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March 27, 2009
Volume 13 Number 12 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Arrow Rex named Distinguished Professor at Founder’s Day

Today, Indiana University honored distinguished teaching of its faculty during the annual Founder’s Day observance. The award presentation was made by IU President Michael McRobbie at the Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington.

Among the 16 faculty members and three doctoral students recognized for outstanding teaching, research and service to the university, including Douglas K. Rex, MD, Chancellor's Professor of medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at IUSM, has been elevated to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Part-time Teaching Awards were presented to three professors including Gary P. Miller, associate faculty in the School of Social Work and vice president of operations at Riley Hospital for Children, and Janet M. Phillips, in the IU School of Nursing at IUPUI.

For more information on the award recipients, see



Arrow Scholars program to support cancer research

The IU School of Medicine announces the inception of the Walther Scholars Program, a program made possible through a $5.3 million grant from the Walther Cancer Foundation.  The grant will support research at the IU Simon Cancer Center by funding research costs of young investigators who demonstrate promising research potential.


Arrow Bioethics Journal Club

The next meeting of the Bioethics Journal Club will be Wednesday, April 1, from 4 to 5 p.m. at the IU Center for Bioethics, HITS building, third floor.

Lyle Fettig, MD, will discuss “Rethinking the Ethics of Vital Organ Donations,” Hastings Center Report 38, no. 6 (2008):38-46. Dr. Fettig is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and palliative medicine. The article is posted in the Resources section of the BJC Oncourse project site.

Questions:  Contact Robin Bandy at Drinks and snacks will be provided.

The event is co-sponsored by the IU Center for Bioethics and the IUPUI Philosophy Graduate program.


Arrow Cutting Edge Lecture Series continues

The final two presentations of the Cutting Edge Lecture Series will be in April. The community is invited to attend the series of outstanding lectures is designed to promote thinking and discussion across disciplinary boundaries.

The next lecture, "Privacy disruptions: What they are and why they bother us" will be presented by Sandra Petronio, from the IUPUI Department of Communications, on  Wednesday, April 1, at 4:30. On April 8, “Race, Space, Crime and the African American Entrepreneur” will be presented by Bessie House-Soremekun, from the IUPUI Department of Political Science. Both lectures will be at 4:30 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium, University Library.

For more information about the lecture series and the speakers, visit or email


Arrow Students support V Day with fund-raiser for Legacy House

IUPUI and IUSM students will support V Day 2009 and raise funds for Legacy House, a local shelter and counseling center for victims of violence and sexual abuse, with productions of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues.”

The play will be in Emerson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, and Saturday, April 4; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 5. Admission is $8 for students and $12 for adults and all proceeds go to benefit Legacy House.

Those interested in making a donation may do so by making checks payable to the Student National Medical Association (a 501(c)(3) organization) and mailing them to:

Danika Alexander, SNMA President
c/o IUSM Office of Multicultural Affairs
Attn: The Vagina Monologues
Indiana University School of Medicine
635 Barnhill Drive, MS166
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120

In addition to supporting Legacy House, the goal of this campaign is to raise awareness in the community about the prevalence of violence against women and how to stop it.


Arrow FEED series discusses perceptions about students

The Faculty Enrichment and Educational Development (FEED) series will present, “Avoiding Pitfalls in Evaluating Learners.”

Workshop description: How can I give meaningful feedback and evaluations to learners? Am I confident that the feedback and evaluations I’m providing is helpful to learners from all backgrounds? During this interactive workshop, faculty will discover together different ways of writing effective evaluations and how to avoid bias (real or perceived) in evaluations. The workshop will include resources that will be helpful to faculty as well as plenty of time for discussion.

The guest speakers will be:

Krystal Ardayfio, director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Abby Klemsz, MD, PhD, medical director for Reach Out and Read Indiana, associate program director of Pediatric Residency Program
Lia Logio, MD, assistant dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, program director, Internal Medicine

This presentation will be held on Wednesday, April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Fairbanks Hall, rooms 1109 and 1111. Free surface lot parking is available.

Registration is required: Dinner will be provided and the workshop will earn 1.5 CME credits. Questions:


Arrow IUSM history topic of Seminars in Medical Humanities

“The Many Histories of the Indiana University School of Medicine” will be the topic of the Wednesday,  April 15, Seminars in Medical Humanities. Kevin Grau, coordinator for the IUSM history project, will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Emerson Hall auditorium.

