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August 21, 2009
Volume 13 Number 33 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Celebrating the arts and science of our community

On Wednesday Sept. 16 the IU School of Medicine is hosting two simultaneous events in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.  The 2009 annual IUSM and Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Scientific Poster Session and the second annual IUSM Art Exhibition are a unique opportunity for us to share with our campus community some of the art and science that is being done on campus by our faculty, staff and students

Designed to highlight current research efforts and to foster interdisciplinary research, the Scientific Poster Session is also offering three awards, sponsored by the Indiana CTSI.  These include winners for 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).

The poster session will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (set-up at 10:30 a.m.) in the Medical Science Building atrium.  Faculty, fellows and students are invited to submit abstracts at  Remember the submission deadline is Monday, Aug. 31.

The second annual IUSM Art Exhibition is entitled “Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression" and will showcase the artistic expressions of faculty, staff and students.  This is a juried exhibition and is meant to include visual and literary works.  The submission deadline is Sunday, Aug. 23, and the submission form and instructions can be found at  This exhibit of creative works is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Medical Science Building atrium.

Following the exhibition, the IUSM artists will have the opportunity to showcase their work for the campus at large.  The IUSM Art Committee has arranged with the curator of the Art Gallery at the IUPUI Campus Center to have pieces from "Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression" to be exhibited from Nov. 3-21 in the new gallery. All exhibitors are encouraged to participate as we share the work of our community with the greater IUPUI community. The IUSM Art Committee will safely store artwork from the September exhibit and oversee its placement at the November show.

Please join our faculty, staff and students in these two very interesting and worthwhile events celebrating the art and science of the School of Medicine.

Jeffrey Rothenberg, MD
President, IUSM Faculty
Member, IUSM Art Committee


Arrow ISTM tips on avoiding identity theft

Identity theft continues to be a growing problem around the country; the FTC estimates that as many as 9 million Americans have their identities stolen each year.   Thieves target such information as Social Security and credit card numbers and home addresses that helps them establish phony credit accounts with your identity.

A recent event was triggered by a hacker gaining access to a faculty CV which contained personally identifiable information including a Social Security number. The CV had been stored on a public server and was searchable via Google.

ISTM recommends you review all professional documents to ensure sensitive data are not contained in the document, or is redacted in any public version.

For more information on identity theft – what it is, how to protect yourself, and what to do if you’re a victim, go to  If you think you may have been a victim or have additional questions please contact the ISTM Help Desk at 317-278-5336.


Arrow Einhorn, Sledge ring NYSE Closing Bell

IU Simon Cancer Center researchers Larry Einhorn, MD, and George Sledge, MD,  helped ring the New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell Wednesday, Aug. 19, in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Olympic swimmer and testicular cancer survivor Eric Shanteau was on hand, alongside his oncologist, Dr. Einhorn,  and others commemorating ASCO’s anniversary.

Dr. Sledge is president-elect of ASCO. He will serve as ASCO president beginning in June 2010. Dr. Einhorn was president of ASCO from 2000 to 2001.


Arrow Deadlines approach for scientific poster and art exhibits

The second annual IUSM Art Exhibition will again be on display in conjunction with the 2009 annual IUSM and Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute Scientific Poster Session.

Posters and literary and visual artwork will be on display in the Medical Science Building atrium Sept. 16. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

Faculty, fellows and students are invited to submit abstracts at The submission deadline has been extended to Monday, Aug. 31.

NOTE: Submission guidelines have changed to allow for more than one poster per lab – please see for further details.

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.


Arrow IUSM new faculty invitation

All new faculty appointed from September 2008 to present are welcome 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.

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 Gunderman speaker at kick-off for Academy of Teaching Scholars

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, who will present “Assume the Learner is a Sphere.”

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


Arrow Ethics at Lunch begins Aug. 27

The first in a series of five IUSM Ethics at Lunch presentations will be Thursday, Aug. 27, with Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, examining perceived trade-offs between the interests of the patient (altruism) and the interests of the physician (selfishness) in “Can We Do Well By Doing Good?”

The Ethics in Lunch lecture will be at noon in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B13. Lunch will be provided by FoodWorks. Dr. Gunderman is a professor of radiology, pediatrics, philosophy, liberal arts and philanthropy.

For more information, contact Brent Pickett or Alex Thurman.


