July Ecatalyst: Collaboration between Math and Psychology Researchers Explores Neural Synchronization Patterns During Addiction
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Woodrow Wilson Fellows Include Science Students

Gov. Mike Pence named 30 students from across the state to the program designed to support the next generation of STEM teachers.

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Ph.D. Physics Student Visits Congress to Support Research Programs

Luis Palacio, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics, visited the U.S. House of Representatives to lobby for continued support of national research facilities.

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IUPUI Selected as National CIS Pilot Program

The Department of Computer and Information Science will launch a new course designed to introduce computer science to non-computer science majors.

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National Geographic

NBC News

USA Today

Indy Star 

Christine Picard, Ph.D., associate professor of forensic biology, made national headlines recently for her discovery of a fly that is new to Indiana and could have a big effect on forensic investigations. 

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USA Today

Washington Post

LA Times

John Goodpaster, Ph.D., director of the Forensic and Investigative Science program, is consulted as an expert in a case involving a dry ice bomb at Disneyland.

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Science Welcome Picnic

Friday, Sept. 20

11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Outside IUPUI Library

It's tradition! The annual welcome picnic connects students to clubs, faculty, and resources to help them succeed.

Alumni interested in participating should contact Jon Berg.


2013 IUPUI Regatta

Saturday, Sept. 21

Downtown Canal

Join alumni and other Science family at the annual canoe race on the canal -- the marquee event for the IUPUI campus.

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Issue: 17July/2013
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI


We're happy to report that the 2012-2013 academic year was full of milestones, new program launches and a continued effort to expand the way science is taught and experienced.


A few highlights worth mentioning in the areas of teaching and learning include a new degree program in Neuroscience and a new B.A. degree in Applied Computer Science (CIS). IUPUI also was chosen as one of 11 pilot schools nationwide to launch a new program aimed at better introducing students to the advantages of a career in computer science.


In the area of research, our faculty and students discovered a species of fly new to Indiana, used mathematical modeling to better understand debilitating diseases like glaucoma and tackled longstanding debates such as quantum theory. Our researchers continue to push the boundaries of modern knowledge and collaborate in ways that are becoming models of learning and mentoring.


Students and faculty were recognized with national awards and honors for their research, teaching and community service. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard even visited the school and cited our STEM education efforts as "critically important to the future of Indiana."


Visit www.science.iupui.edu to learn even more about the global footprint being left by the School of Science at IUPUI. We're excited about what the future holds!


Best regards,

Simon Rhodes

Dean of the School of Science at IUPUI
featureNeuroscience Collaboration Explores Neural Synchronization During Drug Addiction
Laboratory research of brain behavior coupled with mathematical modeling allows researchers to understand how neurons align with one another during periods of drug addiction and disease. (L to R: Sungwoo Ahn, Leonid Ruchinsky, Christoper Lapish)
Leonid Rubchinsky and Christopher Lapish
A cross-disciplinary collaboration of researchers in the School of Science explores the neural synchrony between circuits in the brain and their behavior under simulated drug addiction. The two-year study could have broad implications for treating addiction and understanding brain function in conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

"A better understanding of the dynamics of neural synchrony could have very important implications for understanding the addicted brain and may provide a physiological target to understand persistent neural changes that contribute to the probability of relapse," said Christopher Lapish, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology at IUPUI. 
Experiential Learning Helps Biology Student Gain Early Entry to IU School of Dentistry
Neelam Shah
For much of the summer of 2012, junior biology student Neelam Shah lived with a secret--something she wanted to keep to herself in case things didn't work out as she had hoped.

Almost on a whim, she had applied to dental school, hoping she could get good practice for the interview process she would face after graduation. It was all surreal, until she was accepted.
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Science Alumni Association Presents Award to Dean's Advisory Council Member
Left to right, Dean Simon Rhodes, Steve Freeland, Terra Query, Science Alumni Association.
Left to right, Dean Simon Rhodes, Steve Freeland, Terra Query, Science Alumni Association.
Steve Freeland, CEO of the Cancer Care Group (CCG) and a 1984 B.S. alumnus from the School of Science at IUPUI, was honored recently with the Outstanding Alumni Award.

CCG is one of the country's largest private radiation oncology practices. Freeland is responsible for the company's partnerships with more than 20 Indiana hospitals as well as the 60 employees of the organization.

Freeland also serves as a member of the School of Science Dean's Advisory Council.
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