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IU Trustees Pass Measure To Split IPFW

Dec 1, 2016
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Indiana University trustees voted in Bloomington Thursday to split Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, which means IU and Purdue would govern the university separately. It still needs to be approved by Purdue’s trustees.

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Indiana University trustees are expected to discuss the possible restructuring of IPFW during a meeting Thursday, but not much is known about what, if anything, will be decided.

Daniel Messel Will Appeal 80-Year Murder Verdict

Oct 31, 2016
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The man convicted of murdering Indiana University student Hannah Wilson in 2015 has filed a notice asking the Indiana Court of Appeals to review his trial.

The appeal was filed on the same day Daniel Messel was formally charged with attempted rape in a 2012 case.

A judge sentenced him to 80 years in prison for Wilson's murder, but Messel is appealing both the conviction and the sentence.

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Top Indiana University administrators say a long-term efficiency initiative is unlikely to result in faculty or staff downsizing.  

The project, part of the university’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, is called the Presidential Initiative to Reduce Administrative Barriers to Academic Excellence.

Vice President for Research Fred Cate says large organizations tend to accumulate layers of administrative red tape that can make it difficult to work efficiently.

A committee, made up of seven people including Cate, will spend the next few years on the project.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimate as many as 45 percent of nursing home residents’ visits to the hospital are potentially avoidable. In an effort to discover how to reduce the potentially harmful transfers, the federal agency has been working with 19 Indiana nursing homes to develop a new model of care, prevention and reimbursement.

The so-called OPTIMISTIC study is funded by CMS and began in 2013. Geriatrician and study author Kathleen Unroe says nursing home residents are high-risk patients.

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An Indiana University scientist has announced a discovery about the mysterious nature of neutrinos, the subatomic “ghost particle” that has captured the imagination of the physics world.

Neutrinos, the second-most abundant particle in the universe, are everywhere, and yet they stubbornly don’t want to cooperate with many of the forces that hold matter together, which makes conducting research on them difficult.

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In the United States, the last two weeks were a little smellier than usual.

More than 5,000 people flocked to a greenhouse at Indiana University last weekend to witness the brief, smelly bloom of the corpse flower, the largest flower in the world. The plant’s flower, when open, emits an odor akin to rancid, rotting flesh.

IU, Purdue Applaud SCOTUS Affirmative Action Ruling

Jun 23, 2016
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Indiana universities applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the University of Texas’ affirmative action policies. The 4-3 ruling maintains affirmative action policies already at Indiana colleges.  

At stake was whether the University of Texas could consider race as one of several factors for acceptance.

Abigail Fisher sued the university after being denied admission … claiming she was discriminated against because she’s white. She says other, less qualified students were admitted because of affirmative action.

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A judge Tuesday denied Indiana University’s attempt to join a lawsuit by the ACLU and Planned Parenthood challenging Indiana’s new anti-abortion law. 

The ACLU of Indiana, on behalf of Planned Parenthood, filed a lawsuit last month seeking to block a new state law that bars abortions performed solely because of a fetus’ potential disability, sex or race. 

Indiana University says a different part of the law, one that bans receiving fetal tissue, will criminalize its research on Alzheimer’s disease. 

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Astronauts traveling at the speed of light would still take 30 years to reach AGC 198691, otherwise known as Leoncino, the "little lion" galaxy. Once arrived, they would find a cluster of stars described by scientists as "pristine," an intergalactic time capsule.

For some reason, the small, faint Leoncino contains the smallest amounts of metals in any galaxy ever discovered, a characteristic Indiana University astronomers say could offer scientists insight into theories about the Big Bang.

The findings appear this month in the Astrophysical Journal.

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An Indiana University course which brings undergraduate students and incarcerated people together to study social justice issues is ending.

The class is part of a national program and taught Indiana University students and prisoners at the Monroe County jail.

Some semesters a public speaking class and some a civic engagement one – this course is part of a national program called Inside Out. The program brings traditional students and prisoners together to study social justice issues. Students are asked to find small solutions to big problems.

More Mumps Confirmed At IU-Bloomington

Mar 1, 2016
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At least eight cases of the mumps are now being reported on the IU Bloomington campus.

Mumps cases have also been reported at other Indiana colleges, but health officials say at this point, there does not appear to be any connection between the cases at Butler, IU-Bloomington and IUPUI.

Up to 30-percent of people who have mumps may not show symptoms, so it can be difficult to determine who may be infectious or how people may have been exposed.

Indiana Colleges Offer Mumps Shots After Disease Appears On Multiple Campuses

Feb 23, 2016
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More cases of mumps are popping up on several of Indiana’s college campuses -- prompting Butler University and Indiana University to offer free measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations to students and faculty in an attempt to control an outbreak.

At this time, the State Department of Health the outbreaks don’t appear to be connected, however.

Indiana University has confirmed four cases on its Bloomington campus and one student has contracted mumps at IUPUI. Butler says it has nine cases of the virus and is isolating infected students.

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Millions of news consumers who get their information through social media are more likely to be trapped in a social bubble, says a study from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing.

Researchers studied more than 100 million web clicks and 1.3 billion social media posts from 2006 to 2010, and they found social media news consumers get their information from a less diverse range fo sources versus those who get their news through search engines. 

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Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute recently completed a study that examines the relationship between sexual activity and a woman’s immune system.

The preliminary findings could be good news for couples struggling to conceive.

Jevne Taylor is half of one such couple. She spends a lot of afternoons with her son and nephew, playing outside at her Monroe County home. She’d like to add a second child of her own to this picture, but recently she decided to put those plans on hold.

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