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  • In case you missed it: Check out highlights from the All School Meeting

    From planning for the new Academic Health Center to the launch of a Scholarly Concentrations program and the expansion of IU Health Physicians, there’s a lot happening at IU School of Medicine.

    Faculty, staff and learners gathered for the fall All School Meeting on Thursday, September 5, to hear important updates from executive associate deans and celebrate 2019 faculty and staff award winners. (See article in this edition of INScope.) One key takeaway: There are many reasons to be proud.

    “The school is on an excellent trajectory, with an impressive range of accomplishments in research, education and clinical care, that are due largely to all of your contributions of talent and dedication,” Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, told the audience.

    Missed the meeting? You can view a recording of the event or read the Strategic Voices blog post for these and other updates:

    • Planning for new education and research buildings – Jamie Dimond, MBA, executive associate dean for finance and administration
    • Surging research funding and productivity – Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs
    • Enhancing educational opportunities – Paul Wallach, MD, executive associate dean for educational affairs and institutional improvement
    • Growing to meet patient demand – David Ingram, MD, MS, executive associate dean for clinical affairs and president, IU Health Physicians
    • Fostering a culture of inclusion, wellness and success – Mary Dankoski, PhD, executive associate dean for faculty affairs, professional development and diversity
    • Empowering success through IT – Rob Lowden, MS, executive associate dean and chief information officer


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  • Faculty and staff honored for achievements at fall meeting

    IU School of Medicine faculty and staff members received awards for their contributions and achievements during the All-School Meeting on Thursday, September 5. This is the first year the school has presented the Volunteer Faculty Teaching Award, which this year had more than 55 recipients, and the Outstanding Staff Commitment to Diversity Award.

    Details about all of the school’s awards are available. Nomination deadlines vary.
    Congratulations to all of this year’s winners.

    Scholar Educator Award
    Christen K. Dilly, MD

    Inspirational Educator Award
    Nasser H. Hanna, MD
    Leslie A. Hoffman, PhD

    Outstanding Community Engagement Award
    Javier F. Sevilla-Martir, MD

    Excellence in Faculty Mentoring Award
    Todd C. Skaar, PhD – Basic science
    Aaron E. Carroll, MD – Clinical

    Deb Cowley Staff Leadership Award
    Tara Hobson
    Christine A. McDonald

    Lynn Wakefield Unsung Hero Staff Award
    Kori Nelson
    Bridget S. Working

    Outstanding Staff Commitment to Diversity Award
    Francine Epperson

    Volunteer Faculty Teaching Award
    Michelle R. Bache, MD; Lemuel T. Barrido, MD; Alycia M. Brown, MD; Mark D. Browning, MD; Marlene C. Bultemeyer, MD; Alfredo V. Casetti, MD; Justin J. Chow, MD; Rebecca S. Davisson, MD; Renato L. Delos Santos, Jr., MD; Clifford L. Dotson, MD; Akaber Elkhamra, MD; John E. Francis, MD; Susan M. Frayer, MD; Juliana R. Gaeta, MD; Martin S. Goldstein, MD; Jill A. Grant, MD; Douglas L. Gray, MD; Robert J. Hagen, MD; Kristine M. Hatcher, DO, DC; Elizabeth A. Hay, MD; Tom F. Hrisomalos, MD; Melissa A. Hullinger, MD; Matthew A. Jachim, MD; Kristine E. Jennings, MD; Jerry M. Jesseph, MD, PhD; H. Alan Jones, DO; Larry R. Jones, MD; Lawrence A. Judy, MD; Philip E. Keller, MD; Lia R. Kettenis, MD; Richard W. Kincaid, MD; Thomas A. Kintanar, MD; Lindsay J. Kramer, MD; John R. Labban, MD; Kevin E. Lai, MD; Thomas J. Lorenc, MD; Barbara A. Mowery, MD; Kevin L. Murphy, MD, PhD; Kristi M. Nord, MD; Trilok P. Pathak, MD; Jeffrey A. Penman, MD, PhD; William W. Pond, MD; Christen M. Prible, MD; Albert L. Reynolds, MD; Jennifer L. Richardson, MD; Arthur D. Rosen, MD; Amit N. Sanghvi, MD; Kelli A. Sorg, MD; Tod A. Stillson, MD; Julianne Stout, MD; Paula M. Toth-Russell, MD; Paula T. Trzepacz, MD; Mellekate S. Vishwas, MD; Thomas M. Walter, PhD; Lorraine E. Weaver, MD; Luke A. White, DO; and Megan R. Zelasko, MD


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  • September 30 is deadline to nominate staff for discretionary bonus program

    IU School of Medicine is beginning another nomination period for discretionary bonuses for staff members. The staff discretionary bonus award is a special one-time payment awarded to selected exempt, non-exempt and temporary staff members for extraordinary contributions to the school’s mission, above and beyond the staff member’s job description.

