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Indiana University Front Page News

March 29, 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.


Watching videos can help children with autism learn social skills
New degree at IU takes a broad look at U.S. in the world
Informatics, nursing team building useful Web portal for cancer patients
Hundreds of sword-bearing athletes to descend on IU this weekend
IU's next president leads event honoring retiring Informatics dean
MPRI treats first patient using robotic gantry system
Join the IU Bloomington community's walk to fight homelessness


Watching videos can help children with autism learn social skills -- Two new studies at Indiana University demonstrate that videos depicting exemplary behaviors can be effective in helping children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders develop social skills and daily living skills. Lead researcher Scott Bellini said these findings will help to identify video modeling as a worthwhile strategy for educators and child development professionals in a field that is lacking in proven methods of treatment. Read the complete story.

New degree at IU takes a broad look at U.S. in the world -- For much of the last half century, the field of American Studies at many universities has focused on the culture, issues and happenings within the 50 states. Students in a new bachelor's degree program at Indiana University will learn in a field that has gone beyond its original borders. Read the complete story.

Informatics, nursing team building useful Web portal for cancer patients -- Cancer patients using the Web for answers about their conditions and the latest treatments are forced to maneuver through a massive maze of misinformation that could be harmful to their health. But a joint project between the Schools of Informatics and Nursing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis -- funded by a $250,000 grant from the Walther Cancer Institute -- seeks to avoid that puzzle through the development of a customized Web portal to deliver more personalized information to patients at the IU Cancer Center. Read the complete story.

Hundreds of sword-bearing athletes to descend on IU this weekend -- On Saturday (March 31), more than 700 collegian athletes will descend on Indiana University Bloomington to compete in the 5th annual United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Club's (USACFC) national championships. The contest, held at the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation this year, marks the largest assembly of collegiate fencers in the country each year. Read the complete story.

IU's next president leads event honoring retiring Informatics dean -- Indiana University President-elect Michael A. McRobbie will be a keynote presenter at a special colloquium honoring School of Informatics Dean J. Michael Dunn. McRobbie will discuss the topic From Intensional Logics to Gaggle Theory: A Philosopher's Journey through the Academy at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 19 at the Indiana Memorial Union's Whittenberger Auditorium. He will be among several informatics, computer science and other IU faculty and researchers presenting, all of whom will be honoring Dunn's career as an academician and researcher. Read the complete story.

MPRI treats first patient using robotic gantry system -- A team of medical professionals at the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI) and Indiana University Cyclotron Facility (IUCF) have treated the first patient in the world using an industrial robotic patient positioning system with a rotating gantry. "Proton therapy has long been regarded (50 years) as the preeminent form of delivery of irradiation for tumors, both benign and malignant," said MPRI Medical Director Allan Thornton, M.D. "However, the traditional delivery methods have been laborious, allowing only a handful of patients per day to be treated with the 1mm exactitude, taking advantage of the significant savings from proton radiation to 'normal', non-targeted tissue." Read the complete story.

Join the IU Bloomington community's walk to fight homelessness -- Indiana University students are among those working to fight homelessness in Bloomington through an annual walk on April 15. The fifth annual "Homeward Bound: Indiana's 5K Walk to Provide Housing and Fight Homelessness" will be held on Sunday, April 15. Homeward Bound is a local collaboration between IU, the City of Bloomington and 13 local social service agencies. All of the proceeds from the event will be used locally to benefit the agencies that provide shelter, food and emergency assistance for people experiencing homelessness in Monroe County. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Thursday, March 29:

Women's swimming -- Spring Championships, East Meadow, N.Y., all day.

Women's swimming -- Melbourne, Australia, all day.

Men's swimming -- Spring Championshops, East Meadow, N.Y., all day.

Results for Wednesday, March 28:

Women's swimming -- Indiana senior Leila Vaziri posted a world-record time in the 50-meter backstroke at the FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday, March 28.

Men's baseball -- Hoosiers fell to Ball State, 8-0.

IU in the news

Relay For Life aims to raise $74,000
Indiana Daily Student, March 28 -- More than 700 IU students and faculty will share a track and a cause this weekend at IU's fourth annual Relay For Life. With 58 registered teams, the American Cancer Society event aims to raise more than $74,000 - about $6,000 more than last year's total - for cancer research, advocacy and education. Read the complete story.

IU to test possible Parkinson's treatment
South Bend Tribune, March 28 -- Creatine, as a supplement thought to improve exercise performance may slow the progression of Parkinson's disease. Indiana University School of Medicine is one of 51 sites around the country recruiting people to test the idea. Read the complete story.

American Vaziri Equals Her World Record
Associated Press, March 29 -- Leila Vaziri of the United States equaled her world record in winning the 50-meter backstroke at the world swimming championships Thursday night. The 21-year-old Indiana University student first set the mark of 28.16 seconds in the semifinals Wednesday. She had set a meet record in the preliminaries. Read the complete story.

Center on Philanthropy Receives $1.5 Million Gift
Inside Indiana Business, March 29 -- A $1.5 million endowment from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University will create the Glenn Family Innovation Fund. The Center on Philanthropy will use the endowment to respond to new opportunities, needs and challenges in the nonprofit sector. The gift will be matched by a Lilly Endowment grant and a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Read the complete story.

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