A Bold Idea Takes Shape:
IU’s New Emerging Technologies Center Dedicated in Indianapolis
month, I had the opportunity to participate in the State Leadership Summit
sponsored by the Indiana Humanities Council.
The summit focused on the urgency of changing the status quo if we are
to create the brightest possible economic future for
During a keynote address, physician/astronaut Mae Jemison gave us a physics and economics lesson. She invited us to imagine her holding a ball above her head. The ball represented a cluster of ideas. She then asked, “How do you convert this ball of ideas from potential energy to kinetic energy?” The answer, of course, is that you have to let the ball drop from your hands. Ideas only fulfill their potential when you take the risk of testing their viability with actions.
few days later, May 19, I participated in the dedication of the
addition to IU’s investing $6 million in public and private grants, the city
gave $500,000 to the
Goodrich, president of the Central Indiana
Corporate Partnership and cofounder of the Central Indiana Life Sciences
Initiative, stressed the role of the ETC in encouraging entrepreneurship. “The best minds in academia today want the
ability to take their research into the marketplace and, by providing that
Advanced Research and Technology Institute
owns and operates the ETC, which also now houses the Indiana Proteomics Consortium and the Indiana Health Industry Forum. The Indiana Proteomics Consortium is a collaboration between Indiana University, Eli Lilly and
Among the businesses now leasing space in the incubator are The Haelan Group, a health care software firm; OptoSonics Inc., founded by Robert Kruger, an IU School of Medicine adjunct professor of radiology, which develops thermoacoustic imaging systems physicians use for diagnosis and treatment; and Sales Performance Partners LLC, led by President Susan Woods, a former adjunct professor at IU's Kelley School of Business, which provides broad business training and advice to scientists who want to know how best to sell their products.
basic purpose of the
During the dedication of the new Emerging Technologies Center, Jerry Bepko, as IU interim president and president of the ARTI Board of Directors, announced the establishment of the Evan Bayh Center for Economic Development: “The mission of the center will be to effect careful evaluation of the business climate in Indiana and to offer assistance in advancing economic development, especially in the life sciences. Senator Bayh is dedicated to the development of a knowledge-based economy and higher education in the state and we honor that commitment with this designation.”
In related developments, Indiana University’s strength in life sciences has been further boosted by the Indiana General Assembly, which approved bonding authority for four research and education buildings—three in the School of Medicine on the Indianapolis and Fort Wayne campuses and one in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU Bloomington.
The IU School of Medicine can now advance its plans for constructing a $15 million
Medical Information Sciences facility
in Indianapolis, which will house the Regenstrief Institute, the Bowen Center, the Department of Public Health, the Center for Bioethics, the
Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, biostatics, and pediatric
health services research. It will be
built on land given to IU by the city of
Research III, a $33 million project, will expand the medical school’s laboratory capacity for research in cancer, genomics, and proteomics. IU also will benefit from the legislature’s enactment of a bill which recognizes that research facilities are more costly to operate than education buildings. It will fund operations of future buildings at a new two-tiered rate.
Indiana General Assembly’s foresight and commitment is much appreciated. It will not only allow our faculty to better
compete for public and private funding for their research but will also provide
new revenues to
And a Special Thanks to You . . .
In the five months since Jerry Bepko became IU’s interim president, a lot has happened at IUPUI, as the previous news items make plain and as previous issues of these newsletters have chronicled year after year.
I have enjoyed the privilege and honor of serving as acting chancellor during this brief period, and I am now even more aware of just what a remarkable place IUPUI has become in its 34 years. Each achievement is noteworthy in itself; but taken together, so many things are happening so quickly that we sometimes fail to see how truly extraordinary the progress has been, even in such a short time.
From my vantage point of the past few months, I can report that Jerry Bepko has left a legacy of optimism, self-confidence, and cooperation that will stand us in good stead as we look toward the challenges ahead. There is every reason to believe that the best is yet to come.
Our new chancellor, Charles Bantz, will find a team of committed, capable people ready to move IUPUI forward in accord with his vision and into the ranks of the most effective and successful universities in the country—engaged locally with our community while advancing knowledge globally.
could not have achieved as much as it has without community support.
And the faculty and staff have done their part, too. Despite offers to go elsewhere for higher pay, lighter work loads, or better surroundings, all but a few have elected to remain at IUPUI because of a calling to civic responsibility and a chance to see a dream come true. People at IUPUI are still dreaming and still stretching. With a new chancellor in place on June 1, there will be renewed energy and enthusiasm for making IUPUI and central Indiana an inspiration for the world as the very model of partnership between two great universities, the city and higher education, the discovery of knowledge and its wise use, aspirations and their attainment.
As I step down from my acting role, and from the vantage point of seeing how things really DO converge in partnerships and collaboration, I’d like to thank you for your support and encouragement during this transition. Together, we’ve made a link between the past and the future, from Bepko to Bantz, without losing momentum or confidence.
The “future truly is here.”