March 2002


Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative Announced

            Indiana University’s School of Medicine at IUPUI is a recognized leader in biomedical research.  It will serve as the foundation for the Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative, a venture unveiled on February 13 by Mayor Bart Peterson, IU President Myles Brand, Purdue President Martin Jischke, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership head David Goodrich, and Lilly CEO Sidney Taurel. 

These partners have combined forces and scientific strengths to develop this new nonprofit enterprise.  Its goal is to increase jobs, businesses, and research opportunities in the life sciences.

            A  Battelle Memorial Institute study confirmed that central Indiana has sufficient assets to be a national powerhouse in life sciences, but the region must have a comprehensive and integrated strategy for the future, the framework for which is now provided by the Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative.

            The partners expect $1.5 billion to be invested in central Indiana over the next five years to support construction projects, to retain and attract a highly skilled life sciences workforce, to develop successful collaborations, and to market the area as a world-class life sciences hub.

            A critical component of the Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative is the Indiana Genomics Initiative, made possible with a $105 million gift from Lilly Endowment, Inc., to Indiana University in 2000.  INGEN scientists and researchers hope to cultivate knowledge of the human genome and conduct studies in new fields, such as proteomics, thus finding better ways to diagnose and treat human illnesses.  Purdue's Discovery Park and Birck Nanotechnology Center are other important assets.

            According to the Battelle study, the life sciences industry is the state's largest private employer with more than 82,000 Indiana employees who receive wages 2.5 times higher than the average in central Indiana.  The state currently ranks second nationally in surgical appliances and sales, fifth in pharmaceutical sales, and ninth in surgical/medical instrument sales and employees.

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IU School of Medicine To Offer Graduate-Level Biotechnology Program

            In further recognition of the importance of the life sciences for Indiana’s future, the Indiana University School of Medicine will offer a graduate certificate in biotechnology on the IUPUI campus.

            The program, which will enroll its first students in August of this year, is the first of its kind in Indiana and responds to the need for highly trained research and medical specialists who are current in the latest developments in biotechnology.  The curriculum is designed for the continuing education of research technicians in academic and industrial laboratories who have undergraduate degrees as well as new graduates seeking to enhance their skills in biotechnology.

            The program is part of the Indiana Genomics Initiative and will provide the latest in hands-on laboratory courses and interactive problem-based learning experiences.  Some of the IU School of Medicine's top research faculty will serve as program instructors.

            For further information, visit the School of Medicine’s graduate certificate in biotechnology website.


Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Research Rewarded with $7.7 Million NIH Grant Renewal

            After more than 10 years of exploring the science of debilitating brain diseases and treating patients afflicted with them, the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center will continue its work with a $7.7 million National Institutes of Health core grant.  The funding to establish a center was first awarded in 1991 and was renewed by the NIH in 1996.

            The 29 NIH-funded Alzheimer’s disease centers in the U.S. bring together biomedical, behavioral, and clinical science investigators to study the origins, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of brain diseases.  IU’s center also has an outreach program to educate and support health care providers, social workers, long-term care providers, the public, and affected families.

            Another special component of IU’s center is the only NIH-funded National Cell Repository, which makes available to the research community DNA samples and cell lines from 3,500 people representing 760 families with histories of Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

            According to Bernardino Ghetti, M.D., distinguished professor and director of the Indiana Alzheimer’s Disease Center, “Much progress has been made in the fields of epidemiology, biochemistry, and genetics of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias since IU first received its core grant, and we are now on the cutting edge of discovery for diseases that each year affect thousands of people and their families.”        

IUPUI Program to Enhance Student Retention Wins National Recognition

            IUPUI's Gateway Program to Enhance Student Retention won a certificate of excellence at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education in San Francisco.  The recognition was part of the 2002 Hesburgh Awards for faculty development, sponsored by TIAA-CREF.  

            The Gateway Program joins faculty development efforts in IUPUI’s Center for Teaching and Learning with an effort to support the success of first-year students in high enrollment or “gateway” courses.  The Gateway Program enlisted faculty across campus in extensive research to identify strategies to enhance student success.

