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Front Page News at Indiana University

May 9, 2008


IUPUI student lands residency with Pixar Animation Studios
Indiana University, Bloomington community to take part in International Day for Sharing Life Stories
Online polls now open for IU Trustee election
Indiana University and Ivy Tech announce agreement on associate degrees
Trip To Brazil Opens Eyes of BSW Student to Future Possibilities
Maternal care issues for minority women focus of IU talk
Professor emeritus, former School of Education dean to speak in China
A new course allows IU students to debate immigration issues in Spain this summer
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


IUPUI student lands residency with Pixar Animation Studios -- Following the telephone call confirming his selection as an animator for Pixar Animation Studios, Frank Tai confessed that he couldn't sleep later that night. The 26-year-old graduate student says he was just too excited about joining one of the animation industry's leading production studios. "I couldn't believe it at first," said Tai, who will graduate in May with a master's degree in media arts and science from the IU School of Informatics at IUPUI. "To know that a company like Pixar has such confidence in my talent as an animator is just overwhelming." Read the complete story.

Indiana University, Bloomington community to take part in International Day for Sharing Life Stories -- Residents of the Bloomington area will have multiple opportunities to share and savor stories next week in connection with the International Day for Sharing Life Stories, a worldwide celebration scheduled for May 16. Local activities include weeklong exhibits and displays on themes related to community, memory and story circles, roundtables and exercises designed to facilitate the sharing of memories and the telling of stories. Read the complete story.

Online polls now open for IU Trustee election -- Online ballots to elect an alumni representive to the 2008 Indiana University Board of Trustees are now available at This is the first year that alumni may cast a vote online. Read the complete story.

Indiana University and Ivy Tech announce agreement on associate degrees -- ndiana University and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana announced today that they have entered into a statewide agreement on programs and degree options that will eliminate duplication and better meet the higher education needs of Hoosiers. The agreement designates Ivy Tech as the primary provider of two-year associate degrees in Indiana, while IU will focus on baccalaureate and graduate education, and will eliminate existing associate degree programs that overlap with Ivy Tech's offerings. It will accelerate the transformation of Indiana University regional campuses and foster cooperation between every IU campus and its Ivy Tech counterpart. Read the complete story.

Trip To Brazil Opens Eyes of BSW Student to Future Possibilities -- On a recent trip to Brazil led by Labor Studies Assistant Professor Bill Mello, Katina West became a firm believer in a tonic that could improve the world. It's called hope. West, an undergraduate in the Indiana University School of Social Work program, is used to seeing lots of people who seem hopeless about participating in decisions that affect their lives. "They feel what's the use," West said. So, when she saw a flier about Mello's trip to Brazil to see first-hand how labor unions have joined with other groups to create grass-roots programs to give people a voice in their communities, West decided to go along. Read the complete story.

Maternal care issues for minority women focus of IU talk -- Maternal care issues for minority women will be the focus of a panel discussion in Bloomington on Tuesday (May 13) involving the Boston Women's Health Book Collective (BWHBC), which will present its new publication, Our Bodies, Ourselves: Pregnancy and Birth. Presented by Indiana University Bloomington's School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, in conjunction with BWHBC and Bloomington Area Birth Services, the event will include a panel discussion involving BWHBC executive director and founder Judy Norsigian. Read the complete story.

Professor emeritus, former School of Education dean to speak in China -- University Dean Emeritus of the IU School of Education Donald Warren will speak at four Chinese universities during a two-week trip that will take him and his wife Beverly across the country. Appearing at the invitation of Chinese educators, Warren will discuss American higher education at Peking University and Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics (BUAA) in Beijing, as well as at Yunnan Nationalities University in Kunming, and Nanchang Hangkong University in Jiangxi Province. Read the complete story.

A new course allows IU students to debate immigration issues in Spain this summer -- A group of 13 Indiana University Bloomington undergraduate students will be leaving May 17 for Spain, where they will study Spanish history, culture and language, and compare the country's immigration issues to those in the United States. John Nieto-Phillips, associate professor of history, will co-direct the program at the Centro de Estudios Superiores (CES) Felipe II in Aranjuez, Spain. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Monday, May 5:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team dropped Purdue 13-1 to take three games out of the four-game set between the two teams. Read the game notes.

