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August 7, 2009
Volume 13 Number 31 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow IU at the Indiana State Fair

Indiana University's presence at the 2009 Indiana State Fair is focused on Hoosier health.

IU has partnered with Clarian Health to offer free health screenings every day of the fair, which runs Aug. 7-23, in the Clarian Healthy Lifestyles Pavilion, located next to Expo Hall. This is IU's fourth consecutive year at the Indiana State Fair.

Several IU schools are assisting with free health screenings throughout the 2009 Indiana State Fair, including the IU School of Medicine; IU School of Nursing; School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; and the IUPUI School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, which are all working with Clarian Health to assist with a wide variety of free health screenings.

See for more information on IU’s presence at the Indiana State Fair. Activities planned by the IU Simon Cancer Center can be found at


Arrow News from Chancellor Bantz

Let me extend my appreciation to all of you who have worked tirelessly to serve the IUPUI community. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to reward the exceptional performance of our faculty and staff this year with salary increases.  While this is disappointing, there is every reason to remain optimistic about the future of IUPUI because of the wealth of talent here who so effectively continue to move our campus forward.

The operating funds we will receive from the state for fiscal years 2010 and 2011 are equal to the 2009 budget.  However, part of these funds come from federal stimulus money.  This means that at the end of the biennium our campus will be looking at a 5.1% cut in state operating funds.  Budget restrictions are being put in place to prepare us for the future.  As this fiscal year begins, here are some further details from the Office of the IU Vice President and Chief Financial Officer about the budget restrictions being implemented for the coming biennium. The principles on which the budget is based include:

  • Preserving and expanding academic core excellence by providing resources to continue seeking out and hiring outstanding faculty members.
  • Providing funding to continue building essential infrastructure in accordance with the new master plans for IU Bloomington and IUPUI.
  • Enabling IU to avoid layoffs and provide some additional support for employees earning less than $30,000.

In order to achieve these goals, the 2009-10 budget includes the following restrictions:

  • No base salary increases for either faculty or staff with the following exceptions approved by the Chancellor, the Office of the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and the Office of the President:
    • Newly tenured faculty
    • Faculty receiving promotion in rank or newly named Distinguished Professor
    • Staff receiving upgrade in rank
    • Gender or racial equity increases recommended by the chancellor, provost, or vice president and approved by University Affirmative Action prior to July 1, 2009
    • Written agreements completed prior to May 15, 2009 that include salary increase for FY 2009-10
    • Employee salary increases mandated by Department of Labor
    • Existing base salary data errors

  • A suspension of university policy permitting bonus plans and payments by the campuses with the following three exceptions: 
    • Bonus payments specified by provisions in an employment contract or agreement (note that employment agreements are meant to be an exception and require prior approval of general counsel)
    • Bonus payments defined in an official plan for commissions based on achieving specific financial goals; such plans would have been approved by Responsibility Center heads, the chancellor and the campus HR office.
    • Campus-based long service or special merit awards that are awarded by the chancellor as an annual or periodic campus-wide program; long service awards are usually in the form of a service-recognition gift or small lump-sum award.
  • The budget line for each newly vacated biweekly and professional position from July 16 will be cut by 50%.
  • Each unit’s FY10 general fund travel budget will be cut by 50%.
    The budget also contains funding for the following strategic investments:
  • Funding for 129 additional faculty positions university-wide that are necessary to keep pace with university enrollments as well as continuing to expand the university’s research enterprises. 
  • One-time supplemental payments of up to $500 will be provided to eligible full-time staff employees with base salaries of less than $30,000 only.
  • Providing adequate funding to pay increased employee health care, energy, and casualty insurance costs and to ensure essential maintenance and repair of IU facilities. IU will pay the healthcare premium increase for all full-time employees, by freezing employee contributions for 2010 at current rates for 2009.
  • Increasing the amount of money available for student financial aid grants at IUPUI by about $1 million to ensure that we continue to enroll the best students, regardless of their financial backgrounds.

Over the coming weeks we will be working with schools and units to better understand the impact of these changes.  These are obviously difficult times and we are facing new and challenging issues.  But we are grateful that it has not been necessary to announce layoffs and further cuts like many of our peers.  Throughout this process we endeavor to provide all staff, faculty, and students with as much information as possible.  Together we will work to determine the best way to implement changes while keeping our focus on maintaining our excellence in teaching & learning, research, and civic engagement.

You may also be aware that on July 28 all public universities were asked to come before the State Budget Committee to discuss the increase in tuition rates.  Indiana University was represented by President McRobbie, President of the Board of Trustees Steve Ferguson, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Neil Theobald.  Together they reviewed the aforementioned cuts and spending restrictions being implemented to reduce costs, and presented the committee with information on the average cost of tuition and fees.

The committee had several questions regarding the materials presented and other issues.  A follow-up meeting was requested between members of the committee and the IU representatives.  Senator Luke Kenley, chair of the committee, also requested that the IU Board of Trustees reconsider the tuition and fees approved at the July meeting.  The Board of Trustees will now consider this request.

