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Indiana University Front Page News

June 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.


A world of business knowledge comes to Indiana, hosted by IU's Kelley School
What is a "Hoosier"?
Choosing words carefully: Two-week workshop focuses on the language of science teaching
IUPUI Partnership Helps Keep Campus and Home Utility Rates Down
IU Data Capacitor enables collaboration for faster, better science
Indiana scientists garner prestigious Canary Foundation Award
Wenger Voted First Team Academic All-American
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


A world of business knowledge comes to Indiana, hosted by IU's Kelley School; Academy of International Business to meet in Indianapolis June 25-28 -- In the last three years, the Academy of International Business, a leading organization of world economists and scholars, has held its annual meeting in Beijing, Quebec City and Stockholm. This year, Indiana University's Kelley School of Business will host the distinguished group in Indianapolis, June 25-28. Read the complete story.

What is a "Hoosier"? Newly discovered clues in Indiana Magazine of History -- What was the original meaning of the word "Hoosier"? In this month's issue of the Indiana Magazine of History, Jonathan Clark Smith of Hanover College unearths the earliest known references to the term. He concludes that far from being a derisive epithet (as some historians have maintained), Hoosier status was a point of pride from the start. Read the complete story.

Choosing words carefully: Two-week workshop focuses on the language of science teaching -- A group of 15 teachers from the Monroe County Community School Corporation is concluding a two-week course that is part of a three-year professional development program for science teachers from kindergarten through sixth grade. The Scientific Modeling for Inquiring Teacher Network, or SMIT'N, is a grant-funded project of the Indiana University School of Education in collaboration with the IU biology department and MCCSC. Aside from the summer program, the teachers have taken part in school-year workshops and received materials and classroom support in terms of providing instruction as well as feedback. Read the complete story.

IUPUI Partnership Helps Keep Campus and Home Utility Rates Down -- As summer weather kicks in, so does the demand and cost for energy to run fans and air conditioning systems to help us beat the heat. An IUPUI partnership with Indianapolis Power and Light is helping to keep down the costs of staying cool both at home and at work, Campus Facility Services administrators say. The campus saved $32,000 last summer under an IPL energy management program that credits IUPUI for electricity produced by emergency diesel generators on campus. Read the complete story.

IU Data Capacitor enables collaboration for faster, better science -- "Imagine being able to move 12 DVDs worth of data from your desktop machine onto a file system two states away in a single minute," said Stephen Simms during a presentation on Indiana University's Data Capacitor, a 535 RB Lustre file system designed to store and manipulate large data sets. Imagine no longer. Read the complete story.

Indiana scientists garner prestigious Canary Foundation Award; IUPUI informatics professor to lead proteomics research team -- Using high-speed computer networks and Indiana University's supercomputer, a team of researchers from IU and Purdue University will be contributing to an open-source bioinformatics software platform development project in proteomics, thanks to a $25,000 bioinformatics research award from the Canary Foundation. The San Jose-based foundation's slogan is "stopping cancer early," and it awards funding for cancer-related research to accelerate realization of that goal. Canary and the LabKey Software Foundation designated five grant recipients from around the world for their Bioinformatics Platform Dissemination Award, and among the 50 contenders was the Indiana bioinformatics group, led by Jake Y. Chen, assistant professor of informatics and computer science from the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI. Read the complete story.

Wenger Voted First Team Academic All-American -- IUPUI senior men's golfer Justin Wenger (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) has been voted to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA), on the at-large ballot. He becomes just the second IUPUI student-athlete to earn First Team All-America honors, joining former women's basketball standout Tiffany Kyser, who was chosen in 2002-03. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Schedule for Wednesday, June 13: No varsity teams in action


IU in the news

IU to Host International Business Conference
Inside Indiana Business, June 13 -- Indiana University's Kelley School of Business will this year host economists and scholars from around the world as part of the Academy of International Business conference June 25-28. The conference has been held the past three years in world cities like Beijing and Stockholm. More than 800 members from 40 countries, who are faculty teaching in schools of business, are expected to attend. Read the complete story.

When School Is Out, Getting Good Food In
New York Times, June 12 -- No one can dispute that American children are fatter than ever. Much of the blame has been placed on schools -- lunch programs high in calories, snack and soda machines in the schools and curtailed or absent physical activities during the school day. Although schools are hardly off the hook, a study published in April in The American Journal of Public Health, which tracked the physical condition of 5,000 children as they passed through kindergarten and first grade, found that the biggest gains in body mass index occurred in the summer when parents had sole responsibility for their children's diets and exercise opportunities. The AJPH study was co-authored by Indiana University sociologist Brian Powell and IU sociology doctoral student Nicholas Rowland. Read the complete story.

It's hard to walk off weight: Study
South Bend Tribune, June 13 -- A new study says slow- and moderate-speed walking has lots of health benefits. Unfortunately, weight loss does not appear to be one of them. The study, which appears in this month's American Journal of Health Education, found that a person would have to walk an hour or more every day of the week to facilitate weight loss. "Although moderate-intensity physical activity does provide numerous health benefits, such as reducing blood pressure and risks for systemic inflammation and type 2 diabetes, you better increase the intensity of your activity to lose weight unless you exercise more than an hour almost every day," said lead author Dong-Chul Seo, an assistant professor in Indiana University Bloomington's Department of Applied Health Science. Read the complete story.

IU Students To Get Car Rental Privileges
WRTV, June 13 -- An agreement between Indiana University and Enterprise Rent-A-Car will allow students under 21 to rent cars for personal use. W.T. Wright, the IU Bloomington student body president, said some students may use the service for weekend trips home or to drive to and from the Indianapolis airport. "I think this is going to open up many opportunities for students next year," Wright said. Read the complete story.


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