    Discretionary bonus guidelines have been enhanced to provide additional guidance on performance criteria that qualifies for a bonus, as well as more details about the process itself based on previous questions and feedback.

    Nomination requests will be evaluated by a review committee using the criteria in the discretionary bonus guidelines. The deadline to submit nominations is Monday, September 30. Complete details, including the guidelines and nomination form, are available on the MedNet Human Resources site. Questions? Contact Theresa Martin, director of human resources, at


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  • On your mark, get set, GO to the IU School of Medicine Regatta BBQ

    IUPUI’s signature fall event—regatta boat racing on the city’s downtown canal—is just nine days away. As part of the race day festivities, faculty, staff and learners are invited to the IU School of Medicine barbeque from 11 am-1 pm, Saturday, September 21, at Military Park.

    This year’s family-friendly regatta event promises food, games and friendly competition, along with an opportunity to meet IU School of Medicine Dean Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, and other school leaders. Register for the event, which is sponsored by Faculty Affairs, Professional Development and Diversity, and Medical Student Education.

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  • Looking ahead: New wireless network—eduroam—coming in January

    In January 2020, the IU Secure Wi-Fi network will be retired and replaced by eduroam. This worldwide Wi-Fi system allows students, faculty and staff from participating institutions, including all Indiana University campuses, to access the internet. Using the same infrastructure as IU Secure, eduroam will safety and securely connect users to 625 institutions and allow access to the internet in 101 territories worldwide. Learn more.


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Research News

  • Trial seeks to reduce neuropathy for black women with breast cancer

    IU School of Medicine researchers have launched a new, unique study recruiting black women with breast cancer that is designed to better understand and treat neuropathy, a side effect from chemotherapy. The National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trial, EAZ171, is led by Bryan P. Schneider, MD, professor of medicine and medical and molecular genetics and the Vera Bradley Chair of Oncology at IU School of Medicine.

    “We found one of the most prevalent and debilitating chemotherapy side effects, known as taxane-induced neuropathy, is markedly more common in African American women and astonishingly so, almost double the risk we see in women of other races,” said Schneider.

    His team’s earlier studies found that women of African ancestry receiving treatment for breast cancer suffer from neuropathy more than women of European ancestry. Neuropathy is nerve damage that can show up as weakness, numbness or throbbing pain in the hands and feet. Neuropathy can occur during treatment and be permanent.

    Schneider says this toxicity not only impacts a patient’s quality of life, but also reduces the amount of chemotherapy that African American women receive, since neuropathy often leads the physician to lower the dose of chemotherapy or even stop treatment completely. This effect contributes to why African American women are more likely than white women to die from breast cancer.

    For more on the study, visit the Newsroom.


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Faculty and Staff News

  • Park at Fairbanks and work at HITS? It’s time to look for another option.

    Beginning 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.

    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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  • McClintick named emeritus professor

    Jeanette K. McClintick, PhD, who retired from IU School of Medicine on September 1, has earned emeritus status with the new title of associate research professor emeritus of biochemistry & molecular biology.

    McClintick joined the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology as an assistant scientist in 2006, after joining the department originally as a master’s student. She continued to work as an essential member of the Center for Medical Genomics, leading the data quality control and analysis and consulting with many faculty to improve their experimental design and assist with analyses and interpretation of experiments. Virtually all genomic studies carried out at the Center for Medical Genomics between 2000 and 2016, and some after, benefitted from her insights. She also served as a core facility liaison for the Indiana CTSI and as a member of the CTSI Pediatric Translational Development Team. Her research interests included the genetics and genomics of alcoholism.

