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December 12, 2008
Volume 12 Number 49 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Fairbanks Hall courier service

The recent move of the administration, operations, and finance offices to Fairbanks Hall is now complete. The administration is aware that the location of the building may present a challenge to some, specifically the time commitment involved with delivering IU Foundation check requests, academic appointment paperwork, internal grant proposals and other paperwork to the new location.

In order to maximize our efficiencies and minimize travel time, a courier service has been initiated for document pick-up and delivery to the Offices of Academic Administration and HR Services, Financial Affairs and Operations. Please note this does not include checks or cash. The drop box is located in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 122K (near the Medical Student Affairs Office). The IUSM Dean's Office has assumed responsibility for picking up the items each morning.

Please note: The VanNuys Medical Sciences Building will be locked at 6 p.m. on Dec. 19 and unlocked at 6 a.m. on Jan. 5. There will be no courier pick up during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


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Arrow Campus Revenue Survey

IUPUI Finance is conducting a campus revenue survey to help establish the scope for procuring courier services at IUPUI. This survey will gather information regarding the amount and volume of cash and/or checks received throughout the campus. If cash and/or checks are received at your location, please complete the survey. Complete only one survey per location.

The survey is at www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Xb7qhylBdyhCwFU7LSWjrg_3d_3d. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, Dec. 19.

Questions should be forwarded to Andrea Johnson, IUSM-Financial Affairs, at 274.2346 or ajohnso3@iupui.edu.


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Arrow Secure patient email through Patient Online

Do your physicians use e-mail to communicate with their patients? Do you get questions about how to communicate securely with patients? If so, the problem is solved.

Patient Online is a secure, HIPAA-compliant tool that is available at no charge. Patients can message providers, request appointments, request prescription renewals, view and request changes to their insurance and demographic information and view/pay their bill.

For more information regarding Patient Online, go to
sps-intra.iumg.iupui.edu/C14/Patient%20Online/default.aspx or email Barbara Bills at bbills@iupui.edu.


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Arrow Biomedical Research Grant application due Jan. 5.

The overall objective of the Biomedical Research Committee is to foster scholarly and creative research by worthy investigators so that they can compete successfully for extramural research support.

In general, two categories of research projects will benefit from this program:

  • Research projects of investigators new to the school who do not yet have extramural funding and who need support to acquire the preliminary data necessary to compete for extramural funding
  • Research projects of established investigators who are between funding periods from extramural sources.

Applications for both categories are considered small grants and should have a maximum requested amount of $40,000 and be limited to one (1) year duration.

Applications for funding beginning March 1, 2009 must be received by the Dean’s Office of Operations, School of Medicine, Fairbanks Hall, Suite 5100, by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5.

Only current full-time faculty (non-visiting status) having a primary appointment in IUSM and a rank of assistant professor or assistant scientist are eligible to apply for funding from the Biomedical Research Grant. Note that the same proposal may not be submitted as both a Biomedical Research Grant and a Showalter Trust application. If eligible for both programs, the investigator is encouraged to submit to the Showalter Trust.

Instructions and forms may be downloaded from the web at operations.medicine.iu.edu/InternalAndLocalResearchFundingOpportunities


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Arrow Showalter Trust applications due Jan. 5

Since 1975, the Indianapolis campus of IUSM has received research funding through gifts made possible from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund. The areas of appropriate biomedical research, eligible for funding, are broad and described by the benefactors as “the type of medical research that is most likely to permanently benefit mankind.” Applications for funding from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust will be reviewed in two stages. An initial review by the IUSM Biomedical Research Committee (BRC) will select the most meritorious proposals for further discussion and ranking. The BRC will then provide a recommended ranking to the Showalter Trustees who conduct a second review. Final funding decisions are made by the Showalter Trustees.

Applications for funding beginning July 1, 2009 must be received by the Dean’s Office of Operations, School of Medicine, Fairbanks Hall, Suite 5100, by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5.

Submission of the original, 8 complete sets, and an Institutional Route Sheet are required. Only current Indianapolis full-time faculty (non-visiting status) having a primary appointment in IUSM and a rank of assistant professor or assistant scientist are eligible to apply for funding from the Showalter Research Trust. Note that the same proposal may not be submitted as both a Biomedical Research Grant and a Showalter Trust application. If eligible for both programs, the investigator is encouraged to submit to the Showalter Trust.

