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Front Page News at Indiana University

May 23, 2008


Two IU professors join U.S. National Council on Humanities
New IU Simon Cancer Center patient building opens in August
Virtuoso cellist Eric Kim to join IU Jacobs School of Music faculty
Mirmira Named Director of Pediatric Diabetes Group at IU School of Medicine
Five to receive IU's highest alumni award at Cream and Crimson Weekend June 13-15
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Two IU professors join U.S. National Council on Humanities -- The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announced today (May 22) that two Indiana University professors are among six members who have joined the National Council on the Humanities, the Endowment's 26-member advisory council. They began their official duties today at the Council's quarterly meeting in Washington. IU professors Jamsheed Kairshasp Choksy and David Michael Hertz, who both teach in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, were two of three Hoosiers nominated by President George Bush this year to the council. Read the complete story.

New IU Simon Cancer Center patient building opens in August -- All traffic lanes on Michigan Street are now open, the orange construction fence is down, and crews have finished installing the "Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center" sign on the new patient care building. In August 2008, the IU Simon Cancer Center, in partnership with IU School of Medicine and Clarian Health, will open the first phase of the $150 million, 405,000-square-foot integrated outpatient and inpatient building on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. Read the complete story.

Virtuoso cellist Eric Kim to join IU Jacobs School of Music faculty -- Adding to a growing list of noteworthy faculty appointments, the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music announced today (May 22) that virtuoso cellist Eric Kim will join its faculty in the fall semester, 2009. Considered by many as one of the finest orchestral, chamber music and solo cellists of his generation, Kim has an international career that includes principal cello in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, a position he will have held for 20 years in 2009. A part-time member of the Jacobs School faculty since 2006, Kim has become increasingly interested in joining the Jacobs School in Bloomington full-time. Read the complete story.

Mirmira Named Director of Pediatric Diabetes Group at IU School of Medicine -- Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD, has been named the first Eli Lilly and Co. Professor of Pediatric Diabetes and director of the Pediatric Diabetes Research Group at Indiana University School of Medicine, April 1, 2008. Dr. Mirmira's research focuses on how non-insulin producing cells in the body could be "reprogramed" to produce insulin, and thereby serve as surrogate beta cells for individuals with diabetes. In addition to his scientific work, he will be seeing patients at Riley Hospital for Children. Read the complete story.

Five to receive IU's highest alumni award at Cream and Crimson Weekend June 13-15 -- Five Indiana University alumni have been named as recipients of the 2008 Distinguished Alumni Service Award. The award is the university's highest honor reserved solely for IU alumni and provides recognition for outstanding career achievements and significant contributions benefiting the recipient's community, state and nation or IU. This year's recipients will be Kenneth A. Beckley and Sallie W. Rowland, both of Indianapolis; Tony A. Mobley of Bloomington, Ind.; Joseph J. Russell, Columbus, Ohio; and Desmond C. Wong, Northbrook, Ill. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Wednesday, May 21:
Baseball: The Indiana baseball team was bested in its first Big Ten Tournament game in five years, as Penn State took a 6-1 decision over the Hoosiers in the opening round of the postseason. Read the game notes.

Results from Thursday, May 22:
Baseball: The Hoosiers earned a 10-8 victory over Ohio State in 10 innings to advance in the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Friday, May 23:
Baseball: Illinois, 12:05 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.
Baseball: Penn State, 3:35 p.m., Ann Arbor, Mich.

Schedule for Saturday, May 24:
Baseball: Big Ten Tournament

Schedule for Sunday-Tuesday, May 25-27: No varsity teams in action


IU in the news

Friends quit smoking? You probably will too
Associated Press, May 22 -- The urge to smoke is contagious, but quitting apparently is, too. A team of researchers who showed that obesity can spread person-to-person has found a similar pattern with smoking cessation: A smoker is more likely to kick the habit if a spouse, friend, co-worker or sibling did. Stanley Wasserman, an Indiana University statistician who studies social networks, noted that while the study was cleverly done, it does have its limitations. Wasserman said it's hard to tease out whether social influence is mainly responsible for a whole group kicking the habit. Other factors such as public bans on smoking or studies highlighting the harmful effects of smoking may also play a role. "You can't prove it with this data," he said. "You have to go to people and ask, 'Why did you stop smoking?'" Full story.

Repeat Colonscopies Underused in High-Risk Patients
US News & World Report, May 20 -- The people who most need to have repeat colonoscopies to detect precancerous growths are less likely to get the potentially lifesaving procedures, new research shows. A second study, continues to support colonoscopy as the first line of detection for polyps. "The bigger the polyp, the greater the chance [the colon] has cancer already or it is going to turn into it," said Dr. Douglas Rex, a professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine and director of endoscopy at Indiana University Hospital, in Indianapolis. Full story.

IT celebrates 10 years of increasing technology
Indiana Daily Student, May 21 -- At a celebration for the 10-year anniversary of IU's 1998 Information Technology Strategic Plan, IU President Michael McRobbie attributed the success of the University's Information Technology services in the last decade to the University staff and faculty. "It is the people that have led us to the position we are in today," he said May 20 to a packed house at Ruth N. Halls Theatre. He went on to name IT staff members and colleagues in the audience who contributed through the years. Full story.

Big-name musician to join IU faculty
Indianapolis Star, May 23 -- Eric Kim, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's longtime principal cellist, is the latest high-profile musician named to the full-time faculty at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Kim, 43, will become a professor on the Bloomington campus in fall 2009. He has taught there part time for two years. A New York City native who grew up in Illinois, Kim follows a long series of prominent musicians named to full- and part-time teaching jobs at IU since 2004. For years, the Jacobs School has been raising money to rebuild the faculty. Full story.


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