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January 15, 2010
Volume 14 Number 2 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow New physics center, leadership announced for IU Cyclotron Facility

Indiana University has announced a restructuring at its IU Cyclotron Facility that creates a new physics research center and moves operational responsibility for the cyclotron to the Indiana University School of Medicine.

The new center, called the Indiana University Center for Matter and Beams (IUCMB), will be devoted to inquiry-based research in nuclear, condensed matter and accelerator-based physics.

Peter Johnstone, MD, chair of the IUSM Department of Radiation Oncology, will assume responsibility for cyclotron operations, maintenance and clinical integration. In 2008, Dr. Johnstone was named president and chief executive officer of the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute (MPRI), which is co-located at the cyclotron facility. He also has oversight responsibility for radiation oncology services within Clarian Health.
For additional information, see


Arrow Cripe to develop, lead palliative care services at IUH

Larry Cripe, MD, began his new role Jan. 1 as medical director for Palliative Care Services at IU Hospital. This will be the first organized palliative care service at IU Hospital.

In his new role, Dr. Cripe, a leukemia specialist and an associate professor of medicine, will develop and lead a team composed of an advanced practice nurse, social worker and chaplain to evaluate and serve patients with palliative care needs.

The team will collaborate with a patient’s attending physician to provide clinical expertise in symptom management, goal clarification, and complex discharge needs throughout the continuum of illness including care at the end of life. They will strive to model attitudes and skills necessary for all care givers to embrace the values of palliative care.

The service at IU will bring a more holistic perspective to palliative care through the eventual incorporation of art, music, and yoga or mindfulness therapies, said Dr. Cripe.

Dr. Cripe also is an essayist. In addition to writing essays and poems published in JAMA and elsewhere, Dr. Cripe writes and reads Grace Notes, radio essays about end of life care aired on the nationally syndicated radio program Sound Medicine produced by WFYI 90.1 FM Indianapolis. His research interests include physician-patient communication especially as it relates to shared medical decision-making near the end of life.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Diversity Week Noon Speakers

Four guest speakers will participate in Diversity Week 2010’s Noon Lecture Series. All presentations will be in Myers Auditorium at Wishard Memorial Hospital. Lunch is provided and CME credit is available.

The series, presented by the IU Division of Diversity Affairs, the Student National Medical Association and the Society of Latinos, includes:

Tuesday, Jan. 19
“Embracing Diversity in Academic Medicine: Does it Matter to Our patients?”
Maria Soto Greene, MD, vice dean and professor of medicine, New Jersey Medical School

Wednesday, Jan. 20
“Death the Ultimate Tool of Diversity”
Joye Maureen Carter, MD, chief forensic pathologist, Marion County Coroner’s Office and director, IUSM Forensic Pathology Fellowship

Thursday, Jan. 21
“Health Equity in the Era of Health Care Reform”
Willarda V. Edwards, MD, MBA, president, National Medical Association

Friday, Jan. 22
“Bridging Health Disparities through Cultural Competence”
Thanakorn Jirasevijinda, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and director of pediatric undergraduate medical education at New York-Presbyterian Hospital


Arrow Cutting Edge Lectures

The IUPUI Cutting Edge Lecture Series will present the first of the spring series Jan. 27.  The series of lectures is designed to promote thinking and discussion across disciplinary boundaries, which by title and content encourages attendance and interactions among faculty, staff and students from across the campus as well as people in the community.

The series is free. The next lecture will be “Renewable Energy and the Lugar Center” with Andrew Hsu, director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy and professor of mechanical engineering, Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium at the IUPUI Library.



Arrow Job Hunting in the Biotech Industry

Interested in pursuing a biotech industry career?  A program to help hone your job-hunting skills will be offered from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B26. During this program you will learn:

  • How to prepare resumes and cover letters for your industry job search
  • Job search strategies necessary for success on the biotech/pharma job market
  • Essential tips for interview success and success at the compensation negotiating table after receiving a job offer
  • How to conduct the four job hunting techniques that comprise a comprehensive job search in the biotech industry


Bill Lindstaedt, M.S.
Director of Career Services, specializing in biomedical careers
University of California San Francisco

Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP online at:


Arrow Save the date: Feb. 13 is Evening of the Arts

The 2010 Evening of the Arts will be Saturday, Feb. 13, at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. The annual performance showcases the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff.

If you have art or crafts to donate as part of the fund-raising effort, please email Selyne Samuel ( or Henry Chou ( EOTA raises funds to support clinics providing free health care services to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis.


Arrow Registration begins for next American English Intonation class

The Department of Pediatrics at Riley Hospital for Children is pleased to announce its next course of American English Intonation: Effective Intercultural Communication for the Healthcare Professional.

