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January 22, 2010
Volume 14 Number 3 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow Under construction: Glick Eye Institute

Winter’s cold weather has not affected construction on the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute. The construction team has been hard at work since ground was broken in late October. 

The blue tower now on site is a tower crane that helps the contractor move equipment and materials around the construction site. Workers have excavated the basement and are building the concrete foundations. The steel framework will soon follow.

Located on the north side of Michigan Street, the Glick Eye Institute has been designated to achieve Silver LEED status from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design – is a voluntary consensus-based national rating system for buildings designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

The LEED certification means the building has used state-of-the-art strategies in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials and resources selection and indoor environmental quality. The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute will be the first building on the IUPUI campus to achieve LEED certification.

To meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Silver specifications, the project will use recycled and locally extracted building materials, as well as an indoor air monitoring system that will track changes in air quality to help minimize the burden on HVAC systems. Highly efficient mechanical systems include low flow fume hoods in laboratory spaces, and heat recovery wheels that will capture heat from exhaust systems and exchange it for energy to power the building.  

Visit to see the most recent construction photo.


Arrow IUSM launches Haitian relief effort through Partners in Health

One of the worst humanitarian crises in recent memory, the situation in Haiti one week after the devastating earthquake remains critical. Relief agencies are desperately short of money, supplies, and fuel.

The IUSM medical community hopes to set a powerful example by launching a collective fundraising effort in support of Partners in Health.  PIH has over twenty years experience in Haiti, and already has 120 physicians and 500 nurses on the ground.

The IUSM community has an opportunity to make a difference and students, residents, faculty and staff are invited to participate in this significant school-wide effort.  For more information, please visit the IUSM community fundraising page at

For questions, suggestions, or to get involved please email Colleen Kiernan, MS4, at


Arrow AAMC Haiti web site

The AAMC has been asked by the federal government to serve as conduit for information to the academic medical community, which is mobilizing quickly to assist in the relief effort.  As in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a page has been created on their web site to serve as a reliable source of information that includes notices, fact sheets, and other resource information from the U.S. government, links to the many relief efforts underway at our member institutions, and a list of organizations that are accepting charitable contributions.

The page at will be updated regularly as new information arrives.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Ethics at Lunch: Ethical dilemmas in transplantation

The Tuesday, Jan. 26, Ethics at Lunch program will feature Paul Kwo, MD, associate professor of medicine, who will present “Ethical Dilemmas in Liver Transplantation: When the Patient is in the Gray Zone.”

His case study-based approach to analyzing ethical decision-making in the context of transplantation medicine will be at noon in the VanNuys Medical Science building. Lunch will be provided.

This is the first of five lectures scheduled for the spring semester. For additional information, contact Brent Pickett at or Alex Thurman at


Arrow Curricular change brown bag series

IUSM faculty, staff, and students are invited to share their goals and visions for the IUSM curriculum at a series of brown bag meetings. These will be open dialogues providing an opportunity for the IUSM community to gather and discuss possible curricular reform.  Hear what is being discussed around campus and share your ideas.

Maryellen Gusic, MD, incoming executive associate dean for educational affairs, will facilitate the next brown bag discussion on Wednesday, Jan 27.

Statewide curricular change brown bags will be held the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month beginning in January.  Meetings are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B11, and on Video Bridge 116.  (Note: The second discussion will be on the fourth Wednesday in January due to a scheduling conflict.  Subsequent Wednesday discussions will be held on the third Wednesday of the month.)

Discussions through March 1 will focus on a series of key questions about the current curriculum and possible changes (see MECA website for the list of questions). (Note: Participants are welcome to attend multiple sessions, but should be aware that the same questions will be asked at each meeting.)  Starting March 17, sessions will turn to look more closely at models or guidelines that have emerged thus far.

Please visit the MECA website at for the most current meeting information and links to curriculum resources. 

The brown bag series is co-sponsored by the Curriculum Council Steering Committee, Faculty Steering Council, Medical Student Council, Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and the Offices of Medical Education and Curricular Affairs and Medical Student Affairs.


