IU News Round-up
February 14, 2011
Five IU professors named to prestigious science academy
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 14 -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie is pretty straightforward about liking to see faculty, departments, schools and the whole of university perform well in rankings. Recently, IU learned that five of its professors were named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science -- the academy that produces the highly respected journal, Science. It wasn't a record number, as six were inducted in 2007. But it's still a recognition the IU president is proud of, given that IU has had a total of 55 faculty members honored by the AAAS since 1960. Full story.
Grant to Help Community Fitness Program
InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report Feb. 11 -- IUPUI's School of Physical Education and Tourism Management has received a $90,000 grant from the Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation. The funding will be used to expand a community workout and training program that PETM operates at three Indianapolis Public Schools high schools. Full story.
No magic potion for drug lab
The Indianapolis Star, Feb. 12 -- By all accounts, the performance of the Department of Toxicology at the Indiana University School of Medicine has shaped up some since former Marion County Prosecutor Scott Newman was hired by IU to conduct a top-to-bottom review. A disturbing incidence of inaccurate drug test results, lengthy backlogs and failure to put $2 million in breath-testing equipment to use were among the deficiencies that prompted Newman's enlistment. Accuracy and timeliness reportedly have improved. Large challenges remain. Full story.
Walk The Talk with Elinor Ostrom
Ndtv.com, Feb. 14 -- On this episode of Walk The Talk, Nobel Laureate Elinor Ostrom talks to Shekhar Gupta. Video. (18:07)
The 1 percent solution to economic growth
By Charles R. Bantz
The Indianapolis Star, Feb. 11 -- I join Dennis Bland today in championing the Talent Alliance, a collaboration to improve educational success in Central Indiana from cradle through career. The phrase "cradle through career" captures the importance of improving opportunities for children as they pursue education throughout their lives. Unfortunately, our education pipeline has leaks. Full story.
SoFA Gallery gets new name
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 13 -- The School of Fine Arts Gallery (SoFA Gallery) has been renamed the Grunwald Gallery of Art in honor of John A. Grunwald, thanks to a significant endowed gift from his widow, Rita Grunwald. Full story.
Economy keeping many Ind. students in college
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 12 -- More Indiana college students are staying in school in hopes of riding out the economy and emerging with degrees that will help them in a challenging job market, education leaders say. Indiana University in Bloomington, Ivy Tech Community College and Indiana State University are among the colleges reporting record spring enrollment. Unlike fall figures, which gauge interest in college, the spring numbers are used to track student retention from one semester to the next. Full story.
New Nursing Degree Approved For IU Kokomo
InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report, Feb. 14 -- Two Indiana University regional campuses are partnering to offer graduate-level degree programs in nursing next spring. IU Kokomo and IU East will provide Master of Science in Nursing tracks for nurse administrator and nurse educator. Both courses will include classroom learning and online courses. Full story.
Toward A Science of Learning
Insidehighered.com, Feb. 14 -- In travels around the country, I've been seeing signs of a trend in higher education that could have profound implications: a growing interest in learning about learning. Faculty at Indiana University have since 1998 been fostering interdisciplinary communities for innovative course-focused research to improve undergraduate learning, and exporting the work through conferences of a growing International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Full story.
College freshmen report rising stress
The Indianapolis Star, Feb. 14 -- The survey of 201,818 freshmen at 279 four-year colleges found freshmen are rating their emotional health at the lowest level in the 25 years of the survey. "The demand for our services has been very high over the past year or so," said Nancy Stockton, director of counseling and psychological services at Indiana University in Bloomington. At IU, 18 full-time counselors and two psychiatrists deal with an estimated 8 percent of the student population, which this semester numbers more than 40,000. Full story.
Biggest problem with Congress is not the quality of its membership
By Lee Hamilton
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 13 -- With an unexpectedly productive lame-duck session behind it and a new majority taking charge of the U.S. House, Capitol Hill is an energetic place at the moment. The question on everyone's mind -- and not just in Washington -- is whether this energy will amount to anything. Full story.
IU briefs: Grant to fund study on foreclosures, student performance
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 14 -- IU faculty member Ashlyn Aiko Nelson and a team of researchers from three other universities have been awarded an $800,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to study the impact of home foreclosure on student performance in school. Full story.
Two profs named privacy experts
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 14 -- Distinguished Professor Fred H. Cate and Stanley W. Crosley are both in Computerworld's 2010 report, which compiles survey data from hundreds of corporate leaders around the world. The survey maintains separate lists for individual advisers and firms and consultancies that specialize in privacy advice. Full story.
