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July 1, 2011
Volume 15 Number 25 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow New budget includes medical services, research support

IU trustees approved a $3 billion budget for the 2011-12 academic year that includes $1.8 billion for operating expenses and $1.2 billion for other activities, including medical services, residence halls and research projects.

The new budget also includes modest pay raises for most employees. Salaries will increase by an average of 1.5 percent for all faculty and staff, with individual increases to be determined on the basis of merit. An additional 1 percent was also set aside for "retention" increases to top faculty members at IUPUI and IU-Bloomington, with faculty salaries increasing by an average of 2.5 percent and staff salaries by an average of 1.5 percent.

The new budget will take effect on July 1. For more information, visit the IU Newsroom.


Arrow Trustees approve new school of public health

The establishment of the IU School of Public Health-Indianapolis from the IUSM Department of Public Health was approved by the IU Board of Trustees Friday, June 24. Trustees also approved a request to change the name of the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at IU-Bloomington to the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. These will be the state’s first schools of public health.

The schools will build on the strengths of their respective campuses as they further a collective academic public health agenda. In Indianapolis, the school will focus on strengths in the areas of urban health, health policy, biostatistics and epidemiology and on its strong connections to IUSM. In Bloomington, the school will have a rural community focus with emphasis on social, behavioral and community health-based research and practice, environmental health, wellness and epidemiology.

G. Marie Swanson, PhD, chair and professor of the public health and associate vice chancellor for public health at IUPUI, will leading efforts to form the school of public health in Indianapolis. Mohammad R. Torabi, Chancellor's Professor and former chair of applied health science at the School of HPER, will serve as interim dean during the school's transition.

These changes will not be enacted immediately; the vote allows for the continuation of important developmental steps, including presentations to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education and the Council on Education for Public Health.

For more information, see the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow New center to focus on urban health

A new center hosted by the IUPUI School of Science will focus on the issues that affect individuals living in urban environments. The Center for Urban Health, funded under the IUPUI Signature Centers Initiative, will support research into such areas as chronic poisoning from lead in soil; sexually transmitted diseases in inner city teenagers; the effect of urban “heat islands” on older adults, and the relationship of childhood obesity to green space availability and proximity.

The center is a consortium of the IUPUI schools of science and liberal arts, the IU School of Medicine and its Department of Public Health. Executive committee members are Gabriel Filippelli, PhD, founding director and professor of earth sciences in the IUPUI School of Science; Sarah Wiehe, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics, and Terrell Zollinger, PhD, professor of public health, both of the IU School of Medicine; and Dan Johnson, PhD, IU School of Liberal Arts.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom. The Center for Urban Health website is


Arrow Follow the IUSM Twitter list

The IU School of Medicine Office of the Public and Media Relations has started a Twitter list to track members of the medical school community who tweet professionally.

To find or follow faculty, students and staff commenting daily on health-and-science news and events, visit

To submit a Twitter handle for inclusion in the stream, contact Marti LaChance, electronic communications manager, at


Student Showcase

Arrow Crispus Attucks mentor volunteers needed

Medical student volunteers are sought to mentor or tutor middle- and high-school students at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. Graduate and undergraduate students in the science and health professions also needed.

Participants will provide mentorship in such skills as career exploration, goal setting and time management, or tutoring in math and science. The goal is to stimulate students' interest in and improve their ability to enter a career in biomedical science. This is an opportunity to earn money while assisting students meet their educational goals and succeed.

This project is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Pre-College Program. Applications are due by Wednesday, Aug. 3.

To apply, contact Carrie Harris at 278-1783 or


Events & Lectures

Arrow Ethics focus of infant mental health conference

The Indiana Association for Infant and Toddler Mental Health will hold its 13th Annual Conference on Infant Mental Health, “Ethics in Early Childhood Fields: A Moral Psychological Approach," on Friday, Aug.12, at the Riley Hospital Outpatient Center.

The conference will feature keynote presentations by Darcia Narvaez, PhD, and Daniel Lapsley, PhD, both from University of Notre Dame. There will be a presentation discussing ethics in early childhood by Margaret Gaffney, MD, associate professor of clinical medicine; interactive sessions and a panel discussion on practical applications.

To register, visit or apply by email or fax. For details, see the event brochure.

Continuing education credits will be available for social workers, psychologists and physicians.

