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Front Page News at Indiana University

May 6, 2008


Indiana University and Purdue University team up to help rural high school students
Indiana University honors five students with senior awards
65-million-year-old asteroid impact triggered a global hail of carbon beads
IU Simon Cancer Center Dermatologist Offers Skin Cancer Protection Tips
IU trustees take action on seven major building projects
Budget increases reflect IU president's goals
Trustees set room, board rates for IU Bloomington
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Indiana University and Purdue University team up to help rural high school students -- Hoosier high school students living in rural areas will have increased access to college credit courses this fall because of the collaborative efforts of Indiana University and Purdue University. The two universities are working together to offer a pilot program that will include six online courses beginning fall semester, three from Purdue and three from IU. Purdue will offer courses in agronomy, computer science and sociology. IU-administered courses will include geological science, history and criminal justice. Read the complete story.

Indiana University honors five students with senior award -- Five Indiana University students were honored for academic excellence and outstanding leadership at this year's annual Spring Recognition Banquet held at the Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center on the IU Bloomington campus. This year's Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Awards were presented to Alex Shortle, Janet Hamilton, Emily Prifogle, Kristen King and Michael Deranek. Read the complete story.

65-million-year-old asteroid impact triggered a global hail of carbon beads -- The asteroid presumed to have wiped out the dinosaurs struck the Earth with such force that carbon deep in the Earth's crust liquefied, rocketed skyward, and formed tiny airborne beads that blanketed the planet, say scientists from the U.S., U.K., Italy, and New Zealand in this month's Geology. Read the complete story.

IU Simon Cancer Center Dermatologist Offers Skin Cancer Protection Tips -- With the days growing longer and the temperatures rising, Hoosiers will spend more time outdoors this spring and summer. And May, which is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month -- is a good time to refresh memories about protection from the sun. Lawrence A. Mark, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of dermatology at the Indiana University School of Medicine and a researcher with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, said, "You can't see the sun's harmful rays, you can't feel them, but they can harm you." Read the complete story.

IU trustees take action on seven major building projects -- The Indiana University Board of Trustees May 2 approved six major construction projects for the Bloomington campus and OK'd a site plan for a seventh. The combined actions brings the total number of projects planned or under way at the campus to 13, with a combined value of $340 million. IU President Michael A. McRobbie told trustees the campus has not seen this much construction under way at one time for at least a half century. Read the complete story.

Budget increases reflect IU president's goals -- The $2.6 billion budget approved May 2 by Indiana University trustees includes a 7.2 percent increase in spending to support several of President Michael A. McRobbie's initiatives. The budget estimates that IU will receive $115 million in increased general fund revenues during the 2008-09 academic year, of which $45 million will go for salary increases, $25 million will cover increased benefit costs, and $15 million for increases in financial aid grants to students. Read the complete story.

Trustees set room, board rates for IU Bloomington -- ndiana University Trustees May 2 approved a 6.92 percent increase for most room and board packages in IU Bloomington residence halls for 2008-09. The increase covers the Enhanced Amenities (air-conditioned, two-bed room) and Meal Plan C rate, which is the most prevalent room and board rate in the campus housing system. The rate will go from $6,676 this year to $7,138 in the fall. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Saturday, May 3:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit to trim the Purdue lead to 6-5, but the Boilermakers pulled away with five runs in the final two innings to take an 11-7 win in the opener of the four-game series between the two teams. Read the game notes.
Softball: The Indiana softball team suffered a 2-1 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers on Senior Day at the IU Softball Field on Saturday. Read the game notes.
Women's Rowing: The Indiana women's rowing team finished seventh at the Big Ten Championships on Saturday at Lake Belleville in Belleville, Mich. The Michigan State Spartans were crowned conference champions with 150 points, 36 points ahead of Wisconsin in second place. The Hoosiers had three sixth place finishes on the day, led by a strong performance by the Second Varsity Eight. Read the tournament notes.
Women's Track: Sophomores Molly Beckwith and Vera Neuenswander led the Indiana track and field team with event wins at the Jesse Owens Track Classic, hosted by Ohio State at Jesse Owens Stadium in Columbus on Saturday, May 3. Read the tournament notes.
Men's Track: The Indiana track and field teams closed a successful weekend at the Jesse Owens Track Classic. IU won the 4x100-meter relay race with a time of 40.54. Read the tournament notes.

Results from Sunday, May 4:
Baseball: The Hoosiers swept a doubleheader against the Purdue Boilermakers on Sunday in Bloomington. Read the first game's notes. Read the second game's notes.
Softball: The Indiana softall team saw its season come to an end on Sunday in West Lafayette, Ind., with an 8-3 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers at the Varsity Softball Complex. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Monday, May 5:
Baseball: Purdue, 1 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.

Schedule for Tuesday, May 6:
Baseball: Louisville, 3 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.


IU in the news

IU Honors Sirleaf
Indiana Daily Student, May 5 -- IU has been applauded for honoring Africa's first elected female head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the recent commencement ceremonies. She received IU's honorary Doctor of Laws degree for promoting peace, justice and democracy. IU President Michael McRobbie aptly pointed out that IU has had a very long history of fostering Liberian scholarship and educating Liberian citizens for decades, which contributed to enduring democratic and free societal norms that President Sirleaf pledged to uphold. Full story.

Web social networks friendly to identity thieves
Los Angeles Times, May 5 -- Social networking sites, which let users create detailed profile pages and connect with friends, are becoming the hot new thing for identity thieves, both amateur and professional. As improved spam filters and skeptical consumers make bogus e-mail less successful, scam artists are taking advantage of the atmosphere of trust that exists within these online circles of friends. For scammers, knowing the names of a target's friends can be a powerful tool. Last year researchers at Indiana University used simple tools to crawl through major networking sites and record the connections among Indiana students they found. They then sent e-mails that appeared to come from a friend also enrolled at the school. Full story.

Turning the tassel
Indiana Daily Student, May 5 -- They came into Assembly Hall on Saturday sporting sunglasses, chomping gum, chatting on cell phones and wearing caps that read "Hi Mom" and "Let Me Stay." Cameras flashed and the crowd cheered as students filled seats -- IU's 179th Commencement ceremony had begun. Commencement was split up into two sessions, one at 10 a.m. and one at 3 p.m. Special guests included IU's 14th president, John Ryan, Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz. Full story.

IUS graduates 40th class; 1,018 get degrees in New Albany
Courier-Journal, May 6 -- Before the degrees were handed out, the graduates listened to remarks by IUS chancellor Sandra Patterson-Randles and IU President Michael McRobbie. Patterson-Randles praised the graduates for their persistence and hard work, noting that 86 percent had full- or part-time jobs while earning their degrees. McRobbie said the degrees would allow members of the class to pursue "lives of deeper meaning and purpose." Full story.


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