Instructions and forms may be downloaded at: operations.medicine.iu.edu/InternalAndLocalResearchFundingOpportunities.

NOTE: The Showalter forms have been updated this year at the request of the Showalter Trustees – please be sure to access the new version at the website noted above. Applications submitted on old forms will not be accepted.


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Arrow IUSCC seeks proposals American Cancer Society grants

The IU Simon Cancer Center is pleased to announce the availability of funds for new pilot projects to assist new investigators who hold the rank of assistant professor, research assistant professor, or assistant scientist. These funds are from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant.

This grant provides support for beginning investigators to enable them to initiate their independent research program. Funds are available for 4-5 pilot projects in amounts up to $25,000. Special funds also are available for one pilot study in the amount of $30,000 within the special topic of cancer disparities focused on underserved populations.

The deadline for application submission for American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant pilot study funding is Monday, Jan. 5. Application guidelines and forms may be obtained from:

Elizabeth Parsons
Cancer Pavilion, RT-455
Phone: 317-278-0078
Fax: 317-278-0074
Email: eparsons@iupui.edu



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Arrow Holiday schedule for IUPUI Health Services

IUPUI Health Services will be open normal hours the week of Dec. 15-19:
         7:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
         9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Thursday

Through the remainder of December, the hours will be:

Monday, Dec. 22, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Tuesday, Dec. 23, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Wednesday, Dec. 24, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Thursday, Dec. 25, Christmas Day Closed
Friday, Dec. 26, 7:30 a.m.- noon

Monday, Dec. 29, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Tuesday, Dec. 30, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Wednesday, Dec. 31, 7:30 a.m.- noon
Thursday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day Closed
Friday, Jan. 2, 7:30 a.m.- noon

As always, students or employees with a new injury that requires immediate attention when the IUPUI Health Services is closed, may go to emergency admitting at IU Hospital. Employees who go there for treatment will need to report to IUPUI Health Services the next business day. Employees with a needle stick or blood/body fluid exposure incident should page the OUCH pager (312-6824 or 312-OUCH).


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Arrow Friedman to speak Saturday at Campbell Lecture

Duke University neurosurgeon Allan H. Friedman, MD, will present the annual Robert L. Campbell Lecture at IUSM Saturday, Dec. 13. His lecture, “Lessons Learned in Doing Awake Glioma Surgery,” will begin at 8 a.m. in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. Preceding the lecture will be a breakfast gathering at 7:30 a.m. in conference room A and B.

Dr. Friedman is the Guy L. Odom Professor of Neurological Surgery and chief of the division or neurosurgery at Duke. He performed the resection on Sen. Edward Kennedy, who underwent brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center for a malignant glioma in June.


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Arrow Retirement open house for Harris, Bosron

IUSM faculty, staff and students are invited to a retirement open house reception celebrating the academic careers of Bill Bosron, PhD, and Bob Harris, PhD, Tuesday, Dec. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Medical Science Building atrium.

Both faculty members have worn many hats throughout their tenure. Dr. Bosron is a Chancellor’s Professor and a professor of biochemistry and molecular biology. He also served as interim dean of the IUPUI School of Science. Dr. Harris is the chair emeritus of biochemistry and molecular biology. He is a Distinguished Professor and the Showalter Professor of Biochemistry.

The reception is hosted by the IU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


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Arrow Legislative update planned for Life Sciences Lunch Series

A legislative update on the Indiana Innovation Alliance and the 21st Century Research and Technology Fund will be provided at the Tuesday, Dec. 16, Life Sciences Lunch Series in the fifth floor conference center at Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 11 S. Meridian.

Speaking will be Vic Lechtenberg, vice provost for engagement at Purdue University; Bill Stephan, vice president for engagement at IU; and Bruce Kidd, director of small business and entrepreneurship at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m., and the presentation is from noon to 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend but registration is required at www.btlaw.com/Event.asp?Event_ID=781. Questions: contact Jodie Daugherty at 261-7922. The program is available via video at other Indiana locations.


