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IU News Round-up

September 23, 2010

Robots on TV: Rescue bot knows, um, what you mean, Sept. 23 -- Matthias Scheutz, a computer scientist from Indiana University in Bloomington, and colleagues have developed a robot that can cope with these ungrammatical speech patterns. Their design filters out disfluencies and helps the robot translate natural speech into clear instructions. The robot can also give feedback, saying "OK" to show that it understands an instruction. Full story.

Donor establishes $100K scholarship fund at IU Kokomo, Sept. 23 -- For the next five years, an English major at Indiana University Kokomo will receive $20,000 each academic year through a scholarship fund established by an anonymous donor. Full story.

Campus health care rally to explain new benefits to IU students today
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Daily Student, Sept. 23 -- A federal official will appear with student organizers for a news conference and rally on the Indiana University campus today to explain new federal health care benefits that begin kicking in this week. Representatives of the Indiana Public Interest Research Group will be joined by Caya Smith, chief of staff for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Full story. Full story 2.

IU cautiously optimistic it caught the bedbugs -- this time
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Chicago Tribune,, Sept. 23, 22 -- Indiana University officials were cautiously optimistic Wednesday that the discovery of two bedbugs in the Wells Library this week was an isolated incident they were able to contain. Mike Jenson, director of the Office of Environmental Health and Safety Management, acknowledged that bed bugs are a national problem and that the amount of travel in and out of Bloomington presents a constant threat of infestation. "You can only focus on what you can control, and what we can control is the level of education and our preparedness to deal with a problem when it crops up," he said. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Indiana taps NHIN to share public health data with CDC, Sept. 22 -- This type of data sharing can result in more timely identification and characterization of emerging public health events that cross state boundaries and may lead to improved multi-state and federal situation awareness, according to Indiana University School of Medicine located, along with Regenstrief Institute, on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Full story.

Coach Tom Crean to speak at IU tonight
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 23 -- Indiana men's basketball coach Tom Crean will give a free lecture at 7:30 tonight at the Indiana University Auditorium. Crean will discuss the upcoming basketball season, recruiting highlights, and his expectations for the program. The program will conclude with an extended question-and-answer session. Full story.

Lugar names Bill Brown an energy patriot
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Sept. 18 -- U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar has given Bill Brown, director of sustainability at IU, a Lugar Energy Patriot award. Brown, an IU graduate, has served as IU's first Director of Sustainability since 2009. Full story.

Indiana, Oregon To Host 2011 NCAA Prelims, Sept. 22 -- The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee has selected Bloomington, Ind., and Eugene, Ore., to host the 2011 NCAA Division I Track and Field East and West preliminary round sites, respectively. Both sites will host competition May 26-28, 2011. Full story.

Hook-up culture harmful to men, women
The Miscellany News, Sept. 22 -- Researchers from Stanford and Indiana University concluded that men are twice as likely to orgasm during casual hook-ups because in 80 percent of the cases the hook-up has the woman giving oral sex to the man without reciprocation. Of course, there are some women who may get pleasure from giving pleasure, but the difference between giving and receiving is too vast to ignore. And the reciprocal gap doesn't strike me as sexual feminism; it strikes me as the same male-dominated sexual paradigm that's existed for years that we all are committed, supposedly, to dismantling. Full story.

IU voices in the news

Study: Indiana lags in college degrees
The Exponent, Sept. 23 -- Indiana is behind the national average of 37.9 percent. The Indianapolis-based foundation is encouraging a goal of raising that to 60 percent in the next 15 years, in order to meet the demands of a changing job market. Indiana University Vice President John Applegate, who oversees regional campuses, planning and policy, told the newspaper that the goal "seems aggressive." "My feeling is that the exact number is not as important as the need for aggressive action," Applegate said. "And IU certainly supports that." Full story.

Weight-Based Dosing Best for New HCV Drug, Sept. 23 -- The data suggest the drug "may be an effective agent" to substitute for ribavirin in the future, the researchers concluded. On the other hand, the treatment picture is changing rapidly and could leave the drug with a "finite life cycle," according to Paul Kwo, MD and Rakesh Vinayek, MBBS, both of Indiana University in Indianapolis. Full story.

From the Chronicle

The Imminent Crisis in College Leadership
College leadership is nearing a tipping point. Recent reports by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Council on Education indicate that fewer chief academic officers -- the traditional pool of future college presidents -- are now willing to be candidates for presidencies than in the past. Full story.

Colleges Struggle to Protect Athletes From Concussion and Its Aftermath
When the National Football League came under fire last year for the harrowing long-term effects of head injuries among many of its former players, the league's commissioner took a hard line: He ordered the 32 NFL teams to abide by strict new policies for managing concussions and said players could not return to competition until cleared by an independent physician. Full story.

Apprenticeship Programs Expand With Help of Community Colleges
The apprenticeship system, long considered an educational relic by some educators and policy makers, is gaining new attention as a promising model for improving job skills and meeting national college-completion goals. A number of states and community and technical colleges are working to strengthen and expand apprenticeship opportunities. Full story.

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