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January 29, 2010
Volume 14 Number 4 • Indianapolis, Indiana

Topics this issue:

Above the Fold

Events & Lectures

Faculty Development & News

Grants & Other Opportunites

Student Showcase

News to Use

Clarian News

Around Town

At Your Fingertips

Above the Fold

Arrow Riley recertified as a Level 1 trauma center

For the fifth time, Riley Hospital for Children has once again been verified a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma. Riley Hospital was first verified in 1995.

Riley Hospital is the only Level I Pediatric Trauma Center in the state of Indiana, and is one of only 27 verified Level I Pediatric Trauma Centers in the nation. Riley continues to remain the most qualified hospital in the state to take care of critically injured children. Trauma patients include victims of pedestrian or motor vehicle accidents, burns, falls and other severe injuries.

Level I verification is the highest distinction for trauma centers. It means that Riley Hospital is capable of providing total comprehensive trauma care for every aspect of injury from pre-hospital phase through rehabilitation and injury prevention. The trauma service excels in part due to its integration with the Riley Emergency Department, the most sophisticated pediatric emergency center in the state caring for all children from minor illnesses to major multiple trauma.

The ACS is a scientific and educational association of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical education and practice to improve the care of the surgical patient. The College has over 72,000 members and it is the largest association of surgeons in the world. Longstanding achievements have placed the ACS in the forefront of American surgery and have made it an important advocate for all surgical patients.


Arrow Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse visit

Students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Indiana University from around the state will meet in Indianapolis on Tuesday, Feb. 2, for the 19th annual Hoosiers for Higher Education Statehouse visit.

The program will begin at 1 p.m. in the North Atrium and will feature comments by IU President Michael A. McRobbie and IU students representing student government organizations on several IU campuses. Legislators have also been invited to speak.

"The Statehouse Visit provides a great opportunity to remind our representatives of all the great things that Indiana University does for the state of Indiana," said Debbie Lemon, director of Hoosiers for Higher Education. "Given the current budget situation, it's all the more important that friends of IU make face-to-face contact with their legislators."

The event also will include a showcase in the North Atrium of displays representing the theme of this year's Statehouse Visit, "Innovation Accelerated by Tradition." Exhibits will focus on how IU and its collaborative partners work together to advance the state of Indiana through education, research, economic development and creating healthier communities.

Featured displays include the IU Research and Technology Corp. (IURTC), the Indiana Innovation Fund, IU-Purdue University partnerships in the Clinical Translational Science Institute and the Indiana Innovation Alliance, along with outreach and educational programs by the IU School of Medicine, IU School of Dentistry, and the IUPUI Office of Neighborhood Partnerships.

Also highlighted will be the IU School of Law-Indianapolis Program on Law and State Government and the Indiana Geological Survey, which provide significant support to the state; the Center for Research in Environmental Science; and the new IUPUI Motorsports Program, which is creating exciting opportunities for Indiana's premier motorsports industry.

Participants may register on site and pick up packets beginning at noon in the Statehouse Rotunda. Following the program, HHE volunteers will have an opportunity to visit with legislators in their respective chambers.

Later in the day there will be a reception at the Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 W. Washington St. in downtown Indianapolis, during which McRobbie will present the annual Welsh-Bowen Distinguished Public Official Award and Sue H. Talbot Distinguished HHE Volunteer Award.

To learn more about the 19th annual visit and to register, see


Arrow Indiana-Kenya Partnership receives $5 million USAID grant

AMPATH, the joint partnership betweenIUSM, the Moi University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya, has received a 3-year, $5 million USAID supplement grant to expand health care services in western Kenya.

AMPATH – the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare – received a 5-year, $60 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2007 to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS in Kenya. The supplemental funding announced this week will combine with other private funding to allow for the expansion of the network of clinics to provide more comprehensive care to people in western Kenya.

