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Front Page News at Indiana University

April 22, 2008


Next-generation wireless coming to Indiana University campuses this fall
Getting down to business
IU Latino Studies graduates its first cohort of students
Senior Salute for Indiana University's Class of 2008 is on Thursday
Active aftershocks
IU student wins national video contest
School of Law-Indianapolis' LARC Program Ranked One of the Best
Government of Quebec honors IU scholar of French language usage in North America
Indiana University Writers' Conference is now accepting applications
IUPUI Motorsports Team Wins Purdue Grand Prix
IU Chancellor's professors and Sonneborn award recipients announced
Study details cultural and economic impact of IU Jacobs School of Music
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Next-generation wireless coming to Indiana University campuses this fall -- Indiana University students, faculty and staff on the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses who wirelessly connect their laptops and handheld devices to the Internet will find greater coverage and ease of use once IU's new next-generation wireless hardware is installed. Users of handheld devices, such as iPhones, will be able to move seamlessly among wireless access points without losing their connection, just as cell phone users can travel between cellular towers without losing calls. Read the complete story.

Getting down to business -- There's nothing like some cash to drive home the real-world applications of a classroom assignment. Undergraduates in Carol Kennedy-Armbruster's fitness management class in Indiana University Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation will vie for $500 on Thursday (April 24) when they pitch their ideas for reinventing outdated fitness equipment, such as free weights, rowers and step mills. Read the complete story.

IU Latino Studies graduates its first cohort of students -- The first cohort of undergraduate students enrolled in the Latino Studies minor at Indiana University Bloomington are set to graduate on May 3. Four students in the program are scheduled to graduate next month with three additional students planning to graduate later in the year. The program's 15-credit hour minor was launched in fall 2006, and it now has 22 students with a declared minor. Read the complete story.

Senior Salute for Indiana University's Class of 2008 is on Thursday -- Indiana University's class of 2008 is invited to the annual Senior Salute from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, (April 24), in the tent behind the DeVault Alumni Center at 1000 E. 17th St., across from Assembly Hall. Senior Salute is the largest graduation party on campus. Hosted by the IU Student Alumni Association and the IU Alumni Association, the party congratulates the senior class and introduces them to multiple ways to stay connected to IU long after graduation. All students graduating in 2008 are invited. Read the complete story.

Active aftershocks -- In the wake of the earthquake that shook the Midwest early last Friday, there have been a series of aftershocks associated with the event. Much can be learned about the processes of seismically active zones in the Midwest by studying these aftershocks. Indiana University Professor of Geological Studies Michael Hamburger answers some commonly asked questions regarding the aftershocks, how they are being studied, what can be learned from them, and the area and event from which they originate. Read the complete story.

IU student wins national video contest -- Indiana University School of Journalism graduate student Tian Ming has won a national student video contest for his entry describing his experiences with U.S. higher education as a Chinese national. Ming's video tells the story of a Chinese student who starts a makeshift barber shop in his room -- the haircuts are free and students socialize as the barber works. Read the complete story.

School of Law-Indianapolis' LARC Program Ranked One of the Best -- IU School of Law-Indianapolis' legal writing program, known as Legal Analysis, Research and Communications (LARC), was ranked 11th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2008. Ruth Anne Robbins, clinical professor of law at Rutgers School of Law-Camden and incoming president of the Legal Writing Institute, praised the program, calling it "one of the best" and a "model of excellence." Read the complete story.

Government of Quebec honors IU scholar of French language usage in North America -- -- Albert Valdman, Rudy Professor emeritus of French, Italian and linguistics, has been honored by the government of Quebec Province in Canada for his work to foster better understanding of the use of the French language in North America. Valdman, a specialist in linguistics and the study of French outside of France, was received into the Ordre des francophones d'Amérique. Read the complete story.

Indiana University Writers' Conference is now accepting applications -- The Indiana University Writers' Conference (IUWC), now in its 68th year, will welcome eight nationally known writers to the IU Bloomington campus from June 8-13 for a week-long event of classes, workshops and readings. The IUWC is pleased to welcome an exceptional lineup of authors. Donald Antrim and Karen Joy Fowler will teach workshops in fiction. Poetry workshops will be taught by National Book Award winner Jean Valentine and Reginald Shepherd, a finalist for the 2004 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, winner of the 1993 AWP's poetry award. Read the complete story.

IUPUI Motorsports Team Wins Purdue Grand Prix -- The two IUPUI Motorsports Club entries stunned the 31West Lafayette campus entries in the 51st running of the Purdue Grand Prix on April 19, 2008. Jon Laski, an IUPUI Mechanical Engineering Technology major, led much of the race on his way to winning the race in the No. 25 IUPUI kart. Laski, who started in eighth position, assumed the lead a few laps after the start and then traded the top spot with the pole-sitting Hillenbrand Hall kart for much of the race. When the Hillenbrand kart was black-flagged as a result of a rollcage that had come loose late in the race, Laski assumed a dominant lead in the event. He maintained a steady pace, giving IUPUI its first ever win in the Purdue Grand Prix. Read the complete story.

IU Chancellor's professors and Sonneborn award recipients announced -- Indiana University's Meredith West, graduate adviser, ombudsman and professor of psychological and brain sciences, and Eliot R. Smith, professor of psychology and cognitive science in the College of Arts and Sciences, along with John Mikesell, director of the Master of Public Affairs Program and professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, have been named Chancellor's Professors. Read the complete story.