Arrow Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center

Bernardino Ghetti, MD, and the Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center are hosting a screening of HBO’s Alzheimer Project. Following the screenings, iADC faculty members will be available to answer questions about Alzheimer disease, current diagnosis, treatment and promising areas of research. 

The screenings will be:

  • Monday Aug. 31
    Grandpa, Do You Know Who I Am?
    (For children – please bring your young family members with you.)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 22
    Memory Loss Tapes: Part 1
  • Thursday, Oct. 22
    Memory Loss Tapes: Part 2
  • Thursday, Nov. 12

All screenings will be in the auditorium of the Riley Outpatient Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

IUSM faculty, staff, students and the public are invited to join the iADC faculty for one or all of the screenings. The program is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required because space is limited. RSVP to 317-274-4939 or


Arrow Family Medicine hosts retirement reception

A reception honoring Thomas A. Jones, MD, who will retire after 34 years with the IU Department of Family Medicine, will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel’s Presidents Room. Dr. Jones, an assistant professor of medicine who directs the Immunization Clinic for International Travel, will retire Sept. 6.

IUSM faculty, staff and students planning to attend the reception are asked to RSVP by Friday, Aug. 28, to Brian Hooley at 278-0360, or People who cannot attend, but would like to send best wishes via cards, letters or emails, can do so through Hooley (LO 200) and the greetings will be presented to Dr. Jones at the reception.

Dr. Jones is a graduate of the IUSM. He has been active with medical education, serving on the IUSM Admissions Committee and, on the department level, he has been involved in continuing medical education, residency education (including residency director) and pre-doctoral medical education.


Arrow Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Sept. 2

“Healing as Calling,” will be presented during the Wednesday, Sept. 2, Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD. The presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium.

Dr. Gunderman is a professor of radiology, pediatrics, philosophy, liberal arts and philanthropy at IU.

Free CME/CE credit is offered. Contact Amy Chamness at or 962-1721 if you have questions.  For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, please visit the web site at


Arrow Aprison Lecture on schizophrenia

The fourth annual Aprison Lectureship in Biological Psychiatry, presented by the IUSM Department of Psychiatry, and sponsored by Morris Aprison, PhD, and family will be Sept. 4.

The guest lecturer will be Carol A. Tamminga, MD, interim chair and professor of psychiatry, vice chair for clinical research and director of translational neuroscience research in schizophrenia at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

This lecture will be from 11a.m. to  noon in the Lilly Auditorium of the Riley Outpatient Center. It is free and open to the public. (1.0 Category 1 CME credit is available for attendance at this lecture.)

Dr. Tamminga will lecture on "Schizophrenia: A Learning and Memory Model of Psychosis."  Information on this lecture can be found on the IUSM Department of Psychiatry website at


Arrow Time to start or join a startup?

Is now the time to found, or join, a startup company? How could the economy and health care reform affect the potential for success? Building a life sciences company is heavily dependent on the ability to raise large amounts of capital and the ability to navigate a heavily regulated industry. Both the economy and the regulation of healthcare are going through a period of change. The Indiana Biomedical Entrepreneur Network (IBEN) meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, will tackle these issues with a panel of experts including:

  • John Hertig, director of the Alfred Mann Institute at Purdue University
  • Joseph Trebley, director of technology development at Kylin Therapeutics, and partner at In-Vivo Ventures
  • Butch Mercer, founder and CEO of BioMark Inc., CEO of Remedion, and chairman of Xylogenics, Inc.

The meeting will begin at 5 pm at the University Conference Center and Hotel at IUPUI – note the change in location due to a conflict at the usual Riley Outpatient Center location.

The program is free, but registration is required via the IBEN web site at

IBEN is sponsored by the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp., Ice Miller and the Indiana Health Industry Forum.


Arrow DiversiTea: Understanding the generations in the workforce

“The Greatest, Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials: Creating Intergenerational Understanding” session will be Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005.

During this session, participants will discuss generational differences, what motivates different generations, and tips for effectively working with people from multiple generations.

The presenter is Megan Palmer, PhD, an assistant dean with the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and a visiting assistant professor with IUPUI School of Education.

Register for this session at


Arrow Free beginning PowerPoint class

MS PowerPoint is a presentation software program that is a part of the Microsoft Office package.  Almost everyone has seen or made a PowerPoint slide show but few know the principles of doing it right.

In a “hands on” environment, this class will get a beginning PowerPoint user on the right path to producing effective slide shows using the tools in MS PowerPoint 2007. The class will cover basic design principles and the use of colors and animations to create a show that will grab your audience’s attention.