            In the awards presentation literature, the Gateway Program was commended for intensive grassroots participation of faculty across units and attention to diversity in learning styles.  The recognition also praised IUPUI for having “raised faculty inquiry, dialogue, and engagement to an all-time high” and achieving a “far-reaching coalition to produce lasting change.”

            IUPUI’s Gateway Program is led by Associate Vice Chancellor for Professional Development Nancy Chism and University College Dean Scott Evenbeck.


Congratulations to Our Students!

            IUPUI's College Bowl team is on its way to the national competition in Manhattan, Kansas, the last weekend in April. The IUPUI team won the regional College Bowl competition at Purdue University and in the process beat the University of Notre Dame (twice), Purdue, and IU Bloomington.  IUPUI was the only team in the quiz competition to beat Notre Dame.  IUPUI team members Dan Brunson, Shanit Lall, Eric Overpeck, and Annie Sauer will represent Region 9 (which includes all of Indiana and Illinois, except Chicago) in the national competition. 

            The doctoral research project of geochemistry major Jennifer Latimer, who earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at IUPUI, gained the attention of a national news source recently.  National Geographic News, a website of the National Geographic Magazine, highlighted an argument by Latimer and her faculty advisor, Associate Professor of Geology Gabriel Filippelli, that a proposed solution to global warming –  fertilizing the southern oceans with massive amounts of iron – would not work.  The writer observed that the IUPUI researchers “put the final stake in the heart of the so-called Geritol solution to global warming.”

            The Mid-Continent Conference Office named 21 student-athletes from IUPUI to its Fall Academic All-Conference Team. The conference recognized a total of 195 student-athletes in men's and women's cross-country, soccer, and volleyball for their academic achievement during the fall semester. Criteria included having at least a 3.0 career grade point average.

IUPUI Honors Outstanding Alumni with Maynard K. Hine Medal

            IUPUI honored three of its alumni for their outstanding service at the annual IUPUI Alumni Leadership Dinner last month.  All of the following alumni received the Maynard K. Hine medal, which is named in honor of the late first chancellor of IUPUI and former dean of the IU School of Dentistry.          

Ø      Retired lawyer John M. Holt, a decorated World War II veteran, is a 1956 graduate of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis. He served many years as secretary and general counsel of the pharmaceutical division of Eli Lilly, retiring in 1987. He has long been active with the alumni association of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis and is a founding director of the organization.


Ø      Lisa A. Stone, also an alum of the IU School of Law-Indianapolis, is a lawyer for Ice Miller Legal and Business Advisors in Indianapolis.  She is very involved in the Indianapolis community and on the IUPUI campus. As president of the board of directors for the IUPUI Jaguars Athletics Club, she oversees fundraising efforts for student-athlete scholarships. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Hospitals Foundation and The Phoenix Theatre, the Planned Giving Advisory Council of the Eiteljorg Museum, and the Planned Giving Committee of the Indianapolis Zoo.


Ø      Stephan A. Viehweg received his master’s degree from the IU School of Social Work at IUPUI and is currently the associate director of administration for the Riley Child Development Center.  Two years after earning his degree in 1985, he joined the School of Social Work Alumni Association Board.  He currently chairs the IUPUI Alumni Advisory Council and is a member of the School of Social Work Dean’s Advisory Council.


Jaguars Auction Raises $34,000 for Scholarships and Jaguars Play Finals in Mid-Con

            “An Evening in the Jungle,” the annual Jaguars Athletics Club event to raise money for scholarships for IUPUI student athletes, raised $34,000 this year – up $4,000 from last year.  More than 250 attended the event to bid on their favorite sports and entertainment items.             Our special thanks to Andy Jacobs and Kim Hood Jacobs, honorary chairs of the event this year. 

            And last but not least:  Hurray for the IUPUI Jaguars!  After a quarter-final win over Oakland University (No. 3 seed), the No. 6 seed Jaguars upset No. 2 seed Oral Roberts, 58-53, in the semifinal of the 2002 Mid-Continent Conference Men's Basketball Tourney.  This advanced IUPUI to its first-ever Mid-Con title game, where we lost to No. 1 seed Valparaiso.  Although Valpo now advances with the Mid-Con Tournament crown to an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, our Jaguars made a great run. We’re very proud of Coach Ron Hunter and his team!



Gerald L. Bepko