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July 30, 2010
Volume 14 Number 30 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow NASCAR star commits $1.5 million for pediatric research

The Jeff Gordon Foundation recently commemorated its 10th anniversary with a pledge of $1.5 million to Riley Children’s Foundation.

The gift will create a $1 million endowment to fund research conducted in partnership between Riley Hospital and the Wells Center for Pediatric Research at IUSM. The remaining $500,000 will address immediate research needs at Riley Hospital.

The Wells Center for Pediatric Research exists to push forward novel drugs and strategies for cancer prevention and treatment that are discovered. Focus is on developing programs that ultimately will have a clinical impact and create therapeutic advances that can be rapidly assimilated into the treatment of pediatric cancers. Research groups are developing a world class program to understand the molecular basis for tumor cell development, progression and eventual new and novel therapeutics.

Since its inception in 1999, The Jeff Gordon Foundation has awarded nearly $10 million to the country’s top childhood health organizations, including more than $1.58 million to Riley Hospital.

For more information, visit


Arrow Benefits enrollment system now online

Benefit enrollment for new academic and staff employees is now part of the online self-service function in OneStart.

The new benefits enrollment system is completely paperless. To help navigate the array of benefit plans, resources, services, and other benefits, new employees are encouraged to view the IU Benefit Video. Indiana University has to offer or visit  Human Resources website at

With the advent of online benefit plan enrollment, Human Resources Administration will enhance the customer service provided by its benefits team. New employees will receive a welcome email from a benefits specialist, who will provide support and serve as a resource for questions regarding benefits. This benefits specialist also will present a benefit information orientation session.

These newly redesigned sessions will consist of two parts-a welcome and benefits information session in the morning followed by health and safety training in the afternoon-and help new employees sort through the array of benefit options and make critical decisions regarding health care, retirement and other benefits.

Sessions will continue to be held every Tuesday in the IUPUI Campus Center. For more information, go to

Questions to benefits specialist Theresa Martin at 274-8931 or


Arrow Post office relocation

The Contract Postal Unit, currently located on the second floor of the IUPUI Campus Center, will return to its former location at 536 Barnhill Dr. Monday, Aug. 2.

The campus center location closed at noon Thursday, July 29 and will remain closed Friday, 29 and Saturday, July 30.

This move will not affect the usage and rental of the postal boxes located at the second floor west entrance of the campus center.  Mail delivery to the postal boxes will continue between the hours of 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

An outgoing mail box/slot will remain on the second floor of the Campus Center near the Post Office boxes.  Stamps and other postal supplies will continue to be sold at the Barnhill location.


Faculty Development & News

Arrow Join the Postdoc Faculty Advisory Committee

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is currently seeking additional faculty members for the Postdoc Faculty Advisory Committee. This committee, consisting of IUSM faculty members and postdocs, develops policies, programs, and processes to enhance the postdoctoral training experience.

The committee meets on the third Wednesday of every other month from 3 to 4 p.m. and requires periodic email correspondence.  Faculty members interested in serving on this committee are encouraged to complete a brief online interest form at Deadline is Thursday, Aug. 5.

For more information, contact Jennifer Williams at 274-3430 or


Arrow Leadership in Academic Medicine Program

The Leadership in Academic Medicine Program (LAMP), a year-long faculty development and orientation program for new IUSM faculty, is currently accepting applications for the 2010-2011 academic year.

LAMP seminars will introduce participants to the fundamentals of career planning, self-management and leadership skills. The program provides faculty the tools they will need to accomplish their primary career goals and aspirations. The 2010-2011 curriculum will include sessions specifically designed for both clinicians and research faculty.

To apply, contact Megan Palmer, assistant dean of faculty affairs and professional development, at

For more information, visit


Clarian News

Arrow Radiation oncology earns accreditation

The radiation oncology services at Indiana University Hospital have been awarded a three-year accreditation following a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

ACR, headquartered in Reston, Va., awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation. Board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field conduct the evaluations. The surveyors assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of the facility equipment and report their findings to ACR's Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the facility with a comprehensive report.


Events & Lectures

Arrow Children's Health Services presentation

Indiana Children's Health Services Research (ICHSR) will present "Children's Books as a Brief Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting," by Nerissa Bauer, MD, at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, Legacy Boardroom, second floor.

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Loyce Stultz at 278-0552 or


Arrow Resident, 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.

All 2011, 2012 and 2013 residents and fellows are invited and encouraged to attend this event.

For more information, contact Gloria Robertson at 963-7857 or


Arrow IUSCC tissue donation -- Aug. 7

The IU Simon Cancer Center will collect tissue sample for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, in the Hematology Clinic and Women's Center (second floor) in the new patient building of the IUSCC.

During the donation process, a tissue sample is 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).

Collecting samples from women with and without breast cancer will help researchers determine the differences between these populations. The IUSCC Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tissue Bank, the first and only healthy breast tissue bank in the world, will ultimately provide researchers access to unprecedented amounts of breast cancer research data.