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Arrow Gunderman to discuss latest book at Fairbanks Lecture Series

Author Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, will discuss his newest book "Leadership in Healthcare" at the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series from noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Lunch is not provided and food and drinks are not allowed in the auditorium. Free CME/CE credit is offered.

Richard Gunderman is a professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, and philanthropy at IU, where he also serves as vice chair of radiology. He is the author of over 220 scholarly articles and has published five books, including “Achieving Excellence in Medical Education” and “We Make a Life by What We Give.” His most recent book, “Leadership in Healthcare,” was released in November.

Copies of his books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture.

For questions and comments, contact Amy Chamness at achamnes@clarian.org or (317)962-1721. For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, please visit our website at www.fairbankscenter.org.


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Arrow Staff Council meetings open to all

The IUPUI Staff Council will meet at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Center for Young Children. All staff are welcome at staff council meetings to hear updates from the IUPUI administration on finances, facilities and human resources and information on other council projects.


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Arrow EndNote X2, a workshop on the latest changes

For training in EndNote X2, the latest edition of the citation management software, the next Getting Started with EndNote workshop is in the Medical Sciences computer lab MS B016 on Wednesday, Dec. 17, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

  1. Use EndNote X2, which has significant new features and a new look
  2. Import citations from Ovid Medline, which also has a new look, and PubMed
  3. Insert citations into a MS Word 2007 document—it now has a tab instead of a toolbar
  4. Change style of references in a MS Word document

EndNote tracks important literature references including URLs and PDFs of full text of articles. Bye, bye to photocopies in your bulging file cabinet. As you are writing a grant or manuscript in MS Word, EndNote will insert the citation and automatically place the reference at the bottom of the document.

To see the changes andLet me know if I can be of assistance with EndNote or register you for the last EndNote workshop of 2008. Carole Gall 274-1411; cfgall@iupui.edu .


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Arrow Call for posters for the first annual Indiana CTSI Meeting

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute will be hosting its first annual Indiana CTSI Meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8. This new NIH-funded research institute is a partnership between IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington and Purdue University, and has research training, education and career development of fellows and junior faculty as one of its major goals. Keynote speakers will include Gov. Mitch Daniels and the NIH director of the program Dr. Barbara Alving, as well as research leaders from throughout the state.

As part of the program, the CTSI will be hosting a poster session to showcase the research of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees as well as junior faculty investigators in the clinical and translational sciences. Submissions from predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and junior faculty from all campuses are encouraged. If interested, please send the title of your poster as well as your name and affiliation by Friday, Dec. 19, to Donna Burgett at dburgett@regenstrief.org, (ph 317-630-7447).


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Arrow American English intonation class begins in January

The Department of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children is accepting enrollments for the next class of American English Intonation: Effective Intercultural Communication, a course for international medical students, residents, fellows, postdocs and faculty at IUSM.

The class, beginning in January, reflects the success of initial classes launched last fall. The August and September courses were filled to capacity. This service is made possible by support from a Clarian Values Grant.

The next class begins Tuesday, Jan. 6, and continues for 12 weeks with sessions from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The purpose of this program is to enhance the participants’ professional communication with colleagues, patients and staff. Students learn to minimize their non-native accents, thus bringing the focus back to their exceptional academic abilities and increasing their opportunities for professional advancement.

Course focus is on neutralization of international accents through training in American English sounds, intonation and rhythm patterns. In order to maintain the participant’s individuality and cultural diversity, the goal is on reduction (not elimination) of accents.

Trained language professionals teach the course with the help of textbooks, audio and videotapes. The training includes a detailed analysis of each participant’s recorded speech as well as personalized assistance for his or her specific communicative needs.

The program is a collaborative effort with Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication and the Clinical Skills Education Center.

For more information and to register, contact:

Poonam Khurana, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
(317) 962-2275
Email: pkhurana@iupui.edu


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Arrow Advanced Cardiac Life Support Lab offers classes

The Adavance Cardiac Life Support Lab in Coleman Hall is available to teach CPR and advanced life support courses for campus and non-campus employees. Call the lab at 274-8731 for dates and further information.

The lab is conducting a basic life support instructor course on Jan. 8 and 13. The course will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and participants must attend both days. Cost for the course is $175 and includes all of the required textbooks.

