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Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta: IU deans race for scholarship money
Indiana University School of Law welcomes inaugural Jerome Hall fellows
NSF-funded study by IU researchers targets 'presence' in virtual worlds
U.S. Navy, Indiana University team up for SHAPE
Indiana Correction Department and IU School of Education center collaborate on best practices
Outspoken Cuban-American writer Achy Obejas to address IU community for Hispanic Heritage Month
IU selects first Presidential Student Intern
Indiana University to host 'Science Saturday at Classic IU' outreach program
Fighting disease outbreaks with two-way health information exchange
New program in international research ethics commences at IUPUI
Journal of American History marks Lincoln centennial with special issue
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta: IU deans race for scholarship money -- The 9th Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Indiana University Bloomington, to be held Friday (Sept. 25), will feature the Dean's Challenge, where Stephan Watt, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will defend his title against four sea hardy captains who will race across a 50-meter pool with nothing but a paddle and their cardboard ships. The challengers, Robert M. Goodman, dean of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, Matthew Auer, dean of the Hutton Honors College, M. Grace Calhoun, associate athletic director for Academic and Student Development Services, and Mariah Moore, representing Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, dean of the Office of Women's Affairs, will join an anticipated 30 other competitors in this popular fall event sponsored by the School of HPER's Council for Advancing Student Leadership (CASL) and Center for Leadership Development (CSLD). Read the complete story.

Indiana University School of Law welcomes inaugural Jerome Hall fellows -- Two leading junior scholars conducting innovative research in the areas of law and society have been named the inaugural recipients of the Jerome Hall Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Megan Francis, an alumnus of Princeton University, will use the one-year fellowship to continue work on her manuscript, Crime and Citizenship: The NAACP's Campaign to End Racial Violence, 1900-1923. Alexei Trochev, who holds a degree in Russian law from Syktyvkar State University in Russia and graduate degrees from the Universities of Kansas and Toronto, will explore how political competition simultaneously helps and hurts judicial independence in post-communist countries. Read the complete story.

NSF-funded study by IU researchers targets 'presence' in virtual worlds -- The National Science Foundation has awarded $203,549 to a multi-disciplinary team of researchers from Indiana University and North Carolina State University. The project focuses on using virtual worlds to support business processes, such as product development, involving team members often spread over corporate campuses, multiple time zones or even different continents. A virtual world may be described as a computer simulated 3D space where users, through representations known as avatars, can meet and interact with others and with content of the world, such as documents. While often used for social or gaming purposes, virtual worlds (like Sun's Wonderland, Linden Lab's Second Life, and others) are being tailored for business-oriented use with a growing number of companies, public sector organizations, and academic institutions in various stages of exploration and investment. Read the complete story.

U.S. Navy, Indiana University team up for SHAPE -- The U.S. Navy has extended for a second year a unique partnership that allows fitness and exercise science experts from Indiana University's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation to help sailors get into better shape and to maintain healthy lifestyles. Fitness specialists hired by the School of HPER for the Navy will again live on Navy sites at Pearl Harbor, San Diego and Norfolk, Va., as they help sailors ages 40 and older prepare specifically for their Physical Readiness Tests, and also work toward other health-related goals. The program, now in its second year, is called Senior Health Assessment Program Enterprise, or SHAPE. Read the complete story.

Indiana Correction Department and IU School of Education center collaborate on best practices -- A four-year effort to bring the best research into practice in Indiana's community corrections programs is the focus Sept. 21 of a conference focusing on the work between the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) work and the Center for Adolescent and Family Studies (CAFS). The partnership has resulted in establishment of the Indiana Center for Evidence-Based Practices in Community Corrections as part of an effort combining ongoing research into best practices with in-field assistance and professional development for those conducting community corrections programs. Read the complete story.

Outspoken Cuban-American writer Achy Obejas to address IU community for Hispanic Heritage Month -- Cuban-American journalist Achy Obejas will speak at IU Bloomington Sept. 30 during National Hispanic Heritage Month. Her lecture, titled "Navigating Multiple Identities," will take place from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Helene G. Simon Hillel Center (730 E. Third St.) and will address the issue of the interwoven facets of identity -- race, culture, sexual orientation, gender and religion -- that make us who we are. Obejas, an author and teacher, grew up in Indiana and attended IU from 1977 to 1979 (she eventually received a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College in 1993). She later moved to Chicago and wrote about culture for the Chicago Tribune, where in 2001 she was awarded a team Pulitzer Prize in the category of explanatory reporting. Read the complete story.

