Chancellor's Newsletter
March 2001

Our Greetings to New Senior Officers at IU and Purdue

     We extend a hearty Hoosier welcome to two new members of Indiana's higher education family.

     Sally K. Frost Mason, currently dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Kansas, will return to her alma mater, Purdue University, as provost. Sally has compiled an exemplary record of accomplishment, which prepares her well to replace Bob Ringel, Purdue's executive vice president for academic affairs since 1991. As vice president for research and dean of the graduate school from 1986 to 1990, Bob was Purdue's liaison to IUPUI. During those years, and after, we came to know him well and admire his academic leadership. Bob leaves a major positive imprint on Purdue and on IUPUI.

     At Indiana University, there is more good news. Sharon Brehm will be the next chancellor of the Bloomington campus and IU vice president for academic affairs. Sharon replaces Ken Gros Louis, who made an enormous contribution to the quality and development of Indiana University over a period of 39 years. Although only a couple of years older, he has been an invaluable mentor to me and many others. Ken is a legend at IU and has a stronger bond with his colleagues than any other academic executive with whom I have worked. While sad to see him retire, we're happy he is off to enjoy the next stage of life with his wife, Diana.

     The loss of Ken is lessened by Sharon Brehm's being an excellent faculty leader and executive in her own right. Currently provost at Ohio University, she comes with high praise from the academic community and others with whom she has had contact. Although I had met Sharon as a candidate, when her appointment was announced, I was in Washington attending meetings for urban university chancellors and presidents, including Nancy Zimpher, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Nancy had been dean of education at Ohio State and knew Sharon from their experiences together in the Buckeye state. When I told her Sharon was joining IU, Nancy said, "You have got the very best person. Sharon will be an outstanding chancellor." I agree.

     Both Sally and Sharon have our warmest congratulations. We look forward to working with them in developing and enhancing IU and Purdue academic programs, particularly those at IUPUI.

"Sound Medicine" Debuts on WFYI Public Radio

     Physicians from the Indiana University School of Medicine will deliver healthy doses of medical information to listeners through a new WFYI Public Radio series on 90.1 FM.

     "Sound Medicine" debuts 12 p.m. (local time), Saturday, April 7, tackling the latest developments in health care and research. The hour-long weekly program also features a call-in segment (317-274-IU4U) whereby listeners can discuss medical issues with physicians and other professionals from IU's health schools based at IUPUI and other campuses around the state.

     The show features interviews with people on the frontlines of medicine. Four IU School of Medicine faculty will join program host and veteran broadcast journalist Barbara Lewis on a rotating basis: Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D., executive associate dean for research affairs; David Crabb, M.D., chairman of the Department of Medicine; Michael Koch, M.D., chairman of the Department of Urology; and Kathy Miller, M.D., a breast cancer specialist.

     A web site will make the program fully interactive and provide a way for listeners to ask questions for the program through a "real time" chat room. Each segment can be heard weekly at "Sound Medicine" or WFYI's web site after April 8.

     According to Lloyd Wright, WFYI's president and general manager, "Our goal is to eventually offer 'Sound Medicine' for broadcast nationwide on public radio stations, providing millions of Americans with medical news from a trusted source."

     "Sound Medicine" programs will be permanently archived on the IU School of Medicine's web site. The series is made possible through grants from the Indiana University Medical Group, Wishard Health Services, and Clarian Health Partners.

"Great Coral Reef Adventure" Introduces Students to the Science of Wetland Ecosystems

     IUPUI Associate Professor of Geology Lenore Tedesco led an expedition of 14 students ages 10 to 14 to the coastal waters of Florida for a unique scientific adventure. Their trip was made possible by the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at IUPUI, and scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

     The middle and high school students have been studying how Indianapolis area creeks are linked to rivers that flow into the Mississippi and to the Atlantic Ocean.

     While in Florida, they explored Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, an old-growth forest representing a portion of the vast south Florida wetland ecosystem; conducted experiments in the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve that focus on understanding the impact that land use has on places where oceans and rivers mix; and examined Tigertail Beach, a natural beach with shallow lagoons, wildlife areas, tide pools, and shore birds. The young researchers kept journals, used video cameras to document their discoveries, and shared their experiences with their classmates through a live on-site satellite broadcast. Thousands more children will be able to see a Children's Museum exhibit based on their adventure.

      "The focus of the 'Great Coral Reef Adventure,'" according to Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, "is to make young people aware of the science that is all around them by performing real science experiments with real scientists."

State Grant Enables Expansion of Program To Aid Juvenile Offenders

     Thanks to a $402,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Correction, the Aftercare by IUPUI through Mentoring (AIM) program will be expanding to facilities in Fort Wayne, Bloomington, Logansport, South Bend and LaPorte. AIM was developed as part of a service-learning course offered by Professor Roger Jarjoura of the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. AIM offers juvenile offenders a better chance to make a successful transition from confinement back to their community. Begun at the Plainfield Juvenile Correction Facility, AIM later extended the program to the Indianapolis and Pendleton juvenile correction facilities.

     AIM pairs juvenile offenders with college students and community volunteers who serve as mentors on jobs, health, education, social skills, and money management. Volunteers stay in contact with youth after release through phone calls, programs, and a biweekly newsletter.

     An evaluation of the program revealed a significant drop in the recidivism rate of Indianapolis-area youth versus those who were not in the program. After one year, only 13 percent of participants were reincarcerated compared with 39 percent for those who did not participate. Over two years, the difference increased, with 49 percent of nonparticipants returning to jail, compared with 18 percent of participants. Participants were also more likely to continue their education and get a job.

Geriatric Nursing Emerging As a Critical Area of Study

     The John A. Hartford Foundation Geriatric Nursing Scholarship program has selected 17 nurse scholars to receive $100,000 ($50,000/year for two years) to support their studies in the field of geriatric nursing. Among the 10 predoctoral students and 7 postdoctoral scholars chosen in the national competition was Prudence Twigg, M.S.N., R.N., of Carmel, Indiana, who will study at our Indiana University School of Nursing.

     The Trustees of the John A. Hartford Foundation mounted this initiative to address the critical shortage of nursing personnel in general and geriatric nurses in particular. Their recognition of the centrality of nursing to the care of older adults has led them to focus funding on increasing academic capacity to enhance training, research, and practice in geriatrics.

     Indiana University responded to this same concern in 1997 by establishing the IU Center for Aging Research as a cooperative effort of the our Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Nursing, Social Work, and Allied Health at IUPUI. It conducts research on osteoporosis, Alzheimer's Disease, and other conditions affecting older patients, as well as how health care providers can better meet their needs.

     Christopher Callahan, the Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Scholar in Aging Research, is director of the IU Center for Aging Research. Neil Pettinga, a retired Eli Lilly and Company executive and a member of the IUPUI Board of Advisors since its founding in 1969, as well as his wife, Yvonne, are longtime friends and supporters of IUPUI and its activities related to health, longevity, and quality of life.

Report to the Community Urges Investment in Education for Indiana's Future

     This past February, I gave my second annual "Report to the Community." Its purpose is to provide an update on IUPUI's progress in achieving our aspiration to define what it means to be "the best" among urban universities in serving the needs of our nation's cities. Like Chicago at the turn of the 20th century, we believe Indianapolis is poised to be a city of the future in the 21st century - and that IUPUI has an integral role to play in making that happen. We invite you to read the enclosed "Report to the Community" and to offer us your thoughts.

Gerald L. Bepko


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