact, in the United States today it's the poor, not the wealthy, who give the highest percentage of their income to those in need. According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, those making less than $50,000 a year donate about 4% of their income to charity, while those earning more than $100,000 gave just 2%. But the amount you give won't matter unless you make sure your money gets to the right place. There are plenty of bogus charities out there, as well as many legitimate but wasteful or ineffective ones. It's worth doing a little research to make sure your hard-earned dollars are put to good use. Full story.

Purdue partnership for putting idle computers to work on research wins international award
Lafayette Online, July 30 -- Purdue is being recognized as a worldwide campus technology innovator for a system that harnesses what would otherwise be wasted computing power for major research projects. Campus Technology Magazine has selected Purdue's DiaGrid for one of its 2009 Campus Technology Innovators Awards. Purdue's partners in DiaGrid include Indiana University, Indiana State University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Louisville, the University of Wisconsin, Purdue's Calumet and North Central campuses, and Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. "DiaGrid provides millions of hours of computation that would otherwise be wasted, without the need for additional technology or facilities purchases. The sheer size and ingenuity of the initiative, as well as the diversity of computing resources represented in the grid, really set the project apart." Full story.


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