IU selects first Presidential Student Intern -- Indiana University President Michael McRobbie announced today the appointment of IU Bloomington senior Miles Taylor as the university's inaugural Presidential Student Intern. Taylor, from La Porte, Ind., is a Wells Scholar with a 4.0 grade-point average and was recently honored with the prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The new internship, which will be administered by the IU Office of the President, is designed to provide high-achieving IU undergraduates with the opportunity to gain experience and leadership skills while contributing to the long-term improvement of the university. Read the complete story.

Indiana University to host 'Science Saturday at Classic IU' outreach program -- The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs of Indiana University will again host its "Science Saturday at Classic IU" outreach program during the Circle City Classic celebrations. To be held Saturday, Oct. 3, "Science Saturday at Classic IU" is an effort to make college more accessible and middle school students more informed on the processes of college preparation and admission requirements. About 60 students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades from underrepresented populations at schools across Indiana, including Indianapolis, Bloomington, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Kokomo, Lafayette and northwestern Indiana, will be offered a glimpse of collegiate life and the opportunities at Indiana University. They will include students who make up the first cohort of ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science camp participants. Read the complete story.

Fighting disease outbreaks with two-way health information exchange -- Building upon four decades of research and real world operation of electronic medical records and health information exchange, Regenstrief Institute researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have developed, tested and are now operating innovative technologies to allow for the bi-directional flow of evidence-based medical information between clinical sources and public health organizations. A demonstration of the pioneering new tools developed by the Regenstrief Institute that make two-way exchange between healthcare providers and public health agencies possible takes place on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Thursday (Sept. 24, 2009), from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building. Read the complete story.

New program in international research ethics commences at IUPUI -- Students seeking a master's degree in philosophy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis can select a new offering that will expose them to the growing field of international research ethics. A "Concentration in International Research Ethics" will be offered by the Department of Philosophy in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and the Indiana Center for Bioethics. The new program was funded by a $940,000 grant the Center for Bioethics received from Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health. The curriculum involves a mix of coursework, and an innovative practicum experience in Kenya. A parallel master's degree program is being developed at Moi University which will integrate with the IUPUI program. Read the complete story.

Journal of American History marks Lincoln centennial with special issue -- "Has the Lincoln Theme Been Exhausted?" the historian James G. Randall asked in a 1936 essay. Not then, and not now. The Journal of American History makes the point this month with a special issue marking the 200th anniversary of the birth of America's 16th president. More than 70 years after Randall raised the question, "there has never been a more active or creative period in Lincoln studies," writes Civil War historian Matthew Pinsker in an assessment of Lincoln scholarship that leads off a round table on Lincoln scholarship. Abraham Lincoln at 200: History and Historiography is the title of the September 2009 issue of the journal, published at Indiana University by the Organization of American Historians. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Sept. 18:
Men's and Women's Cross Country: The IU cross country program had an excellent day at Indiana Intercollegiate on Friday. Not only did the Hoosiers take team titles on the men's and women's sides, but they did it convincingly. Read the race notes.
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team (9-3) dropped their opening match of the T.I.S. College Bookstore Invitational Friday night, falling 3-1 to Western Michigan (5-7). Read the match notes.
Men's Soccer: The No. 8 Indiana men's soccer team faced its toughest road test of the season to date as it took on No. 1 Akron (5-0), but the Hoosiers came up just short in a 1-0 loss at Lee Jackson Field in Akron, Ohio on day one of the University of Akron Tournament. Read the match notes.
Women's Soccer: The 22nd-ranked Indiana women's soccer team upped its record to 8-1 on the season with a 2-0 win over Green Bay at Bill Armstrong Stadium on Friday. Read the match notes.

Results from Saturday, Sept. 19:
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team (10-3) began day two of the T.I.S. College Bookstore Invitational with a 3-0 sweep of Alabama A&M (5-8). The team completed their non-conference schedule with an 11-3 record after defeating North Carolina A&T Saturday night inside University Gym. Read the Alabama A&M match notes. Read the N.C. A&T match notes.
Field Hockey: With the game knotted 1-1, sophomore Corey Brautigam scored the game-winner with three minutes to play to give the No. 17 Indiana field hockey team a 2-1 win over Ball State in the Hoosiers' home-opener. Read the game notes.
Football: Ben Chappell threw two touchdown passes and Ray Fisher returned the opening kickoff 91 yards for a score in Indiana's 38-21 victory against Akron on Saturday. Read the game notes.
Women's Golf: Led by a second-round 69 (-4) from senior Laura Nochta, the Indiana women's golf team is seventh after two rounds of the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M. Read the round notes.

