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Ostrom, in Sweden, joins fellow Nobel laureates in extolling virtues of collaboration, research freedom
Statistics, Informatics professors to collaborate on $35.5 million Army research project
Indiana University ArtsWeek goes 'green' for 2010
America's Top Doctors for Cancer recognizes 19 IU Simon Cancer Center physicians
Workplace Wellness: CSX Transportation taps wellness, ergonomics expertise at IU
IUPUI scholar selected as an editor for The New Oxford Shakespeare project
IU offers new professional credential in homeland security and emergency management
New understanding of how to prevent destruction of tumor suppressor
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Ostrom, in Sweden, joins fellow Nobel laureates in extolling virtues of collaboration, research freedom -- Indiana University Professor Elinor Ostrom joined fellow Nobel Prize laureates Dec. 7 praising the potential of collaborative research and celebrating what can be accomplished when bright and creative people have the freedom to pursue answers to compelling questions. In her case, Ostrom said, the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, which she co-founded in 1973-74 with her husband and colleague Vincent Ostrom, provided opportunities for successful collaboration with researchers at IU and elsewhere. Read the complete story.

Statistics, Informatics professors to collaborate on $35.5 million Army research project -- Two distinguished Indiana University Rudy Professors -- Stanley Wasserman, chair of the Department of Statistics, and Alessandro Vespignani, professor in the School of Informatics and Computing -- have been named as collaborators in a $35.5 million Army Research Laboratory project expected to span 10 years and involve 10 additional universities and corporations. As lead partner in a project devoted to the study of social and cognitive networks, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y., will create a new center as part of the Army Research Laboratory's recently formed Collaborative Technology Alliance for Network Science. The center will link top social scientists and statisticians like Wasserman and physicists and computer scientists like Vespignani, in addition to neuroscientists, engineers and cognitive scientists, in order to uncover, model, understand and foresee the complex social interactions that take place in today's society. Read the complete story.

Indiana University ArtsWeek goes 'green' for 2010 -- Indiana University's 26th Annual ArtsWeek, scheduled for February Feb. 18-28 (2010), will focus on the theme "Arts and the Environment." ArtsWeek 2010 kicks off with the Bloomington Area Arts Council Arts Leadership Awards on Thursday, Feb. 18. The week will close Sunday, Feb. 28, with a special brunch by local chefs sponsored by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission. The brunch will focus on conversations among area artists and arts organization leaders regarding issues facing the arts in the Bloomington community. ArtsWeek is an annual winter festival showcasing the many levels of artistic expression in Bloomington and on the IU campus. Sponsored in part by the IU President's Office and the IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research, ArtsWeek offers dozens of exhibitions, performances and family-friendly events featuring many modes of artistic expression. Read the complete story.

America's Top Doctors for Cancer recognizes 19 IU Simon Cancer Center physicians -- Nineteen physicians with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center have been recognized as the best in their field. The 19 are among 26 physicians in Indiana included in the most recent edition of America's Top Doctors for Cancer. The current guide identifies the nation's most outstanding physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of cancers in adults and children. "We certainly appreciate such recognition from America's Top Doctors for Cancer," said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine. "The guide illustrates that our talented faculty physicians are highly regarded by both their peers and their patients." Read the complete story.

Workplace Wellness: CSX Transportation taps wellness, ergonomics expertise at IU -- CSX Transportation and ergonomic experts from Indiana University have extended a three-year partnership focused on improving the health and wellness of thousands of railroad workers in 23 states. With the new three-year agreement, CSX continues to have access to IU's ergonomic expertise along with nutrition and fitness experts in the university's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. IU researchers essentially have access to a working lab, providing rare research opportunities, undergraduate internships and full-time jobs for graduate students. Read the complete story.

IUPUI scholar selected as an editor for The New Oxford Shakespeare project -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will house a new editorial project that will change the way Shakespeare is presented to the world. The Oxford University Press project will result in The New Oxford Shakespeare, an entirely new print and digital edition of the complete works of the most influential writer in the English language. This will be the first multi-platform, multi-format edition of Shakespeare's works and will be based upon original research by a small, cohesive international team of scholars, led by three general editors, including IUPUI associate professor of English Drama, Terri Bourus, an English professor and equity actor. Read the complete story.

IU offers new professional credential in homeland security and emergency management -- The Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs is launching a new graduate certificate program in homeland security and emergency management, offering students and professionals an opportunity to improve their job and career prospects. The interdisciplinary certificate is designed for people who will work with government at all levels, government contractors, selected private firms and nongovernmental organizations. It will be available starting Jan. 1, 2010. Students in this program will complete advanced Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) certificates from the Incident Command System (ICS), National Incident Management System (NIMS), the National Response Framework (NRF), and Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP). Read the complete story.