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

For more information, visit


Arrow EndNote Web Demonstration

The IUSM Library will present a demonstration of EndNote Web a web-based reference organizer and collaboration tool, at noon Tuesday, Aug. 10, in the IUSM Library, room 227.

EndNote is a program that enables users to collect references when away from their desktop, including a new feature that creates a reference from a web page. Participations will also learn to transfer the references from EndNote Web to EndNote desktop and to share EndNote Web groups to simplify joint writing projects.

Presenters will be medical librarian and Mac expert, Sue London; EndNote specialist, Doug Bartlow; and medical librarian, Carole Gall. There will be time for open discussion following the main presentation.

For more information, contact London at; Bartlow at or Gall at


Arrow Alumni Night at Victory Field

The IUSM Alumni Association and its young professionals network will celebrate the start of another school year with the class of 2014 by rooting on the Indianapolis Indians as they take bat against the Syracuse Chiefs from 7:15 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Victory Field, 501 W. Maryland St.

Faculty, staff, residents, fellows, medical students and alumni are invited to join the IUSM's newest students and their families as they embark on their medical education journey.

Lawn seats are $7 and reserved seats are $8. Guests can stop by the IUSM Alumni Association table for a chance to win IUSM merchandise and gift certificates throughout the game.

To register, contact Jayme Little at 274-1345. Or visit


Arrow Panel to explore life science economy

Hoosiers Work for Health will host a panel to discuss the impact of the life sciences and medical innovation on Indiana's economy at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 16, at the Indiana University Innovation Center, 2719 E. 10th St., Bloomington, IN.

This free event will provide a platform for local business owners and others involved in Indiana's high-tech sector to engage in conversation about medical innovation and its role in reducing health care costs, cutting the deficit, generating jobs and ensuring global competitiveness.

Featured panelists will include State Rep. Peggy Welch, chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures Health Committee; Bart Peterson, senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications at Eli Lilly and Company; Kristin Jones, president and CEO of the Indiana Health Industry Forum; and Christy Gillenwater, president and CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

This event will be held collaboration with the Bloomington Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Health Industry Forum.

For more information, go to


Arrow Ball Gardens Concert -- Aug. 17

The Ball Gardens Summer Concert Series will present a performance by the Chatham Arch String Quartet from noon to 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 17, in Ball Gardens, located between Ball Residence 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. This is the final Ball Gardens Concert of the 2010 season.

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 Life sciences focus of conference series

The first conference in 2010-2011 Indiana Life Sciences Collaboration Conference Series, "Healthcare Reform: The Road Ahead," will be held Friday, Sept. 17, in Fairbanks Hall.

The keynote speaker for this event will be Nick Littlefield, former Chief of Staff for Senator Ted Kennedy, who will provide details and perspective on the past, present and future of health-care reform.

This conference series provides a forum for various players in healthcare and life sciences to strategically consider key business issues. The remaining series conferences are:

  • Friday, Nov. 19: "Life Sciences Human Capital," Cook Medical World Headquarters, 750 Daniels Way, Bloomington, IN.
  • Friday, Feb. 25: "An Update on Regulatory Compliance," Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 11 S. Meridian St.
  • Friday, May 13: "Health Information Technology: Indiana's Role in the Development of a National Model," Walther Hall (R3) Auditorium.

The registration fee for each conference is $90 or $320 for the entire series. Special reduced student fees are available for full-time students registered at an accredited Indiana institution of higher learning.

To register online, visit To register by mail, print and complete the online registration form and mail, along with a check made payable to Indiana University with a note in the memo line "Conf #712-10," to Indiana University, IU Conferences, P.O. Box 6212, Indianapolis, IN 46206-6212.

This series is sponsored by the IU Kelley School of Business' Center for the Business of Life Sciences. Assisting as series sponsors are Biocrossroads and Duke Energy.

For more information, go to


News to Use

Arrow contract extended

Following a successful pilot program, IU has extended the contract with the e-learning provider for additional three years. offers self-paced, video training on a variety of IT topics, including over 800 courses and related exercise files on subjects such as Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, open source software, multimedia, web design and programming, allowing employees to learn from expert software trainers at their own convenience.

Access to the Online Training Library® will remain cost-free for faculty, staff and students at all eight IU campuses statewide through June 2013.

For more information, visit


Arrow iPad development course

The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning invites all faculty to apply to participate in a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that will focus on the use and implications of the iPad to technology-enhanced pedagogy.

The Apple iPad is a new type of device that challenges the conventional definition, function and design of a laptop or mobile computer. The primary goal of a FLC is to explore best practices in teaching and learning.

Each FLC member will receive their own iPad device as well as $750 (upon completion of a preliminary project report) for professional development needs such as travel to present findings and resources for curriculum development.  Throughout the fall 2010 semester, FLC members will also have access to iPad kits, including multiple devices and accessories, for experimentation/classroom projects.

This Faculty Learning Community is co-sponsored by University Information Technology Services and the IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning.
For more information, visit Or download an application at Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Monday, August 2.

