Faculty and Staff News
Diversity Town Hall series begins February 9
IU School of Medicine’s next series of Diversity Town Hall events begins Tuesday, February 9. The virtual discussions, hosted by Dean Jay L. Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, will highlight updates from the diversity, equity and inclusion task forces. The town halls are opportunities for the school community to share concerns, feedback and ideas for improvement.
Register for one session; all three events will be the same format and will cover the same content.
Tuesday, February 9: 8-9 am
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Monday, February 15: noon-1 pm
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Thursday, February 25: 4-5 pm
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As a community, each person’s voice and contribution impacts the advancement of systemic change. If you have specific questions or topics you’d like addressed, or if you’d like to provide feedback, suggestions or ideas before the meeting you can share them in advance. If you do not wish to submit questions or ideas in advance, there will be an opportunity to participate through breakout sessions during the town hall sessions.
The latest on COVID-19 testing and vaccines: What you need to know
This spring, Indiana University, thanks to its in-house laboratories, will enhance COVID-19 testing efforts across the state, increasing the number of people invited for mitigation testing to around 15,000 per week. This increase means you are likely to be selected more often for mitigation testing. Keep in mind that you may be exempt from testing if you are not coming to campus or are a healthcare provider.
IUPUI and IU Bloomington will also continue to offer voluntary testing for individuals who don’t have symptoms of COVID-19. Each week, a limited number of voluntary asymptomatic testing slots will be available to those who schedule in advance.
In Indiana, COVID-19 vaccines are currently available to a select group of Hoosiers, including health care workers, first responders and people age 70 and older. While the state is controlling the vaccine rollout and distribution, IU has been notifying eligible faculty, staff and students via email and text message as the state expands vaccine eligibility. You can also go to ourshot.in.gov to check eligibility or schedule a vaccine, if you are eligible.
School now accepting applications for Department of Medicine chair
IU School of Medicine has launched a search for chair of the Department of Medicine. The new chair will provide strategic leadership for all aspects of the department, including implementation of a highly successful academic, clinical and research enterprise.
The position is ideal for a transformational leader who can build on existing strengths and work collaboratively with the school’s leadership and the academic health center, including Indiana University Health, Eskenazi Health and the Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Administration Medical Center.
More information about this leadership opportunity and application information are available. Priority review deadline is Friday, February 26.
Trustees’ Teaching Award nominations due next Wednesday
Each year, the Indiana University Board of Trustees recognizes faculty excellence in teaching with this prestigious award. Exceptional teaching is the primary factor for selection, and it’s anticipated that approximately 50 outstanding IU School of Medicine instructors will receive the award this year.
Tenured and tenure-track faculty and librarians engaged in teaching are eligible, as are full-time clinical faculty and full-time lecturers whose primary duties are teaching. Award recipients must have demonstrated a sustained level of teaching excellence in the form of documented student learning and must have completed at least three years of service to be eligible (appointed on or before July 1, 2017).
On the blog: COVID-19 vaccine study leader and participants featured in BBC video
Cynthia Brown, MD, who leads the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine study at the IU School of Medicine, is being featured in a new short-form documentary by BBC News. The video also includes study participants Joe Morris and Mia McLendon. The Research Updates blog post includes a link to the video and more details.
Inside look: Implementing Conversations to Advance Racial Equity program
In October 2020, IU School of Medicine Faculty Affairs, Professional Development, and Diversity (FAPDD) launched Implementing Conversations to Advance Racial Equity (ICare) to call for racial equity in health care. The program seeks to prepare persons affiliated with IU School of Medicine to lead action and conversations related to addressing systematic racism and race inequities. While ICARE is open to all school community members, the target audience is non-minority people—those whose identity is connected with the majority racial group.
Dawn Neuman, PhD, director of the Indiana University Interactive and Functional Assessment of Communication and Emotion (InterFACE) Center at Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, is a member of IU School of Medicine ICARE’s second cohort.
“I am impressed with FAPDD and all of the resources available for career development and success,” Neuman said. “I enjoy working at IU School of Medicine because I can make a difference in people’s lives and have access to resources that can advance my career and help me become more effective at my job.”
Read the Faculty News blog post for more on Neuman’s experience with the ICARE program and how she has grown personally through discussions about racial equity and diverse perspectives.
Data from COVID-19 samples now available to researchers
Due to the high demand for a limited number of COVID-19 samples, the Indiana CTSI supported a uniform set of omics analyses on over 100 COVID-positive subjects in the Indiana Biobank. The analyses include DNA whole exome sequencing (WES), RNA transcriptomics, chemokine/cytokine multiplex analyses and PBMC analyses (cell type/activation status and function). The goal is to help investigators provide preliminary data needed for extramural applications. These data are available to researchers through the Indiana CTSI’s PDT approval process. Access the application.