    Emeritus designation may be awarded upon retirement from IUPUI to faculty members and others as recognition of "substantial contributions to the university in the fields of teaching, research and/or service." McClintick’s emeritus status was approved by IUPUI Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Kathy Johnson. IU School of Medicine congratulates McClintick and appreciates her contributions to the school and university.

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  • Three-day agile implementation boot camp begins October 29

    The Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science is hosting an agile implementation (AI) boot camp from 9 am-4 pm, Tuesday, October 29 through Thursday, October 31.

    AI boot camp is a three-day, CME-accredited course that guides participants through identifying the right opportunities, assembling effective teams, implementing evidence-based solutions and sustaining improvement. Attendees will learn how implementation science integrates with quality improvement principles to improve population health outcomes and leave with the tools to help navigate this complicated process. AI is a proven evidence-based change methodology designed specifically to improve healthcare.

    The boot camp will be held in the Health Information and Translational Sciences building, Room 2070. Registration and information about upcoming boot camp dates are available.


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  • Steven C. Beering Award Lecture is November 6

    The 2019 Steven C. Beering Award will be presented to George R. Stark, PhD, a cancer biology researcher from the Cleveland Clinic. Stark will present his lecture, "The two faces of interferon: Is our major antiviral defense mechanism a friend or a foe in cancer?," at 9 am, Wednesday, November 6, in Walther Hall (R3), Room 203. Registration is available.

    The IU School of Medicine Steven C. Beering Award honors an internationally recognized individual for outstanding research contributions to the advancement of biomedical and clinical science. Established in 1983, the award honors the important contributions Beering made to the school as its dean from 1974 to 1983.

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  • Register for next month’s tobacco treatment specialist core training

    Rethink Tobacco Indiana, in conjunction with the University of Massachusetts Medical School and others, is hosting a four-day, evidence-based training program in Evansville October 8-11.  The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training is designed for professionals who are interested in treating tobacco dependent patients. Participants will become a tobacco treatment specialist, earn CME credits and CEUs, and will be eligible for a national certificate in tobacco treatment practice. Learn more about the Evansville event.

    The IU Simon Cancer Center provides tobacco outreach and programming through Rethink Tobacco Indiana, a statewide initiative aimed at reducing tobacco use among behavioral health consumers. 

    Questions? Contact Kayla Hsu, community outreach manager of Rethink Tobacco Indiana, at or 317-278-3122.

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  • Domestic violence is the topic of two seminars on October 14

    The Culture & Conversation series will include two seminars on Monday, October 14, that are related to domestic violence, a topic that transcends race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and gender.

    Domestic Violence, Health and Health Care
    Monday, October 14: noon-1 pm
    Fesler Hall, Room 319
    Registration and more details

    Addressing Domestic Violence in the Workplace
    Monday, October 14: 2-3:30 pm
    Glick Eye Institute, Room 103
    Registration and more details

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  • Register for the updated ED-focused MAT waiver training

    Medications for Addiction Treatment (MAT) waiver training is required to apply to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) for a waiver to prescribe the opioid Buprenorphine. An “X waiver” is an extra step required by the DEA to prescribe medication assisted treatment like methadone. This is being used by providers across the country to safely transition patients to outpatient care.

    The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) is offering free training on Tuesday, November 5, at the Regenstrief Institute, Room 105. Participants do not need to be ACEP members to enroll in the training. Registration is available.

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  • Grant funding available for postdocs to use CTSI-designated core facilities

    The Postdoc Challenge offers postdoctoral researchers valuable proposal writing and reviewing experience in areas related to translational research through the use of one or more of the Indiana CTSI-designated core facilities at any of the partner universities. Open to postdocs at Indiana University, Indiana University School of Medicine, IUPUI, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, this is a competitive opportunity for a $5,000 award in the form of an expense account for the use of core facility services.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an informational workshop. Full details are available. Applications are due Thursday, February 13.

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  • New Indiana CTSI cricket team focuses on diversity and inclusion

    Indiana CTSI researchers, led by Anantha Shekhar, MD, PhD, executive associate dean for research affairs, recently formed a cricket team to participate in Cric Indy, a local cricket tournament with a focus on diversity and inclusion. While the team didn’t win the tournament this year, players had a lot of fun and plan to participate again next year. Read more about the team, the tournament and its purpose in this Research Updates blog post.

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