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June 18, 2010
Volume 14 Number 24 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Above the Fold

Arrow Riley Hospital for Children places high in national ranks

Riley Hospital for Children has been ranked in eight out of 10 categories in the 2010-11 edition of Best Children's Hospitals, published online and featured in the August issue of U.S. News & World Report, available on newsstands starting Tuesday, July 27.

The 2010-11 Best Children's Hospitals ranks hospitals in cancer, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, heart and heart surgery, kidney, neonatology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology.

Riley Hospital's specialty programs recognized by the report, and their numerical rankings, are:

  • Urology - 3rd
  • Pulmonology - 14th
  • Diabetes & Endocrinology - 15th
  • Neonatology - 20th
  • Gastroenterology - 22nd
  • Heart & Heart Surgery - 29th
  • Neurology & Neurosurgery - 29th
  • Cancer - 30th

This year's rankings were based on reputation, medical outcomes and care-related indicators of quality, such as the number of patients, nurse staffing and availability of specialized programs. A total of 170 pediatric centers were asked to complete a 75-page survey. Of the 170 hospitals contacted, 96 provided information.

For more information, visit


Arrow Yin appointed Mazzini Professor of Pathology

Xiao-Ming Yin, MD, PhD, has been appointed the first Mazzini Professor of Pathology effective July 1, pending board of trustees' approval.

Dr. Yin is new to the Indiana University faculty, and will also hold the title of professor of pathology and laboratory medicine. In addition, he will serve as vice chair for clinical pathology and director of laboratories in the department of pathology and laboratory medicine.


Indiana Clinic Updates

Arrow Indiana Clinic Town Hall — June 23

An Indiana Clinic Town Hall event will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 23, in the Riley Outpatient Center (ROC) Auditorium.

This meeting is for anyone interested in learning more about the Indiana Clinic from its employees and executives. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Midwestern Regional Pain Internet Group meets June 18-19

The Midwest Regional Pain Interest Group will gather on the IUPUI campus for their annual meeting Friday, June 18, and Saturday, 19.

An afternoon poster session and reception is scheduled from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 18 at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel and ten talks on different areas of pain research are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19 in the Walther Hall (R3) auditorium.

The plenary speaker, Vania Apkarian, PhD, professor of neurosciences, Northwestern University, will speak on "Specificity and Plasticity of the Brain in Pain" at 11 a.m.

This event is hosted by the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute and IUSM Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. The Midwest Pain Interest Group Meeting is an annual meeting of basic scientists, clinicians and their trainees who work in the pain field.

Registration for this event is $50 for faculty and industry and $25 for students, postdoctoral research fellows or staff scientists. On-site registration is available starting at 3 p.m. June 18. If you plan to register on-site, please contact Ted Cummins at

For more information or to register, visit



Arrow Scientific writing workshop

George D. Gopen, PhD, professor of the practice of rhetoric, Duke University, will offer a two-day workshop, "Scientific Writing from the Reader's Perspective," Monday, June 21, to Tuesday, June 22, in the Walther Hall (R3) auditorium.

As competition for external funding becomes more challenging, the importance of getting one's scholarly work successfully published is more important than ever. Dr. Gopen's approach is based on a single idea: Learning to write for the reader allows the writer to control what readers learn.

Dr. Gopen has presented this workshop at IUSM for the past three years, and has changed participants' writing habits permanently, often resulting in improved grant writing success. Both junior investigators and experienced scholars/mentors will benefit from this program.

Registrants must be able to commit two full days (6/21-6/22) to this workshop, as each session builds upon the previous one.

Registration is available at Participants may also sign up for brief two-to-one consultations on writing style at


Arrow Enhance collaborative learning with Twitter

The Academy of Teaching Scholars will offer "Using Twitter to Enhance Collaborative Learning," hosted by Kerry Ramsay, professor and coordinator of the postgraduate public relations program at Loyalist College, Ontario, Canada, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, in the University Library, room 1125.

Not just a tool for finding out what celebrities eat for breakfast, Twitter has the power to make classroom projects more collaborative, creative and engaging.  Students and faculty can use Twitter to monitor trends in real time, develop professional networks, and increase personal involvement with course material. All it takes is a little basic know-how and some creative ideas.

Ramsay will introduce faculty members to the fundamentals of Twitter and lead participants through an inspiring discussion of the many inventive ways that Twitter can be utilized to improve college teaching and learning.

This workshop meets the Academy of Teaching Scholars Instructional Technology competency.

