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31 Science majors were among IUPUI's 2011 "Top 100" Students honored for their academic success, extracurricular activities, and civic engagement. Read more.


2011 Science Scholarship & Award Recipients 

Over 90 individuals were recognized for their awards and scholarship achievements. Read more.


IUPUI Faculty Member to Receive National Innovative Vision Research Award

Jason S. Meyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, will be honored by the largest eye and vision research organization in the world for work which one day may lead to reversal of blindness caused by macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa and other diseases of the retina. Read more


Highest IUPUI Undergrad Research Award Goes to Math Major for Physics Research

Senior Bill Karr was named the 2011 winner of the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research recognizing his outstanding and ingenious research in theoretical physics. Read more.


Biology Major Wins Plater Medalion for Civic Engagement 

Senior biology major Rachel Rehlander was honored as a recipient of the 2011 William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion at the Showcase for Civic Engagement. Read more.


Science Student Researchers Honored at IUPUI Research Day

In both the undergraduate and graduate poster presentations, science majors took 1st and 2nd place. Read more  


Science Scholars Celebration 

Over 500 Science majors were granted the distinction of Dean's List or Scholar's List . Read more.


Computer Science Day 

Over 80 High School Students came together to learn about the exciting possibilities of computer science and compete in the 5th annual Computer Science Day. Read more.


New Scientist: Computer network model finds Parkinson's tipping point

 Molecular biology: When DNA repair goes wrong

ABC News: Lead, Other Chemicals Taint Some Urban Gardens

WTHR 13: Early morning "boom" earlier this month may have been a "frost quake."


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Issue: 3April/2011

I want to extend a warm welcome to Simon Rhodes, who has been appointed as Dean of the School of Science. Currently serving as the associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the IU School of Medicine as well as professor of Cellular and Integrative Physiology and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Dr. Rhodes will assume his new position July 1, 2011.

As my tenure comes to an end, I want to give you an update on the continuing progress we have made in the School of Science.

Our investment in 28 new tenure-track faculty in the past two years is already bearing fruit. For example, the School has done very well in the latest competition for the IU Collaborative Research Grant (IUCRG) funds.

We are continuing our aggressive efforts to hire first-rate faculty this year and look forward to adding at least a dozen new faculty, chiefly in the areas of earth sciences, physics and mathematics.

By Fall 2011, we'll break ground on the first phase of the Science and Engineering Laboratory Building, which includes 45,000 square feet of research and teaching labs.

Our students continue to excel. Our tradition of having a strong representation among the IUPUI Top 100 continued this year. Thirty-one of the top students at IUPUI came from the School of Science, including seven of the top 20 male and female students, and the top female student.

I encourage you to become personally involved in shaping the progress of the School of Science. Through your support, we will secure the School's place as an urban leader in science education and research.


Bart Ng,
Acting Dean, School of Science at IUPUI
Marvin L. Bittinger Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Collaborative Research Awards Make it Clear: A New Era of Science at IUPUI is Underway
Researchers from IU campuses across the state partnered to submit 164 proposals for IU Collaborative Research Grant (IUCRG) funds, designed to facilitate and support outstanding research and cutting edge discoveries by teams who have not worked together previously in the project's subject matter.

Of the 18 grants awarded, six grants worth over $250K went to School of Science faculty: Gabe Filippelli (Earth Sciences), Giovanna Guidoboni (Mathematical Sciences), Adam Hirsh (Psychology), Jiliang Li (Biology), Millie Georgiadis (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) Lei Li (Chemistry & Chemical Biology) and Jason Meyer (Biology). Read full article for more information about the research these awards will fund.

"Four of the six Science faculty members who received these awards were appointed in the past two years," said Bart Ng, Acting Dean of the School of Science. "This clearly illustrates how the School's investment in cutting-edge research faculty is advancing knowledge across disciplines, campus and industry."
Method of DNA Repair Linked to Higher Likelihood of Genetic Mutation

Break-Induced Replication
Break-Induced Replication: A chromosome's broken end invades an intact DNA molecule and initiates replication that can lead to genomic instability.

Researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (U.S.A) and Umea° University (Sweden) report in a study published in the February 15, 2011, issue of PLoS Biology that a method by which cells repair breaks in their DNA, known as Break-induced Replication (BIR), is up to 2,800 times more likely to cause genetic mutation than normal cell repair.


Accurate transmission of genetic information requires the precise replication of DNA. Errors in DNA replication are common and nature has developed several cellular mechanisms for repairing these mistakes. Mutations, which can be deleterious (development of cancerous cells), or beneficial (evolutionary adaption), arise from uncorrected errors. When one or many cells repair themselves using the efficient BIR method, accuracy is lost.


"When BIR occurs, instead of using a "band aid" to repair a chromosomal break, the broken piece invades another chromosome and initiates replication which happens at the wrong place and at the wrong time and probably with participation of wrong proteins," said Anna Malkova, Ph.D., associate professor of biology at the School of Science at IUPUI, who led the study.

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Professor Helps Students Excercise Mental Muscles in Classroom and Lab
Yogesh Joglekar· Assistant Professor, Physics
Yogesh Joglekar, Ph.D. Assistant Professor , Physics, School of Science

When most people think of theoretical physics they think of impossibly advanced mathematical calculations or perhaps Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman or Stephen Hawking, the Holy Trinity of 20th century physics.


Complex mathematical modeling is the bread and butter of what Yogesh Joglekar Ph.D., an assistant professor of physics at the School of Science at IUPUI, does daily, and he cites the quotable Feynman with frequency. But unlike most people, when Joglekar thinks about theoretical physics, he also thinks about undergraduates and high school students and how they can contribute to a field usually considered the purview of only the most advanced and brilliant minds.


Joglekar teaches graduate and introductory undergraduate courses in mechanics, electricity, magnetism, and light. All of these provide opportunities for him to demonstrate how physics is at work everywhere and to engage students in the physical world in which they find themselves.

"I like to pose problems in class and get students thinking. That "ah ha" moment, when they understand how and why something happens -- how the skin detects heat, why light bends in a certain way when passing from air into glass - is wonderful for them as they flex their analytical muscles. It's wonderful for me, too, as I see the students respond to science which is conceptually difficult but ultimately basic," said Joglekar, who was the recipient of a 2009 Indiana University Trustee's Teaching Award.


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