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Best-selling author Michael Pollan highlights IU's 2010 ArtsWeek
IU Kelley School's Check Your Label event on Feb. 5 focuses on 'conscious consumerism'
IU, community members to present Woody Guthrie musical as benefit for local charities
First Georgina Joshi International Fellowship awarded in the IU Jacobs School of Music
Control of herpes symptoms does not reduce HIV transmission, international study found
New life science teaching labs open in Jordan Hall
SoFA, ArtsWeek and Your Art Here to present billboard art throughout Bloomington
National Student Clearinghouse appoints Hossler as executive director
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Best-selling author Michael Pollan highlights IU's 2010 ArtsWeek -- To best-selling author Michael Pollan, good health begins with good food. If you want to change your diet, improve your health and fight a "Nutritional Industrial Complex" that fosters chronic diseases such as diabetes, Pollan says, "eat food, not edible food-like substances." Pollan will appear at IU Auditorium Friday, Feb. 26, in a signature event of Indiana University's 26th annual ArtsWeek. Pollan is also the scheduled guest on tomorrow's "The Oprah Winfrey Show" (Wednesday, Jan. 27). Free general admission tickets for Pollan's lecture will be issued to IU Bloomington students with a valid student ID beginning this Thursday, Jan. 28, at 10 a.m. at the IU Auditorium Box Office. Non-students will be able to obtain free general admission tickets beginning on Monday, Feb. 1, at 10 a.m. at the IU Auditorium Box Office. There will be a ticket limit of four per person. Read the complete story.

IU Kelley School's Check Your Label event on Feb. 5 focuses on 'conscious consumerism' -- In addition to shopping for style, color and fit, an increasing number of clothing shoppers are looking inside at the label, to see where it is made. Among them are many students who appreciate the local and global impacts of their business decisions. That's the focus of a free, public event being presented by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, "Check Your Label: Elements of Conscious Consumerism," next Friday, Feb. 5, at the IU Auditorium. Five speakers will discuss successful business models that offer options for sustainable living for all workers on the supply chain, and will offer inspiring stories of operating a thriving business with a goal of social change. The program will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Read the complete story.

IU, community members to present Woody Guthrie musical as benefit for local charities -- Members of the Bloomington and IU communities will come together to present Woody Guthrie's American Song, a family-friendly musical that shares some of folk singer Guthrie's life as well as key moments of American history. Performances are Friday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 6, at both 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All performances will take place at the Unitarian Universalist Church, and all proceeds will benefit Mother Hubbard's Cupboard and Mental Health America of Monroe County. Woody Guthrie's American Song (adapted for off-Broadway by Peter Glazer in 1989) is a fully staged, multimedia production that combines Guthrie's own words -- drawn from his journals, letters and public statements -- with 23 of his songs, in what director Steve Krahnke calls "a vivid picture of life on the road, on the margins, or as Woody puts it, 'on the backside of your big city.'" Read the complete story.

First Georgina Joshi International Fellowship awarded in the IU Jacobs School of Music -- The inaugural Georgina Joshi International Fellowship, given to a graduating Indiana University Jacobs School of Music student for two years of study in the Artist Diploma Program at the Benjamin Britten International Opera School at the Royal College of Music, was awarded on Jan. 19. The prestigious fellowship went to soprano Abigail Mitchell, a student of Professor Carol Vaness and Associate Professor Patricia Wise. Read the complete story.

Control of herpes symptoms does not reduce HIV transmission, international study found -- Research from a five-year international clinical study shows that acyclovir, a commonly prescribed drug used to suppress symptoms of the herpes virus, does not affect HIV transmission by people with both viruses. The study, conducted by the Partners in Prevention HSV/HIV Transmission Study, was released by the New England Journal of Medicine in its online edition Jan. 20 and will follow in the print edition Feb. 4. The largest risk group worldwide, but particularly in Africa and Asia, for contracting HIV is stable, heterosexual couples where only one partner is infected. Among those infected, about 90 percent also have a herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV-2), the most common cause of genital herpes, said study co-author Dr. Kenneth H. Fife, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Read the complete story.

New life science teaching labs open in Jordan Hall -- Students returning from winter break this month found three new teaching laboratories in Indiana University Bloomington's Jordan Hall, built expressly for the purpose of providing practical laboratory experiences in the life sciences. "We're excited, of course," said Clay Fuqua, Department of Biology's associate chair for facilities and research. "This is part of the larger, master plan for Jordan Hall, and for the university's broader life sciences efforts." The teaching labs replace and augment 3,700 square feet of outdated space. The new labs are more flexible and expansive, covering 5,300 square feet on two floors, each providing laboratory positions for 28-32 students and, of course, state-of-the-art technology, including improved incubation and cell growth facilities, ultralow freezers, water baths and centrifuges. Read the complete story.

SoFA, ArtsWeek and Your Art Here to present billboard art throughout Bloomington -- Environmental art hits the billboards of Bloomington starting Feb. 1, when The School of Fine Arts (SoFA) Gallery at Indiana University, Your Art Here and ArtsWeek join forces to present "Forgotten and Future Landscapes," a series of billboards meant to draw attention to environmental health and the idea of landscape in the immediate surroundings. "Forgotten and Future Landscapes" features artwork by Bloomington residents Megan Abajian and Shelley Given, Sage Dawson of Missouri, and Max Heller of North Carolina. The billboards will be displayed throughout the month of February. Read the complete story.

