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October 11, 2012
Volume 16 Number 40 • Indianapolis, Indiana

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Arrow New supercomputer to strengthen medical research at IU

IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced during the State of the University address Oct. 9 that the university will replace its Big Red supercomputer with the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation.

Named Big Red II, the new system will be used to assist researchers in areas such as brain modeling, computational genomics, molecular modeling, drug design, bioinformatics and pandemic modeling.

"Having been involved in the evolution of IU's advanced computing environment for more than a decade, I have seen first-hand how advanced computing has become increasingly critical to medical research and innovation, and watched as IU's computational resources have been deployed in ways that are more and more valuable to IU medical research," said D. Craig Brater, M.D., dean of the IU School of Medicine and vice president for clinical affairs at IU. "Big Red II will be a critical and strategic aid to accelerating new medical breakthroughs and enabling research that will improve human health."

The machine, purchased using internal funding sources from Cray Inc., is capable of operating at a peak rate of one petaFLOPS, or one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second — 25 times faster than the original Big Red acquired in 2006.

"To analyze the entire human genome in relation to longitudinal changes on brain MRI and PET scans in over 800 individuals, we need significantly more computing power than is available today,” said Andrew Saykin, Psy.D., Raymond C. Beeler Professor of Radiology and professor of radiology and imaging sciences, clinical psychology, neurology and medical and molecular genetics. “This new supercomputer is an exciting development that will undoubtedly enable new discoveries by many investigators at IU and beyond."

Dr. Saykin is the principle investigator of the genetics core of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative, a national initiative to sequence the genomes of 800 Alzheimer's patients. He also serves as director of the IU Center for Neuroimaging.

The university plans to install Big Red II in its state-of-the-art data center on the Bloomington campus in spring 2013.

For more information, visit the IU Newsroom.


Arrow Physician education program to help curb smoking in Indiana

Faculty from the IU schools of medicine and dentistry will offer the first in a series of programs aimed at curbing smoking across Indiana on Oct. 13 at the Perry County 4-H Fairgrounds in Tell City, Ind.

"How to Help Your Patients Quit: Practical, In-Office Approaches for Tackling the Problem of Tobacco" is a free continuing education program for health care professionals. Communities selected for the program were chosen based on high rates of tobacco use among adults.

Attendees will learn how to deliver a brief, effective, three-step tobacco intervention in their clinical practices. Presenters include Stephen Jay, M.D., professor of medicine and public health and past founding chair of the Department of Public Health at the School of Medicine. Dr. Jay is a member of the Governor’s Executive Board of the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency.

The other communities include Richmond, Nov. 17; Madison, Dec. 1; Lafayette, Feb. 23; Vincennes, April 13; and Goshen, May 4.

This program is presented in collaboration with the IU School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education, the IU School of Nursing Office of Lifelong Learning, the IU School of Dentistry, Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association and Tobacco Cessation and Biobehavioral Group of IUPUI.

The program is made possible by a grant from the Indiana State Department of Health’s Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Commission.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Arrow Beering Award Lecture — Oct. 17

Eric N. Olson, Ph.D., will deliver the Beering Award Lecture from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium.

Dr. Olson is the professor and chair of molecular biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. A reception will follow Dr. Olson’s lecture.

This award honors an internationally recognized individual for outstanding research contributions to the advancement of biomedical or clinical science.

To register, visit the Office of Professional Development and Faculty Affairs.

Live web streaming will be available for this lecture.


Faculty News

Arrow Khan publishes 'roadmap' to delirium diagnosis, prevention

Babar A. Khan, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, is the first author on a new systematic evidence review on delirium, a common acute condition with significant short- and long-term effects on cognition and function.

The project — which reviewed 45 years of research encompassing 585 studies — provides a roadmap for the identification of risks, prevention and treatment of delirium. The study also concludes that the condition should recognized as an indicator of poor long-term prognosis, prompting immediate and effective management strategies.

