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July 10, 2009
Volume 13 Number 27 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow From the Desk of Chancellor Charles R. Bantz

On Tuesday (June 30, 2009), the Indiana General Assembly passed a biennial budget for fiscal years 2010 and 2011. This was a particularly difficult year for the General Assembly, facing declining revenues and philosophical differences on spending. I commend the members of the legislature for their hard work in reaching a compromise under such challenging circumstances.

Overall, Indiana University’s eight campuses were cut by 4.5 percent in fiscal year 2010 and another 1.5 percent in fiscal year 2011. These cuts will be replaced with a one-time allocation of federal stimulus dollars, which will essentially leave budgets flat for the next two years. IUPUI received a 5.6 percent cut to base funding in fiscal year 2010 and a .9 percent cut in 2011. These cuts are based on a fully funded 2009 operating appropriation of $205 million.

Also included in the bill are:

  • $33 million authorization for the Indianapolis Neurosciences Building Phase II
  • $10 million authorization for the Life Sciences Lab Renovations
  • $10 million per year for the Indiana Innovation Alliance, including $3 million for expansion of the medical school, $2 million for Purdue technology programs, and $5 million for core research
  • $31.5 million system-wide for repair and rehabilitation, including $13 million that was cut in FY 2009

IU administration and the campus administration are currently discussing the tuition rates for the biennium. The campus administration is also reviewing the implications of a 6.5 percent, or $13.3 million, cut in base appropriations over the next two fiscal years. We will discuss options as to how to approach this so that we are positioned appropriately for the 2012 fiscal year.

As soon as these decisions are made, we will be able to communicate the impact at the responsibility center level. We anticipate making decisions on the expenditure side during the week of the July 13th.

Charles R. Bantz
Chancellor - IUPUI
Executive Vice President, Indiana University



Arrow Trustees to consider tuition and fee rates

The Indiana University Board of Trustees will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, July 16, to hear student and public comment on proposed tuition and fees to be set for all IU campuses for the next two academic years.

The hearing will get under way at 10 a.m. in room 405 of the IUPUI Campus Center. The public will also be able to view the proceedings live on the Internet at

IU officials will outline proposed tuition and fee rates for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years and describe how these additional revenues will be used to maintain and improve academic quality.

Members of the public will be able to pose questions during the hearing at a phone number and e-mail address to be announced. Questions and comments also may be submitted in advance by e-mail at

Following the hearing, trustees will convene at 11 a.m. in the same location to deliberate. Trustees are expected to approve a proposed tuition and fee rate schedule for 2009-10 and 2010-11 and a budget plan for 2009-10.

A schedule of proposed percentage rate increases for each campus can be viewed at at




Arrow Message from the president of the IUSM Faculty

A beginning can be a very exciting, yet intimidating time for learners. It can also be the most important part of any journey.  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to all of our new students, residents and fellows and post-docs as they embark on a new stage in their careers.  The best way to engage learners is to be present and show them that we are truly concerned about their education—no matter what level. 

As faculty and staff we hold an important position in their education during their time here at the IUSM.  I am sure that we can all remember the teacher(s) that have made a difference in our lives—let us try to be that teacher as we engage with our learners—besides it is more fun for us as teachers when our students are engaged. 

Jeffrey M. Rothenberg, MD, MS
President, IUSM  Faculty



Arrow Annual IUSM-CTSI Scientific Poster Session and IUSM Art Exhibition

The 2009 annual IUSM and Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Scientific Poster Session will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 16. The Scientific Session is designed to highlight current research efforts within the school, and to foster interdisciplinary r esearch. The poster session will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (set-up at 10:30 a.m.) in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building Atrium.  Faculty, fellows and students are invited to submit abstracts at The submission deadline is Tuesday, Aug. 25. Lunch will be provided for presenters (up to 2 per poster) during the poster session.

Three awards, sponsored by the Indiana CTSI, will be given to the top posters in three categories:  “Best Student submission” ($1,000 cash award), “Best Clinical submission” ($1,000 travel award) and “Best Basic Science submission” ($1,000 travel award). Please note that only one poster per primary investigator will be permitted.

In addition, the Second Annual IUSM Art Exhibition will be on display in conjunction with the annual poster session. This exhibit of literary and visual artwork will showcase the artistic expressions of IUSM faculty, staff and students.

