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IU School of Medicine Research on Preventing HIV Among 10-17 Year Olds   

J. Dennis Fortenberry, MD, MS


Dr. J. Dennis Fortenberry, is a professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at IUPUI who, together with colleagues from Get Large, Get Loud, and Get Back to Zero (GLGLGB0), started an initiative called "Preventing HIV Infection among 10-17 year olds, a Demonstration of Best Practices."  The HIV initiative was developed to research the best ways to influence teens and preteens to reduce risky behaviors that lead to HIV among that age group.

The researchers are testing the importance to teenagers of where testing takes place, what would make teens more comfortable about getting tested and therefore more likely, and how to provide greater knowledge about HIV and how it can be prevented.  This anticipated research has been funded through a grant from the IUPUI Solution Center's Venture Fund. 


Fortenberry said he's been involved in a national effort to reduce HIV among 10 to 17 year olds for several years through the National Institute of Health and Human Development and decided to bring it local. He helped start the GLGLGB0 initiative in November of 2012. 


"There are so many young people newly diagnosed with HIV, it's alarming," Fortenberry said.  Nationally as few as 31 percent of 13 to 24 year old HIV-infected youth are linked to care, and he expects the number is the same locallyThe need is great.  "That's really the impetus for this program, we want to help young people get tested and help them follow up on their commitment."  Read more   

IU Student Dentistry Outreach Clinic Receives ADA Foundation Award
The Indiana University School of Dentistry Student Outreach Clinic on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis has received an award from the American Dental Association Foundation for excellence in providing services to underserved people.

The program was one of seven in the country to receive an ADA Foundation, Bud Tarrson Dental School Student Community Leadership Award, valued at $5,000.

The IU Student Outreach Clinic is in the Neighborhood Fellowship Church, 3102 E.10th St. Dental faculty and students provide their services at the nearby HealthNet People's Health and Dental Center, 2340 E. 10th St.

This program is an extension of a larger Indiana University School of Dentistry's Student Outreach Clinic, and is funded in part by the IUPUI Solution Center's Community Venture Fund, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation through the IUPUI/Chase Near Eastside Legacy Initiative.  IUPUI Newsroom Article
Ideas Solving Social and Economic Challenges (ISSEC) Competition Rewarded Students for Their Innovative Ideas

On March 6, 2014, three prizewinners and one audience choice award winner were decided, at the conclusion of this"elevator pitch" style competition directed by Karen White, Research Development & Commercialization Facilitator for the Office ofthe Vice Chancellor for Research (OVCR). 
1st place $2,500 winner:  Payne Chestnut (from left), Usman Chaudhary and Roshan Selladurai (Foodraiser)

The (ISSEC) competition rewards IUPUI students for their innovative ideas to solve social and economic challenges facing the nation and the world.  In order to challenge the competitors t
2nd place $1,500 winner:
Laken Sisko (right) with Karen White (left)
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o present their idea in a concise and persuasive manner, each presenter was allotted 3 minutes to pitch their idea, then was given 2 minutes for follow-up question and answering.

Four expert panel of judges,George Farra, Joerg Schreiber, David E. Steel,and Solution Center's own Teresa Bennett, asked probing follow-up questions and afterwards selected three finalist.  The audience was given two chances to cast a ballot for their favorite idea to win the "AudienceChoice" category.  See
3rd place $500 winner:
Drew Witte
the story at Inside Indiana Business with Gerry Dick News Release
Audience Choice Award
$1,000 winner:
Abul Karim Khan

The (ISSEC) competitionwas hosted by the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning, a division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.  

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research provides the program, Innovation to Enterprise Central: Research Commercialization Support, to create and encourage the invention culture on campus.  To get involved in the 2014-2015 programs e-mail

Matthew Impink's Assistantship with the IU Center for Civic Literacy 

Matthew Impink
Matthew Impink, a SPEA  Public Affairs in Policy Analysis graduate student at IUPUI, is responsible for several key project tasks
as part of his Assistantship with the IU Center for Civic Literacy funded by a grant from the IUPUI Solution Center Venture Fund.  Matt is a former high school history teacher and community organizer in education policy. 

