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Last modified: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

IU News Round-up

February 15, 2011

IU-Notify plans to expand emergency notifications
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 15 -- The notification system chosen -- now called Blackboard Connect -- was a front runner because it had the most variety of notification methods: cell phone, home phone, office phone, text message, IU e-mail, pager and secondary sources. Having so many different forms of notification comes at a price. At $220,000 a year, $2 per student on all IU campuses, the communication methods have been used 18 times on the Bloomington campus for emergency notifications since Aug. 2010, including danger on campus and warnings about inclement weather. Full story.

Ind. colleges may suffer project funding losses
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 15 -- Indiana colleges say they need about $700 million for new buildings and other projects. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has a different amount in mind: nothing. For the first time ever, the commission has recommended no spending on university capital projects in the next two-year state budget. Rep. Dave Cheatham, R-69th District, said this is due to the struggling economy and a decrease in revenue. Full story.

Inspectors find Indiana tobacco sales to minors decline
The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Indianapolis Star,,, Feb. 15, 14 -- A statewide inspection program found the sale of tobacco products to minors hit an all-time low last year. The program is partnership between the Indiana Excise Police and the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University in Bloomington. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3. Full story 4.

IU Kokomo Launching Sports Program Report, Feb. 15 -- Indiana University Kokomo says it is hoping to join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics by fall 2012. The university is rolling out an athletics program by starting with club sports this fall. Chancellor Michael Harris believes the initiative will add pride to the campus and bring more community involvement. Full story.

Indiana U. researchers seeking people who took part in 1986 blood pressure study
The Republic, Feb. 15 -- Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine are searching for 350 people who participated in a blood pressure study nearly 25 years ago. The researchers say they have lost touch with 350 of the children and want to contact them so they can relate the data collected when they were young to their blood pressure level as adults. Full story.

Jigme Norbu, nephew of Dalai Lama, killed along Florida highway
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Feb. 15 -- The Dalai Lama's nephew was killed Monday along a Florida highway during one of his long treks to bring awareness to the Tibetan struggle for independence from China, officials said. Jigme K. Norbu, 45, of Bloomington, was hit by an SUV around 7:30 p.m. on State Road A1A along the state's eastern coast, the Florida Highway Patrol reported. Police released few other details. Full story.

IU voices in the news

My View: The U.S. dilemma in the Mideast
The Indianapolis Star, Feb. 14 -- Rajendra Abhyankar, diplomat in residence; and Sumit Ganguly, director of research at the Center on American and Global Security at Indiana University-Bloomington author this article about the circumstances in Egypt. Full story.

Arab world rising: Between democracy and Iranian theocracy,,,, Feb. 15, 11, 4 -- This article was written by Jamsheed K. Choksy, professor of Iranian, Central Eurasian, international and Islamic studies and former director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Indiana University. Carol E.B. Choksy is adjunct lecturer in strategic intelligence and information management at Indiana University. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3. Full story 4.

The Informed Patient: Changing Intensive Care to Improve Life Afterward
The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 15 -- Hospitals are changing how they care for their sickest patients. Intensive-care units have long kept critically ill patients immobilized, heavily sedated and on a breathing machine. Elderly patients are at higher risk of cognitive decline. But adults in their 40s and 50s are also vulnerable. At that age, neurons that protect the brain from injury naturally lose some of the potency that protects younger brains, says Malaz Boustani, a researcher at Indiana University Center for Aging Research. Full story.

Many claims on food labels may mislead rather than inform, Feb. 15 -- Generally, large companies are being as assertive as they can to help consumers make the link between good eating habits and their products, said Greg Kitzmiller, who is senior marketing lecturer in Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and has consulted with Fortune 500 firms on food and beverages. Full story.

Where you live drives wait for liver transplants
The Wall Street Journal, Feb. 14 -- Dr. Joseph Tector, transplant chief at Indiana University Health is quoted in this article. Full story.

Energy drinks knocked, again, Feb. 15 -- Dr. Donald Fahler, a pediatrician with Indiana University Health Arnett, said these drinks are typically high in sugar content as well, which can lead to obesity and type II diabetes in adolescents. Full story.

From the Chronicle

President's Budget Protects Pell Grants, but Makes Deep Cuts to Career and Technical Education
President Obama released a budget on Monday that would make millions of dollars in cuts to student aid to preserve the popular Pell Grant program. To maintain a maximum Pell award of $5,550, the president's fiscal 2012 budget would eliminate the in-school interest subsidy on loans to graduate students and end a policy that allows students to receive two Pell Grants in a single year. Full story.

Traditional Language Programs Have Declined Steadily Over Decades
Can you say "decline" in French, German, or Italian? Undergraduate majors in German and the Romance languages have been slowly vanishing from the American higher-education landscape since before many of today's faculty members were born, according to a new analysis by four scholars at the University of California at Riverside. Full story.

Lawmakers Seek to Block Enforcement of 'Gainful Employment' Rule
Congressional critics of the Education Department's proposed "gainful employment" rule will offer an amendment to prohibit the department from using federal funds to enforce the rule during the current fiscal year, the lawmakers said Monday. The House is expected to debate the spending bill this week. The gainful-employment amendment could be taken up as early as Wednesday. Full story.

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