Currently, more than 100,000 Kenyans receive HIV/AIDS treatment through USAID-AMPATH’s system of community health workers in 23 full-time clinics and 23 satellite clinic locations.

For more information, see or the Indiana-Kenya Partnership website at


Arrow Hammond to lead PM&R

Flora M. Hammond, MD, began her duties Nov. 30 as chairman of the IUSM Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and chief of medical affairs at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana.

Dr. Hammond is the chairman and Covalt Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. As chief of medical affairs at RHI, Dr. Hammond will assist with strategic planning, research, quality, safety and service excellence.

Most recently Dr. Hammond was director of research and the Brain Injury Program at the Carolinas HealthCare System in Charlotte, N.C., and an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina. Her primary research focus is traumatic brain injury, including predicting outcomes and identifying long-term issues and developing treatments.

Dr. Hammond is a graduate of the Tulane University School of Medicine. She completed an internship at AMI Presbyterian - St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colo., her residency in physician medicine and rehabilitation at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas, and a fellowship in brain injury at Wayne State University, Detroit, Mich.


Arrow Michael Weiner assumes IU, Regenstrief, and VA positions

Michael Weiner, MD, MPH,  associate professor of medicine, has been named director of the IU Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research, director of the Regenstrief Institute's Health Services Research Program, and director of the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Center of Excellence on Implementing Evidence-Based Practice, located at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Dr. Weiner joined the IUSM faculty and the Regenstrief Institute in 1999, following undergraduate work at Brown University, medical school at Duke University, and residency and fellowship at The Johns Hopkins University.  While at Hopkins, he also earned a master’s degree in public health.

Dr. Weiner’s professional interests are health services research, geriatrics, and health informatics.  At IU Geriatrics, he founded the gero-informatics program, which has focused on leveraging health information technologies to improve the care of older adults.   He investigates the effects of health information and information technology on physicians' practices and patients' outcomes.  Currently he is studying the development and implementation of information systems to promote clinical handoffs, patient-centered geriatrics care, and clinical decision support.


Arrow Academic medicine responds to crisis in Haiti

The AAMC is working with the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to help identify specialty physicians willing to volunteer medical assistance to the people of Haiti, as they recover from the devastating earthquake of Jan. 12.

The department is currently seeking trauma surgeons, orthopedists, and anesthesiologists, or others with experience and capability treating crush injuries.  For more information, the HHS recommends individuals and organizations contact

Many of AAMC-member institutions have sent medical teams, donated supplies, organized fundraising drives, or are in the process of implementing plans to come to the aid of the people of Haiti.  Haiti Relief is a new page on the AAMC web site offering resources for responders, more information about how medical schools and teaching hospitals are assisting the relief efforts, and links to disaster relief organizations accepting donations.

If you are an AAMC member and would like to submit information on your institution’s relief efforts, email

Haiti relief is at


Events & Lectures

Arrow Curricular change brown bag series

IUSM faculty, staff and students are invited to discuss 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.

Statewide curricular change brown bags began in January and will be held the first Monday and third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room B11, and on video bridge 116.

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 Training for University ePTO system

The IUSM will begin using the University ePTO system on Friday, Feb. 5 to track the paid time off for PAE employees. For those individuals who will need to run reports in the ePTO system, there is a training session on Monday, Feb. 1 from 2-3 p.m. in Walther Hall (R3), room 203 (auditorium).  A live web stream for those off-site will be available and the session will be recorded for later viewing.  If you are interested in the live web stream, email and to receive the web link the morning of the training.

For PAE employees who will be using the system to record paid time off and for supervisors who will be approving paid time off for PAE employees in the system, you do not have to attend training.  There are online video tutorials and guides for employees and supervisors at


Arrow Mini Medical School begins soon

Mini Medical School, the program for the public, students, faculty and lifelong learners, will be presented in four sessions beginning Feb. 18. The program is hosted by IUSM, the Faculty Community Relations Committee and the IU National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.

