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April 5, 2010
Volume 14 Number 13 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Above the Fold

Arrow New IU vice president for research announced

Jorge José, PhD, has been named vice president for research at Indiana University, subject to approval of the IU Board of Trustees.

A professor of physics, José has been serving as vice president for research at the University at Buffalo since 2005.

Prior to his position at SUNY Buffalo, he was a distinguished professor and chair of the physics department at Northeastern University. Additionally, he is a fellow in one of the world's most prestigious scientific societies, the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He becomes the 43rd AAAS fellow at IU.

For more information on his appointment, see /


Arrow Cripe named interim director of IUSCC hematology division

Larry Cripe, MD, associate professor of medicine, has been named interim director of the IU School of Medicine's Division of Hematology/Oncology. The position was most recently held by Patrick Loehrer Sr., MD, who has been named director of the IU Simon Cancer Center.  

Dr. Cripe has been on faculty since 1995 and has held many positions including clinical director of the Divison of Hematology/Oncology, a position he continues to hold. He is the founder and former director of the CompleteLife program for cancer patients and their families. He recently also was named the founding director of palliative care services at Indiana University Hospital.


Student Showcase

Arrow Rock for Riley to be Friday at The Vogue

Julian Casablancas will perform live in Indianapolis Friday, April 9, at 9 p.m. at The Vogue Theatre in Broad Ripple as part of the sixth annual Rock for Riley concert series. Tickets for this year’s event are $20.

Casablancas is best known as the lead singer of The Strokes, a rock band based in New York City that has won critical acclaim worldwide.

Rock for Riley is a one-of-a-kind organization, created and managed by passionate and involved IUSM students. Rock for Riley’s primary mission is to organize an annual benefit concert in support of the Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana’s only comprehensive children’s hospital.

Tickets are only $20 for this year’s show and are on sale now at the Vogue Box Office, Ticketmaster Online, and during the noon lunch hour in the Daly Center. For more information, check out

Rock for Riley is a program of the Office of Medical-Service Learning which promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Visit for more information.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Ethics at Lunch – April 6

Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD, will present “Medicine Unleashed: Eliminating Risk and Stopping Aging” at the Tuesday, April 6, Ethics at Lunch series. The discussion of how the focus of medicine on prevention is changing our ideas of health, aging and disease will be in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B26, at noon.

Dr. Schwartz is an assistant professor of medicine and a faculty investigator with the IU Center for Bioethics. Miller is president of Compassion and Choices of Indiana.

Lunch will be provided. For additional information, contact Brent Pickett at or Alex Thurman at


Arrow Group effectiveness topic of Business of Medicine SIG

The Business of Medicine Student Interest Group is hosting a lecture by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, entitled “How Can We Enhance Group Effectiveness?”  The presentation will address the importance of group work in contemporary health care and discuss both the pitfalls that can compromise the performance of groups and steps leaders can take to help group members perform at their best.

The lecture will be at noon Wednesday, April 7, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B26.


Arrow Fairbanks Ethics Lecture to be presented by Michael Webber

“Ethical Care of the Difficult Patient: Personality Disorders in the Medical Setting,” the next presentation in the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series, will be presented by Michael A. Webber, MD, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry.

His presentation, which will identify features of cluster B personality disorders and clinical care information, will be from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. It will be broadcast to the Methodist Petticrew Auditorium.

Free CME/CE credit offered. Lunch will not be provided and food and drinks are not permitted in the auditorium.

Dr. Webber joined the IUSM faculty in September 2008. He is the medical director of the Center for Borderline Personality Disorder Treatment and Research at Larue Carter Memorial Hospital and the attending psychiatrist for the IU Simon Cancer Center’s Psychosocial Oncology and Complete Life Program.

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of Clarian Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community

For questions and comments, contact Amy Chamness at or 962-1721.  For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, visit at


Arrow JSB History of Medicine speaker

Peter Marcus, MD, associate professor of Ob/GYN, will present the John Shaw Billiams History of Medicine lecture Thursday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in room 311 A/B of the VanNuys Medical Science Building.

