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Indiana University Front Page News

June 25, 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's Palmer stepping into new position
Program Trains Teachers in the Biomedical Sciences
Study: Social skills programs for children with autism are largely ineffective
This week on Sound Medicine
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


IU's Palmer stepping into new position -- Indiana University President Adam W. Herbert announced June 22 that he has accepted with regret the resignation of Judith G. Palmer as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective July 31. Palmer, who has served as an IU vice president for 20 years, will take a six-month leave of absence and then return to IU in a newly created position of Director of the Office of Legislative and Policy Analysis. Read the complete story.

Program Trains Teachers in the Biomedical Sciences -- More than 80 percent of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. depend upon a knowledge base in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). That's why 33 high school teachers from across the country are participating in a biomedical sciences pilot program at IUPUI, June 18-30, 2007. The Project Lead the Way Biomedical Sciences program trains teachers to deliver contextual, problem-based science curriculum that is relevant, and it addresses the need for a quality instructional program to prepare high school students for the rigor of university biomedical sciences training. "Educating young people in STEM disciplines is critical to the state of Indiana," said William F. Bosron, interim dean of the IUPUI School of Science, where teachers will receive more than 80 hours of core laboratory training. Read the complete story.

Study: Social skills programs for children with autism are largely ineffective -- A meta-analysis of 55 published research studies reveals programs designed to teach social skills to children with autism are failing to meet their goals. The study, conducted at Indiana University, found that outcomes for social skills training were poor overall, but programs held in normal classroom settings were more likely to result in positive changes than programs held in other environments. Read the complete story.

This week on Sound Medicine: Ninety-Day Guarantee Heart Surgery; Arm Health in Little League Baseball Pitchers; College Sports Injuries; An End to Menstrual Periods; and Medical ID Chip -- This weekend (June 23 and 24), Sound Medicine discovers a new program offering a ninety-day warranty on heart surgeries. Administrators at Geisinger Health System in central Pennsylvania developed ProvenCare, a program in which a patient pays a flat rate for surgery plus ninety days of follow-up treatment. Alfred Casale, M.D., director of cardiothoracic surgery at Geisinger Health System, talks about this new approach and the benefits for patients and their surgeons. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Saturday, June 23:

Women's Track and Field: The Indiana track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2007 AT&T USA Track and Field Championships at IUPUI's Carroll Stadium in Indianapolis, on Saturday, June 23. Senior Lorian Price, who competed unattached, recorded a mark of 6.08 meters (19-11.50) in the long jump to finish 16th overall. Former Hoosier and Olympian Rose Richmond placed third with a mark of 6.67 meters (21-10.75). Aarik Wilson, another former Hoosier and two-time NCAA National Champion finished sixth in the long jump on Friday, June 22, with a mark of 8.11 meters (26-07.25).

Schedule for Monday-Tuesday, June 25-26: No varsity teams in action.


IU in the news

Hep's final walk; Celebration of Life remembers coach, urges players to 'play 13'
Indiana Daily Student, June 25 -- For IU football coach Terry Hoeppner, the time to shine was on Saturdays. So when planning his Celebration of Life, there was only one day his wife Jane said it should happen. It needed to be a Saturday. "It's game day," Jane Hoeppner told friends, family and IU fans who had come to Assembly Hall Saturday to remember her husband, who died Tuesday due to complications from a brain tumor. Read the complete story.

Museum shows diversity, unity of cultures
Fort Wayne Daily News, June 24 -- The Mathers Museum of World Cultures is Indiana University's museum of anthropology and thought to be the only such specialized anthropology museum in Indiana. Its goals are to show the diversity of world cultures and, at the same time, illustrate the underlying unity of cultures as well as depicting universal life stages from birth to the after-life. Read the complete story.

Kids on front line in weight battle; Program tackles summer inactivity -- seen as a major factor in childhood obesity.
Sacramento Bee, June 25 -- A nationwide study found that kindergartners' and first-graders' body mass index -- a measure of body fat -- rose faster during summer months than during the school year. Sociologists at Ohio State University and Indiana University attributed the increases to the lack of a daily routine in the summer. Lead statistician Paul von Hippel said the findings -- published in the April issue of American Journal of Public Health -- take some of the heat off public schools. Read the complete story.

IU's CFO to Resign
Inside Indiana Business, June 22 -- Indiana University Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Judy Palmer is resigning her position, effective July 31. Palmer will take a six month leave of absence and then will return to IU in the newly created position of director of the Office of Legislative and Policy Analysis, which is being created by President Elect Michael A. McRobbie. Read the complete story.


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