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October 30, 2009
Volume 13 Number 43 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Endowed cancer research chair to honor Brand

IU President Michael McRobbie Wednesday announced a campaign to create an endowed faculty chair in cancer research in commemoration of the late Myles Brand, the university's 16th president. The announcement was made at Conseco Fieldhouse during a public tribute for Brand jointly sponsored by IU and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Support for the Brand Chair thus far includes nearly 145 individual gifts and pledges totaling more than $1.1 million. After Brand's death, his family requested that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to create the Myles Brand Endowed Chair in Cancer Research at the IU School of Medicine. IU is adding a $1 million match to the endowment.

Brand, who served as IU's 16th president from 1994 to 2002, had been president of the NCAA from January 2003 until his death on Sept. 16 after a nine-month fight against pancreatic cancer. He was 67. 

Donations for the Brand Chair can be made online at medicine.iu.edu/body.cfm?id=8897&oTopID=2702 or by contacting the IUSM Office of Gift Development, 1110 W. Michigan St., LO 506, or 274-3270.


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Arrow First director for outreach program named

Fred Hamilton, M.Ed., has been hired as the director of the Diversity Outreach Comprehensive Science Initiative in the Division of Diversity Affairs. 

The Division of Diversity Affairs in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is newly created and will focus specifically on moving IUSM’s diversity agenda forward.  Hamilton will be responsibility for enhancing existing elementary, middle, high school and undergraduate pipeline initiatives, as well as creating new programs designed to stimulate and motivate young people to begin thinking about medicine as a career at an early age. 

Hamilton received a bachelor’s degree in zoology at Ohio University and an master’s degree in counseling education from the University of Pittsburgh before attending law school at Southern Illinois University.

A veteran educator and program manager who is no stranger to diversity challenges, he has held numerous positions in science and engineering education as well as administrative positions at secondary and postsecondary levels where programs under his charge netted significant enrollment increases and expansion of education opportunity for underrepresented students. 

His former position include director of Upward Bound and special supportive services programs in Ohio and Southern Illinois University; assistant to the vice president for academic affairs and lecturer in humanities and social sciences at Carnegie-Mellon University; assistant to the dean for student affairs at the University of Colorado, Boulder; associate director of the Research Center of Excellence in Cell and Molecular Biology and assistant dean in the School of Graduate Studies and Research at Meharry Medical College. Most recently, he held the position of associate director for multicultural affairs at the medical school at Saint Louis University.

Many of his efforts have been underwritten by co-authored grants received from the Maurice Falk Medical Fund, United States Department of Education, National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the National Space and Aeronautics Administration.


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Arrow Graduate Medical Education earns institutional accreditation

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has notified the Office of Graduate Medical Education that IUSM as a sponsoring institution has received the maximum accreditation of five years. The next institutional site visit is scheduled for October 2014.  Currently IUSM sponsors 76 residency programs with more than 1,000 trainees. 


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Arrow New home for ophthalmology department under construction

Construction began this week on the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute – soon to be the new home of the IUSM Department of Ophthalmology.

Site work begins nearly one year after a ceremonial ground breaking for the four-story, 70,000-square foot building that was made possible by a $30 million gift from the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Family Foundation. The building is being constructed at the northeast corner of Michigan Street and West Drive and will house the adult outpatient clinic, an optical shop, research space, classrooms, faculty offices, student meeting rooms and room for program expansion.

For more information, see www.iueye.iu.edu.


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Arrow Fall back for Daylight Saving Time

Don't forget to set clocks back an hour Saturday night. Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday.

Clocks will “spring forward” the second Sunday in March – the 14th – when DST resumes.


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Arrow Events planned for Wishard Hospital referendum

Wishard Hospital is seeking voter approval to build a new hospital on the IUPUI campus through a referendum on the Nov. 3 election ballot for Marion County residents.  