“Delirium is extremely common among older adults in intensive care units and is not uncommon in other hospital units and in nursing homes, but too often it’s ignored or accepted as inevitable. Delirium significantly increases risk of developing dementia and triples likelihood of death. It can’t be ignored,” said Dr. Khan, who also serves as scientist at the IU Center for Aging Research and investigator at the Regenstrief Institute.

Having delirium prolongs the length of a hospital stay, increases the risk of post-hospitalization transfer to a nursing home, increases the risk of death and may lead to permanent brain damage. About 80 percent of ICU patients who need mechanical assistance to breathe develop delirium due to multiple risk factors, including serious illness, restraints and pre-existing cognitive impairment.

To lower the likelihood of delirium, Dr. Khan and colleagues recommend eliminating restraints, treating depression, ensuring that patients have access to eyeglasses and hearing aids, and prescribing classes of antipsychotics that do not negatively affect the aging brain.

More than 7 million hospitalized Americans suffer from delirium each year, and more than 60 percent of delirium cases are not recognized or treated.

For more information, visit the IUSM Newsroom.


Student Showcase

Arrow Gold Humanism Honor Society scholarship winners

The following inductees into the IU School of Medicine Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society were awarded scholarships in recognition of student professionalism, humanism and service:

  • Anthony Murphy received the Lynda J. Means Award for his service to the underserved.
  • Cheryl Steiman received the Gerald Bepko Award for Professionalism.
  • Ross Heskett received the Gerald Bepko Award for Community Service. 
  • Ross Deppe, Maria Herrera, Molly McPheron, Neha Patel, Casey Robertson and Emily Starrick were named Janice M. Pascuzzi award recipients in recognition of their compassionate care.

These awardees were selected from 33 fourth-year medical students who represent the top 10 percent of the class. These students, as well as six residents, were inducted into the IUSM Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society during a ceremony Oct. 5 at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center.

The IUSM Gold Humanism Chapter will hold an organizational meeting to plan for future service projects and chapter activities at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Daly Student Center, Room 122A.

IUSM Chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society is one of 95 chapters across the U.S., and its members are recognized by many as the pinnacle of professionalism in medical students and residents.


Arrow IUSM summer student researcher poster prizes

More than 45 IU School of Medicine students participated in the 25th annual Student Research Program in Academic Medicine poster session Oct. 4 in the VanNuys Medical Science atrium. 

Posters on display will be judged for best presentation, with five winners receiving a small cash prize. This year’s winners are:

  • Scott Barton, “The Reduction of Pancreatic Tumor Metastasis Using Hedgehog and MAP Kinase Inhibitors” (Mentor: Jingwu Xie, Ph.D.)
  • Joshua Bowling, “Role of the Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase, Shp2, in FLT3-ITD+ Leukemia” (Mentor: Rebecca J. Chan, M.D., Ph.D.)        
  • Gerard Hills, “Role of NADPH Oxidase in MHC Class II Antigen Presentation” (Mentor: Janice Blum, Ph.D.)
  • Christina Perez, “Detection of β Cell Death in Mouse Models Using Differentially Methylated Circulating Insulin DNA” (Mentor: Raghavendra G. Mirmira, M.D., Ph.D.)
  • Evan Robinson, “Generating an E2-Crimson Expressing ECFC Line” (Mentor: Mervin Yoder, M.D.)

In addition, two participants received a “Mention of Honor.” They were Megan Carmony, “Initial Characterization of Mice With Muscle-Specific Deletion of Glycogen Synthase” (Mentor:  Peter J. Roach, Ph.D.) and John Parish, “The role of miR155 in development of myeloproliferative disorders in Notch KO macrophages” (Mentor: Nadia Carlesso. M.D., Ph.D.)

Awardees were selected from the 46 students who presented a poster based on scientific quality, presentation, poster organization and response to questions. 

The 2012 Student Research Program in Academic Medicine spent 12 weeks during the summer after their first year of medical school conducting research in their area of interest with research mentors from the IU School of Medicine.

