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Front Page News at Indiana University

March 31, 2008


Admissions deadline coming up for IU Bloomington
STAR TRAK for April
"Science kid" inaugural Adam W. Herbert graduate fellow
Paul Biss conducts his final IU concert
Renowned cellist and teacher Hans Jensen to join IU Jacobs School of Music
Two conferences at Indiana University to address issues of race
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Admissions deadline coming up for IU Bloomington -- Indiana University Bloomington admissions officials are reminding high school students who wish to be considered for 2008 fall admission that applications must be completed and in the mail by the April 1 deadline. Read the complete story.

STAR TRAK for April -- The Pleiades star cluster will have a beautiful encounter with the slender moon in the western sky after sunset on April 8. Usually the moon's brightness overpowers nearby stars, but not when it's such a thin crescent. Binoculars will reveal the spectacle as the moon passes just below the famous Seven Sisters. Read the complete story.

"Science kid" inaugural Adam W. Herbert graduate fellow -- Byron Gipson has always been a "science kid," participating in science fairs as a youngster and then conducting research in biochemistry, molecular and marine biology, molecular genetics, and cancer at universities in Mississippi, Nebraska and Indiana. Gipson brings this love of science and a "ferocious curiosity" inherited from his mother back to Indiana University, where he began studying this semester as the first Adam W. Herbert Graduate Fellow. Read the complete story.

Paul Biss conducts his final IU concert -- Completing 29 years on the faculty of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a conductor, teacher and violinist, Professor Paul Biss will conduct his own retirement concert Wednesday, April 2, at 8 p.m. in Auer Hall, with the IU Chamber Orchestra. Read the complete story.

Renowned cellist and teacher Hans Jensen to join IU Jacobs School of Music -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (March 31) that Danish cellist Hans Jørgen Jensen will join its faculty ranks in the fall of 2008. A prominent figure in the international string community, Jensen has performed as soloist with major symphony orchestras around the world. Read the complete story.

Two conferences at Indiana University to address issues of race -- Two international conferences taking place in April at Indiana University will apply scholarly and scientific analysis to questions of race in the U.S. and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere. "Blackness in Latin America and the Caribbean" will take place April 4-5, and "Rethinking Race in the Americas: Anthropology, Politics and Policy" will be April 17-18. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, March 28:
Women's Tennis: Indiana stretched their current winning streak to eight matches on Friday, topping Michigan State, 6-1. The Hoosiers remain atop the Big Ten Standings with a 4-0 mark in conference play. Read the match notes.
Softball: The Indiana softball team opened Big Ten play on Friday at home against No. 6 Michigan Wolverines and trailed by one run after four innings. But the Wolverine bats got hot in the last three innings and pulled away for a 10-2 win at the IU Softball Field. Read the game notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team saw its winning streak snapped at five games as Minnesota dealt the Hoosiers a 10-2 defeat on Friday at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Read the game notes.
Men's Soccer: Indiana opened the spring slate of exhibition games on Friday, March 28, with a win over University of Illinois-Chicago. The Hoosiers won by a score of 3-0. Read the match notes.

Results from Saturday, March 29:
Men's Tennis: The #44 Indiana University men's tennis team improved to 12-4 overall and 2-1 in Big Ten play with a 4-3 win at #70 Michigan State on Saturday. Read the match notes.
Softball: The sixth-ranked University of Michigan Wolverines used the long ball on their way to an 8-0 win over the Indiana Hoosiers at the IU Softball Field Saturday afternoon in six innings. Read the game notes.
Baseball: Behind an excellent relief performance from Jason Ferrell, the Indiana baseball team rallied for an 8-3 victory in game two of a doubleheader with Minnesota to earn a split with the Gophers on Saturday. Read the game notes.
Men's Swimming: Indiana's 400-yard freestyle relay team set a new school record with a time of 2:55.25 to close out the 2008 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Rowing: Just as they had the Saturday prior, the Indiana women's rowing team had to battle Mother Nature as well as the other schools on the water of Lake Lemon. This time the Hoosiers were able to come away with victories in the two Varsity Eight boats before conditions force the rest of the regatta to be cancelled. Read the event notes.
Women's Golf: Led by solid scores from top to bottom in the lineup, the Indiana University women's golf team is currently tied for first heading into the final round of the Mountain View Collegiate at the Saddlebrook Golf Club in Tucson, Ariz. Read the day's notes.
Men's Golf: The Indiana men's golf team stands in fourth place after the first two rounds of the 2008 adidas Hoosier Invitational with a total score of 590 (306-284) at the IU Championship Golf Course. Read day one's notes.
Women's Water Polo: On senior night at the Councilman Billingsley Aquatic Center the Indiana women's water polo team erupted to tie its season-high in goals scored in a 16-7 drubbing of the Wagner Seahawks as part of the Fluid Five tournament hosted by Indiana. Read the match notes.