The classes:

Feb. 18    Participate in a taping of Sound Medicine at WFYI-FM studios at 1630 N. Meridian Street.

Feb. 24    Hands-on experiences in the country’s largest and newest Medical Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall, 340 W. 10th Street.

March 3    The Aging Brain and gender differences in coping and managing.  Drs. Mary Guerriero Austrom and Malaz Boustani of the IU School of Medicine, Center for Aging Research will co-present this session at the IUPUI Campus Center.

March 10    Why Are We Getting Fatter?  A presentation by Dr. Ann Zerr of the Indiana University National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, and Dr. Sara Blackburn, associate professor of clinical nutrition in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI. Location is IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd (at the corner of W. Michigan Street).

Reservations are required due to the space limitations and can be made at or by calling 274-7722.

Check the website for additional program information or contact Michelle Benberry at 274-7722 or


Arrow Honor end of life treatment preferences – Fairbanks Ethics Lecture

“Honoring Treatment Preferences at the End of Life” will be the topic of Susan Hickman, PhD, at the Wednesday, Feb. 3, Fairbanks Ethics Lecture. The presentation will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Dr. Hickman is an associate professor in the Environments for Health Deaprtment at the IU School of Nursing and a senior affiliated faculty member with the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics.

Free CME/CE credit is offered. Lunch will not be provide and food and drinks are not permitted in the ROC auditorium.

Questions: Contact Amy Chamness at or 962-1721.  For additional information about the Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, visit


Arrow IUPUI Cutting Edge Lecture

The community is invited to attend the IUPUI Cutting Edge Lecture Series. The series is designed to promote thinking and discussion across disciplinary boundaries, which by title and content encourages attendance and interactions among faculty, staff and students from across the campus as well as people in the community.

The next lecture, “Achieving Excellence in Higher Education” will be presented by Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, professor of radiology, pediatrics, medical education, philosophy, liberal arts, and philanthropy,  Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium of University Library.


Arrow Childhood obesity and play topic at Medical Humanities

“Childhood Obesity and Recreational Trails in Indianapolis” will be presented Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Medical Humanities program. Robert Sandy, PhD, assistant executive vice president at IU and professor of economics at IUPUI, will speak from noon to 1 p.m. in the Campus Center, room 268.

Dr. Sandy studies the environment in Indianapolis on childhood obesity using data from children’s visits to clinics along with data on availability of public trails and amount of violent crime around the children’s residence. Our results show that while having a trail near a child’s home is beneficial, the strength of the effect is closely related to the amount of nearby crime. Proximity to trails significantly affects children’s weight only in low crime areas, he said.  In addition, the beneficial effect is concentrated among boys older than 8 years of age who live in above median income neighborhoods.

The lecture is free but space is limited; contact Rebecca Cervenka at 278-1669 or to reserve a seat. For more information about Medical Humanities, see


Arrow Harvard’s Daniels to speak

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 Sibshop training and craft day

The 2010 Sibshop Awareness and Sibshop Facilitator Training presented by Riley Community Education and Child Advocacy will be Feb. 26 and 27 at Riley Hospital for Children. The program will be facilitated by Don Meyer, director of the Sibling Support Project and creator of the Sibshop model for brothers and sisters of children with disabilities or health-care needs.

For more information on Sibshops, visit Don Meyer’s website  at

To obtain a training flier and registration form, download it from the Riley Hospital web site at:

Call 1-888-365-2022 (toll-free) or send an e-mail to

Day two of this training will be an observation of the 8–13 year old Sibshops for which registration is now open. Cost is $7 per sibling and includes crafts and lunch.

The registration information for this can be found at:

Share this information with staff and families interested in supporting brother and sister relationships.


Arrow First Glick Vision Research Symposium set for April

The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute will hold its first Vision Research Symposium on Saturday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Walther Hall, room 203.

The symposium will give researchers and scientists from across Indiana an opportunity to meet and discuss their current projects that involve the eye, vision or have vision-related components.

