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$32.7 million IU Data Center to be unveiled; anchor for growing technology park
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to speak at IU's 2009 Winter Commencement
IU sociologist receives NSF award to study how groups behave under threat
IU Men and Women of Color Leadership Conference
IU School of Nursing has been re-designated a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education
Nanoscience Center sponsors workshop on future of batteries
IU's Kelley School of Business wins three national awards for IBRC research publications
IU Office of Sustainability sponsors Green Team Green Bag luncheon series
IU Athletics Director Fred Glass to meet with students at IMU Nov. 4
Tocqueville Program at IU Bloomington to launch with Nov. 6 lecture
Director of award-winning film 'Afro-Punk' to speak at IU conference on black rock music
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


$32.7 million IU Data Center to be unveiled; anchor for growing technology park -- The Indiana University Data Center, a $32.7 million facility designed to ensure the safety and security of IU's most prized networking, computer processing and data storage equipment, will be formally dedicated on Thursday, Nov. 5, with a ceremony that will include remarks by IU President Michael McRobbie. Hundreds of guests are expected to gather on the Bloomington campus to celebrate and tour this new facility that will support teaching, research and administration on all Indiana University campuses while also increasing IU's competitiveness for research grants. The public event will take place at 3:30 p.m. at the Data Center, located at 2737 E. 10th St. in Bloomington. A reception and tours will immediately follow the ceremony. Read the complete story.

Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to speak at IU's 2009 Winter Commencement -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates will present the commencement address at Indiana University Bloomington's 2009 Winter Commencement, Dec. 19, at Assembly Hall, it was announced Monday. During the ceremony, he also will receive an honorary doctoral degree from IU. Gates, who holds a master's degree in history from IU, has served as the nation's 22nd defense secretary since December 2006, when he was sworn in under former President George W. Bush. He is the only defense secretary in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly elected president (President Barack Obama). Before assuming his current position, he was president of Texas A&M University, one of the nation's largest universities. Read the complete story.

IU sociologist receives NSF award to study how groups behave under threat -- Assistant Professor of Sociology Stephen Benard is co-recipient of new National Science Foundation award to study how dominant members of groups behave when a group is facing threats. The grant, which Benard shares with principal investigator Patrick Barclay of the University of Guelph, is part of a joint NSF/Department of Defense program supporting research that explores the social and behavioral dimensions of national security, conflict and cooperation. IU Bloomington's Bureau of Social Science Research, a center supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, assisted Benard with the grant submission. Read the complete story.

IU Men and Women of Color Leadership Conference -- The 2009 Men of Color Leadership Conference at Indiana University Bloomington will have a different look and feel to it this year. In honor of our nation's first African-American president, the committees for IU's leadership conferences for men and women of color decided to combine forces to hold a combined event. Jeffrey Johnson, a Black Entertainment Television journalist, CNN correspondent and former national youth director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will be among the speakers at the conference on Nov. 13-14, being held at the Kelley School of Business' Godfrey Graduate and Executive Education Center, 1275 E. 10th St. Read the complete story.

IU School of Nursing has been re-designated a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence in Nursing Education -- Congratulations to the IU School of Nursing (IUSON). The school (campuses at Indianapolis, Bloomington and Columbus) has been re-designated a National League for Nursing (NLN) Center of Excellence (COE) effective September, 2009. IUSON was one of five schools of nursing to be so honored at the annual NLN annual education summit in Philadelphia, PA. "The standard of excellence in nursing education that IUSON is known for has been carefully nurtured and supported over the course of many years by faculty, staff and administrators who have been committed to creating an environment that is learner-centered," said Judith A. Halstead, DNS, RN, ANEF, Executive Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and president-elect of the NLN Board of Directors, who took the lead on the application process. Read the complete story.

Nanoscience Center sponsors workshop on future of batteries -- The Indiana University Nanoscience Center is sponsoring a workshop on advanced battery technologies from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, in the IU Bloomington Chemistry Department. The workshop is an outgrowth of a major two-day Energy Conference held at IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in August. The workshop will explore current battery research and future directions for developing high-power and high-energy density batteries needed for transportation and renewable energy applications. Read the complete story.

IU's Kelley School of Business wins three national awards for IBRC research publications -- The Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has been named winner of three of the seven Awards of Excellence presented this year by the Association for University Business and Economic Research (AUBER). The awards were presented at the national association's recent annual conference in Austin, Texas. Accepting on behalf of the IBRC staff was Carol O. Rogers, deputy director, chief information officer and executive editor of the award-winning publications. Read the complete story.