You will receive additional updates as they become available.  Vice Chancellor Rhodes and I will continue to post updates on the budget on the Budget Notes  page,, in the weeks to come. Thank you for your commitment to higher education and to IUPUI.

Charles R. Bantz
Chancellor, IUPUI



Arrow TIME System administrative policy

Input from the various offices on the adoption of a system to record hours worked by non-exempt biweekly and professional employees has resulted in the following policy:

IUSM TIME System Administrative Policy:

Effective immediately through Dec. 31, 2009, all IUSM non-exempt biweekly employees (CL, TE, RS) will record their hours worked through the TIME system using synchronous reporting.  All IUSM non-exempt professional employees (PAO and PAU) will record their hours worked through the TIME system using asynchronous reporting. 

In December 2009 a follow up survey will be sent to all IUSM department administrators asking for feedback concerning the above trial implementation period and input regarding whether this policy should be made permanent or should be modified.


Arrow Applications for translational research pilot projects sought

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI) project development teams are requesting applications for translational research pilot projects with a human subjects component.

Translational projects most suitable for support from this RFA will have a proposed human clinical component. Investigators may submit concept ideas, incomplete protocols, or complete protocols that are not yet submitted to another agency with a request for support.  Support may include aid in study design, personnel for clinical study specific procedures, peer review, and regulatory assistance, as well as pilot funding in the range of $10,000 to $25,000.  The project development team will assist the investigator in determining funding required. Detailed information including eligibility requirements and proposal guidelines is available at

Investigators are asked to complete the Clinical/Translational Pilot Project Application found at

Investigators are encouraged to submit their proposals by Tuesday, Sept. 15.  However, proposals will be accepted before this date, and submissions will be reviewed/assigned in the order they are received.

Questions about this RFA can be directed to Tammy Sajdyk, PhD.


Arrow Library access to be limited in August

Beginning the week of Aug. 10, study areas in the IUSM Medical Library will be closed and access to computers and print materials will be limited for 2 to 3 weeks during the installation of new carpeting.

The circulation desk and reserve collection will be accessible during regular hours and reference librarians will continue to be available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please see the library website for up-to-date information on access to the library during this time.


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 may be interested in attending 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 IUSM Alumni Reception

IU President McRobbie and the Trustees of Indiana University will host a reception for IUSM alumni Thursday, Aug. 13, from 5:30-7 p.m. in  Scholars Hall in University Place Hotel on the IUPUI campus.  There will be a brief program at 6:15.

Reservations are requested by contacting Yvonne Owens at, or 274-5063.

Also on the IUSM Alumni Association schedule is the inaugural IUPUI Regatta: “A Canoe Race on the Downtown Canal” on Sept. 19.  See and click on Regatta.  Get a team together and join the race.


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 Daylong program on using databases in research

Faculty, staff and students who are interested in the use of databases and data management in research and whose needs go beyond traditional tools such as Excel can add to their expertise by attending Data Services Day, a free program Tuesday, Sept. 15, sponsored by the Research Technologies Division and the Pervasive Technology Institute at Indiana University.

Data Services Day is designed to help researchers understand the opportunities and advantages of using databases and data management in their research.

The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University Place Conference Center at IUPUI. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The event will offer presentations on various database and data management features of interest to researchers from a wide range of scientific and academic disciplines. Oracle representatives will discuss functionality related to data analysis and access, while IU Research Technologies staff will present a general overview of databases as applied to research and will describe the resources and data services IU offers the research community. Workshop attendees will also hear from IU researchers who are currently using some of these tools and services to support research in their labs.
Although the program is free, registration is requested.  For schedule details and to register,  go to the conference web site at


Arrow Faculty ASR survey due Sept. 21

The 2009 Faculty Annual Summary Report (ASR) is now available. All regular faculty members who were active during the past academic year (2008-2009) have been requested to complete this survey.  Deadline for ASR submissions is Monday, Sept. 21.

If you are involved in the instruction or presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME - Question #4) or Undergraduate courses (Instruction -Question #1) all course related activities will need to be entered as this data has not been provided by a central source.

Please do not forget to complete the “School of Medicine Faculty Offices, and Standing Committees Nominations” questionnaire at the bottom of the report.  

The web search application for last year’s Research Interest question may be found at the following location:
The survey is available at .  Please contact the office of Decision Support at 278-1968, or e-mail if you have any problems or questions.


Arrow IU Research Coordinator Education Program

The IU Research Coordinator Education Program will be Sept. 24-25 in the Riley Outpatient Center lower level conference rooms A and B. The final day to register is Friday, Sept. 18.

This program is for the education and training of research coordinators.  The program is designed to introduce the research coordinator new to Indiana University to critically important concepts, requirements, and practical aspects of coordinating research studies across all types of clinical research at Indiana University. Besides core curriculum, breakout sessions are offered for both clinical and behavioral trials.