While considering whether to apply to SPEA, Impink reached out to Sheila Suess Kennedy, Professor, in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at IUPUI to determine his move. 

Impink said, "Professor Kennedy convinced me that a high quality degree from SPEA was right for me, and then offered me a Graduate Assistantship at her newly formed Center for Civic Literacy. Given my background in social studies education, it was an offer I could not refuse and eagerly signed on."

The IU Center for Civic Literacy (CCL) is a multi-disciplinary research center established, with the support from a 2012 three-year IUPUI Signature Center Grant, to examine the causes of Americans' low levels of civic knowledge, and to investigate the consequences of this troubling phenomenon. 

Impink's key project tasks involve monitoring external research on civic literacy where he established the Civic blog with an impressive lineup of 19 scholars and practitioners that contribute their observations of the civic importance in the world, managing the online Journal of Civic Literacy
(JCL) that publishes interdisciplinary scholarly research, and designing an outreach campaign and dissemination of research findings to relevant constituents amongst other responsibilities. 

Rachel Thelin, Project Manager for the IU Center for Civic Literacy said, "Both Professor Kennedy and I have appreciated his taking the lead on various aspects of the project, including setting up the online journal and managing CCL's social media.  I believe this experience has been a very positive one for Matt. In addition to the opportunities already highlighted, he has been able to interact with some of our affiliated scholars as well as members of our national advisory committee."  Read more

It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success

A National Survey of Business and Non Profit Leaders

Overview and Key Findings


Especially since the recent economic downturn and in light of the increasingly competitive global economy, employers express concerns about whether the U.S. is producing enough college graduates and whether they have the skills, knowledge, and personal responsibility to contribute to a changing workplace and help companies and organizations succeed and grow. This report provides a detailed analysis of employers' priorities for the kinds of learning today's college students need to succeed in this innovation-fueled economy. It also reports on changes in educational and assessment practices that employers recommend.


This report is part of a series on surveys and focus groups that the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has commissioned since 2005, when it began its national initiative, Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP). These employer and civic leader studies have informed the work of hundreds of colleges and universities and state systems as they seek to develop strong curricula and educational practices that will better prepare today's students for success as workers and citizens in the 21st century.


Innovation a Priority

  • Nearly all employers surveyed (95 percent) say they give hiring preference to college graduates with skills that will enable them to contribute to innovation in the workplace.
  • 92 percent agree that "innovation is essential" to their organization's continued success.

Cross-Cutting Capacities vs. Choice of Undergraduate Major

  • Nearly all those surveyed (93 percent) say that "a demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than [a candidate's] undergraduate major."
  • More than 9 in 10 of those surveyed say it is important that those they hire demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity; intercultural skills; and the capacity for continued new learning.
  • More than 75% of employers say they want more emphasis on 5 key areas including: critical thinking, complex problem-solving, written and oral communication, and applied knowledge in real-world settings.
  • Employers endorse several educational practices as potentially helpful in preparing college students for workplace success. These include practices that require students to a) conduct research and use evidence-based analysis; b) gain in-depth knowledge in the major and analytic, problem solving and communication skills; and c) apply their learning in real-world settingsRead More


Source: It Takes More than a Major: Employer Priorities for College Learning and Student Success. 2013. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities and Hart Research Associates.    

Why are Internships so Important? 