Study details cultural and economic impact of IU Jacobs School of Music -- The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music helps foster Indiana's economic and cultural well-being. According to a study released April 21, the Jacobs School accounts for $120 million a year in economic activity in Indiana, supporting about 900 jobs and generating $4.7 million in state and local taxes. But the school's impact goes far beyond dollars and cents, says the study, which quantifies the ways in which the Jacobs School and its faculty, students and alumni play an essential role in the vibrancy of the state's cultural life. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, April 18:
Softball: The Indiana softball team jumped back into Big Ten play on Friday with the first of two games at No. 13 Northwestern and the Wildcat bats led them to an 11-0 win. Read the game notes.
Men's and Women's Track: The Hoosiers competed in the Indiana Invitational at Billy Hayes Track on Friday. The meet was the Hoosiers first home meet of the outdoor season. The Hoosiers competed very well recording ten regional qualifications between the men and women. Read the men's notes. Read the women's notes.
Women's Tennis: The Hoosier women's tennis team improved to 19-5 overall and 8-1 in the conference with a 5-2 victory at Penn State. Read the match notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team was topped by Penn State on Friday night, 7-3. Read the game notes.
Women's Water Polo: The Indiana women's water polo team scored a season-high 22 goals in its CWPA Western Division Championships quarterfinal match against Slippery Rock. Read the match notes.

Results from Saturday, April 19:
Men's Tennis: The #41 Indiana University men's tennis team began the final weekend of the regular season with a bang, notching a 5-2 victory over #15 Michigan. Read the match notes.
Softball: The Indiana softball team struggled with Northwestern starting pitcher Lauren Delaney again on Saturday in a 13-0 loss in five innings. Read the game notes.
Baseball: Penn State took both ends of a doubleheader on Saturday from the Indiana baseball team, winning game one 8-1 before taking the second half 3-2 on a walk-off victory. Read the game notes.
Men's Soccer: The Indiana men's soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies Saturday night. Read the match notes.
Women's Water Polo: The Indiana women's water polo team advanced to the finals of the CWPA Western Division Championships with a convincing 16-6 win over Mercyhurst on Saturday afternoon, but lost 11-3 to Michigan in the finals. Read the match notes.
Men's Golf: Getting a preview of next month's NCAA Championships, the No. 18 Indiana men's golf team likes what it sees. After one day at the Boilermaker Invitational, the Hoosiers are tied atop the 14-team leaderboard with a 13-under-par 563 (287-276). Read the day's notes.

Results from Sunday, April 20:
Women's Tennis: The #29 Indiana University women's tennis team finished the regular season slate on Sunday, falling at #23 Michigan, 7-0. The Hoosiers finish the year 19-6 overall and 8-2 in Big Ten competition. Read the match notes.
Softball: The Hoosiers split a doubleheader against the Michigan State Spartans. Read about the first game. Read about the second game.
Men's Tennis: The #41 Indiana University men's tennis team concluded the regular season slate on Sunday, dropping a 5-2 decision to #42 Penn State. Read the match notes.
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team rallied to bring the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but came up just short in an 11-9 loss to Penn State on Sunday. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Tuesday, April 22:
Men's Soccer: Mexican Youth National Team, 7 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Wednesday, April 23:
Baseball: Indiana State, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Softball: Louisville, 4 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Thursday, April 24:
Men's and Women's Track: Drake Relays, Des Moines, Iowa
Men's and Women's Tennis: Big Ten Championships, West Lafayette, Ind.


IU in the news

Sustaining a high note
Indianapolis Star, April 20 -- The L-shaped stretch of limestone and concrete may look like just another cluster of university buildings, and this low-key city tucked in the gentle hills of Southern Indiana may seem an unlikely place to find world-renowned musical talent. But Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music has been attracting high-profile instructors and promising young students from around the world for decades. Now, as it approaches its second century in 2010, the Jacobs School is working to attract new generations of star professors and student prodigies -- and to build them new places to play. The school has raised $104 million since 2000 for new faculty appointments, student scholarships and building projects. Major planned construction includes a $44 million faculty studio building. Full story.

Seven Surefire Ways to Become an ID Theft Victim
Fox Business, April 21 -- Want to be vulnerable to identity theft? When you purchase a new computer, go online naked -- without activating the firewall, or purchasing protective software. Further expose yourself digitally by sharing a wireless connection with the entire neighborhood. Without digital encryption you can share the contents of your hard drive with anyone on the street."If you want to be a victim, don't use virus software on your computer," says Fred Cate, University of Indiana law professor. "That is about the easiest thing that most people can do to make sure that they are going to become a victim." Full story.

Survey: Support for national health insurance grows among physicians, April 21 -- We can stop taking everyone else's word for how U.S. physicians feel about national health insurance. When surveyed, 59 percent say they now support national health insurance, a 10 percent increase in support from five years ago. According to a survey undertaken last year by Indiana University School of Medicine and published in the April 1 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine, support for national health insurance is strongest among psychiatrists (83 percent), pediatric sub-specialists (71 percent), emergency medicine physicians (69 percent), general pediatricians (65 percent), general internists (64 percent) and family physicians (60 percent). Full story.

Liberian president to receive honorary degree at IU; Faculty says visit will strengthen ties with country
Indiana Daily Student, April 21 -- Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf will receive an honorary doctor of law degree at the Bloomington campus' commencement May 3. Sirleaf, who is often referred to as the "Iron Lady" because of her will and determination, will receive the degree for her efforts to promote peace, justice, democracy and the country's close ties with IU. Sirleaf is Africa's first-elected female head of state and Liberia's first-elected female president. Sirleaf came from humble beginnings, as she grew up the daughter of civil servant. She followed her father's footsteps into public service; he was the first indigenous Liberian to serve in the national legislature. Full story.


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