The deadline for submitting artwork is Sunday, Aug. 23. Detailed information and the form for submissions are available at

In the past, the Scientific Poster Session typically is combined with the Dean’s Grand Rounds.  However, this year will solely feature the Poster Session, which will again be paired with the Dean’s Grand Rounds in successive years.  

Additional information on both events will be in upcoming issues of Scope. 




Arrow Spanish immersion classes

There’s still time to improve your Spanish this summer in a comfortable, stress-free atmosphere. “Improving Conversation” or “Level II” Spanish Immersion Institute continuing education classes are available the week of July 20 at IUPUI Park 100 Learning Center. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call the IUPUI Community Learning Network at 278-7600 to register.




Arrow New phishing probe trawling for victims

A new message from “Indiana University []” with the subject line: “Mandatory Security Update: July 2009” is hitting IU mailboxes asking users to login to a website to confirm their password. It is another insidious phishing expedition and should be immediately deleted, advises Vincent Sheehan, IUSM associate dean for information technology.

“Identity thieves are getting more and more creative so we need to be ever vigilant,” he cautions. “ If you receive any request to reveal your login information, by email or by phone, it is always a scam. Neither the university, nor any other legitimate business, will ever ask you to reveal your password.”

Questions? Contact the IT help desk at or 274-5336.




Arrow Angel Course Management Web Address Change

IUSM Educational Technology has upgraded the Angel course management system to version 7.4 and the new web address is: 

Please change your links to the new address.


Arrow Female faculty promotion event

IUSM women faculty who have been at the associate rank for four or more years and want to consider promotion to full professor are invited to attend The Next Hurdle: From Associate to Full Professor from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005.

Please RSVP to

This is a special event only for IUSM women faculty -- join your colleagues for conversation over wine and cheese about promotion: what it takes, why it matters, tips for your dossier, understanding barriers and how to overcome them. Questions?


Sharon Andreoli, MD
Byron P. and Frances D. Hollett Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Nephrology, and Chair, IUSM Promotion and Tenure Committee

Mary Austrom, PhD
Wesley P. Martin Professor of Alzheimer Disease Education, Professor of Clinical Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry, member of IUSM Clinical Faculty Contract and Promotion Committee

Janice Blum, PhD
Chancellor’s Professor of Microbiology & Immunology,
Co-Director of the Center for Immunobiology

Stephen P. Bogdewic, PhD
George W. Copeland Professor of Family Medicine, Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development




Arrow FEED to look at performance improvement CME

FEED: Performance Improvement CME – Keeping Clinicians Current (and Certified) will be Tuesday, Aug. 18, 5 to 7 p.m. in Fairbanks Hall, rooms 1110 & 1112. Presenting will be Julie Vannerson, Alex Djuricich and Charles Clark.

To register, see

This workshop will introduce the new concept in continuing medical education, that of performance improvement CME (PI CME).  PI CME is a three-step process that begins with an assessment of the clinical practice using evidence-based measures and ends with revaluation of performance in practice after an intervention is introduced.  It is a mandatory step for all certification and maintenance of certification activities.

Dinner will be provided and free parking will be available in the Fairbanks Hall lot, located on the corner of 10th Street and Senate Avenue.

Questions? Contact




Arrow IUSM New Faculty Welcome

All new faculty appointed from September 2008 to present are invited to attend the IUSM New Faculty Welcome from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, in Fairbanks Hall, rooms 1109 and 1111. Please register at

The IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development will host a welcome session for new faculty. Senior IUSM faculty will be present to answer questions. This event will provide opportunity for networking and learning about resources available to support faculty at the School of Medicine and meet new colleagues.

Immediately following the welcome program, there will be the "Academy of Teaching Scholars Kick-off" event, which will include a tour of the new IUSM Simulation Center.

Questions? Contact


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars kick-off event

The kick-off for the Academy of Teaching Scholars will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24, in Fairbanks Hall, rooms 1109 and 1111. The keynote speaker will be Richard Gunderman, MD, MPH, PhD.

Teaching is a core mission of the school and the majority of faculty are involved in one or more aspects of this mission. Come to this event and discuss with your colleagues and Dr. Gunderman the importance of teaching and how to develop as an educator. During this event an overview of the IUSM Academy of Teaching Scholars will be provided as will opportunity to become part of the academy.

