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Front Page News at Indiana University

February 12, 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.


Biosensors at the bedside; New hand-held testing device could revolutionize health care
IU startup companies hold promise for new kidney function tests and drug development
Adoptive parents invest more than biological parents in kids
Assisted death: how volunteers help limit physician involvement
Indiana claims Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship
Hoosiers hold off Illinois, 65-61


Biosensors at the bedside; New hand-held testing device could revolutionize health care -- In hospitals today, the first warning that a post-operative patient is going into septic shock is often when the patient's blood pressure collapses and congestive heart failure begins. By that time the patient has a high probability of dying, or if he survives, an even higher probability of permanent major organ damage after a long stay in an intensive care unit. A new company, SpheroSense Technologies Inc., will produce a hand-held device that will monitor post-operative and trauma patients for early warning signs of sepsis, or infection in the bloodstream, so medical personnel can intervene with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories before organs are damaged. This would reduce the likelihood of death or disability and prevent many expensive stays in ICUs. The company was founded a year ago by Professor James A. Glazier and two colleagues, Professor Bogdan Dragnea and doctoral student Dragos Amarie, in the Biocomplexity Institute at Indiana University Bloomington. Dr. James Kuo has joined the firm as Interim CEO and Andrew Cothrel as Interim COO. Read the entire story.

IU startup companies hold promise for new kidney function tests and drug development -- Indiana University School of Medicine's expertise in microscopic imaging has produced two new companies, one that promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of acute kidney failure and another that is helping pharmaceutical companies bring new drugs to market. Both companies are spinoffs of the Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy, directed by Bruce A. Molitoris, M.D., professor of medicine and director of the division of nephrology. The center, one of the most advanced such facilities in the world, makes advanced light microscopy systems -- confocal and multiphoton --available to scientists from the School of Medicine, the state and around the world. The systems, combined with software designed at the center and using fluorescent molecules, make it possible to produce detailed quantitative three dimensional images of cells and to analyze activities in living cells within the body. Read the complete story.

Adoptive parents invest more than biological parents in kids -- Adoptive parents invest more time and financial resources in their children compared with biological parents, according to the results of a national study that challenges the more conventional view -- emphasized in legal and scholarly debates -- that children are better off with their biological parents. The study, by sociologists at Indiana University Bloomington and the University of Connecticut, found that two-parent adoptive parents not only spend more money on their children, but they invest more time, such as reading to them, talking with their children about their problems or eating meals together. "Society often tells people that adoption isn't normal," said IUB Professor Brian Powell, who focuses on the sociology of the family. "When people make the decision that they want to have children and then use unusual means to have them, they compensate for the barriers." Read the full story.

Assisted death: how volunteers help limit physician involvement -- "Physician-assisted suicide" may be a misnomer due to the central role in assisted death played not by physicians but by volunteers in right-to-die organizations, said Stephen Ziegler, a professor of public affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. In an article in the British Medical Journal, Ziegler and co-author Georg Bosshard of the University of Zurich describe how non-governmental organizations in Oregon and Switzerland provide a variety of services in assisted deaths such as screening, consultation, referrals, ongoing support and, in some cases, preparation of lethal medication for ingestion. Understanding how NGOs limit the role of physicians in assisted suicide may help inform debates now underway in Arizona, California, Vermont and Washington, Ziegler said. Read the full story.

Indiana claims Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship -- Indiana picked up three more individual titles, set three school records and picked up five of the seven postseason awards to put the finishing touches on its first Big Ten team title since 2003 on Saturday, Feb. 10, at University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota. The Hoosiers finished with 715.5 points, and were followed by Michigan (562), Penn State (537.5), Minnesota (442), Wisconsin (413.5), Purdue (302), Northwestern (301), Ohio State (187), Illinois (176.5), Iowa (108) and Michigan State (44). "The credit all goes to the kids," head coach Ray Looze said. "We're just so very proud of them. They represented Indiana University in a first-class manner and showed the heart of a champion throughout the competition." Read the full story.

Hoosiers hold off Illinois, 65-61 -- The Indiana basketball team got a key defensive stop with just five seconds remaining in play and senior Earl Calloway sank two free throws with three ticks left on the clock as the Hoosiers held on to defeat Illinois, 65-61, on Saturday, Feb. 10, in Assembly Hall. Three Hoosiers scored in double figures in the win. Senior Roderick Wilmont led IU with 17 points, while freshman Armon Bassett tallied 15 and junior D.J. White added 13. Read the full story.


Indiana University Scoreboard

Schedule for Tuesday, February 13: No varsity teams in action

Results for February 9-11:

Women's swimming and diving -- The Indiana women won its first Big Ten championship since 2003 at the conference meet this past weekend in Minneapolis. Read the entire story.