“We want to bring together people from across the state who are working on projects that are vision-related, including clinical and basic science researchers,” said Louis B. Cantor, MD, chairman of the IU Department of Ophthalmology. “We anticipate a day-long meeting with a featured speaker as we provide an interactive environment for researchers within Indiana to share their ideas and explore potential areas of collaboration.”

Dr. Cantor said vision-related research is being conducted at IU and at other institutions in Indiana, yet researchers are sometimes unaware of parallel or related research.

Researchers interested in participating may submit abstracts at until Monday, March 1. Dr. Cantor says researchers from all Indiana universities, and ophthalmologists from across the state, are invited to submit abstracts to be considered for inclusion at the symposium or to attend the meeting.

For more information, or to register, contact Peggy Hannah in the Department of Ophthalmology at 274-2128. Registration is free and lunch will be provided. CME credits are pending.


Faculty Development & News

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


Arrow Research Faculty Development Seminar

The next Research Faculty Development Seminar, "Dealing with Personnel Problems in the Laboratory - as a Principal Investigator," will be from noon to 1:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 8, in VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 122A.

Laboratories are not always well-oiled machines; sometimes there are problem people who disrupt the continuity. Identifying and taking care of problems before they get out of hand are essential to do. Some examples of real personnel problems and how to deal with them (or how they were actually dealt with) will be discussed.  

Randy Brutkiewicz, PhD, assistant dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and professor of microbiology and immunology, will lead the presentation. These seminars are designed to help research faculty on the tenure-track and scientist ladder, as well as research associates be successful in the laboratory and as members of IUSM.

Please register at Questions?


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.


Arrow IUSM alumni award nominations sought

The IU School of Medicine Alumni Association is seeking nominations for its 2010 distinguished alumni and faculty awards. Given annually, these awards recognize the best and the brightest from IUSM in three categories:

  • Distinguished Alumni
  • Glenn W. Irwin, Jr. M.D. Distinguished Faculty
  • Early Career Achievement

Awards will be presented at the 63rd Annual Strawberry Shortcake Alumni Awards Luncheon during reunion weekend, Saturday, May 22. Nomination packets and additional details about each award can be found online at  Please note that the deadline for consideration for this year’s awards is Friday, Feb. 12.  All nominations should be returned to Jayme Little in the Alumni Relations office at IUPUI.

Please consider nominating one or more alumni or faculty members for these awards of distinction.  Should you have any questions, call Little at 274-1345 or email


Arrow Nominations sought for Mark Brothers Lecture

Nominations are being sought for the 2010 Mark Brothers of South Bend Lecture.

Dr. and Mrs. Guey C. Mark created the endowed Mark Brothers Lectureship to recognize nationally and internationally renowned medical scientists of Asian descent. The recipient is asked to present two lectures, one clinical and one research, to the medical community, and to spend about two days on campus, during which one or two additional lectures to smaller groups are planned. The recipient will receive a plaque and a check in the amount of $4,000.

Nominations should be accompanied by a summary statement emphasizing the most important academic accomplishments of the nominee, importance to biomedical or clinical science, and information on why he/she is deserving of this honor. Also include a curriculum vitae and a list of key publications. Suggestions are appreciated.

Send information no later than Wednesday, Feb. 17, to the attention of Iona Sewell, IUSM Dean’s Office, 340 West 10th Street, Fairbanks Hall 6200, Indianapolis, IN 46202-3082.


Arrow IUSM Faculty Teaching Awards Call for Nominees

For the 17th consecutive year, IUSM will recognize outstanding teaching by faculty with the IUSM Faculty Teaching Awards.  Two awards of $1,000 each will be presented at the Spring Faculty Meeting.

The award is given in recognition of demonstrated excellence in teaching (approximately five years of service).  All IUSM full-time and part-time faculty and librarians within the statewide system for medical education are eligible.
Please submit the names of faculty you would like to nominate for this prestigious award at  by Friday, Feb. 19.

