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  • Don’t miss the All-School Meeting on September 5

    September is almost here, and so is the IU School of Medicine All-School Meeting. All faculty, staff and learners are invited to attend the meeting, which will be held from 4:30-6 pm, Thursday, September 5, in Walther Hall (R3), C203. IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and the executive associate deans will share the latest news and progress at the school. There will be opportunities to ask questions, and award recipients will be announced. A post-meeting reception will be held from 6-7 pm.

    In-person attendance is encouraged, but those unable to attend may participate via a live web stream. Instructions to access the live stream are available on the Faculty Steering Committee page.

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  • Cloud-based survey tool Qualtrics now available at no cost

    Thanks to a new agreement, Qualtrics is now available to all IU faculty, staff and students at no cost. Previously, the cloud-based survey tool required a license for use by individuals or organizations.

    So, what does this mean for you? Here’s how you can put Qualtrics to work:

    • Faculty: Embed surveys into Canvas courses, gather data for research projects, collaborate with users across other institutions
    • Students: Develop surveys, plan data collection and analyze results to drive the student research experience
    • Staff: Embed surveys into HTML websites, survey your department, school or a custom population to gather data
    Learn more about Qualtrics.

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Faculty and Staff News

  • Elkas receives distinguished service medal

    The numbers racked up by Elizabeth A. Elkas, longtime leader of development for Indiana University School of Medicine, during her lengthy IU fundraising career were staggering, to say the least.

    More than one million road miles traveled on behalf of the school. More than $1.6 billion in philanthropic gifts raised by Elkas and her staff in the school’s Office of Gift Development.

    That career drew to a close this week, as Elkas said farewell to the school to take on a new role as president and chief executive officer of Riley Children’s Foundation. It is a transition IU School of Medicine Dean Jay L. Hess and IU President Michael McRobbie lamented as bittersweet—a departure of a friend who moves to an organization working in partnership with IU School of Medicine to improve health care.

    Hess, who has worked closely with Elkas, said her love of the medical school is deep. “On more than one occasion, when talking about the accomplishment of the School of Medicine or Indiana University or big plans for the future, I’d look over and you’re tearing up,” Hess said to Elkas during remarks at a farewell celebration on August 15. “I know how much it really means to you. You’ve set an amazing example for all of us.”

    McRobbie presented Elkas with IU’s Distinguished Service Medal, which recognizes sustained distinction in administrative and other areas of service over an extended period.

    Both McRobbie and Hess expressed confidence in the staff that continues the work in the development office. Michelle Petty, the executive associate director of development services, has been named interim chief of development. A national search will be launched to identify a permanent leader.

    Elkas said she was “blown away” by the recognition. She credited the support from the four deans she served under and for the staff in the Office of Gift Development. She said her career has been about building relationships, often with people who have been touched by illness and want to give back. “They are searching for answers. They are searching for hope,” she said. “They are searching for a future for their loved one.”

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  • Miller and Travis selected for Women’s Advisory Council sponsorships

    The IU School of Medicine Women’s Advisory Council is sponsoring Kathy Miller, MD, Ballvé–Lantero Professor of Oncology and associate director of clinical research at IU Simon Cancer Center, to participate in the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University. Miller was chosen to participate in ELAM through the Women’s Advisory Council’s competitive selection process.

    In addition, the council is sponsoring Lois Travis, MD, Lawrence H. Einhorn Professor of Cancer Research, to attend the Rudi Ansbacher Women in Academic Medicine Leadership Scholars Program at the University of Michigan.

    Read the Faculty News blog post for more details on the sponsorships and faculty recipients.


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  • Apply for IU Kelley MBA business management assistance

    The Indiana CTSI and IU Kelley School of Business are offering an opportunity to receive business management assistance by teams of Kelley School of Business students for any cores, resources, programs and units that provide a central service to CTSI investigators. (See RFA for examples of assistance.)

    Students are part of the IU Bloomington Kelley residential MBA program independent study program for course credit. Selected awardees will be expected to engage with the MBA students on the initial project scope (two hours), additional follow up or on-site meetings (8-12 hours) and a final project close-out (one-two hours). 

