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New campus-community initiatives focus on sexual assault
Middlefork Hall renamed Tom Raper Hall in honor of largest-gift ever to IU East
IU Opera 2009-2010 series begins with 'L'Italiana in Algeri'
Galaxy formation research earns astronomer NSF CAREER award for young scientists
Thursday Coffeehouse Nights at IU Art Museum begin Sept. 3
Psychology professor receives $1.25 M to study alcohol intake, binge drinking
"Last Lecture" author, NPR CEO and Fox Sports' Joe Buck to speak at IU Journalism Speaker Series
IU Alumni Association expands Hoosier Village, the "ultimate IU tailgate destination"
Center receives NEH award to impact high school teaching
School of Education faculty find national poll reveals public desire for quality, need for info
IU Kelley School of Business professor named editor-in-chief of prestigious business journal
IU Simon Cancer Center offers free prostate cancer screenings Sept. 16
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


New campus-community initiatives focus on sexual assault -- Indiana University officials joined representatives from local government, medical providers, law enforcement agencies and other organizations Aug. 27 to announce the creation of a new Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) designed to improve the community's response to sexual assault incidents. Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Chris Gaal spearheaded the drafting of a written protocol to coordinate responses to sexual assault incidents, and led fundraising efforts to help create a new Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at Bloomington Hospital. Both the SART protocol and the SANE program are now ready to be implemented. Read the complete story.

Middlefork Hall renamed Tom Raper Hall in honor of largest-gift ever to IU East -- Indiana University East Chancellor Nasser Paydar announced Aug. 27 the naming of IU East's Middlefork Hall in honor of former Richmond businessman Tom Raper. The building will be renamed Tom Raper Hall in recognition of Raper's commitment of $2.17 million to support the campus. The gift is the largest in IU East's history. "This unprecedented commitment to Indiana University East builds on Tom Raper's longstanding dedication to advancing the mission of this campus," Paydar said. "His exceptional generosity will enable IU East to provide even higher levels of knowledge, economic development, and culture to the residents in this part of the state." Read the complete story.

IU Opera 2009-2010 series begins with 'L'Italiana in Algeri' -- IU Opera and Ballet Theater launches its full 2009-2010 season of six operas and three ballet productions with Rossini's L'Italiana in Algeri, which opens on Sept. 25. The diverse season includes new productions of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) and Puccini's La Rondine (The Swallow), Bernstein's dynamic West Side Story, a tribute to the 100th anniversary of Sergei Diaghilev's Ballet Russes and much more. Read the complete story.

Galaxy formation research earns astronomer NSF CAREER award for young scientists -- An astronomer who came to Indiana University Bloomington two years ago to study the formation and evolution of galaxies has received the National Science Foundation's most prestigious award for early career, tenure-track teachers and scholars. The NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program has awarded $681,439 to IU Department of Astronomy assistant professor Katherine Rhode to enhance her research on globular clusters over the next five years. Rhode said the funding will allow her to begin a multi-year, wide-field imaging survey of globular cluster systems in giant galaxies found as far as 65 million light years away. Read the complete story.

Thursday Coffeehouse Nights at IU Art Museum begin Sept. 3 -- Starting Thursday, Sept. 3, the IU Art Museum will host three consecutive "Coffeehouse Nights @ the Art Museum" -- an evening of coffee, snacks, art and music -- on the Thomas T. Solley Atrium. The three fall Coffeehouse Nights will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 3, 10 and 17. Angles Café & Gift Shop and Bloomingfoods will provide complimentary coffee samples and sweets. Visitors can experience art from a multidimensional perspective as they view the museum's galleries while enjoying a related performance. Each evening will also include an art scavenger hunt and raffle. Read the complete story.

Psychology professor receives $1.25 M to study alcohol intake, binge drinking -- The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism at the National Institutes of Health recently awarded Stephen Boehm, Ph.D., a tenured associate professor of psychology at the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI, a five year grant for $1.25 million to extend research on the role gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) receptors play in alcohol consumption and binge drinking. Boehm's research will provide information on the changes in brain GABA systems during alcohol intake to better understand alcohol use, binge drinking, tolerance and addiction. Read the complete story.

"Last Lecture" author, NPR CEO and Fox Sports' Joe Buck to speak at IU Journalism Speaker Series -- Three distinguished journalists will speak in Bloomington this fall as part of the Indiana University School of Journalism's Speaker Series. Speaking and answering questions at free, open to the public lectures will be Wall Street Journal columnist Jeff Zaslow, National Public Radio Chief Executive Officer Vivian Schiller and Fox Sports broadcaster Joe Buck. Read the complete story.

IU Alumni Association expands Hoosier Village, the "ultimate IU tailgate destination" -- Football season means tailgate season -- and where better to tailgate before all Indiana University home football games than at the ultimate IU tailgate destination, Hoosier Village? Located adjacent to the DeVault Alumni Center at 1000 E. 17th St., across from Assembly Hall and Memorial Stadium on the IU Bloomington campus, Hoosier Village has expanded and improved for the 2009 football season. Hoosier Village can provide fans with a tailgate party, or enhance their tailgate favorites. Starting two to five hours before each home football game, Hoosier Village will feature live music, food and beverage vendors, game-day apparel, merchandise, special promotions, giveaways, a kids zone and much more. Read the complete story.