Dr. Marcus will explore the history of erythroblastosis fetalis, also known as Rh hemolytic disease and its eventual cure.

Lunch will be provided, but space is limited so RSVPs are appreciated and should be made to  Rebecca Cervenka, Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, at 278-1669 or

For information about the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program, contact


Arrow Dental School’s Research Day features oral cancer, saliva expert

David T. W. Wong, DMD, DMSc, will present “Salivary Diagnostics for Oral and Systemic Diseases” at the IU School of Dentistry’s 18th annual Research Day on Monday afternoon, April 12, on the 4th floor of the Campus Center.

Dr. Wong is associate dean for research at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry and the newly installed president of the American Association for Dental Research.  He is a leading scientist in oral cancer and salivary diagnostics research whose work has been continuously funded since 1986 by the National Institutes of Health. He directs the UCLA Collaborative Oral Fluid Diagnostic Research Center and the school’s Laboratory of Head and Neck Oncology Research.

Dr. Wong’s 45-minute presentation begins at 1:15 p.m. in Campus Center 450B-C.

Research Day, from 1 to 4 p.m., is open to everyone on campus, and will include 84 poster and table clinic presentations by IU dental students, faculty, and staff; undergraduate IUPUI students and others who have been working on projects with dental faculty; guest dental student researchers from the universities of Pittsburgh, Louisville, and Detroit Mercy; and middle-school students from Scottsburg, Ind.

For more information, contact IUSD faculty member Masatoshi Ando, PhD, DDS, president of the Indiana Section of the American Association for Dental Research:


Arrow Research Faculty Development – How to Gain Recognition

The next Research Faculty Development Seminar, "Getting Recognized as an Independent Scientist--Without Being a Photon Magnet" will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 12, in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 326.

Postdoctoral mentors are invaluable when seeking a faculty position. However, these "coattails" do not last forever. How does one make a name for himself/herself in the field while providing proper credit to others? We at the IUSM value a culture where credit is generously given – being inclusive, rather than being exclusive. This has important ramifications in the service mission of the school and for the professional growth of the research faculty member. Some ideas meant to help get one's name "out there" will be discussed.

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and professor, microbiology and immunology, will lead the presentation and invites faculty to attend. 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 the IU School of Medicine.

Register at Questions?


Arrow AHEC annual meeting – April 13

The Indiana AHEC (Area Health Education Center) Third Annual Meeting will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, at the IUPUI Campus Center. The meeting provides an opportunity for educators, advocates, health care professionals, community leaders, students and others from across the state to share a day of dialogue and idea exchange.

For additional information or to register, log on to


Arrow Zen Buddhist priest next Embracing Diversity Series speaker

The Embracing Diversity Series will continue at the 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, Pediatric Grand Rounds in the riley Outpatient Center auditorium with Walter Robinson, PhD. A Zen Buddhist priest, Dr. Robinson will present “A Buddhist Philosophical Psychology.”

Dr. Robinson is a member of the IUPUI Department of Philosophy.

This Pediatric Grand Rounds Series - Embracing Diversity: The Influence of Diverse Belief Systems on Health Care Delivery – is designed to increase health-care providers’ awareness of and sensitivity to the influence of spiritual and religious beliefs on the health-care experience.


Arrow Department of Public Health information session

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend an information session to learn about the educational programs offered in the IU School of Medicine Department of Public Health. The event from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 15, will provide an overview of the MPH Program, the graduate certificate in public health, the PhD in epidemiology, and the Office of Public Health Practice.

The event will be in the Department of Public Health office, room 220, 714 N. Senate Ave.
(corner of Senate and St. Clair streets). Free parking is available in the two lots north of the building. Enter the building on the canal level.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Leah Jansen at or 278-0765.
Visit the website at

Can’t attend the information session in person?
Log on to: to attend the session from your personal computer.


Arrow Life-Health Sciences poster session

The Life-Health Sciences Internship Program poster session will be Friday, April 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm in the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium.