Dr. Carlesso is director of SRPinAM. The 2013 application for the SRPinAM will be released to the current first-year medical students in November. 


Events & Lectures

Arrow Presentation to focus on gut bacteria

Chang Kim, Ph.D., professor of comparative pathobiology at Purdue University, will present “Regulation of T Cells by gut host and commensal metabolites” from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 326.

Refreshments will be served outside Room 420. This event is presented by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and hosted by Jie Sun, Ph.D.


Arrow National biotechnology workshop simulcast

The IUSM Library will broadcast the National Center for Biotechnology Information Discovery Workshop from the University of Michigan on Oct. 11 and 12. Sessions will be in the Medical Library Rooms 224 and 225. 

The four sessions of the Discovery Workshop are:

  • Thursday, Oct. 11: “Sequences, Genomes and Maps” from 9 a.m. to noon and “Proteins, Domains and Structures” from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 12: “NCBI BLAST Services” from 9 a.m. to noon and “Human Variation and Disease Genes” from 1 to 4 p.m.

Participants may attend all or any combination of these sessions. For more information on the workshops, visit the IUSM Library blog.

To register, email Kellie Kaneshiro at


Arrow Seminar on bioinformatics and complex diseases

Zhongming Zhao, Ph.D., associate professor of biomedical informatics, psychiatry and cancer biology at the Vanderbilt University, will present “Integrative Systems Biology Approaches to Studying Human Complex Diseases” from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 15, in the Health Information and Translational Sciences (HITS) Building, Room 1110.

Dr. Zhao also serves as the director of the Bioinformatics Resource Center and chief bioinformatics officer of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, director of the Bioinformatics and Systems Medicine Laboratory at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and associate director of the Vanderbilt Center for Quantitative Sciences.

This seminar is presented by the Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. Lang Li, Ph.D., will host.


Arrow Lecture on tumor suppression proteins

Geoffrey Clark, Ph.D., associate professor of medicine and scientist at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville, will present a seminar from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 326.

Dr. Clark will present “RASSF proteins: tumor suppressor nodes.” The Ras-association domain family (RASSF) proteins are tumor suppressor proteins important to the development of cancer.

Refreshments will be served. This seminar is presented by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.


Arrow Pamela Perry retirement party — Oct. 15

Faculty, staff and students are invited to extend their wishes to Pamela Perry at her retirement celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, in the Walther Hall (R3) atrium. Remarks will be at 4:30 p.m.

Perry is the founding director of the IU School of Medicine Office of Public and Media Relations. She led that office for 24 years after spending 15 years in the IUPUI communications office.

The "Sound Medicine" radio program, Mini Medical School and a host of other programs were the result of her vision as she worked tirelessly to increase the visibility of the IU School of Medicine locally and nationally.


Arrow Indiana Bone and Mineral Study seminar

Eric Hesse, M.D., will present an Indiana Bone and Mineral Study seminar from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in VanNuys Medical Science Building, Room 122A.

Dr. Hesse of the University of Hamburg, Germany, will present “Maintenance of Bone Integrity by Novel Molecular Networks.” Dr. Hesse was previously a member of the lab of Roland Baron, DDS, Ph.D., chair of oral medicine, infection and immunity at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.

This event is presented by the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.


Arrow Neuroscience seminar on stroke rehabilitation

Stephen Page, Ph.D., associate professor of health and rehabilitation sciences at The Ohio State University, will present “Applying Experience Dependent Plasticity to Rehabilitation” from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the Goodman Hall auditorium.

Dr. Page also serves as the director of the Motor Recovery Laboratory (“RehabLab”) at The Ohio State University, which develops therapies that improve stroke survivors' function and independence and optimizes rehabilitative care delivery for stroke survivors. Dr. Page's primary research interest focuses on restoring language and movement after stroke.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Registration is due Wednesday, Oct. 17. To RSVP, email


Arrow Adolescent medicine conference — Oct. 19 to 20

“Primary Care of Adolescents: Pearls, Perils and Pitfalls” will take place from 8:15 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, and 7:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Marriott East Indianapolis, 7202 E. 21st St.