Center receives NEH award to impact high school teaching -- The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture in the IU School of Liberal Arts, an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Signature Center, has been awarded $144,637 by the National Endowment of the Humanities to conduct a three-week summer institute for high school teachers on the role of religion in American history and life. Twenty-five teachers will be selected to participate in the institute in July 2010, the goal of which will be to provide vital, embodied examples that teachers can use to make religion's role come alive in their classrooms alongside other important topics. Read the complete story.

School of Education faculty find national poll reveals public desire for quality, need for info -- The 2009 annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public's Attitudes Toward the Public Schools, released Wednesday, found support for President Barack Obama's education plans, weariness for the "No Child Left Behind Act," and support as well as confusion regarding charter schools, according to experts in the Indiana University School of Education. Additionally, the public continues to believe schools are performing poorly nationally, but say their own local schools perform better than most. There is also apparently little support for relaxing teacher certification requirements to rush more teachers into the classroom for the "STEM" subjects -- science, technology, engineering and math. Read the complete story.

IU Kelley School of Business professor named editor-in-chief of prestigious business journal -- Dean A. Shepherd, the Randall L. Tobias Chair of Entrepreneurial Leadership and professor of entrepreneurship at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, has been appointed editor-in-chief of The Journal of Business Venturing. Shepherd is considered a research leader in the entrepreneurship field, focusing on entrepreneurial cognitions, new venture strategy, opportunity recognition and learning from failure. Read the complete story.

IU Simon Cancer Center offers free prostate cancer screenings Sept. 16 -- Do you know that prostate cancer is the second most common type of cancer among men in America? Only skin cancer is more common, according to the American Cancer Society. Out of every three men who are diagnosed with cancer each year, one is diagnosed with prostate cancer. If diagnosed in the early stages, prostate cancer can be readily treated. To help men catch it in the early stages, the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, in conjunction with the American Cancer Society, is offering free screening examinations for prostate cancer. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Thursday, Aug. 27:
Men's Soccer: Sophomore Will Bruin put home an early goal for the Hoosiers, but it was not enough as the Drake Bulldogs came back with a two goal second-half performance in a 2-1 win over Indiana in an exhibition match at the National Soccer Festival in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Read the match notes.

Schedule for Friday, Aug. 28:
Field Hockey: American, 11 a.m., Richmond, Va.
Women's Volleyball: Southeastern Louisiana, 6:30 p.m., Houston, Texas
Women's Soccer: Evansville, 7:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, Aug. 29:
Women's Volleyball: New Orleans, 12:30 p.m.; Houston, 8:30 p.m., Houston, Texas
Men's Soccer: DePaul, 8 p.m., Ft. Wayne, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Aug. 30:
Field Hockey: Richmond, 2 p.m., Richmond, Va.
Women's Soccer: Central Michigan, 2 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

IU doc says sports can trigger unhealthy eating
Chicago Tribune, Aug. 27 -- The director of the Indiana University Center for Sports Medicine says fall sports can pose health challenges for teenagers who may try to gain or lose too much weight to improve their athletic success.
Dr. Douglas McKeag says obesity is a major problem for football linemen. He says players often gain weight by overeating, which is unhealthy and can make them prone to injuries or long-term health problems like diabetes. Full story.

Billionaire philanthropists make their mark
Examiner, Aug. 27 -- For the first time ever, Forbes magazine has compiled a list of living philanthropists who have already given away $1 billion or more to charitable causes. Fourteen donors made the list, 11 of whom are also listed on Forbes' list of the world's 793 billionaires. It's hard to imagine that of the 793 billionaires in the world, only 11 individuals made it to this list. Scholars of philanthropy have noticed some interesting patterns about these super-philanthropists. Inherited wealth more often stays horded. "People who make their own money, entrepreneurs, are the most generous," says Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor at Indiana University's Center on Philanthropy. "They understand they've been very fortunate, and their good fortune in society depended on the schools they attended and their communities." Full story.

Ind. expert: Arrests more likely for black youth
Chicago Tribune, Aug. 27 -- Juvenile justice experts said Thursday that the racial disparity in young offenders in Indiana is alarming and cited new data that shows black youth are far more likely to be placed in detention centers than whites when arrested for similar offenses. About 200 judges, social workers and other experts from Indiana and other states gathered in Indianapolis to discuss how to handle the state's racial disparities in the arrest and prosecution of juveniles. Russ Skiba, director of the Equity Project at Indiana University, said preliminary figures based on 2008 data show that black youth were on average about three times as likely to be arrested than other races. He also found that blacks were more likely to be detained for minor offenses such as disorderly conduct or violating probation than whites, and were much more likely to be sent to detention centers than white youth arrested for similar offenses. Full story.

Celebration planned for 50th anniversary
Post-Tribune, Aug. 28 -- Classes begin Monday at Indiana University Northwest, and the school will head into its 50th year in a big way. From noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, IUN invites the public to a free 50th anniversary celebration on campus, featuring food, games, live entertainment and plenty of IUN history. On Thursday, Sept. 24, the colorful Asia Day celebration will bring the cultural delights of that continent to campus for an afternoon of food, music and dance. And, for those who still are debating whether to return to school this year, there is time to register for credit courses or adult-education classes. Full story.


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