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IUPUI Researcher Receives National Science Foundation's Prestigious CAREER Grant  

Yogesh Joglekar, assistant professor of physics, has received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) CAREER Award for graphene research.  Read more.

 

U.S. News & World Report Ranks IUPUI 3rd Among Universities Making Promising, Innovative Changes

IUPUI moves from fifth to third among national universities in the "Up-and-Comers" category in the U.S.News & World Report's 2012 edition of Best Colleges.  Read more.

 

Hair Sampling Shows Mercury Pervasive in Indianapolis

Results of tests taken from people in Indianapolis in April revealed that all of them had some amount of toxic mercury in their bodies. Read more.   

SCHOOL OF SCIENCE IN THE NEWS

Inside Indiana Business :
Dean Simon Rhodes discusses the attracting more people to a science career with Business of Health Reporter Barb Lewis. Click image to see video.
Inside Indiana Business: Interview w/Dean Rhodes

EVENT CALENDAR  

Drupal Camp Indy Sponsored by Computer Science Club November 5
If you are a web developer, run an IS department or are just curious about Drupal, come join us for some fun! There will be session for why your business should use Drupal to how to build efficient servers that use Drupal. Learn more & register.

Noyce Teaching Fellowship: Information Session Nov. 8

This program provides stipends for career-changers or college graduates who wish to become certified math or science teachers, and agree to teach in high-need school districts for two years. Learn more.  

 

Science Open Houses

November 11 & 18 

Know a high school senior who excels in science? Recommend a visit to IUPUI. High school students will have opportunities this month to explore the academic opportunities available to launch careers in a wide range of scientific endeavors. Each information-packed day includes specially tailored sessions with students, faculty and advisors; lab and classroom tours; admissions information; and a campus or city tour. Parents are welcome to attend along with their students. Learn more.   

 

Holiday Night at the Children's Museum: December 7 

Bring your family and come enjoy an evening of holiday cheer, good food, great times, Santa, the Jolly Slide, and festive holiday music on all five floors of the Indianapolis Children's Museum!  Learn more & RSVP

Issue: 5November/2011
SELBNew Building Expands Space for Teaching & Research
This spring the School of Science will break ground on the first phase of a two-phase building project, which includes 35,000 square feet of research and teaching labs. The first phase, with a budget of $25 million, will be funded entirely through research indirect cost recovery. This is the first academic building on the IUPUI campus, outside of the School of Medicine, to be funded in this way. Phase two, not shown, will add 30,000 square feet of lab and administrative space.

Given our current trajectory, this new space will be just the beginning. Continuing development and construction of quality laboratory space are critical to our academic and research endeavors.  Your investment ensures that the impact of the School of Science will extend beyond campus and secure our place as an urban leader in science education and research.  Not only will community investment transform undergraduate and graduate science education in central Indiana, it will cement Indiana's role as THE incubator for life and health science innovation.  

Become personally involved in shaping this transformation through support of our campaign funding endowed chairs, scholarships and graduate stipends.
Science Complex - Phase One
Science & Engineering Laboratory Building
Phase one renderings as seen from quad (top image) and from Blackford Street (above).  Illustrations provided by Blackburn/BSA  and McFairland Rendering.
Researchers Report Progress Using iPS Cells to Reverse Blindness
Leonid L. Rubchinsky, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Leonid L. Rubchinsky, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Mathematical Sciences
Researchers from the School of Science at  have developed a mathematical model of the brain's neural circuitry that may provide a better understanding of how and why information is not transmitted correctly in the brains of Parkinson's disease patients. This knowledge may eventually help scientists and clinicians correct these misfires

Work led by Leonid L. Rubchinsky, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematical sciences in the School of Science at IUPUI, examines the exchange of electric signals within the Parkinson affected brain, demonstrating that repetitious, overlapped firing of neurons can lead to waves of overly synchronized brain activity. A report on the model appears in the September 2011 issue of the journal Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science, a publication of the American Institute of Physics.
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Mentoring Tomorrow's Scientists Comes Naturally for Biology Professor
Randall Roper, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor, Biology
Randall Roper, Assistant Professor of Biology, with student Samantha Deitz
Assistant Professor of Biology Randall Roper knows the value of good mentors. It was a high school science teacher who "brought biology alive" for Roper, and a group of mentors during his undergraduate years who convinced him he had skills they needed. Today, it's not uncommon for this successful genetics researcher with a PhD in immunology and genetics to spend hours each day helping students in his lab with their experiments. An important part of Roper's philosophy, the mentoring has come full circle.

"I feel very passionately about teaching and training the next generation of scientists," says Roper, whose lab is a tight-knit group of usually no more than ten undergraduate and graduate students - a size he finds ideal for individualized instruction. "Hopefully there are things they learn here that they'll take with them wherever they go - critical-thinking skills, hypothesis-testing skills - that will be an important part of who they are."
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