School of Science at IUPUI: Ecatalyst Newsletter - February 2012
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UdayPhysics Professor Named Provost of Pace University 

Uday Sukhatme, professor of physics and executive vice chancellor and dean of faculties for IUPUI, will assume his new role on May 21.

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New Partnership Allows High School Students to Earn College Credit

The School of Science has launched a program to allow high school students and teachers to take college courses as part of Project Lead the Way.

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IUPUI, Ivy Tech Join Education Change Project

Ivy Tech Community College and IUPU announced a partnership designed to produce systemic change in education systems across Indiana.

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Lilly Endowment to Help Fill the Void of Science and Math Teachers in Needed Areas 

A nearly $5 million grant from the Lilly Endowment will allow the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Foundation to create two additional rounds of fellowships to recruit math and science teachers in high-need urban and rural areas.

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Indianapolis Recorder
The Indianapolis Recorder published an editorial on the value of computer science education written by Dr. James H. Hill, assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science. 
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Dr. James Hill

IUPUI Math & Science Prodigy Featured on 60 Minutes
IUPUI Math and Science Prodigy Featured on 60 Minutes


Science on Tap--Maggots and Murder. Oh My!: March 14
You've seen investigators solve murders on TV using evidence from bugs on bodies. Learn how it's done using forensic entomology at this event.
Computer Science Day:
March 16
The Department of Computer and Information Science will host this annual event to help high school students learn more about the opportunities available to CIS students.


Just In Time Career Fair: March 28

Meet face-to-face with employers across all industries at the IUPUI "Just in Time" Career Fair. Open to alumni. More than 80 employers participated last year.

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Issue: 6February/2012
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...
Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI
With the approach of Leap Day, I've been reflecting on the transformation happening in the School of Science.

Not only have we seen a significant increase in Science majors over the last three years, the quality of students choosing to study at our school continues to rise. In the same time, we've hired 44 new faculty, illustrating the school's commitment to academic excellence, cutting-edge research and innovative collaboration in the lab, classroom and community.

In just a few weeks, we'll break ground on the new Science and Engineering Laboratory Building (SELB), a state-of-the-art research facility that will be instrumental in meeting the research needs of our students and faculty. Given our current trajectory, the SELB will mark only the beginning of the renewed commitment by the school to better the community and region through research and learning. I invite you to join us for the ceremonial groundbreaking on March 28.

Dr. Uday Sukhatme, professor of physics and vice chancellor at IUPUI, has played a significant role in this campus transformation. On behalf of all faculty and staff, I would like to offer a heartfelt congratulations and fond farewell to Dr. Sukhatme, who will be leaving IUPUI to become provost of Pace University. A distinguished faculty member, an influential campus administrator and a champion for students and faculty alike, he has helped lay a foundation of excellence for the campus.

Dr. Sukhatme played an instrumental role in developing the RISE initiative promoting undergraduate involvement in Research, International experiences, Service-learning and Experiential-learning. He also established an inaugural RISE scholarship in honor of his mother to support international study for School of Science students. These are just a few of the many ways that he has helped ensure that our graduates emerge from the School as well-rounded scientists whose experiences prepare them to solve real-world problems. Thanks, Uday.

Best regards,

Simon Rhodes
Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI
School of Science Launches Problem Solving Institute
Logo: Institute for Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science The School of Science at IUPUI has launched the Institute for Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science, an interdisciplinary endeavor dedicated to solving perplexing problems in such diverse fields as medicine, the environment, and computer science. iM2CS's parallel mission is to train a new generation to identify and solve the scientific issues with which they will be faced.

Students and researchers from IUPUI, as well as businesses and researchers in Indiana or anywhere around the world, can benefit as iM2CS faculty utilize sophisticated mathematical and computational approaches to address issues and solve problems found in the life, earth, social and physical sciences as well as engineering. Drug delivery, pollution, construction and forensics are among the thousands of areas that can be studied with mathematical modeling and computational science problem solving approaches.
Intoxicated Lab Mice to Help Determine Genetics of Alcoholism in Human Counterparts
Nicholas Grahame, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the School of Science at IUPUI, and School of Science doctoral student Liana M. Matson
Nicholas Grahame, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology in the School of Science at IUPUI, and School of Science doctoral student Liana M. Matson
A line of laboratory mice developed by a researcher from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) drinks more alcohol than other animal models and consumes it in a fashion similar to humans: choosing alcohol over other options and binge drinking.

Animal models previously available to alcohol abuse and alcoholism researchers do not get as drunk as the new strain, unless alcohol is the only choice of fluids, or alcohol is administered by the experimenter. When given the option, previously bred mouse lines continue to drink water even when they can select alcohol.

These new mice, selectively bred over 40 generations at the School of Science at IUPUI to prefer alcohol over all other choices, will help researchers explore new aspects of the behavioral and genetic determinants of alcoholism.
SELB Groundbreaking Ceremony: March 28
The IUPUI campus soon will begin to transform following the March 28 ceremonial groundbreaking for the new Science and Engineering Laboratory Building (SELB), which includes 35,000 square feet of research and teaching labs.

"Quality laboratory space is critical to the academic and research success of the school," said Dean Simon Rhodes."The new building will allow science faculty to continue on as innovators in their respective fields as well as expand our efforts to recruit quality students."

To RSVP or view more artist renderings of the new building, please click here.