The Center for Digital Scholarship: Preserving the past and preparing for the future

UntitledThe online, digital environment is changing the way scholars communicate, access scholarly resources, and share the products of their research. In recent years, the University Library’s program of digital scholarship has grown so much that we were prompted to formalize our efforts by creating the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship.

The Center for Digital Scholarship can help faculty, staff, and students navigate this fast-changing environment. The Center will enable faculty to share articles, data, images, learning objects, posters, presentations and working papers with students. In addition, it can be used as a means of engaging students in primary research and knowledge creation.

Much like the library itself, the Center will benefit community members as well as IUPUI faculty, staff and students. The Center functions as an important bridge through which we co-create collections with community organizations, providing access and preserving the stories of many of Central Indiana’s leading cultural institutions.

Engagement with the Indianapolis and Indiana community is one of the core principles of IUPUI, and a significant point in the current draft of the IUPUI Strategic Plan. While the library has been engaging with the community through digital collection creation for over 12 years (the majority of our historical digital collections are physically owned by other cultural heritage institutions, including libraries, historical societies, and community organizations), the Center offers an additional connection to our community partners.

We have the technology and expertise to digitize and provide access to historic collections that would otherwise be accessible only to those able to visit the cultural heritage institutions. We are making Indianapolis history visible to the world. We are also creating trusting relationships in the community that have proved fruitful for ventures outside of digitization.

The Center for Digital Scholarship represents the next chapter in the library’s enduring commitment to technology. We encourage you to take advantage of the Center and all of the resources it has to offer.

Previously unseen photos of 1989 Tiananmen Square movement are online as IUPUI digital collection

tiananmen squareUniversity Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is making public more than 400 previously unseen black-and-white photographs of the historic student-led 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy movement. The library has digitized photographs taken by an IUPUI professor and added them to the library’s online digital collections.

It was April 15, 1989, when Hu Yaobang, the ousted general secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, died in Beijing. Thousands of people went to Tiananmen Square to mourn his death. College students in Beijing universities soon turned the mourning into a grassroots movement that called for political reform, including an end to government corruption and a guarantee of freedom of speech. The movement ended abruptly with the killing of hundreds of protesting Chinese citizens during a military crackdown on June 4, 1989.

Thousands of media professionals, along with ordinary citizens, captured the events of the student-led movement on camera. Nevertheless, relatively few of these images survived since the Chinese government confiscated cameras and film in its crackdown on the movement and its leaders.

The photographs in the University Library digital collection, “Tiananmen Square, 1989,” are exhibited in memory of those who died during the movement. The collection can also serve as an educational tool for younger generations to learn about that period of history visually.

The photographer, Edgar Huang, a faculty member from the IU School of Informatics and Computing on the Indianapolis campus, was then a university instructor and a documentary photographer in Beijing. He traveled almost every day to different university campuses and different locations in Beijing, especially Tiananmen Square, to record with his Nikon F3 all the exciting, frustrating and sad moments.

After the government crackdown, some of Huang’s negatives were confiscated, but more than 90 percent of his 54 rolls of 36mm film were carefully hidden in different locations in Beijing to avoid possible raids.

“Many young people in China have no recollection of what happened in Beijing in the spring/summer of 1989,” Huang said. “These photographs will serve as a reminder of numerous ordinary Beijing citizens’ bravery and are exhibited in memory of those who died.

“Thanks to my beloved late wife, Lily Sun, who brought the negatives to the United States in 1994, these photographs are now possible to be exhibited to the public.”

Huang expressed appreciation for the work of IUPUI University Library staff, especially Kristi L. Palmer, Jennifer Ann Johnson and Ann Lys Proctor, in making the digitization of all the negatives and eventually this online exhibition possible.

Located at 755 W. Michigan St. in the heart of the IUPUI campus, the University Library is a public library, serving nearly 1 million visitors a year, 10 percent of them community users. University Library supports students and faculty across all of IUPUI’s more than 200 degree programs with research expertise and a wide array of resources. Any resident of Indiana is eligible for an IUPUI University Library card.

