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July 9, 2010
Volume 14 Number 27 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow New chair in anatomy and cell biology

Kathryn Jane Jones, PhD, director of the Neuroscience Institute at the Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago and president of the American Association of Anatomists, has accepted the position of chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Pending formal approval by the IU trustees, Dr. Jones will begin her new duties Jan. 1.

She will succeed David B. Burr, PhD, who is professor and chair of anatomy and cell biology and professor of orthopaedic surgery and biomedical engineering. He was appointed to the chairmanship in 1990. Dr. Burr will remain on faculty and pursue his research on bone strength and agents that undermine bone density.

Dr. Jones' research interests include the therapeutic use of steroid hormones in neuronal regeneration, neural-immune interactions in nerve injury and repair, combinatorial treatment approaches in spinal cord injury, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a fatal motoneuron disease.

Currently, she is working in collaboration with clinical colleagues in otolaryngology to translate the use of steroid hormones in different types of peripheral nerve injury, including facial nerve damage, to the clinical situation, and in neurology to extend her discoveries of immune-mediated neuroprotection to the field of ALS, in which recent evidence is beginning to suggest immune involvement in the progressive loss of motoneurons that develops with this disease.

Dr. Jones also will have an adjunct appointment at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.


Arrow Tierney to lead Regenstrief Institute

William M. Tierney, MD, Chancellor's Professor and Joseph J. Mamlin Professor of Medicine, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Regenstrief Institute, Inc., pending approval by the Indiana University trustees. He also will serve as associate dean for clinical effectiveness research at IUSM.

An international leader in medical informatics and health services research, Dr. Tierney studies the effects of innovative, computer-based interventions to improve health care quality and lower costs of health care delivery. He serves as chief of medicine at Wishard Health Services, where he practices as a hospital-based general internist.

Dr. Tierney will step down from his current position as director of research for the IU-AMPATH Program in East Africa to assume his new position, which begins in October.

He succeeds Thomas S. Inui, MD, who remains with the institute, where he focuses on global health research. Dr. Inui has served as president and CEO of Regenstrief Institute and associate dean for health care research since 2002.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Postdoc Coffee and Conversation

Brian Stemme, project director for BioCrossroads, will participate in the Postdoc Coffee & Conversation Series, sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, in the Daly Center, room 186. He will discuss pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

As a project manager, Stemme works to identify and develop collaborations between Indiana's research universities, government and private sector, as well as manages BioCrossroadsLINX, an initiative focused on leveraging Indiana's strengths in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.  In addition, he assesses early-stage companies for the Indiana Seed Fund and sits on the board of Muroplex Therapeutics and AgeneBio.

To RSVP for this event, visit


Arrow Minority research involvement webinar

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) will host a webinar entitled "Distrust, Race and Research: Overcoming Barriers to Recruitment and Retention of Minority Populations," from 1 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 14, in the Medical Library, rooms 226-227.

This webinar will address historical and contemporary barriers to the involvement of minorities in research. This session is one of the first of several learning opportunities that will be offered to the research community from the Indiana CTSI.

A certificate of attendance (useful for Continuing Education Credits) will be available for all attendees who complete an on-line evaluation following the event.

For more information, visit the Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) website. To register, go to

Questions to Brenda Hudson, recruitment manager for Indiana CTSI, at 278-0913 or


Arrow Ball Gardens Concert — July 13

The Ball Gardens Summer Concert Series will present a performance by guitarist John Alvarado from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, July 13, in Ball Gardens, located between Ball Hall and the Riley Outpatient Center entrance.

This kid-friendly performance is 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 concert will be cancelled.

The Ball Gardens Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the IU Foundation and the Department Of Music And Arts Technology at Purdue University. For more information, visit


Arrow Seminar on teaching large classes

The Academy of Teaching Scholars will host an online seminar entitled, "Practicing Learner-Centered Teaching in Large Classes," presented Carol Hurney, PhD, executive director at James Madison University's Center for Faculty Innovation, from 1 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, July 15, in Fairbanks Hall, room 5005.

