Researcher looks at relationship between chronic pain and physical activity

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist:

Need another reason to get off that couch and be physically active? You may be more likely to develop chronic pain if you don’t.

An Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis researcher is studying the relationship between physical activity/fitness and the prevention or reduction of chronic pain among adults as they age. Such research could have a wide impact, given that as many as 100 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain.

Kelly Naugle, an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology in the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management, is studying systems in the body that reduce pain or amplify it.

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Corvette fever on Indy streets this weekend

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

At first it was one car – white – behind me as I drove east on Crawfordsville Road headed to work Friday morning.

Soon I spotted two more vehicles from the famous Chevy family in the left lane – and then two more.

Then it hit me when I saw the line of Corvettes – make that parade of Corvettes — waiting to turn into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway at the 16th Street gate.

Must be a “Vette” show in town, I thought to myself.

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A compulsion for neat art wins award

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

Barry Rosenthal's 'Found in nature' Source: Things Organized Neatly

Barry Rosenthal’s ‘Found in nature’
Source: Things Organized Neatly

I got that “why didn’t I think of that?” feeling when I first browsed Austin Radcliffe’s Webby Award-winning website.

Radcliffe, a 2012 Herron School of Art and Design graduate, creates and curates images of everyday stuff for the website “Things Organized Neatly.”

My first thought — or assumption — was that the genius images must be rooted in what I called AOCD — artistic obsessive compulsive disorder — for lack of any known, real terminology.

More than one image reminded me of how a relative tackled dishwashing.

First, all the dirty glasses, spoons, forks, knives, plates, bowls, pots and pans were laid out in military parade formation across the kitchen countertops. Then they were marched one group at a time into the sink for washing.

Totally inefficient. Certainly not a thing of beauty to be photographed and shared.

Things Organized Neatly Feb. 26, 2014 post: 'Car' - a disassembled 1980s Mitsubishi Colt.

Things Organized Neatly Feb. 26, 2014 post: ‘Car’ – a disassembled 1980s Mitsubishi Colt.

Boy was I short-sighted.

Since his days as a Herron junior, Radcliffe has posted hundreds of photos of ordinary objects just as neatly organized as those unwashed dishes. At a New York gala last month he received the 2015 People’s Voice Webby Award in the personal blog/website category.

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Westeros urgently needs an epidemiologist

Guest post courtesy of Sandy Herman, IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health:

Fans of the HBO TV series “Game of Thrones” (and the books on which the series is based) know you can’t take a stroll through Westeros without tripping over a knight, a sellsword or a black-cloaked Ranger of the Night’s Watch. But when it comes to protection from harm, what many citizens of the fictional Seven Kingdoms really need these days is an epidemiologist.

It seems the mysterious and deadly greyscale, an infectious disease that leaves its victims’ flesh stiff and dead, has returned. The skin of those afflicted becomes cracked and turns an ominous mottled black and grey color before becoming stone-like to the touch. And that means that White Walkers, dragons and would-be kings with itchy sword fingers aren’t the only things citizens need to fear.

What is greyscale? How is it spread? What are the control measures? And most importantly — especially for a certain disgraced former advisor to the Mother of Dragons — is there a cure? These are all questions that have taken on new urgency in the current season.

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Parade promises a long-denied but better-played tribute

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

It’s been a long time coming, but on Saturday, the 1955 Crispus Attucks High School state championship boys basketball team will finally get its public due.

For the first time in the 500 Festival Parade’s 58-year history, it will make a planned stop on Monument Circle. Twenty-first-century technology will allow the world to witness the sights and sounds as members of the Attucks team get the on-the-Circle celebration they were denied following their historic 1955 win.

Traditionally the Indiana champs would parade through downtown Indianapolis on a city fire truck and then party on the Circle. But Jim Crow and his relatives — Racism and Ignorance — had other plans for the Attucks team.

No parade for Attucks team

Greatest champs, but no parade for Attucks team: Indianapolis Recorder, March 26, 1955.
From Indianapolis Recorder Digital Collection, IUPUI University Library

After one trip around the monument, a police escort ushered the victory parade into a black neighborhood park for their party.

Now, 60 years later, the team has been designated the 2015 IPL 500 Festival Parade grand marshals.

It is much too late to assuage any disappointment, sadness or even anger that the Attucks teens had to swallow as they were denied the traditional honor awarded state champs. But perhaps the fact that today’s 24-hour Internet news cycle, smartphones and YouTube will give people around the nation front-row seats to this weekend’s celebration might, for those boys long since turned men, cast aside any lingering dregs of that bitter drink.

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International service trip offers insights into healthcare in U.S.

By Rich Schneider, IU Communication Specialist:

More than miles separate the U.S. and Ecuador when it comes to health conditions in the two countries. Still, Karen Klutzke says she will draw on her experiences in that South American country when she begins her career as a physician assistant later this year.

Klutzke will be among the first students to graduate in August from the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program in the Indiana University School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Students spend 15 months of the 27-month-long academic program in the classroom and the remainder in clinical rotations, some of which can be chosen as electives. For an elective, Klutzke joined an international service trip March 6 to 14 that was organized by Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit that expands access to health care and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges.

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Digital libraries are diamonds of a better kind

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

Children in Chicago, 1949 Credit: Charles W. Cushman Collection: Indiana University Archives, Bloomington, Indiana.

Forget diamonds and pearls.

Give me a string of digital library collections.

Publications, photographs and cultural heritage artifacts preserved and protected in the digital collections of libraries, museums and archives of Indiana University campuses and like-minded institutions are as priceless as well-cut, colorless, flawless diamonds.

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Football may be coming to IUPUI, thanks to the IUPUI Robotics Club

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist:

A T-shirt sold at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis boasts, tongue in cheek, that IUPUI is undefeated in football since 1969.

The joke is that IUPUI, founded in 1969, has never fielded a football team. But that may change this coming academic year, if the IUPUI Robotics Club has its way.

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‘Beauty Pays,’ according to noted economist who wrote the first book to measure how

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

Beauty is only skin deep, but it affects our lives across a large variety of economic dimensions, according to noted economist Daniel S. Hamermesh.

Hamermesh’s “Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful,” published by Princeton University Press in 2011, is the first book to seriously measure the advantages of physical beauty.

On a scale of 1 to 5 — a subjective ranking of the “homely” to the “strikingly attractive,” to use the author’s preferred terms — those in the top third can expect to earn about $200,000 more over their lifetimes than those in the bottom seventh, according to Hamermesh, who will lecture at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis this month.

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Hectic, busy, long hours and IUPUI tourism student can’t wait to do it again

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist:

Protestors marched outside. It was organized chaos inside. Security was heavy, with police dogs and heavily armed Secret Service agents. There were long lines. And IUPUI student Tami Cornelius loved every minute of it.

In fact, Cornelius hopes to repeat her experiences at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference in Washington, D.C., where she served as a volunteer in March. The conference, held annually to help shape U.S. policy and strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, drew 16,000 people, throngs of protestors and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who spoke at the conference the day before his controversial speech to Congress on March 3.

Cornelius, a student in the IU School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, had sought out the experience of working at the large conference held in the seventh-largest convention center in the U.S.

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