March 2003

 

IU and IUPUI Have Record Spring Enrollment

A record enrollment of 93,664 students have registered for spring semester classes on Indiana University’s eight campuses, reflecting increases in headcount of 3.3 percent and credit hour enrollment of 3.6 percent over last spring.  IUPUI also established spring semester records for both student headcount and credit hours.  Our enrollment of 28,120 was up 4.2 percent.  Credit hours rose 5 percent.  Minority enrollments also rose:  American Indian, 10.3 percent; Asian American, 8.6 percent; African American, 0.8 percent; Hispanic American, 8.4 percent.

 

Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative Celebrates First Anniversary

The Central Indiana Life Sciences Initiative (CILSI ) celebrated its first anniversary on February 13.  The founding partners (Central Indiana Corporative Partnership, Indiana University, Purdue University, the city of Indianapolis, the Indiana Health Industry Forum, and Eli Lilly and Company) reported that CILSI exceeded its one-year benchmarks in several key areas. 

First, IU’s Advanced Research and Technology Institute opens its Emerging Technologies Center in April – a business incubator on the downtown canal that has already attracted several tenants focusing on the life sciences.

According to a recent New York Times article, incubators can provide lower-cost laboratory and office space, specialized support services like water filtration and sewage disposal, and easy access to the resources of the surrounding campus.  Incubators also encourage compatible companies to cluster together, contributing to a “magnet” effect which, in turn, shows that a region actively supports biotech development.  And contrary to other regions where life sciences incubators have been less successful, CILSI’s efforts are supported by the fact that degree and certificate programs focused on biotechnology-related skills are offered at IUPUI, as mentioned in our March 2002 newsletter.

Another benchmark cited is the IU School of Medicine’s Information Sciences Building, also on the canal, which will help grow the public/private research and development capacity in downtown Indianapolis as well.

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President Bush Nominates Law Grad for Transportation Board Chair

President George W. Bush has announced plans to nominate Ellen Gayle Engleman, an IU School of Law-Indianapolis 1988 graduate, to a five-year term as member and two-year term as chair of the National Transportation Safety Board, the federal agency that investigates all civil aviation accidents and major railroad, highway, marine, and pipeline accidents.

            Ellen Engleman is an Indianapolis native with multiple advanced degrees, including a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University.  She is currently administrator of the Department of Transportation's Research and Special Projects Administration (RSPA), which regulates pipeline security. Ellen has also been a congressional fellow for Senator Richard Lugar and an executive assistant to former Secretary of Labor Lynn Martin.

Before joining the Department of Transportation, she was president and CEO of Electricore, Inc., one of seven national consortia established by the federal government to develop electric vehicle technologies.  Based at IUPUI, Electricore has had many faculty and students from our Purdue School of Engineering and Technology closely involved in its technological research and development activities.

 

IU Bloomington and IUPUI Recognized for Excellent Faculty Development Programs

            At last month’s annual meeting of the American Council on Education, Indiana University Bloomington received the 2003 Hesburgh Award for its Faculty Learning Communities Program.  Part of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Program, the FLCP encourages faculty members to engage in cross-disciplinary research and discussions on what works in the classroom.  The award, sponsored by TIAA-CREF, is named in honor of the Rev. Theodore M Hesburgh, C.S.C., president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame.

            Last year, IUPUI was one of four universities to receive a Hesburgh certificate of excellence for its faculty development program to enhance student retention in “Gateway” courses that students need for future college success.  This year, IUPUI shared certificate of excellence recognition as a partner in a consortium led by Miami University of Ohio to implement Faculty Learning Communities.  Sponsored by FIPSE (the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education), the consortium also includes Ohio State, Kent State, Notre Dame, and the Claremont Consortium.  The initiative adapts student learning community approaches to faculty development. Goals are to improve student learning by enhancing faculty expertise in teaching, coherence of learning strategies across disciplines, and rewards for effective teaching.   

