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Jan. 18, 2017

First steel beams set for new Evansville regional campus

Despite the bitter cold temperatures, construction crews braved the elements Dec. 19 to set the first steel beams in concrete for the new home of the IU School of Medicine-Evansville regional campus. Nearly 14 months after the initial groundbreaking, the placement of the iconic beams signals a milestone for a revitalization effort in downtown Evansville.

IU School of Medicine-Evansville rendering

The new IU School of Medicine-Evansville campus is part of a larger 145,000-square-foot Academic Health Science Education and Research center. | RENDERING COURTESY OF THE IU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE-EVANSVILLE

The City of Evansville is a major partner in the project. With the start of construction comes a $6 million contract through the Evansville Redevelopment Commission for phase two of a streetscape project. The regional campus has already succeeded in aiding new growth to downtown, including two hotels and a variety of restaurants and shops.

The IU School of Medicine-Evansville campus is part of a larger 145,000-square-foot Academic Health Science Education and Research center being developed by IU that will host health professions programs from the University of Southern Indiana, the University of Evansville and the IU School of Dentistry. 

The collaborative campus will include a simulation center, as well as offices for administration of a regional residency program sponsored by the IU School of Medicine in collaboration with four regional hospitals: Deaconess and St. Mary’s hospitals in Evansville, Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes and Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper. Space is also designated for a satellite research center as part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute.

The campus’s anticipated opening is summer 2018. A live stream construction camera is provided by Trinity United Methodist.

New process will soon be required for all CAS logins

A two-step login process using Duo is required for all IU staff and employees. The process is currently required to access personal and financial information but, beginning this spring, it will be required each time anyone logs into CAS. That includes student employees, faculty, staff, retirees, student aid recipients and affiliates who don’t receive compensation from IU but have sponsored computing accounts.

Haven’t signed up yet? To get step-by-step instructions, visit the IU Knowledge Base website and search for “Duo,” or visit twostep.iu.edu.

Why is IU doing this? Verifying your identity via a second step helps prevent anyone but you from logging in -- even if they know your username and passphrase. Email and online scams are becoming increasingly sophisticated. This process adds a second layer of security in case your passphrase is compromised. 

How does it work? The two-step login requires you to enter your username and passphrase, and then use your mobile device or phone to complete your login. When you set up a device to use for two-step logins, be sure to set up a second option. That way, you have a backup in case you’re without access to your primary device.

Chancellor Paydar

Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar | PHOTO BY INDIANA UNIVERSITY

IUPUI Chancellor Paydar leads delegation to Malaysia

IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar led a delegation to Malaysia that wrapped up today. There, he celebrated existing relationships and explored new collaborations that align IUPUI's international-outreach strategies with Malaysia's ambitious goals for higher education.

IUPUI interactions with higher education in Malaysia date to the mid-1990s, when Paydar first visited Malaysia to discuss a new university there, Universiti Tenaga Nasional. IUPUI assisted in building UNITEN's academic infrastructure and participated in its launch.

UNITEN is now a thriving center of engineering and business education, and on this return trip to Malaysia, Paydar met with UNITEN leaders as well as UNITEN students who will earn Purdue University's B.S. degree at IUPUI.

Additional details about the visit and members of the delegation are available online, while updates are available via the IUPUI Intelligence blog.

Food safety, refugee integration among studies earning IU President’s International Research Fund grants

IU President Michael A. McRobbie has awarded four faculty members with the inaugural round of funding from IU’s President’s International Research Fund. The new program sponsors international collaborative research projects that engage one or more of IU’s Global Gateways and the communities they serve.

The recipients of grants in the first round of program funding are:

  • Kan Shao, assistant professor of environmental health in the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington, for a case study of inorganic arsenic in rice. This is a serious problem in China because rice is the most important staple food, and soil and water have been contaminated.
  • Faridah Pawan, professor of literacy, culture and language education in the IU School of Education at Bloomington, for “English language education and teacher preparation among Chinese minority populations.” The project’s goal is to explore national and regional language education policies and how these are reflected in the preparation of in-service English language teachers.
  • Alvin Rosenfeld, professor of Jewish studies and English, director of the Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and the Irving M. Glazer Chair in Jewish Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington, for a study to provide a basis for recommendations for policy-makers, educators, and local, regional and national agencies that make decisions about accepting and integrating refugees from Syria.
  • Steven Mannheimer, professor of media arts and science in the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, for a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi. Mannheimer will work with teachers and students from two schools for the blind, one in India and one in Indiana, to develop and test new tactile and audio graphic strategies that better align with the ways that blind and visually impaired students experience the world, with the goal of enhancing their classroom learning.

Additional information about the research fund is available online.

Chair of Palliative Care created at IU South Bend

IU South Bend has established its second endowed chair in the health sciences thanks to the third major pledge it has received from the Vera Z. Dwyer Trust. The Vera Z. Dwyer Bicentennial Chair of Palliative Care has been created at IU South Bend through a pledge of $1.68 million from the Dwyer Charitable Trust. The goal of the investment is to ensure that palliative care and hospice care will continue to grow and evolve as an asset to the community.

“This faculty position in the Dwyer College will serve as a national model of excellence for training a region’s health professionals to ensure that the most ill and vulnerable patients and families receive ever improving care,” IU South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison said.

The creation of the chair will help IU South Bend advance opportunities for practice, education, and research in palliative and hospice care. It will also extend the partnership between IU South Bend and Center for Hospice Care to continue to educate a variety of health and social service professionals in palliative care.

A national search is planned in 2017, with a chair expected to be in place in 2018.

Game-based learning innovator to speak at IU Bloomington

Michael Sutton, the chief knowledge officer and chief gamification officer with game-based consulting firm Funification LLC, will speak this month on the IU Bloomington campus.

His talk is hosted by the IU School of Informatics and Computing’s Data Science program. Sutton will speak from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 in the Student Building, Room 015.

As part of his talk, Sutton will outline a range of pragmatic tools associated with building balanced leaders and team members that are the foundation for applying design thinking within data science.

Staff, faculty honored, promoted, hired

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

  • The IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs has appointed four faculty fellows: Silvia Bigatti, an associate professor in the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health; Debora Herold, a senior lecturer in the School of Science; Gerardo Maupomé, a professor in the IU School of Dentistry; and Lin Zheng, clinical associate professor of accounting in the Kelley School of Business. Faculty fellows are appointed on a part-time basis for a one- or two-year term. Each of these appointments began in January 2017. 
  • IU School of Medicine has appointed Dr. Samia Hasan, the school's designated psychiatrist, to be the school’s director of mental health services. Hasan, assistant professor of clinical psychiatry, will be responsible for ensuring the quality and availability of mental health services at each of the school's nine campuses. As the school’s designated psychiatrist, Hasan is available to consult with medical students and residents at no charge.
  • Thomas Fisher, chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI, has been named one of the 100 most influential people within the occupational therapy profession over the last century.
  • John Stafford will return to IPFW as the interim director for the Community Research Institute. Stafford is filling the role following Ellen Cutter’s move to Greater Fort Wayne. Stafford retired as CRI director in summer 2013 yet continued serving as a lecturer in IPFW’s Department of Public Policy.

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