IU Office of Sustainability sponsors Green Team Green Bag luncheon series -- A growing group of "Green Teams" have been emerging in offices and departments all over the Indiana University Bloomington campus to address issues of sustainability. Now they are getting together to share ideas. The Office of the Registrar has been analyzing its operations and trying to identify environmentally unsound practices for the past few years. The investigations revealed at least seven areas in which paper process could be made electronic, resulting in a net savings of 675,000 pages of paper each year. "A couple years ago, we created a 'Green Team' in the Office of the Registrar to help identify business processes to minimize our carbon footprint and become environmentally aware and responsible citizens. Our worst offense was in the area of paper consumption," said Associate Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Registrar Roland A. Coté. Read the complete story.

IU Athletics Director Fred Glass to meet with students at IMU Nov. 4 -- Indiana University Athletics Director Fred Glass will speak with students at the Indiana Memorial Union Market on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This is a free event arranged by the Indiana Memorial Union Board to allow students to contribute to the future of the IU athletics experience. The purpose of this event is to allow students to ask Glass questions or provide comments about IU's athletics program. IU President Michael McRobbie selected Glass as athletics director about one year ago to replace Rick Greenspan, who resigned at the end of last year. Read the complete story.

Tocqueville Program at IU Bloomington to launch with Nov. 6 lecture -- A new Indiana University academic program will focus on the work of French political thinker and author Alexis de Tocqueville, who died 150 years ago but whose insights into American democracy remain as fresh and vital as when they were written. The Tocqueville Program at IU Bloomington will launch Nov. 6 with a lecture by Matthew Mancini, professor and chair of the Department of American Studies at Saint Louis University. Mancini will speak on "What's Wrong with Tocqueville Studies, and What Can Be Done About It" from noon-1:30 p.m. in the Tocqueville Room of the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, 513 N. Park Ave. Read the complete story.

Director of award-winning film 'Afro-Punk' to speak at IU conference on black rock music -- As part of an Indiana University conference on black experiences in rock music, James Spooner, the producer of the award-winning film Afro-Punk, will speak on Friday, Nov. 13, after a screening of his documentary. Spooner's film will be shown at 8:30 p.m. in room 101 of Woodburn Hall, 1100 E. Seventh St. The director will answer questions afterwards. The event is free and open to the public. His visit to IU Bloomington is connected to the conference, "Reclaiming the Right to Rock: Black Experiences in Rock Music," being hosted by the Archives of African American Music and Culture on Nov. 13-14. The event will bring together black rock musicians from different generations and regions with music critics and scholars to discuss the socio-political history, musical developments and the future of the genre. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Oct. 30:
Women's Swimming: After one day of competition, the Indiana women's swimming and diving team leads Michigan by a 150-108 score, and trails Texas by a 174-84 score in a double dual meet being held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. Read the meet notes.
Men's Swimming: The Indiana men's swimming and diving team traveled south to take on one of the top programs in the nation but came up just short in a dual meet loss to Texas Friday night at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Friday's competition ended with a score of 170-140 in favor of the Longhorns. Read the meet notes.
Women's Volleyball: IU Volleyball overcame an 0-2 sets deficit and forced a fifth versus No. 6 Illinois Friday night inside University Gym; before eventually falling in the final frame (18-25, 17-25, 25-13, 28-26, 11-15). Read the match notes.

Results from Saturday, Oct. 31:
Women's Swimming: The Indiana women's swimming and diving team (2-1) wrapped up dual meet competition Saturday morning in Austin, Texas and finished with a 251-174 victory over Michigan. The Texas Longhorns came away with a 222-162 win over the Hoosiers. Read the meet notes.
Football: Ben Chappell threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns, but the Indiana football team saw its upset bid come up short in a 42-24 loss at No. 4 Iowa. Read the game notes.
Field Hockey: The No. 18 Indiana field hockey team knocked off Michigan, 4-2, to close out the regular season with a 12-5 overall record and a 4-2 mark in the Big Ten, tied for second with Ohio State. Read the game notes.
Women's Volleyball: The Indiana University volleyball team came up on the wrong end of a five-setter for the second consecutive night on Saturday, dropping the match to Northwestern. Read the match notes.
Men's Tennis: Freshmen Josh MacTaggart and Alex van Gils and junior Santiago Gruter are still alive at the Big Ten Singles Championships, each winning two matches to advance to the round of 16. Read the tournament notes.

Results from Sunday, Nov. 1:
Men's and Women's Cross Country: Redshirt freshman Zach Mayhew and senior Wendi Robinson led the way for the Hoosiers at the Big Ten Cross Country Championships. Both runners earned first team All-Big Ten honors. Mayhew led the Hoosiers to fourth place, finishing sixth overall, and Robinson led the women to seventh, finishing fifth overall. Read the meet notes.
Women's Soccer: The 23rd ranked Indiana women's soccer team lost a 6-0 decision to No. 13 Ohio State on Sunday afternoon at the Jessie Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Read the match notes.
Men's Soccer: For the second time in as many Big Ten home matches, the Indiana men's soccer team saw a late goal become its undoing as Ohio State's score in the 93rd minute gave it a 1-0 win over the Hoosiers. Read the match notes.
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team topped Lambuth, 108-54, in its exhibition opener in Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.
Women's Rowing: The Indiana rowing team competed in a scrimmage at Notre Dame on Oct. 31-Nov. 1, battling tough competition in the host Irish, Iowa and Michigan State in 3-mile head races on the St. Joe River. Read the day's notes.
Men's Tennis: Freshman Josh MacTaggart and junior Santiago Gruter have advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Singles Championships. Read the tournament notes.