Arrow Comparative effectiveness research lecture

Norman Daniels, PhD, Harvard School of Public Health, will speak on “Comparative Effectiveness Research: What it can and cannot help with in priority setting” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10, in room 1110 at the HITS Building.

His talk is sponsored by the Comparative Effectiveness Study Group, which is a component of the Consortium for Health Policy, Law, and Bioethics.

Contact: Eva Jackson at 278-4034 or email at


Arrow American English Intonation classes

The next class session for American English Intonation: Effective Intercultural Communication for the Healthcare Professional will begin April 1.

The class schedule and registration details:
AEI is supported by a Clarian Values Grant for Education. To ensure individual attention, class size is limited and registration is required.

Start date: Thursday, April 1
Time: 5-7 p.m. (2 hours)
Site:  Methodist Hospital A 3050A (Building A, Maternity Center, Third Floor)
Course duration: 8 consecutive Thursdays, April 1- May 20

To register:

  • Email the Program Director, Dr. Poonam Khurana, with the following:

    Your request to be registered
    Job description
    Contact numbers
    Email address

Send registration requests to:
Poonam Khurana, MD
Ph: (317) 962-2275

  • Make your check payable to Indiana University
  • $180 by March 4 ($220 after March 4) for IU/Clarian Employees
  • $280 by March 4 ($320 after March 4) for Non-IU/Clarian Employees

Registration includes a textbook and CD

Mail to:
Crystal Haney
Section Administrator
Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Riley Hospital for Children
699 West Drive, Riley Research 208
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Ph: (317) 274-4720


  • You can request your program director or department chief to reimburse the expense from your continuing education fund allowance.
  • For direct withdrawal of the registration fee, send an email to Crystal Haney  stating your department expense account number.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Seven sane and sensible email practices

Email (and its electronic counterparts) threaten to overwhelm, but you have the power to exert your influence and leadership to assert your dominion. In this engaging and highly practical seminar, Dr. Meggin McIntosh will present "The Ph.D of Productivity"™  and provide specific tips, tools and techniques for using electronic tools optimally.

Those in attendance will learn how to:

  • Capture the power (e.g., use email and voice mail to communicate in a timely, efficient way as well as to help others respond to you promptly and with the information you need).
  • Curtail the appearance (e.g., reducing the amount of email that even shows up in your in-box)
  • Conclude the fate (e.g., determine what stays and what goes).
  • Control the impact (e.g., although electronic tools allow for 24/7/365 access, you want to set boundaries for that and you’ll learn several ways to do so).
  • Compel the destiny (e.g., ways to store and access all the ‘bits & bytes’ of information you have).

The program is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. It will be Wednesday, Feb.10, from 2-4 p.m. in Walther Hall (Research 3) auditorium.

Register: Questions:


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 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award seeks applicants

The Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who show great promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their accomplishments in advancing the frontiers of knowledge.

The deadline for IUSM applications is Friday, Jan. 29. Applications should be submitted electronically to Nuria Morral, associate professor, at

For eligibility guidelines and submission criteria, click here.


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.


Staff News

Arrow Staff Council News Letter

Sue Herrell, the IUPUI Staff Council president, shares the current Staff Council newsletter, including a story about a resolution recognizing the contributions of staff. The resolution was proposed by Marianne Wokeck, associate dean in the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts, and passed by the Faculty Council Jan. 12.



Student Showcase

Arrow Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention

Student volunteers participating in the Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) project  completed a required training session during the fall semester and currently are leading classroom sessions at several elementary and middle schools around the Indianapolis area.

According to Smita Mahapatra, MS2, and Stephanie Martin, MS2, the project coordinators for this Office of Medical Service-Learning sponsored project, fourth- through sixth-grade students are targeted with a goal of teaching them to make informed decisions not to use drugs and alcohol.

This two-hour program teaches youth the normal physiology of major organs such as the heart, liver, brain and lungs. Medical students work in small groups, spending 15-20 minutes on each organ.  Basic organ physiology is covered, highlighted by preserved organs for the youngsters to observe. A discussion of the pathophysiology of drugs, alcohol, and toxins follows which includes actual samples of diseased organs including a cirrhotic liver and anthracitic lung for the youth to experience.