Interns from the 2009-2010 group will present posters of their work with faculty and staff. Welcoming remarks will be made by D. Craig Brater, MD, IUSM dean, and Bart S. Ng, PhD, dean of the IUPUI School of Science.

All are invited. More information is available at


Arrow Second Annual Indiana CTSI meeting -- April 19

The second annual meeting of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute will provide an opportunity to learn about a broad range of research initiatives and issues from the perspectives of local and national speakers.

The meeting, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, April 19, will include presentations on biobanks and virtual biorepositories, the physician scientist development program and the National Center for Research Resources’s (NCRR) vision of a national consortium. Several CTSI investigators will provide updates on their research, and there will be breakout sessions on comparative effectiveness, health informatics initiatives, building a biorepository and updates on novel technologies.

There will also be a poster session for CTSI-funded investigators at the meeting, which will be held in the atrium of the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, 410 W. 10th Street in Indianapolis. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be provided.

For the complete schedule and to register, go to


Arrow Satcher to speak at cultural competence conference

The 9th Annual Indiana Conference on Cultural Competency for Behavioral Healthcare will be Thursday, April 29, with the keynote delivered by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, MD, PhD.

The conference, “Beyond Cultural Competence; What’s Next?” is sponsored by the Indiana Minority Health Coalition, the Indiana University School of Medicine, State Department of Health and the Family and Social Services Administration.

Dr. Satcher will speak at the conference and will join breakout sessions led by IUPUI/IUSM faculty and staff including Geroge Rausch, EdD, Mary Austrom, PhD, Virginia Caine, MD, Darla Cohen, and Kenneth Durgans, EdD.

A special reception will be held in Dr. Satcher’s honor on Wednesday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fairbanks Hall. The conference will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn North at the Pyramids. Both events are open to the public.

To RSVP for the Satcher reception:

To register for the conference:


Arrow Biostatistics short course for health care researchers

On May 11, 12, and 13 from 1 to 5 p.m., the Division of Biostatistics will offer a short course on basic concepts of statistical methods commonly encountered in health care literature. The course is open to faculty, fellows and residents, as well as other interested students and staff.   Enrollment will be limited to the first 30 registrants.

Go to for a detailed brochure and registration form.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to recognize and understand statistical methods commonly seen in medical literature; recognize common study designs used in medical research; communicate with statisticians on complex study design and analysis; understand basic concepts of data management; identify appropriate use of statistical procedures when given a common study design and perform simple statistical analyses under the guidance of a statistician.


Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offer a weekly digest containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions. Digests are published on Wednesdays but may be sent more frequently if deadlines are urgent.

View the current Research Funding Update.



Arrow Cancer Research Day abstracts due April 16

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center is now accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day on Wednesday, May 5. 

Abstracts should be submitted for basic science, translational/clinical or population science/epidemiology categories. Individual laboratories may submit multiple abstracts; if space becomes limited, each laboratory will be asked to identify representative posters. Please submit all abstracts to by Friday, April 16.

Abstract form and more information is available at

Students, fellows, and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Walther Cancer Research Center at the University of Notre Dame are eligible to present their current cancer research efforts at the event. To encourage collaboration between cancer researchers and other investigators in the school of medicine, abstracts on other relevant biomedical topics are welcome.

Cash awards for best posters by graduate students, post-doctoral/medical fellows, research technicians, and clinical nurses in all three research categories will be selected by a review board.

James Abbruzzese, MD, chair of the Department of Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology, M.G. and Lillie A. Johnson Chair for Cancer Treatment and Research, and professor of medicine at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, will deliver the keynote address.


Arrow Proposals sought for veterinary translational medicine studies

Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Minnesota and Eli Lilly Corporation have entered into a collaborative research agreement to support veterinary translational medicine studies of animal models of human disease.

Proposals are being solicited for innovative research projects that advance translational therapies for human and veterinary species.  The submission deadline is Monday, May 3.

