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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 8, 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.


Math models add more options for life sciences, cancer researchers
Symptoms of depression linked to early stages of artery disease
Hoosiers sign 19 to National Letters of Intent
A life inside the book
Unusual uses of technology to be showcased during ArtsWeek 2007


Math models add more options for life sciences, cancer researchers -- Imagine being able to take a fantastic voyage into the human body and see how life evolves in a single cell, observe what triggers and sustains a beating heart -- or perhaps journey into a tumor to witness how cancer destroys life. Such a possibility is not the stuff of overactive imaginations or sci-fi films; it's the domain of Assistant Professor Santiago Schnell, who heads the Systems Biology Laboratory at the Indiana University School of Informatics. Systems biology offers a multidisciplinary approach to studying biological phenomena by integrating research techniques and methodologies from biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics and computer science. Read the entire story.

Symptoms of depression linked to early stages of artery disease -- Depressive symptoms — especially physical signs, such as fatigue and loss of appetite — may be associated with thickening arteries, which may reflect an early sign of coronary artery disease, according to a report in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Jesse C. Stewart, then at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and now at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and colleagues conducted the study of 324 men and women. Read the full story.

Hoosiers sign 19 to National Letters of Intent -- A total of 19 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their football careers at Indiana University, head coach Terry Hoeppner announced on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Hoeppner's third Hoosier recruiting class includes seven student-athletes from Indiana, three from Ohio, two each from Florida and Michigan, and one each from Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. The Hoosiers grabbed four of the top-10 rated prospects in the state of Indiana according to and, including three standouts from four-time state champion Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. Read the entire story.

A life inside the book -- Forget The DaVinci Code. Susan Gubar, Distinguished Professor of English at IU, is on to a new religious mystery: Judas. The story of Jesus's betrayer made headlines in 2006 as The Gospel of Judas, an edited version of a 4th-century Coptic text found in Egypt during the 1970s. Before Judas's "new" gospel was published, though, Susan Gubar was deep into what she calls "an eccentric biography" of the apostle. In her forthcoming book Judas: A Biography (W.W. Norton), she tracks the figure of Judas through texts and images, from the Gospels to medieval legends and Renaissance paintings into 20th- and 21st-century literature and films. And yes, there is a fascinating, contradictory twist: Alongside the long-accepted view of Judas as traitor and pariah, the centuries also have preserved the story of a sensitive and sympathetic Judas who, like Jesus, makes the ultimate sacrifice. Read the entire story.

Unusual uses of technology to be showcased during ArtsWeek 2007 -- Whether stretching the boundaries of traditional craftsmanship through 3-D computer design and rapid prototyping or designing a computerized accompaniment system to enhance the musician's experience, Indiana University Bloomington and the city of Bloomington artists, performers and researchers increasingly are finding unusual ways to integrate new technologies into their creative works. The creative melding of the arts and technology, which has impacted such traditional arts at IUB and the city of Bloomington as dance, fine arts, music and theatre, will be the focus of ArtsWeek 2007, the annual campus-community celebration of the arts. This year's celebration will be held from Feb. 21 to March 3. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Scoreboard

Schedule for Thursday, February 8:

Women's swimming and diving -- Indiana begins competition at Big Ten Championships, Feb. 8-10, hosted by the University of Minnesota at University Aquatic Center in Minnespolis. IU is seeking its first league title since the 2003 season and can be considered one of the favorites to win. Read championship notes here.

Women's basketball -- The Indiana women's basketball team will open a two-game road swing this week, beginning at Wisconsin on Thursday, Feb. 8. Tip-off against the Badgers is at 8 p.m. EST with the game being broadcast on Fox Sports Net North. Read pre-game notes here.

Results for Wednesday, February 7: No varsity teams in action

Other IU athletic news:

Signing Day press conference transcript -- On Wednesday, Feb. 7, head coach Terry Hoeppner and the football staff met with the media to discuss the signees for the incoming class of 2007. This is the transcript of the Hoeppner's comments. conference.

Head coach Kelvin Sampson's weekly press conference -- Indiana men's basketball coach Kelvin Sampson met with member of the media on Wednesday, Feb. 7, to discuss the upcoming game against Illinois. Read what he had to say here.

On the road with Claire Nicholson and Kelly Palmberg -- Throughout the 2007 season, members of the Indiana water polo team will keep a diary of their travels for Senior Claire Nicholson and freshman Kelly Palmberg checked in from the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. Read their blog here.

IU diver set to represent U.S. for second year -- On Jan. 26, IU diver Christina Loukas browsed the USA diving Web site looking for her name. Later that day, Loukas got a call from diving coach Jeff Huber confirming what she saw. For the second time in three years, Loukas will represent the United States in the FINA World Championships. Loukas is one of 14 divers on the team and will compete in the 1-meter event. "I was really excited when I saw my name," Loukas said. "I was pretty nervous about making the team. I was a little upset I didn't make it in any other events, but I'm happy I have the chance to represent my country." Read the full story.


IU in the News

IU presidential search nears end; Final decision is now in the hands of board of trustees
Indiana Daily Student, February 7 -- IU has moved one step closer to selecting the University's next president. The Presidential Search Committee has completed its work and passed on its candidate recommendations to the board of trustees. Ted Miller, Bloomington Faculty Council president and Presidential Search Committee member, made the announcement Tuesday afternoon at the BFC meeting. He told the group of professors and other campus leaders in brief remarks that the search committee had "terminated its operations." This move marks one of the final steps in the process that began last year to select IU President Adam Herbert's replacement. Read the full story.

Punching Parkinson's; Exercise makes a difference for patients with disease
Indianapolis Star, February 6 -- At Rock Steady Boxing in Indianapolis, a group of people with Parkinson's disease take on "Parkie," a punching bag named after the neurological condition. They go after Parkie not only because he "deserves to be hit," but also because vigorous exercise helps those with Parkinson's to improve their mobility, balance, range of motion and emotional well being. "I have seen exercise make a huge difference in the patients' lives," said Dr. Joanne Wojcieszek, director of the Parkinson's Research Group at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Read the full story.

Wisconsin Hmong seeking justice
Minnesota Public Radio, Feb. 5 -- Often maligned as laws against thought, IU Bloomington Professor of Law Jeannine Bell says hate crime legislation penalizes prejudice as motivation for breaking the law. "You're free absolutely to think what you want. You're free to say what you want even. But you're not free to use that as a reason to select a victim for a criminal action. So there's plenty of space for, for instance, racist, bigoted thought," Bell says. Read the full story.

Singer brings her love of opera from China to the U.S.
Indiana Daily Student, February 7 -- IU soprano Jing Zhang got her big break by singing in a public restroom. Zhang, 21 years old at the time, was in a restroom warming her voice up for a Metropolitan Opera master class at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music after realizing the practice rooms were closed. "When I came out, I opened the door and there were two American ladies standing there by the door," Zhang said. The two women turned out to be Joan Dornemann, Metropolitan Opera assistant conductor, and Deborah Birnbaum, an internationally known voice and breath technique teacher. Read the entire story.

Real-world success with virtual goods
CNET, Feb. 7 -- In a report set to be released Wednesday, Sony Online Entertainment has concluded that so-called real-money trades can be good for both gamers and publishers if handled at controlled locations such as Sony's own Station Exchange, a 1-year-old experiment to make transactions of virtual goods for real money a direct part of EverQuest II rather than an illicit activity. The report could finally put hard data to the growing real-dollar market for virtual goods. "We've never had reliable data on this phenomenon at all," said Edward Castronova, a leading expert on the economies of online games and a professor of telecommunications at Indiana University. Read the full story.


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