Question to 274-1300 or


Arrow Employee perks program

IUPUI faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to receive special "perks" for being an employee or student of the university.

These include discounts on automotive, cell phone, computer, entertainment, health, beauty, fitness, jewelry, restaurant, travel and hotel room purchases.

For the "Jagperks" program, simply show your IUSM ID (or Jagtag") to enjoy available special offers and discounts.

For more information, including a complete list of "perks," visit


Arrow Medical mission to Ecuador

The Timmy Foundation, an Indianapolis-based non-profit organization that works to expand access to health care and education, is seeking medical professionals, including medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, nurse practitioner, physicians assistants, nurses, pharmacists and dentists, interested in volunteering for a 10-day medical mission to Tena, Ecuador, in January.

The tentative date for the trip is Wednesday, Jan. 5 to Friday, Jan. 15 (dates may vary by two days). Cost is roughly $1,800, including airfare. Spanish speaking skills are not required, as translators will be provided. Volunteers will receive safe lodging, including comfortable bedding, hot showers, bottled water and safe meals. Transportation will be provided by a private transportation company.

For more information, download a recruitment letter at or visit

Question to trip coordinator W. Max Hudson at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This weekend, Saturday, July 31, and Sunday, Aug. 1, Sound Medicine host Barbara Lewis and guests will discuss health care reform, treating pregnant women and reporting medical errors.

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Center of Health Policy and Professionalism Research at IUSM, will explain the new rules for preventive care coverage, a result of the new health care reform legislation. Carroll will also explain the significance of the appointment of Donald Berwick, MD, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Rachel Manber, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at Stanford University, will discuss her study on the use of acupuncture to treat depression in pregnant women.

David Flockhart, MD, PhD, director of clinical pharmacology and David Haas, MD, director of clinical research and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, both with IUSM, will explore current studies in determining what drugs are safe for pregnant women.

Lia Logio, MD, director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program and vice chair for education at Weill Cornell Medical College, will discuss her recent finding that medical residents are discouraged from reporting medical errors.

This week's Sound Medicine "Checkup" will explore a study that found older women who marry younger men have a reduced life expectancy. 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 Brater named to national chair

D. Craig Brater, MD, dean of IUSM, has been named the immediate chair-elect and future chair of the Centers for Education and Research on Therapeutics (CERTS) National Steering Committee, effective January 2011 through December 2012.

A clinical pharmacologist by training, Dr. Brater has many distinguished scientific accomplishments, as well as leadership experience in therapeutics and education, having served as the president of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, the Association of Professors of Medicine and the United States Pharmacopeia.

He also has served as chair of the American College of Physicians' Council of Medical Societies and is the current president of the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine. His research focus has been mechanisms of diuretic response and optimizing regimens for diuretic therapy.


Arrow Mirmira earns professorship

Raghu G. Mirmira, MD, PhD, will be appointed the first Eli Lilly and Company Professor of Pediatric Diabetes, beginning Sept. 1, following approval from the IU board of trustees.

The Eli Lilly and Company Professorship in Pediatrics Diabetes was established by Riley Children’s Foundation with funding from the Lilly Corporate Foundation as part of a package to develop a major Type 1 diabetes basic research program in IUSM. The holder of the professorship serves director of the pediatric diabetes research group in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Mirmira will retain his current titles of professor of pediatrics and medicine and adjunct professor of cellular and integrative physiology.


Around Campus

Arrow Campus garden initiative

Developing IUPUI Gardens Sustainably (DIGS) is seeking volunteers to get involved with the formation of the new urban farm on campus, to be located on the south edge of the Science Building (LD).

DIGS is a new student group that invites faculty, staff, students and community members to join. It is looking for individuals with an interest in a campus garden to provide ideas for uses for the new plot.

For more information, contact Rachel Bennett at 274-2056. Or visit


Arrow Music history courses

The IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology is now offering two new classes in the history of hip hop and the American musical.

Hip Hop Music and Culture (Z320), a 12-week course, will meet Thursdays from 6 to 8:40 p.m. The American Musical (Z317) will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

For more information, or to sign up, call 278-3264.


Around Town

Arrow Farmer's markets

Wishard Hospital's annual farmer's market continues each Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. through Sept. 7. In addition, the Growing Places Indy farm stand will be in front of the Indiana State Museum Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Wishard market is in the Wellness Gardens behind the Bryce Building (behind the pathway that leads from the Primary Care Center to the Main Entrance). A variety of vendors, local farmers, bakers and beekeepers will be on hand and lunch is available from the Wishard Cafeteria, who will staff a new booth called "Au Bon Wishard" featuring farmers' market chicken salad.

To find the Growing Places Indy farm stand at the Indiana State Museum, take Blackford Street south of campus over the canal and past the museum to find the garden on the left before the Segway Tours.

If you have any questions about the Farmers' Market at Wishard, call the Wishard Wellness Line at 630-7374. More info on the museum stand 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.