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April 23, 2010
Volume 14 Number 16 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Komen receives $1 million from Oracle

The Komen Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center will receive a $1 million grant from Oracle to support the development of an online resource for breast cancer researchers worldwide.

The Oracle Commitment Grant will help transform fresh frozen tissue samples from the Komen Tissue Bank, the only healthy breast tissue repository in the world, into digital data. The project will enable breast cancer researchers to conduct experiments faster and cheaper from anywhere with only access to an Internet connection. The bank currently maintains tissue specimens from more than 900 volunteer donors.

Transforming this unique resource into digital data will facilitate new insights into the development of breast cancer by creating a free and publically accessible online resource for the comparison of healthy and diseased tissue. 

Komen estimates several thousand researchers will use the digitized slides and tissue once the virtual bank is completed.


Arrow Pitre named basic clinical skills competency director

Cory Pitre, MD, has been named the competency director for basic clinical skills. Dr. Pitre is an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine and has served on the basic clinical skills competency team since 2008.

In addition to his interest in competencies, Dr. Pitre teaches Evidence Based Medicine, Introduction to Clinical Medicine, and staffs the emergency medicine clerkship. Dr. Pitre replaces Butch Humbert, MD, who served as the competency director for both basic clinical skills and problem solving since October 2009. Dr. Humbert will continue serving as competency director for problem solving.


Arrow It's official: West Drive is now Riley Hospital Drive

West Drive no longer exists on the IUPUI campus. It now is Riley Hospital Drive. The change became official earlier this month.

The U.S. Post Office no longer will deliver mail and packages carrying the former street address and name.

New postal addresses for the buildings on that street are:
     Simon Family Tower, 705 Riley Hospital Drive
     Simon Family Tower Parking Garage, 805 Riley Hospital Drive
     Riley Research, 699 Riley Hospital Drive
     Riley Outpatient Center Parking Garage, 575 Riley Hospital Drive

Riley Hospital will continue to use 702 Barnhill Drive as the main address.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Autism Treatment Center to host children’s art exhibition

The IUSM Department of Psychiatry Christian Sarkine Autism Treatment Center will host a juried art exhibition for Indiana artists age 8 years and older with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum from April 26-30 in the atrium of the Van Nuys Medical Science Building.

The exhibition, entitled “Through My Eyes – Perspectives on Autism,” will also host an open house to meet the artists from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 30.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit


Arrow Breast cancer screening topic of 10th annual Merritt Lecture

The 10th Annual Doris H. Merritt, MD Lectureship in Women's Health will be Wednesday, April 28, in Joseph Walther Hall (R3), room 203 from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. This year's lecture featuring Carol Lee, MD, will focus on the recent controversy in breast cancer screening guidelines. Dr. Lee, who helped write the ACR's rebuttal to the recent U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines recommending mammograms to start at age 50, will be lecturing on "Screening for breast cancer with mammography, ultrasound and MRI: Who, When, and Why." 

Dr. Lee is an attending radiologist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and professor of radiology at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. She received her MD degree from Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency in diagnostic radiology at Yale New-Haven Hospital. She has been specializing in breast imaging for more than 25 years and has particular interest in magnetic resonance imaging of the breast. She is currently chair of the Commission on Breast Imaging of the American College of Radiology and is immediate past president of the Society of Breast Imaging. 

A panel discussion, facilitated by Lee Learman, MD, chair of the IUSM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, will immediately follow. The panel will address the broad concepts and principles that influence screening practices from a number of perspectives including women's health primary care, medical ethics, cancer policy research, medical oncology and behavioral research. The panel will include Victoria Champion, DNS, RN, Thomas Imperiale, MD, Peter Schwartz, MD, PhD, Anna Maria Storniolo, MD, and Ann Zerr, MD.

For more information on the Doris H. Merritt, MD Lectureship and the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, go to


Arrow Running Mechanics: How the Rubber Meets the Road

Join Jamey Gordon, DPT, of Select Physical Therapy from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, as he discusses what proper mechanics are, how to achieve them and what injuries occur when your body is not properly aligned.

Running mechanics involve all the factors that go into "how the rubber meets the road." A typical 3-mile run may involve the body landing on the ground over 5000 times. Proper body alignment is crucial for healthy running. His presentation will be at NIFS, 250 University Blvd. RSVP to



Arrow Former Surgeon General 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 George 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 from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 28, 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.

Email Rita Flynn to RSVP for the Satcher reception

To register for the conference:


Arrow Retirement and investment services available

University Human Resource Services is offering several services for employees seeking investment and retirement planning advice:

“The New Rules of Investing – 6 Principles for Planning a Safe and Secure Retirement” is a free webcast offered from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Presenter Martha Peyton, head of strategy and research in the global real estate equities division of TIAA-CREF, will discuss the effect of today’s evolving financial climate on retirement investments.

Appointments with a Fidelity Investments financial counselor are available Friday, April 30 in the Union Building, room 340. Free personalized planning and guidance may include information on developing an investment plan, reviewing asset allocation/diversification, analyzing fund performance and retirement income options.

