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IUPUI Mathematicians Selected as Inaugural Fellows for AMS

The American Mathematical Society selected two IUPUI faculty members to this prestigious group.

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Virtual Reality Allows Researchers to Better Understand Chronic Pain

Adam Hirsh, Ph.D., in the Department of Psychology explores new models to understand and treat this confusing condition.

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IUPUI Forum Showcases Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Opportunities.

Researchers from across the IUPUI campus gathered to discuss collaborative business development.

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Forensic Program Head Offers Expertise on Southside Explosion

The unique knowledge and experience of Dr. John Goodpaster has been useful for local media trying to explain the Indianapolis explosion that killed two people.




Former CIS Student Featured as Indianapolis Entrepreneur

Peyman Rashid and a friend have started a local business they hope will revolutionize the practice of trading in used cars.

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Medical Humanities Lecture Series: Art Therapy
Monday, Jan. 28, 12-1 p.m.
IUPUI Lilly Auditorium

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Weekend U: Competing for Your Attention
Saturday, Feb. 16, All day
NCAA headquarters

The IUPUI Office of Alumni Relations offers this continuing education workshop.
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Summer Job/Internship Fair
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 11-3 p.m.
IUPUI Campus Center

Nearly 50 employers are expected to be on hand to hire IUPUI students for upcoming positions. The event is still accepting additional employers who wish to participate.
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Winter College for IU Alumni
Friday, Feb. 22-24
San Diego, CA

Learn. Socialize. Relax among friends and fellow alumni at the seventh annual Winter College.

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Issue: 12December/2012
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI


With 2012 winding to a close, we at the School of Science look back at another successful year in the classroom and community and for our research initiatives.


This year proved to be one of great transformation. The most noticeable change is the ongoing construction of the new Science and Engineering Laboratory Building. We're happy to report construction is ahead of schedule. Our cutting-edge research continues to be recognized across the country, and this new facility will help maintain that momentum.


The School also launched a new neuroscience degree program for undergraduates this year, a perfect complement to the strong life and health science industries in Indiana, which produce the third highest exports of life science products in the country. Additionally, our new BA in Applied Computer Science is geared toward students who want a strong computing degree and the flexibility to take that core knowledge to any industry.


Our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) outreach programs have expanded as well, igniting a passion for science among students of all ages and supporting the teachers who work with them. A recent report documented that, despite the bad economy, in Indiana there are 2.4 job opportunities for every person holding a STEM credential. At the School of Science, we are proud to be a major contributor to resolving this shortage of highly trained workers. Nearly 90 percent of our students are from Indiana and about the same percentage go on to careers in Indiana.


We're proud of our accomplishments this year and look forward to working with new partners dedicated to enhancing STEM education and research. I encourage you to  become personally involved in shaping this transformation through support of our campaign or involvement in school initiatives. Let's join together to ensure Indiana will be a leader for generations to come.


Have a safe and happy holiday season! 


Simon Rhodes

Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI 
New Research Facility Taking Shape on IUPUI Campus
Science and Engineering Lab Building (SELB) Ahead of Schedule
Timelapse SELB Construction 12/10/12
Timelapse Video: SELB Construction
Construction of the 65,000 square-foot Science and Engineering Laboratory Building (SELB) remains ahead of schedule with an expected completion date of October 2013.

"This project overall has been very successful," said Richard Thompson, senior associate architect for research at IUPUI. "We have a dedicated construction management firm on site, which has helped the process a great deal."


Thompson also credited favorable weather for helping the project reach 38-percent completion as of this week. All ductwork, sanitation, medical gas storage and fire suppression systems are near completion as is the masonry work on the third floor of the structure. Some water utility work will begin in the next few days, but Thompson predicted minimal, if any, disruption of service in the area.


"A science building is always challenging due to the expanded air handling systems in the building. The research labs need to be built to a certain standard and cleanliness that is advantageous to future research," he said.


Once complete, the facility will include space for biomedical engineering, psychobiology and renewable energy research programs as well as teaching labs in biology, chemistry, and forensics.

