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IU's in-state undergrads given chance to earn "incentive grants"
First-year students at IU Bloomington set records for academics
New leaders take the reins of Kelley School's MBA and undergraduate programs
Four professors at IU's Kelley School of Business among the top 50 entrepreneurship scholars
Pedersen honored by national sports management association
National Council for Teachers of English honors School of Education professor
New professor studies effects of emotions, risky behaviors, chronic pain
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IU's in-state undergrads given chance to earn "incentive grants" -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced today that in-state undergraduate students at all IU campuses will have the opportunity to earn $200 to $300 "incentive grants" to help with the cost of their education by taking a full course load and achieving at least a B average this academic year. "These new University Incentive Grants will reduce the impact of tuition increases over this biennium for all Hoosier undergraduate students who demonstrate a commitment to degree completion and academic achievement," McRobbie said. "A majority of our in-state students would have qualified for this credit last year, and our hope is that with this new incentive, even more Hoosiers will earn a B average this year." Read the complete story.

First-year students at IU Bloomington set records for academics -- First-year students at Indiana University Bloomington cracked the 1,200 mark for SAT scores this year, continuing a trend of dramatic improvement in academic preparedness. The average combined math and critical reading SAT score for freshmen jumped 29 points to a record 1,203. The increase reflects a sharp rise in enrollment of the best-qualified high school graduates from the state of Indiana -- including a 50-percent increase over the past two years in Hoosier freshmen with SAT scores over 1,300. Read the complete story.

New leaders take the reins of Kelley School's MBA and undergraduate programs -- Aug. 31 was the first day of classes at Indiana University and also a new start for two leaders at IU's Kelley School of Business. Professor Phil Powell will be leading Kelley's full-time MBA program, while Professor Tom Lenz will lead the undergraduate program. Both are armed with strategies to address the difficult issues facing business schools across the country as business education is re-evaluated in the wake of the current economic crisis. Read the complete story.

Four professors at IU's Kelley School of Business among the top 50 entrepreneurship scholars -- Four entrepreneurship professors from Indiana University are listed as top researchers in their field in a research study authored by three Howard University scholars. Dean A. Shepherd, Jeffrey G. Covin and Donald F. Kuratko from the Kelley School of Business and David B. Audretsch from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs are among the world's leading researchers according to the study that ranked the Top 100 Entrepreneurship Researchers as well as the top institutions during the past 12 years. The research article was presented at the 2009 Academy of Management Conference last month. Read the complete story.

Pedersen honored by national sports management association -- Paul M. Pedersen, associate professor of sport management in Indiana University Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, has been named a 2009 Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management. Pedersen, director of the sport management doctoral program in the School of HPER's Department of Kinesiology, received the honor at the NASSM's annual conference in Columbia, S.C. A former sportswriter and sports business columnist, his research emphasis is on sport communication and sport management, with his research agenda focusing on hegemony theory and hegemonic practices -- how dominant groups secure and maintain power -- within the institution of sport. Read the complete story.

National Council for Teachers of English honors School of Education professor -- The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has named a member of the Indiana University School of Education faculty as the recipient of a distinguished award. Gerald Campano, associate professor in the Department of Literacy, Culture, and Language Education of the IU School of Education, has been named the 2009 recipient of the David H Russell Award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English -- one of the most distinguished awards in English language education. The organization selected Campano for his 2007 book Immigrant Students and Literacy: Reading, Writing, and Remembering (Teachers College Press). Read the complete story.

New professor studies effects of emotions, risky behaviors, chronic pain -- Clinical psychologist Melissa Cyders, Ph.D., will join the Department of Psychology, part of the Purdue School of Science at IUPUI, to extend research on the integration of clinical psychology and neuropsychological concepts. Cyders specifically will study how extreme emotions, whether positive or negative, can lead to more impulsive behavior, and corresponding brain activities, neurotransmitter functions and temperaments via neuroimaging techniques. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Aug. 28:
Field Hockey: The Indiana field hockey team opened the regular season with a 2-1 upset of No. 14 American on Crenshaw Field in Richmond, Va. Read the match notes.
Women's Volleyball: IU Volleyball began the 2009 season with a dominating performance against Southeastern Louisiana at the Flo Hyman Invitational in Houston, Texas. Indiana swept the Lions by scores of 25-13, 25-18 and 25-17. Read the match notes.
Women's Soccer: The Indiana women's soccer team recorded their second win of the season with a 3-0 shutout over the Evansville Purple Aces. Read the game notes.

