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Sept. 28, 2016

IU School of Dentistry breaks ground for state-of-the-art, contemporary clinics

Dentistry groundbreaking

The School of Dentistry groundbreaking for the new clinical facility featured, from left, Chancellor Nasser Paydar, IU Trustee Jim Morris, President Michael A. McRobbie.and IU Trustee MaryEllen Bishop. | PHOTO BY INDIANA UNIVERSITY

IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for new state-of-the-art clinics at the IU School of Dentistry on Sept. 23. The contemporary, $21.6 million building addition will provide 125 new patient treatment rooms for the state's only dental school, which is on the IUPUI campus.

At the groundbreaking, McRobbie announced that the clinical addition will be named the James J. Fritts, D.D.S., Clinical Care Center. Dr. James Fritts is a 1965 graduate of the dental school from Rochester, Indiana. Fritts and his family made a generous donation toward the new building.

The new dental school clinical facilities align with the priorities of IU's Bicentennial Strategic Plan and the IUPUI Strategic Plan to leverage its strengths in health and life sciences and promote health-related research, education and outreach. The 45,000-square-foot clinical space will advance the university's mission to offer exceptional teaching and learning, conduct groundbreaking research, and meet the oral health care needs of Hoosiers and people across the United States and around the world.

Office of Financial Literacy moves to  Bloomington

The Office of Financial Literacy for IU has moved to a new office location from IUPUI to the Bloomington campus.

"The move represents an opportunity for the IU MoneySmarts program to expand program delivery to all students, including having a permanent home for the IU MoneySmarts team of student peer financial educators to conduct one-on-one appointments," said Phil Schuman, director of financial literacy. "It will also provide us with the opportunity to increase the financial wellness of our students." 

The office has been located at IUPUI since 2012 with staff traveling to around the state to meet the needs of the large number of students who sought its services. 

"We are incredibly thankful to everyone throughout IU who has helped our office grow these past few years,” Schuman said. "We are proud to be a part of IU's commitment to affordability, and we are looking forward to building more resources for our students."

The Office of Financial Literacy is also hoping to increase its student staff once it has moved to the Bloomington campus.  Any student from any campus who is interested in being a part the IU MoneySmarts program can contact the office at mnysmrt@iu.edu

The location for the new office is 504 N. Fess Ave., Bloomington. More information about the MoneySmarts program is available online.

School of Informatics, Ivy Tech receive $4 million NSF grant to train disadvantaged students for IT jobs

A $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and Ivy Tech Community College Central Indiana will address an unmet need in workforce opportunities in informatics among academically talented, economically disadvantaged and underrepresented minority high school graduates in Indianapolis.

The main objective of the new initiative is to educate, graduate and place 80 associate and 60 baccalaureate degree students, who have financial need and are either economically disadvantaged and/or an underrepresented minority, in the IT workforce in five years. 

IU Research and Technology Corp. reports $7.03 million in revenue in 2015-16

Officials at IU Research and Technology Corp., which protects, markets and licenses intellectual property developed at IU so it can be commercialized by industry, have reported generating $7.03 million in licensing and royalty revenue during the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Marie Kerbeshian, IURTC vice president of technology commercialization, said the total represents the third consecutive year-over-year increase in annual revenue. IURTC generated $5.49 million in 2013-14 and $6.85 million in 2014-15.

IURTC distributes the revenue to researchers and their laboratories based on the intellectual property policy written by members of the University Faculty Council and approved by the IU Board of Trustees in 1997. The policy was revised 2008, 2013 and 2014.

Bachelor of Applied Science is IPFW's newest degree option

This summer, Indiana’s Commission for Higher Education approved a Bachelor of Applied Science degree for IPFW’s general studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Starting in spring 2017, students who graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree from Ivy Tech Community College or other AAS providers will have a new path to a full four-year Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree.

IU East School of Education receives national recognition for English Education

IU East’s School of Education as the English Language Arts Education program received its first national recognition from the National Council of Teachers of English. The national standards for English education are applied to the curriculum, test results, clinical practice, assessment of students, planning for student learning, pedagogy and content knowledge. Title II scores indicate IU East graduates far exceed national averages.

The National Council of Teachers of English promotes the development of literacy -- the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society -- through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.