Fliers cause ruckus on IU campus
Chicago Tribune, Feb. 11 -- Police say students who distributed fliers with violent language and blood-like ink spatters on the Indiana University campus claim their so-called "Manifesto (hash) 1" was artistic expression. Full story.
IU voices in the news
Will Labor Impasse Stop Super Bowl?
InsideINdianaBusiness.com Report, Feb. 14 -- An Indiana sports labor expert believes Indianapolis will host the Super Bowl in 2012, despite the labor impasse hanging over the National Football League. Indiana University School of Law Indianapolis Dean Gary Roberts, who worked for the NFL during one of its labor stoppages in the 1980s, believes the negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement will likely go to the last minute, but a deal will be reached. Roberts will be on Inside INdiana Business Television this week. Full story.
The Carnegie Corporation Turns 100
Philanthropy Roundtable, Winter 2011 -- A century has passed since Andrew Carnegie founded the Carnegie Corporation of New York. What would its founder think of it today? By Leslie Lenkowsky, a professor of public affairs and philanthropic studies at Indiana University. Full story.
The arts are teaching at IU
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 14 -- This guest column is by Ruth M. Stone, associate vice provost for the arts and the Laura Boulton Professor of ethnomusicology and African Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. Full story.
Modern romance: Technology gives instant contact, but could it be too much?
Newsandtribune.com, Feb. 12 -- Sweethearts expecting roses, dinner or diamonds Monday may get just what they want for Valentine's Day. If they don't, entire phone lists, or worse, the whole Internet, might hear about it. Michael Day, personal counselor at Indiana University Southeast, said though communication is key in successful relationships, text messages and Facebook might allow lovers to overdo it. Full story.
Start-up Indiana church uses sex to sell message
USAtoday.com, Feb. 14 -- Though churches are always evolving to meet the needs of parishioners, New Day's efforts are part of a larger outreach trend nationwide, says Philip Goff, director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Full story.
Innovative Approach Keeps Kelley School Students Engaged When Class is Out
Indiana Chamber of Commerce blog, Feb. 10 -- Philip Cochran, associate dean of Indianapolis operations for the Kelley School of Business, is the author of this article. Full story.
Have You Charged Your Eyeglasses Today?
New York Times, Feb. 13 -- A new device may be joining smartphones, iPads and music players that you have to charge overnight: electronic eyeglasses. These glasses have tiny batteries, microchips and assorted electronics to turn reading power on when you need it and off when you don't. Liquid crystals offer a promising way to bend light in glasses, says Larry Thibos, a professor of optometry at Indiana University, Bloomington, whose research for the last 20 years has included work on electronic spectacles. "The concept is solid," he said. You energize the crystals and you have a lens that will then vanish when the power goes off. Full story.
Recruiting in China Pays Off for U.S. Colleges
The New York Times, Feb. 14 -- The glossy color brochures, each crammed with photos depicting a Chinese student's high-achieving life from birth to young adulthood, pile up in the admissions office at Grinnell College here. At rural Grinnell, nearly one of every 10 applicants being considered for the class of 2015 is from China. Full story.
UW Approves Pay Raises For Bielema, Chryst
Wisconsin State Journal, Feb. 14 -- University of Wisconsin football coach Bret Bielema and offensive coordinator Paul Chryst were rewarded on Friday with pay raises and one-year extensions on their contracts, which should help keep in place two of the key components to the Badgers' recent success. The UW Board of Regents approved the amended employment agreements in a closed session. Bielema's total compensation package increases to $2.5 million in the first year of the new deal from $1.7 million. His base salary of $400,000 remains the same, but the amount he gets in program revenue and gift funds will increase. Full story.
From the Chronicle
After Tucson: a Personal Assessment of Higher Education's Response to Threats
A few weeks after Jared Lee Loughner's attack in a Safeway parking lot in Tucson, the jury is still out about whether more could have been done to prevent the rampage. The spotlight has fallen on officials at Pima Community College because it was there that Loughner's strange behavior was noticed and documented, resulting in his suspension some three months prior to his rampage. Full story.
The Great Assessment Diversion
The assessment movement, which began as a way for institutions to forestall government interference and to demonstrate their quality, recently gained steam on my campus. A review by our accreditor required us to more deliberately assess student learning. Full story.
House Republicans' Spending Bill for Remainder of 2011 Would Cut Pell Grant by 15 Percent
The student-aid reductions would trim the maximum Pell Grant by 15 percent, or $845, from the $5,550 available to the neediest students now, and make 1.7 million students ineligible for Pell Grants, according to Mark Kantrowitz, who publishes FinAid, a Web site that gives financial-aid advice. If enacted, the reductions would be the largest cut in student-aid funds in the history of the Pell Grant program. Full story.
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