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Front Page News at Indiana University

May 11, 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.


Enseñando Democracia (Teaching Democracy); Fulbright grant to fund IU researcher's study of teaching democratic citizenship in Mexico
Sound Medicine: Obesity and early puberty; cancer prevention study; depression and physical symptoms; hypochondria; Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School; and encouraging kids to study science
IU informatics summer camp; A cure for the summertime blues
Kelley School's life science workshop series to conclude with event on May 18 in Warsaw
Anthony Thompson selected to College Football Hall of Fame
IU Head Football Coach Terry Hoeppner update
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Enseñando Democracia (Teaching Democracy); Fulbright grant to fund IU researcher's study of teaching democratic citizenship in Mexico -- An Indiana University School of Education professor is the winner of a prestigious and competitive Fulbright fellowship that will take him to Mexico to study how the country is teaching democratic citizenship. Associate Professor Bradley A.U. Levinson will spend 10 months traveling among three states in central Mexico after being granted one of only 21 Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research Abroad fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education. Levinson plans to broadly study secondary education reform in Mexico, but also will take a closer look at one particular program the Mexican government is implementing in national schools. Secondary education in Mexico consists of the secundaria, which is equivalent to U.S. grades seven-through-nine. "My proposal is to study in-depth both the whole reform process that's occurring in Mexico with secondary education," Levinson said, "and more particularly an aspect of that reform, which is democratic civic education." Read the entire story.

Sound Medicine': Obesity and early puberty; cancer prevention study; depression and physical symptoms; hypochondria; Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School; and encouraging kids to study science -- Sound Medicine is presented with support from the IU Medical Group, the clinical practice of the Indiana University School of Medicine Faculty physicians; The Lilly Clinic, where healthy volunteers help develop new medicines; and Clarian, with its Call to Change to a healthier lifestyle. Read the story or download a Podcast.

IU informatics summer camp; A cure for the summertime blues -- A select group of high school students will be given a hands-on opportunity to explore the ever-evolving world of information technology at the Indiana University School of Informatics Summer Camp 2007. The school is accepting applications for this year's camp, June 10-15, to be held at the IU Bloomington campus. The program is designed to give high school juniors and seniors the chance to interact with School of Informatics faculty and staff and learn about the latest trends in IT. Read the full story.

Kelley School's life science workshop series to conclude with event on May 18 in Warsaw -- The final program in the Indiana LifeSC Initiative, a workshop series designed by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business to assist Indiana's healthcare and life science companies, is scheduled for May 18 (Friday) in Warsaw, Ind. It will focus on how firms can manage the process of research and development. The conference, from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., will take place at the Orthopaedic Capital Center at Grace College in Warsaw. Zimmer Holdings, Inc., a Warsaw-based leader in the orthopaedics industry, is a sponsor along with the Evening MBA Program of the Kelley School of Business-Indianapolis. "Biotechnology, medical device and pharmaceutical companies rely on their pipeline of new products to drive economic value. Managing the process of research and development is a key element of corporate strategy," said Lawrence Davidson, professor of business economics and public policy, and the Kelley School's liaison to its Health Care and Life Sciences Initiative. Read the complete story.

Anthony Thompson selected to College Football Hall of Fame -- Former Indiana running back Anthony Thompson has been selected to the College Football Hall of Fame, The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame announced Wednesday afternoon. The two-time All-America is one of 12 players and two coaches in the 2007 class. Thompson will be honored at the National Football Foundation's 50th Annual Awards Dinner in New York City on Dec. 4. He is the fifth Hoosier to earn induction into the Hall of Fame, joining Zora Clevenger (1900-03), Pete Pihos (1942-43, '45-46), George Taliaferro (1945, '47-48) and John Tavener (1941-44). Read the full story.

