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June 25, 2010
Volume 14 Number 25 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow School of Public Health receives $20 million from Fairbanks Foundation

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation of Indianapolis has awarded a $20 million grant to IUPUI to help fund its proposed school of public health and provide increased support for public health initiatives in Indiana.

"This is an extraordinarily generous gift that gives us great momentum as we prepare for the opening of a school of public health in Indianapolis to train future generations of public health practitioners and researchers," said IU President Michael A. McRobbie. "We are indebted to the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation board of directors for their vision, foresight and commitment to improving the quality of life in Indiana."

At least 80 percent of the gift will be placed in an endowment to provide funding for faculty and students.

The IUPUI school of public health is expected to open in the fall of 2011 after a review to renew the accreditation for the Master of Public Health program is complete.

For more information, visit


Arrow IUSCC Komen Tissue Bank collection — June 26

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank is collecting breast tissue and blood samples from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, June 26, in the Hematology Clinic and Women's Center (second floor) in the new patient building of the IU Simon Cancer Center, 1030 W. Michigan St.

Everyone is welcome to donate. Komen researchers are particularly hoping to increase their collection of breast tissue and blood samples from Asian women, as recent studies suggest that their likelihood to develop breast cancer is on the rise.

During the donation process, a tissue sample will be taken from one breast with a needle and local anesthesia. The amount of tissue taken is about one gram (or the size of two peas).

To register, visit or contact Pat Mitchum at (317) 274-2366 or Donors must have a confirmed appointment time.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Message from the outgoing president of the faculty

As I complete my term as President of the Faculty, I want offer my thanks to all of those who have helped me and the faculty steering committee.

What we have accomplished at the Indiana University School of Medicine has been truly remarkable-and we have much to be proud of. We at IUSM are a proud family of over 17,200 living alumni, with more than twelve hundred (1,204) current medical students, and a recent graduating class of 265. We are a diverse mix of 50 percent males and 50 percent females, and have over 400 minorities representing our commitment to diversity, although we acknowledge that we have a long way to go to adequately represent our patient demographics. We are over 1,500 full time, 2,000 volunteer faculty and thousands of administrative and ancillary staff.  It is on the backs of these faculty, students and staff, both current and former, that we are all able to celebrate in the achievements of the school.

We find ourselves living, learning and working in a time of great uncertainty and change in medicine—more so than any time in the recent past. So what can we do in this time of change and ambiguity? Hold on to, and be true to, your values! We need to be people who mentor others that our lives are not based on success, but on values—those same values that made you consider medicine and research as a career in the first place. If we hold steadfast to those values, then we as individuals and as a school cannot help be anything but successful. But to do this, and to do it well, we must also make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. Whatever it is that you decide to engage in with your free time—and we all need to make and give ourselves free time—make it an avocation, and make sure that you start now!

Lastly, by the very nature of our positions here at IUSM, we have been given power and capital within our communities—use it, but use it wisely. It is a gift given by society, but we all know how hard we all have worked to earn it—the only thing that will change our society is if good people take stands that are often uncomfortable. What we need in our country is not division or cruelty; what our society needs is not hatred or partisan bickering. What we do need is wisdom, empathy, compassion and love toward one another. We need to strive for a feeling of justice towards those who still suffer within our society—and society looks to us as members of the IUSM to help shepherd and model these behaviors. It is a heavy burden, but I know that we are up to the task.

As I conclude, I just want to genuinely thank you all again for this opportunity—it has been an honor and a privilege to serve. We all at IUSM are part of a family of truly extraordinary individuals who are engaged in amazing things, and I am proud to be a part of that endeavor.


Jeffrey M. Rothenberg, MD, MS
President of the Faculty of the Indiana University School of Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Alumni Affairs 


Arrow New Medical Scientist Training Program leadership

After many years of remarkable leadership of the Indiana University School of Medicine Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), Wade Clapp, MD, will step down.