Results from Tuesday, May 6:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team hit three home runs for the second time in three games, but the Louisville bullpen came on strong to thwart the Hoosiers in leading the Cardinals to a 13-6, come-from-behind win. Read the game notes.

Results from Thursday, May 8:
Women's Golf: The Indiana University women's golf team opened postseason play Thursday by carding a 309 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional being contested at the UGA Golf Ccourse in Athens, Ga. The Hoosiers are tied with Charleston Southern for 14th at 21, trailing team leader Duke by 24 strokes. Read the first round notes.

Schedule for Friday, May 9:
Women's Tennis: Louisville, 11 a.m., Evanston, Ill.
Baseball: Northwestern, 3 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Men's and Women's Track: Billy Hayes Invitational, Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Golf: NCAA East Regional, Athens, Ga.

Schedule for Saturday, May 10:
Baseball: Northwestern, 1 and 4 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Men's Tennis: Vanderbilt, 3 p.m., Oxford, Miss.
Women's Golf: NCAA East Regional, Athens, Ga.

Schedule for Sunday, May 11:
Baseball: Northwestern, 1 p.m., Evanston, Ill.


IU in the news

Electronic Pillbox Helps Seniors Stick to Drug Regimens
U.S. News & Weekly Report, May 7 -- Older adults following a medication regimen are less likely to miss doses when reminded by an electronic pillbox that both beeps at the appointed drug-taking time and announces the number of pills to take and how to take them, new research reveals. The researchers found that electronic pillboxes boosted drug adherence. With the boxes, patients prescribed more than a single dose per day of any particular drug took one pill more per day on average, the authors found. As well, the number of days when patients accidentally skipped their drug regimen altogether dropped to just 6 percent when using an electronic pillbox -- from 12 percent without the box. Dr. David Flockhart, director of the division of clinical pharmacology at Indiana University's School of Medicine in Indianapolis, said the notion of an electronic pillbox draws critical attention to a major public health concern. "Compliance with medications is a huge problem in general, and in particular among the elderly," he observed. "And it is even more problematic among those who take a lot of medication, which is a lot of people, given that the majority of seniors who take medications take more than five prescriptions a day. So the value of something like this is potentially very large." Full story.

IUK sets graduation record
Kokomo Tribune, May 6 -- Indiana University Kokomo's first graduating class was made up of 20 students who earned their associate degrees in nursing, in 1969. Tuesday, IU Kokomo awarded its last associate degrees in nursing, to 109 students. The university also had its largest class of students earning bachelor's degrees in nursing, with 81 awarded. It also awarded its first bachelor's degrees in early childhood education and medical imaging, and its first master's degrees in public management. Full story.

U.S. Disaster Relief Efforts Hampered
Washington Post, May 8 -- Americans are responding to the devastation wrought by the cyclone in Burma last week with an outpouring of support to U.S. charities and disaster relief groups, but geopolitics are complicating their efforts. Aid workers and supplies from some U.S. nonprofit groups are not being allowed into the country, and some of those charities said yesterday that they are refusing to funnel aid through the Burmese government. Instead of directing philanthropic dollars through the ruling junta government, some charities said, they are directly assisting relief agencies on the ground in Burma. Because the government in Burma is trying to control the charitable response, some Americans could be turned off from donating as they have after other natural catastrophes, said Patrick M. Rooney, director of research at the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University. "I think they will be hesitant to give money that's going directly to the junta just because of concerns about how that money will be used," Rooney said. "Is it going to help the army or to help the people?" Full story.

Whistleblowers: Women experience more retaliation than men, May 8 -- Women in technology who wish to blow the whistle on malfeasance they witness but who fear the consequences of reporting such information have good reason to be cautious. New research shows that female whistleblowers experience more retaliation than male whistleblowers. The study, "Antecedents and Outcomes of Retaliation Against Whistleblowers: Gender Differences and Power Relationships," sought to identify factors that determine whether a whistleblower would face reprisal. In particular, the study examined whether the whistleblower's gender and level of power in the organization increased or decreased the likelihood that they'd face retaliation. A group of academic researchers from Georgetown University, Indiana University and Louisiana State University conducted the study on a U.S. Air Force base in the Midwest. The researchers mailed a confidential, 25-page survey to all 9,900 employees on the base. Full story.


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