Results from Monday, Nov. 2:
Men's Golf: The Indiana University men's golf team concluded their fall schedule with a bang, winning The Renaissance Invitational in Naples, Fla. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Golf: A full field made for a slow first day of the 2009 Challenge at Onion Creek in Austin, Texas, and the Indiana women's golf team was unable to finish its second round before darkness set in. Read the first round notes.
Men's Tennis: Freshman Josh MacTaggart made a good fall into a great fall on Monday, winning the Big Ten Singles Tournament. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Tuesday, Nov. 3:
Women's Soccer: Purdue, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Golf: 2009 Challenge at Onion Creek, Austin, Texas

Schedule for Wednesday, Nov. 4:
Men's Basketball: Grace Indiana Exhibition, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Volleyball: Purdue, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Thursday, Nov. 5:
Field Hockey: Northwestern Big Ten Tournament, 3:30 p.m., East Lansing, Mich.
Women's Basketball: Grand Valley State Exhibition, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's Tennis: National Indoors, New Haven, Conn.


IU in the news

Some Aging Competitors Call High-Tech Swimsuits Dirty Pool
Wall Street Journal, Nov. 3 -- Competition was fierce at a July swimming meet in Thousand Oaks, Calif. At the starting buzzer, Clay Evans, 56 years old, dived into the pool, dressed in a get-up like the one he wore in the 1976 Olympics: a flimsy nylon Speedo bikini. It took less than 2 minutes for the Los Angeles athlete to fall hopelessly behind the times. Michael Mann of Centennial, Colo., flew past his opponents, swaddled shoulder-to-ankle in a black neoprene bodysuit. Mr. Mann, 55, won the 400-meter individual medley race and set a world record for his age group, 55 to 59. Mr. Mann set new world marks in the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle while Mr. Evans steamed. As tight as a corset, the new speed suits make the wearer sleeker and more streamlined. They soak up less water, reducing drag. They compress muscle and can shave off seconds. "You're . . . on top of the water," says Joel Stager, an exercise physiologist at Indiana University in Bloomington and a Masters swimmer. "Your legs feel effortless." Full story.

Advanced Dementia: Managing the Burden
CBS News, Nov. 2 -- Gertrude Buckley was a beauty with brains -- one of Milwaukee's first female real estate brokers. But around her 80th birthday, her family began noticing odd behavior. "Her checkbook was a mess. She wrote checks for very much the wrong amount," said Paula Tishel, Buckley's daughter. "She completely denied that she had any memory loss. 'That's ridiculous,' is what she would say." Buckley is now 93 years old, with advanced dementia. A controversial new study finds her illness is as deadly as cancer and, therefore, its victims should be offered hospice care to spare them from futile and frightening procedures, reports CBS News medical correspondent Jon LaPook. "If you're someone who doesn't understand who is doing this or why they're doing it, it's going to feel almost like an assault," said Dr. Greg Sachs of the Indiana University School of Medicine's Center for Aging Research, said of the medical procedures conducted on dementia patients. Sachs watched his own grandmother suffer through aggressive treatments right up until she died. He's among a growing number of doctors who advocate hospice care to comfort patients such as Gertrude Buckley. Medicare has covered hospice care since the 1990s but is used on only one in 10 patients with advanced dementia. Full story.

IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne dedicated
Ft. Wayne Daily News, Nov. 2 -- On April 2, 2004, just over five and a half years ago, the Indiana University Board of Trustees gave its approval for the construction of a Medical Education Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW.) That approval was just the beginning: Indiana's Commission for Higher Education approved the project in December 2004, and in July 2005 the State Budget Committee approved giving $12 million to IU to fund the construction. Construction on the building began in 2007 and was finished earlier this year. Oct. 30, the Medical Education Center of the Indiana University School of Medicine-Fort Wayne was formally dedicated. Full story.

Dean of students mingles at open house
Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 3 -- The smell of popcorn might have drawn the students into the Frangipani Room, but many of them were there to meet Pete Goldsmith, the Dean of Students. After a pretzel and some lemonade, students lined up to meet the dean Monday in the Indiana Memorial Union. The event was an effort from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President Karen Hanson to introduce the dean to the students. The Division of Student Affairs also set up tables around the room to let students know about the services it offers. Goldsmith walked around the room introducing himself to everyone in hopes of getting to know more about his students. He said he wanted to meet as many as possible and plans to attend several events in the future to show his support for students. "Invite me," he asked of student organizations. "I want to find out what's going on with students." Full story.


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