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Science Scholars Celebration Honors Academic Excellence 

Hundreds of students and their families celebrated success at a recent event. Learn more.   


IUPUI to Honor Several Faculty

IUPUI will honor several faculty members at the School of Science with distinguished campus awards to recognize their continued excellence in research, teaching and service. Learn more.  


34 Science Students Make IUPUI Top 100

All students will be honored at a April 13 ceremony, at which the IUPUI Top 10 students will be named. Learn more.  


Sun Yat-Sen University Delegation Visits IUPUI

Several administrators and educators from our partner school in China visited IUPUI.

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Inside Indiana Business 

Dean Simon Rhodes discusses the impact the new laboratory building will have on education and business in Indiana's thriving life and health sciences industry.

Indianapolis Women  
Dr. Kathy Marrs, associate dean and associate professor in biology, is shaping scientific minds. Read article.

American Chemical Society
Dee Ann Turner, Ph.D. student in chemistry, is featured on the ACS site discussing her research of trace chemical evidence at arson sciences. Read article & watch video.

LiveScience (NSF)
Yogesh Joglekar, assistant professor of physics, is making physics more accessible than ever. Read article.

IUPUI Research Day: April 13

IUPUI Research Day showcases the many students who are actively involved in innovative research on campus.

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Science on Tap: April 24

Dr. Pam Martin, associate professor of earth sciences and director of the Center for Earth and Environmental Science, will discuss local, sustainable food production as a strategy for urban health. This event is free, but seating is limited.  Learn more.    

Issue: 7April/2012
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...
Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI
These last few months of the spring semester are always a time of celebration at the School of Science.

Not only do we celebrate the achievements and hard work of our students, but we also prepare them well for the challenges that await them.

Some move on to graduate or medical school while others map out their careers and plan the impact they will have as School of Science alumni.

Many of our best and brightest students were honored recently at our Science Scholars dinner. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet undergraduate students, including some who will be joining us on campus for the first time in the fall. Students and their family members were able to visit with some of these young scientists and researchers and hopefully better understand the motivation and curiosity that make our students so successful.

Of course, we also celebrate a major milestone in our effort to remain the top research university in the state. The ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Science and Engineering Laboratory Building (SELB), the first non-medical science building to open on the IUPUI campus in 20 years, represents the future of IUPUI and the life and health science industries in Indiana.

The new facility will help ensure our graduates benefit from valuable research experience and continue the impact of our faculty and students on science innovation. Research will be conducted in areas such as kidney disease and cancer and even alternative energy development. SELB also will allow us to continue to grow our research funding by faculty, which totaled nearly $12 million in 2010-2011.

Best regards,

Simon Rhodes
Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI
Jennifer Burns works at the West Side Urban Garden
urbangardensEarth Sciences Professor Testing Soil Toxicity

This article has been reprinted with permission by the Central Indiana Community Foundation.


IUPUI School of Science professor Gabriel Filippelli dreams of kids learning to love vegetables through gardening. There's just one little hiccup in Filippelli's dream: The top-soil used for gardening in central Indiana's urban neighborhood's sometimes contains up to 150 times the natural level of lead.


"Everyone should be able to live in a safe environment," says Filippelli. "That should be available to anyone - poor, urban, rich, rural."

Through an effort funded by The Indianapolis Foundation, CICF's partner serving Marion County, Filippelli provides local residents with the knowledge they need to grow safe gardens. It's a project that occasionally involves hauling 150 pounds of soil in his car trunk, spending Saturday mornings at gardening workshops and translating lab tests into practical advice.


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Dr. Mohammad Al Hasan
Dr. Mohammad Al Hasan
IUPUI Computer Science Researcher Receives NSF CAREER Award

Mohammad Al Hasan, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) has received the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award, its top award for teaching scholars early in their career.

The five-year, $547,000 grant is the most prestigious award issued by the NSF in support of junior faculty members who excel in the integration of both research and teaching for their universities. Hasan plans to use this grant to discover new algorithms for mining subgraphs from large graphs in the life and social science fields, specifically in systems biology research.

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Daniel Popoola
Biology Senior to Present Research Before Congress

A senior biology student in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis will showcase his research before Congress in April as he represents the university at the 16th annual Posters on the Hill session in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Popoola will join 73 other undergraduate students selected from across the country to participate in the April 24 event. More than 850 student researchers applied for the program. He is the only student selected from Indiana.

This latest honor follows his selection in November to present at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students and a presentation on March 29 at the annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research.

"This really represents the hallmark of my undergraduate achievement," said Popoola, originally from Nigeria. "I never dreamed I could have this opportunity. It's a great honor and privilege, and I feel blessed and so proud to represent IUPUI."