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Indiana University Front Page News

April 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.

IU Circle of Life changes mini-marathon date to Sept. 8
Study reveals economic role of regional clusters in rural America
IU Soul Revue presents its spring concert on April 21
Little 500 tradition pedals ahead at IU Bloomington on April 20-21
IU Jacobs School of Music strikes big at 2007 Avery Fisher Awards
2007 Big Band Extravaganza swings with a dash of Ella
High-tech simulator transforms nursing education
Learning from both ends of the stethoscope
IU's Traditional Arts Indiana program honored with resolution


IU Circle of Life changes mini-marathon date to Sept. 8 -- IU Circle of Life, a not-for-profit philanthropy organized by Indiana University students, announced that it will hold its second annual mini-marathon on Sept. 8. Read the complete story.

Study reveals economic role of regional clusters in rural America -- Regional groups of industries that share common markets, suppliers or work force skills are the key to stimulating economic development in rural areas, according to a new report, "Unlocking Rural Competitiveness: The Role of Regional Clusters." Read the complete story.

IU Soul Revue presents its spring concert on April 21 -- The IU Soul Revue of Indiana University's African American Arts Institute will present its annual spring concert on Saturday (April 21). Read the complete story.

Little 500 tradition pedals ahead at IU Bloomington on April 20-21 -- IU's Little 500 bicycle race began in 1951 as a way to raise scholarship money for working students. It has been the subject of an Academy Award-winning film and numerous news reports and sports broadcasts. Today, it is the premier intramural collegiate cycling event in the nation. The 2007 men's and women's bicycle races are scheduled for April 20-21 on the Bloomington campus. Read the complete story.

IU Jacobs School of Music strikes big at 2007 Avery Fisher Awards -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has an illustrious history of educating winners of the annual Avery Fisher Artist Awards. This year, that history was further illuminated when IU alumnus Joshua Bell was awarded the Avery Fisher Prize in an April 10 ceremony at Lincoln Center. The prize, a $75,000 accolade presented for lifetime achievement, firmly establishes his reputation as the most revered U.S. violinist of his generation. Read the complete story.

2007 Big Band Extravaganza swings with a dash of Ella -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music will host its annual Big Band Extravaganza featuring IU jazzmen David Baker and Pat Harbison on Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m. at the Musical Arts Center. The Big Band Extravaganza merges two outstanding jazz ensembles of student performers trained by Baker and Harbison. This year's concert will include best known and beloved selections from the songbook of the late jazz singing legend Ella Fitzgerald, who would have turned 90 on April 25. Delores King Williams, who has performed with Baker and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra since the early 1990s, will be guest soloist. Read the complete story.

High-tech simulator transforms nursing education -- The blood pressure and pulse of the 78-year-old patient were rising to dangerous levels. He was coughing and complained of shortness of breath as he lay in the hospital bed. A trio of IU School of Nursing (IUSN) students went to work, administering oxygen and drugs through an IV to address his worsening condition. For 20 tense minutes, the students worked quickly, conferring by phone with the patient's doctor, seeking a family member to answer questions about a "little white pill" the patient had not taken for several days, administering additional dosages of drugs to bring down a stubbornly high blood pressure, and carefully monitoring his vital signs that blinked on a bedside color monitor to gauge what additional measures were needed. The fact that they were working on a life-like simulated patient had faded away as they made quick assessments and clinical decisions, just like they will one day with real patients. When the computer-generated scenario was completed, the students discussed the computer-generated scenario with an instructor. Read the complete story.

Learning from both ends of the stethoscope -- A systematic review of studies published over the past four decades has confirmed that good doctor-patient communication makes a difference not only in patient satisfaction but in patient outcomes including resolution of chronic headaches, changes in emotional states, lower blood sugar values in diabetics, improved blood pressure readings in hypertensives, and other important health indicators. The review, published by researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and colleagues from the Centers for Disease Control and Emory University, appears in the April 2007 issue of Medical Care, a journal of the American Public Health Association. Read the complete story.

IU's Traditional Arts Indiana program honored with resolution -- Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI), a partnership between Indiana University's Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology and the Indiana Arts Commission, on Monday (April 2) was honored with a resolution passed by the Indiana General Assembly. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Thursday, April 12: No varsity teams in action.


IU in the news

Group works to help Kenyan orphans
Indiana Daily Student, April 12 -- To many, 11 million might seem an abstraction, simply a number written on a page. But in sub-Saharan Africa, this number - how many children, as of 2001, who had lost one or both of their parents to AIDS - is a harsh reality. And according to a 2006 UNICEF report, by 2010 the number of children in the region orphaned by AIDS is expected to reach 42 million. But turning stark statistics into a unified mission, one group on campus has made it its passion to help these orphaned children and to provide a beam of hope from an ocean away. The Daraja Children's Project-Kenya was started last year as an organization focused on providing a dependable bridge between donors and programs that support Kenyan children. According to the National AIDS Control Council, Kenya, a country where about 7 percent of adults have HIV, has a growing number of orphans since an estimated 150,000 people there each year die of HIV/AIDS. Read the complete story.

Pearls before breakfast; Can one of the nation's great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let's find out.
Washington Post, April 8 -- He emerged from the metro at the L'enfant Plaza Station and positioned himself against a wall beside a trash basket. By most measures, he was nondescript: a youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a Washington Nationals baseball cap. From a small case, he removed a violin. Placing the open case at his feet, he shrewdly threw in a few dollars and pocket change as seed money, swiveled it to face pedestrian traffic, and began to play ... So begins the story of an experiment set into motion by the Washington Post. The youngish violinist playing for handouts is Joshua Bell, an IU graduate, a native of Bloomington, and one of the world's great musicians. Read the complete story.

Violinist Bell wins Avery Fisher Prize
Indianapolis Star, April 12 -- When Joshua Bell was a teenager in Indiana, he got a call from Avery Fisher himself telling him he had won an Avery Fisher Career Grant, which helps selected young American classical musicians embark on a career."My mother one afternoon said there's a phone call for you. It's Avery Fisher on the phone," the 39-year-old violinist recalled Tuesday night. "I never heard him by his first and middle name -- Avery Fisher. I always heard the 'Hall.'" Twenty-one years later, Bell, an Indiana University graduate, received another award from the family of the late classical music patron, namesake for Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. Read the complete story.

CD of Georgia personal data lost
Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Austin American-Statesman, April 11 --In the biggest loss ever of personal information compiled by state government, a computer disk containing data on 2.9 million Georgians has been lost in shipping. Fred Cate, an Indiana University law professor and a privacy expert, said the missing CD with data on 2.9 million people is one of the biggest information security breaches in the recent past. If the information is encrypted, consumers have nothing to worry about, Cate said. "If the disk is just lost, there may be nothing to worry about whatsoever. I would worry more if a hacker had targeted the data and got into [the system]." Read the complete story.

Birds Do It. Bees Do It. People Seek The Keys to It
New York Times, April 10 -- Sexual desire. Everybody with a pair of currently or formerly active gonads knows about sexual desire. Yet universal does not mean uniform, and the definitions of sexual desire can be as quirky and personalized as the very chromosomal combinations that sexual reproduction will yield. "We started putting together focus groups, asking women to tell us the various things that might turn them on and turn them off sexually, and how they know when they're sexually aroused," said Stephanie A. Sanders of the Kinsey Institute and Indiana University. Read the complete story.


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