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Indiana University Front Page News

April 13, 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.

The role of a university
Animal behavior expert to give distinguished research lecture April 16
Professors' research of American news media receives national SPJ award
Results from Fermilab experiment resolve long-standing neutrino question
Midwest unprepared for coming floods, say scientists
Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard


The role of a university -- The following remarks represent the opening of IU President Adam W. Herbert's speech on March 25 at the IU Founders Day Ceremony honoring university founders, top faculty and honors students. "On a sunny day in June, a group of Hoosier pioneers gathered beneath a giant elm tree in the frontier village of Corydon, Indiana. The year was 1816. Their task was to draft a constitution for the new state of Indiana. In developing that important document, Indiana's first legislators envisioned a system of higher education that would " ...encourage the principles of humanity, industry, and morality." Thus, they embraced the core belief that public higher education is one of the greatest engines of progress for any state. The legislature subsequently enacted a law in 1820 establishing the Indiana Seminary and designating Bloomington as its home. Bloomington was a town on the edge of the frontier, scarcely more than a tiny way station in the vast forests of southern Indiana. Conditions were so primitive that it took four years to select a site for the campus, construct a classroom building and hire a single professor who could teach Greek, Latin and theology." Read the complete speech.

Animal behavior expert to give distinguished research lecture April 16 -- In the Midwest, most farmers grow corn, wheat or beans. Meredith West grows behavior. West co-directs the Animal Behavior Farm at Indiana University Bloomington with her husband and research partner, Andrew King. Professor of psychology and biology, and director of graduate studies in the IU Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, she is also Indiana University's Distinguished Faculty Research Lecturer for 2007. The lecture takes place on Monday, April 16, at 3 p.m., in the Frangipani Room at the Indiana Memorial Union. The lecture is free, and the public is welcome. "Just as a farmer's attention to good soil is essential for plants to thrive, attention to an animal's social needs is essential to their development," West says. "But while farmers see the effects of poor soil quickly as yields decline, social malnourishment is harder to recognize and easier to ignore." Read the complete story.

Professors' research of American news media receives national SPJ award -- A book resulting from an extensive study of U.S. journalists by faculty in the Indiana University School of Journalism was honored yesterday (April 12) by the Society of Professional Journalists. The book, The American Journalist in the 21st Century (Erlbaum, 2006), received a 2006 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism. David Weaver, the Roy W. Howard Professor in the IU School of Journalism, is the book's lead author. The text is based on the third comprehensive survey of American journalists he has done with colleagues at IU, particularly G. Cleveland Wilhoit, who retired in 2003. Read the complete story.

Results from Fermilab experiment resolve long-standing neutrino question -- Participants in the MiniBooNE experiment -- formally known as the Booster Neutrino Experiment -- at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermilab announced their first findings Wednesday (April 11). The team consists of 77 scientists from 17 universities and laboratories and includes five physicists from Indiana University Bloomington. These first MiniBooNE results resolve questions that were raised by an experiment at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the 1990s. Known as the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND), it appeared to contradict findings of other neutrino experiments worldwide. The MiniBooNE researchers showed conclusively that the results of the LSND experiment could not be due to simple neutrino oscillation, in which one type of neutrino transforms into another type and back again. Read the complete story.

Midwest unprepared for coming floods, say scientists -- As temperatures increase worldwide, wetter winters could lead to flooding problems in the Midwest .According to Indiana University environmental and geological scientists Matthew Auer, Gabriel Filippelli and Greg Olyphant, many cities and towns in the Midwest lack adequate infrastructure to cope with the higher volumes of rainwater headed our way. "Climate change models suggest more rain and bigger storms," says Auer, a professor of public and environmental affairs at IU Bloomington. "During the growing season, a sizable volume of rainwater can exit the system as water is taken up by trees and vaporized out of leaf surfaces. But in the winter, broadleaved trees are leafless. Less water leaving through trees means more water on the ground." Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Thursday, April 12: No varsity teams in action.

