School of Science @ IUPUI Ecatalyst: May 2012
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Alumni Award
News Brief
In the News
Research Spotlight
Recent Alumni
RISE Award
School of Science Honors Distinguished Alumnus
The School of Science honored alumnus Dr. Ronald Bowsher with the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The presentation was held during a reception to honor the May 2012 graduates.
Ronald Bowsher, left, stands for a photo with Ed Brizendine, president of the School of Science Alumni Association
Bowsher earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the school while working full-time at Eli Lilly and Co. in Indianapolis. After a 30-year career in research and drug development at the Lilly Research Labs, he has since spent his "retirement years" starting a handful of businesses including BioPharma Services Organization, Millipore Corporation Partner & President, and B2S Consulting. 


During his acceptance speech, he thanked the School of Science and IUPUI for creating wonderful learning opportunities for non-traditional students. He also urged all the graduates to pursue their future endeavors with the same passion that helped them earn their degree and take ownership of their own career moving forward.


Science Majors Recognized for Research 

Four students honored at IUPUI Research Day.

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IUPUI Plater Medallion   Honors Civic Engagement 

Six science majors honored for commitment to service. 

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High School Students Explore Science Research 

Forty Ben Davis High School students visited the School of Science, touring labs and meeting undergrad researchers. 

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Dr. John Goodpaster, director of forensic science program,  weighs in on the validity of blood evidence when it is stored or handled improperly.  

Read article and watch video.

Life Sciences Indiana, Inside Indiana Business 
Dean Rhodes explains the impact of the new lab building on the life and health sciences industries in Indiana. 

Terre Haute Tribune Star
Dr. Jeff Watt, associate dean, explains why many students arrive at college unprepared in math and English. 

WXIN Fox59
School of Science staff member Kelly Miholic leads the IUPUI Staff Council effort to send fun and silly supplies to troops overseas.

Scientist Apprentice Camp June 11-15 │June 25-28

Children ages 9-12 who are attending the IUPUI Summer Day Camp may attend this week-long elective course for $25. The course will allow hands-on learning and provide a deeper understanding of science and mathematics. 

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Issue: 8May/2012
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...
Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI

Another new chapter begins at the School of Science this month as our graduates transition from being talented and driven students to proud and influential alumni. More than 650 science students graduated this year, and we look forward to watching their progress as they go on to their chosen field of work or graduate or professional schools.


The summer begins a fresh start for these graduates as well as the instructors who have mentored them during their time at IUPUI. The hours spent in classrooms, in research labs, and in other important experiences culminate with students finally being able to say they have graduated with a degree from the School of Science at IUPUI. However, the diploma is only a symbolic piece of paper. The important achievement is that our students are ready to successfully operate in a rapidly changing science and technological environment. They have the tools to adapt and thrive.


As we celebrate and applaud their achievement, we also ask that they make the most of what is yet to come. The school holds high expectations for all its graduates that they continue to learn and explore for the rest of their careers and lives. That is the essence of science. The future will include opportunities for our graduates to mentor and support future generations of School of Science students. We ask our graduates to join with our faculty and staff to invest time and resources so that each future Science student has the best possible chance to achieve success.


Our business community also has a critical stake in the success of our new Science graduates - they are vital "consumers." The School of Science is proud of the partnerships it has created across Indiana and the Midwest and we are always looking for ways to incorporate more community involvement into our programs.


The future is bright for both our graduates and the School of Science. The school is very proud of its new alumni. They will always be part of our family. We ask that they keep in touch - we want to hear of their continued successes. Congratulations to the class of 2012!

Best regards,

Simon Rhodes
Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI
Dr. Anna Malkova, Biology @ IUPUI
Dr. Anna Malkova
trailblazerBiology Professor Named 2012 Research Trailblazer


Dr. Anna Malkova, associate professor of biology, recently was awarded the Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award, which recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who are showing great promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their accomplishments in advancing the frontiers of knowledge. 


Since joining the faculty at IUPUI in 2003, Dr. Malkova has been advancing research in the area of fundamental mechanisms of DNA repair -- mechanisms that are crucial to the maintenance of normal genome integrity. Failure to repair breaks in DNA strands (particularly double-strand breaks) contributes to cancer and a number of genetic diseases. Her laboratory has found new ways to use yeast as a model system to study these mechanisms; studies that have given profound new insight into this important process. This system elegantly exploits the power of yeast genetics to uncover the details of the molecular mechanisms involved in this process. This has made her an acknowledged leader in this area of research. 


Read more about the Trailblazer Award and winners.  

Science Grads Look Forward to Expanding Impact
Graduation for Women in Science House Residents: Jessica Hashu, Ashley Winfield, Jessica Rodenbeck, Jessica Jackson, Kylie Bontrager
Jessica Hashu, Ashley Winfield, Jessica Rodenbeck, Jessica Jackson, Kylie Bontrager

Women in Science House Graduates Exemplify Excellence
Four years ago, five bright-eyed freshmen-away from home for the first time and full of uncertainty-lugged their belongings into the Women in Science House (WISH), a living and learning community on the campus of IUPUI.

This spring, those same School of Science women graduated among the top students on campus. Reflecting on their experiences, Kylie Bontrager, Jessica Hashu, Jessica Jackson, Jessica Rodenbeck and Ashley Winfield are thankful for having lived with like-minded science majors who were driven to have an impact both in and outside of the classroom.

"I honestly don't know if I could have made it through college without WISH. This is where I learned how to study," said Hashu. "We all work together to help each other succeed, which is definitely something you need to survive as a science major."
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Unexpected Passion for Research Leads to MD/PhD Program at NYU
Chemistry graduate Josh Horton's dreams of helping people have expanded to include medical research. He'll begin the MD/PhD program at New York University this fall on a scholarship from the National Institute of Health.
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Computer Science Graduate Finds Local Opportunities
A two-year internship led to position at Mobi Wireless Management for Adam Darrah. This computer science graduate looks forward to becoming part of the growing tech community in Indianapolis.
Jacob Layer
Perseverance in Lab Pays Off as Alumnus Joins Prestigious Harvard PhD Program
A life-threatening illness as a child sparked an interest in medical research for graduate Jacob Layer. He joins the Biological and Biomedical Sciences program at Harvard University in the fall and hopes to conduct biological cancer research.
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Senior IUPUI Student Receives Inaugural RISE Award
Scholarship honors late mother of Uday Sukhatme
Dr. Uday Sukhatme presents Morgan Rhodes, senior in pre-med psychology, with RISE Scholarship
Dr. Uday Sukhatme presents Morgan Rhodes, senior in pre-med psychology, with RISE Scholarship


Senior IUPUI student Morgan Rhodes has been awarded the inaugural Indumati Sukhatme RISE Scholarship.


Established by former IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties, Uday Sukhatme, the inaugural RISE Scholarship memorializes Indumati, his mother, who died in 2010. The Indumati Sukhatme RISE Scholarship has honored her life and inspired others to contribute to new RISE Scholarships, which emphasize the growing importance of supporting Research, International, Service learning and Experiential learning (RISE) experiences for today's students.


"Dr. Sukhatme's gift is extremely generous and insightful. He realizes that modern science is an interdisciplinary and global enterprise. We are proud that the School of Science at IUPUI can offer our students experiences that optimally position them for future success," said Simon Rhodes, dean of the School of Science.