Over the past century the growth and development of the IU School of Medicine has been commemorated and narrated in word and image. As part of a larger project on the history of the medical school, this talk examines representations of the medical school and medical education through these histories using three important moments in the life of the medical school

Space is limited. Please reserve a spot by contacting Rebecca Cervenka at 278-1669 or The series is presented by the John Shaw Billings Society and the Medical Humanities – Health Studies Program. For more information, see


Arrow Rock for Riley

The fifth annual Rock for Riley concert will feature the Avett Brothers at The Vogue in Broad Ripple on Thursday, April 16. The IUSM student volunteer effort raises money for Riley Hospital. Tickets for this year’s event are $25 and all the proceeds go directly to Riley.

Since its inception four years ago, Rock for Riley has raised more than $560,000.  Donations have helped fund the ambitious Phase V expansion at Riley which will make it one of the largest and best equipped children’s hospital in the country. Founded and run entirely by students, Rock for Riley is driven by the generous support of the community.

Admission to this rockin’ good time is $25. More information on national talent performing can be found at the band’s website at  Following their stop in Indy, the Avertt Brothers will be touring this spring with Dave Matthews Band.

For additional information on Rock for Riley, see visit Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the concert or in advance by contacting anyone on the Rock for Riley team. First- and second-year IUSM students also will be selling tickets in the Daly Center near the mailboxes from noon to 1 p.m. beginning next week. Student tickets purchased in advance are $20.


Arrow Nobel Laureate to speak at IUPUI Research Day

Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman, PhD, will be the keynote speaker at the IUPUI Research Day on Friday, April 24. He will speak at 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall, room 101. Dr. Lederman’s presentation, “Knowing How Science Works for Scientists and Citizens,” will be followed by a reception, and poster and paper presentations by faculty scholars/researchers, in the Lecture Hall building.

For a more detailed description of the day’s events, see Questions can be directed to Etta Ward at or 278-8427.


Arrow English intonation classes

The Department of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital has scheduled the next two courses of American English Intonation: Effective Intercultural Communication for the Healthcare Professional.

The program, made possible by support from a Clarian Values Grant, is designed for international medical students, residents, fellows, postdocs and faculty at Indiana University School of Medicine and Clarian Health Hospitals.

The courses:

  • 12  weeks, Tuesdays, May 5 – July 21, 3-4:30 p.m. (Focus: Non-clinicians)
  • 8 weeks, Thursdays, Aug 6 – Sept 24, 5-7 p.m. (Focus: Clinicians)

Note: Although courses are designated for clinicians or non-clinicians, adjustments will be considered.

The goal of this instruction is to make each participant’s speech more comprehensible through modification – not elimination – of the international accent. Accents are welcomed as rich reflections of diversity in our workplace. In addition to refining their pronunciation, participants focus on stress and intonation patterns of spoken English and develop personal strategies that contribute to their overall communication.

Instructors perform initial and final assessments of each participant’s specific sound challenges through audio recordings. A textbook and CDs are integral to the course, but participants spend a significant amount of time actively practicing and reinforcing their English in the class.

For many professionals, this opportunity to engage in English in a more relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere can provide the confidence and determination to pursue more conversations – professional and personal – in American English.

To ensure individual attention, class size is limited and registration is required. Registration fee is $180 if payment is received at least two weeks prior to start date or $220 if payment is received within two weeks of start date. The textbook and CD are provided on site and are included in the registration fee. Instructors are experienced, TESOL-certified IUPUI faculty.

For more information and registration, contact:

Poonam Khurana, MD           
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine   


Arrow Art exhibit commemorates National Autism Awareness Month

"Through My Eyes - Perspectives on Autism" is a juried art exhibition for artists with autism ages 8 years and older.  The exhibit is jointly sponsored by the Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center (an IU and Riley Hospital clinic) and VSA arts of Indiana.

Artwork will be showcased from April 3- 24, at the en ROUTE Gallery in the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware. This exhibit is open to the public; admission is free and all are invited to the opening reception April 3 and to tour the gallery.

The opening reception will be held in conjunction with the IDADA First Friday Art Tour at the Harrison Center from 6 to 9 p.m. Visit for additional information.


Arrow Benefit planned for Indiana AIDS programs

Performing and visual artists will come together for a unique event in Indianapolis at the Clowes Hall Stage on the Butler University campus Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

For the 16th consecutive year, "Spotlight: One Night, One Stage, One Reason," will raise money for the Indiana AIDS Fund through ticket sales and a silent auction. Funds raised go to HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs around the state.

Performers will once again be under the direction of long-time event artistic directors David Hochoy (Dance Kaleidoscope) and Rob MacPherson and will include something for everyone.

