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Indiana University sets spring enrollment records
Leading Index for Indiana continues 'unenergetic climb,' but better than a year ago
Evansville site for business conference on new tech, 2010 forecast and entrepreneurship
Natural history scholar Andrew Knoll kicks off Patten Foundation Lecture Series
IU Kokomo launches new Web site
Pulitzer Prize winner Bissinger headlines seminar on investigating the business of college athletics
IU Opera Theater presents Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor'
'Jesus Christ Superstar' at IU Auditorium to feature actor Ted Neeley, show's original star
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Indiana University sets spring enrollment records -- Spring semester enrollment at Indiana University Bloomington has topped 40,000 for the first time, and the campus continues to set records for minority and international students. Some 40,211 students were enrolled in classes at IU Bloomington as of Jan. 15, the end of the first week of classes. They included 30,422 undergraduates, the first time that number surpassed 30,000. For Indiana University's eight campuses, preliminary figures from the first day of classes show a total enrollment of 98,999, also a spring semester record. Read the complete story.

Leading Index for Indiana continues 'unenergetic climb,' but better than a year ago -- While the Leading Index for Indiana (LII) for December continues "its unenergetic climb," for the first time since its release in October of last year, the state economic indicator was higher than it was a year earlier. The LII, produced by the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, increased by 0.2 in December to 96.4. The index limped up in November and improved at a slightly faster pace in December. Read the complete story.

Evansville site for business conference on new tech, 2010 forecast and entrepreneurship -- A look at new technologies patented through public university research, a luncheon focusing on 2010 business forecasts and an opportunity for one-on-one entrepreneurial coaching are highlights of a free business conference set here for Jan. 28. The event gets underway with Indiana University and Purdue University both presenting technologies developed through university research that have high commercialization potential through both existing and new start-up businesses. The technologies being discussed are patented and are now ready to be licensed. Read the complete story.

Natural history scholar Andrew Knoll kicks off Patten Foundation Lecture Series -- The Patten Lecture Series will present Harvard University Fisher Professor of Natural History Andrew Herbert Knoll for two public lectures in early February. On Feb. 9 Knoll will speak on "Life on a Young Planet," and then on Feb. 11 he'll present on the topic, "Meridiani, Opportunity, and the Search for Life on Mars." Both lectures kicking off this year's William T. Patten Lecture Series will take place in Rawles Hall, room 100, at 7:30 p.m. Read the complete story.

IU Kokomo launches new Web site -- Indiana University Kokomo has launched a new and improved Web site, www.iuk.edu, featuring easier navigation, online video, vibrant flash images, and social media integration. "The new site will allow us to share IU Kokomo in a more engaging and dynamic way. It brings with it a content management system that allows us to better manage updates and changes, as well as the ability to implement analytics that measure site usage and give us the tools to make constant improvements that better serve our users," said Katrina Janes, director of the Office of Communications and Marketing at IU Kokomo. Read the complete story.

Pulitzer Prize winner Bissinger headlines seminar on investigating the business of college athletics -- Pulitzer Prize winner H.G. "Buzz" Bissinger, author of one of the top-selling and most acclaimed sports books in history, Friday Night Lights, and contributor to Vanity Fair magazine, will headline a free, daylong seminar here on March 10 called "Investigating the Business of College Athletics." The seminar also will include a senior official from the National Collegiate Athletic Association, the top editor of ESPN.com and senior sports editors from USA Today. Read the complete story.

IU Opera Theater presents Donizetti's 'Lucia di Lammermoor' -- As its first production of the spring semester, Indiana University Opera Theater will present Gaetano Donizetti's gripping, tragic opera Lucia di Lammermoor Feb. 5, 6, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center in Bloomington. The work will be conducted by Jacobs School of Music Professor Arthur Fagen, with sets and costumes designed by Jacobs Professor C. David Higgins. Internationally acclaimed stage director James Marvel will make his IU Opera Theater debut with the production. Set in 17th-century Scotland, the story about a young woman driven to madness by love and politics is based on Sir Walter Scott's novel The Bride of Lammermoor. Read the complete story.