For more information, see


Arrow IUPUI Research Enterprise newsletter seeks submissions

The April Research Enterprise issue will have a health and medical sciences theme. Faculty are encouraged to submit articles that highlight research happening in these areas. The common sections in the newsletter are Feature Story, Faculty Spotlight, Student Spotlight, Center Spotlight, and Announcements.  Articles submissions for the April issue are due by Tuesday, April 13.

The article submissions should be no more than 400 words in length (Arial font/12-point type), include a headline, and a JPEG photo of the person being featured or a certain activity that depicts what is being highlighted.

Once your article is submitted, there may be follow-up by Shawn Woodall, our communications and marketing assistant, for a brief interview (if time permits). Once all articles have been submitted, they will be reviewed to determine placement.

Please contact Etta Ward, director of research development, at 278-8427 or with questions or if you need assistance.

Links: Current Issue --
Archived Issues --


Arrow Grants available to expand GLBT knowledge

The GLBT Faculty Staff Council is offering multiple $500 grants for any member (faculty, staff, students) of the IUPUI community who is looking for some limited financial assistance to promote or enhance knowledge, tolerance, sensitivity, and/or develop understanding of GLBT issues and/or the GLBT community through the development of co-curricular academic programming. 

Examples include, but are not limited to, attending GLBT-focused event(s), purchasing GLBT-related film/media, paying GLBT-focused speaker honorariums/fees, supporting GLBT-focused research and so forth.

At least 10 grants for activities may be awarded before the close of the current fiscal year. An application can be downloaded on OnCourse by clicking HERE.

Please share this announcement with colleagues across campus. For additional information, or if you’d like to be added to the GLBT Faculty and Staff Council listserv, please contact Jayme Little at or Mark Di Corcia at


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Faculty promotion materials

Faculty promotion dossier materials for promotions effective July 1, 2011 are available on the web at Dossiers will be due in the IUSM Dean's Office (Academic Administration) no later than July 9, 2010.

Contact Lynn Wakefield no later than July 2, 2010, to inform the Dean's Office of your intent to submit a dossier for promotion. Should you need helpful advice for dossier preparation or if you would like to see sample dossiers, contact Deb Cowley.


Around Campus

Arrow IUPUI Staff Council blood drive

On Wednesday, April 28, Staff Council and the Indiana Blood Center will host another Spring into Life blood drive on campus. The event will take place at the IUPUI Campus Center room 309, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at a bloodmobile parked at Taylor Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to donate blood!

 To make your reservation to give, see

Visit for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Lee


Arrow Toxic recyclables drop-off this week

IUPUI’s Tox Away Day will be Friday, April 9, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The location for the drop-off of recyclables has been moved to parking lot #401 located across the street from the Herron Sculpture/Ceramics building at 1325 Indiana Avenue.

Items that will be accepted are listed at


Arrow New IUPUI Interactive Map

The new IUPUI interactive map is now available for testing and feedback. The map includes: detailed information about each building on campus; each office on campus; campus shuttle routes; available parking; current construction zones; a campus art tour; fitness loops and more.



 At Your Fingertips 

Arrow Continuing Medical Education

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 Resources

Want to find a room that has a Polycom hook-up? Need official IUSM templates for your PowerPoint presentation or poster about a guest lecturer? Check out the new “Resources For” page on the IUSM web site. Resources For is accessible from the school’s home page ( – look on the right-hand side of the page.

If you have suggestions of other resources that would be beneficial and could be added to this list, contact the Office of Public and Media Relations at


Arrow MedTV

The Office of Public and Media Relations now manages the MedTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents a wonderful opportunity for faculty, staff and students to communicate events and information of interest to others. It also serves as a source for broadcasting emergency information on campus.

The MedTVs are located in public areas of the HITS building, the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium, the Daly Center, Research II, Walther Hall (R3) and the Cancer Research Institute (R4).

Announcements from departments and offices are welcome. To have your department or office announcements posted on MedTV, please read the MedTV guidelines: Questions? Phone 274-7722.


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 Kevin Fryling, 1110 W. Michigan, LO 401, 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.