Nomination of previous recipients of the Faculty Teaching Award or Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching is discouraged. Serious consideration will be given not only to faculty who teach in the traditional lecture setting but also to faculty who excel as leaders of small groups. Nomination of previous Trustee Teaching Award nominees and recipients is encouraged.

Nominees will be notified by the Dean’s Office for Medical Education and Curricular Affairs with an invitation to submit a dossier for consideration.

In order to give the committee on Faculty Teaching Awards time to consider nominees and make final selections, dossier materials should be submitted via ANGEL on or before Friday, March 19.

Additional information and submission criteria can be found at Please direct any questions to Alison Loftus at or 317-278-1428.

Previous Faculty Teaching Award Recipients


George A. Tanner, PhD—Cellular and Integrative Physiology
Henry L. Jones, MD—Pediatrics


Sandeep K. Gupta, MD—Pediatrics
David E. Matthews—Surgery


Frederick J. Rescorla, MD—Surgery
Virginia C. Thurston, PhD—Medical & Molecular Genetics


Richard B. Gunderman, MD, PhD—Radiology


Ahdy Helmy, MD—Medicine


Taihung (Peter) Duong, PhD—Anatomy/Cell Biology & Pathology/Laboratory Medicine


Jean P. Molleston, MD—Pediatrics


Maxwell Sobel, MD—Psychiatry


Gary A. Mitchell, MD—Medicine


Bruce J. Martin, PhD—Cellular/Integrative Physiology


Eric S. Williams, MD—Medicine


Thomas J. Howard, MD—Surgery


Stephen B. Leapman, MD—Surgery


Ora H. Pescovitz, MD—Pediatrics


Lynn R. Willis, PhD—Pharmacology/Toxicology & Medicine
Robert M. Pascuzzi, MD—Neurology


Robert M. Einterz, MD—Medicine


Howard J. Edenberg, PhD—Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Chao-Hung Lee, PhD—Pathology/Laboratory Medicine


Douglas K. Rex, MD—Medicine
Debra K. Litzelman, MD—Medicine


Grants & Other Opportunites

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 Deadline extension for Research and Education Values Fund Grants

In order to insure opportunity for all eligible participants, the application deadline for the Values Fund for Research and for Education has been extended to noon Friday, Feb. 26.  Eligible applicants include Clarian employees and Clarian medical staff (including physicians and health professionals with staff privileges at Clarian Health).

Current instructions and application forms are available on PULSE in the Grants Administration Department page or you can click on the attached link:

The deadline for the “Integration of Religious and Spiritual Dimensions in Health Care” has not changed.

Questions should be directed to 962-2373 or 962-9653


Student Showcase

Arrow IUSM- Terre Haute students participate in health fair

The sixth annual Terre Haute Community Health Fair will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, at the Hulman Center on the Indiana State University campus. More than 100 exhibitors will providing health education and information; free health screenings including kidney function, blood glucose, lead levels, BMI and more; interactive children's activities and demonstrations; and Tai Chi and Zumba demonstrations. 

Questions? Email


Arrow Spoil your sweetheart: Evening of the Arts

The 2010 Evening of the Arts will be on Valentine’s Day eve – Saturday, Feb. 13 – at the Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. The annual performance showcases the musical, artistic and dramatic talents of IUSM students, faculty and staff.

The doors open at 5:30 and the talent show starts at 6 p.m. Items in the silent auction are on display throughout the evening. Tickets are available in advance at the Office for Mentoring and Student Development, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, room 162, or at the door the night of the show. Prices are students: $10 in advance, $12 at the door; general public $15 in advance, $17 at the door. No credit cards are accepted.

If you have art or crafts to donate as part of the fund-raising effort, please email Selyne Samuel or Henry Chou. EOTA raises funds to support clinics providing free health care services to the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis.

