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Front Page News at Indiana University

January 30, 2007

Front Page News at IU delivers top headlines of the day from the campuses of Indiana University. It comes to you courtesy of IU University Communications in the Office of University Relations.


1. 'Life sciences 101'
2. Cook Group Inc. hosting Kelley School's next workshop for life science firms
3. How trees manage water in arid environments
4. Lilly Clinic underwrites radio and internet program 'Sound Medicine'
5. Violence in youth sports - a bottom-line issue
6. On the road with Jaclyn Tameris and Emily Schmitt


'Life sciences 101' -- A new life sciences Web site developed by Indiana University provides a detailed look at the impact of life sciences research on the lives of Hoosiers and explains the importance of the Indiana Life Sciences Initiative to the future of Indiana's economy. The interactive, multimedia Web site, at, gives visitors the full story about the initiative, a proposal by IU to the Indiana General Assembly seeking support for increased funding statewide for scientific research at the state's research universities. Read the complete story.

Cook Group Inc. hosting Kelley School's next workshop for life science firms -- Cook Group, Inc. will host the next event in a workshop series designed by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business to assist Indiana's healthcare and life science companies find new ways to collaborate. The half-day program, "Combination Products in the Life Science Industries," will take place this Friday (Feb. 2) at Cook's corporate headquarters in Bloomington. It will focus on the opportunities that exist in combining drugs, medical devices and biologics. The event is the third in a year-long series. The final event, to be held on May 18 in Warsaw, Ind., will focus on research and development management. Read the full story.

How trees manage water in arid environments -- Water scarcity is slowly becoming a fact of life in increasingly large areas. The summer of 2006 was the second warmest in the continental United States since records began in 1895, according to the National Climatic Data Center. Moderate to extreme drought conditions were evident in about 40 percent of the country. When Constance Brown moved from Arizona to Indiana two years ago, she was struck by a major difference: people in Indiana don't think about water every day the way people in Arizona do. The difference shows up in many ways. In Arizona, Brown said, if you drop a piece of ice on the kitchen floor and ignore it, in a few minutes it will be gone -- melted and then evaporated. In Indiana, if you drop a piece of ice on the floor and ignore it, the water will just stay there until it's wiped up. Read the full story

Lilly Clinic underwrites radio and internet program 'Sound Medicine' -- The Lilly Clinic is the newest underwriting partner of Sound Medicine, the weekly public radio program produced by the Indiana University School of Medicine in collaboration with WFYI Public Radio. The Lilly Clinic is the Phase I research clinic of Eli Lilly and Company, both headquartered in Indianapolis. "Participating in Sound Medicine provides the Lilly Clinic an opportunity to raise awareness of the significance of clinical research," said Dr. Jamie Danenberg, Lilly executive director, exploratory and program medical. "It's important for the development of new treatments for diseases that consumers and health professionals recognize the critical nature of clinical research and especially the value of Phase I early research. We believe that many of those consumers are the same people who enjoy listening to Sound Medicine, either on the radio or on the Internet." Read the entire story.

Violence in youth sports -- a bottom-line issue -- Less than 1 percent of high school graduates in the United States receive sports scholarships to college. Still, financial pressure, fueled by the prospect of a scholarship and the expense of competitive youth sports teams, increasingly is pushing parents beyond the brink of good sportsmanship when youth sports become viewed as an investment. Fan violence at youth sporting events can range from yelling to physical violence, such as parents striking coaches. Lynn Jamieson, professor and chair of IU Bloomington's Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies, said the amount of sports violence occurring at youth sporting events has not increased, but the negative influence of financial pressures has. Read the entire story.

On the road with Jaclyn Tameris and Emily Schmitt -- Throughout the 2007 season, members of the Indiana water polo team will keep a diary of their travels for Seniors Jaclyn Tameris and Emily Schmitt checked in from the first trip of the year to the Michigan Kick-Off Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. "The game was set in typical Indiana vs. Michigan fashion, filled with fans, noise and the usual shenanigans. The game was a constant physical fight. We played hard, but came up short as the final seconds rolled off the clock. A hard-fought game is always a positive learning experience, especially at the start of the season," they write. Read the diary.


Indiana University Scoreboard:

Schedule for January 30, 2007 --

No varsity teams in action

Results for January 29 --

Men's tennis -- The Hoosiers fell to No. 13 Notre Dame in South Bend, 7-0, for their first loss of the season.


