News from around IU
Oct. 26, 2016
Schwarber added to Chicago Cubs' World Series roster
Former IU baseball standout Kyle Schwarber has been added to the Chicago Cubs' World Series roster, the team announced Tuesday. Schwarber suffered a knee injury in April that kept him out for the rest of the regular season. Schwarber made his first appearance since then during Tuesday's opener in Cleveland and will bat for Chicago again on Wednesday.
Schwarber, who was the No. 4 overall pick in 2014, is the highest draft pick in Indiana baseball history. He was the first Hoosier to get drafted in the opening round of the draft since IU had three players picked in the first round in 2009 (Eric Arnett, Josh Phegley and Matt Bashore).
For his career, Schwarber batted .341 in 180 games played with 40 home runs and 149 RBI. His 238 hits in three years are the eighth most career hits in program history, and his 40 career long balls are the sixth most all-time at IU.
IU South Bend celebrates start of $4 million renovation project
IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over a ceremony at IU South Bend marking the start of $4 million in renovations to Riverside Hall. When the renovations are complete, it will be the hub of health sciences programs, classes and health care for students, faculty, staff and community residents.
The project will refurbish and modernize more than 11,000 square feet -- the entirety of the building. New mechanical, plumbing, electrical, data and security systems will be installed, along with updated clinical space, laboratories, radiology equipment, a pharmacy, classrooms and offices. When completed in the fall of 2017, Riverside Hall will be the new home of the expanded IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center and enhanced programs in health sciences.
IU medical plans now allow employees to visit a doctor electronically
IU employees and their dependents age 18 or older who are enrolled in an IU-sponsored medical plan can now use electronic devices to have a live video visit with a doctor of their choice to discuss non-emergency health issues. Online care is typically used for conditions such as colds, aches, sore throats, allergies, sinus infections, pink eye and rashes.
Visits can take place from anywhere with internet access. The doctor can provide a diagnosis, treatment and even some prescriptions, if needed. Doctors are board certified, based in the United States and part of the medical plan networks. Claims for telemedicine visits will apply to your annual deductible and out-of-pocket expenses, just like any other medical claim. However, a video visit costs the same or less than a primary-care office visit and provides convenience and flexibility.
Anthem PPO plan members can arrange doctor visits any time through LiveHealth Online or through the mobile app. Anthem PPO plan members can also access therapist visits through LiveHealth Online Psychology. IU Health Plan members can use IU Health Video Visits or arrange visits through the mobile app from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Don’t forget to make the travel software switch
If you haven’t started using Kuali Travel Expense Module when you travel for work, you’ll need to make the switch this month.
The new Kuali Travel module has been available to employees who travel on IU business since August. Travel@IU trip initiation functionality will be disabled within the coming weeks, so faculty and staff will no longer be able to use Travel@IU to create or initiate new trips.
An additional training resource called "Travel On Demand Documentation," or TODD, featuring step-by-step instructions for completing various trips in the new travel program, is available online. Information about the new Kuali Travel Module, including ongoing development activities can also be found online.
Research awards at IUPUI increased by $40.5 million in 2016
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI has released funding results for fiscal year 2016 showing research awards campuswide totaled $428.9 million, a $40.5 million increase over 2015.
Counting only non-IU School of Medicine awards, the campus received $67.2 million in research awards in 2016, compared to $58.1 million in 2015, a 16 percent increase.
The increase in research awards reflects, in part, the support of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research to advance innovative research and creative activity.
IPFW physics department opens Undergrad Fun Observatory
The IPFW Department of Physics opened its new Undergraduate Fun Observatory this month. The computer-controlled, 8-inch optical telescope will be used mainly for undergraduate research but will also be available for the public to use for their own interests.
Stephen Gillam, an assistant professor of physics at IPFW who worked in spacecraft navigation at NASA for 18 years, has been working on getting the observatory up and running since April 2015.
The theme of the second annual TEDx Indiana University conference is “All Too Human,” with speakers lecturing on topics such as the history of population, misconceptions about self-deception and a journalist finding humanity in North Korean captors. The event will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at the IU Auditorium.
TED is an organization that intermingles Technology, Entertainment and Design to involve people in various topics of discussion. The goal of the TEDx Program is for independent organizers to expand the reach of TED talks to their communities.
The independent organizers of TEDx Indiana University are students who have spent the past year in preparation for Saturday’s event. This year’s event coordinator Savi Brenneke, a second-year Master of Public Health student in social and behavioral sciences, said the team’s goal for this year was to reach a wider audience.
More information, including a list of the seven speakers, is available online.
2017 Business Outlook Tour visiting 10 Indiana cities beginning in Indianapolis
IU’s Kelley School of Business will present its 2017 economic forecasts for Indiana and the nation beginning with presentations Thursday, Nov. 3, in Indianapolis and Bloomington.
Since 1972, the Kelley School of Business has presented its national, state and local forecasts through a series of presentations in cities throughout Indiana. For more than 90 years, the Indiana Business Research Center has provided crucial economic information needed by many Indiana businesses, governmental units and nonprofit organizations.
More information including a list of the presenters and a tour schedule is available online.
Jerry and Dorene Hammes receive Chancellor’s Medal
Jerry and Dorene Hammes are the recipients of the 2016 Chancellor’s Medal from IU South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison.
The medal recognizes contributions that have helped advance the university and its mission. Recipients demonstrate outstanding support of IU South Bend and serve as exceptional advocates.
Jerry and Dorene provided the lead gift to establish the Hammes Information Commons in the Franklin D. Schurz Library. A second gift established the Dorene Dwyer Hammes Media Commons and Café in the Schurz Library. They also provided funding for the Dorene Dwyer Hammes Grief and Loss Support Fund for the Student Counseling Center, the Catholic Newman Club on campus and the general scholarship fund for students in need. Most recently, they provided a gift to establish the Student Veterans Book Club.
IUPUC professor spearheads project resulting in NSF grant
The National Science Foundation has recently funded a collaborative project between IUPUC and Purdue University in West Lafayette to update the specimen storage and data archive systems of the Purdue Entomological Research Collection.
The project is spearheaded by Luke Jacobus of IUPUC and Jennifer Zaspel and Eugenio Nearns of Purdue. The work, involving IUPUC and Purdue students, started in August 2016 and is anticipated to run through the end of 2019, with a budget of over $450,000.
The Purdue Entomological Research Collection houses the largest and most important collection of arthropods in Indiana, estimated at 2 million specimens. The project will not only preserve scientifically significant specimens, but it also will make images of these specimens, and data associated with them, available to everyone online.
New directors named to School of Education alumni board
The IU School of Education Alumni Association Board of Directors welcomed four new members this month. They joined 21 other members of the board, tasked with providing Dean Terry Mason with input regarding education issues, priorities and engagement.
New members are:
- Scott F. Caulfield, director of new site development for Reading in Motion and a former teacher and coach. He received a B.S. in social studies education in 2000.
- Jeffrey A. Hendrix, superintendent of the School Town of Munster. He holds four degrees from the school, most recently a doctorate earned in 2003.
- Steve Perkins, a Latin teacher at North Central High School in Indianapolis and the 2014 Indiana Teacher of the Year. He earned a certificate in secondary education in 1991.
- Elizabeth A. Walters, principal of Beech Grove High School. She earned M.S. and specialist degrees and is working on an IU doctorate in educational leadership.