Learn in this article the benefits of an internship, why internships have become key in today's economy and what's in it for employer's.  Learn Here    


Please pass on these Venture Funded internship openings!
The following opportunities are available to currently enrolled IUPUI students in good standing through a partnership with the employers and the IUPUI Solution Center. These paid internships are partially supported by the IUPUI Community Venture Fund. IUPUI students can look for these opportunities in JagJobs ( or their school's career services site, and apply soon!
  • Research Project Intern - IU School of Medicine - Preventing HIV Infection among 10-17 Year Olds:  A Demonstration of Best Practices 
    • $12 per hour graduate, $10 per hour undergraduate, 10 hours per week, Spring 2014 
  • Advancement Intern - Coburn Place Safe Haven  
    • Unpaid Position, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014
  • Graduate Intern- Indiana Soccer Association  
    • $12 per hour, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014 
  • Communication Intern - Freetown Village 
    • $10 per hour, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014  
  • Graphic Design Intern,Video Production Intern, Nonprofit Research Intern, Marketing & Events Intern- Achieve
    • $10 - $12 per hour, 20 hours per week, Spring 2014    
Don't miss these upcoming university & community events!
April Great Indy Cleanup Event
Apr. 26, 2014 
Join hundreds of volunteers and residents for KIB's (Keep Indianapolis Beautiful) largest volunteer event of the year!  Volunteers will be assisting residents in the communities around Fountain Square with cleanups and LOTS of beautification projects. Come work side-by-side with the neighbors working hard to transform their community! T-shirts and lunch will be provided to all volunteers. 

Register Here.

2014 IUPUI Research Day: Apr. 11, 2014
Research Day celebrates the cutting-edge and multifaceted research and scholarly activities of IUPUI.  This all-day event includes a presentation ceremony followed by a keynote presentation by Mr. Richard Blanco, President Obama's 2013 Inaugural Poet. There will be poster sessions featured by undergraduate, graduate, professional students and faculty, highlighting  the groundbreaking research conducted on the IUPUI campus.  

Event Program

This event will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center from 9:30am - 3:00pm

Register Here.
10th Annual IUPUI Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase and Symposium:
Apr. 23, 2014

This year's theme is "Healthy and Engaged Communities: Campus and Community Partnerships as Strategies to Support the Well-Being of Indianapolis and Beyond."  The event will feature informative workshops, poster presentations, Keynote by Paula Means  and an awards recognition program for the Plater Civic Engagement Medallion recipients.


This event will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center, 4th Floor, 10:30 am - 6:00 pm.  RSVP Here.  


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Shave the Date Carnival  
Apr 08 2014
This "cancer awareness" event is designed for the IU School of Medicine Class of 2014 Annique Wilson-Weekes Scholarship of Excellence.  In memory of the beloved member of the IU School of Medicine Class of 2014, Wilson-Weekes who died from a rare stomach cancer after her first year of medical school in 2012.  


The 3rd Annual Shave the Date Carnival will be from 4 to 7 p.m. in Taylor Courtyard. 


For more information and Register Here.

IUPUI Career Fair

Apr. 2, 2014 

All IUPUI students and alumni will be able to discuss career opportunities with organizations seeking qualified students and alumni to meet their hiring needs. Students and alumni from *ALL* backgrounds and academic disciplines are encouraged to attend.  Admission is free, but professional dress is required!  


This event is Hosted by the IUPUI Career Services Council in the Campus Center, 4th Floor, 1pm to 5pm.   


Register Here.   

"A Digital Guide" with Victoria Reitano
Apr. 14, 2014
Victoria Reitano, a New York-based digital producer who has worked for "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" and "bethenny," among others, will speak about creating and maintaining your personal and professional digital brand.

The event is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Campus Center Room 405, and is sponsored by the Woman's Press Club of Indiana, the IUPUI chapters of the National Association of Black Journalists and the Society of Professional Journalists

For more information Here.
Indiana Achievement Awards Nominations
May 1st, 2014
Nominations are now being accepted through May 1st for this year's Indiana Achievement Awards that recognizes Indiana's nonprofits for exemplary practices and demonstrated effectiveness.  Nominees are judged by a coalition of Indiana foundation, nonprofit, and business leaders for the organizations' ability to demonstrate highly effective and high-impact practices. Each award winner receives an unrestricted cash grant and a professionally produced organizational video to help tell its story.

This year's winners will be announced on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, at 12pm at the Sheraton City Centre in Indianapolis. 


Nomination Guidelines Here  

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