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IUPUI Named to President's Community Service Honor Roll

This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

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IUPUI Biology Research Could Advance Clinical Use of Regenerative Stem Cells

Jason Meyer, Ph.D., has uncovered a method to produce retinal cells from regenerative human cells without the use of animal proteins or products.

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Inside Indiana Business

Steve Boehm, Ph.D., director of the Undergraduate Neuroscience program, recently discussed the local impact of a $100 million initiative by the government to brain study.

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John Goodpaster, Ph.D., and director of the Forensic and Investigative Sciences program, served as an expert resource for clues to the type of materials used in the Boston bombing.

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Indy Style (WISH-TV)

Gabe Filippelli, Ph.D., professor of earth sciences and director of the Center for Urban Health, visits the set of a local TV program to discuss his long-term research on the effects of lead on children.

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Scientific American

Biology Professor David Stocum, Ph.D., is featured as an expert in this piece examining the study of bioelectric code.

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Indiana Public Media

IUPUI researchers have developed an online program for landscape testing.

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Science Honors Faculty with Spirit of Philanthropy Award

A significant financial supporter of the School of Science at IUPUI, with a passion for research in regenerative biology, Dr. Ellen Chernoff has enjoyed a long-standing research career in the School of Science. As a developmental biologist, her research focuses on the regenerative properties of the axolotl, or Mexican salamander, exploring potential findings to enhance spinal cord regeneration in humans.  


The School of Science and the Department of Biology are deeply grateful to Ellen for her teaching, research and philanthropic contributions. Read more.

Discover the Advances Being Made To Support STEM Education in Indiana
Tuesday, May 7, 3 p.m.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will join faculty and students in the School of Science at IUPUI to celebrate the success of the Central Indiana STEM Talent Expansion Project (STEP).

VA Research/Symposium Day
Monday, May 13, 10-2
VA Medical Center C-1002
This event is designed to disseminate information to the general public regarding research being conducted at the facility. VA Staff and the general public are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

Issue: 15April/2013
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI

Now is the time to be excited about Science at IUPUI!


The School of Science strives to enroll the brightest students in the state and hire talented faculty and staff, who contribute to both the success of our students and the School's growing reputation for research excellence. Our success in attracting top talent is apparent in the many accolades awarded to the Science family each year.


This year marked the largest group of Science students (39) to be ranked among the Top 100 IUPUI students. While it's expected our students will perform well academically, this award also honors them for civic and community service, a sure sign that they are committed to making a difference with their education and training.


We're extremely proud to be home to five National Science Foundation CAREER Award grant winners and dozens of others who have earned national recognition for research and teaching.


Next month's commencement ceremony is a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the students, faculty and staff of the School of Science. I hope you will take a moment to congratulate a student or colleague for a job well done. 


Best regards,

Simon Rhodes

Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI
awardsIUPUI Continues to Recognize Science Excellence


39 Science Students Named to IUPUI Top 100; 7 Among Top 20

Seven students in the School of Science at IUPUI learned recently they were named among the Top 10 male and female students across campus.


Andrew Headrick, Gabriel Martinez, Tomas Meijome and Jeremy Sherer were honored in the Top 10 Male Students. Nehal Parikh, Emily Potts and Kristyn Seibert were named to the Top 10 Female Students.

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Michelle Salyers


Professor Honored as Research Trailblazer 

Michelle P. Salyers, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at IUPUI and co-director of the ACT Center, has been named a recipient of the 2013 IUPUI Research Trailblazers Award, which recognizes researchers who show great promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for advancing the frontiers of knowledge. 

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Plater Medallion

Students Awarded for Community Service 

Four graduating seniors from the School of Science at IUPUI were among 33 recipients named this year to receive the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion in recognition of their commitment to the community. The students include Lindsay Lazo, biology; Eric Keller, chemistry; Jennifer Romine, biology; and Kristyn Seibert, biology. 

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Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander
Advisor Named IUPUI Woman Leader 

A longtime advisor and supporter of the Department of Biology at the School of Science at IUPUI was among several women honored recently during the Women's History Month Leadership Awards. Jane Alexander, student and alumni services coordinator with the Department of Biology, said she "was totally blown away" to receive the award. 

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NSF Award Recognizes IUPUI Professor for Work to Enhance Machine Learning Applications
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New research could help computers better adjust to changing clusters of data.
Computer science research could improve bio-detection, medical monitoring

A computer science professor at IUPUI has earned the prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to research ways to help computers actively adjust models and classify new data by enhancing machine learning technology.

Murat Dundar, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Computer and Information Science, becomes the fourth faculty member in the School of Science at IUPUI actively working under an NSF CAREER Award. The NSF recently informed an additional Science faculty member of the School's fifth award, and it should be announced soon.

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Science Student is IUPUI's First Goldwater Scholar
Jason Walsman
Jason Walsman, a double major in environmental science and biology, is the first IUPUI student to be named a Goldwater Scholar, considered to be the premier undergraduate award of its kind.

Walsman intends to earn a Ph.D. in ecology, conduct research in theoretical ecology, work on applied ecology projects in developing nations and teach at the university level.

"As IUPUI's first recipient of this prestigious scholarship, Jason sets an excellent example for future students," said Jane Luzar, founding dean and professor, IUPUI Honors College. "I look forward to seeing him join the ranks of faculty one day."

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Alumni Connection
Bruce Sidner with Dr. Patricia Mirsky, supporter and wife of former chair Dr. Art Mirsky
Geology Alumnus Recounts Oil Exploration Career & Influence of Former Department Chairman

Bruce Sidner, one of the earliest geology alumni in the Department of Earth Sciences, credits Art Mirsky, the first department chair and longtime program supporter, for giving him encouragement and support that continue to resonate with him some 45 years later.

Sidner is president of the Houston-based South River Exploration, an international oil drilling operation. He recently spoke on campus with faculty and students regarding his time as an IUPUI undergraduate and his extensive career in the oil fields of the Gulf of Mexico.


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