Outreach Impacts All Levels of Science Community

The School of Science at IUPUI Hosts a Variety of Outreach Programs Designed to Support Students and Future Teachers in STEM Fields

The GK 12 program gives high school students hands-on research experience.
The GK 12 program gives high school students hands-on research experience.


Local High School Students Explore Cancer Research with STEM Teaching Fellow

High school students on the east side of Indianapolis got the chance to contribute to cancer research on Nov. 8 through a program that brings university scientists into the classroom to share their research and passion for science.


Jacob Adler, a doctoral candidate in the IU School of Medicine, led an advanced workshop on breast cancer research at Warren Central High School. The event was the capstone to a larger unit within a year-long course led by Adler, as part of the Urban Educators GK-12 Program through IUPUI's Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE). The role of UCASE is to support STEM education and research through joint programs supported by the Schools of Science, Education and Engineering and Technology at IUPUI.


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Patrick Tan and Daniel Wu stand before their research presentation. Siemen's Competition. Mathematics.
Patrick Tan and Daniel Wu's project explored techniques for analyzing genetic oscillatory networks. 


IUPUI Mathematicians Mentor Local High School Students to Second-Place Finish in National STEM Competition

Two local high school students, under the guidance IUPUI mathematicians Alexy Kuznetsov and Yaroslav Molkov, placed second in the national finals of the prestigious Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology.


Daniel Fu, (pictured right) a junior at Park Tudor School in Indianapolis, and Patrick Tan, (pictured left) a junior at Carmel High School, will share a $50,000 scholarship as a result of their second-place finish. The two students advanced research first started by Kuznetsov and their findings could lead to better treatments for disease irregularities in the lifecycle of cell growth, such as those seen in cancer cells, or the circadian rhythm, such as sleep disorders.   


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Shenandoah High School students visited physics labs.
Shenandoah High School students visited physics labs.

Shenandoah High School Visits IUPUI to Talk Physics and Research

More than 40 science students from Middleton, Ind., spent the day recently at the School of Science talking physics and research with faculty and current Science students. The effort was aimed at introducing high school students to the caliber of research that would await them as undergraduates at IUPUI.


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Upcoming Outreach Events

  • Brain Bee (Jan. 26) The School of Science hosts this annual competition where contestants in the spelling-bee-style event answer questions about the brain and the nervous system until a single student remains.
  • Computer Science Day (March 15) With a full day of high school programming competitions, teacher training and panel discussions, Computer Science Day has something for everyone! Plus, it's free and open to the public.
  • IUPUI Mathematical Science High School Contest  (Spring) The annual math contest is open to all Indiana high school students. The theme for the 2013 contest is mathematics and forensic science. Contest questions will be available in early Spring.
Alumni Connection
Finding A Way To Get Involved as an Alumnus

The end of the year has arrived and many of us are giving our thanks to those who have helped us become successful in many ways. I am reminded almost daily of how much gratitude I owe IUPUI and the School of Science for providing me opportunities I have used to become the person I am in the profession I love. As such, I find it extremely important to "pay forward" the investment that was put in me during my tenure at IUPUI.


Paying it forward can be done in a variety of ways. I have found donating my time and energy has been the best way for me to show my appreciation for IUPUI. I currently serve on the School of Science Alumni Board and the IUPUI Admissions Guidance Counselors Advisory Board. The Alumni Board is always looking for alumni volunteers who are interested and willing to create ways to promote alumni engagement, so I would urge you to consider volunteering as your first method to reconnect with the school and university. Visit the alumni website to request more information about volunteer opportunities with the School of Science Alumni Board.


Another great way to give back to your school is to help its recruitment effort for new students. As alumni, we can offer unique insight to future students about how to make the most of their years as a Science student. You could be an advocate for the School and see your impact when new students enroll and begin the experience that meant so much to you. If you're interested, please contact Amelia Miller for more information.


We look forward to seeing more of you in 2013. Happy Holidays!


--Terra Query

President, School of Science Alumni Association

BA chemistry 2004

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