Scheduled performances include Butler Ballet, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Indianapolis Opera, Kenyetta’ Dance Company, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Indianapolis Men’s Chorus, Meridian Song Project, Phoenix Theatre, Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre, Asia LaBouche of The Ladies of Legends at Talbott Street and Brenda Williams featuring the Pride of Indy Jazz Band.

Tickets are available at the Clowes Hall box office or by calling 1-800-7982-2787, at all Ticketmaster locations or Tickets are $32.50 and $100. The $100 ticket includes access to a Patron’s Reception at Clowes Memorial Hall at 5:30 p.m. on the night of the performance.


Arrow Iatrogenesis: Call for submissions

Iatrogenesis is now accepting submissions for publication in the spring edition. All IUPUI students and faculty are welcome to submit articles, editorials or other content concerning timely issues in medicine and medical education. The deadline for submissions is Friday, April 3. Please send all questions, submissions or suggestions to


Arrow 2009 Trustee Teaching Awards

The 2009 IUSM Trustee Teaching Awards will be presented during the May graduation. Recipients are:

Recipient Department
James McAteer, PhD Anatomy
Mark Seifert, PhD Anatomy
Kenneth Gwirtz, MD Anesthesia
Peter Roach, PhD Biochemistry
H Glenn Bohlen, PhD Cellular & Integrative Physiology
Stephen Wolverton, MD Dermatology
Andrew Beckman, MD Emergency Medicine
Lee Wilbur, MD Emergency Medicine
Deanna Willis, MD, MBA Family Medicine
Bryan Hainline, MD, PhD Medical & Molecular Genetics
Waqas Ghumman, MD Medicine
Nasser Hanna, MD Medicine
Ahdy Helmy, MD, PhD, MBBCh Medicine
Rakesh Mehta, MD Medicine
David Miller, MD Medicine
Jacqueline O’Donnell, MD Medicine
Michael Ryan, MD Medicine
Curtis Wright, MD Medicine
Margaret Bauer, PhD Microbiology & Immunology
John Kincaid, MD Neurology
Jeanne Schilder, MD Obstetrics/Gynecology
Alexander Mih, MD Orthopaedic Surgery
Thomas Davis, MD, PhD Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Robert Emerson, MD Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
David Ingram, MD Pediatrics
John Kunzer, MD Pediatrics
Diane Lorant, MD Pediatrics
Mara Nitu, MD Pediatrics
Marian Pfefferkorn, MD Pediatrics
Kamnesh Pradhan, MBBS, MS Pediatrics
Joseph DiMicco, PhD Pharmacology & Toxicology
Angela Carbone, MD Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Beth Pfau, MD Psychiatry
Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD Radiology
Mary Maluccio, MD Surgery
Timothy Pohlman, MD Surgery
Don Selzer, MD Surgery
Chandru Sundaram, MD Urology
Rick Ralston, MSLS Ruth Lilly Medical Library
Mark Ronan, PhD Bloomington Campus
GS Seetharamaiah, PhD Evansville Campus
Glenn Merkel, PhD Fort Wayne Campus
James Walker, PhD Lafayette Campus
Derron Bishop, PhD Muncie Campus
Edward McKee, PhD South Bend Campus
Gabi Waite, PhD Terre Haute Campus

For more information regarding the Trustee Teaching Awards, please visit the website:


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 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 week, Timothy Ratliff, PhD, director of the Purdue Cancer Research Center, will comment on conflicts in studies that have shown that PSA (prostate specific antigen) screenings both do and don’t save lives.  The screenings are used to detect elevated levels of PSA, which could indicate a life threatening cancer or a much slower growing tumor.

George Bartzokis, MD, a neurologist at the Brain Research Institute at UCLA, will discuss his findings that suggest that brain decline is tied to a decrease in myelin coating the brain’s neurons.

Scott Davis, PhD, chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, will discuss a possible link between working the night shift and an increased risk of breast cancer.  Dr. Davis believes that sleep deprivation can trigger the ovaries to produce more estrogen, which has been linked to breast cancer.

Sound Medicine reporter Colleen Iudice will report on a study being conducted at the University of Indianapolis to see if people can improve their fitness using computerized dance games.

Co-host Ora Pescovitz, M.D., will talk with choreographer Liz Lerman and dancer Susie Richard about exploring the mysteries of the human genome through dance.
In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will look at a new gene therapy that could immunize some against HIV.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine, as well as other helpful information, including when and where the program airs around the state, can be found at

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.


Arrow Continuing Medical Education at your fingertips

The Continuing Medical Education office launched a new and improved website at 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.


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


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
  • 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.