Results from Sunday, Sept. 20:
Men's Soccer: No. 8 Indiana posted a 2-1 double overtime win over Florida International Sunday on the final day of the University of Akron Tournament. Read the match notes.
Men's Tennis: Junior Santiago Gruter and freshman Josh MacTaggart claimed titles at the Hoosier Invitational. Read the tournament notes.
Men's Golf: The Indiana University men's golf team concluded their second competition of the season on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 13th place at Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational in Chicago, Ill. Indiana recorded rounds of 302, 299 and 304 for a total of 905. Read the complete results.
Women's Golf: The Indiana women's golf team shot a 9-over 301 in Sunday's final round to finish eighth at the Branch Law Firm/Dick McGuire Invitational at the UNM Championship Course in Albuquerque, N.M. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Tuesday-Thursday, Sept. 22-24: No varsity teams in action.


IU in the news

Lobbyists represent IU to the state
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 21 -- IU, like other institutions, is represented on the federal and state levels by individuals who try to look out for the best interest of the University. Doug Wasitis is IU's first and only full-time lobbyist in Washington and has been there since 2005. "This year has been very active with the stimulus bill and the health care debate in addition to the new administration," Wasitis said. His duties include working closely with Indiana delegates on federal policies that would impact the University. When a particular piece of legislation is pertinent to the University, Wasitis posts newsletters on the IU office of government relations Web site in order to inform the IU community of how it will affect its students and faculty. Full story.

Binge drinking continues to be a growing trend
Indianapolis Recorder, Sept. 21 -- Drug addiction is a major problem in the U.S, however binge drinking is oftentimes left out of those conversations, especially when dealing with teens and young adults. For many students the objective to drinking is how quickly can one become drunk. It might seem fun, but university students are grossly unaware of risks such as alcohol overdose death, injuries under the influence of alcohol, assault by other students who are drinking and alcohol-related sexual assault or risky sexual behavior. Parents are historically more comfortable talking about drugs with their children, however those discussions do not include alcohol even though alcohol is the most common used and abused drug among young people. Teens arrive on college campuses with expectations of excessive partying and drinking, not fully knowing those risks. "It's my learned opinion that this is how they're programmed. Research shows by the time kids are 18 they have seen over 100,000 alcohol ads or references as opposed to the kinds of messages my office might give," said Dee Owens, director of the Alcohol and Drug Information Center, Indiana University, Bloomington. Full story.

How your birth month affects your health
Daily Herald, Sept. 21 -- People who believe in astrology are convinced that constellations and other heavenly objects prominent in their birth month guide their fates. Those systems are hardly scientific, but scientists continue to find evidence that the month, or season, that babies are born, or conceived, may have a significant effect on their lifetime health. A study, led by a neonatologist at the Indiana University School of Medicine and published in April, found that babies conceived from April through July have higher rates of birth defects. Dr. Paul Winchester says those months also happen to match the time of year when the highest concentrations of pesticides are found in surface water around the country, according to data from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency. Winchester and colleagues studied records for more than 30 million births that occurred in the United States between 1996 and 2002. The researchers found the elevated risk for women conceiving in late spring and early summer even among those who did not have other well-established risk factors for birth defects - smoking, alcohol consumption, diabetes or advanced age. Full story.

21 IU Cox Scholars receive total of $747,000
Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 21 -- Some scholarships require a high grade point average, others community involvement, while some make students work for it. Literally. This year IU awarded 21 students the Jesse H. and Beulah Chanley Cox Scholarship for their dedication to academic success while working to earn a portion of their tuition. Now in its fifth year, the Cox Scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students who are committed to earning at least 25 percent of the cost of school through employment, said Cox Scholars Coordinator Katy Bradford. "Jesse and Beulah started the scholarship because they valued education above all and wanted others to be able to attend school," Bradford said. "But they also valued work." Because of this, the scholarship only covers 75 percent of the cost of attendance for an in-state academic year. Full story.


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