IU launches bicentennial website, campus open houses

A new website and a series of campus open houses will spread the word and engage faculty, staff, students and alumni in the IU Bicentennial celebration, which is underway and will continue through the university's bicentennial year of 2020. 

The IU Bicentennial website includes information about signature projects and events, highlights from university history, and opportunities for community members to participate in the celebration through volunteering, internships and other activities.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie announced bicentennial initiatives in his recent 2016 State of the University address at IUPUI. He unveiled two grant programs to fund bicentennial events and courses and the creation of the Bryan Public Art Restoration Fund to facilitate the maintenance and restoration of art on IU campuses. 

Open houses are scheduled at the following dates and times:

  • Oct. 5 -- 9 a.m. to noon at IU Bloomington, Indiana Memorial Union Redbud Room.
  • Oct. 5 -- 2 to 5 p.m. at IU East, Whitewater Hall, Community Room.
  • Oct. 12 -- 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at IU Southeast University Center, Room 121.

IU seeking applicants for student trustee position 

The IU Board of Trustees is seeking applications for the student position represented on the board.

The IU student trustee is a fully vested member of the board with all rights, responsibilities and privileges. He or she is expected to take part in at least six board meetings per year, serve on board committees, take part in university ceremonies and complete assigned projects. The only difference between the student trustee and all other trustees is the length of term: student trustees serve two years, while all others serve three.

Any IU student enrolled at any of IU’s eight campuses may apply. The student trustee must be a full-time student for the duration of the appointment. He or she may be an undergraduate or graduate student.

The term of office begins July 1, 2017. Applications for the student position will be reviewed by the 2017 IU Student Trustee Search and Screen Committee, which is appointed by the president of the university, and is composed of students from IU's campuses and a representative of the governor.

Students interested in serving on the board can find more information about the application process online

Donor honors spouse through scholarship award to the IU School of Nursing at IUPUC

Bob Poynter

Bob and Vicki Poynter sign documents for the annual scholarship for students in the IU School of Nursing at IUPUC. | PHOTO COURTESY OF IUPUC

Bob Poynter of Seymour, Ind., made a generous gift to the IU School of Nursing at IUPUC honoring his wife, Vicki Johnson-Poynter, who has worked throughout her career developing “Future Nursing Leaders.” The gift will support an annual scholarship for a junior in the Baccalaureate Traditional or Accelerated Nursing Program at IUPUC.  

Bob wishes to further IU’s mission and to encourage others to give to IU. He has pledged $50,000 to the IU Foundation with annual payments of $10,000 from 2016 through 2020. The foundation has committed to match the proceeds each year after the gift is fully paid.

Each year a Scholarship Committee of IU School of Nursing faculty select an award recipient for the Vicki Johnson-Poynter Future Nurse Leader scholarship. If funding exceeds the scholarship balance, the excess amount will be applied toward other nursing students.

IU South Bend Titans named Champions of Character

IU South Bend has been named a silver star recipient of the Champions of Character Award for the 2015-16 academic year by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Institutions are measured on a demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character and earned points in character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion. Athletic programs earned points based on exceptional student-athlete grade point averages and by having minimal to no ejections during competition throughout the course of the academic year. 

$1 million NSF award goes to IU-led data integrity project 

IU is heading a new project to strengthen the integrity of data, giving researchers added assurance and trust in computational science. 

The four-year project, Scientific Workflow Integrity with Pegasus, is funded by a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation as part of its Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure program. Von Welch, director of IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, is the project’s principal investigator.

The Pegasus Workflow Management System is popular among the research community for its ability to easily structure and execute large-scale data analyses. The application benefits a wide range of scientific applications including the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, which announced the first direct detection of gravitational waves earlier this year -- proving that Einstein’s theory was right.

IU East wants to share stories for the IU Bicentennial

The IU Bicentennial Oral History Project is looking for alumni participants.

Are you a member of a family of IU East graduates or a sibling, parent, child, spouse or partner? Were you or do you know an alumni athlete, student leader or first-generation college student? Or do you know a wedded wolf (students who met at IU East then married)?

If you know someone who meets these criteria, complete a survey to participate in the IU Bicentennial Oral History Project.

Staff, faculty honored, promoted, hired

Read about recent IU staff and faculty honors, promotions, hires and grants, including:

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