The IUSM academy consists of three tiers and this event marks the launch of tier one. The mission of tier one of the academy is to provide all faculty the fundamentals of teaching and learning. A series of workshops will be designed to offer instruction in the following areas:

  • Technology in Teaching
  • Assessment of Learners
  • Learning Theory
  • Instructional Methods
  • Curriculum Development

To register, see

The kick-off event will also provide opportunity for faculty to tour the new simulation center. Questions? Contact




Arrow Research Faculty Development Seminar

The next Research Faculty Development Seminar: Helping Trainees Get to the Next Level will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 14, in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

As a mentor, your job is to help your trainees make it to the next level. Providing an environment within which they are highly productive is of course essential. However, the way you characterize their work in your laboratory can make the difference between a good position and a great position. In the end, their success equals your success. Some suggestions and tips on how to make this work will be presented.

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and professor of microbiology and immunology, will lead the presentation. These seminars are designed to help research faculty on the tenure-track and scientist ladder, as well as research associates be successful in the laboratory and as members of IUSM.

Please register at





Arrow Ask For It: Negotiation Training for Women

Sara Laschever will present “Ask For It: Negotiation Training for Women” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and with an encore presentation from 1:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 21, in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 450 B. The presentation is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the Women’s Advisory Council.

To register, see

Convinced that negotiation requires bluffing, steamrolling and hardball tactics, many women avoid negotiating whenever possible. And women pay for this decision in every aspect of their lives—in lost income, delayed career advancement, and under-utilization of their skills at work. They also pay in strained relationships and health problems at home. These are losses women don’t need to suffer.

By mastering a few basic principles, planning carefully, and practicing, anyone can become an effective negotiator. In this workshop, Sara Laschever will introduce you to “best practice” negotiation strategy, talk about how and where to gather the information you need, and discuss ways to maximize your bargaining power, set the right targets for your negotiation, and remain unfazed by the emotional dimensions of the interaction.

Sara Laschever is a fellow of the Center for Work-Life Policy and the co-author, with Linda Babcock, of Ask For It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation To Get What They Really Want and Women Don’t Ask: The High Cost of Avoiding Negotiation and Positive Strategies for Change.

Questions? Contact




Arrow Annual Indiana CTSI retreat set for Sept. 24

The second annual Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute retreat will be Thursday, Sept. 24, at Purdue University, with presentations by investigators from Indiana and Purdue universities and the University of Notre Dame.

With the theme of “Building A Greater Research Agenda on Indiana Strengths,” the retreat will offer “conversations to stimulate state-wide collaborations for building teams, preparing for high end grant applications, and leveraging facilities and resources,” and will include breakout discussions on:

  • Personalized Medicine and Nutrition
  • New Tools and Technology Development
  • Imaging Technology
  • Modeling and Simulations
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Animal Models

The retreat will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, room 121, at Purdue’s Discovery Park.

For additional information, or to register, please see

The registration deadline is Monday, Sept. 7. For additional information or answers to questions, contact Sydney Kisseberth at, or 765-494-1678.




Arrow Setting the record straight

Discussion and speculation aside, IUSM, although growing, remains the second largest medical school in the nation. Rumor was circulating that IUSM had surpassed the University of Illinois medical school in student enrollment.

In 2008, IUSM tied the University of Illinois at Chicago, both matriculating an entering class of 308. Figures on class size for this fall are not yet available. Unless IUSM inducts a huge number of students, Indiana’s only medical school will remain the nation’s second largest for a bit longer. 




Arrow State Fair volunteers needed

IUSM and Clarian Health are partnering this year at the State Fair and are seeking volunteers during the August 7-21 session.  Students, residents, faculty and staff are invited to volunteer in the Clarian Healthy Lifestyles Pavilion for the two weeks of the fair.

There will be plenty of great options for volunteers including screenings, guiding children and adults through interactive activities in the Riley, heart, neuro and human motion areas, as well as other healthy lifestyle activities. 

Just go to this link and fill out the preliminary form to access the Clarian Volunteer Sign up site. You’ll get a note from Brittany DeWitt letting you know when you’ve been given access to select the volunteer activity and time of your choice. Select the category that fits your affiliaition – faculty, staff, medical student or resident. See

Questions can be directed to Pam Perry at




Arrow Irwin Award deadline only a month away

The deadline for nominations for the 2009 Glenn W. Irwin Jr., M.D. Experience Excellence Recognition Award is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7. Recognize your colleagues who go "above and beyond the call of duty." See for complete details.