Early voting is now underway at the Marion County Clerk’s Office, located in room W-122 of the City-County Building. The office is open for referendum voting Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Three satellite offices will be open from Saturday, Oct. 24, through Sunday, Nov. 1, including one near campus at the HealthPlex, 860 W. 10th Street. The satellite sites will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays.

For locations and times of early in-person voting locations, see http://www.indy.gov/eGov/County/Clerk/Election/Voter_Info/Pages/absentee_voting.aspx

Healthcare reform town hall

A healthcare reform town hall will be held in DemocracyPlaza from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Monday, Nov. 2, with faculty members who have conducted major research in the area scheduled to speak. The event will be in the IUPUI Campus Center, room 409. Lunch will be provided. See dplaza.usg.iupui.edu for more information.

Wishard rally

Join hundreds of Wishard supporters at a trio of "Wishard Yes!" rallies on Halloween, Saturday, Oct. 31. The closest rally is located at Cancer Survivors Park, 985 Indiana Ave (map).  The rally is located near the Center Township Health Plex, one of the satellite early voting locations (map). For more information, contact Susan at susan@wishardyes.org by phone at 317-903-4973. 

After the balloting ends

Citizens for Wishard invites all to an evening celebrating the Wishard Campaign. Please plan to attend this election night party, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Madame Walker Theater. You are encouraged to bring friends to join in the celebration. RSVP to kayla@wishardyes.org.


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Arrow State of the Campus address

IUPUI Chancellor Charles E. Bantz will deliver his State of the Campus address entitled "The Talent Divident: How Impact is Made" Tuesday, Nov. 3 in the Joseph E. Walther Hall auditorium. The events will be from 4 to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit http://events.iupui.edu/event/?event_id=1753


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Arrow IUSM art exhibit moves to Campus Center

The second annual IUSM Art Exhibit – “Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression” – will be on display at the IUPUI Campus Center Cultural Arts Gallery Tuesday, Nov. 3, through Saturday, Nov. 21. The exhibit was initially seen Sept. 16 during the Dean’s Scientific Session in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

A reception to celebrate the artistic talent at IUSM will be at the Cultural Arts Gallery Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. All are invited.

Visit the Cultural Arts Gallery on the second floor of the IUPUI Campus Center or online at
life.iupui.edu/campus-center/about/cag.html.


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Arrow PubMed Interface Change

The PubMed interface has changed. While retaining the robust functionality, the interface was simplified to make it easier to use while promoting scientific discovery, according to the National Library of Medicine announcement.

Learn about the changes that took place and how to find the tools you are familiar with in Pubmed:

     IUSM Medical Library, room 108
     12:15-12:45pm, Tuesday, Nov. 3
     12:15-12:45pm, Wednesday, Nov. 4
     12:15-12:45pm, Thursday, Nov. 5

Due to library renovation in progress, attendance is limited and registration is required. To register, call or email Beth Whipple at 278-6179, or ewhipple@iupui.edu.


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Arrow Next Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Nov. 4

“Ethical Issues in the Care of Transgendered Patients,” the next in the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series, will be presented by Melissa Cavaghan, MD, and Alexia M. Torke, MD, MS and moderated by Lucia D. Wocial, RN, PhD. The presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, is Methodist Hospital Petticrew Auditorium.

Free CME/CE Credit Offered

For questions and comments, contact Amy Chamness at achamnes@clarian.org or 962-1721.  For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics and this lecture series, visit www.fairbankscenter.org.


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Arrow 2009 Indy microRNA symposium

Registration is open for the 2009 Indy microRNA symposium, sponsored by the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and the Indiana Clinical Translational Science Institute.  This event will be in Joseph E. Walther Hall (RIII) room 203, from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, and will feature seven invited talks and panel discussion.

The symposium goal is to present active microRNA-related research topics, form a microRNA research group, and foster collaboration among clinical and basic research scientists in Indiana.