Questions to Tiffany Peek at


Arrow Workshop to explore hoarding — July 7

The Indiana Public Health Training Center will present “Understanding Hoarding” from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, in the IUPUI Campus Center.

This workshop will focus on defining and discussing  the psychology of hoarding, working with the hoarder to locate treatments, medical supports and social services, and discussing the environmental hazards and cleanup processes associated with hoarding.

Register is $35, and includes materials and parking. Breakfast will be provided. To register, visit

The Indiana Public Health Training Center is supported by the IUSM Department of Public Health.


Arrow Professional education seminar to focus on cancer

The IU Simon Cancer Center will present a professional education seminar from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, July 7, in Walther Hall (R3) auditorium, room 203.

Charles J. Sherr, MD, PhD, professor and chair of tumor cell biology at St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, will present “Arf Tumor Suppressor: Gating Cellular Self-Renewal.” Dr. Sherr is also an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

For more information, visit

Questions to Chasity Spears at 278-4717.


Arrow Lecture to launch new global health residency

The inaugural class of the IUSM Interdepartmental Residency Track in Global Health program will kick off their training from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, July 14, in the Van Nuys Medical Science, room 326.

Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, vice chair and professor of radiology and professor of pediatrics, medical education, philosophy and philanthropy, will welcome students to the program with their first noon session, “The Moral Imperative for Global Health.” All interested students, residents and faculty are welcome to attend.

The inaugural global health residency track students are: Aaron Abarbanell (General Surgery), Jenny Baenziger (Medicine/Pediatrics), Kelli Barbour (OB/Gyn), Patrick Clement (Pediatrics), Dan Guiles (Medicine/Pediatrics), Kareem Khozaim (OB/Gyn), Darla Leins (Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics), Ashley Overley (Psychiatry), Palka Patel (Med/Pediatrics), Rachel Yoder (Pediatrics/Psychology/Child Psychology).

For more information on the program, visit


Arrow Seminar series on navigating medical school

The IUSM Admissions Office will present three seminars featuring speakers knowledgeable about navigating the path of becoming a physician this summer from noon to 1 p.m. July 11-13 in the Riley Hospital Outpatient Center auditorium.

The schedule for the 2011 Summer Seminars for Undergraduates Interested in a Career in Medicine is as follows:

  • Monday, July 11: “Undergraduate Preparation for Medical School,” presented by Renee Akins, associate director of admissions
  • Tuesday, July 12: “Financing Medical School,” presented by Jose Espada, director of student financial services
  • Wednesday, July 13: “Life as a Medical Student to A Career as a Physician” (panel discussion)

These seminars and panel discussions are intended for college students who are working on our campuses and are interested in a career in medicine. The series is free and participants are welcome to bring their lunch.

Questions to Christina Johnson at 274-3772 or


News to Use

Arrow Volunteer to participate in research studies

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institite Office of Research Recruitment offers a website to help individuals who wish to volunteer for clinical research studies.

INresearch is an online registry for individuals interested in participating in research studies conducted by physicians at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University Notre Dame. Everyone is welcome to participate, including healthy volunteers. Faculty, staff, students and community members are encouraged to join.

For more information or to regsiter, visit


Arrow Student sale to support medical missions

The Medical Mission Student Interest Group is selling candles to support health care provision in disadvantaged communities.

The Medical Mission SIG includes health care professionals from IUSM and the IU Health Network who work with hospitals and patients in disadvantaged communities around the world. The fundraiser is being conducted in partnership with the Timmy Foundation, a non-profit organization that utilizes student and medical volunteers to increase access to healthcare and education both domestically and abroad.

The candles, made by Indiana-based Celestial Candles, are soy based with lead free wicks. The candles being sold are pumpkin pie, candy cane, apple cinnamon, vanilla, Macintosh, strawberry sorbet and Christmas tree. The cost is $12 each. To order, contact Pich Seekaew at

For more information, visit


Arrow Union Building to close — Sept. 15

The Union Building will close permanently on Monday, Sept. 5. Units with items stored in the building who have not been contacted by Campus Facility Services should contact Donna Kent as soon as possible by phone at 274-7121 or by email at


Arrow This week on Sound Medicine

This Fourth of July week, Sound Medicine will share stories about the history of medicine in the United States, including a Civil War nurse’s diary, the development of medical insulin, vaccines in colonial America, and the birth of osteopathy in the U.S. Sound Medicine airs July 2 and 3 on WFYI, 90.1.FM, and on many other public radio stations nationwide.