Results from Sunday, March 30:
Softball: The Penn State Nittany Lions scored six first inning runs off Indiana starting pitcher Sara Olson and it proved to be enough on their way to a 6-1 win in the second game of a Big Ten doubleheader. Read the game notes.
Women's Tennis: Indiana's eight-match winning streak came to an end on Sunday when the Hoosiers fell in a non-conference contest at Notre Dame. Read the match notes.
Women's Water Polo: The Indiana women's water polo team brought the Fluid Five tournament at the Councilman Billingsley Aquatic Center to a close on Sunday against No. 19 Santa Clara. The Broncos took an early 3-1 lead and were able to keep the 17th ranked Hoosiers at bay the remainder of the game to escape with a 6-4 win. Read the match notes.
Baseball: Behind a five-run ninth inning the Indiana baseball team took an 8-7 nailbiter from Minnesota to earn a series split with the host Golden Gophers. Read the game notes.
Men's and Women's Track: Indiana wrapped up competition at the Alabama Relays on Sunday. Over four days of competition, the men's and women's teams combined to win ten events and qualify seven athletes for NCAA regional competition. Read the tournament notes.
Men's Golf: After a little over an hour of play, the weather did not cooperate and the final round of the adidas Hoosier Invitational was canceled Sunday morning at the IU Championship Golf Course. The scores reverted back to the first 36 holes, and the 17th-ranked Indiana men's golf team finished fourth in the 17-team field. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Golf: Led by individual medalist Lauren Harling and a 4-under round of 68 from Anita Gahir, the Indiana women's golf team carded a 291 in the final round to finish first at the Mountain View Collegiate, giving the Hoosiers their first team tournament victory since the Badger Invitational in 2006. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Monday, March 31: No varsity teams in action.

Schedule for Tuesday, April 1:
Softball: Kentucky, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Lexington, Ky.
Men's Soccer: Louisville, 7:30 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

Building on research; Wells Center's head blends science, business
Indianapolis Star, March 29 -- Dr. Mervin Yoder could some day be crowded out of his small office at the Indiana University School of Medicine just from the paperwork. Research documents are piled high on his desk. While apologizing for the clutter, Yoder plans to use his new position as director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research at the medical school and Riley Hospital for Children to produce reams more research and turn it into ideas for new medical businesses and treatments. Yoder -- a professor of pediatrics at IU and co-founder of an Indianapolis-based adult stem cell startup EndGenitor -- wants to increase the number of research investigators at the center from 34 today to 70 over the next decade. And he wants those scientists to think more like entrepreneurs when it comes to advancing their research. He said he also hopes to work with the Riley Children's Foundation to create a new endowment worth about $100 million to help support operations at the Wells Center. Read the full story.

Indiana gears up for tomorrow's sales-tax hike; Some business owners worried
Courier-Journal, March 31 -- Indiana shoppers will start paying higher sales tax tomorrow on purchases ranging from furniture and jewelry to hotel rooms and new cars. For many small purchases, the 1 percentage-point increase to 7 percent will add just a few pennies to the bill. Sales tax on a gallon of regular gas, for example, will be an additional 3 cents. Even a luxury hotel room at the Caesars Indiana riverboat casino would cost just $1.29 more a night in state sales tax. But for big-ticket items, the higher tax could make a significant difference for shoppers and retailers."You will see a blip on the Kentucky side, no question about it, and some reduction on the Indiana side," John Mikesell, a professor who studies taxes at Indiana University, said of overall spending between the two states. Read the full story.

Universities build open-source enterprise applications
InfoWorld, March 27 -- A group of U.S. universities is blazing a new path in open source software. The members are building a set of enterprise applications -- the big, important, mission-critical ones that have long been the exclusive domain of software companies like Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft. "The critical reason we're all doing this is the idea of controlling our own destiny," says John "Barry" Walsh, director of university information systems at Indiana University. "We're acutely aware that we're a quirky market," Walsh says. "We don't even want to pay wholesale [prices]. And when we buy your product, we're going to badger you to change every little thing." Read the full story.

Thriving in a downturn
Indianapolis Star, March 30 -- Unlike some business owners who resort to laying off workers as the economy is slowing down, Tim O'Connor is thinking about hiring.His business, Blue Line Security, is getting plenty of calls these days from customers that want guards to patrol their retail stores, apartment complexes and factories. It's easy to find whole sectors in Indiana that have taken big lumps. Think of manufacturing, retail, housing, technology and financial services. But some sectors are hiring. In good times or bad, some businesses keep plugging along, providing the things people need and can't scrimp on. Think health care, education, utilities, food, energy and security. These businesses seem to be nearly recession-proof, some experts say. "With all the new hospital construction that's going on, the new beds that are opening, the moving from semiprivate to private rooms, the expanding health-care facilities everywhere -- there's just a consistent demand for nurses," said Marion E. Broome, dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing. Read the full story.


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