IUPUI School of Science: Ecatalyst Sept 2012
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New Faculty in the School of Science at IUPUI

Several new faculty and department chairs join the School of Science this semester. 

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IUPUI Hosts Students for Math Biosciences Institute

The Department of Mathematical Science and IUPUI hosted math students from around the nation for a summer research project, funded by the National Science Foundation. 

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IUPUI One of Three Groups to Form Regional STEM Center

With funding from the National Science Foundation, IUPUI joined forces with Chicago State University and Argone National Labs in a unique effort to establish successful strategies for recruiting, retaining and graduating students in the STEM disciplines

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Inside Indiana Business

Neuroscience in Indiana: Research and education poised to drive jobs and innovation.

Steve Boehm, director of the new Neuroscience Program at IUPUI, discusses the impact education and research at IUPUI will have on the rapidly growing neuroscience industry in Indiana.

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Inside Indiana Business

Summer School with a Twist: STEM teachers expand toolset

The School's program coordinator for Project Lead the Way (PLTW) discusses  the benefits of PLTW teacher training and the power the program has to change outcomes for science students.

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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.  Come out and cheer for your School of Science alumni and student teams.  

Children experiment with Science@IUPUI Regatta
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Science on Tap:
Giants, Dwarfs & Genetics
Tuesday, Oct. 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.

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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IUPUI Harvey Milk Dinner

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m.

IUPUI Campus Center

Sponsored by the IU GLBT Alumni Association, the Third Annual Harvey Milk Dinner will celebrate gender and sexual equality at IUPUI.   

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Issue: 10September/2012
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI

"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." -Henry Ford


Collaboration is not just a buzz word we use at the School of Science at IUPUI. It embodies everything we pursue from a research and learning perspective. 


Our faculty and students benefit immensely from the diverse perspectives and expertise gathered from schools across campus and the various life and health treatment and research facilities nearby. As you can see from this edition of the newsletter, research at our School goes far beyond laboratory walls, and the IU School of Medicine remains one of our most valuable partners in this effort.  


Many Science students go on to medical school, but even those who find other science careers still gain a unique perspective from the opportunity to collaborate on a research project, participate in an internship, or shadow a researcher or physician. In addition to hands-on research skills, these experiences teach our students teamwork, real-world problem solving, communication skills and the value of a mentor network. They represent true learning opportunities and help students to better understand what a specific career is all about. To have this opportunity of discovery before entering a graduate school, a professional school, or the workplace is a unique asset that the IUPUI environment provides.  


The School of Science never takes for granted the wonderful advantage it can offer the students and faculty who choose to study, research and grow here. Luckily, the med school is just one of many partner organizations available to IUPUI students. We live in a community of learners and innovators, and we at the School of Science wouldn't have it any other way.


Best regards,


Simon Rhodes
Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI
neuroTreatment By the Numbers
Math and Medicine Collaboration Could Lead to Improved Care 
Stephen Boehm, Director of the undergraduate Neuroscience Program at IUPUI 
Mathematical modeling allows researchers to closely mirror patient data, which is helpful in determining the cause and effect of certain risk factors. (HIGH RES IMAGE

Mathematical modeling being tested by researchers at the School of Science at IUPUI and the IU School of Medicine has the potential to impact the knowledge and treatment of several diseases that continue to challenge scientists across the world. 


The National Science Foundation recently recognized the work led by Drs. Giovanna Guidoboni, associate professor of mathematics in the School of Science, and Alon Harris, professor of ophthalmology and director of clinical research at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, for its new approach to understanding what actually causes debilitating diseases like glaucoma.  


Biology Senior to Present Neuro Research in China
Opportunity to share research in growing field of neural regeneration 
Jesse Stewart, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
Jennifer Romine,
Biology Major

A senior biology student will represent the
IUPUI School of Science next week at the International Neural Regeneration Symposium in China.


"This is an amazing opportunity I've been given," said Jennifer Romine. "To have the ability to do this type of research at IUPUI is incredible, and I'm excited to talk on a topic people don't know a lot about."


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Science Supporters Help Support Stem Education
Dr. Marvin L. and Elaine S. Bittinger
Dr. Marvin Bittinger
Dr. Marvin Bittinger Professor Emeritus
In 2005, Professor Emeritus Dr. Marvin Bittinger and his wife Mrs. Elaine Bittinger made a $1,000,000 bequest in their estate to establish the Bittinger Chair in Mathematics Education at IUPUI. Created to support the expansion of the math education research team in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, the Bittinger's gift has enabled the school to dedicate a tenure track research position to the study of best practices in math education, potentially impacting college student and youth mathematical learning across the country. 
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Alumni Connection
Recap of the August Alumni Board Retreat 

The School of Science Alumni Association Board of Directors held a one-day retreat in August and emerged with new ideas and an intensified focus on supporting and achieving the board's mission. Facilitated by University Director of Development Services Deb Dunbar, the group met with Dean Simon Rhodes, who discussed future strategic plans and important action items for the School of Science.

The School of Science Alumni Association Board of Directors will be working hard over the course of this year to successfully support and engage current Science students and alumni. Stay tuned for more exciting updates! 


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.
Submit an Alumni Class Note!
Keep us in the know about what you're up to! We want to hear about achievements in your career, your family and your personal and community pursuits.  Visit the Science alumni class notes site.