'Jesus Christ Superstar' at IU Auditorium to feature actor Ted Neeley, show's original star -- The national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar -- featuring the show's original star, Ted Neeley -- stops in Bloomington for two performances at IU Auditorium Feb. 10 and 11, 8 p.m. The first collaboration between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice to be performed on the professional stage, Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most popular and enduring works ever created for the musical theater. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Thursday, Jan 21:
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team topped Northwestern, 61-55, behind three players reaching double-digit points. Read the game notes.
Men's Basketball: Indiana's outscored Penn State, 67-61 Thursday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, Jan. 22:
Men's Tennis: Hokie Challenge, 4 p.m., Blacksburg, Va.
Wrestling: Wisconsin, 8 p.m., Madison, Wisc.
Men's and Women's Track: Gladstein Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Saturday, Jan. 23:
Men's Tennis: Hokie Challenge, 9 a.m., Blacksburg, Va.
Women's Tennis: Miami of Ohio, 9:30 a.m., Oxford, Ohio; Ball State, 6 p.m., Muncie, Ind.
Women's Water Polo: UCLA, 9:45 a.m.; San Jose State, 5 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Women's Swimming: Purdue, 11 a.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Men's and Women's Track: Gladstein Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Sunday, Jan. 24:
Men's Tennis: Hokie Challenge: 9 a.m., Blacksburg, Va.
Women's Water Polo: Colorado State, 11:45 a.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Women's Basketball: Michigan, 12 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Wrestling: Northwestern, 3 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Men's Basketball: Iowa, 6 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

Business Schools Apply Consulting to the Classroom
Wall Street Journal, Jan. 21 -- Anne Massey, a professor of information systems at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, teaches corporations how to build cooperative teams in workplaces that span the globe. Ms. Massey says companies' increasing desire for consultancy-like executive-education programs stems from the desire to have an immediate impact on employee performance. She spoke with Wall Street Journal reporter Diana Middleton. Full story.

Focal therapy for prostate cancer: An unproven technique or a reasonable alternative to radical prostatectomy?
Cancer Network, Jan. 21 -- In order for a new treatment modality to be considered efficacious, it needs to be evaluated by acceptable criteria and demonstrate an improvement on the natural course of the disease. This has not been the case for focal therapy for prostate cancer. Indeed, focal therapies for prostate cancer are associated with considerable morbidities and have not been proven to cure prostate cancer, or at least reduce the morbidity of this disease, according to Michael O. Koch, MD, chairman of the department of urology at Indiana University in Indianapolis. No so fast, countered Mark Emberton, MD, senior lecturer in oncologic urology at University College London. In Dr. Emberton's estimation, focal therapy offers a definite alternative to radical prostatectomy for men who want active surveillance. Dr. Koch and Dr. Emberton scrutinized the role of prostate focal therapy during a debate at the 2009 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando. Full story.

Haiti's logistical hurdles are thwarting small nonprofits
Washington Post, Jan. 22 -- It is a problem that often surfaces during disasters, experts say. Although smaller organizations often play a huge role in the long-term recovery and rebuilding of a country, they are often overlooked in the immediate response, fundraising efforts and media coverage. "There's often this rush initially with first responders, which usually means the largest national and international groups," said Patrick Rooney, executive director of the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. "That's when most of the media attention descends on the disaster, when the majority of fundraising transpires. What can happen is the big groups suck the wind out of the situation, and when they eventually pack up to leave, the smaller nonprofits are left to deal with the structural issues." Full story.

Educators: Intervention key in any retention policy
Northwest Indiana Times, Jan. 21 -- While many local superintendents say there may be value in retaining a student in third grade who cannot read at their level, they believe that decision should be made by the parents, teachers and administrators who know that student rather than legislated by law. Terry Spradlin, associate director at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University in Bloomington, said his initial reaction to the legislation is favorable. He said the center did a comprehensive study in 2005 on student achievement gaps that addressed the importance of early childhood and primary education. Researchers said early intervention programs for students not on grade level was critical. "We don't want to continue passing kids to subsequent grade level without the essential skill of reading," he said, adding the intervention programs will be important. Full story.


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