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New Computer Science Degree Offers Students Career Flexibility

The Department of Computer and Information Science now offers students a B.A. in Computer Science

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Ambramovich Memorial Scholarships Awarded

The Department of Mathematical Science has selected an undergraduate and a Ph.D. student for their interest in a career using mathematics

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IUPUI Hosts Regional STEM Conference for Fourth Year

UCASE and the IUPUI schools of science, education and engineering collaborated to present the conference.

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NSF Grant Allows IUPUI Researchers to Purchase Electron Microscope

The microscope will greatly advance research projects, including those in energy, sensors and materials development, and molecular and cellular roles in biological systems.

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City Robotics Center Aims to Spark Interest in STEM Careers

The School of Science at IUPUI is one of several groups supporting the effort led by the TechPoint Foundation for Youth.

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Spencer Evening World

Neuroscience Option Renews Spirit for Student

Kailey Stancombe, a junior at the School of Science at IUPUI, is among the first students to pursue the school's new neuroscience major.

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"How Gender Stereotypes Function Within Academic Science Contexts"

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 3-4 p.m.

University Library Auditorium

Dr. Corinne Moss-Racusin of Yale University will speak about gender bias in the sciences. 

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Explore Science

Saturday, Oct. 27 11-2 p.m.

IUPUI Campus

Alumni with careers in Indiana's booming life and health sciences industries will help prospective students understand how to best plan their lives and educations to achieve success.

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Science on Tap: 
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 5-7 p.m.
Tavern on South

Join School of Science alumni and friends as the Director of the Women in Science House, Brittiney Reese, discusses the progress of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields and IUPUI's current and developing programs to support women in science. 

Sheryl WuDunn, co-author of "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunities for Women Worldwide"

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m.

IUPUI Campus Center 

Join a free discussion and book signing.

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IUPUI Alumni Holiday Night

Wednesday, Dec. 12 6:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Children's Museum

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 and RSVP


regattaAlbum from the 2012 IUPUI Regatta

Didn't get to make it to the annual canoe race on the canal this year? Check out this fun collection of photos featuring students, faculty and alumni.

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Issue: 11October/2012
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI


For every new student who enrolls in the School of Science at IUPUI, we have a successful graduate alumnus who remembers standing at that same exciting starting place, perhaps unsure exactly what direction to take next.


These new students quickly find their path through experiences in the classroom or laboratory and help from supportive academic advisors. They also benefit greatly from the wisdom and insight of their peers and mentors.


During the recent IUPUI Fall Career Week, several Department of Psychology graduates returned to campus to provide career and educational advice to more than 60 students. Several more alumni will participate in Explore Science on Oct. 27, an event designed to allow our current and prospective students hear firsthand how Science graduates planned their education to successfully reach their career goals in the life and health sciences.


Science alumni are a vital resource for the School. Their commitment to mentorship, to supporting scholarships, and to offering internship and career opportunities make transformative differences for the Science students who follow in their footsteps.


We're very thankful to all School of Science alumni for their involvement and we are so proud of how they represent the School through their professional and personal success. These partnerships play a critical role in the future success of our students and programs.


Best regards,


Simon Rhodes
Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI
Two New Books Explore Recent Faculty Research
Dennis Devine
Dennis Devine
The Science Behind How Juries Reach Verdicts

A new book by a psychology professor in the School of Science at IUPUI uses scientific research and a healthy dose of reality to form a new theory about how juries historically have reached decisions in jury trials.


Dennis Devine, Ph.D., and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, has spent more than a decade researching the behavior of juries. His new book, "Jury Decision Making: The State of the Science," introduces a new, integrative model of the jury decision-making process that delivers the science behind this pillar of the legal system.




John McGrew
John McGrew
New Autism Teaching Model Geared Toward Education for Individual Students
Students with autism have the best chances of success in school through an individualized education model that involves teachers, service providers and parents, according to a new book co-authored by John McGrew, Ph.D., and a psychology professor at IUPUI.



Alumna Transfers Love of Math to a Degree Abroad
From Ivy Tech to IUPUI to Oxford, graduate finds new opportunities
Marianne McKenzie, math computer science alumna
Marianne McKenzie

Marianne McKenzie never dreamed her love of mathematics would take her very far-certainly not overseas-but the School of Science alumna learned early in her time at IUPUI the difference the right encouragement and support can make. 


"At each stop of my education there have been people who not only encouraged me to succeed but also pushed me to set high goals for my future," said McKenzie, a 2011 mathematics graduate with a minor in computer science. She recently graduated from the Mathematical Institute at the University of Oxford in England.


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Geology Faculty Named Chancellor's Professor
Professor honored for commitment to Science and IUPUI
Andy Barth
Andrew Barth

IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz recently bestowed the distinguished appointment of Chancellor's Professors to three deserving faculty- Andrew Barth, professor of earth sciences, Purdue School of Science; Jean Robertson, professor of art history, Herron School of Art and Design; and Richard Ward, professor of anthropology, IU School of Liberal Arts.


The Chancellor's Professor is the most notable appointment an individual faculty member can attain at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and recognizes senior faculty members who display a record of extensive accomplishment and leadership in teaching, research and campus service. 


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Alumni Connection
Honoring Presidents Circle Inductees

Each fall, Indiana University and the IU Foundation induct new members into the prestigious giving society, the Presidents Circle.  Donors are recognized at this level when their total giving to IU or IUPUI reaches $100,000 or more.


The School of Science at IUPUI is proud to honor this years' Presidents Circle inductees, Dr. Ellen A. and Donald A. Chernoff for their support of Regenerative Biology research in the Department of Biology.  Additionally, the school would like to recognize 2011 inductees, Dr. Donald B. Boyd and Mrs. Joanne Boyd for their support for Computational Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and 2008 inductee, Mr. P.E. MacAllister for his support for the Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine.  Collectively, they have given more than $360,000 to the School of Science in their lifetimes.


The School of Science is extremely grateful to these donors for their continued dedication to our institution and the lives of our students.; They are truly making an IMPACT in the School of Science.

Thank you To Recent Alumni Who Counseled Students

The School of Science at IUPUI would like to thank the following alumni who contributed time and insight on a panel recently for students pursuing a degree in psychology.

  • Kate Biehl, accessABILITY
  • Nikki Mehdiyoun, IU Department of Psychiatry
  • Misty Dean, Horizon House
  • Kelsey Pumel, BACA
  • Melissa Stuart, Cohen and Malad
  • Elaine Williams, Duke Realty
  • Crystal Henderson, Dept. of Communication Studies
Free Alumni Assoc. Membership for New Graduates
All IU graduates are eligible for one free year of membership to the IU Alumni Association beginning on the date of their graduation. The membership includes membership in your school or campus alumni association and your local alumni chapter.
For more information, call (800) 824-3044 or email
Attention Science Class of 1983 and 1984

The School of Science is currently working with alumni from the class of 1983 and 1984 to launch a 30 year class campaign fundraising initiative. 


If you are a graduate from the classes of 1983 or 1984 and would like to be involved with the project, please send an email to Anne Marie Chastain, Executive Director for Development and External Affairs, or call 317-278-1051.

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.