Results from Saturday, Aug. 29:
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team won both of their Saturday matches, defeating the University of New Orleans and Houston. Read the University of New Orleans match notes. Read the Houston match notes.
Men's Soccer: The No. 7/4 Indiana men's soccer team closed out its exhibition season with a 3-0 win over DePaul at the National Soccer Festival in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Read the match notes.

Results from Sunday, Aug. 30:
Field Hockey: Down by two, the Indiana field hockey team used goals from senior Meg O'Connell and freshman Brooke Borneman for a 3-2 win on the road over Richmond. Read the match notes.
Women's Soccer: The Indiana women's soccer team improved to 3-0-0 on the year with a 1-0 win over Central Michigan. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Thursday, Sept. 3:
Football: Eastern Kentucky, 8 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

Who Believes in Health Care 'Myths'?
New York Times, Sept. 1 -- A new survey finds that whether someone believes controversial statements about the health care overhaul depends on that person's political affiliation. The survey, conducted in mid-August for Indiana University, says that when looking at statements that the Obama administration says are myths, Republicans tend to believe the statements and Democrats tend to disbelieve them. Independents, however, could go either way, believing some and not believing others, so their responses seem to be good indications of where the administration has succeeded and where it has failed. Here are the statements that independents believed and disbelieved, with assessments of each statement provided in parentheses by Aaron Carroll, director of the university's Center for Health Policy and Professionalism Research, which helped design the survey with the university's Center for Bioethics. Full story.

Ind. governor taking mayors on China, Japan trip
Chicago Tribune, Aug. 31 -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie and six mayors from around the state will join Gov. Mitch Daniels during a 10-day trade mission he is making to China and Japan. Indiana business executives and other state and local officials also will be among about 50 people taking part in the trip that starts in Shanghai, China on Sept. 7, the governor's office announced Monday. The delegation will spend four days in China, before going to Japan and then returning to Indiana on Sept. 16. "We believe in redoubling our efforts in hard times, to gain ground on other states while they're raising taxes and making themselves less attractive to business," Daniels said in a statement. Full story.

Hoosiers' foundation back to rock bottom
Courier-Journal, Aug. 30 -- The renovation is done. Memorial Stadium has a brand spanking new north end-zone complex. As for the football team, skeptics might say Indiana University has been under construction since its first full season in 1891. The 138,000-square-foot facility has new offices and an impressive strength-and-conditioning center. That should help with future recruiting efforts, but it probably won't play a role in this season. IU must prove it finally is building something sustainable on the field. Yes, the Hoosiers reached a bowl game in 2007, their first since 1993. Then the myth of Sisyphus kicked in: The boulder tumbled back down to the ground. In 2008 IU returned to its usual neighborhood, finishing 3-9 and 1-7 -- last -- in the Big Ten Conference. "We went to a bowl game in '07," coach Bill Lynch said. "It was a tremendous experience, but the foundation hadn't been totally built yet. I think we're now at the point where we're building a foundation." Full story.

Patterns: Cancer Is Hardest on Separated Patients
New York Times, Aug. 31 -- Married cancer patients live longer than single ones, presumably because they have a built-in support system, are more likely to stick to their treatment regimens, and may even be in better health to begin with. But among single patients, those who are separated at the time of diagnosis have the worst life expectancy, a new study reports. When researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine compared survival rates of cancer patients who had never been married with those who were divorced, widowed and separated, they found that those who were separated had the lowest chances of making it to the five-year survival mark, even though many were younger than the widowed patients. Sixty-five percent of married patients survived at least five years after a cancer diagnosis, compared with 57 percent of those who had never been married, 52 percent of the divorced patients and 47 percent of widowed patients. But only 45 percent of patients who were separated at the time of diagnosis survived five years, wrote the researchers, whose study appeared online Aug. 24 in the journal Cancer. Full story.


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