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September 28, 2009

From the Desk of the Chancellor

Chancellor Charles R. Bantz
Chancellor Charles R. Bantz

Some IUPUI staff are getting used to a new system for recording their work hours this fall. The Time Information Management Environment (TIME) was initiated in 2002 for hourly employees and expanded in October 2006 for biweekly employees. Last month, professional staff with PAO/PAU classifications began using TIME.

This new procedure was not without controversy.

The impetus for the change was an audit that revealed inconsistencies in reporting accurately hours worked and overtime pay as required by the Fair Labor Standards Act. The morale issue boiled down to which procedure would be used for reporting hours worked. Synchronous TIME use means employees must clock in/out in real time to record hours worked. Asynchronous TIME use means employees enter worked hours on an electronic timesheet.

The IUPUI Staff and Faculty Councils raised issues, the most difficult of which to address were perceived lack of trust and diminished sense of professional status with the synchronous TIME system in particular. Especially, during a time of extreme budget constraints, when we are asking a lot of our employees, the last thing we want is for our staff to feel undervalued.

Because IUPUI is a complex place, however, which TIME system to use was not universally controversial. Schools and departments develop their own way of working. Because we wanted to preserve an overall campus climate of enthusiasm and productivity, I decided to delegate the choice betweeen synchronous versus asynchronous TIME management to my direct reports, who could then further delegate to their direct reports. I "decentralized" the decision-making process so that there would be flexibility across campus and the special nature of our academic culture could be preserved. It is my hope that we have managed to both meet our legal obligations and keep the collegiality of our campus intact.

For more information and excellent resources on this new Time Information Management Environment policy, please see the Human Resources Administration web site.

Body's Immune System Response to Dental Plaque Varies by Gender and Race

Michael Kowolik
Michael Kowolik

Will neglecting to brush your teeth damage more than just your smile? Can failing to attack dental plaque increase your risk of heart damage?

The answer to both questions may be yes if you are male and black, an Indiana University School of Dentistry study published in the current issue of the Journal of Dental Research reports.

The researchers, led by Michael Kowolik, B.D.S., Ph.D., professor of periodontics and associate dean for graduate education at the IU School of Dentistry on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, studied 128 black and white men and women and found that dental plaque accumulation did not result in a change in total white blood count, a known risk factor for adverse cardiac events.

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Students from Mali Prepare for Graduate School at IUPUI Language Training Center

Agricultural scientists from Mali
Agricultural scientists from Mali

Four agricultural scientists from Mali knew just a little English when they arrived in Indianapolis in June to prepare for graduate studies. But thanks to help from the Indiana Center for Intercultural Communication (ICIC), a language training center at IUPUI, they hope to learn enough English to study agriculture at U.S. graduate schools, including Purdue University, next spring.

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CEO of the National League for Nursing is the 2009 Davis-Sams Visiting Professor at the IU School of Nursing

Beverly Malone
Beverly Malone

Beverly Malone, PhD, RN, FAAN, CEO of the National League for Nursing (NLN), is the 2009 Davis-Sams Visiting Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON).

Malone will be here at the school October 5-6, 2009 to meet with a diverse group of faculty, students and staff. As the Davis-Sams Visiting Professor, she is the distinguished lecturer at the inaugural Davis-Sams lectureship and luncheon on Monday, October 5, 2009, hosted by the Indiana University School of Nursing (IUSON).

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IUPUI to Participate in eCitizenship Study

IUPUI is one of 34 colleges and universities that were selected by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to join the American Democracy Project (ADP) in a three-year initiative to study technology’s power to engage and empower citizens.

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IUPUI Police Offer Bike Theft Prevention Tips

Bicycle thefts are on the rise not only on campus, and the Indianapolis area in general, but nation wide. The increasing popularity of bicycling as a sport and means of transportation has made bicycles an easy target for thieves.

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Law School Organizes Groundbreaking Counter-Terrorism Simulation

In the event of an terrorist attack on American soil, what rights and responsibilities do public officials have to protect citizens? How far can officials go in limiting freedoms? What are the short and long term legal consequences of actions taken in the chaotic moments after an attack?

These are some of the questions and problems state, local and national government elected officials and civil servants could one day face.

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