News from around IU

Mar. 1, 2017

IU’s vice president for research accepts an extension to continue as research leader

Fred Cate


Indiana University’s Vice President for Research Fred H. Cate has accepted an extension to continue in his role as leader of research at IU. Cate’s appointment as vice president for research will continue until July 31, 2021.

Since his appointment in 2015, Cate has overseen the launch of the university’s Grand Challenges program. He has also worked to expand and diversify support for research and creativity at IU, facilitate public-private partnerships and technology transfer, and increase collaborative research opportunities.

IU researchers received $614.1 million in external funding for research and other activities in fiscal year 2016, the highest total of such funding for any public university in Indiana during the fiscal year. It was the highest annual total in IU history, surpassing the $604 million awarded in fiscal year 2010.

In addition to being responsible for research development, administration and compliance, the vice president also oversees and is responsible for the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI.

Bicentennial Course Grant Program deadline for all campuses is approaching

The deadline for faculty members to submit course development proposals that incorporate the IU Bicentennial in new courses or in revisions to existing classes is approaching quickly. Grant applications for a fall 2017 course are due by March 3.

The grants enable faculty from across the university to create and redesign courses and curricular experiences that include high-impact practices and experiential learning opportunities.

The Bicentennial Course Development Grant Program provides grants for courses that will be held in summer 2017 through summer 2020. More information about grant guidelines and deadlines is available on the IU Bicentennial website. 

IU among the top institutions sending Fulbright students abroad

IU again is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant winners, as announced by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The Fulbright program is among the U.S. government’s top international educational exchange programs and funds students going abroad. Fulbright awards typically support graduating seniors and graduate students in carrying out research projects or teaching English.
Thirteen of the IU Fulbright recipients are enrolled at IU Bloomington, most in its College of Arts and Sciences. Along with one recipient at IPFW, they represent a variety of disciplines and will go to 10 countries in Europe and Latin America.
IU ranks ninth among all public universities and fifth in the Big Ten in terms of Fulbright recipients.

Inside IU’s spring break publication schedule

Just a reminder: Inside IU will not publish a newsletter during spring break, March 12 to 19. We'll resume publishing with an issue on March 22, 2017.

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IUPUI chancellor highlights vital partnership with Indianapolis in Report to the Community

IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar delivered the annual Chancellor's Report to the Community on Feb. 15, highlighting the vital partnership between the city of Indianapolis and the campus. 

In addition to citing several statistics to show the importance of what the IUPUI campus contributes to the community, Paydar shared progress the campus has made in implementing the "Welcoming Campus Initiative," which he launched a year ago. The initiative was created to foster an environment that encourages and supports the highest levels of personal and academic achievement among faculty, staff and students. It was also designed to make members of the community feel welcomed, inspired and encouraged to stay on campus.

IU East announces new campus police sergeant

IU Police Department-East Chief Scott Dunning has appointed Bradley Smoker as sergeant.

Smoker, of Centerville, Indiana, has been a police officer with the IUPD-East department since 2015. His appointment as sergeant began Feb. 12.

As sergeant, Smoker’s role will be to assist in the planning, directing and coordinating of activities in the police department, and he is responsible for the supervision of police personnel. IUPD-East has five full-time positions, one part-time officer, two part-time student officers, and two part-time cadet officers.

IU Southeast’s Gus the Grenadier won mascot challenge 

Gus the Grenadier


IU Southeast’s Gus the Grenadier is the inaugural River States Conference Mascot Challenge champion. He claimed his victory with a win in the final-round voting held on the conference’s Twitter page.

Going up against three other schools in the finals (Alice Lloyd, IU East and Point Park), Gus came out with a clear victory when he claimed the highest percentage of the more than 1,100 total votes cast in the final. He had nearly 400 votes and 35 percent overall. 

As RSC Mascot Challenge champion, Gus moves on to the NAIA Mascot Challenge, where he will represent the conference as top seed at nationals. The national competition will be conducted in March as part of the NAIA Division II men's and women's basketball national tournaments.

IU East Athena Leadership Award nominations now being accepted

Nominations are being accepted for IU East’s Athena Leadership Award, which goes to an exemplary leader who has achieved excellence in their business or profession, served the community in a meaningful way and, most importantly, actively assisted women to achieve their full leadership potential.

The Athena Leadership Award Program, has honored over 6,250 female leaders from hundreds of cities and eight countries since its inception in 1982. The program is facilitated by IU East and Wayne Bank and Trust Co., licensed Athena host organizations.

Nominations are sought throughout the community and recipients are selected by a diverse group of community leaders based on the criteria above. More information about the award and nomination process is available online.

IUPUI appoints assistant vice chancellors and new assistant dean

  • Gina Sanchez Gibau was appointed IUPUI associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion. As associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and inclusion, Gibau will provide leadership and vision for the recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, particularly faculty of color, as well as the diversification of the graduate student pipeline into the academy. 
  • Andrea Simpson was named IUPUI assistant vice chancellor and executive director for alumni engagement. As assistant vice chancellor and executive director for alumni engagement, Simpson is the chief alumni relations officer for IUPUI. She is responsible for developing programming and relationships that enrich the lives of alumni and increase the degree to which alumni and friends are informed, involved and invested in the campus and each other.
  • Tabitha M. Hardy has been named assistant dean for student development and academic affairs within the University Graduate School and the IUPUI Graduate Office. In her role as an assistant dean, Hardy will focus on developing programs for graduate and professional student success, academic affairs related to graduate programs, and the recruitment and retention of diverse students.  

IU eText portal accepting orders for summer, fall and winter 2017

Faculty can adopt electronic textbooks through IU’s eText initiative, which can save students as much as 75 percent off the retail price of textbooks. IU’s eText offerings include more than 88,000 titles from over 25 publishers, digital learning tools and open educational resources, which are available to students at no cost.

In addition to cost savings, eTexts can offer other benefits over traditional textbooks including:

  • All students have access to the eText in Canvas before the term begins (as long as you have published your course).
  • ETexts are current and complete.
  • With Unizin Engage, IU’s eText reading platform, students can search, highlight, and add notes and bookmarks to the text, as well as ask questions right from within Engage.
  • Using Engage’s learning analytics feature, instructors can gain insights into student reading behavior and their level of engagement with the text.
  • With Engage’s Offline and mobile reading capabilities, textbook content is available anywhere;
  • ETexts are environmentally sound.

Find an IU eTexts Sample Course in Canvas to try the Unizin Engage platform and find answers to common faculty questions about eTexts.

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