Science Newsletter Aug 2012: New Undergrad Program in Neuroscience
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Biology Senior Leads Effort to Bring Safe Water to Haiti

Evan Torline combines research and service in effort to improve living conditions in coastal community.

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Two Research Experts Named Leaders in School of Science

Employment justice and gender equality expert Peggy Stockdale named chair of psychology department. 

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Nigel Richards, experimental and computational enzymology researcher, named chair of chemistry department. 

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Earth Sciences Professor Honored by Geological Society

Gary Rosenberg receives award for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the history of the geological sciences.

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IndyStar/Inside IN Business: The Future of Computer Science 

Editorial by the chair in computer science explains the challenges facing the industry. 

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IndyStar: Grad Students Share Science With K-12 Students 
GK-12 fellows use research in the lab to interest students in local  classrooms. 

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WISH-TV: Forensic Chemistry Students Test Arson Formula with Exploding Cocktails

Grad students use Molotov cocktails for research into how to test for chemical levels in suspected arsons.

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Science on Tap
"Giants, Dwarfs & Sex"
Sept. 18
5-7 p.m.
Tavern on South
Join School of Science alumni and friends as Dean Simon Rhodes explains the latest in research and breakthroughs in the world of genetics.

IUPUI Regatta
A Canoe Race on the Canal

 Saturday, Sept. 22

With a half-mile canoe race, hands-on science experiments, and live entertainment, this event has something for all ages. 

Children experiment with Science@IUPUI Regatta
View  photos from 2011 Regatta.


Interested in competing? Gather your friends and enter your team in the competition.  


Online Registration opens Aug.20.

Jaguar Sprint Triathlon 

Sunday, Oct. 7

Participate in the fastest triathlon in the state. This is a great way to show your pride as alumni and compete against IUPUI faithful. 

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Issue: 9August/2012
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...
Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI


The start of the fall semester is always an exciting time for the School of Science. With plenty of fresh faces, improved facilities and a host of events and opportunities to get involved, everything is in place for another successful year at IUPUI.


Topping our achievements during the summer is the long-awaited launch of the new undergraduate neuroscience program. Beginning this semester, undergraduate students now have an excellent option at IUPUI to pursue a career in neuroscience, one of the highest growth industries in Indiana and beyond. New treatment and research centers are opening soon in Indianapolis, and Science faculty and students will play a key role in the growth and expansion of neuroscience across our state.


New faculty chairs hired this year in the Departments of Psychology and Chemistry and Chemical Biology bring renewed enthusiasm for excellent research and classroom learning. Also, construction continues to be ahead of schedule on the new Science and Engineering Laboratory Building (SELB). This state-of-the-art facility will enhance our capacity to learn, discover and continue to be a leader in Indiana life and health sciences.


Join us Sept. 22 for the annual Regatta canoe race on the canal, or visit for a full list of events in which you can get involved. Our door is always open for you to see for yourself why it's a great time to be connected to the School of Science.


Best regards,


Simon Rhodes
Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI
neuroNeuroscience Undergraduate Program Launched
School of Science Continues to Innovate
Stephen Boehm, Director of the undergraduate Neuroscience Program at IUPUI
Stephen Boehm
 Director, Neuroscience Program


The School of Science at IUPUI has established a new neuroscience program, offering students an opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree in a rapidly advancing field on a campus with a climate of strong interdisciplinary collaboration.


The undergraduate baccalaureate program in neuroscience at IUPUI will provide a foundation for the pursuit of graduate and professional degrees that culminate in careers in science and medicine.


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Study Shows Depression Can Break Your Heart
Depressed people shown more likely to have heart disease
Jesse Stewart, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Jesse Stewart 
Associate Professor Psychology


A new study reinforces what poets and songwriters have long known: events like ending a romantic relationship, if they lead to depression, can break your heart.


Dr. Jesse Stewart and his co-authors researched how symptoms of depression impact heart health. Their findings are reported in a paper published by the American Heart Association. 


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Legacy of Mentoring Student Workers Lives On
Scholarship established in honor of influential former faculty
Keith Anliker
Keith Anliker
Senior Lecturer


Keith Anliker, an employee since 1990 in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and his wife, Sally, recently established the Bonner-Ferguson-Kelley Endowed Scholarship, an award for undergraduate chemistry students who also work for the department. The scholarship honors three former, long-time faculty members who excelled at coordinating and mentoring student workers in chemistry at IUPUI.


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Alumni Connection
Science Alumni Association Names New Board/Officers 

Six new board members have been named to the School of Science Alumni Association Board of Directors. Their positions became effective as of June 30, 2012. They include:


Honorary Members 

Terra Query of Indianapolis, B.A. Chemistry 2004: Incoming Board President; School counselor at Edgewood High School in Ellettsville, Ind.


At-large Members

David Cross of Brownsburg, Ind., M.S. Psychology 1979: Dir. of Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy at Indianapolis Rehabilitation; Assistant professor of physical therapy, Indiana State University


Peggy Fisherkeller of Indianapolis, M.S. Geology 1999: Business curator of geology, Indiana State Museum 


Ashley Horstman of Indianapolis, B.A. Psychology/clinical rehabilitation: SOAR graduate assistant, IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations 


Josh Peters of Indianapolis, B.S. Physics/M.S. Engineering 2006: Staff engineer, Rolls -Royce Corporation 


Lucia Ruso of Indianapolis, M.S.Physics: Professor of Physics/science program chair, Ivy Tech Community College


The School of Science Alumni Association serves the school as advisors and advocates. The Alumni Association works to keep School of Science alumni engaged with the School, the IUPUI campus, and the University. The Association furthers the professional, educational and social interests of its alumni, both individually and collectively. 


The Alumni Association currently is seeking nominations to the Board of Directors. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please let us know.   

Support the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund
The School of Science Alumni Association supports undergraduate scholarships each year. These scholarships play an important role in creating opportunities for research and learning experiences for many high-ability undergraduates. If you would like to support the undergraduate scholarship fund, please contact Anne Marie Chastain.
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