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Evan and Susan Bayh Foundation establishes scholarship endowment at IU
Three Indiana University scientists elevated to microbiology's top ranks
Celebrate Every-BODY Week at IU Bloomington to raise awareness of body image issues
Grants will fund collaborative research on energy, environmental science
Zorn named associate vice provost at IU Bloomington
IU program about Islam honored with human rights award, additional national support
Director of Iraqi orchestra to join ArtsWeek panel on diplomacy and the arts
IMU, Union Board sponsor 'Funniest College Student on Campus' contest
IU Auditorium presents Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo
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Evan and Susan Bayh Foundation establishes scholarship endowment at IU -- The Evan and Susan Bayh Foundation has made a gift of $50,000 to Indiana University as part of its Matching the Promise fundraising campaign for the Bloomington campus. The gift establishes the Bayh Family Scholarship endowment which will provide financial aid for students who are admitted to IU Bloomington as 21st Century Scholars through the program established by the state of Indiana. The campus will match the income earned on the gift, doubling the funds available to students. Read the complete story.

Three Indiana University scientists elevated to microbiology's top ranks -- Indiana University Bloomington biologists Carl Bauer and Malcolm Winkler and Stanley Spinola, an infectious disease specialist at the IU School of Medicine, are new fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, the professional society announced yesterday. Bauer, Winkler and Spinola will receive certificates marking the honor, and are invited to attend a special luncheon at the American Society of Microbiology annual meeting in Philadelphia (May 2009). Read the complete story.

Celebrate Every-BODY Week at IU Bloomington to raise awareness of body image issues -- Health and fitness experts at Indiana University Bloomington plan to raise awareness of the potential harm that can result from a negative body image by focusing on the positive during Celebrate Every-BODY Week Feb. 23-27. Events, sponsored by Campus Recreational Sports and the IU Health Center, include a jeans drive for charity, talks by leading eating disorders experts and a screening of Beauty Mark, a movie that examines the relationship between pop culture and self-image. Read the complete story.

Grants will fund collaborative research on energy, environmental science -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced today that IU has awarded approximately $150,000 for research to improve understanding of energy technology and policy, the environmental consequences of extreme flooding events and the impact of chemical contamination. The three projects feature collaboration by faculty members at IU Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the IU School of Medicine. The grants are from the President's Fund for IU Bloomington and IUPUI Collaboration in Research. Read the complete story.

Zorn named associate vice provost at IU Bloomington -- Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Sonya Stephens today announced the appointment of Kurt Zorn, professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, as associate vice provost for undergraduate education at Indiana University Bloomington. His appointment takes effect immediately. As associate vice provost, Zorn will: oversee University Division matters relating to dual credit; work with the director of athletic development to coordinate programs that support IU Bloomington's student-athletes; and work on other initiatives related to curricular development. Read the complete story.

IU program about Islam honored with human rights award, additional national support -- During the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama's middle name -- Hussein -- frequently was used to present an inaccurate perception that he was a Muslim. "Few questioned why being a Muslim was seen as something to be secretive about, or why many considered it wrong or immoral," said Hilary E. Kahn, associate director of the Center for the Study of Global Change at Indiana University. "The media and the Obama campaign tried hard to correct the public's mistaken perception about the candidate's religious affiliation, but rarely addressed the underlying question of what was wrong with being a Muslim or electing a Muslim to be president." Read the complete story.

Director of Iraqi orchestra to join ArtsWeek panel on diplomacy and the arts -- When Karim Wasfi talks about using the arts to combat political strife, people tend to listen. Wasfi -- a cellist who has been profiled by publications including the New York Times, Newsweek and Forbes -- is director of the Iraqi National Symphony Orchestra in war-torn Baghdad. He's also an alumnus of Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, where he studied with his longtime musical inspiration, cello great Janos Starker. Wasfi will join Jacobs Dean Emeritus Charles H. Webb, Jacobs conductor Cliff Colnot and international arts advocate Cathy Barbash on Sunday, Feb. 22, in Bloomington for a free, open-to-the-public panel discussion titled "U.S.A., Diplomacy, and the Arts." Read the complete story.

IMU, Union Board sponsor 'Funniest College Student on Campus' contest -- The Indiana Memorial Union and Union Board are sponsoring a national comedy competition by Twix to name the "Funniest College Student on Campus." Entrants must be current Indiana University Bloomington students. To enter, students are asked to submit a three-minute-or-less video that demonstrates their best material. Read the complete story.

IU Auditorium presents Grammy Award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- For more than three decades, Grammy Award-winning a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo has merged South African music and dance traditions with spiritual messages of compassion, love and global harmony. On Monday, March 2, at 7:30 p.m., Bloomington audiences can experience this powerful musical sensation at IU Auditorium. Read the complete story.


Indiana University Bloomington Scoreboard

Results from Monday, Feb. 16:
Women's Basketball: The Hoosiers earned a crucial 67-61 victory over the Wisconsin Badgers at Assembly Hall. Read the game notes.

Schedule for Wednesday, Feb. 18: No varsity teams in action.

Schedule for Thursday, Feb. 19:
Women's Basketball: Northwestern, 8 p.m., Evanston, Ill.
Men's Basketball: Wisconsin, 9 p.m., Bloomington, Ind.
Women's Swimming: Big Ten Championships, Ann Arbor, Mich.


IU in the news

IU to revamp campus Web site
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 17 -- The Bloomington campus Web site has not been significantly updated since its launch in 2002. With the inadequate technology in mind, the Office of the Provost has decided it is time to revamp the Web site, said Thom Atkinson, campus web manager. "The technology upon which it is based is going on seven years old," he said. "We want to bring it up to current standards." To find out what students, alumni and prospective students are looking for from the Web site, a visitor's feedback survey has been posted on the site's home page. The survey will remain available until Feb. 27. Full story.

IU-Purdue alliance seeks $70M for life sciences plan
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 18 -- Setting aside their rivalry, Purdue University President France Córdova on Tuesday pushed for a different relationship with Indiana University: a partnership between the two aimed at creating health-care jobs in Indiana. "Now we have a new fight song. It's called the Indiana Innovation Alliance, and we are going to sing it together," she told more than 700 people gathered for an annual Statehouse visit by Hoosiers for Higher Education. The alliance is pushing a proposal to direct $70 million to the two universities over the next two years to create jobs and boost the state's life sciences economy. The money would be in addition to the universities' normal budgets. Joining Córdova at the event, IU President Michael McRobbie said the two institutions already have a strong educational alliance and called the proposal an opportunity to turn Indiana into the Silicon Valley of health and life sciences. Full story.

25 years of ArtsWeek
Indiana Daily Student, Feb. 17 -- Norman Morrison's 1965 protest of the U.S. policy in Vietnam, during which he stood in front of the Pentagon and lit himself on fire while his 1-year-old daughter watched, inspired a monologue that will be featured during the 25th Annual ArtsWeek. IU professor Ken Weitzman's "Fire in the Garden" is just one work that fits this year's ArtsWeek theme, "Politics and the Arts," which follows up on last year's focus. The 10-day-long celebration will run from Feb. 19 to March 1. Full story.

IU students catch Mellencamp video shoot
Indianapolis Star, Feb. 16 -- In a 12-pew church with a small graveyard outside the door, John Mellencamp sang about death this afternoon. Technically, he didn't sing but mouthed the lyrics to "A Ride Back Home" several times during the making of a music video at Beck Chapel on the campus of Indiana University. Classes were in session on Presidents Day, allowing students to pause between classes and catch a glimpse of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. "Mr. Mellencamp, can we get a picture," called out one student during a break in the action. Full story.


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