IUSM students also act out different peer pressure situations that the youth may experience offering advice and suggestions when faced with these tough dilemmas. At the end, a quiz is given to assess what the class has learned which allows an opportunity for questions and an open dialogue among the IUSM students and adolescents.

“This program is different from other drug prevention programs in that it gives students concrete examples of the long-term consequences of smoking, drugs and alcohol. It also is a wonderful and fun way for medical students to learn pathology and to learn how to teach members of the community about their health,” said Stephanie Martin.

Medical student volunteers are welcome to participate in the ongoing ASAP program. Contact Smita Mahapatra at to volunteer or for more information on the training session.

Since 2001, medical, dental, nursing, and public health students have presented the ASAP program to hundreds of youth primarily in the Indianapolis Public Schools. The goal is to expand the program to additional IPS schools and other public school systems in Indianapolis.

The program is one of the many sponsored by the Office of Medical Service-Learning. OMSL promotes a lifelong commitment to community service through innovative service-learning experiences. Visit  for more information.


News to Use

Arrow Faculty research interest search tool available

Need to find an IUSM faculty researcher whose interests match or complement yours? The Office of Decision Support has made available the faculty research interest search tool, a searchable database that uses ASR data provided by faculty members in regards to research interests, grants, and publications.  The data is updated annually.

The database search tool is available at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 24, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26, 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.
Evan Lyon, MD, of Partners in Health, a Boston-based group that works to bring medical care to poor communities in nine countries, will discuss the ongoing rescue and medical operations in Haiti. The interview was conducted by Radio Rounds, a public radio program based in Ohio.

David Mooney, PhD, associate dean of chemical/biological sciences and engineering at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will explain his work to develop a cancer vaccine.

Minnesota Public Radio reporter Lorna Benson will discuss new surgery protocols on dogs’ tumors and how they may affect progress in treating brain tumors in humans.

Richard Restak, MD, a neuroscientist and clinical professor of neurology at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, will discuss the new National Geographic book, Brain: The Complete Mind. He oversaw production of the book. 

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, Ph.D., will explore morning sickness.

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.


Around Campus

Arrow IUPUI Summer Camps

IUPUI Sport Complex Summer Day Camp and Sport Camps registration has begun. An early bird discount- all Summer Day Camp registrations have been lowered $10/week—is available through the end of January. Additional discounts still apply.

Summer Day Camp, for kids ages 5-12, runs June 1 - July 30. Sport Camps offered: swimming, diving, soccer, tennis, lacrosse and track. The dates and ages groups for the camps and other information can be found at



Arrow IUSM Trustee Teaching Awards call for nominees

Each year the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes faculty excellence in teaching through a program known as the Trustee Teaching Awards.

Recipients of this prestigious award receive a $2,500 bonus, have their names displayed on a plaque, and are recognized at award ceremonies at IUSM and at IUPUI. In addition the IUSM awardees are recognized at the medical school commencement in May.

Excellence in teaching is the primary factor for selection. It is anticipate that 53 outstanding IUSM teachers will receive the award this year.

Students, residents, fellows and faculty are needed to help identifying IUSM’s best teachers.

Please submit the names of eligible faculty you would like to nominate for this prestigious award at by Friday, Feb. 5.

When submitting your nomination, please be sure to include your university status (student, resident, fellow or faculty) and indicate the nominee’s department in addition to their name.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty and librarians engaged in teaching are eligible, as are full-time clinical faculty and full-time lecturers whose primary duties are teaching, including faculty in the School of Medicine who may be located at medical centers or be paid by institutions other than Indiana University (e.g., Clarian, Wishard, VA, IUMG-PC ).

Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence in the form of documented student learning and must have completed at least three years of service at IUPUI to be eligible (appointed on or before 7/1/06). If you are unsure of eligibility please feel free to contact with any inquiries.

Please note that self-nominations will not be accepted.

Information regarding the award is available at


 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.