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Trustees Cast and Reilly elected to IU Foundation board; Gonso elected vice chair
President Emeritus John Ryan receives University Medal, IU's highest nonacademic award
Opera legend, 'father' of medical record systems receive IU President's Medal
IU Bloomington's Black Student Orientation to focus on academic excellence and community service
T. Boone Pickens Sept. 18 speech at IU Bloomigton to be presented live on the Web
Experience IT @ Make IT Happen TechFest
How do doctors really feel about surrogate decision making?
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Trustees Cast and Reilly elected to IU Foundation board; Gonso elected vice chair -- Michael A. McRobbie, president of Indiana University and chair of the IU Foundation board, announced that the Foundation has elected two IU trustees to its board of directors and elected Harry Gonso as vice chair. Trustees William R. Cast, M.D., and Tom Reilly Jr. join trustee vice chair Patrick A. Shoulders on the Foundation board. Gonso was elected to the Foundation board in 1990 and re-elected after serving as chief of staff for Gov. Mitch Daniels. Read the complete story.

President Emeritus John Ryan receives University Medal, IU's highest nonacademic award -- John W. Ryan, whose 16-year presidency of Indiana University was distinguished by growth and stability, the expansion of international programs and the development of campuses across the state, has been awarded the University Medal, IU's highest nonacademic award. IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented the medal to Ryan, IU President Emeritus and a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Read the complete story.

Opera legend, 'father' of medical record systems receive IU President's Medal -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie has awarded world-renowned operatic soprano and former IU voice professor Camilla Williams and Clement J. McDonald, distinguished professor emeritus and a pioneer in electronic medical record systems, with the President's Medal for Excellence. The awards are among the highest honors an IU president can bestow. Williams and McDonald received their awards on Friday, Sept. 4, in Indianapolis, in recognition of sustained excellence in service, achievement and leadership. Read the complete story.

IU Bloomington's Black Student Orientation to focus on academic excellence and community service -- The third annual Black Student Orientation at Indiana University Bloomington will take place on Sept. 18, with a focus on academic excellence and service to the community. The event will include representatives from more than 30 campus and community organizations and businesses. The program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Grand Hall of the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 N. Jordan Ave. Read the complete story.

T. Boone Pickens Sept. 18 speech at IU Bloomigton to be presented live on the Web -- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business will present a Sept. 18 speech by T. Boone Pickens live on the Web. Pickens is one of America's most successful businessmen and the founder of an ambitious, self-funded grassroots campaign aimed at reducing the nation's dependence on imported oil. Pickens' lecture "America's Foreign Oil Dependency Crisis," which will begin at 10 a.m., will be presented live on the Internet at https://www.broadcast.iu.edu. An archived videostream of the speech will be available online by Sept. 22. Read the complete story.

Experience IT @ Make IT Happen TechFest -- All students, faculty, and staff are invited to experience the many information technology (IT) resources and services available at Indiana University during the Make IT Happen TechFest hosted by IU's University Information Technology Services (UITS). TechFest will kick off on Tuesday, Sept. 15, from 10am to 4pm, at the Herman B Wells Library on the Bloomington campus. Other Techfest events will be held on all IU campuses throughout fall. Visitors to TechFest will experience the latest in computers, software, and cell phones, along with the wide range of resources and support services available to the IU community. Read the complete story.

How do doctors really feel about surrogate decision making? -- A growing number of hospitalized adults are incapable of making their own health decisions, but little research has explored how doctors feel about making medical decisions with a patient's surrogate decision maker. A study published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that one in five doctors are not comfortable working with a surrogate decision maker. The doctors surveyed reported ineffective communication, lack of satisfaction with the outcome of the decision, and an increase in stress level as a result of the surrogate decision making process. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Sept. 4:
Women's Volleyball: The Hoosiers fell sort to Tennessee-Martin and Kentucky on Saturday. Read the Tennessee-Martin match notes. Read the Kentucky match notes.
Women's Soccer: Junior Leigh Anne Cummings' fifth career game-winning goal propelled the Indiana women's soccer team to a 2-1 victory over No. 6 University of Florida. Read the match notes.
Field Hockey: The Indiana field hockey team suffered its first loss of the season with a 1-0 defeat at Ohio. Read the game notes.
Men's Soccer: In front of a raucous crowd of 3,920 Friday night, the seventh-ranked Indiana University men's soccer team and No. 5 St. John's play to a 0-0 double overtime tie on day one of the adidas/IU Credit Union Classic on Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium. Read the match notes.

