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IU News Round-up

October 12, 2011

Indiana University Chosen to Lead High PResearch Network Between U.S. and China, The Republic,, Oct. 12, 11 --The Indiana University GlobalNOC and partners will complete a high performance research network link between the U.S. and China with a grant from the National Science Foundation. "International networks do not currently operate at the levels needed to fully support growing collaborative scientific research between the U.S. and China," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "With more than 400 current NSF projects involving China and many new projects planned, a high-speed connection between the countries has become very important to leading American scientific and medical collaborations which promise technical innovations and breakthroughs in healthcare." The award is the latest in IU's series of large-scale international networking grants received within the past decade. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Indiana University to dedicate new $37 million Cyberinfrastructure Building this week
The Republic, Oct. 12 -- Indiana University's most environmentally friendly building will be formally dedicated this week. IU President Michael McRobbie was set to preside over the dedication of the school's new Cyberinfrastructure Building Wednesday at the IU Technology Park East in Bloomington. Full story.

Indiana University Kokomo Professor Receives National Science Foundation Grant, Oct. 12 -- A $173,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been awarded to an Indiana University Kokomo faculty member, which will provide funding for research opportunities, equipment, and undergraduate student support during the next four years. T.J. Sullivan, assistant professor of molecular ecology in the Department of Science, Mathematics and Informatics, was the recipient of one of 11,500 competitive grants awarded from a pool of 45,000 requests received by the Foundation. Full story.

Grant will help fight colorectal cancer, Oct. 12 -- The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute says it has received a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to increase staffing and technology for a project at Indiana University Health Arnett Hospital in Lafayette, Ind. IU, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame are partners in the institute. The IU Simon Cancer Center and the Oncological Sciences Center at Purdue also are collaborating on the project. Full story.

What in the world was Tom Crean thinking?, Oct. 11 -- If any program in the country should know that it pays to observe the NCAA rule book -- even when the rules are minor or procedural in nature -- it's Indiana. Given that history, you'd think current IU coach Tom Crean wouldn't make a similar mistake. You'd think he'd know better than to visit a heralded recruit at his high school one day after the end of the NCAA's mandated fall contact period. Full story.

U of M's Kaler nominates second-in-command, Oct. 10 -- University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler selected a fellow U alum and University of Indiana provost as his new second-in-command. If the U's board of regents signs off on the appointment later this week, Karen Hanson will become the university's provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, the top academic job. Full story.

Economists highlight region data at Nov. 2 event, Oct. 12 -- The newly formed Regional Council of Economic Advisors is hosting a collaborative event to showcase research on the region's economy. "Northwest Indiana: Regional Economic Trends and Opportunities" is set from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Valparaiso University's Harre Union, 1700 Chapel Drive. The project will unite university and college economists as well as community and business leaders to create a snapshot of the region's economic state that can be reviewed annually to help plan for the future. Full story.

Breakthrough Prostate Cancer Animal Study Presented at International Oncology Conference, Oct. 12 -- New animal study confirms the dramatic effects of a natural formula against aggressive prostate cancer tumors. Researchers at the Methodist Research Institute at Indiana University conducted the study on mice, using a human prostate cancer xenograft model (outlined below). IU Lead investigator, Dr. Daniel Sliva presented the results of this in vivo (live animal) study, demonstrating the significant effects of the formula in suppressing the proliferation and metastasis of human hormone refractory (androgen independent) prostate cancer cells. Full story.

Folklorists at IU for conference this week
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Oct. 12 -- Folklorists from around the world have converged on Bloomington and Indiana University this week for the American Folklore Society's annual meeting. More than 700 scholars are expected to attend the four-day conference, which will include several events open to the public. Full story.

Mapplethorpe Photographs Donated to Kinsey Institute Report, Oct. 11 -- The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction has received a gift of 30 photographs from The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. The images document the sexual lives of people in the artist's circle in the 1970s and early 1980s. The institute says it is only one to possess a major collection of Mapplethorpe's work in a museum or university in the Midwest. Full story.

IU voices in the news

Terror plot aids Iran hardliners, fuels enmity with U.S.
By Jamsheed K. Choksy and Carol E. B. Choksy, Periscope Post, WIBC, Oct. 12 -- Those fundamentalist members of the Iranian government who have long sought to blow up any possibility for the normalization of relations between Tehran and Washington may just have succeeded. At the very least they are likely to have put any negotiations with Iran on issues ranging from nuclear power to the Iraqi insurrection and the Taliban counterattack in Afghanistan on the back burner. Full story. Full story 2. Full story 3.

Expert: Drone virus poses ongoing threat, Oct. 11 -- Reports of a virus infecting computers used by pilots to control armed military drones show even protected systems may not be secure, a U.S. expert says. Unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft have become an important tool in America's arsenal in regions of the world where the risk of casualties are high, but reports of a virus logging keystrokes of pilots controlling them from Creech Air Force Base in Nevada is a powerful reminder of cyber risks in such systems, Indiana University cybersecurity expert Fred H. Cate said. Full story.

Hamilton: The growing power of lobbyists, Oct. 12 -- Back in 1982, Mississippi's powerful U.S. Sen. John C. Stennis faced a tough re-election fight. Advisers told him he had an ace up his sleeve: As chairman of the Armed Service Committee, he could raise bundles of campaign cash from defense contractors. But Stennis balked. "Would that be proper?" he asked. "I hold life and death over these companies." In the end, convinced he had no choice, Stennis relented. He used his position to fill his re-election coffers -- and won. Full story.

IU experts: Occupy movement real, but still defining itself
The Bloomington Herald-Times, Oct. 12 -- An Indiana University sociologist who studies social movements says the Occupy phenomenon sweeping the country is impressive, but wonders what the next step will be. "Getting people to protest is relatively easy," said Fabio Rojas, who has studied black power and anti-war movements. "The hard part is to transfer that energy into concrete policy change." Joseph Varga thinks the anti-corporate movement is on target and risks alienating potential allies by moving to propose or support specific legislation too soon. Full story.

Talk about access to guns before sending child to a friend's house, Oct. 11 -- Pose your questions in a clear and neutral voice so the other parent does not feel targeted on the gun issue, suggests Carol Juergensen Sheets, a behavioral psychotherapist with Indiana University Health Physicians. "These are hard questions to ask," she said. "Clearly you have to ask the difficult questions to make sure your kids are safe." Full story.

Young women with breast cancer often discover a lonely fight, Oct. 11 -- "There's no time at which breast cancer is a fun disease to have," says Dr. George Sledge, a medical oncologist at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, but it can be more awful "in the youngest group of women." When a younger woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, she has lengthy conversations with her doctors, says Dr. Kandice Ludwig, a surgeon with Indiana University Health. She may be pondering a full mastectomy. Another set of conversations and doctor's visits will arise if a woman needs chemotherapy, but plans to have more children. She'll need to consider freezing her eggs because chemotherapy could leave her infertile. Full story.

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