The program, made possible by support from a Clarian Values Grant, is designed for international faculty, postdocs, fellows, residents, medical students and nurses. We are now pleased to offer this course to our medical colleagues beyond the Clarian/IU system.

It will be offered on eight consecutive Thursdays, April 1 – May 20, from 5 to 7 p.m.  Registration for the class that begins in February has already been filled.

The intent of the class  is to make each participant’s speech more comprehensible through modification – not elimination – of the international accent. Accents are welcomed as rich reflections of diversity in our workplace. In addition to refining their pronunciation, participants focus on stress and intonation patterns of spoken English and develop personal strategies that contribute to their overall communication.

For many professionals, this opportunity to engage in English in a more relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere can provide the confidence and determination to pursue more conversations – professional and personal – in American English.

To ensure individual attention, class size is limited and registration is required.

Registration fee:
IU/Clarian employees: $180 by March 1, 2010 ($220 after March 1)
Non IU/Clarian employees: $280 by March 1, 2010 ($320 after March 1)

For more information and registration, please contact:
Poonam Khurana, M.D. FAAP           
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Section of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine   
(317) 962-2275


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Faculty election results

The results of the IUSM Faculty election conducted in December are:

President-elect: Richard Gunderman
Secretary-elect: Debra Kirkpatrick
Academic standards: Paul Kwo and Sarah Baker
Admissions: Cory Duncan and Sharon Grannis
Awards: Anna De Paoli-Roach and David Flockhart
Biomedical research: Brenna McDonald and Mark Langer
Community relations: Benjamin Weston and Stephen Wolverton
Curriculum council: Simon Atkinson and Peter Marcus
Faculty development: Fran Brahmi and Judiann Miskulin
Faculty promotions and tenure: Karen West and Navin Bansal
Lecturer and clinical rank appointment and promotions: Deborah Givan and Jerry Young
Student promotions: Laurence Walsh and Carey Chisholm
Faculty steering committee (IUMG rep): Robert Havlik
Faculty steering committee (non-Indy rep): Rudolph Navari
IUPUI faculty council: Karen West, Brenna McDonald, Stephen Beck, Nancy Eckerman, James Miller, Marie Swanson, Clark Wells


Arrow Academy of Teaching Scholars winter programs

The Academy of Teaching Scholars will offer 12 programs in January and February.  Register at Questions:

The programs:

  • It's A Matter of Style: Designing Lectures for Learners Wednesday, Jan. 20, 9 to 10 a.m., Fairbanks Hall, room 5005
  • Setting Up Expectations through Goals and Objectives, Monday, Jan. 25, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Online
  • Using Podcasts for Learning, Tuesday, Jan 26, noon to 1 p.m., Online
  • Strategies for Making Assessment Fair, Efficient, and Conducive to Learning, Thursday, Feb. 4, 1:30 to 3 p.m., Fairbanks Hall, room 5005
  • Using Rubrics to Assess and Enhance Learning, Friday, Feb. 5, 9 a.m. to noon, location to be announced
  • Twittering in Support of Learning, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 3 to 5 p.m., Online
  • Multicultural Teaching and Learning Institute, Thursday, Feb. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., location to be announced
  • FEED: Three's A Crowd, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 5 to 7 p.m., Emerson Hall auditorium, room 304
  • CONNECTing w/Students: Adobe Connect Best Practices Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2 to 4 p.m., Online
  • Scholarship of Education, Monday, Feb. 22, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Fairbanks Hall, room 5005
  • Data in the Classroom, Tuesday, Feb. 23, noon to 1 p.m., Online
  • Tailoring Your Teaching for a Large Group Setting Thursday, Feb. 25, 9 to 10:30 a.m.,  Online


Arrow Promotion and Tenure workshops

Five informational workshops on promotion and tenure, sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, are being offered to the IUSM faculty (tenure and non-tenure) on the following dates:

  • Promotion & Tenure: General
    Monday, Feb. 22, from 8-9 a.m. in Fairbanks 5005
    Register Here
  • Promotion & Tenure: Excellence in Research
    Monday, March 1, from 8-9 a.m. in HITS 1110
    Register Here
  • Promotion & Tenure: Excellence in Service
    Tuesday, March 9, from 4-5pm in Fairbanks 1111
    Register Here
  • Promotion & Tenure: Special Session for Women Faculty
    Wednesday, March 10, from Noon-1 p.m. in Fairbanks 5005
    Register Here
  • Promotion & Tenure: Excellence in Teaching
    Friday, March 12, from 4-5 p.m. in Fairbanks 5005
    Register Here


Grants & Other Opportunites

Arrow Predoctoral Training Awards in Translational Research

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is seeking applicants for special predoctoral training awards in translational research.  Translational research consists of either “T1 research” (interface of basic science to human studies) or “T2 research” (interface of human studies to the community).  Funding is available for pre-doctoral graduate students.