Schedule for Friday-Sunday, April 13-16:

Baseball -- IU plays a four-game series against Purdue at West Lafayette. Game time for Friday's game is 4 p.m. A 1 p.m. doubleheader follows on Saturday at 1 p.m., and a single game concludes action at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Golf (men's) -- The Hoosiers will be in action next at the Kepler Intercolletiate, hosted by Ohio State. The tournament will begin on Saturday, April 14 and conclude on Sunday, April 15.

Rowing -- The IU women are scheduled to race in East Lansing, Mich., against Michigan and Michigan State. Competition begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

Softball -- IU softball games against Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday have been moved to Monday, April 16, due to severe weather in Madison. IU's doubleheader against Minnesota in Minneapolis currently is set to begin as scheduled on Sunday at 12 noon.

Tennis (men's) -- Indiana closes out its home schedule this weekend with matches against Illinois (April 14) and Purdue (April 15). Action begins at noon each day on the Varsity Tennis Courts. Read more.

Tennis (women's) -- Indiana goes on the road for the final time during the regular season to take on Illinois and Purdue. Action begins at 11 a.m. local time each day. Read match notes.

Track and field (men's and women's) -- The Hoosiers travel to the Tom Botts Invitational at the University of Missouri this weekend. Friday's events begin at 4 p.m. with the hammer throw and finish at 9:05 p.m. with the 5,000-meter run. On Saturday, the invitation gets underway at 12 noon with the 4x100-meter relay. Find more information about IU men and women.


IU in the news

Rubber ducks to race in Jordan River Sunday; Proceeds from event to benefit March of Dimes
Indiana Daily Student, April 13 -D Although it's not commonly used as a bathtub, the Jordan River might look like one on Sunday during Alpha Phi Omega's 17th annual Rubber Duck Regatta. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Dunn Meadow. Proceeds from the philanthropy will be donated to the March of Dimes campaign. "It'll be fun for community members, families and students alike," said sophomore Erica Honeywell, who helped organize the event. "They can come out and watch the duck races, play games and give back to the community by supporting the March of Dimes." Throughout the semester, members of the service fraternity have been raising money by selling tickets, equivalent to one duck. For each ticket sold, a duck is "sponsored" to race down the river during one of the day's many races. Read the complete story.

Looking at the history of eugenics in Indiana; A century ago, states began deciding who was allowed to have children and who wasn't. The first government to assume that role was ours.
Indianapolis Star, April 13 -D One hundred years ago, Indiana became the first place in the world to allow state authorities to sterilize anyone considered unfit for procreation, a practice known as eugenics. Thursday, IUPUI hosted a daylong symposium to delve into the history behind eugenics in Indiana and to discuss what we've learned -- or not learned -- in the past century. Few would advocate the overt practice of eugenics today. But Molly Ladd-Taylor, an associate professor of history at York University in Toronto, noted that the tenets of eugenics still resonate in debates over who should be parents and who has the right to be born. "Eugenics is still around, it just takes a different way," said Dr. Peter Marcus, an associate professor in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Indiana University School of Medicine, who spoke at the symposium at the Indiana State Library. Read the complete story.

IU and Microsoft partner on network security
Inside Indiana Business, April 13 -D Microsoft Corp., along with the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC), established in 2003 by Indiana University, announced a new alliance this week that will extend the reach of the Microsoft® Security Cooperation Program (SCP) to include higher education institutions in its mission to enhance security measures worldwide. Under the agreement, Microsoft and the REN-ISAC will share information -- including that regarding vulnerabilities, exploits and fixes -- at a level of depth and detail that will help both parties become more proactive and responsive to issues affecting the global community. It also provides Microsoft a single point of contact with the REN-ISAC's growing membership, currently comprised of 500 individual members representing nearly 200 different institutions. Read the complete story.

Purdue, IU study looks at rural economic development
Hoosier Ag Today, April 12 --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 report released Thursday (April 12.) That's the message of "Unlocking Rural Competitiveness: The Role of Regional Clusters," a new report from a federally funded study by the Purdue University Center for Regional Development, the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business and the Strategic Development Group Inc. The study's findings are being presented at a federally sponsored economic development symposium in San Antonio and similar presentations will be made across the country in coming weeks. The report provides new tools and insights for local leaders and governments throughout the nation to strategically advance rural economic development, said Sam Cordes, co-director of Purdue's Center for Regional Development. Read the complete story.


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