For more information, see


Arrow Save the date: Feb. 20 is the Hunger Banquet

The Global Health Student Interest Group is hosting the second annual Hunger Banquet on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

The event is designed to promote awareness and cogent discussion of world hunger, providing a unique way to encourage dialogue on the topic through a “tiered-dining” experience that divides guests into “first world," “second world,” and “third world” and tailors the meals to the different economic strata represented.

In addition, the event features ethnic food donated from Indianapolis restaurants, diverse cultural entertainment (for instance, last year’s event featured Indian dancing and Brazilian Capoeira performances), and Imani Workshop selling fair-trade Kenyan crafts.

All proceeds of this year’s event go to benefit the IU-Kenya Orphans & Vulnerable Children’s Program,

Tickets will be available for $10 in advance and $12 at the door.  These can be purchased online or at IUPUI campus offices.  For more information, see


Arrow IUSM students organize Haitian relief effort

One of the worst humanitarian crises in recent memory, the situation in Haiti after the Jan. 12 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 20 years experience in Haiti, and already has 120 physicians and 500 nurses on the ground.

The IUPUI and the IUSM community have 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 Partners in Health community fundraising page at

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


News to Use

Arrow Visual Media offers templates

Visual Media can create electronic letterhead templates to match your department’s official print letterhead. The template is not meant to be a replacement for official university letterhead, but is intended for use as external communications sent via e-mail to faculty, researchers, trainees, students, and others.

The templates are customized according to IU guidelines for divisions or sections within your department. There is a cost of $80 to create each template. The template could be shared with administrative support staff. 

For more information or to order a template, contact Tom Weinzerl, director of Visual Media, at or contact the office at 274-7478.


Arrow Your medical-librarian liaison

Who is your special “in” for medical information?  Click to find your IUSM department’s medical librarian liaison.  Need a brush-up on Medline searching? Need to organize your research materials or filing cabinet of articles? Need an expert knowledge manager to come to your classroom or office?  Phone or email for a personal consultation or group presentation.

For more on the IUSM Libraries liaison program, contact medical librarian Elaine Skopelja at or 274-8358. The program is available to faculty, staff and students.


Arrow Follow campus construction on new website

IUPUI has launched a new website designed to provide up-to-date information on the several construction projects on campus. The site has an overview of each project as well as updates on their impact on parking, traffic patterns and more.

Sign up for a listserve or Twitter feed to get the latest information.


Arrow Catering Menu: Under $100 Options

Visit the FourCourse Catering website to learn how you can keep your food purchases under $100 when catering for your event or meeting. Our Under $100 Menu sites specific examples to get the most for your money. Certain restrictions apply.



Arrow Connect with AAMC through social media

The campaign has launched a comment board on its web site for the Inspiring Stories series, which features narratives from medical students and professionals.  Registrants will be able to make comments on their favorite stories, share what inspires them, and network with other aspiring doctors.  In addition, the campaign recently launched a new Facebook page, where followers can receive additional updates important to minorities in medicine.

The AAMC also has launched a new Twitter feed called AAMCtoday and began making regular updates to the association’s Facebook fan page.  These new communication channels provide AAMC news and the latest information on association events and publications.


Arrow IUSCC summer program available to the underrepresented

Know any high school and college students from underrepresented populations who are interested in cancer research careers?  If so, encourage them to apply for this summer’s Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program.

The cancer center’s annual program places students with a mentor physician or researcher for nine weeks (June 1 to July 31) on the IUPUI campus. Students work with faculty who are conducting studies in the most progressive areas of cancer research.

For more information and an application, visit The application deadline is Monday, March 1.


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

Tune in at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, or 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, to Sound Medicine, the award-winning weekly radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM) in Indianapolis.

This week’s program:
Tanya Froelich, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, will explain her findings that show a strong link between smoking while pregnant and childhood lead exposure resulting in ADHD in children.