Fidelity is available to staff members who wish to participate in a supplemental retirement account. Elibiable employees must be an academic or staff employee appointed at 50 percent or more full-time equivalent (FTE) or an hourly employee who is expected to work at least 1,000 hours of service, or more, in a 12-month period and is appointed as "PERF Hourly."

For more information on the webcast, go to Or tune in at

To schedule an in-person financial consultation appointment, call 1-800-642-7131.


Arrow Retirement planning series starts May 3

Human Resources Administration will host a pre-retirement series focusing on the non-financial side of retirement staring Monday, May 3. The series is designed for participants to explore their emotional readiness to retire. Group discussion and exercises, as well as individual “homework” between sessions, will help participants prepare for this major life transition.
All sessions from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center, room 309. They are:

  • “Defining Your Retirement Vision,” Monday, May 3
  • “Adjusting to a New Lifestyle,” Monday, May 10
  • “Filling the Time Gap,” Monday, May 24

Participants should be within five years of retirement and must be able to attend all three sessions. Attendance does not require the use of paid-time-off benefits, provided supervisory approval is granted for time spent at the sessions.

Registration is limited and costs $20. For more information, contact Sally Miller at 4-8931 or


Arrow Crean, Bantz to speak on leadership

IU basketball coach Tom Crean and Chancellor Charles R. Bantz, PhD, will be the featured speakers at the third IUSM Leadership Development Series event from 8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 11.

Dr. Bantz, executive vice president of IU, has been an advocate for undergraduate, graduate and professional programs that help keep graduates in Indiana. He has been active in fostering diversity and encouraging better math, science, engineering and technology education.

Thomas Crean,  head IU basketball coach, will deliver the keynote address entitled “Leadership – Building Your Team.” Crean celebrates his second year as IU’s head coach, and 11th year as a college head coach.  He had a 100 percent graduation success rate in his nine years at Marquette, with all 35 seniors graduating and earning a degree under his tutelage.

Light refreshments will be offered during the mid-morning break and there is no charge to attend. Seating is limited. For more information, email


Arrow Personalized medicine topic of life sciences conference

The final event in the 2009-10 Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conferences Series poses the question, "Personalized Medicine -- Are We There Yet?," as its theme. It will take place at Fairbanks Hall at the IU/Clarian Education and Resource Center, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Friday, May 14. Registration and networking begin at 8 a.m.

Speakers will include Dr. Samuel R. Nussbaum, chief medical officer of Wellpoint Inc.; John C. Lechleiter, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly & Co.; and Dr. Leroy Hood, MD, president of the Institute for Systems Biology Networking.

IUSM faculty and IUSCC members George Sledge Jr., the Ballve-Lantero Professor, and Linda H. Malkas, founder of CS-Keys Inc. and Syntherix Inc. and the Vera Bradley Professor in Oncology, will participate in panel discussions.

The registration fee is $70. Registration for the conference is available online at or by contacting Roxie Glaze at the Kelley School at 812-855-9210 or Indiana college students may qualify to attend at no charge (see registration site for details).


Arrow Disney Institute to present program for health care professionals

Disney’s Approach to Quality Service for Healthcare Professionals, a one-day event, will be Monday, May 17.

Every hospital, clinic, group medical practice, dental practice, or freestanding medical care provider has the opportunity to distinguish themselves through the delivery of quality services.

The workshop will demonstrate the importance of attention to detail in everything Disney does -- from training its cast members (employees) to treating every guest (patient) as a VIP. 

This program is designed to help healthcare professionals improve their organization’s quality service by immersing themselves in the successful Disney model.

Use the IUPUI promotional code IUPSFNEJ to receive $50 off per guest when registering. Additional group discounts are available. For more information and to register, visit


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Spring Faculty Meeting to be May 25

The IUSM Spring Faculty Meeting is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, in the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) auditorium.

The featured speakers will be Maryellen E. Gusic, M.D., incoming executive associate dean for educational affairs, IUSM, who will present “From good to great: Seizing the opportunity of curricular change”, and David S. Wilkes, M.D., executive associate dean for research affairs, IUSM who will present “The State of Research at IUSM.”

To view this meeting via a web stream, visit The stream will go live 5 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

To view this via video conferencing, for a site to participate dial into video bridge 116.

Please view the minutes from the Oct. 13 Fall Faculty Meeting.  To find the minutes, go to  On the ANGEL main page, find the “Top Stories” section on the left side.  There click on “complete details” under the “IUSM Fall Faculty Meeting Minutes - October 13, 2009.”

For additional information, please contact Kelli Diener at


Grants & Funding

Arrow IUSM internal grants applications due May 3

The application deadline for both the Biomedical Research Grants and Research Enhancement Grants is 5 p.m. Monday, May 3.

Application forms and further information can be found at


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.