Supporting documentation and any questions regarding the process should be directed to




Arrow Screenings, cancer research opportunities during Indiana Black Expo’s Health Fair

A small drop of blood can provide researchers with countless clues into cancer. You can help researchers at the IU Simon Cancer Center by donating a blood sample during the Indiana Black Expo’s INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair.

The researchers are participating in the Indiana State Department of Health’s One Stop-One Stick program which allows people to donate blood and receive free screenings of their choice.

In addition to regular screenings, men and women with and without cancer can indicate they want their blood samples to be included in a study called IU-CABS – the Indiana University Cancer Biomarker Study -- led by Noah Hahn, M.D., assistant professor of medicine. The study will help identify genetic and environmental risk factors that lead to the development of cancer.

Meanwhile, representatives with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will be on hand to talk to women about its ongoing blood and tissue sample collections.The Komen tissue bank next hosts a collection on Aug. 8, which will take place in the Hematology Clinic and Women's Center (second floor) at the IU Simon Cancer Center. For more information, visit

The IU-CABS study and the Komen Tissue Bank representatives will be located in booths 134-140 in Hall D of the Indiana Convention Center.  The booths are open:

  • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 16
  • 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 17
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 18
  • Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 19

The IU Simon Cancer Center is a sponsor of this year’s INShape Indiana Black & Minority Health Fair.




Arrow Clarian CV Women’s Golf Outing to benefit United Cerebral Palsy

The 11th annual Clarian Cardiovascular Women’s Golf Outing benefiting the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Indiana is Monday, Aug. 3, at Coffin Golf Course, 2401 Cold Spring Road, Indianapolis.  The event follows a scramble format, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Play is open to women only, but men are welcome to volunteer in support of the event. Cost is $100 per individual and $300 per foursome, which includes green fees/cart, continental breakfast, lunch, door prizes, goody bag and silent auction. 

The event is among Clarian Cardiovascular’s outreach activities to promote physical activity as part of a heart-healthy lifestyle. For more information or to register, contact Donna Roberts at or 632-3561.




Arrow Relay for Life

Team IU Researchers invites you, your family and friends to join them for the Relay for Life in Downtown Indy on Aug. 1 at the Indiana War Memorial.

To fight cancer and to be part of the fundraising fun, go to, select “Sign Up” and then “Join an Existing Team.” Type in: “IU Researchers” (Leave Team Company/Organization blank); select "Search for a Team” and then select “Individual fee-Team Member.”

A $10 registration fee is requested. Then put on your sneakers and get ready to support cancer research. An overnight fundraiser, Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature event and is held in 4,900 communities.




Arrow Fall yoga registration

HRA Work/Life, Intramural and Recreational Sports and Student Wellness Coalition partner to bring faculty, staff and students an ongoing series of lunch-time yoga classes. Registrants pay the semester recreation fee and have the opportunity to attend the 12:05 - 12:45 p.m. classes in the Campus Center on Mondays and Thursdays and the Union Building, room 130, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, along with other activities.

Leave a message at if you wish to be sent details in mid August.




Arrow Ball Garden free concerts

Four free summer concerts in Ball Gardens, which is located north of Ball Residence Hall and east of the Union Building, remain on this summer’s agenda. 

The following concerts will be from noon-12:45 p.m.:

Thursday, July 16                         IUPUI Steel Pan Ensemble
Tuesday, Aug.  4                          John Alvarado, Classical Guitar
Tuesday, Sept. 8                          The Chatham Arch String Quartet
Thursday, Sept.  17                       IUPUI Chamber Ensemble

Rain Location: Riley Outpatient Center atrium

All of these concerts are free, kid-friendly, and open to the public. They are hosted by the IU Foundation and the Purdue University Department of Music and Arts Technology.




Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 12, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 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 week, Daniel Cherkin, PhD, senior investigator of alternative approaches to healing at the Group Health Center For Health Studies in Seattle, will discuss his new study which found  that while acupuncture does appear to help relieve lower back pain, it isn’t clear how it actually works.

George Sawaya, MD, an OB/GYN physician at the University of California-San Francisco, will explain how evidence-based medicine applies to issues concerning women’s health.

Caroline Carney Doebbeling, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will explain her research that shows how compassion fatigue can lead to problems among those who care for patients with cancer.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore human anatomy knowledge or lack thereof.

Archived editions of Sound Medicine as well as other helpful information can be found at

Sound Medicine is underwritten by Clarian Health, IU Medical Group and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.  Primary care segments are underwritten by Wishard Health Services.


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.