To register, visit


Arrow Health care reform panel

Experts from Indiana University and central Indiana will explore the impact of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on physicians, patients and others involved in health care from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Riverwalk Banquet Center, 6729 Westfield Blvd.

The panel discussion will explore the provisions of the new law, answering questions about how this law will affect physicians, patients and others involved in the health care system.

Panelists include Herbert Cushing, MD, associate dean for medical student affairs and chief medical officer for IU Hospital; Doug Leonard, MHA, president of the Indiana Hospital Association; and David Orentlicher, JD, co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health. Eric Wright, PhD, director of the Indiana University Center for Law Policy, will moderate.

The cost is $5 for members of the IU Alumni Association, faculty, staff, residents and fellows, and students; $35 for non-members of the IUAA and includes one year membership in the IUAA. Continuing Medical Education credits are available for physicians who attend.

This event is sponsored by the Alumni Associations from the IU School of Law-Indianapolis and IUSM. For more information or to register, visit


Arrow Free HIV/AIDS testing — June 25

Clarian's LifeCare Center will offer free, confidential walk-in HIV/AIDS testing from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 25, in the Methodist Hospital Tower, suite 700.

The testing, held in conjunction with National HIV/AIDS Testing Day observed on Sunday, June 27, promotes early diagnosis and HIV/AIDS testing. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one out of five people living with HIV in the U.S. are unaware of their HIV status.

Questions to (317) 962-2700.


Arrow King to present on Indiana women physicians

IUSM Emerita Lucy King, MD, an author and researcher of biographies of 19th century women physicians, will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at the IUSM Library, room 301-302.

The presentation will take place in connection with the John Shaw Billings History of Medicine Society meeting and the national traveling exhibit, "Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians," which is being hosted by the IUSM Library.

This event is open to the public. To participate in pre-event refreshments at 3:30 p.m., contact Nancy Eckerman at 317 274-2076 or

For more information on "Changing the Face of Medicine," or Dr. King's research on Indiana women physicians, go to and select "Pioneer Women Physicians in Indiana."


Arrow Instructional technology seminar

The Academy of Teaching Scholars will offer a seminar entitled "Leveraging Web-Based Video For Instruction" from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 1, in University Library, room 1125M.

Participants will discover ways to use existing video to support and simplify instruction and work with web-based video tools that promote student collaboration and deeper learning.

This workshop meets the Academy of Teaching Scholars instructional technology competency.

To register, visit



Arrow Summer seminars for undergrads interested in medical careers

The IUSM Admissions Office will host three seminars featuring speakers knowledgeable about navigating the path to become a physician. All seminars will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in Fesler Hall, room 319.

These seminars and panel discussions are intended for college students who are working on the IUPUI campus and are interested in a career in medicine.

Topics and dates:

  • Wednesday, July 7: "Undergraduate Preparation for Medical School" presented by Renee Akins, associate director of admissions.
  • Thursday, July 8: "Life as a Medical Student to a Career as a Physician" panel discussion.
  • Friday, July 9: "Financing Medical School," presented by Jose Espada, director of student financial services.

This series is free and participants are welcome to bring their lunch.

For more information, call (317) 274-3772.


Arrow Ball Gardens concert to feature guitarist

Guitarist John Alvarado will perform from noon to 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, July 13 in Ball Gardens, located behind Ball Hall and the Riley Hospital Outpatient building.

Alvardo will perform as part of the Ball Gardens summer concert series, hosted by  IU Foundation and Purdue Department of Music and Arts Technology.

These kid-friendly performances are free and open to everyone. A limited number of chairs are available, but audience members are welcome to provide their own blanket or lawn chair. If it rains, the concerts will be cancelled.

A final summer concert by the Chatham Arch String Quartet is schedule Tuesday, Aug. 17.

For more information, visit


Arrow ICEPHI to present on information exchange in public health surveillance

The Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics will present "The Perceived and Real Value of Health Information Exchange in Public Health Surveillance" during the group's monthly work-in-progress from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, in the HITS Building, Legacy Boardroom, second floor near the top of the stairs.

The topic presenter will be Brian Dixon, MPH, an information architect consultant and health information project manager at the Regenstrief Institute.

Everyone interested in public health informatics is welcome to attend. Participants are encouraged to bring a beverage; lunch will be provided.


Arrow Curriculum development seminar

The Academy of Teaching Scholars is hosting a seminar on "Setting Up Expectations through Goals and Objectives" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005.

This seminar is a part of an instructional summer series designed to help faculty excel in teaching.

Participants will consider the importance of congruence among learning objectives, assessment, measures and instructional strategies, and become familiar with how Bloom's taxonomy can be used to help think through goals. The seminar will also acquaint participants with techniques for constructing specific measurable learning objectives.

