Faculty and Staff News
Spring House Calls event is this Saturday
With gardening gloves and spades, IU School of Medicine students, family, and friends will take part in the annual Spring House Calls on Saturday, April 2. The "house calls" include planting flowers, spreading mulch, and landscaping for local elderly and disabled homeowners in Indianapolis neighborhoods. Participants should meet at 8:30 am at 502 N. Tremont St. Lunch will be provided.
This annual event is coordinated by medical students with support from the IU School of Medicine’s Office of Medical Service-Learning.
To view photos of last year’s Spring House Calls, visit IU School of Medicine on Flickr.
IUSM art exhibition opens April 2
Plan to attend the eighth annual IU School of Medicine Art Exhibition, “Scientific Inquiry, Artistic Expression,” which runs from Saturday, April 2, through Saturday, April 30, in the Cultural Arts Gallery at the IUPUI Campus Center, CE 148. Artwork from IUSM students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as participants from other health schools and organizations, will be on display.
A “Meet the Artists Reception” will be held at the Cultural Arts Gallery from 4 to 6 pm, Thursday, April 21. Both the art exhibition and the reception are open to the general public.
Faculty and Staff News
Vreeman invited to speak at the White House
Rachel Vreeman, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics, and Joe and Sarah Ellen Mamlin Scholar in Global Health Research, was a featured speaker last month at the White House Meeting on HIV Stigma. Invited to participate by the Office of National AIDS Policy, Dr. Vreeman presented her research on the impact of HIV-related stigma on families and children in sub-Saharan Africa. Her work, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, is part of the Office of National AIDS Policy’s strategic focus to address HIV stigma. To read more about meeting and view a photo, visit the White House Blog.
New multi-year parking permits available at IUPUI
IUPUI Parking Services has announced that, beginning in June for the new fiscal year, faculty and staff will have the option of getting a multiyear permit. This permit is the same as the permits you are used to, with one exception: It's good for several years, until 2020. Parking rates for 2016-17 have also been released. For details, visit inside.iupui.edu.
Enzor receives 2016 Plater Civic Engagement Medallion
IUSM student Rikki Enzor is one of 51 recipients of this year’s William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion, awarded by the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning. The medallion award honors graduating IUPUI students who have shown an exemplary commitment to the community and who have developed an ethic of civic-mindedness.
Doctoral candidates recognized by American Physiological Society
Two graduate students from the IU School of Medicine Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases recently received awards from the American Physiological Society. Xin Tong, a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Carmella Evans-Molina, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded The American Physiological Society Mead Johnson Research Award in Endocrinology and Metabolism for her abstract titled, “Mouse SERCA2b is Critical in the Compensatory Response to High Fat Diet by Maintaining Pancreatic β Cell Proliferation.”
Kimberley Fong, a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Patrick Fueger, Ph.D., received the American Physiological Society Endocrinology & Metabolism Section Research Recognition Award for her abstract titled, “Mitogen-Inducible Gene 6 Accelerates the Progression to Diabetes by Inhibiting EGFR-Mediated Repair Mechanisms.” Both will be honored at the American Physiological Society Experimental Biology Meeting Awards reception in San Diego on April 4.
De-stress with SOS in April
Helping students de-stress is the goal of SOS: Serve Out Stress, a series of activities sponsored by the IUSM Office for Medical Service-Learning, the Office of Diversity Affairs, Lead Advisors, and College and House. Events kick off on Friday, April, 1 with adult coloring, “Cards for Riley,” from noon to 2 pm in the Daily Student Lounge. This flyer includes more information about April SOS events.
Students volunteer for Habitat for Humanity during spring break
Four IUSM students spent spring break participating in a service learning trip to Georgetown, South Carolina. Partnering with the Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge, MS1 students Michael Clark, Jonathan Schmidt, Lena Yu, and Taylor Timbrook helped the manager of Habitat for Humanity’s retail store establish an eBay page to generate funds.
Cancer Research Day submission deadline extended
The IU Simon Cancer Center is currently accepting abstracts for posters to be presented at Cancer Research Day, Thursday, May 12. The submission deadline has been extended to 5 pm, Thursday, April 21. Abstracts may be submitted in four categories: basic science, behavioral, population science/epidemiology, and translational/clinical research.
Visit cancer.iu.edu/education to complete the registration and the abstract template. Students, fellows, and faculty conducting cancer research at IUPUI, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute, a collaboration between the IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame, are eligible to present at Cancer Research Day.
Cash awards will be given for best poster(s) in each research category, by group. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Biostatistics: a short course coming in May
The IU School of Medicine Department of Biostatistics and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health will present a short course in biostatistics designed especially for health care researchers in the health sciences.
When: Tuesday, May 10, through Thursday, May 12; 1 to 5 pm each day
Where:Health Information and Translational Sciences Building, Conference Room 1110
The course covers basic principles, design of medical research studies, standard statistical tests and data analyses, and data management. Session III focuses on more advanced topics, including multiple linear and logistic regression, survival analysis, longitudinal data, and genetic analysis.
Indy – Book club to explore transgender issues
Join the IUSM Office of Diversity Affairs (ODA) for a discussion on Amy Ellis Nutt’s bestseller, Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family at 4 pm, Thursday, April 7, in the Van Nuys Medical Science Building, Room 209. McNutt’s book is the inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate humanity.
Copies of the book are available to borrow in the ODA office, MS 209. With questions, call 317-274-1939 or email iusmdiv﻿@iupui.edu.
West Lafayette – Purdue Spring Fest is April 16-17
An annual event showcasing the lighter side of higher education, Purdue Spring Fest is an opportunity for students of all ages to learn about animals, art, astronomy, and more. The event will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 16-17. For more info, visit ag.purdue.edu.
Indy – Save the date: Cell therapy, regenerative medicine symposium is June 13
The Indiana Health Industry Forum and the Regenerative Medicine Working Group will host the second annual Symposium on Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine on Monday, June 13, at the Rathskeller, 401 E. Michigan St., in Indianapolis. Keynote speakers are Michael May, Ph.D., chief executive officer, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine; and Andre Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., director, Mayo Clinic Center for Regenerative Medicine. To register, visit ihif.org. Contact Michele Schlegelmilch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-988-4976 with questions.