The "learner-centered" approach to teaching does much more than focus on students. It puts them front and center, allowing their decisions to shape the experience, the content, their involvement, and ultimately, the depth of their personal learning outcomes. While implementing such an approach can seem daunting, especially in large, lecture-style classes, a larger class doesn't have to mean an instructor-centered class.

Take the guesswork out of lesson plans and classroom time. This seminar will help instructors visualize learner-centered teaching through real-world case studies and proven techniques. Learn how to shift the balance of power to the students and prepare for incredible results.

This seminar meets the Academy of Teaching Scholars instructional strategies competency. Register at


Arrow 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 meeting 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 doctoral 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 Goals and objectives topic of seminar

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

In this session, 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. Participants also will become acquainted with techniques for constructing specific measurable learning objectives.

This seminar meets the Academy of Teaching Scholars Curriculum competency. Register at


Arrow Resident and Fellow Career Reception

The 2010 Resident and Fellow Career Reception, sponsored by IUSM and Indiana Clinic Physician Recruitment, will be from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, in the Scottish Rite Cathedral.

The reception will provide an opportunity to explore fellowship and employment opportunities with IUSM, Clarian Health and the Indiana Clinic.

For information, contact Gloria Robertson at 963-7857 or


News to Use

Arrow Travel reimbursement policy changes

Beginning Aug. 1, employee and non-employee travelers will have 60 days from the return date of their trip to submit travel reimbursement claims. Reimbursements submitted after this 60-day period will be subject to income tax assessment.

Reimbursement claims submitted after 120 days from the return date of the trip will not be reimbursed.  Indiana University Foundation funds may not be used for the reimbursement after this time period.  These deadlines are required by the IRS, and will be strictly observed.

For more information, visit or email Travel Management Services at


Arrow New centralized postdoc job database

Postdoc positions can now be posted in a centralized, searchable database. The new online Postdoctoral Job Posting System, located on the faculty section of the postdoctoral affairs website, will enhance the recruitment of quality postdocs and the ease of managing positions.
First time users of the system will need to create an account.  After that, simply log in to manage job postings. Through this system:

  • Departments can post, remove, monitor and repost their own postings, including the deadline
  • Job descriptions are saved, so they can easily be duplicated for future recruitment needs

Also, through this system, prospective postdocs are able to:

  • Access all postdoc opportunities at IUSM in a centralized database
  • Search positions by keyword as well as PI name

The new Postdoctoral Job Posting System is available at For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Williams at


Arrow Faculty ASR Survey discontinued

The Faculty Annual Summary Report (ASR) application is being discontinued and will not be opened this year for reporting.  The new Faculty Profile System (FPS) is expected to go live in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2010.  This new tool will provide you with a consolidated location for all of your professional information for CVs and biosketches, as well as provide department and school leaders the ability to access and review faculty activity.

Further details will be provided as the release of the application nears. Questions to the Office of Decision Support at (317) 278-6516 or


Arrow Volunteers sought for Wishard advocacy program

A new program to assist ill and at-risk adults and seniors at Wishard is in need of volunteers.  The Wishard Volunteer Advocates Program is recruiting volunteer advocates to be trained as limited guardians to assist patients most in need.

The program is modeled after the Volunteer Advocates for Seniors (VAS) Program at Saint Margaret Mercy Healthcare Centers in Northwest Indiana in partnership with the Lake Superior Courts.  The new program will help address critical health care, social service and legal representation needs of the growing population of ill and at-risk incapacitated adults and seniors in Marion County.

The Wishard Volunteer Advocates Program is currently recruiting volunteer advocates for its fall training session beginning in September. For more information, see or to sign up, call 630-6254.


Arrow Volunteers needed for Kenya Gala

The IU-Kenya Gala brings together more than 1,000 friends of the IU-Kenya Partnership who have worked together for the past 20 years.