Dr. Clapp will be replaced by Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD. Dr. Mirmira is a faculty member in pediatrics, with additional appointments in medicine and cellular and integrative physiology. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago MSTP. He served as a member of the University of Virginia MSTP Steering Committee and as director of the University of Virginia Molecular Medicine PhD Program before joining IUSM.

Maureen Harrington, PhD, will remain the other co-director of the MSTP ensuring strong continuity and experience of leadership. In addition, Rebecca Chan, MD, PhD, has been appointed assistant director of the MSTP. Dr. Chan has faculty appointments in pediatrics and medical and molecular genetics.


Student Showcase

Arrow Students to participate in community health fair

The Student National Medical Association of IUSM will participate in a health fair sponsored by the Yolanda Adams Health and Wellness Tour from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 26, at the Venue Conference Center, 5110 W. Pike Plaza Rd.

This event, hosted by professional gospel singer and morning show host Yolanda Adams, will provide health screenings, information and other wellness activities to the local community. Several recording artists will be flying in for the fair, which has been a great success across the country.

IUSM students will be responsible for performing eye screenings and BMI calculations.

For more information, visit


Clarian News

Arrow Riley Child Development Center celebrates 40 years

The Riley Child Development Center Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Program (RCDC-LEND) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Thursday, June 17 with an afternoon reception and poster session, followed by the 2010 MCH Leadership Awards presentation.

The poster session highlighted 13 posters from RCDC-LEND faculty and trainees from presentations at regional and national conferences during the past year. In all, five RCDC-LEND faculty and nine trainees collaborated on the various posters.

Following the poster session and reception, an awards ceremony was held to recognize the recipients of the 2010 MCH Leadership Awards provided by the RCDC-LEND Program. Speakers at the presentation included Stephan Viehweg, associate director of RCDC-LEND; John Rau, MD, director of RCDC-LEND; Wade Clapp, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine; and George Jesien, PhD, executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

The 2010 MCH Leadership Awards winners are:

  • Lesa Paddack, a regional program specialist for INSource, received the MCH Early Career Leadership Recognition Award. Mrs. Paddack has led the INSource parent support group in Johnson County for six years, and is a former RCDC-LEND family leadership trainee.

    Judith Ganser, MD, medical director of maternal and children's special health care services, received the MCH Outstanding Leadership in Service Award. Dr. Ganser is the principal investigator of Indiana's innovative Sunny Start Initiative, a comprehensive, collaborative statewide effort to implement a strategic plan to support a coordinated system of resources and support for children from birth through age five and their families.
  • Susan Pieples, a RCDC-LEND family leadership trainee, received the Family Leadership Recognition Award. Mrs. Pieples serves as president of the Autism Society of Indiana and as secretary of the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness-Indianapolis.
  • Darlene Kardatzke, MD, a pediatrician in Developmental Pediatrics at Riley Hospital, received the Dr. Morris Green Distinguished Leadership Award. Dr. Kardatzke is a founding board member of the Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health.

For more information, visit


Events & Lectures

Arrow Indiana women physicians presentation

IUSM Emerita Lucy King, MD, an author and researcher of biographies of nineteenth century women physicians, will speak from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 29, at the Indiana University School of Medicine Library (IUSML), 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 Presentation on women's nutrition

Alice Lindeman, PhD, RD, will present the next lecture in the OB/GYN Grand Rounds speakers' series, entitled "I am 43 years old... why am I still eating Doritos? Influences on Women's Nutrition and Eating Habits over the Life Span" at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 30, in the Walther Hall Auditorium (R3), room 203.

Dr. Alice Lindeman, associate professor in the Applied Health Science Department, School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, IU-Bloomington, will explore the many different influences that impact the nutrition of women and how women's eating habits change as they age. As a registered dietician, Dr. Lindeman has an extensive background in nutrition, sports nutrition, preventative health habits and general wellness.

All fourth Wednesday OB/GYN grand rounds lectures are co-hosted by the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health.