Sound Medicine is an award-winning radio program co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio (90.1FM). It is underwritten by IU Health, IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. Reports on Primary Health Care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

For more information on this episode, visit the IUSM Newsroom. To listen online, visit



Arrow Pediatric Regional Collaborative Grant funds available

Applications are sought for a new multi-state grant program to encourage collaborations between translational researchers at Riley Hospital for Children and other pediatric health centers throughout the eastern Midwest region.

The Pediatric Regional Collaborative Grant program will support research between investigators from programs at Riley Hospital, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center; Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio; Rainbow Babies Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio; and the University of Kentucky Department of Pediatrics. Each collaboration site will contribute $10,000 of support for a maximum allowable budget of $50,000.

This project is supported by Clinical and Translational Research Award centers at all five participating institutions, including the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute at IU, Purdue and Notre Dame.

Applications may be made at any time during the grant year of July 1, 2011-June 30, 2012. To apply, visit

Questions to James Heubi, MD, at


Arrow Glen W. Irwin Award — request for nominations

Full-time IUPUI faculty and staff are sought for nominations for the 2011 Glenn W. Irwin Jr., MD, Experience Excellence Recognition Award. This award recognizes individuals for service "above and beyond the call of duty."

Service for the benefit of the university as a whole or for any of its affiliated units which is non-reimbursed and is not specifically job-related will be recognized. Nominees must have worked for the university a minimum of 12 months.

Nominations are due at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1. Awards will be presented Friday, Sept. 9. For nomination guidelines and submission instructions, visit

Questions to


Arrow Women’s health fellowships — applications requested

The Foundation for Women's Wellness (FWW), a small nonprofit public charity, is offering two women's health fellowship awards to medical and graduate students working on women’s health research.

Applicants may be assisting with a women's health related medical research study or conducting work on their own. Each award will provide $3,000 for women’s health research.

Submission deadline is Thursday, Aug. 25. For more information, visit

Questions to Sharon Cravitz at (303) 548-0595 or


Grants & Funding

Arrow Research Funding Update

The IU Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research offers weekly digests containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions.

OVPR and OVCR provide separate funding updates categorized by the limited submissions, sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities, technology and multidisciplinary. They include:       

To recieve updates by email, visit the subscription page.



Arrow Honors

Steven R. Counsell, MD, Mary Elizabeth Mitchell Professor of Geriatrics and professor of medicine, has been named a member of the newly formed Measured Application Partnership Dual Eligible Beneficiaries Workgroup, National Quality Forum, by the National Association of Public Hospitals and Healthcare Systems. This workgroup will provide input to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the selection of performance measures for public reporting and performance-based payment programs, as required in The Affordable Care Act. The MAP Coordinating Committee and its four workgroups span more than 60 organizations and include 40 subject matter experts and nine federal agencies. Dr. Counsell also is an investigator with the IU Center for Aging Research.

Debra Hickman, DVM, director of the Laboratory Animal Resource Center, associate research professor and adjunct associate research professor of cellular and integrative physiology, has been awarded the 2011 Pravin Bhatt Young Investigator's Award from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. This award recognizes outstanding young scientists who’ve made significant contributions to the fields of laboratory animal science or comparative medicine and demonstrate a commitment to a career in science, as well as originality of thought and experimental design. It consists of a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium. Dr. Hickman will receive the honor during the 2011 AALAS National Meeting Sunday, Oct. 2, in San Diego.


Traffic Updates

Arrow Vermont Street — reopens Aug. 15

Due to Cultural Trail construction, Vermont Street east of Blackford Street (between the intersection and parking lot entrances) will remain closed until Monday, Aug. 15. Access to parking lot entrances on Vermont and one exit onto Blackford will be maintained.

In addition, the drive south of the Natatorium-Sports Garage is currently one way south from Blake Street to University Boulevard due to construction.


 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, Fesler Hall, Research II, Walther Hall (R3) and the Cancer Research Institute (R4).

Announcements from departments and offices are welcome. To display your department or office announcement on MedTV, please read the MedTV guidelines and find our online submission form at

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.