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November 3, 2008

Chancellor Bantz Issues Veterans Day Message

Chancellor Bantz
Chancellor Bantz

Veterans Day is Tuesday, November 11, 2008. On behalf of the IUPUI community, I would like to extend my deepest thanks to all veterans among our faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Thank you for your service to our country. I urge the members of the IUPUI community to show your appreciation for the sacrifices made by these brave men and women on this day set aside for honoring the nation’s veterans. To view a list Veterans Day events happening in Indianapolis, including the Memorial Service and parade downtown, please visit

Immune System Researcher Earns Beering Award

Dr. Charles A. Dinarello, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is the 2008 recipient of the IU School of Medicine’s Steven C. Beering Award. Dinarello delivered the annual Beering Lecture on Oct. 29 in the Riley Outpatient Center auditorium. His topic was "Autoinflammatory Diseases and Interleukin-1 Beta: A New Classification and Therapy of Chronic Inflammatory Diseases." For additional information, go to:
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Spirit & Place Public Conversation Takes on Imagination

Julie Dash
Julie Dash

Brian D. McLaren
Brian D. McLaren

Richard Rodriguez
Richard Rodriguez

Spirit & Place Festival patrons can again look forward to thought-provoking and lively dialogue - with the spotlight on imagination - as the two-week civic festival opens this weekend.

The 13th annual Spirit & Place Public Conversation, the signature event of the Central Indiana civic festival that focuses on the arts, humanities and religion, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 2, 2008) at Clowes Memorial Hall of Butler University, 4602 Sunset Blvd.

Film, television and music video producer Julie Dash, will join author, songwriter and pastor Brian D. McLaren and author/essayist Richard Rodriguez for a spontaneous discussion on the festival's theme - "Exploring Imagination."

Indiana author and IU English Professor Scott Russell Sanders will serve as moderator for The Public Conversation.

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IU Dental School Periodontics Professor Named Department Chair

Dr. Vanchit John
Dr. Vanchit John

Lawrence Goldblatt, dean of the Indiana University School of Dentistry, has announced the appointment of Dr. Vanchit John as chair of the school's Department of Periodontics and Allied Dental Programs.

John was first appointed to the IU dental faculty in 1996 and had been serving as the department's interim director since the retirement of Dr. E. Brady Hancock in the summer of 2007. As chair, John will continue to serve as director of predoctoral periodontics.

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Live from Philadelphia! School of Social Work Faculty Take Their Act on the Road

Susan Larimer, MSW student services coordinator, and Professor Robert Vernon
Susan Larimer, MSW student services coordinator, and Professor Robert Vernon

Indiana University School of Social Work Professor Robert Vernon and Susan Larimer, MSW Student Services Coordinator, will take to the stage at this year's Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Philadelphia. They will be performing in their off-off Broadway production of "The Queen's New Poore Law."

The two have teamed up the last couple of years to present the interactive presentation for new MSW students and offered to present it at this year’s national social work education conference.

The presentation recreates a town meeting in the year 1601, the year the Elizabethan Poore Law was enacted, which is considered the beginning of modern welfare.

Dr. Vernon plays the role of Justice of the Peace for Darbyshire County while Larimer represents the Vestry, the powerful church elite.

During the presentation, Vernon and Larimer call on audience members, some of whom are given jobs, such as overseers of the poor or wardens in the almshouse or workhouse. Others receive goods and services such as medicines, clothes, while some will be impressed into service and set to gainful ends.

After the performance, they discuss the similarities and differences between the services provided in 1601 and contemporary ones. The conference runs Oct. 30-Nov. 2.

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To Live Upon Hope: Multiculturalism in 18th Century America

Throughout history, Christianity has changed with every culture it encounters as it irrevocably reinvents that culture.

To Live Upon Hope, a new book by Rachel Wheeler, Ph.D., associate professor of religious studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, looks at 18th century Mohican Indians and the varying ways in which one tribe became Christian and changed what would become the dominant creed of the New World.

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Neighborhood Greenness Has Long Term Positive Impact on Kids' Health

In the first study to look at the effect of neighborhood greenness on inner city children's weight over time, researchers from IUPUI and the University of Washington report that higher neighborhood greenness is associated with slower increases in children's body mass over a two year period, regardless of residential density.

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