National Student Clearinghouse appoints Hossler as executive director -- The National Student Clearinghouse has appointed Indiana University School of Education Professor Donald Hossler as executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC). The NSCRC is the non-profit organization that maintains a comprehensive registry of higher education student data. Hossler will remain on the faculty at IU, splitting his time as he continues to teach graduate classes and conduct research. His appointment starts Feb. 8. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, Jan. 22:
Men's Tennis: Indiana played matches against players from No. 27 Virginia Tech on day one of the Hokie Challenge. The Hoosiers took three singles matches and a doubles match. Read the day's notes.
Wrestling: The Indiana University wrestling team suffered their first defeat of the 2009-10 season Friday night, dropping a 21-18 match at Wisconsin. Read the match notes.
Men's and Women's Track: On day one of the Gladstein Invitational Indiana won nine events and posted three new NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Read the complete results.

Results from Saturday, Jan. 23:
Men's Tennis: Indiana played matches against players from the College of Charleston on day two of the Hokie Challenge. The Hoosiers were undefeated on the day in singles action and won three of four doubles matches. Read the match notes.
Women's Tennis: Indiana Women's Tennis capped off their two-matches-in-two-states day by rolling over the Ball State Cardinals 7-0. Read the match notes.
Women's Water Polo: The Hosiers lost both frist day matches of the Michigan Kick-Off. Read the UCLA match notes. Read the San Jose State match notes.
Women's Swimming: Taking nine event titles, the Indiana women's swimming and diving team continued its dominance over rival Purdue with a 166.5-133.5 dual meet victory. Read the meet notes.
Men's and Women's Track: Indiana finished competition at the Gladstein Invitational with five NCAA provisional qualifying marks and winning 20 events. Read the complete results.

Results from Sunday, Jan. 24:
Men's Tennis: Indiana won three singles titles and a doubles title after finishing out the Hokie Challenge on Sunday. Read the full results.
Women's Water Polo: The Indiana Hoosiers grabbed their first win of the young season on Sunday against Colorado State, 13-7. Read the match notes.
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team suffered a 70-56 loss at Michigan. Read the game notes.
Wrestling: The Indiana University wrestling team picked up a Big Ten victory on Sunday, defeating Northwestern 31-9. Read the match notes.
Men's Basketball: Iowa's Brennan Cougill hit two key three-pointers to break open a close game and visiting Iowa went on to defeat Indiana, 58-43. Read the game notes.


IU in the news

Kick partisan habit and pass smoking ban
Indianapolis Star, Jan. 26 -- Once again, Indiana has an opportunity to join the majority by striking a statewide blow against the medical and economic menace of secondhand smoke. It will take a bold bipartisan leap, however, to keep that opportunity from being missed, as it was last session. Wednesday, the Indiana House Public Policy Committee approved a bill to ban smoking in restaurants, bars and other public accommodations. Just in time for last year's session of the General Assembly, the Indiana University School of Medicine released a damning report on secondhand smoke. IU's research found that nearly 1,200 Hoosiers had died in 2007 from lung cancer, heart disease and other effects of ambient cigarette fumes. Added to the human toll was a financial bill -- at least $390 million in medical-related costs. Nonsmokers are less safe in Indiana than in all but a few other states, the researchers noted, because few other states have a higher proportion of smokers. Full story.

SPEA professors discover higher crime rates in populated land areas
Indiana Daily Student, Jan. 26 -- A recent study published by two School of Public and Environmental Affairs professors found the way land is used in a specific area might affect the rate of criminal activity within the area. Thomas Stucky and John Ottensmann, professors at IU-Purdue University Indianapolis, published a study looking at the correlation between urban land usage and violent crime activity, which they defined as rape, homicide, aggravated assault and robbery. The two professors published their work in the November issue of Criminology. Although it isn't the first study to look at the relationship between land usage and criminal activity, it is unique due to the 30 diverse categories of land usage and the smaller unit size analyzed. Full story.

IU East grows; Spring enrollment up by nearly 14%
Palladium-Item, Jan. 23 -- Indiana University East's spring enrollment is up by nearly 14 percent compared to a year ago, according to preliminary numbers released by the campus Friday. The Richmond campus has 2,627 students, up from 2,382 students last spring. The students are taking 27,603 credit hours. The figures set a record high for spring semester enrollment at the campus. IU East has had continuous enrollment growth since fall 2007 when the campus expanded its baccalaureate and graduate-degree programs. IU East also joined the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and offer five men's and women's sports teams. Enrollment has increased across all of IU East's academic schools, including numbers in its online courses and programs, said Larry Richards, the campus' executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. Full story.

Group is fighting against 'the new drug' -- pornography
Deseret News, Jan. 25 -- There's a dangerous "new drug" out there, one that you don't ingest through your mouth, nose or veins, but with your eyes -- pornography. At least that's the view of a new Utah-based nonprofit group called Fight the New Drug, which is dedicated to educating youths about the harmful effects of pornography. The group launched its international campaign Tuesday morning. Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said this is one of the best new campaigns to fight an ageless problem. Pornography "is an addiction," he stressed, as he pledged a $1,000 contribution to the new group and encouraged everyone to donate to the cause. However, since mental health professionals have no standard criteria that could diagnose porn as an addiction, there is an ongoing debate on that subject. For example, Erick Janssen, Ph.D., a researcher at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, argued before a U.S. Senate subcommittee a few years ago that talking about porn as an addiction merely describes a certain person's behavior as being addictionlike, but treating them as addicts may not be helpful to them. Full story.


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