In addition, the Indiana Biobank has COVID-negative WES and genome-wide association studies available on more than 6,000 subjects. Contact Brooke Patz to request access to this data.
Indiana CTSI launches preclinical innovation pathway “think tank”
For clinical and biomedical principal investigators (PIs) in academia, the innovation and commercialization process can be a daunting departure from translational National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other extramurally funded research.
To assist PIs along the path from discovery to commercialization, the Indiana CTSI is launching a preclinical innovation “think tank” pathway to help PIs advance their drug and device ideas to the market. The new program serves as a one-stop-shop where PIs can receive guidance from a pool of advisors—including experts in the drug and device industry—who serve as an essential resource for a wide range of scientific, technical, clinical, business and regulatory questions. Projects will be guided from start to finish with robust tracking and milestone-based funding to help generate data for Investigational New Drug or Investigational Device Exemption applications, small business grants such as the NIH Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs, or commercialization.
For more details on the think tank, visit indianactsi.org.
Faculty and Staff News
Brown earns Bicentennial Medal
John Brown, MD, Harris B Shumacker Professor Emeritus of Surgery, was awarded the Indiana University Bicentennial Medal in a virtual ceremony earlier this month. The Bicentennial Medal is awarded to individuals and organizations who, through their personal, professional, artistic or philanthropic efforts, have broadened the reach of Indiana University around the state, nation and world. Read more in this Riley blog post.
Fox receives MLK Community Service Award
Earlier this month, Mark Fox, MD, PhD, associate dean and director, IU School of Medicine–South Bend, was honored with the MLK Community Service Award presented by the Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation of St. Joseph County. Fox is a deputy health officer with the St. Joseph County Department of Health. The award recognizes outstanding commitment in serving the community.
Staff deadline is January 31 for performance feedback self-assessment
The performance feedback process provides a framework for conversations throughout the year to foster open and honest two-way communication between the supervisor and employee. All IU School of Medicine staff members must complete their self-assessment of performance by Sunday, January 31. Managers will meet with their staff to discuss the assessment of performance no later than Wednesday, March 31.*
New this year, assessment forms have been updated to include a question about impacting diversity and inclusion.
You can access the performance feedback forms and other resources on the MedNetHR Performance and Feedback page. Reach out to your manager with questions.
* Managers should contact their HR Business Partner with questions on the performance feedback process.
Global Health Fund Grants for Reciprocal Innovation now available
The IU Center for Global Health and the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) are accepting applications for reciprocal innovation demonstration and planning grants to foster innovative global health research partnerships and projects to improve the health and well-being of Hoosiers and people in resource-limited communities around the world.
In global health research, reciprocal innovation is a collaborative process to exchange lessons learned and co-develop technology and health innovations with mutual benefit to health partners in both low- and middle-income countries and the United States.
The two requests for applications (RFAs) seek reciprocal innovation efforts that address priority health challenges identified through a series of stakeholder meetings in both Indiana and East Africa.
For details on the RFAs and more information, visit globalhealth.iu.edu. An informational webinar, demonstration and planning grant information session will be held at 9 am EST, Wednesday, February 3, on Zoom. The Center for Global Health website includes the Zoom link.
January 29 webinar to focus on trauma care research landscape
Indiana University will host a virtual panel presentation and discussion from 11 am-12:30 pm EST, Friday, January 29, focusing on trauma and prehospital care research funded by the federal government.
Presenters will include Travis Polk, director of the Department of Defense Combat Casualty Care Research Program, and Jeremy Brown, MD, director of the National Institutes of Health Office of Emergency Care Research. Presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion on priorities, future directions and challenges in this critical area of research.
Systemic racism and COVID-19: Cultural Awareness Town Hall is next Thursday
Systemic health and social inequities contribute to many people from racial and ethnic minority groups having an increased risk of dying from COVID-19. Breanca Merritt, PhD, director of the IU Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy, will share critical lessons learned from the pandemic during a cultural awareness town hall on Thursday, January 28, at noon. Register for the Zoom session. Read insights from Merritt ahead of the event in this Faculty News blog post.
IU Health updates visitor guidelines
IU Health hospitals updated their visitor guidelines on Tuesday, January 19, to allow one visitor per patient per day if the patient is COVID-19 negative. Visitation remains restricted for patients with (or suspected of having) COVID-19. Visitors must follow all COVID-19 protocols while on-site, including screening negative, wearing a mask at all times, handwashing and social distancing. Details on the updated guidelines are available on iuhealth.org.