IU Head Football Coach Terry Hoeppner update -- In mid-March, Indiana head football coach Terry Hoeppner announced that he would not participate in the Hoosiers' spring practices in order to attend to his personal health matters. Since that time, he has recuperated at home, and today issued this statement in response to the tremendous outpouring of support he has received. "We want to thank the many fans and friends who have sent their best wishes and thoughts to us over the past several weeks," Hoeppner said. " I continue to receive medical treatment and remain inspired to return to coaching when my health permits. I love Indiana University and Indiana football and will make decisions in the best interest of the program as I have always attempted to do. I will ask for your continued respect for the privacy of me and my family as I address these matters going forward." Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Friday-Sunday, May 11-13 --

Baseball -- Indiana heads to Champaign, Ill., for its final Big Ten road series of the season against the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Hoosiers sit at 17-29 overall and 6-17 in the Big Ten, while the Fighting Illini hold a 24-22 overall mark and a 10-12 conference record. Illinois currently holds the sixth spot in the Big Ten, which would qualify for the Big Ten Tournament. Read series notes.

Golf (women's) -- The NCAA Central Regional continues Friday and Saturday in Ann Arbor. Read regional notes.

Tennis (women's) -- The Indiana women's tennis team makes its 25th appearance in the NCAA Championship as it travels to Evanston, Ill., for the NCAA Regional Tournament. Action begins on Friday, May 11, against Boise State. Read tournament notes.

Track and field (men's and women's) -- The Indiana track and field teams open the championship season this weekend when they travel to the 2007 Big Ten Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Penn State in University Park, Pa., on May 11-13. Read championship notes.

Results from Thursday, May 10 --

Golf (women's) -- Freshman Anita Gahir chipped in on the ninth hole again on Friday, this time from the sand, en route to an even-par 71 in the second round of the NCAA Central Regional and stands in a tie for seventh place with a total of 141 (70-71) entering the final round. The Indiana women's golf team wrapped up the day with a 36-hole team total of 584 (289-295) and is in 10th place heading into the final round. All placements are through the morning session, with many players still on the course for the second round. Read the full story.


IU in the News

Language push for ROTC students
Inside Higher Ed, May 11 -- As a general rule, language departments -- especially those that emphasize non-Western languages -- just about always welcome more students and more money to support those students. But when the money is coming from the Pentagon and the languages are those spoken in the Middle East, things get complicated. Indiana University at Bloomington is offering scholarships that will give 25 ROTC students -- 10 from Indiana University and 15 from the rest of the country -- a summer of intense study in Arabic, Russian or Pashto. Paul Foster, director of the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region and professor of Slavic languages and literatures at Indiana, said that the program had to be put together quickly this year so there was not time to attract students to some of the less commonly taught languages. But he said he hoped to do so in the future. Read the full story.

Peas in a pod: InLA Times op-ed, 'O'Reilly' producer misrepresented IU study to defend host
Media Matters, Mary 10 -- In attempting to discredit an Indiana University study about Bill O'Reilly's name-calling, Ron Mitchell, producer of The O'Reilly Factor, claimed that "the researchers admit they had to make several changes to their 'coding instrument' ... until the results fit the preconceived notion of name-calling on the Factor." In fact, the changes were done in pre-testing in order to deliver accurate results for the study, not to make O'Reilly look worse. Read the complete story.

Conception timing linked to IQ
Times Colonist (Canada), May 11 -- The time of year a woman conceives may influence the future academic performance of her child, according to a new study. Researchers compared test scores of 1,667,391 students in grades 3 through 10 with the month in which the children had been conceived. Dr. Paul Winchester of Indiana University School of Medicine who led the study, said the evidence points to environmental pesticides, used most often in the summer months, as a possible player. Read the entire story.

Gonzalez to share his success story with Ivy Tech grads; Community college was IU dean's first career step
Bloomington Herald-Times, May 11 -- Gerardo Gonzalez has spent the past seven years as dean of the Indiana University School of Education, one of the top-ranked education schools in the country. But Gonzalez wasn't always on track for academic success. In high school, he was tracked into vocational classes. It wasn't until he started taking classes at a community college that he discovered a talent for academic learning. He will tell his story tonight at commencement for Ivy Tech Community College-Bloomington, which starts at 6 p.m. at the IU Auditorium. Read the full story.


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