This program meets the Academy of Teaching Scholars requirements for curriculum competency.

For more information, visit

Questions to Marsha Quarles at


News to Use

Arrow IUSM implements new travel system

Travel@IU, a new system that automates the travel authorization and reimbursement process, is being implemented by Indiana University. IUSM is scheduled to switch to this new system before Saturday, July 31.

Travelers or their authorized delegates will use the new system to request approvals and reimbursements. Travel done after July will only be approved through the new system. Each department will have their own activation date.

IUPUI Finance and Administration is offering "Train the Trainer" informational sessions every Tuesday and Thursday in July. Supervisors are asked to identify employees within their department or unit who will become travel resources for their area.

These employees should contact Brenda Baker at (317) 274-5235 or to schedule their training session.


Arrow Pediatrics and Medicine join Clarian phone system

Approximately 750 IUSM telephones located in University Hospital and Riley Hospital for Children will join Clarian's VoIP phone system on Thursday, June 24.

Earlier this year, Indiana University Hospital and Riley Hospital switched phone systems; now phones in the Department of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics within these hospitals also are switching to the new system. The prefix of all phone numbers affected by the switch will change from 274/278 to 944/948.

The following areas are changing to Clarian's VoIP phone system:

  • Pediatrics IT
  • Riley Child Development Center
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics Automotive Safety Program
  • IN-HEMO department
  • IN-MSDS department
  • IN-GAST department
  • Pediatric Chairman's Office
  • Neurology department
  • Community Education
  • Pediatric Developmental
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Education Office
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric Pulmonary

Questions to Ben Zehr at


Arrow We're acting on your ideas

The Dean's Office has posted a list of employee suggestions, and their statuses, received in response to the Employee Suggestion Program launched in October 2009. The list shows the ways in which individuals are actively engaged in moving these suggestions forward.

To view the list, go to and use your ADS User ID and password to access. (Internet Explorer required.)

For more information on the Employee Suggestion Program, visit

Questions to Sue Knight at


Arrow Booth space available for IUPUI Staff Council Arts and Crafts Fair

The deadline for artists and craftspersons interested in participating in the IUPUI Staff Council Second Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair is Thursday, July 1. Crafters and vendors from across the state are welcome to apply.

IUPUI Staff Council Second Annual Fine Arts and Crafts Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Saturday, Oct. 30, in the IUPUI Campus Center. Items for sale are expected to include clothing, floral arrangements, jewelry, purses, original artwork, woodcrafts, pottery, stained glass, candles and seasonal decorations for the home and yard. Admission will be free and open to the public.

For more information on submissions, contact Beth Chaisson at (317) 274-4716 or visit


Arrow Eat local menu continues

The Chancellor's Restaurant and Our Den Sports Lounge and Grill at the University Place Conference Center and Hotel continues to offer a special "eat local" menu this summer featuring foods created by products grown on local soil.

The latest selections from Chef Dan Noble include several extraordinary strawberry creations and a cob salad that will satisfy the biggest appetite. Other menu items are available at

By choosing to focus on local and organic produce, diners can curb global warming, support local farmers and enjoy fresh, tasty food.

To learn more about the "eat local" project, visit

Make a reservation online at


Arrow AAMC campaign puts spotlight on NIH-funded research

The AAMC has developed a new ad campaign to raise awareness of the National Institutes of Health's investment in medical research at medical schools and teaching hospitals.

Research activities have not only contributed to the development of new cures and treatments, but have also had a positive effect on local economies. In the last year, NIH-funded research supported more than 300,000 jobs, generated more than $18 billion in wages and created over $50 billion in new business at the state level.

To learn more about NIH-funded research activities by state, visit


Arrow This Week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, June 19, and Sunday, June 20, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and guests will discuss in-home care, health implications of caregivers and depression.

Sound Medicine reporter Sandy Roob will explain why private home care is the fastest growing area of geriatric care because it provides an alternative to nursing homes.

Steven Albert, PhD, professor of behavioral and community health sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss his recent study conducted for MetLife Insurance Company that found caregivers have poorer health and cost their employers more money than their counterparts.

Jesse Stewart, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at IUPUI, will explain his findings that depression may cause inflammation linked to heart disease, but the reverse is probably not true as previously thought.

Chuck Dietzen, MD, founder of The Timmy Foundation, an organization that has helped channel funds, volunteers and medical professionals to poor areas at home and abroad, will discuss his recent medical mission trip to Haiti.