 

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Gifts from Fed Ex and UPS Help Enhance Teaching and Learning

A generous gift from Federal Express will help support IUPUI’s Teacher’s Resource Center.  The center provides everything (teacher's guides, worksheets, supplies, and materials) schoolteachers need to present hands-on math and science activities in their classrooms.  It is part of the outreach provided by IUPUI’s Community Learning Network.  Cyndy Pittman, Managing Director, INDY National HUB FEDEX Express, explained the reason for the company’s support:  “The strategic goals for FEDEX include participation in programs that enhance the quality of life. A solid knowledge base of science and math is a necessity for our next generation of scientists, engineers, and business entrepreneurs.  What better way to show our support for the future leaders of America than partnering with IUPUI in the Teacher’s Resource Center?”

The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of United Parcel Service, whose mission is to “act as a catalyst that promotes volunteer opportunities and provides support for education and urgent human needs through focused, funded initiatives,” has provided scholarship funding for three student mentors in the University College at IUPUI. University College provides first-year and second-year students advising, orientation, and mentoring to enhance their persistence in college. Student mentors tutor and advise other students in some of the most challenging courses, including calculus, finite mathematics, physics, and psychology.  Success in these courses has a positive impact on the student’s potential for completing a course of study and earning a degree.

 

University Library at IUPUI Preserves Indianapolis Foundation Records

The Department of Special Collections and Archives in the University Library at IUPUI and the Indianapolis Foundation have formed a partnership to preserve and provide access to the historical records of one of the oldest community foundations in the U.S.  Indianapolis Foundation records dating back to 1916 will provide academic researchers and others insights into the foundation’s administrative history and grant-making philosophy and practices. 

The IUPUI University Library is home to the Joseph and Matthew Payton Philanthropic Studies Library and the Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, which together constitute one of the most comprehensive collections in the world of organization records, personal papers, and published materials relating to philanthropy. 

Any citizen of Indiana may obtain borrowing privileges and access the University Library's print and electronic collections.


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IUPUI and Bologna to Develop Master of International Studies in Philanthropy

A partnership between the IU Center on Philanthropy and the University of Bologna, Italy, establishes the first academic program for the study of philanthropy in Europe.  The two institutions independently offer master’s degrees in philanthropic studies.  The interinstitutional collaboration, which includes faculty and student exchanges, will help the University of Bologna develop a program leading to a master’s degree in international studies in philanthropy.  Students wanting to work in international nongovernmental organizations or in national nonprofits which address issues that are global in scope are likely to find the new degree program and exchange opportunities particularly valuable and attractive.

Incidentally, the Trustees of Indiana University have approved IU’s offering a Ph.D. in philanthropic studies.  This new doctoral-level degree program is currently under consideration for approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

 

High School Students See Molecular Medicine in Action

What is it like to peer into the world of genetics and use the same tools as researchers to better understand and develop treatments and cures for complex diseases?

            Nearly 50 Indiana high-school students get that opportunity this month, March 9-10, at the Molecular Medicine in Action program at our IU School of Medicine. Students will work with some of the nation’s top scientists in the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

            Under the supervision of IU faculty, the students rotate through a variety of workstations and labs, analyzing and isolating DNA.  They observe how gene mutations are identified and how modified genes are used in therapy. Students also learn how to use the latest microscopic imaging techniques that enable researchers to study living cells.

            The Molecular Medicine in Action Program, now in its fourth year, helps build closer ties between the IU School of Medicine and Indiana’s science teachers and students.  We wish to thank the Riley Memorial Association, Indiana Department of Education, Indiana Association of Biology Teachers, and the Hoosier Association of Science Teachers for supporting the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research and the IU School of Medicine in this effort.

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            Enclosed with our letter this month is the 2002 IUPUI Performance Report.  It is the sixth edition of this publication. 

            Each year, our Office of Planning and Institutional Improvement collects information about areas of campus development that have been identified in ongoing strategic planning as key indicators of performance in meeting our goals. Even while it is a product of the information-rich environment that helps us make prudent decisions and use resources wisely, it is also an opportunity to bring our stakeholders up to date on the directions we have taken to provide public higher education of exceptional quality in Indiana’s most heavily populated region.

            We hope you find these reports helpful in taking stock of the investments you have made in IUPUI — as citizens, as alumni, as friends and supporters — and we invite your questions, comments, and suggestions.

 

Sincerely,        

 

William M. Plater

Acting Chancellor