This course provides current information on a variety of common adolescent issues seen in primary care settings. In addition to providing up-to-date evidence–based information on the management of various conditions by individual presentations, the course is also designed to meet the individual needs of the health care professional through a luncheon series and interactive workshops designed to improve provider competence in the management of substance abuse and contraception misuse; and primary care to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered teens, as well as youth involved in the juvenile justices system.

This event is presented by the IU School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education and Department of Pediatrics sections of adolescent medicine and general and community pediatrics.

Continuing medical education credits will be offered. Two-day registration is $125 for faculty; $100 for fellows and postdocs; and $75 for students and residents. Single-day registration is also available. For more information, see the conference brochure.

To RSVP, visit the registration page.


Arrow 'Personalized Medicine Versus Personalized Care'

Kenneth Cornetta, Ph.D., chair and professor of medical and molecular genetics, Joe C. Christian Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics and professor of microbiology and immunology, will present "Personalized Medicine Versus Personalized Care: Can we balance technology and spirituality?" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 307.

This talk will explore the age-old challenge of balancing technological advances and spirituality with a focus on the special issues raised by advances in personalized genetic medicine. Dr. Cornetta will explore how the personalized medicine revolution uses information about an individual’s genetic make-up to assess disease risk, improve prognostic and diagnostic accuracy, and develop individualized drug, cell and gene therapies.

This lecture is presented by the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program. For more information, see the event flier. To RSVP, email

In addition, Medical Humanities and Health Studies will hold an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Cavanaugh Hall, Room 406. This event, held in the Medical Humanities and Health Studies offices, will celebrate the program’s new Bachelors of Art degree in medical humanities and health studies and be an opportunity to meet the program’s faculty and students. Food will be served.

This event is open to everyone. For more information, see the event flier or email


Arrow FEED session on evidence-based teaching

Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., associate professor in of family medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, will present an interactive workshop on “Evidence-Based Teaching” at the next Faculty Enrichment and Education Development session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Riley Outpatient Center, Rooms A and B.

Participants will learn to incorporate teaching methods that improve learning, cognition and reasoning. Dr. Zakrajsek also will offer this session online at noon the same day via Adobe Connect.  

FEED is a quarterly series of workshops on key topics in academic medicine offered over dinner.

For more information or to register, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.


Arrow Workshop on academic dishonesty — Nov. 28

An Academy of Teaching Scholars workshop on “Academic Dishonesty” will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the Daly Student Center, Room 186.

The workshop will be led by Megan Palmer, Ph.D., assistant dean for faculty affairs and professional development and assistant professor of medicine, and Anne Flaherty, Ph.D., assistant dean for medical student affairs and an academic specialist in the IUSM Office of Medical Student Affairs. During this workshop, participants will discuss national trends related to academic dishonesty, possible causes, and what faculty members can do to reduce the likelihood of academic misconduct.

To register, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development


News to Use

Arrow Flu shot clinic locations — Oct. 17 and 18

The IU School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, fellows and residents who serve as medical staff, are employed by or receive training at IU Health and/or Wishard Health Services are required to receive an influenza vaccination this flu season.

IUPUI Health Services will offer a number of flu vaccination clinics in October and November. Dates and locations for the upcoming week:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 17: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450
  • Thursday, Oct. 18: 9 to 11 a.m. Campus Facilities Building, Break Room

Flu shots are also available from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays in Coleman Hall, Suite 100. IUPUI or IU Health ID is required to receive a free vaccine. An appointment is not required.  

The deadline for the vaccine is Saturday, Dec. 15. For more information, visit the Flu Policy FAQ.

To learn more about why this year’s flu shot is important, visit the Protect IU Blog.


Arrow Register for a free diabetes risk screening

Free diabetes risk screenings will be available from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 148.