Aaron Carroll, MD, MS, associate professor of pediatrics and director for the Center of Health Policy and Professionalism Research at the IU School of Medicine, will present his analysis of why health care reforms are still needed regardless of the outcome of the current legislation.

Robert Gold, RPh, MBA, a hospital pharmacist and author of the book, The Forensic Pharmacist, will discuss the need to understand and avoid adverse drug interactions.

Also, Richard Frankel, PhD, professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will present a new installment of “Patient Listening,” where Bob Williams, a lung cancer survivor explains why he kept his cancer a secret.
In this week’s Sound Medicine “Checkup,” Jeremy Shere, PhD, will explore snow shoveling safety.

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.


Clarian News

Arrow H1N1 visitor policy update

Effective immediately, the visitor restrictions put in place in October related to 2009 H1N1 will be officially lifted at Clarian’s downtown hospitals. These specific restrictions are no longer needed based on decreasing incidence of 2009 H1N1 in recent weeks. The Marion County Health Department is in agreement with this decision, and other county hospitals also are suspending their 2009 H1N1 flu-related visitor restrictions.

Although the formal visitor restrictions will be removed at Methodist, IU and Riley hospitals, visitors showing signs of respiratory illness should be restricted according to standard infection control practices. Also, please note that unit-specific visitor restrictions normally in force during respiratory viral season are still in effect.  

In the next few days, Clarian Safety & Security will remove visitor restriction signage at the main entrances to the hospitals. Managers and supervisors are asked to remove signage from their units or departments as soon as possible.

Any tour groups that had been limited due to the visitor restrictions can now resume.


Around Town

Arrow 2010 Decorator Show House Events

Preview Tours
January 30 and 31

Preview tours will be held on Saturday, January 30, and Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 AM.  Tickets are $5 at the door. Come see this historic house before the designers and landscapers take over!

Reel Magic on Meridian
Friday, April 23, 2010
7:00-10:00 PM
$100 per person by reservation only

Join St. Margaret’s Hospital Guild for a red carpet affair as the former Booth Tarkington Home is transformed into a Hollywood Premiere.  Enjoy the glitz and glamour of years gone by.  You’re invited to come as your favorite starlet or leading man for cocktails and a delectable dinner buffet.

Breakfast in the Garden
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
8:30-10:00 AM
$35 per person by reservation only

Join local television and radio personality for the latest gardening tips and insights into Indiana gardening while enjoying a catered breakfast.  Then experience a decorator lead tour with one of our dynamic Show House Designers followed by a stroll through our gardens and Show House Shops.

Taste of Meridian
Thursday, April 29, 2010
6:30-9:00 PM
$50 per person by reservation only

Savor a glass of wine with a sampling of Indianapolis culinary specialties at this popular Twilight Event.  Local restaurants will showcase one of their classic dishes complemented with hors d’oeuvres by our Show House caterer, MBP Catering.  Designers will be in their areas to answer questions as you enjoy a private, self guided tour of the 49th Annual Decorators’ Show House and Gardens.

Cinco de Mayo, Girls’ Night Out
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
6:30-9 PM
$45 per person by reservation only

No time for a siesta, it's time for a fiesta! Grab family, friends and neighbors for a margarita and come celebrate Mexico’s culture, music and food.  Señoritas and señoras of all ages will enjoy this festive event before touring the house at your own pace.  Designers will be in their areas to answer questions and give insight into their work.

Living with History, Then and Now
Friday, May 7, 2010
8:30-10:00 AM
$35 per person by reservation only

Gather with friends and history aficionados for a catered breakfast highlighted by a brief presentation by IUPUI professor Jim Powell, a Booth Tarkington scholar; local author Nelson Price; and photo historian Joan Hostetler of the Indianapolis Then and Now book. Learn about the Tarkington era and the historic Meridian Kessler neighborhood before partaking in a guided Decorator Show House tour.  Autographed books featuring Booth Tarkington and his home will be available for sale.


 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.