Even major works of art need dusting, including Chihuly’s masterpiece at IU School of Medicine

dna towerIt rises 19 feet from the atrium floor of one of the busiest laboratory and classroom buildings on the Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis campus. This unique sculpture created by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is, well, dusty; it needs cleaning.

The luminous structure composed of more than 1,000 glass spheres in shades of blue, green, mauve and yellow can’t simply be vacuumed or spritzed with window cleaner and buffed with paper towel. The process is more complex, and only one firm in the United States is authorized to handle the maintenance and cleaning of Chihuly’s artwork. These professionals from Denny Park Fine Arts travel the globe delicately and skillfully disassembling, cleaning and reassembling Chihuly’s masterpieces.

Denny Park Fine Arts has been commissioned to clean the IU School of Medicine DNA Tower, modeled after the so-called blueprint for life. They will be working on the project June 1 and 2 in the Morris Mills Atrium of the VanNuys Medical Science Building on the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus.

The sculpture was installed in 2003 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the IU School of Medicine and the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA molecule by IU alumnus James D. Watson and colleague Francis Crick. The DNA Tower was unveiled Sept. 30, 2003, and this will be its first thorough cleaning.


Jennifer Thorington Springer appointed director of IUPUI RISE Program


Jennifer Thorington Springer

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education Kathy E. Johnson has announced the appointment of Jennifer Thorington Springer as director of the IUPUI RISE Program effective June 1.

The RISE Program builds on IUPUI’s rich history of experiential learning and challenges all IUPUI undergraduates to complete at least two of four types of credit-bearing learning experiences as components of their baccalaureate degree:

  • Research: Knowledge learned in the classroom is applied to research-based projects that can serve the student’s area of study and creative activities, as well as the campus and the greater community.
  • International experience: Studying abroad enhances learning and understanding of complex global issues, helps develop a conceptual framework that informs the way a student looks at the world, and offers meaningful interactions with diverse populations and cultures.
  • Service learning: Service learning combines classroom instruction with meaningful community service that enhances the student’s growth and commitment to civic engagement.
  • Experiential learning: Experiential learning is a process through which a student develops skills, knowledge and values from direct experiences such as internships and field work.

Engaging undergraduate students in the RISE Program and other high-impact practices, particularly first-generation, low-income and minority students, emerged as an essential campus priority in the 2013-14 IUPUI strategic planning process.

As RISE director, Thorington Springer will be charged with strategic campus-level leadership, communication and assessment for the RISE Program, and will coordinate closely with IUPUI’s Center for Research and Learning, Office of International Affairs, Center for Service and Learning and Office of External Affairs to expand opportunities for undergraduate students to actively engage in the educational process. Additionally, she will cultivate faculty engagement in high-impact practices and will collaborate with faculty and department leaders to develop challenging, innovative and creative curricula that benefit the RISE Program.

Thorington Springer is an associate professor and associate chair of English, adjunct faculty in women’s and Africana studies and an affiliate with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at IU Bloomington. She was selected for the position after an internal search chaired by Rick Ward, executive director of the Center for Research and Learning and a Chancellor’s Professor.

“Dr. Thorington Springer is a skilled and effective leader who has a strong track record of excellence on the IUPUI campus as well as within her discipline,” Johnson said. “She is a gifted communicator and will bring a tremendous amount of energy to helping make RISE a signature strength of the IUPUI undergraduate experience.”

Thorington Springer’s contributions to the IUPUI campus community have been recognized with the Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Multicultural Teaching; the Joseph T. Taylor Diversity Award for Excellence in Diversity (individual and group); the IUPUI Student Council Outstanding Mentor/Motivator Award; the IUPUI Outstanding Woman Leader Award; and the Trustees Teaching Award four times. She is also a member of the Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching.

“I am excited about leading the RISE Program because it would afford me an opportunity to help IUPUI create a blueprint for other college campuses on how to successfully integrate research, international experiences, service and experiential learning at the undergraduate level,” Thorington Springer said.

