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Front Page News at Indiana University

May 1, 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. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Plant biologist Estelle elected to the National Academy of Sciences
IU Archives of Traditional Music awarded second NEH grant to digitally save endangered records
IU Jacobs School of Music honors centenarian employee Helen Clouse
IU's Linda Smith elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
The 11th way IU is "Red Hot"
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Plant biologist Estelle elected to the National Academy of Sciences -- Mark Estelle, an Indiana University Bloomington plant biologist who has made seminal contributions to the understanding of how plant growth is regulated, was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the academy announced today. As an acknowledgement of authority in a given field, election to the NAS is one of the highest honors an American scientist can receive. "We are truly delighted Mark has received this well-deserved honor, arguably the highest in American science," said IUB Department of Biology Chair Elizabeth Raff. "Mark's pioneering work in elucidating how hormone signaling works in plants has revolutionized our understanding of crucial biological processes. His work has opened up understanding of a whole new kind of regulatory system -- in plants, yes, but moreover, the discoveries his lab has made over the past few years have also revealed that plants and animals unexpectedly share some of these key pathways." Read the full story.

IU Archives of Traditional Music awarded second NEH grant to digitally save endangered records -- The Indiana University Archives of Traditional Music (ATM) and the Archive of World Music at Harvard University have been awarded a $349,910 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue their collaborative research and development project that will digitally preserve critically endangered sound recordings. All of the grant funds are coming to IU, because Harvard is continuing as an unfunded partner in the project. The grant proposal was one of seven to receive unanimous ratings of "excellent" by NEH reviewers, out of more than 200 submitted. Read the full story.

IU Jacobs School of Music honors centenarian employee Helen Clouse -- What becomes a legend most? How about prime real estate in the heart of the Indiana University campus, where she has served students at the Jacobs School of Music for nearly a half century? Today (May 1) at 10 a.m., the Jacobs School of Music will dedicate the "Helen Clouse Plaza" in front of the Music Practice Building on Third Street, between Ballantine and Hawthorne. Clouse has assisted IU music students and scheduling their practice rooms since 1960. May 1 is her 100th birthday. Read the complete story.

IU's Linda Smith elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences -- Linda B. Smith, chair of Indiana University Bloomington' s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and noted early childhood development expert, was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining the ranks of Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners, presidents, authors and other influential thinkers from the U.S. and abroad, the Academy announced today (April 30). Read the full story.

The 11th way IU is "Red Hot" -- The Webby Awards, the leading international honor for the Web, today named Indiana University's "10 Ways IU is Red Hot" for the Best Web Site in the school category of 2007. The work was produced by the IU Office of Creative Services. Hailed as the "Oscars of the Internet" by the New York Times, The 11th Annual Webby Awards received a record 8,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states. Read the full story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Tuesday, May 1 -- No varsity teams in action.

Results from Monday, April 30 -- No varsity teams in action.


IU in the News

Pets help rid students of finals stress; IU student group brings animals to Briscoe Quad on Sunday for 'pet therapy'
Indiana Daily Student, May 1 - Freshman Stephanie Austin said she knew Puddles, her retriever-setter mix, would be an excellent candidate to help stressed students. So under sunny skies Sunday afternoon, Austin brought Puddles to Briscoe Quad for a study break to ease stress through "pet therapy." Students and faculty interested in relieving finals stress came to pet and play with Puddles or one of four other dogs. The event, called Furry Finals Fix, was sponsored by the student group Revitalizing Animal Well-Being. "This event was based on the premise that animals are good therapy," said Courtney Wennerstrom, the group's co-president and co-founder. "I teach a freshman W131 course. I see the students' stress, and I thought this would be a good idea to give back to the IU community." Read the entire story.

Comair's future remains cloudy
Florida Today (Gannett), May 1 -- With parent Delta Air Lines emerging from bankruptcy, analysts are convinced that regional partner Comair likely will be sold. Clint Oster, an Indiana University economist who tracks airlines, noted that Northwest Airlines last week took ownership of its regional feeder, Mesaba. He said customers are growing weary of service woes resulting from the industry's deep cost cutting. Read the complete story.

Why asthmatics hate spring
Chicago Tribune, May 1 -- Springtime is a brutal time of the year for asthmatics. But it's not just high pollen counts that make life miserable; it's the ever-changing weather. In any climate, the day's forecast can exacerbate problems for asthmatics, but it's particularly bothersome in places that experience wild temperature swings, windy conditions, thunderstorms, which release pollen into the air, freezing temperatures and changes in the humidity or barometric pressure. And if the asthma is exercise-induced, Indiana University researchers recently showed, a nutritional approach that includes large doses of vitamin C (1,500 milligrams of ascorbic acid) can stem the cycle of inflammation. Read the full story.

A warts-and-all win
Indianapolis Star, May 1 -- The day after the legislature finished its work for the year, Gov. Mitch Daniels was focusing not on what he lost, but what he gained. Some of Daniels' successes thus far are the result of recusal. Bill Blomquist, political science professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said, "We see a governor willing to change his style." Read the complete story.


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