Results from Saturday, Sept. 5:
Women's Volleyball: Despite a pair of losses on Friday, the women's volleyball team earned wins against Murray State and UIC on Saturday. Read the Murray State match notes. Read the UIC match notes.

Results from Sunday, Sept. 6:
Women's Soccer: The Indiana women's soccer team fell behind for the first time all season late in the first half against the Mercer Bears, but the Hoosiers' cameback with a pair of assists in the second half as Indiana claimed a 2-1 win in its first road game of the year. Read the match notes.
Field Hockey: The Indiana field hockey team to a 2-1 win over No. 13 Louisville on Sunday, Sept. 6, at Trager Stadium. Read the game notes.
Men's Soccer: The Indiana men's soccer team put up a season-best 19 shots, but could not get that second ball in the net in a 2-1 loss to No. 3 Wake Forest. Read the match notes.

Schedule for Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 8-10: No varsity teams in action.


IU in the news

New Themester program spans disciplines
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 7 -- After only a week of classes, the first "Themester" focusing on "Evolution, Diversity and Change" is well underway. Launched by the College of Arts and Sciences, the program aims to get students thinking across disciplines using classes and extracurricular activities. Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education Jean Robinson said she started researching themed semester programs last year after the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Bennett Bertenthal, brought a program at the University of Michigan to her attention. "Several smaller liberal arts colleges have themed years of semesters," Robinson said. "But it's hard to imagine how you would go about doing it at a big university. The College of Arts and Sciences has 44 different departments with another 25 or 30 programs." Full story.

Indy agency says it lacks funds to tout new convention space
Courier-Journal, Sept. 7 -- Swanky new hotel rooms and sleek meeting rooms aren't much good if no one uses them. That's the warning the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association has sounded, as city officials so far have not provided the group any additional funding to sell nearly double the convention space when the new center opens next year. Without additional funding to hire more salespeople, experts say, the ICVA could have a tough time booking enough conventions to fill the bigger Indiana Convention Center. "They're going to run into trouble where it's going to be increasingly difficult to compete," said Sotiris Hji-Avgoustis, chairman of the Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Ideally, he said, expanding the city's exhibit space should coincide with expanding the number of people on staff to sell it. Full story.

Company offers affordable health care sans insurance
Northwest Indiana Times, Sept. 8 -- Now Hoosier Healthcare's traditional occupational health center has opened its doors to the public. Its new Health eAccess program charges $25 per month for discounted medical services, unlimited access to physicians and practitioners, and discounted prescriptions through Fagen Pharmacy. Kiger said there are no other healthcare models like Health eAccess in the Midwest. More than 200 patients have signed up for the program since it began in June. There are now locations in Portage and Valparaiso, with plans to open additional Porter County clinics. The program does not work with insurance companies or other middlemen. There are no deductibles, co-pays or appointments necessary. Those not part of the Health eAccess program pay $75 for a walk-in visit. But Samuel Flint, an assistant professor of public affairs at Indiana University Northwest, said this model would help only a niche group of patients receive affordable care and is by no means a systemic solution. He said it just provides another healthcare option. "The unfortunate part is the healthcare system is so fragmented," Flint said. "We need to reduce the fragmentation and duplication. . . . We need to move toward a more comprehensive, uniform, electronic system." Full story.

Oxidative Stress Is Underlying Cause Of Huge Numbers Of Genetic Mutations, Study Finds
Science Daily, Sept. 7 -- A study that tracked genetic mutations through the human equivalent of about 5,000 years has demonstrated for the first time that oxidative DNA damage is a primary cause of the process of mutation -- the fuel for evolution but also a leading cause of aging, cancer and other diseases. The research, just published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also indicated that natural selection is affecting the parts of the genome that don't contain genes -- supposedly "junk" DNA that increasingly appears to have important roles in life processes that are very poorly understood. The analysis was done by scientists at Oregon State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida and University of New Hampshire, in studies supported by the National Institutes of Health. Full story.


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