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Front Page News at Indiana University

June 17, 2008


Book co-edited by IU professor examines legacy of author Rachel Carson
IU professor to help China provide daily physical activity for school children
Report: Hispanics continue to gain population share in Indiana
Grant links School of Education at IUPUI, 11 Indianapolis neighborhood centers
IU launches online sheet music collection
Enrollment doubles at IU's summer STEM program
IU Bloomington Scoreboard


Book co-edited by IU professor examines legacy of author Rachel Carson -- Rachel Carson is best known for Silent Spring, her 1962 book that changed Americans' thinking about the dangers of chemicals and inspired the environmental movement. But Carson had a long a varied career as a writer of books and articles that celebrated nature and science. Rachel Carson: Legacy and Challenge, co-edited by Lisa H. Sideris, assistant professor of religious studies at Indiana University Bloomington, examines the contested influence of Silent Spring along with Carson's earlier work, such as The Sea Around Us and her posthumously published The Sense of Wonder. Read the complete story.

IU professor to help China provide daily physical activity for school children; "Sunny Sports China" to reach 320 million youth -- Indiana University public health expert Lloyd Kolbe has been asked by the Chinese government to help it implement new national guidelines requiring the country's 1.6 million schools to provide students with daily physical activity. The move is an attempt to reverse a burgeoning obesity problem in China. The Chinese initiative, aimed at the nation's 320 million school children, is called "Sunny Sports China." Kolbe said government officials want their sports universities to continue producing elite athletes. But they also want them to focus more on helping citizens to incorporate physical activity into their daily routines through programs such as "Sunny Sports China," which will also include a recreational component for leisure time. Read the complete story.

Report: Hispanics continue to gain population share in Indiana -- While Latinos today account for 5 percent of all Hoosiers, the state continues to have a small Hispanic population compared to other states, according to a new report from the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. The 2007 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that there are 315,000 Hispanics in Indiana. Since the last census taken in 2000, this number has grown by nearly 100,550 people. Read the complete story.

Grant links School of Education at IUPUI, 11 Indianapolis neighborhood centers -- The Indiana University School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has received a $65,000 grant for Project Impact, a project in which it will partner with 11 Indianapolis neighborhood centers to help them support academic learning and child development, particularly in the areas of science and mathematics. The Indianapolis Foundation awarded the grant to Project Impact, which will formally connect faculty, students and resources of the School of Education to the neighborhood centers. Work on the project, which has been in planning stages for a year, will begin on July 1. Read the complete story.

IU launches online sheet music collection -- Four of the state's premier cultural heritage institutions June 16 launch an online collection of more than 10,000 pieces of Indiana-related sheet music, making some of their most popular and sought-after materials freely available on the Internet. A Web site at showcases sheet music from Indiana University's Lilly Library, the Indiana State Museum, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana State Library. The IU Digital Library Program led the project. Read the complete story.

Enrollment doubles at IU's summer STEM program -- A unique partnership between Indiana University and 11 historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) has led to an increase in the number of minorities in the science, technology, engineering and math professions. Under the collaborative project named The STEM Initiative, juniors and seniors from the HBCUs can apply for summer research opportunities at Indiana University's two largest campuses, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and IU Bloomington. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Friday, June 13:
Women's Track and Field: Senior Abbie Stechschulte opened the heptathlon in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.58 to take third in her heat and 22nd overall after seven heats. She earned 898 points in the first event. Read the tournament notes.

Results from Saturday, June 14:
Men's Track and Field: The Indiana men's track and field team wrapped up competition at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships as senior Kyle Jenkins competed in the finals of the triple jump at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday, June 14. Read the tournament notes.

Schedule for Wednesday-Thursday, June 18-19:
Women's Swimming: Olympic Diving Trials, Indianapolis, Ind.


IU in the news

TV Personality Tim Russert's Death a Wake-up Call on Health Issues
MedIndia, June 17 -- he death of leading political analyst Tim Russert has been widely mourned in the US. He collapsed while at work Friday last. It was a cardiac death that felled him, but he had few outward signs he was in danger. He was a robust man and was only 58. Dr. Douglas P. Zipes, director emeritus of the division of cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and former president of the American College of Cardiology, told WebMD - What he had was sudden cardiac arrest. Two courses of action may help: CPR or a defibrillator, ABC News reports. When used correctly, the defibrillator sends a jolt of electricity to the heart, correcting the electrical signals and allowing a normal heartbeat to return. Occasionally, CPR can keep the blood flowing until a defibrillator arrives, but the defibrillator is key to survival. "Had a defibrillator been there and used in a timely fashion, it's possible he could have been resuscitated," said Zipes. Full story.

Businesses see a bittersweet boom; Local companies aiding in post-flood construction, debris removal in demand
Indianapolis Star, June 17 -- The flooding that has caused misery and loss for many Hoosiers is contributing to a business boom for others. Construction companies, trash haulers, craftsmen and hardware stores are just some of the businesses that will profit from the consequences of flooding throughout Central and Southern Indiana. Motels and restaurants also should see a boost as workers move in to start rebuilding. "To the extent that this is covered by insurance or government disaster funds, this is essentially a new infusion of money into the economy that will be spent relatively quickly," says Bruce Jaffee, professor of business economics and public policy at Indiana University. "I think virtually all people are going to stay and rebuild, buy new cars, fix their house," he says. "Unlike New Orleans, I don't think people are going to say, 'I'm out of here.' " Full story.

D-fense! Are you getting your daily dose of Vitamin D from the sun and other sources?
Indianapolis Star, June 17 -- Chances are pretty good that you aren't getting enough vitamin D, the "sunshine vitamin" that's getting a new nickname -- wonder drug. Sixty percent of the population is deficient, estimates the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the elderly, it's seven out of 10. For dark-skinned people, it's a whopping nine out of 10. So is this a big deal? It could very well be. A growing legion of studies has found that this vitamin, known for helping to build strong bones, could also play a significant role in warding off some cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and other autoimmune conditions, and even boost longevity. While supplements are good, Dowd also supports limited sun exposure without sunscreen, but it needs to be when the sun's rays are hot enough to allow the skin to make vitamin D. That doesn't fly with Dr. Lawrence Mark, a dermatologist at the Indiana University School of Medicine and dermatology chief at Wishard Health Services. "I see so much skin cancer on a daily basis, and people who die of it," Mark says. Full story.

'Matching the Promise' raises $60M
Indiana Daily Student, June 15 -- IU has raised more than $60 million for graduate fellowships through the University's "Matching the Promise" campaign, a three-fold increase in funds since the campaign's inception, said Kent Dove, IU senior vice president for development. The campaign, which began in July 2003, works to provide financial aid to low- and moderate-income undergraduate and graduate students, as well as funding building and academic projects. As of now, the campaign has raised about $800 million of its $1 billion goal - a goal the campaign hopes to reach by June 2010, Dove said. But the campaign is already starting to pay off, said University Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Neil Theobald. Full story.


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