Thorington Springer received her Bachelor of Arts from Westfield State University and her Master of Arts and Ph.D. in English from Miami University, with a cognate in women’s studies. She was hired at IUPUI in 2001 to teach courses in Caribbean literature and studies as well as African American and Diaspora literature and studies. Her research primarily examines literary constructions of black diasporic identities, and how race, class, gender, sexuality and nationality influence those identities.

IUPUI students and faculty debut virtual games and a new design major

logo PopConPop culture will take center stage when Indy PopCon is launched May 30 through June 1. The first-of-its-kind event is expected to attract 400 artists and exhibitors and 15,000 to 20,000 visitors to the Indiana Convention Center.

Among those on hand for the inaugural event will be the representatives from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, one of PopCon’s title sponsors, and the Herron School of Art and Design. Students, faculty and staff from both schools — along with casual fans from the campus community and their counterparts from across the state — will have an opportunity to greet celebrity guests, renowned comic artists and media personalities who will sign autographs, interact with fans and absorb life in the Hoosier capital.

The result is a comic and popular culture convention that is a springtime companion to the well-established summertime gaming convention, GenCon. PopCon has more than 300,000 square feet of space in the convention center for the event, and organizers plan to bring education to the forefront.

School of Informatics and Computing faculty and students plan to showcase the new augmented reality game “Return of Aetheria: War of the Realms,” the follow-up to “Return of Aetheria,” which was unveiled at GenCon in 2013.

Conventions “are a wonderful place for people to share their passions,” said Mathew Powers, a lecturer in media arts and design in the School of Informatics and Computing. “Our main goal is to get our school out there, help students show off the things they’ve done. PopCon is a great grassroots way to do that.”

For example, Powers noted, a new game called Windfall, developed as an informatics and computing capstone project by the husband-and-wife team of students Brendon and Kathryn Steele, will be represented to show an example of the potential influence on career-minded students.

Powers expects popular culture events to continue to grow. “People don’t realize just how much ‘geek’ is out there,” he said with a chuckle. “Fantasy, gaming, role-playing — it’s all popular now. It’s part of the way students learn. And PopCon especially is focused on those areas.”

The convention offers institutions of higher education the chance to recruit students to such fields as gaming programs and design, as well as the role of artistry and imagination to make online games come to life.

Herron representatives, for example, will help potential students learn more about the school’s new drawing and illustration major, as well as career opportunities. On Saturday, a panel discussion will feature alumni Joseph Crone and Lowell Isaac, along with Vance Farrow, sharing first-hand experiences and challenges facing those who want to break into businesses that rely on artists for success in fields closely tied to popular culture.

Farrow believes Herron’s new major is an example of how potential art students will use their imagination and abilities in a unique approach to both disciplines. He believes that approach will weave “the fine art concerns of drawing with the applied art methodologies of illustration.”

Herron dean Valerie Eickmeier believes the new program “will be a powerful blend of courses in a collaborative environment for anyone who wants to research and experiment where expressive arts, visualization and creative technologies merge.”

That intersection, she added, “will enhance our students’ skill sets for greater employment opportunities in a variety of fields represented at PopCon.”

For more information, visit PopCon’s event page here

What: First Annual Popular Culture Convention- PopCon
May 30-June 1, 2014
Indiana Convention Center

By Ric Burrous

Glick Eye Institute public art project completes second call for art with new pieces selected

INDIANAPOLIS — Art created by 23 artists with Indiana ties is now on display at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute as part of the second phase of a public art project created to showcase the visual arts in a building dedicated to vision care and research.

The new pieces have been added to the original 17 pieces of art that were donated or purchased during the public art project’s initial round in 2011, held to coincide with the opening and dedication of the Glick Eye Institute.

“We were overwhelmed with the response we received to both phases of the art project, and with the second call for art, our collection has expanded to include more photography, glass and ceramic pieces,” said Jeff Rothenberg, M.D., M.S., chair of the public art project’s committee.

A glass artist, Dr. Rothenberg contributed blown glass globes that hang in the building’s foyer. For this phase of the art project, he designed glass pieces that become an outline of the eye when installed on a wall. Each circular piece of glass, ranging in size from a half inch to 3 inches, is of varying shades of blue and green.