Women's basketball -- The Indiana women's basketball team dropped two games on the road this weekend, with a 60-53 loss at Wisconsin, and a 79-69 loss at Minnesota. Read the Wisconsin story. Read the Minnesota story.

Men's basketball -- IU defeated Illinois in Assembly Hall, 65-61. Read the full story.

Women's tennis -- The IU women played well, but lost two matches in a tough road swing to No. 10 Duke and No. 7 North Carolina, with scores of 6-1 and 7-0 respectively. Read the Duke story. Read the North Carolina story.

Women's golf -- The Indiana University women's golf team opened the spring season by falling to Notre Dame, 3 - 2 , in a dual match at the Legends at Orange Lake on Sunday, Feb. 11. Read the entire story.

Women's track and field -- Both days of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., a non-scoring event, saw strong Hoosier performances. On Day Two, Stacy Clausing led the Hoosiers with a 23:90 NCAA provisional qualifying time in the 200-meter dash. She is just the third Hoosier woman to run this event under 24 seconds. Competition on the first day included an NCAA provisional qualifying mark from senior Lindsay Hattendorf in the 5,000-meter run with 16:39.95. Read both day's stories.

Men's track and field -- The first day of the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., saw two Hoosier men earn NCAA provisional qualifying marks. Senior Kiwan Lawson tied his personal best with a 7.75-meter qualifying leap in the long jump, and sophomore Jeff Coover also tied his personal best at 5.20 meters. On Day Two, several Hoosiers posted season bests. Read the full stories.

Wrestling --- A tough IU wrestling team won two meets on the road this weekend over ranked teams. The Hoosiers defeated No. 23 Michigan, 21-15, on Friday, and No. 12 Northwestern, 28-11, on Saturday. Read the Michigan story. Read the Northwestern story.

Other IU athletic news:

Former Hoosier Overton ties for 19th at At&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am -- Making his first start of the season on the PGA Tour, former Hoosier Jeff Overton tied for 19th place at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, Thursday- Sunday, Feb. 8-11. Read the entire story.

2007 Big Ten Diaries: Christina Loukas -- Throughout the Big Ten Championships in Minneapolis, select IU swimmers and divers checked in with Here is an entry from Big Ten Diver of the Year Christina Loukas.


IU in the News

It's February -- Time for a talk with your teen (India), February 10 -- Catherine Sherwood-Puzzello, a clinical assistant professor in Indiana University Bloomington's Department of Applied Health Science, has offered some tips to help parents of teenagers have a conversation on sex with their teenage children. Teenage is the most difficult phase in the process of growing up. Love and romance form an integral part of this mind-boggling time. The researcher suggests that an open talk on sex between parents and their wards will prevent the teenager from becoming sexually active. And what occasion would be better suited for this than Valentine's Day? Read the entire story.

Aging college presidents augur more retirements
Lafayette Journal & Courier (Gannett News Service), February 12 -- College presidents have gotten older and have been in their positions longer than any time in the past 20 years, indicating an upcoming wave of turnover at the top. "The data ... suggests that we will likely see a major turnover in the leadership of American colleges and universities in the next five to 10 years," said James C. Renick, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, which surveyed the nation's 3,396 presidents last year for the reporting being issued today. Indiana's two flagship institutions -- Purdue University and Indiana University -- are searching for presidents. Purdue's Martin Jischke is retiring in June after seven years at the helm. IU's Adam Herbert is leaving when his five-year contract expires in 2008. Jacqueline King, director of ACE's Center for Policy Analysis, said now may be an opportune time for Indiana to be looking for new presidents, "because the search for leadership is likely to get more competitive in the future." Read the full story.

Two startups are IU med school offshoots
Indianapolis Star, February 12 -- The Indiana University School of Medicine will give birth to two fledging companies. Startup PharmacoPhotonics will use patented technology to develop a device designed to provide rapid and accurate diagnosis of kidney function, cutting the wait time from about 24 hours to 30 minutes or less. The other startup, INphoton, will provide services to pharmaceutical companies -- including Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. -- for monitoring the activity and location of compounds within cells for the testing of new drugs. Both companies, with bare-bone staffing for now, will be based in Indianapolis and are spinoffs of the Indiana Center for Biological Microscopy. The center makes advanced light microscopy systems and designs software to produce detailed three-dimensional images of cells and to analyze living cells in the body. "We honestly think we're going to noticeably affect disease outcome," said IU Professor of Medicine Dr. Bruce Molitoris, the center's director and a founder of both companies. Read the full story.


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