    Selected projects will begin in early March 2020 and will be completed by early May. Application information and RFA are available. Deadline to apply is Monday, November 25.  

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  • HITS employees parking in Fairbanks lot need to find alternate option by October 1

    IU School of Medicine employees who work in the HITS building and park in the Fairbanks Hall parking lot will need to begin parking in an IUPUI-designated parking lot on October 1.

    To address overcrowding issues in the Fairbanks Hall parking lot, after October 1, the Fairbanks lot will only be available to IU School of Medicine employees whose workspaces are located in Fairbanks.

    Employees affected by the change should have received an email about the shift. After October 1, only employees located at Fairbanks Hall will be able to operate the gates and park in the Fairbanks lot. 

    Learn more about IUPUI parking permits and lot locations by visiting the parking services website. Questions? Contact your supervisor.


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  • Download new JagLine app for real-time IUPUI shuttle info

    IUPUI Parking and Transportation Services recently launched a new on-campus shuttle program that provides more shuttles, routes and stops to the IUPUI campus, north campus and select surrounding areas. The expanded shuttle program also includes the new JagLine app that includes route information, a live tracker and arrival alerts. Download the app by searching “JagLine” in your mobile phone’s app store.

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  • Apply by November 1 for Fogarty Global Health Fellowship

    Applications are now being accepted for the Northern Pacific Global Health (NPGH) Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program. Indiana University is a member of the consortium along with the universities of Washington, Michigan, Hawaii and Minnesota.

    The 12-month clinical research training program is available to U.S. and LMIC (low- and middle-income countries) post-doctorate trainees and doctoral students in the health professions and is sponsored by the NIH Fogarty International Center.

    Trainees spend 12 months at their research sites and work closely with mentors domestically and abroad. Trainees receive a monthly stipend, a modest research budget, and U.S. trainees receive travel costs to and from their international site.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S., Peru, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda, Liberia, Nepal, India or Thailand.
    • Must conduct research at an approved site in the country (list available on website).
    • Must currently be enrolled in a doctoral program/post-doctoral fellowship or have completed one in the last five years.
    Application deadline is Friday, November 1.  IU School of Medicine student Grant Callen and IU School of Dentistry student Ashley Karczewski are current Fogarty Scholars conducting research in Kenya.

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  • Antibody screening pilot program now accepting applications

    The Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI) and IU School of Medicine are sponsoring an RFA for collaborative research projects using a human Fab Phage Display Platform that can generate humanized antibodies from multiple diverse libraries and offer several advantages when compared to other methods such as hybridoma screening. 

    The IBRI and IU School of Medicine will provide both advisory and technical support for screening to identify new antibody ligands; target validation biology research; starting points for optimization of new diagnostics; and starting points for the optimization of new antibody therapeutics. More information is available. Application deadline is Thursday, November 14.

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  • Register for the November 2 Medical Miles 5K Run & Fun Walk

    The IU School of Medicine Department of Family Medicine is hosting the Medical Miles 5K Run & Fun Walk from 9-11 am on Saturday, November 2. The event, which is part of the department’s 45th anniversary celebration, will take place at the Indianapolis downtown canal. A portion of the proceeds will support the medical student outreach clinic affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine. Registration is now available.

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  • Agarwal and Schade Willis named American Medical Women’s Association fellows

    Neeta Agarwal, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine, and Tina M. Schade Willis, MD, professor of clinical pediatrics, were named fellows of the American Medical Women’s Association. Fellowship in the AMWA recognizes distinguished members who have accomplished outstanding achievements in science, medicine or academia. The fellowships were announced in July at the Medical Women’s International Centennial Meeting in New York City.

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  • Kincaid honored for teaching by the American Neurological Association

    John C. Kincaid, MD, Kenneth L. and Selma G. Earnest Professor of Neurology, has received the 2019 Distinguished Neurology Teacher Award from the American Neurological Association (ANA). The award recognizes contributions by gifted and talented teachers of neurology. Kincaid will receive the award at the ANA annual meeting in October.

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