Volunteers are needed to help with various activities during the gala, which will include, but are not limited to:  registering guests, setting up, tearing down, ushering guests and manning various booths.

The gala is scheduled for Oct. 23. To volunteer, or request more information, call 630-8596 or email

For more information on the IU-Kenya Partnership, visit


Arrow OB/Gyn Department seeks 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 (appropriate for children up to the age of 6) will be given to expectant mothers in order to encourage them to read to their children.

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 This week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, July 10, and Sunday, July 11, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and guests will discuss hospital deaths, quality assurance for health care and acupuncture.

Co-host Kathy Miller, MD, associate professor of medicine and breast cancer specialist at Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), will provide an update on the most significant papers presented at the recent meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncologists.

Co-host David Crabb, MD, chairman of the Department of Medicine and professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at IUSM, will explain the nuances of a study that found a 10 percent increase in hospital deaths in July, the first month that new medical residents are on duty.

Greg Pawlson, MD, MPH, executive vice president of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, will discuss development of metrics to measure value-based health care.

Rachel Manber, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stanford School of Medicine, will discuss her study of using acupuncture to treat depression in pregnant women.

Gerald Imber, MD, a surgeon and author, will discuss his latest book, Genius on the Edge: The Bizarre Double Life of Dr. William Stewart Halsted, who is known as the father of modern surgery and struggled with drug addiction throughout his life.

This week's Sound Medicine "Checkup" will explore the effects of hot peppers in your diet with David Heber, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA.

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 Neurological surgery chair sought

Indiana University School of Medicine seeks candidates for the position of chair, Department of Neurological Surgery. Candidates for this position must be board certified in neurosurgery and possess excellent academic and clinical credentials. They must have a demonstrated ability to lead and foster a multi-faceted program in a competitive environment.

Salary commensurate with qualifications. Women and under-represented candidates are particularly urged to apply.

Please send curriculum vitae and letter of interest to Keith D. Lillemoe, MD, Chair, Search and Screen Committee, Indiana University School of Medicine, Fairbanks Hall, Suite 6200, 340 West 10th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202 or

Applications will be reviewed as received. Indiana University is an AA/EOE, M/F/D.



Arrow Nominate a Life Sciences Champion

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.
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.

For more information, see


Around Campus

Arrow Donate school supplies

Barnes and Noble @ IUPUI is currently accepting donations to benefit students in need of basic school supplies this fall.

Bins for school supplies and tins for cash donations are available now. Barnes & Nobles @ IUPUI will contribute 100 percent of all proceeds to benefit BackPack Attack, a school supply donation program organized by the United Way of Central Indiana. Eighty percent are guaranteed to benefit local students from the Indiana Public School (IPS) system.

For more information, visit


Around the State

Arrow Infant and prenatal care courses

Several programs for prenatal and infant caregivers will be available Tuesday, July 20, at Memorial Hospital in Jasper, Ind.

They are:

  • "Integrating Screening and Treatment of Substance Use into Prenatal Care," from 9 a.m. to noon, will provide information aimed at reducing incidents of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use by pregnant women, which has been estimated at a high rate in Indiana, affecting nearly 18,000 babies per year. Recent research indicates that only 5 to 10 percent of pregnant women are identified and receive appropriate treatment for substance use disorders. Register at
  • "Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Risk Reduction," from 1 to 4 p.m., will provide information aimed at reducing the risk factors for SIDS, as well as demonstrate how nurses and other health-care practitioners can help parents by modeling safe sleep practices. Current statistics suggest that SIDS remains the leading cause of death among U.S. infants between one month and one year of ages, despite significant progress made in reducing SIDS over the past decade.

The cost of each session is $35 for general admission; $25 for IPN Members. For more information, visit



 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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To keep the electronic version of Scope as streamlined as possible, only seminars and lectures of general or multidisciplinary interest will be included.