All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend this free workshop:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20, 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 12, 9-10:30 p.m.

To register contact Doug Bartlow at


Arrow Faculty, staff appreciation breakfast

Full-time faculty and staff are invited to be the guests of Chancellor Charles Bantz at the IUPUI 40th Anniversary Faculty and Staff Appreciation Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23. Special recognition of Chancellor Emeritus Gerald Bepko is on the program.

Seating is limited so RSVP as soon as possible to Karen Lee, at 274-2215 or


Arrow Health Care and Insurance – IBJ Power Breakfast Series

Health Care and Insurance will be the topic of the next Indianapolis Business Journal’s Power Breakfast Series. The program will begin at 7:45 a.m. Friday, Sept. 25.

Panelists include IUSM Dean Craig Brater, MD; Daniel Evans Jr., president and CEO of Clarian Health Partners; St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital President Kyle DeFur; Brad Fluegel, executive vice president with WellPoint, Inc.; and Mercy Obeime, MD, medical director of St. Francis neighborhood Health Center at Garfield Park.

To register, go to


Arrow Out of Africa – A Silent Auction

Anchor of Hope Charities presents Out of Africa – A Silent Auction to help raise $6,500 to complete a school dormitory for 24 children in Zambia, Africa.

Hand crafted African jewelry, stone carvings, wood carvings and more will be auctioned in the lobby of Fairbanks Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2, and Thursday, Sept. 3.

Education is the focus of Anchor of Hope Charities, striving to empower children by providing educational services through the building of dormitories, health-care clinics and school buildings.  Anchor partners with their Zambian counterparts to create healthy environments for learning for children. By educating children in grades K-12 and also teaching life skills, Anchor of Hope Charities hopes the children will become change agents in a country where half the population is under the age of 15.

Final bids for all auction items will be accepted through 5:30 p.m. Sept. 3rd.  Bids can be made in person or by phone at 750-4244.  For more information, contact Judy Kendall, IUSM director of project management, at 274-5274 or 750-4244.

Photos of the school dormitory under construction and of children receiving shoes can be seen at  The shoes were the result of the efforts of Samaritan’s Feet International’s Todd Mell, who with IUPUI basketball coach Ron Hunter, coordinated the donation of shoes to the 186 orphans at Anchor Orphanage.


Arrow Artery Explorer offers virtual tour

Visit the Artery Explorer, a virtual journey through the arteries, Monday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the IU-Methodist Family Practice lot at 16th and Senate.  Clarian Cardiovascular is hosting Astra Zeneca and the US Against Athero (UAA) national campaign to raise awareness of atherosclerosos and to encourage people to improve the health of their arteries.

The Artery Explorer is an interactive motion simulator created to emphasize the potential dangers of artherosclerosis, the risk factors and what individuals can do to minimize their risks. The location is across the street from the Methodist People Mover Station, enabling interested persons to travel easily from Clarian campuses.  The Indianapolis visit is one of 16 major cities on the 2009 UAA tour.


Arrow Team IUPUI volunteer opportunities

The Team IUPUI Steering Committee is looking for friendly and willing volunteers to help make our returning and new students feel welcome their first week of Fall 2009 classes with helpful information and giveaways.

Volunteer dates and times begin with weekday classes on Wednesday, Aug. 26, Thursday, Aug. 27, Monday, Aug. 31, and Tuesday, Sept. 1. Two hour shifts are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday at Cavanaugh Hall, Business/Social Work, Science/LD, Herron School of Art, Information Technology Complex, Nursing, and Campus Center.

To volunteer, visit Details and instructions are located in the “Volunteer Invitation” listed on the site. Contact Judy Johnson, at, with any questions about the opportunity.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, 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, Scott Weese, DVM, associate professor of pathobiology and of public health and zoonotic disease at the University of Guelph in Canada, will explain his recent findings that MRSA can be spread on the paws and fur of therapy animals inside hospitals and nursing homes.

Eleanor Kinney, JD, MPH, co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health at the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, will discuss some of the nuances of the current health insurance crisis and how the insured might be affected by health care reform legislation.

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics and director for the Center of Health Policy and Professionalism Research and Rachel Vreeman, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, both at IUSM, will discuss their new book, Don’t Swallow Your Gum: Myths, Half Truths and Outright Lies about Your Body and Health.
In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore pain and swearing.

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.