News to Use

Arrow CPR, life support classes accepting registrations

The Advanced Cardiac Life Support Lab is now taking registrations for the May 11 and 12 CPR instructor course as well as an initial healthcare provider CPR course Tuesday, May 18, and a full advanced life support course June 21 and 22.

For additional information, call 274-8731.


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 be 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 Free skin cancer screening exams

The American Academy of Dermatology has designated each May as Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month.

The IU Department of Dermatology will sponsor a free skin cancer screening from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 3. Screenings will be offered at IU Dermatology Clinic, IUPUI Health Services in Coleman Hall, and Wishard/Regenstrief Dermatology Clinic. Appointments are needed. Call 944-7744 to schedule a screening.


Arrow Staff Council Arts and Crafts Fair booth space

The IUPUI Staff Council's Second Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 30, in the IUPUI Campus Center. Applications for booth space are being accepted for artists and craftspersons interested in participating.



Arrow Registration open for Sibshops

Riley Hospital is registering participants for “Sibshops,” a workshop for the siblings of children with special needs, on Sunday, May 2. Sibshops are for children ages 4-7 and 8-13 and will take place at the Northview Church in Carmel.

For more information and the registration form, go to


Arrow Your suggestions sought

Don’t forget to submit suggestions for improving processes and save money at IUSM through the Employee Suggestion Program launched last fall. Big or small, these suggestions could add up to significant improvements. 

Share your ideas today. Simply visit to learn more about the Employee Suggestion Program.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis.

Anthony Fiore, MD, MPH, an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control’s Influenza Division, will talk about this year’s puzzling flu season. He will also explain what lessons were learned in managing two simultaneous vaccine campaigns.

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Center of Health Policy and Professionalism Research at IUSM, will assess the proposed changes to the school lunch program legislation currently under review in the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee.

David Stocum, PhD, a biologist with the IU Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine, will discuss his progress in understanding how salamanders regrow their limbs.

Linsey Marr, PhD, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, will discuss her new study that revealed air pollution affects how fast women marathon runners can run.

Holly Knoderer, MD, MS, clinical assistant professor of pediatric hematology and oncology, will explain how a new openness to having families participate in daily hospital rounds is improving patient care and building better relationships between families and doctors.

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore Botox and facial expressions.

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.


Traffic Updates

Arrow Traffic disruption on Riley Hospital Drive

Due to construction, Riley Hospital Drive (formerly West Drive), just north of the Riley Outpatient Garage, will close temporarily at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, and will reopen at 3 a.m. on Monday, April 26.

To accommodate traffic to the garage, the Michigan Street entrance to Riley Hospital Drive will be opened. The only entrance into and out of the garage will be via Michigan Street during the closure.

During the closure, the Wilson Street garage will honor Clarian passes and ID badges. On Monday, the barricades on Riley Hospital Drive north of the Riley Outpatient Garage will be removed and the barricades will be placed again on Riley Hospital Drive at Michigan Street.


Around Town

Arrow 2010 Decorator Show House events

St. Margaret’s Hospital Guide Decorators’ Show House and Gardens will be Saturday, April 24 through Sunday, May 9. The hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. This year’s home is the Booth Tarkington House, 4270 N. Meridian St.

Other events:

Breakfast in the Garden
Tuesday, April 27
8:30-10 a.m.
$35 per person by reservation only

Join local television and radio personality for the latest gardening tips and insights into Indiana gardening while enjoying a catered breakfast.  Then experience a decorator lead tour with one of our dyna.m.ic Show House Designers followed by a stroll through our gardens and Show House Shops.

Taste of Meridian
Thursday, April 29
6:30-9:00 p.m.
$50 per person by reservation only

Savor a glass of wine with a sa.m.pling of Indianapolis culinary specialties at this popular Twilight Event.  Local restaurants will showcase one of their classic dishes complemented with hors d’oeuvres by our Show House caterer, MBP Catering.  Designers will be in their areas to answer questions as you enjoy a private, self guided tour of the 49th Annual Decorators’ Show House and Gardens.

Cinco de Mayo, Girls’ Night Out
Wednesday, May 5
6:30-9 p.m.
$45 per person by reservation only

No time for a siesta, it's time for a fiesta! Grab fa.m.ily, friends and neighbors for a margarita and come celebrate Mexico’s culture, music and food.  Señoritas and señoras of all ages will enjoy this festive event before touring the house at your own pace.  Designers will be in their areas to answer questions and give insight into their work.

Living with History, Then and Now
Friday, May 7,
8:30-10 a.m.
$35 per person by reservation only

Gather with friends and history aficionados for a catered breakfast highlighted by a brief presentation by IUPUI professor Jim Powell, a Booth Tarkington scholar; local author Nelson Price; and photo historian Joan Hostetler of the Indianapolis Then and Now book. Learn about the Tarkington era and the historic Meridian Kessler neighborhood before partaking in a guided Decorator Show House tour.  Autographed books featuring Booth Tarkington and his home will be available for sale.



 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
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  • Dr. as a preface before names (designate MD or PhD)

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