For information on any of the courses, call 274-8731.


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Arrow Electronic resources class offered

New to the medical school? Want an update on the newest electronic resources or research? Sign up for this 2-hour, hands-on class, Locating and Using Electronic Resources. Learn how to find and effectively use library databases and Internet electronic resources.

The next class is Thursday, Jan. 8, from 2 to 4 p.m. in room 318 of the Medical Library. Attendance is limited and registration is required. To register, call or email Elaine Skopelja at 274-8358 or eskopelj@iupui.edu.


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Arrow 2009 MLK Dinner

Tickets are now available for the 40th Annual MLK Dinner with keynote speaker, Jeff Johnson. The dinner will be Sunday, Jan. 18, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Cosmopolitan Ballroom. See life.iupui.edu/ccl/.


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Arrow Diversity Week 2009

Four noon speakers are scheduled as part of the seventh annual observance of Diversity Week at IUSM. The presentations will be in the Emerson Hall auditorium. Lunch will be provided. Speakers and their topics:

Jan. 20 – Joye Maureen Carter, MD, chief forensic pathologist, Marion County Coroner’s Office and director of the forensic pathology fellowship program at IUSM, “Death, the Ultimate Test of Diversity”
Biography: www.answers.com/topic/joye-maureen-carter

Jan. 21 – Olveen Carrasquillo, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine and health policy, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and director of the Columbia Center for the Health of Urban Minorities, “Addressing Health Disparities: Are We On Track?”
Biography: www.mailmanschool.org/msphfacdir/profile.asp?uni=oc6

Jan. 22 – Melissa C. Green, PhD, director of the division of science and technology, United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation, Fairfax, Va., “A Neglected Responsibility: Diversity in STEM Education
UNCF info: www.uncfsp.org

Jan. 23 – Alexa Canady, MD, pediatric neurosurgeon, Sacred Health Medical Group, Pensacola, Fla., and educator, topic to be announced
Biography: www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/aframsurgeons/canady.html


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Arrow CME course for pediatricians Jan. 24

“Practical Pearls: General and Community Pediatrics 2009” will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 24, in the Riley Outpatient Center.

The course is designed for pediatricians, family practice physicians and others providing primary health care to children. It will review current scientific advances as they apply to daily practice. Participants will advance their diagnostic and therapeutic skills through this highly practical evidence-based review. Topics will include mood disorders, contraception and lower respiratory tract infection in children.

Free registration is available to faculty and affiliates with online at cme.medicine.iu.edu.


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Arrow Nominations open for Taylor Diversity Awards

The IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity is now accepting nominations and applications for the 2009 Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award.

The Taylor award recognizes exemplary IUPUI individuals, academic and support programs, events, policies and activities for promoting diversity, inclusion and equity. The award honors the legacy of the late Dr. Joseph T. Taylor, the first dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz will confer the award to recipients during the 20th Annual Joseph T. Taylor Symposium on Feb. 26. The deadline for nominations is Friday, Dec. 19.

For online and mail-in nomination forms, along with additional information about the nominating process, go to diversity.iupui.edu/taylor/.


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Arrow Komen Tissue Bank collection Jan. 10

Would you like to contribute to breast cancer research? You can help by donating a tissue sample to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10, in the Hematology Clinic and Women's Center (second floor) in the new patient building at 1030 W. Michigan St.

Parking is available across the street in the Vermont Street Garage on the IUPUI campus. During the donation process, a tissue sample is taken from one breast with a needle and local anesthesia. The amount of tissue taken is about one gram (or the size of two peas).

To participate, women must:

  • be age 18 or older
  • have the ability to understand and the willingness to sign an informed consent
  • be willing to give one hour of their time to complete a questionnaire and a breast biopsy
  • not be allergic to local anesthetics (numbing medicine)
  • not be receiving a therapeutic blood thinner (this does not include aspirin)
  • not have breast implants or have had a breast reduction

By collecting samples from women with and without breast cancer, researchers will be able to determine the differences between these populations, which could lead to a better understanding of the disease. Samples taken from women without the disease are especially helpful because there are few collections of so-called "normal" specimens. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will ultimately give researchers valuable and unprecedented research data.

