IU Goes to Asia 2015


IU Jacobs School of Music Chamber Orchestra

As part of its continued engagement with countries central to its mission of expanding overseas opportunities for its students and faculty, diversifying its campus culture and establishing new connections with its international alumni, IU was involved in several major events and activities – in China and South Korea – that reflect the university’s ever-growing global impact.

Those happenings include the first-ever Asian tour of the Chamber Orchestra from the world-renowned IU Jacobs School of Music, which traveled to Seoul for a series of high-profile concerts.

While in Seoul, IU President Michael A. McRobbie sat down for interviews with Arirang television and the Korea Times, which highlighted IU’s efforts in the country in the article, “Indiana University boosts ties with Korean schools.” Korea Times also reported on IU’s partnership with Seoul National University in the article, “Jacobs School of Music signs accord with SNU.”

The Korea Herald also reported on the music school’s tour in the article, “Jacobs School orchestra makes Asian debut in Seoul.

Robot model for infant learning shows bodily posture may affect memory and learning

Linda Smith

Linda Smith

This news release discusses study findings from an Indiana University cognitive scientist and collaborators who found that posture is critical in the early stages of acquiring new knowledge. Linda Smith, an Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ professor, said, “This study shows that the body plays a role in early object name learning, and how toddlers use the body’s position in space to connect ideas.” To reach these conclusions, the study’s authors conducted a series of experiments, first with robots programmed to map the name of an object to the object through shared association with a posture, then with children age 12 to 18 months.

Resulting coverage included: Tech TimesScience 360 NewsThe Free Press JournalThe Times of India,  Nature World NewsMed India and Khaleej Times

Everybody loves predicting the March Madness winner


Ed Hurt

The News and Media Team was contacted by Michael Reschke, a reporter from The Bloomington Herald-Times, was looking for an expert on NCAA office pools. Arrangements were made for interviews with Galen Clavio, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Ed Hirt, professor and associate chairman of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences who authored a study called “Match Madness: Probability Matching in Prediction of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.” The story, “Everybody loves predicting the March Madness winner,” focuses on the tradition of office pools and the associated pitfalls.

The Daily Show was never ‘real’ news – but came (depressingly) close

Julia Fox

Julia Fox

On Feb. 10, Jon Stewart shocked fans of “The Daily Show” by telling them that he planned to leave the popular “fake news” program later in the year. The IU News and Media Team became aware of an opportunity for a professor in the IU Media School to write an opinion article for the web site, The Conversation, which strives to be an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered directly to the public. Julia Fox, an associate professor of telecommunications, was approached and penned the article, “The Daily Show was never ‘real’ news – but came (depressingly) close.” Her earlier research on the public’s acceptance of information presented on Stewart’s program received national attention as a result of IU media relations efforts.

Could tumbling oil prices signal the end of OPEC?

226422_actualOn Jan. 15, the IU News and Media Team was contacted by a reporter from CBS MoneyWatch, who was writing a story about the changing influence of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. After reaching out to several faculty members, the reporter was directed to Bill Witte, associate professor emeritus of economics. Witte is the first person quoted in the story, “Could tumbling oil prices signal the end of OPEC?

Indiana, NFLPA partner to give football players a second career

DeMaurice Smith with playersThe IU News and Media Team worked writers from the Big Ten Network and Indianapolis Monthly in mid-December who were interested in a new program at IU’s Kelley School of Business to offer customized graduate-level educational programs to current and former NFL players. The partnership with the NFL Players Association was announced in September and initially received considerable media interest. New interest is coming as the program officially launches in January. BTN LiveBig’s article, “Indiana, NFLPA partner to give football players a second career,” was published on Jan. 6.

IU Kelley School of Business donates nearly 2,000 books to university in Myanmar

photo.JPGIn early December, George Vlahakis of the IU News and Media Team wrote a series of posts for his blog, IU Inc., about activities coming out of the Kelley School of Business’ Institute for International Business. One initiative was a book drive among the school’s faculty to collect volumes for the Yangon University of Economics in Myanmar. A blog post was published on Dec. 9 and then used as part of a pitch for a news story in the Bloomington Herald-Times. The newspaper’s Dec. 16 story, “IU Kelley School of Business donates nearly 2,000 books to university in Myanmar,” subsequently was picked up by the Associated Press and ran by media outlets around the Midwest and the country, including those listed below, and was the subject of a report by Indiana Public Media.