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Front Page News at Indiana University

December 17, 2007


Software grant could speed medicinal regeneration technologies
Where vets served affects frequency of ER visits but not hospital stays
The Bolsheviks and the birth of the Soviet system
IUPUI to launch $2.1 million annual need-based student aid initiative
Collection of rare harps finds its home at the IU Jacobs School of Music
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Software grant could speed medicinal regeneration technologies -- Regenerative medicine -- as in re-growing human limbs -- sounds like the basis for a Hollywood action movie. But a research group at Indiana University Bloomington led by biophysicist James Glazier will soon provide the scientific community with a new tool to help bring futuristic medical technologies to real-world laboratories. Read the complete story.

Where vets served affects frequency of ER visits but not hospital stays -- Five years post-conflict, individuals who served in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War were 25 percent more likely to visit an emergency department than veterans of the same era who were not deployed, but were no more likely to have a hospital stay or an outpatient visit, according to a study appearing in the December 2007 issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Read the complete story.

The Bolsheviks and the birth of the Soviet system -- In The Bolsheviks in Power: The First Year of Soviet Rule in Petrograd, IU Professor Emeritus of History Alexander Rabinowitch shows how the hardening of authoritarian rule in Russia in 1917-18 resulted from struggles to defend the October 1917 Revolution against continual crises, not primarily from hard-line ideology. Read the complete story.

IUPUI to launch $2.1 million annual need-based student aid initiative -- Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will help pay college expenses for every eligible incoming freshman who has received a state 21st Century Scholar award or a federal Pell grant, beginning in the fall of 2008, IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz announced. Read the complete story.

Collection of rare harps finds its home at the IU Jacobs School of Music -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, well known for its harp department, is now home to a collection of six harps, all dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Among these classic instruments is one that Marie Antoinette, queen of France, played during the 18th century. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Saturday, Dec. 15:
Men's Basketball: Freshman Eric Gordon made his first five 3-pointers, finished with 26 points and fell four points short of breaking yet another Hoosiers freshman record while leading No. 13 Indiana to a 100-52 rout of Western Carolina. Read the game notes.

Results from Sunday, Dec. 16:
Women's Basketball: The Indiana women's basketball team erased an 11-point deficit in the second half to knock off Bowling Green, 75-67, on Sunday, Dec. 16 in Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Thursday, Dec. 20:
Women's Basketball: Cincinnati, 7 p.m., Cincinnati, Ohio

Schedule for Saturday, Dec. 22:
Men's Basketball: Coppin State, 12 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Bastetball: West Virginia, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

Captain Kidd's Ship Found Off Dominican Island
National Geographic, Dec. 14 -- The shattered remnants of a ship abandoned more than 300 years ago by the storied Captain Kidd have been discovered off a tiny island in the Dominican Republic, a U.S. underwater archaeology team announced Thursday. "When I first looked down and saw it, I couldn't believe everybody missed it for 300 years," said Charles Beeker, a scuba-diving archaeologist who teaches at Indiana University. "I've been on thousands of wrecks and this is one of the first where it's been untouched by looters." Read the full story.

On Facebook, Scholars Link Up With Data
New York Times, Dec. 17 -- Eliot R. Smith, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University, and a colleague received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study how people meet and learn more about potential romantic partners. "Facebook was attractive to us because it has both those kinds of information," Professor Smith said. Read the full story.

IU deserves praise for minority grant plan
Post-Tribune, Dec. 17 -- Even with a partial scholarship, many students from low-income families still are unable to attend a public university in Indiana. Parents know it and students know it. That financial restriction often can discourage a student from acquiring the grades to be eligible for college. Two programs recently announced by Indiana University in Bloomington make it a virtual guarantee that any student from a low-income family who meets admission requirements will be able to attend IU Bloomington with minimal or no cost to the student. Read the full story.

Medical Lab Tests Could Confuse Computer Systems With Several Names For Same Test
ScienceDaily, Dec. 14 -- I may say soda and you may say pop, but what if the hospital lab you go to today says BMP and the one you visit next week calls the same test SMA7? Your physician knows that these are the same tests, but the computer systems they use don't automatically know. A study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute, the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, looked at hospital laboratories from five hospital systems in the Indiana Network for Patient Care and found that even in the same metropolitan area -- Indianapolis and its suburbs -- a variety of names were assigned to the same test. Read the full story.


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