To register, visit www.komentissuebank.iu.edu or contact Pat Mitchum at 274-2366 or pamitchu@iupui.edu.


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Arrow University Place announces the opening of Scholars Hall

University Place Conference Center and Hotel has expanded its meeting and conference space with an additional 7,000 square feet for technologically advanced meetings and large-scale exhibitions. Scholars Hall is a multi-purpose space that can be used for tradeshows, general sessions and catered functions of all sizes and types. For more information call 274-3185.


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Arrow Online account information

To check year-end balances on IU Tax Saver Benefit or Health Reimbursement accounts, see www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits/tsb_online.html.


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Arrow Car decals for sale by Class of 2011

The Class of 2011 is selling “Indiana University School of Medicine” car window decals. These decals, which make great stocking stuffers or Hanukah gifts, were designed specifically for this sale and cannot be found anywhere else.

The decals are static cling-on, so there is no glue to clean up. They also go on the inside of your car, so they won't come off when scraping the windows. They measure 11.5" x 3". Each decal is only $5.

Contact cnakanis@iupui.edu for orders and further details, or stop by the Medical Science Building in Room 162 to pick one up today. To view the decals, see picasaweb.google.com/IUSM2011/IUSMCarWindowDecals#.


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Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec.14, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1 FM) in Indianapolis. The program is hosted by Barb Lewis.

This weekend, David Kovacich, MD, cardiologist at St. Francis Hospital in Indianapolis, will discuss the recent JUPITER study which suggested that many healthy adults should start taking statin drugs (cholesterol reducing drugs) to dramatically reduce the chances for first-time heart attacks, strokes and other artery problems.

Greg Dedinsky, MD, cardiothoracic surgeon at the Indiana Heart Center, will explain new solutions to the problems of broken cardiac leads, the tiny wire that connects implantable cardiac devices to the heart.

Mark Mahone, PhD, research scientist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, will explain his recent findings that boys with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder may have more difficulty acquiring motor skills as teenagers than girls with ADHD.

Michele Thorne, PhD, assistant professor of clinical psychology in clinical psychiatry at IUSM, will have some suggestions for parents whose children are anxious about a holiday season during difficult financial times.

Next weekend, Sound Medicine will interview Charles Dinerallo, MD, the 2008 Steven C. Beering Lecturer and award recipient at IUSM. Dr. Dinerallo’s research centers on the immune systems, specifically proteins that play key roles in the body’s ability to fight disease.

Also on the Dec. 21 program, Riley Hospital pediatricians Aaron Carroll and Rachel Vreeman will discuss their latest “Medical Myths” book which includes helpful hints for the holidays.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at www.soundmedicine.iu.edu.

Sound Medicine is underwritten by the Lilly Center for Medical Science, Clarian Health, and IU Medical Group. Jeremy Shere's "Check-Up" is underwritten by IUPUI.


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Arrow Continuing Medical Education at your fingertips

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at cme.medicine.iu.edu. In addition to online registration and listings of grand rounds, conferences and courses, the site provides in-depth tools and information for presenters and program developers. Included are forms, tips, links, contacts, maps, and a host of other handy resources to make it easier to participate in CME events, prepare a presentation or plan an event.

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Arrow Scientific Calendar online

A comprehensive listing on IUSM seminars, lectures and Grand Rounds can be accessed at the new Scientific Calendar website. To place items on the Scientific Calendar, please forward them to Kelli Diener at kas1@iupui.edu.

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Arrow Scope submission guidelines

Scope wants your news items.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students, and residents on Fridays (except on holiday weekends when it is published on the following Monday).

There are three easy ways to submit story ideas or information to Scope:

  • e-mail the information to mhardin@iupui.edu
  • mail the information to Mary Hardin, Z-7, Ste. 306, IUPUI
  • fax your information to (317) 278-8722

Contributions submitted by e-mail should be forwarded in 12 point, plain text format. Word document attachments in lieu of fliers are encouraged.

In the interest of accuracy, please do NOT use:

  • acronyms
  • abbreviations
  • campus building codes (use full, proper name of building and include the room number)
  • Dr. as a preface before names (designate MD or PhD)

To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.

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