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December 5, 2007


Professor's book marking 60th anniversary of India's democracy gets national attention there
Three Jacobs School alumni make Carnegie Hall debut
Jacobs School appoints Townsend Plant director of admissions and financial aid
It's not just a kid thing: Fluoridated tap water benefits older adults even more
Majority of U.S. households give an average of $2045
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Professor's book marking 60th anniversary of India's democracy gets national attention there -- A new book co-edited by an Indiana University professor marks the 60th anniversary of India's independence and subsequent transition to democracy and will receive major recognition when released there next week. The new book, The State of India's Democracy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), will be released in New Delhi next Tuesday (Dec. 11) in a ceremony at the official residence of Mohammed Hamid Ansari, vice president of India. Read the full story.

Three Jacobs School alumni make Carnegie Hall debut -- When the New York Youth Symphony opens its 45th anniversary season at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 9 at 2 p.m., it will unintentionally host a Hoosier theme. Three of the major contributors to the performance -- the conductor, Ryan McAdams; solo violinist, William Harvey; and composer, Clint Needham -- are Indiana University graduates making their Carnegie Hall debuts. Read the full story.

Jacobs School appoints Townsend Plant director of admissions and financial aid -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music welcomes Townsend Plant as its new director of admissions and financial aid, beginning June 1, 2008. An accomplished classical guitarist, Plant has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician. He is a founding member of the Classical Guitar Society of Upstate New York and founding director of the D'Addario classical Guitar Competition at Ithaca College. Read the full story.

It's not just a kid thing: Fluoridated tap water benefits older adults even more -- The benefits of fluoridation in preventing tooth decay have been known for more than half a century and today approximately two-thirds of Americans have access to fluoridated public water. Researchers with the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, report in a study published in the Fall issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry that older adults benefit even more significantly from fluoridation than children. Read the full story.

Majority of U.S. households give an average of $2045-- About six in 10 U.S. households contribute to charity routinely, according new findings from the Center on Philanthropy Panel Study (COPPS) released today by the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. The ongoing survey asked the same 8,000 families about their total charitable gifts made in 2000, 2002 and 2004. While the total percentage of households that gave was similar in all three years (67 to 69 percent), it was not always the same households. The study found that a fairly large proportion of all U.S. households -- nearly one third -- shift between donating and not donating. Read the full story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Monday, Dec. 3:
Men's Basketball: D.J. White scored a career-high 29 points Monday night and No. 15 Indiana rolled to an 84-72 victory over Tennessee State. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Wednesday, Dec. 5:
Women's Basketball: Dayton, 5:15 p.m., Dayton, Ohio


IU in the news

Day named after celebrated Jacobs professor; Dec. 5, 2007 honors work of Menahem Pressler
Indiana Daily Student, Dec. 5 -- When Menahem Pressler bowed his first notes on a violin as a child in Germany, he had no idea that nearly 80 years later he would be awarded with his own day in Bloomington. He's now a distinguished professor of piano at the IU Jacobs School of Music and Bloomington will honor Pressler by declaring Dec. 5, 2007 Menahem Pressler Day at 7:30 p.m. today at City Hall. Read the full story.

When friends are not near, and questionably dear; Experts say social networking Web sites alter the meaning of friendship for good and for bad
Indianapolis Star, Dec. 2 -- Welcome to the 21st century definition of friendship, where digital connections are replacing the in-the-flesh kind. It's a world where people use social networking sites such as MySpace (110 million users) and Facebook (50 million) to proclaim who they are through postings, photographs and music -- and find like-minded people to share their lives. "You can now be someone's friend even if you've never met the person. You don't even know what they look like," said Stanley Wasserman, an Indiana University professor who's been researching networks for 30 years. Read the full story.

$400,000 grant awarded to Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Indiana Daily Student, Dec. 5 -- Sixty years after its establishment in 1947, the IU Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures recently received an honor in the form of a two-year, $400,000 federal grant given by the U.S. Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. Read the full story.

Serial killers may have more victims than thought
Reuters UK, Dec. 4 -- Serial killers may be responsible for up to 10 times more U.S. deaths than previously estimated because investigators overlook marginalized victims like prostitutes and nursing home residents, a study found. Criminologist Kenna Quinet, associate professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said investigators not only undercount victims who are never reported missing, such as street kids, but also overlook murders committed in hospitals or nursing homes where deaths are expected. Read the full story.


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