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Substance Use and Addiction in the African-American Community
Assistant professor Tamika Zapolski examines a paradox in African American drinking.


CyberLab Interns Create App for Academic Social Networking Site
A new smartphone app developed by CyberLab interns opens a mobile, global doorway to CourseNetworking, a free academic social networking site.
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Science World Report
Researchers from IUPUI are the first to find that the risk of future heart attacks and strokes can be cut in half if depression is treated prior to any signs of cardiovascular concerns.
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Kokomo Tribune
Mathematics Assistance Center is featured for helping students succeed in college-level courses.
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Life Health Sciences  

Career Fair
Tues, March 4, 10am-3pm
IUPUI Campus Center

Open to all current students and alumni, this career fair is an excellent opportunity to meet, greet, and network with employers in the life and health sciences sectors.
Learn more & register.  


IUPUI Nonprofit Expo
Wed, March 5, 1-4pm
IUPUI Campus Center

This annual expo brings together nonprofit, government and community partners who offer internship, volunteer and job opportunities to IUPUI students and alumni.
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Women in STEM Research Poster Session
Thurs, March 6, 2-4pm
SELB Atrium
In celebration of Women's History Month, the IUPUI Women in Science Program is hosting a poster session.
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Science on Tap: Networking Survival Skills for Introverts
Thurs, March 27, 5-7pm
Sahm's Tavern & Cafe

Join us for a cold drink and some enlightening conversation. Explore why networking might be challenging for introverts, how to reframe networking to focus on building and maintaining relationships, and discuss survival skills.
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Drs. Arthur & Patricia Mirsky Memorial Lecture Series
Thurs, April 24, 4pm
Lilly Auditorium
Issue: 20February 2014
A message from Dean Simon Rhodes ...Dean Simon Rhodes, School of Science at IUPUI

Students learn best when they are doing--and so many of our undergraduates are fully engaged leaders. They are mentoring classmates through Peer-Led Team Learning instruction. They are serving as tutors and peer mentors in the Mathematics Assistance Center. Or they are developing mobile apps at the CyberLab to improve social learning. These are just a few recent examples highlighted in this e-catalyst issue.


Our students are eager learners, and we continue to foster an environment where they are challenged in and outside of the classroom. A new program launching this semester offers students yet another opportunity to enhance their undergraduate career. The School of Science Honors Program will induct its inaugural class this month--28 students will engage in enriched honors courses and gain greater connections to the School's community of scholars, joining the 228 Science students already enrolled in the IUPUI Honors College. Our students account for a third of the entire Honors College!


Please take a moment to read about the impressive ways School of Science students are leading each other, and in turn, deepening their knowledge so they emerge from the School as well-rounded scientists whose experiences have prepared them to solve the problems of our future.

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 Best regards,


Simon Rhodes

Dean, School of Science, IUPUI

cPLTL in Google Hangouts
This clip of a Google Hangout shows how the shared screen works with multiple participants.
Peer-led team learning in STEM undergraduate courses is growing in popularity in universities across the country. New research by faculty and students from the School of Science and the Center for Teaching and Learning at IUPUI evaluates peer-led team learning for STEM focusing on its newest iteration--cyber peer-led team learning.

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is an innovative model of undergraduate instruction that augments the traditional lecture with a weekly two-hour workshop in which six to eight students work together to solve challenging problems under the guidance of a peer leader. The peer leader is a fellow undergraduate who has mastered the material and is a good communicator. In addition to course content instruction, he or she receives training in teaching methods such as how to work with students who attempt to dominate sessions and how to provide a boost to students who have difficulty participating. In addition to face-to-face PLTL, IUPUI has developed an online version known as cPLTL.  

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Study Reveals How Dogs Detect Explosives, Offers New Training Recommendations

Dog in training learns to identify explosives
Law enforcement dog participates in field trials.

A research team at IUPUI has helped determine the science behind how canines locate explosives such as Composition C-4 (a plastic explosive used by the U.S. military). The study found the dogs react best to the actual explosive, calling into question the use of products designed to mimic the odor of C-4 for training purposes. These findings are the culmination of a four-year contract funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).


"Appropriately, dogs that are trained to find real explosives are going to find real explosives and not much else," said John Goodpaster, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology and director for the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program in the School of Science at IUPUI.  


Dedicated and Tenacious: Student Charts New Territory in Her Passion to Explore Physics

Qurat-ul-Ann "Anna" Mirza

The first thing one might notice about Qurat-ul-Ann "Anna" Mirza is her hijab--it's usually brightly colored. The thing that makes her stand out though is her passion for physics and her dogged determination to understand concepts that are at first daunting.


Anna isn't afraid to chart new territory. As an undergraduate student majoring in both physics and mathematics in the School of Science at IUPUI, she believes that the most important thing in life is education. Coming from a background where not many women pursue higher education, she aspires to become the first female in her family to earn a Ph.D. and would like to become a research scientist searching for dark matter, investigating the high-energy end of the spectrum and studying quantum information.


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Weekend U: Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll
March 8, 7am - 1pm | NCAA Hall of Champions
The theme of "Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n Roll" will be explored by IU-Bloomington and IUPUI faculty at Weekend U, a half-day continuing education conference offered by the IU and Purdue alumni associations.
Cost: $25 for members of the IU and Purdue alumni associations; $30 for nonmembers
Registration is required by Feb. 28.