Criteria for application include:

  • Successful completion of at least one year of predoctoral training (i.e., applicants must be in at least the 2nd year of their predoctoral program when they apply)
  • Co-mentorship by faculty investigators from at least two different disciplines (preferably a clinician and a nonclinician-scientist).
  • Research that is translational in nature and takes advantage of the synergism that comes from working at this basic/clinical interface
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status

Funding is for two years (with the 2nd year of funding contingent upon satisfactory progress). Benefits include a full stipend as well as health insurance, partial coverage of tuition and fees, and access to travel funds.

Applications must be submitted by February 8, and awards will start July 1st, 2010.  

Interested candidates should e-mail their CV to Colleen Gabauer, Ed.D, at (phone: 765-494-9256). Eligible candidates will be informed of how to proceed with applying.


Arrow Nominations open for Janssen Award for Biomedical Research

Nominate your most talented scientists for the Dr. Paul Janssen Award for Biomedical Research. The award salutes individuals whose efforts have made significant transformational contributions towards the improvement of human health. 

Candidates will be evaluated by an independent selection committee of top researchers from around the world. Nomination forms are available online at and will be accepted until Monday, Feb. 15. The winner will receive a $100,000 cash prize and broad international recognition for his or her achievements.


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.


Student Showcase

Arrow CLMP begins second decade with annual training event

The Community Leadership Mentor Program (CLMP) is a student-led project sponsored by the IUSM Office of Medical Service-Learning (OMSL) in partnership with the United Way of Central Indiana. This program familiarizes future physicians with the role of nonprofit board members and gives students the skills to be effective leaders in the expectation they will continue their pursuit of community service in nonprofit organizations beyond medical school and residency.

Steve Kirchhoff, the OMSL director, and Jim Brokaw, associate dean for admissions and Medical Student Affairs, serve as advisors for this project.

Twenty-four first- and second-year medical students – a record number were selected to participate – attended the 11th annual day-long training session Jan. 9. Two regional campus students participated this year for the first time.

The workshop included an overview of nonprofit organizations, leadership models, fundraising and finance, and an overview of the United Way of Central Indiana and some of the partner agencies. The session also included keynote remarks from Jason Woodward, MD, IUSM ’02, who is an  IUSM faculty member and a participant in the first CLMP class in 1999.

This year’s participants included Rhiannon Amodeo (MS2), Erin Andrade (MS2), Jordan Arkin (MS1), Jacob Baber (MS2), Jessica Donaldson (MS2), Ian Ferries (MS2), Isaac Gatwood (MS2), Robert Godley (MS2), Shayna Gordon (MS2), Jessilyn Gregory (MS2), Carrie Hedge (MS2), Kendal Herget (MS1), Staci Hollar (MS2), Brandon Hood (MS1), Benjamin Katz (MS1), Josh Korte (MS1), Janice Lin (MS1), Mary McGregor (MS1), Neha Patel (MS1), Laura Stage (MS2), Marcelle Stucky (MS1), Jennifer Trotter (MS2), Phillip Whitley (MS1), and Minkwan Wungwattana (MS2).

The students will make three site visits to United Way-affiliated nonprofit organizations later this year. During the second year, each student will actively observe board and committee meetings at his or her chosen agency. In the final two years of medical school, students have the opportunity to become more actively involved with the chosen agency board.  
Interested in getting involved next year?  Contact Elaina Chen (MS2) at or Andrew Rodenbarger (MS2) at , the CLMP project co-chairs.

The OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Visit  for more information.


Arrow Exploring career options

Operation: MEDS (Medical students Exploring Different Specialties) is a speed networking/mentoring event for IUSM students and alumni. Operation: MEDS is designed to help students who are unsure of which area of medicine they’d like to practice gain a better understanding about their areas of interest, as well as those who have already selected a specialty to learn more about their interests from IUSM alumni.

The evening will include:

  • Dinner
  • Five 15-minute sessions to allow students the opportunity to talk with alumni physicians from different specialties
    There will be a $5 registration fee to cover the cost of dinner.