This week's Sound Medicine "Checkup" will explore happiness and middle age with Arthur Stone, PhD, a distinguished professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stony Brook School of Medicine.

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 IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.


Grants & Funding

Arrow Indiana CTSI awards $750,000

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) has awarded $750,000 in Collaboration in Translational Research (CTR) grants to investigators involved in translational research projects at IUSM, IUPUI, IU-Bloomington, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

These grants will foster collaboration between researchers across the Indiana CTSI’s member institutions by providing initial support for projects with the potential to develop into larger, continuing, externally funded research programs. CTR grants require each project involve a principal investigator from two or more Indiana CTSI member institutions.

The grant recipients, and their project titles, are:

Principal InvestigatorCollaboratorsTitleTotal Amount
Z. Basar Bilgicer, PhD (Notre Dame)
Tanyel Kiziltepe, PhD (Notre Dame); Gregory T. Knipp, PhD (Purdue) and Rudolph Navari, MD, PhD (IUSM-South Bend)"Engineering Multifunctional Micellar Nanoparticles to Overcome Drug Resistance in Multiple Myeloma"$75,000
Ji-Xin Cheng, PhD (Purdue)
Xiao-Ming Xu, MD, PhD (Stark Neurosciences Research Institute)"Intravital Imaging to Assist Development of Remyelination Therapy for Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury"
R. Graham Cooks, PhD (Purdue)
Liang Cheng, MD (IUPUI); Scott Crist, PhD (Purdue); Timothy Masterson, MD (IUSM) and Timothy Ratliff, PhD (Purdue)"Prostate Cancer Monitoring Using Cholestrol Sulfate in Tissue and Biofluids"$75,000
Bradley S. Gibson, PhD (Notre Dame)
Dawn M. Gondoli, PhD (Notre Dame) and William G. Kronenberger, PhD (IUSM)"Designing a Potent Working Memory Intervention for ADHD"$75,000
Helquist, Paul, PhD (Notre Dame)
V. Jo Davisson, PhD (Purdue) and Rudolph Navari, MD, PhD (IUSM-South Bend)"Advancement of New Anticancer Agents"
Melissa Kacena, PhD (IUSM)
Tien-Min Gabriel Chu, DDS, PhD (IUPUI)"Efficacy and Dose Evaluation of TPO in Healing a Long Bone Segmental Defect"
Jenna L. Rickus, PhD
Raghavendra Mirmira, MD, PhD (IUSM)"Biosilicification of Pancreatic Islets for Transplantation"
Sherry Voytik-Harbin, PhD
Tien-Min Gabriel Chu, DDS, PhD (IUPUI) and W. Scott Goebel, MD, PhD (IUSM)"Tunable Hybrid Collagen-Dicalcium Phosphate Dihydrate Scaffolds for Improved Craniofacial Bone Repair"$75,000
Yang Wang, MD
Hu Cheng, PhD (IU-Bloomington); Andrew Saykin, PsyD (IUSM) and Olaf Sporns, PhD (Stark Neurosciences Research Institute)"Assessing Deficits in Structural and Functional Hippocampal Connectivity"
Xiao-Ming Xu, MD, PhD
Dale R. Sengelaub, PhD (IU-Bloomington)"Prevention of motoneuron atrophy by inhibition of PLA2 following spinal cord injury"$75,000


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 BioCrossroads seeks nominations for Life Sciences Champion of the Year

BioCrossroads seeks nominations for the individual who has made the most positive impact on the growth of the state's life sciences sector to honor at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit Oct. 27.

The August Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the Year award recognizes an entrepreneurial, research, corporate, medical, academic or philanthropic individual who has made particularly significant achievements in the development and promotion of Indiana's life sciences sector.

Last year, Richard DiMarchi, PhD, the Linda & Jack Gill Professor in Biomolecular Sciences and professor of chemistry at Indiana University and chief scientific officer of Marcadia Biotech, was recognized for his work bridging industry with academia, and bringing national attention to the life sciences efforts in Indiana.

Criteria for the award include:

  • Must be a resident of Indiana
  • Must be an individual supporting Indiana's life sciences growth via entrepreneurial, research, corporate, medical, academic or philanthropic work
  • Judging will be based on assessments of cumulative contribution, not specific achievements over the course of a year.

In honor of the award recipient, BioCrossroads will give grants to two teachers in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines to pursue professional development through the Indiana Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (I-STEM) Resource Network. The I-STEM Resource Network will select the teaching recipients.

Nominations are being accepted at The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 16. Finalists will be selected in mid-September. 


 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.