To register, see compbio.iupui.edu or indianaCTSI.org.  For further information, contact the symposium co-organizers, Yunlong Liu (yunliu@iupui.edu, 278-9222) or Kenneth Cornetta (kcornett@iupui.edu).


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Arrow Muncie IMSIG blood draw

The IUSM-Muncie Internal Medicine Student Interest Group will sponsor its second annual blood drive on Monday, Nov. 9. The group hopes to not only give back to the community, but also increase the community's dwindling supply of blood types within the area blood bank.

First- and second-year IUSM-Muncie students and faculty will be participating. The blood drive will be in the EF Ball Medical Education Building, library/conference room from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


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Arrow IUPUI National Science Foundation Speaker Series

NSF DAY – Afternoon Session, sponsored by the office of the vice chancellor for research, will be from 2:15 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, is the IU Cancer Research Institute, room 101.

Come learn about National Science Foundation opportunities for biomedical researchers and get tips on developing competitive NSF proposals from experienced NIH funded researchers who are now Program Directors at NSF. IUSM faculty are encouraged to attend.

Presenters: Dr. Richard Rodewald, program director, NSF Cellular Systems Cluster, a division of molecular and cellular biosciences; and Dr. Cedric L. Williams, program director, NSF Neural Systems Cluster, a division of integrative organismal systems

For more information about all the Nov. 13 NSF Day sessions and other NSF Speaker Series events, go to crl.iupui.edu/events/eventsRegistration.asp?id=1783.


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Arrow NIH Roadmap applications sought

NIH has posted a request for applications for the 2010 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Projects Program. The program has been created under the auspices of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research "to enhance submission and support of exceptionally innovative, high risk, original and/or unconventional research that has the potential to have a profound impact in clinical, basic, and or behavioral/social science arenas."

The awards provide up to $25 million total costs per year for a single project. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, Jan. 22, with letters of intent due by Tuesday, Dec. 22.

See: grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-09-022.html


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Arrow Fogarty scholars accepting applications

Applications are being accepted for a clinical research training experience for doctoral-level U.S. students in the health professions offered through the Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars Program. The FICRS program offers a one-year clinical research training experience to advanced standing students in U.S. schools of medicine, public health, osteopathy, dentistry, nursing, veterinary medicine, optometry, nutrition and pharmacy.

The deadline to apply for the program is Thursday, Dec. 3. To learn more and to obtain an application, visit http://www.fogartyscholars.org/scholars, or contact scholars@fogartyscholars.org with questions.


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Arrow Facebook for scientists

IU has received more than $1.8 million from the National Institutes of Health to collaborate on a $12.2 million, seven-university project designed to network researchers around the country.

While the proposed new networking system will contain authentication mechanisms to protect sensitive data and intellectual property, it is being described as a Facebook for scientists.

For more information: newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/12341.html


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Arrow IUPUI Season of Giving

This holiday season is sure to be tough in these economic times for many in our community. You can help make an impact in Indianapolis by being a part of the IUPUI Season of Giving Adopt a Family Program. Gather your friends or co-workers and adopt a family this holiday season. All information can be found at the link below. Submissions must be in by Tuesday, Nov. 24. 

See: www.iupui.edu/outreach/community/programs/holiday/


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Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 1, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 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, Mark Wynn, former director of payment policy demonstrations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will discuss the results of a four-year study funded by CMS that paid hospitals based on quality measures rather than procedures performed.

Greg Sachs, MD, professor of medicine and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will explain how DNR (do not resuscitate) forms might work outside of a hospital and who they are designed to benefit.

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

Sound Medicine’s bioethicist Eric Meslin, PhD, director of the IU Center for Bioethics and Daniel Callahan, PhD, senior research scholar and president emeritus of the Hastings Center, will discuss Callahan’s new book, Taming the Beloved Beast: Why Medical Technology Costs are Destroying Our Health Care System.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore the new “Smart Choice” food labels.

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

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.


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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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