March 2000

Community Foundations Institute to Train Leaders, Staff, Volunteers

The National Community Foundations Institute (NCFI) is being developed by the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy at IUPUI and the National Council on Foundations with a $775,000, 12-month planning grant from the Lilly Endowment. The NCFI is a response to community foundation leaders seeking training for administrators, trustees, staff, and volunteers.

The number of community foundations in the U.S. has exploded in recent years, with assets, gifts received, and grants made all reaching record highs. Currently, community foundations control more than $26 billion in assets. Indiana has 94 such community foundations, or separate affiliate funds, with at least one serving every county in the state.

Steven E. Alley has joined the Center on Philanthropy's staff to coordinate planning for NCFI. Steve was vice president of development and external relations at the Central Indiana Community Foundation and before that the founding president and executive director of a startup community foundation in Howard County, Indiana.

"Steve Alley has contributed significantly to developing and strengthening the community foundation movement in Indiana and on the national level, said Ken Gladish, chief executive officer of the YMCA of the United States and former president of the Central Indiana Community Foundation. "With Steve building on the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy's leadership in research, education, and training, development of the National Community Foundations Institute could not be in better hands."

For more information on the NCFI, contact Steve Alley at (317) 684-8947 or by e-mail at


The IUPUI campus continues to be a charged environment for cutting-edge health-related research - as news briefs such as the following  will attest.

PROGENI (Parkinson's Research: The Organized Genetic Initiative)

In one of the largest studies of its kind, Indiana University School of Medicine researchers are seeking siblings diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The $6 million study funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disease and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, will identify genetic markers that indicate a predisposition for developing the disorder.

IU Distinguished Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics and of Neurology P. Michael Conneally is the principal investigator. His research on genetic markers led to the discovery of the gene that causes Huntington's in 1993.

For more information on PROGENI, call toll-free 1-888-830-6299 or visit the web site.

Noninvasive Treatment for Lung Cancer to Debut at IU

The Indiana University School of Medicine is the first site in the nation to investigate a new therapy -- stereotactic body mapping -- which will revolutionize the way medically inoperable early-stage lung cancer patients are treated.

Early stage lung cancer is traditionally treated with surgery, conventional radiation, or both. But patients with emphysema or heart disease can be poor candidates for major lung surgery. The new noninvasive treatment uses 3-D imaging to find the precise location of the lung tumor. Then, photon radiation is directed at the area. The noninvasive procedure is similar to Gamma Knife radiosurgery, a technique effective in treating brain tumors.

Indiana University Center for Enhancing the Quality of Life in Chronic Illness

A new Center for Enhancing the Quality of Life in Chronic Illness has been funded by a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Headquartered at IUPUI, the IU School of Nursing is one of just nine schools in the country to receive this distinction. Distinguished Professor of Nursing Joan K. Austin, known for research on epilepsy, is the principal investigator. Victoria Champion, also on the nursing faculty, specializes in research on breast cancer and will direct the research development and dissemination core.  Walter Ambrosius of the IU School of Medicine will lead the biostatistics support.

Incidentally, Joan Austin has just received the Senator Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, which means that her research on epilepsy has been extended for seven years. Reserved for work perceived as cutting edge, no more than 12 such awards can be given within the National Institutes of Health at any one time.

Wind Chill - A Hoax?

IUPUI Professor of Mechanical Engineering Maurice Bluestein thinks the National Weather Service is all wet when it comes to the way it calculates wind chill factor. As author of the sixth edition of Thermodynamics and Heat Power, he may not be a weather specialist, but as a mechanical engineer, he understands the principles of heat transfer.

In an interview with USA TODAY reporter Dennis Cauchon, Professor Bluestein suggested that the current index overestimates the problem. The model he developed with his colleague, Jack Zecher, also on our Purdue School of Engineering and Technology faculty, makes use of what they say is a more accurate estimate of the thermal properties of the skin and of modern heat transfer theory.

The current index is based on 50-year-old "primitive study of heat loss from a container of freezing water in the Antarctic," which fails to take into account that skin freezes at a different temperature than water.  Investigators also neglected to account for variations in skin temperature between different parts of the body (face and hands, for example) or for the fact that the rate of heat loss in the body may be different in the sun than it would be in the shade on a frigid day.

Intrigued by the model, the National Weather Service has appointed Bluestein a coprincipal investigator for a committee that will propose an update to the current system, which could take effect within the next three years. His ideas have received extensive attention from the media the past couple of months, including CNN, Dateline NBC, and the Weather Channel.


A.I.M.-ing to Help Juvenile Offenders Stay Straight

Everyone is brought up to believe that crime doesn't pay. But now, it is clear that punishment doesn't always pay either - it costs. And it costs more than we realize. At Plainfield Juvenile Correction Facility, it takes $43,072 annually to keep one juvenile in custody.

Roger Jarjoura, Associate Professor in the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI began his association with the Plainfield Juvenile Correctional Facility in 1993 as a volunteer literacy and math tutor. Eventually, he established a service learning course in the juvenile justice curriculum at IUPUI in which students spend three hours a week, either as tutors in literacy or math or as facilitators of groups on decision making, anger management, and empathy building. Each student worked with five to eight Plainfield residents.

From there he went on to organize the A.I.M. Program (Aftercare by IUPUI through Mentoring). It offers juveniles -- who have been kept in a rigidly structured environment and who are about to be released back into the community -- a transition. The transition is supported by workshops on life skills, job skills, and money management. IUPUI student mentors work one-on-one with juvenile offenders before and after release, following their progress in the community and identifying community resources to support their reintroduction into society.

Jarjoura now has 27 mentors working with 130 young men. He is currently expanding the program around the state and has raised just over $150,000 for the program this past year. A new piece to the program provides structured programming five days a week, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., for the first month after youths are released from the Plainfield facility, allowing mentors to work more efficiently with youths on enrolling in school and finding a job.

And how much does this cost? Only $1,945 per youth annually, a bargain by any measure.


Enclosed with this month's letter is the first of IUPUI's State of Diversity reports, which are to be released each year in connection with Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities. We invite your comments and suggestions.

Gerald L. Bepko