For more information or to register, visit, or contact Greg Budney in the Alumni Relations Office at


News to Use

Arrow EndNote resolution for 2010 data

When importing references with dates of 2010 or later into EndNote, the EndNote year field may have a blank.  This is a known issue with EndNote versions 8 through X2.  For a fix, see the EndNote website FAQ Import 20

For EndNote X3 or later, the year data is imported correctly.  For questions contact IUSM librarian Carole Gall, 317.274.1411 or


Arrow Text A Librarian service available

How Text A Librarian works: Use your mobile phone to text questions to a librarian at IUPUI University Library.

  1. Compose a new SMS/Text Message to 66746
  2. Start your message with our keyword iupui (ie. iupui your message here)
  3. Send. Shortly after sending your message, you will receive an answer from our Text A Librarian service.



Arrow Correction

In the Jan. 8 Scope story “First Mamlin Professor of Medicine to be named,” it was incorrectly reported that William M. Tierney, MD, is the director of the Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at IU. That directorship is held by Greg Sachs, MD.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis.

This week, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and guests will discuss diabetes incidence, dreams, and prayer and patient care.
Elbert Huang, MD, MPH, assistant professor of general internal medicine at the University of Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center, will explain his study predicting a major increase in the number and cost of diabetes cases.

J. Allan Hobson, MD, professor emeritus of psychiatry with the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, will discuss why he compares dreaming to a morning jog, a way for the brain to warm up and prepare for the coming day.

Lucy King, MD, clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine, will discuss her historical research tracing the work of some of the nation’s earliest women doctors.

Sound Medicine will continue the series on prayer and patient care with 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 director of palliative care services at Indiana University Hospital. 

In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore medical students and needlestick injuries.

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.


Clarian News

Arrow Clarian announces benefits of cost reduction measurers

Clarian Health has announced that construction on the Riley Hospital for Children Simon Family Tower and that temporary cost reduction measures implemented in February 2009 will be lifted. The announcement credited employee dedication and suggestions, strong leadership and financial performance for making the change possible.

In addition to resuming construction on the Simon Family Tower, the announcement included:

  • Resuming employee tuition reimbursement programs
  • Eliminating salary reductions for Vice Presidents and above

Clarian Health President and CEO Dan Evans announced the news through an all-employee communication on Wednesday in which he stated, “We could not have reached this point without you. Many of you brought solid cost-saving ideas to your managers; others shared excellent ideas for improving operations with Clarian executives via blogs and in our quarterly Employee Forums.”

In that letter, Evans included several examples of employee-suggested cost-cutting measures including eliminating unneeded “automatic” printing jobs and turning off lights in empty conference rooms and break areas.


Around Campus

Arrow 2010 Census needs part-time workers

Great temporary, part-time opportunities are available with the 2010 Census, including: census takers; census crew leaders; census crew leader assistants; recruiting assistants; census clerks. Apply and take the test at IUPUI on Wednesday, Jan. 20 or Jan. 27. Morning, afternoon, and evening testing times are available.

See for times and locations across campus. All applicants must bring two forms of identification and pass a written test.



Arrow Honors

William Agbor-Baiyee, PhD, director of the Master of Science in Medical Science Program, recently was recognized by the Indianapolis Public School’s Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School as one of six Dream Builders.  Dr. Agbor-Baiyee was honored for his leadership efforts to strengthen the academic partnership with the medical magnet school.  The partnership is largely funded by a 5-year Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Program grant.

Randy R. Brutkiewicz, PhD, is the 2010 recipient of the American Association of Immunologists Distinguished Service Award for dedication and exemplary service to the AAI Minority Affairs Committee.  He will be formally recognized for this achievement at the 97th AAI Annual Meeting, IMMUNOLOGY 2010. 

The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology is an organization of the world’s leading researchers in the treatment of brain and behavioral disorders.  Membership is limited and by election only.  At the 2009 meeting of the ACNP, Robert A. Chambers, MD and Kimberly A. Stigler, MD were elected as associate members and Christopher J. McDougle, MD was promoted to fellow.  Dr. Chambers is associate professor of psychiatry, Dr. Stigler is assistant professor of psychiatry, and Dr. McDougle is Albert E. Sterne Professor and chairman, Department of Psychiatry, IUSM.

Jon D. Duke, MD and Jeffrey Klann, M.Eng., medical informatics fellows at Regenstrief Institute and IUSM, have been recognized by the American Medical Informatics Association for their development and testing of two new physician support computer tools. Their work has the potential to improve patient safety and health care quality while lowering costs. Duke was awarded the 2009 outstanding student award by AMIA for his development and evaluation of Rxplore, an innovative graphic visualization tool to help physicians pinpoint which drugs in a patient's regimen might be causing particular adverse reactions.  Klann was named an award finalist for his work focusing on presenting meaningful medical test and medication options to physicians.


 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.