This program is mandated for all new coordinators within the School of Medicine with less than 2 years of experience coordinating studies on the IUPUI/Clarian campuses.  While the program targets the new study coordinator, experienced coordinators and young investigators within the IU schools of medicine, dentistry, and nursing, Clarian Health, and the Roudebush VA and Wishard hospitals often attend and find the content useful and their skills strengthened.

For more information and to register, go to and click on “Programs and conferences”.

For questions regarding program content, contact:

Marta Sears, RN, CCRC                      
Outpatient Clinical Research Facility

Questions about registration, contact:
Office of Lifelong Learning, IU School of Nursing


Arrow Recovery Act updates

Recovery Act of 2009: Information on Quarterly Reporting Requirements for NIH Award Recipients can be found at


Arrow Three from IUSM appointed to state board

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed three IUSM faculty members to the newly created Indiana Cord Blood Bank board of directors.

Named to the 10-member board were Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics, Jeffrey Rothenberg, MD, associate professor of OB/GYN and medical director of the Coleman Center for Women, and Mervin Yoder, MD, a professor of pediatrics, director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, medical director of The Genesis Bank, a stem cell repository, and co-founder of EndGenitor Technologies, a startup company developing therapeutic products based on stem cell technologies.

The bank was established by House Enrolled Act 1172, which calls for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration to create a non-profit corporation to form and operate a public cord blood bank in Indiana. The bank will accept and store donations of umbilical cord blood, placenta and other tissue, listed on the National Marrow Donor Program Registry and made available for transplant.


Arrow H1N1 info booth needs volunteers

The Indiana State Department of Health is seeking volunteers for its booth Indiana State Fair (August 7-23) to make information available about the H1N1 virus and what it may do this fall flu season.  A ticket to the fair is included as well as a special certificate from the Indiana State Health Commissioner recognizing the volunteer.

Shifts are:

  • Friday through Sunday, 12:30- 5 p.m. and 5 - 9:30 p.m.
  • Monday through Thursday, 5 to 9 p.m.

Elizabeth Hart
Indiana State Department of Health
Office: (317) 233-7090
Cell: (317) 518-9075


Arrow Grants and Awards - June 2009

PI Agency Type Project Title Begin End Total
Matthew R. Allen NIH-NIDCR New Bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw: Bridging the clinical-preclinical gap 6/12/09 3/31/10 308,000
Dennis Ang Virginia Commonwealth University New Knee Arthroplasty Cognitive Behavioral Intervention: The (KABIC) Trial 4/1/09 3/31/10 14,313
Aaron Edward Carroll Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality New Computer Automated Developmental Surveillance and Screening (CADSS) 6/1/09 5/30/10 299,313
Aaron Edward Carroll Agency For Healthcare Research And Quality New Malpractice: Ignored Specialites Study 6/1/09 5/30/10 79,908
Xiaoming Jin NIH-NINDS New Excitatory and Inhibitory Synaptic Connectivity in Post Traumatic Eplieptogenesis 5/15/09 4/30/10 249,000
Xiaoming Jin NIH-NIAID New Excitatory and Inhibitory Synaptic Connectivity in Post Traumatic Eplieptogenesis 5/15/09 4/30/10 49,445
Kurt Kroenke Virginia Commonwealth University New Knee Arthroplasty Cognitive Behavioral Intervention: The (KABIC) Trial 4/1/09 3/31/10 20,790
Oussama Meroueh NIH-NCI New Small-molecule Inhibition of the Interactions of the Urokinase Receptor: A Target in Tumor Invasion and Metastisis 5/15/09 2/28/10 255,640
Henry Rodriguez University South Florida New Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet at Indiana University Clinical Center 8/23/08 9/30/09 661,701
Kumaresan Sandrasegaran Society Of Gastrointestinal Radiologists New Early Prediction of the Response of Hepatocellular Cancer to Yttrium-90 Radio-embolization using MRI and MR Spectroscopy 1/1/09 12/31/10 15,000
Daniel Jay Vreeman Regenstrief Institute Contin/Competing Creation, Maintenance, and Distribution of the Logical Observation Identifiers Names Codes (LOINC) 8/1/08 7/31/09 128,699
Ronald C. Wek NIH-NIAID New Translational control and latent Toxoplasma infection 6/15/09 5/31/10 231,000


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis. The program is hosted by Barb Lewis.

This week, Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob will pay a visit to Camp MD, a program sponsored by the Indiana University School of Medicine Office of Medical Service-Learning.  Director Stephen Kirchhoff, MHA, will discuss the office’s programs geared to encourage lifelong learning and volunteering.

Mary Rouse, MD, associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine and Riley Hospital for Children, will discuss the new Charis Center for Eating Disorders, which uses a multidisciplinary approach to treating the disorders.

Book author and journalist Ingrid Cummings will discuss her new book, The Vigorous Mind, which suggests techniques for “cross training the mind.”

Also this week, a new installment of “Grace Notes” will air. The series of first-person essays are end-of-life issues written and read by Larry Cripe, MD, associate professor of medicine and an oncologist at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, Ph.D., will explore live birth videos on YouTube and the Internet.

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.