New understanding of how to prevent destruction of tumor suppressor; Discovery may lead to new treatments for late stage cancers -- Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern and Case Western University have determined how the protein Mdm2, which is elevated in late-stage cancers, disables genes that suppress the growth of tumors. The finding may lead to the development of new drugs for late stage breast cancer and other difficult to treat malignancies. The investigators have identified a critical pathway that stimulates the production of Mdm2 causing an increase in the level of protein that bind to p53, the most common tumor suppressor, as well as other tumor suppressors, and extinguishes tumor suppression activity. The study appears in the January 2010 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Dec. 4:
Men's and Women's Swimming: Senior Kate Fesenko won the women's 100-yard backstroke title to lead the Indiana University contingent on day two of the U.S. Short Course Nationals at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Read the meet results.

Results from Saturday, Dec. 5:
Men's Swimming: Despite seven individual victories, including two each from Doug Spraul and Tyler Lemert, the Indiana men's swimming and diving team fell at Kentucky in a dual meet, 175.5-123.5. Read the meet notes.
Women's Swimming: Led by double victories from Brittany Strumbel, Taylor Wohrley and Margaux Farrell, the Indiana women's swimming and diving team finished in a 149-149 tie with the Kentucky Wildcats. Read the meet notes.
Men's and Women's Swimming: Led by the second individual gold medal for senior Kate Fesenko, the Indiana men's and women's swimming teams wrapped up competition at the U.S. Short Course Nationals. Read the meet results.
Wrestling: Four Hoosiers placed at the 28th Annual Cliff Keen Invitational, including Angel Escobedo and Nate Everhart; and their individual championships in the 125 lbs. and 285 lbs. weight classes, respectively. Escobedo was named the tournament's "Most Outstanding Wrestler." Read the tournament notes.

Results from Sunday, Dec. 6:
Women's Basketball: Junior Jori Davis scored 14 of her 19 points in the second half to help lead the Indiana women's basketball team to a 68-63 come-from-behind win at Michigan State. Read the game notes.
Women's Swimming and Diving: IU senior diver Amy Korthauer won the platform title to lead the Hoosiers on the final day of the Ohio State Invitational. Read the full results.

Schedule for Tuesday, Dec. 8:
Men's Basketball: Pittsburgh, 9 p.m., New York, N.Y.

Schedule for Wednesday, Dec. 9:
Women's Basketball: Tennessee-Martin, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

Gros Louis talks about IU's past
Indiana Daily Student, Dec. 8 -- In 1884, the IU campus stood a daunting 3,000 feet from the edge of Bloomington. Students walking to campus had to make their way down woodland paths, through grazing pastures and hunting grounds. "Well on the way to Brown County," as one resident described it. More than 120 years later, the distance is just a short walk past neon signs and crowds of students. The years saw a small campus of just one building grow into the bustling state university IU is today. University Chancellor Ken Gros Louis took an audience of professors, students and alumni on a journey through IU history Monday at the DeVault Alumni Center. "It's amazing how much he knows," sophomore Brian Baltz said. "It's like he instantly knows anything you ask about this campus." Full story.

Don't wait for Copenhagen deal, says Nobel winner
Reuters UK, Dec. 7 -- Individuals should not wait for world leaders to agree on measures to fight climate change, but should start taking actions themselves, the winner of this year's Nobel Prize for economics said on Monday. The comments by Elinor Ostrom came as politicians meet in Copenhagen to agree a plan to head off the floods, droughts and rising sea levels predicted by scientists if global temperatures continue to rise. "I am very concerned that we not presume . . . that the international negotiations are the only thing that can happen and we just sit around and wait," Ostrom, the first woman to win the economics prize, said at a news conference in Stockholm. "There are a very large number of things that people can be doing at a small scale . . . so that in addition to waiting for the big guys up there to take their decision we can take action. Because if we wait too long, it may be disastrous." Indiana University's Ostrom won a half share of the 10 million crown ($1.43 million) prize this year for showing that communities can be better managers of common resources than the state. Full story.

Universities will share state's revenue burden
Indianapolis Star, Dec. 5 -- Indiana's public universities will lose $150 million -- or 6 percent of their funding -- because of slumping state revenues, Gov. Mitch Daniels announced Friday. Daniels' call for the emergency spending cuts came after state revenue for November fell $144 million short of projections, the 14th straight month state tax receipts have missed fiscal forecasts. Overall, since the fiscal year began in July, state revenue is down more than $600 million compared to last year, a decrease of 12 percent. Exactly how each of the state's public colleges and universities would be affected by the cuts remained unclear as Daniels gave the state's Commission on Higher Education 30 days to identify how the savings would be realized. Top university officials say they will work with state leaders to trim spending. "We recognize and understand that these are difficult and extraordinary times. State revenues are under extreme pressure, and unfortunately, state officials are forced to consider cuts in many programs, including higher education," said Indiana University President Michael McRobbie. Full story.

What a prize: Nobel winner Elinor Ostrom is a gregarious teacher who loves to solve problems
The Herald-Times, Dec. 6 -- When Elinor Ostrom accepts the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Thursday in Stockholm, Sweden, she will become the first woman ever to win what Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie termed "the highest honor her profession bestows." Firsts are nothing new to the 76-year-old political science professor at IU. She also is the first non-economist to win the Nobel in economics, which she will share with co-winner Oliver Williamson, of the University of California at Berkeley. And she was the first woman to chair the political science department at IU, as well as the first woman to be elected president of the American Political Science Association. Full story.


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