This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Tina Darling at


Arrow Enhance teaching with online video

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 medical career seminars for undergrads

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 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. in Fesler Hall, room 319.

These seminars and panel discussions are intended for college students who are working on our campuses and are interested in a career in medicine. They are:

  • 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 ICEPHI presentation on information exchange in public health surveillance

The Indiana Center of Excellence in Public Health Informatics (ICEPHI) 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 PhD candidate 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 New education requirements for investigators

The Office of Research of Administration will be mandating new education requirements for researchers effective Monday, October 1.

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program will replace the current IU Human Subjects Protection Course and Test and Investigator 101. CITI is a web-based system used by over 830 institutions around the world. It's more robust and up-to-date than the current home-grown program. The program is being implemented to meet National Institutes of Health and Federal requirements for basic training for individuals involved in the use of human subjects in research.

All principal investigators, co-investigators (anyone involved in the design, conduct, or reporting of the research, or having significant interaction with subjects), including personnel obtaining informed consent listed on an IU IRB application will need to complete CITI training.

  • All investigators listed on new studies submitted to the IRB after October 1 will need to complete the CITI training prior to the study receiving final approval.
  • All investigators listed on studies which are due for continuing review after October 1 will need to complete the CITI training prior to the study being re-approved. Please note that if this requirement is not met, it could delay approval and result in the study expiring.

The above requirements apply to all investigators, i.e., those who have already completed the IU Human Subjects Protection Test and/or Investigator 101 and those who had not previously completed the IU Human Subjects Protection Test.

The IU Human Subjects Protection Test and Investigator 101 course will no longer be available.

The CITI portal is found on the IU Office of Research Administration Research Education, Ethics and Policy (REEP) site at Each module takes approximately 10-30 minutes to complete. The training can be taken in sections and can be re-taken as many times as needed. Investigators need an overall score of 80 percent to pass.

For additional information, visit

Questions to the Research Ethics and Education Program Office at To schedule a CITI education session for your group or department, or for additional questions regarding the new CITI education requirements, contact Sarah Crabtree at (317) 274-6932 or


Arrow OB/Gyn Department seeks gently used children's books

The IUSM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology is seeking gently used children's books to support their plans to begin Centering Pregnancy Groups (CPG) for pregnant women in August.

CPGs will allow groups of women from all walks of life to go through their pregnancy together and offer each other support as they tackle issues facing them such as pregnancy-related diabetes, hypertension and other social issues such as nutrition and raising a healthy baby.  One of the goals of the CPG is to promote literacy and foster mother-child bonding through reading to their children.

Donations of gently used children's books (up to the age of 6) will be given to expectant mothers in order to encourage them to read to their children, including the one in utero once born as well as other children already in the family.

No donation is too small. Please send all donations to Dr. Mary Pell Abernathy, University Hospital, 550 N. University Blvd., Suite 2440, Indianapolis, IN 46202.


Arrow Booth space available for annual 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 This week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and guests will discuss in-store clinics, pediatric leukemia and grieving.

Bill Cook, founder of The Cook Group, a medical device manufacturer, will explain his proposal to provide more primary care services through in-store clinics already operating in pharmacies and retail stores.

Jamie Renbarger, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics and clinical pharmacology, and David Flockhart, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and medical genetics, both with Indiana University School of Medicine, will discuss research into treatments for pediatric leukemia.

George Bonnano, PhD, professor of education and psychology at Columbia University's Teacher College, will discuss his book, The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss, which challenges conventional wisdom about grieving.

Also this week, Sound Medicine will air a new installment of "Grace Notes," a series of first-person essays about end-of-life issues written and read by Larry Cripe, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of palliative care services at Indiana University Hospital. The focus is on faith, hope and love.

This week's Sound Medicine "Checkup" will explore cancer choosing sides, with Scott Fosko, MD, chairman of dermatology at St. Louis University 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 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 is seeking 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 Chair 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
  • Assessments based on 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.