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Daily IU News Round-up

November 10, 2009

IU launches new innovation center; $10 million facility to help research lead to development of products
The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Indianapolis Star,, Indiana Daily Student, The Times of Northwest Indiana, Nov. 10 -- As it sits today, the new $10 million Indiana University Innovation Center formally dedicated Monday isn't full of much except promise. Most of the state-of-the-art wet- and dry-laboratory space is empty, and many of the offices are vacant. Its present is impressive enough, though, and its future is bright, university officials said. "For us here in academia, this building is a link to the real world," said Richard DiMarchi, IU's chairman in biomolecular science and a pharmaceutical researcher who has helped found two start-up companies. The center should help translate cutting-edge research happening at IU into useful products and vibrant local businesses, IU President Michael McRobbie said. Full story. Full story 2. Listen. Full story 3. Full story 4.

Biotech Firm Brings HQ to Central Indiana
Inside Indiana Business, Nov. 10 -- A new life sciences company is locating its headquarters in Indianapolis. Aarden Pharmaceuticals is working on a tuberculosis drug that was developed at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The drug is currently in pre-clinical development, with independent studies being performed at two major universities. Full story.

Research conducted at Indiana University, Institute of Psychiatric Research has updated our knowledge about psychiatry, Nov. 8 -- Fresh data on psychiatry are presented in the report 'The LEARn model: an epigenetic explanation for idiopathic neurobiological diseases.' The LEARn model operates through the regulatory region (promoter) of the gene, specifically through changes in methylation and oxidation status within the promoter of specific genes," wrote D.K. Lahiri and colleagues, Indiana University, Institute of Psychiatric Research. Full story.

The Choice
The New York Times, Nov. 9 -- Every year since 2004, the National Survey of Student Engagement has sought to take the academic pulse of tens of thousands of college students at several hundred colleges. To me, their answers are almost beside the point. I've always thought the questions themselves provided an especially detailed road map for high school seniors and their parents, as they try to take the measure of a particular college. These very questions, and others, are posed in the student engagement survey, the latest version of which is being released Monday by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. Full story.

Economists Forecast For 2010 Looks Better, Relative To This Year
Sciencedaily,,, Nov. 10, 9 -- The economy this year was awful. Next year it should be better, economic forecasters with Indiana University predicted. "Better is not necessarily good," said Bill Witte, associate professor emeritus of economics at IU and a member of the Kelley School of Business' annual Business Outlook Panel. "2010 is going to be acceptable, except for the fact that we're starting from extremely low levels. Things will be getting better, but they still won't be really good." Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Hebrew U. philanthropy center to cooperate with Indiana University, Nov. 10 -- The Hebrew University's Center for the Study of Philanthropy in Israel recently signed a strategic cooperation program with the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University that will encompass research, teaching, knowledge exchange, student exchange, joint research projects related to philanthropy and other fields of inquiry such as nonprofit management, civil society studies, Jewish philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. Full story.

More H1N1 flu vaccine arriving in Monroe
The Bloomington Herald-Times,, Nov. 9-10 -- The Monroe County Health Department reports that H1N1 flu vaccine is starting to arrive more frequently and in slightly larger amounts. "This is good news, as it means H1N1 vaccinations will become easier to find in Monroe County," said Monroe County Health administrator Penny Caudill. "However, it will take some time for the supply to meet the demand. We're asking everyone to please remain patient." So far, most of the H1N1 vaccine has been distributed to health care providers to vaccinate children, pregnant women and health care workers. Full story. Full story 2.

Indiana U. joins effort to break food drive record
Chicago Tribune, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Nov. 9-10 -- Indiana University and other colleges around the country will try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest collection of food gathered for the hungry in 24 hours. Full story. Full story 2.

Police: UPS executive accused of rape kills self
The Associated Press, The Bloomington Herald-Times,, Nov. 9 -- A vice president for shipping giant UPS who was accused of raping a 21-year-old Indiana University student over homecoming weekend has committed suicide in Georgia, police said Monday. Mark Samoline, who had been with UPS for 15 years and was involved in providing transportation consulting services to clients of the company's supply chain unit, was found dead in a hotel room Friday in Norcross, an Atlanta suburb. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Coal Free IU to screen 'Coal Country'
Indiana Daily Student, Nov. 9 -- The purpose of the campaign is to shut down more than 60 coal plants on campuses across the country and to transition them to 100 percent clean, renewable energy, Sierra Club Coordinator Monica Embrey said. IU's on-site coal plant is located on the corner of 10th Street and Fee Lane and provides energy for heating and air conditioning on campus, Embrey said. In 2006 alone, the plant burned 68,000 tons of coal. Full story.

IU voices in the news

New health care debate is just getting started
Post-Tribune, Nov. 10 -- Patrick Bankston, assistant dean of the Indiana University Northwest Medical School in Gary, said he's concerned that the bill, which expands coverage to millions more Americans, does not adequately address the future demand for more physicians. Full story.

Down to the last cigarette -- and beyond
Theglobeandmail, Nov. 10 -- Messod Daniel Beneish, professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is quoted in this article. Full story.

Doctors Spending More Time Now With Patients
U.S. News, Nov 10 -- Dr. Greg Sachs, professor of medicine and director of the division of general internal medicine and geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine is quoted in this article. Full story.

Show past, present for city teacher, Nov. 10 -- Michelle Drouin, an assistant professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne who studies early literacy in children is quoted in this article. Full story.

From the Chronicle

Reagan and the 80s Deserve More Courses
Most college students today were born during the 1980s or early 1990s, but they are far likelier to take a history course about the 1960s than about those decades. Market Data Retrieval, a service of Dun & Bradstreet, lists 525 college instructors teaching "the Vietnam era," meaning the 1960s; courses on the 80s do not even merit a separate category. This imbalance reflects the biases and passions of today's professors far more than the interests or needs of today's students. Full story.

AAUP Announces Effort to Shore Up Academic Freedom at Public Colleges
The American Association of University Professors is embarking on a campaign to protect academic freedom at public colleges in response to recent federal-court decisions seen as eroding faculty members' speech rights. The new campaign urges national faculty unions and higher-education associations, as well as individual public colleges' faculty groups and administrators, to push such institutions to adopt policies broadly protecting faculty speech dealing with academic matters, institutional governance, teaching, research, and issues outside the workplace. The campaign also calls for faculty members to work with the AAUP to help it monitor and weigh in on new court cases in which the speech rights of faculty members are threatened. Full story.

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