These screenings will help participants learn whether they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Participants in the screening must be 18 or older and may be eligible to participate in a research study of how their risk for diabetes may be lowered using lifestyle changes. The approached used in the study has been shown to reduce risk by 60 percent.

Information from the screenings will support a research study conducted by the IU Department of Medicine Diabetes Translational Research Center. Walk-in or register.

Additional screenings will take place at New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church, 130 W. 29th St. from 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 18.; and Fishers United Methodist Church, 9690 E. 116th St., Fishers, from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 24, 3 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25, and 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26.

Walk-ins are welcome, but to reserve a time, contact 317-278-6208 or


Arrow Support the IUPUI United Way Campaign

There’s still time to contribute to the 2012 IUPUI United Way Campaign to benefit the United Way of Central Indiana, which provides human services to local residences. The campaign will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

This year, the IU School of Medicine has set a goal of raising $155,000; the campus’s overall goal is $360,000.

So far, IUPUI has raised $193,684.46, with the top contributors being the IU School of Nursing with 23 percent participation, executive management with 19 percent participation and the IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis with 17 percent participation.

To contribute, visit the donor page. Your User ID is your 10-digit employee number, which can be found on your payroll check stub.

For more information, contact Deb Kent, 2012 United Way IUSM Dean's Office campaign co-chair, at

IUPUI is one of the top 20 contributors to the United Way of Central Indiana.


Arrow Diversity Affairs faculty and resident Listserv

Diversity Affairs promotes and supports a culture in which differences within the IU School of Medicine are embraced and valued. Learn more about our events and programs by joining the Diversity Affairs Faculty or Resident Listserv.

To sign up, email a request to and include your name and email address and whether you are a faculty member or resident. 


Arrow HOST program assists with student travel

HOST, or Helping Our Students Travel, is designed to help medical students save money and create alumni connections during their travel for educationally related programs or residency interviews.

Students participating in the program benefit from free housing and/or meals, mentor relationships and local insight into the medical community from IUSM Alumni. This program has been successful because of the generosity of alumni across the country and has helped save students thousands of dollars in travel expenses over the past five years. 

For more information on HOST, or to register as a student, visit the HOST Program website.

For more information, contact Nolan Ryan at 317-274-6588 or


Arrow This week on 'Sound Medicine'

This week, “Sound Medicine” will feature a segment on the IU Student Outreach Clinic, which recently celebrated four years serving uninsured patients free of charge on the near eastside of Indianapolis. Charles Goodwin, a M.D./Ph.D. student and chair of the IU Student Outreach Clinic Board, will discusses the importance of interdisciplinary relationships at the clinic and how the experience of volunteering at the clinic benefits students like him.

Also on this week’s show, Kathy Miller, M.D, breast cancer expert at Indiana University Simon Cancer Center, will discuss the implications of recent genetic analysis that reveals four distinct types of breast cancer tumors; an exploration of what causes communication breakdowns between caregivers of older adults health care providers; and an interview with the authors of “The Health Care Handbook.”

"Sound Medicine," an award-winning radio program that covers controversial topics, breakthrough research and the application of medical advancements, is co-produced by IUSM and WFYI Public Radio and underwritten by IU Health Physicians and IUPUI. The program next airs at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, on WFYI 90.1 FM. Reports on primary health care topics are sponsored by Wishard Health Services.

The program is available via website, podcast and Stitcher Radio for mobile phones and iPads and posts updates on Facebook and Twitter. For more information on this week’s show, visit the IUSM Newsroom.



Arrow Fall core pilot grant applications due Oct. 15

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute is seeking applications from faculty whose research may benefit from technologies and expertise offered by core facilities at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame.

The Indiana Fall Core Pilot grant program provides up to $10,000 in core services. A complete list of core facilities is online; only cores denoted with a CTSI seal are eligible. The primary goal of this program is funding projects with outstanding scientific merit that can be linked to generating extramural funding or novel intellectual property.