IU in the News:

Megan Martz Named SI's Cheerleader of the Week
Sports Illustrated on Campus, Jan. 25 -- Indiana senior cheerleader Megan Martz was named Sports Illustrated On Campus Cheerleader of the Week. A native of Fishers, Ind., Martz is a member of the Cream cheerleading squad. She sat down with the publication to answer 20 questions about herself and life at IU. Read what she said.

A form of the alcohol dehydrogenase gene may protect Afro-Trinidadians from developing alcoholism; the ADH1B*3 allele may also increase the risk for liver disease if individuals choose to drink
Medical News Today (UK), Jan. 30 -- Lucinda G. Carr of the IU School of Medicine is a co-author of this study which suggests that the ADH1B*3 allele, which was discovered in Indianapolis 10 years ago, may at once protect against alcoholism, but also represent a risk factor for liver disease. Read the compete story.

Classic Calling; Acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell takes celebrity in stride, including that little mention in 'People' magazine
Hartford Courant, Jan. 28 -- A hot new album, a U.S. tour and a New Year's resolution to play more tennis: these are the things on the mind of violinist Joshua Bell. Fresh from Boston, where he performed the Bruch concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bell's tour will take him to UConn's Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Tuesday. He and pianist Jeremy Denk will perform sonatas by Schumann, Beethoven, and Corigliano, along with selections from Bell's newest recording, ``Voice of the Violin.'' Denk and Bell performed in Charleston's Spoleto Festival at different times, and Denk studied at Indiana University after Bell graduated. At a college reunion two years ago, the pair finally met when they were asked to play together. They hit it off musically, with Bell inspired by Denk's "interesting take on the repertoire and ability to give and take on stage. Read the entire story.

Legends of the Bowl
Chicago Tribune, Jan. 30 -- Did you know that more clothing is stained on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year? Of course you didn't -- it's fiction. But it's a good bet this made-up factoid will someday be repeated as fact. Fictitious statistics rattled off around the National Football League's Super Bowl are a part of "legend formation," says IUB folklorist John McDowell. "Something like the Super Bowl is an event that attracts a lot of hype, a lot of attention, people are talking about it," McDowell said, without a trace of hyperbole. "A lot of people like to be witty, they like to be bright, they like to toss in a little anecdote that will catch people's attention." So they'll repeat some joke or rumor they caught wind of, maybe jazz it up a bit -- McDowell calls that "artistic refinement." Full story

Scratch & hope: We bet megamillions
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (NY), Jan. 30 -- State-sponsored gambling is popular in New York, but some are skeptical about the proceeds it is said to generate. Indiana University professor John Mikesell, an expert in public finance and policy analysis, says the money New York and other states spend on lotteries would generate far more income if it were used to collect unpaid taxes instead. He says "lotteries are an awfully expensive way to raise money." Paying commissions to vendors — who in New York receive 6 percent of their sales — costs about twice as much as collecting taxes, and the expense of running a lottery is three to four times as much, he said. "The only advantage is it's politically easy," Mikesell said. Full story

College lands NASA cash
Belvidere Express-Times (NJ), Jan. 30 -- Centenary College and Indiana University are the joint recipients of a $1 million NASA grant to improve American science and math education with the help of virtual, highly interactive game software. IUB computer scientist Sasha Barab has been developing just such a program and will work with teachers on integrating education video games into their curriculum to increase interest in math and science. Barab created a game called Quest Atlantis, which has a similar premise to online role-playing games, but its characters have to accomplish math and science tasks. The game is made for 9- to 12-year-olds. Full story

eBay bans auctions of virtual goods
ZD Net, Jan. 29 -- The online auction service will no longer allow users to buy game gold and pre-configured characters with real money. That sort of commerce probably accounts for several hundred million dollars in eBay sales per year, causing some to wonder why eBay would eschew it. Edward Castronova, IU professor of telecommunications at Indiana University thinks that by banning items from virtual-worlds and online-game auctions, eBay is signaling its desire to stay out of the way of what it might see as an ugly future fight with game publishers and government regulators. "eBay is a big, well-funded company," Castronova said. "If they turn their back on this market, they sense it's not worth fighting (the people who run the games) to keep this going. The other potential fight would be with the government. The Korean government is passing laws that regulate RMT. It seems like maybe eBay is just saying that this is just not an extremely lucrative line of business." Full story


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