To access complete grant guidelines and application forms, log into the Indiana CTSI grants system using your university ID and select "Indiana CTSI Spring Core Pilot Funding Program – Request for Applications."

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. This grant is available to Indiana University (IUSM, IUPUI, IU Bloomington) Purdue and Notre Dame faculty.

 For more information, email Lisa Dinsmore at


Arrow Physicians sought for electronic health records study

A research study is being conducted to determine how individual characteristics and capabilities influence individual physician use of electronic health records. The five- to 10-minute survey will solicit faculty opinions about and experiences with using electronic health records in the clinical setting.

For more information or to participate, visit the survey page.


Arrow Symposium on teaching excellence accepting proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2013 Edward C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching. The symposium will take place Thursday, April 4. Proposals that cross disciplines and/or involve students, residents or fellows are strongly encouraged. The symposium brings the higher education community together to examine the various instructional strategies that encourage learning.

Deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, Nov. 15. For more information, visit the symposium webpage.


Arrow Nominations sought for outstanding alumni award

Nominations are sought for the 2013 Maynard K. Hine Awards, which acknowledge significant contributions of individual alumni in support of the campus and its alumni programs. This award is named after Maynard K. Hine, first chancellor of the IUPUI campus. 

To nominate a recipient, print a nomination form and mail to Yvonne Owens, coordinator of alumni programs, IUPUI Alumni Relations, 850 W. Michigan St., Suite 241, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5198. The submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 30

Recipients will be honored at the IUPUI Alumni Leader’s dinner on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Woodstock Club, 1301 West 38th St. Each recipient will receive a bronze medal of Dr. Hine.

For more information, contact Yvonne Owens at 317-274-5063 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 offer weekly digests containing information about funding opportunities including those that limit the number of allowable pre-proposal or proposal submissions.

Funding opportunity categories include the sciences, limited submissions, technology and multidisciplinary:

To subscribe to these updates by email, visit this page.



Arrow Honors

Kacy Allgood, a certified emergency medical technician and former reference informationist at the IU School of Medicine Library, has been named the 2012 Sewell Fund Learning Partnership Fellow by the IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine. Allgood will use the fellowship to explore creating advanced practice paramedic programs for Marion and surrounding counties that translate into cost-effective, quality emergency health services in the community. The Sewell Fund Learning Partnership is funded by the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund for medical and health care librarians, which aims to increase librarians’ identification with medical, pharmaceutical and health care professionals through immersion in the health care environment. Allgood’s work will support Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, Indiana Emergency Medical Services for Children, IU School of Medicine and MESH, a nonprofit organization that enables health care providers to respond to emergency events and remain viable through recovery. Allgood holds a master’s degree in library science from the IU School of Library Science at IUPUI and a bachelor's degree in business from the Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis.


 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 other useful 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” page on the IUSM web site. This section is accessible from the left-hand side of the school’s home page at

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



The Office of Public and Media Relations manages the MEDTV screens on the medical school campus. This closed-circuit TV system, part of the IUPUI network, presents an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to communicate events and information of interest. It also serves as a source for broadcasting emergency information on campus.

The MedTVs are in public areas of the HITS building, the VanNuys Medical Science Building atrium and corridor/lounge, the Daly Student Center, Fesler Hall, Gatch Hall (formerly Clinical Building), Research II (R2), 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, read the MedTV guidelines and find our online submission form at

For more information, call 317-274-7722.


Arrow Scope submission guidelines

Scope wants your news items.

The deadline for submission is 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Scope is published electronically and sent to faculty, staff, students and residents on Thursdays, except on holiday weekends. Photos are encouraged with submissions and also may be used on the IUSM homepage or social media channels.

There are three easy ways to submit story ideas or information to Scope:

  • E-mail the information to
  • Mail the information to Kevin Fryling, IU Communications, 251 N. Illinois St., North Tower, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204 (Campus mail; no postage required)
  • 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 M.D. or Ph.D.)
  • For more info, see the Scope Style Guide (PDF)

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