“Our patients enjoy the art and appreciate the pieces that have been selected for the Glick Eye Institute,” said Louis Cantor, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Glick Eye Institute. “We believe it is important to include art in a building dedicated to vision and vision research. The art project has allowed us to do that as our department funds are dedicated to patient care, research and education for the next generation of ophthalmologists.”

Two of the larger pieces of art, magnified photographs printed on 3-foot circles, hang in a large hallway of the first-floor clinic. Created by Indianapolis artist David Woolf, a Master of Fine Arts student at Herron School of Art on the IUPUI campus, the images have been enlarged to bring new detail to the viewer. His two works, “Crux” and “Suburbia,” are images of organic materials that when enlarged are reminiscent of microscopic details.

Blown glass by Indianapolis glass artist Yuri Okamoto also is included in the exhibit. She created vessels adorned with delicate flowers. Okamoto has a bachelor’s degree in glass from Meisei University in Japan. She returned to her artistic roots when she moved here in 2002.

“I could not speak English at all when I moved here,” she said. “The first six months were very difficult.” Eventually she learned of classes at the Indianapolis Art Center, where she said she became reacquainted with her art and learned to speak English.

“I met great friends,” she said. “Since then, I regularly teach glass classes and am fortunate enough to be a part of the glass community in Indiana.”

Several photographs also were selected for the new exhibition, including “Mapping Mendenhall Glacier by Kayak” by Flounder Lee. This image was taken on a research trip to document the retreat of the Alaskan glaciers.

Art for the exhibit was selected by the Glick Eye Institute’s Public Art Project Committee, composed of Dr. Rothenberg, Linda Cantor, Stephanie Brater, Marianne Glick, Kim Harper and Rich Thompson. The selections were installed under the guidance of Sherry Rouse, curator of the IU Museum of Art in Bloomington, and assistant curator Katie Chattin.

The pieces will remain on display through February. The committee will determine which pieces, if any, can be purchased for permanent installation. The Glick Art Fund has been established for donations to be used exclusively to purchase art for the Glick Eye Institute. Donations can be made at

The artists and their works selected for this exhibit include:

-       Philip M. Blomgren, “Rosetta,” oil on canvas
-       Cynthia Booth, “The world beyond the window,” photography
-       Chris Bowman, “Diversity,” salvaged wood
-       Peggy Breidenbach, “Reflections on the Iris,” ceramic
-       Benaiah Cusack, “The Wild Place” and “Beginning,” acrylic on canvas
-       Heidi Garriott, “There Is Joy in Laughter,” photography; and “Reflected Vision,” glass and wood
-       Margaret Gohn, “Magenta (Petunioideae)” oil, sand and wax on canvas
-       Tom Hubbard, “Untitled Wassenaar, The Netherlands,” archival pigment print
-       Jeff Kisling, “Tulips,” photography
-       Lee Layman, “Emergence” and “Reflection,” paintings
-       Flounder Lee, “Mapping Mendenhall Glacier by Kayak 1,” photography
-       David Lesh, “Take another look,” mixed media
-       G. Alexandre Lewis, “Ball and glove,” pencil on paper
-       Robyn Loughran, “Ferns and Flowers,” photography
-       Jeff Mason, “Rays of Sun” and “Emerging From the Rain,” photography
-       Carole Mitchell, “Color Avalanche,” textile
-       Yuri Okamoto, “Dogwood” and “Sakura,” glass
-       Nikki Pritchett, “The Neighborhood,” acrylic on canvas
-       Daren Pitts Redman, “walking, looking down,” textile
-       Jeff Rothenberg, M.D., “teichopsia,” glass
-       Tal Rothenberg, “Zebra and Bluebird,” photography
-       Doug Sauter, “Canoes,” photography
-       David Woolf, “Crux” and “Suburbia,” photography

A brochure with information about the artists is available here.

IUPUI Museum Studies program offers “roadshow” on caring for family heirlooms

INDIANAPOLIS — Few people have treasures in the attic that could command top dollar at the “Antique Roadshow.”

But almost everyone has family heirlooms with personal value making them worthy of preservation for future generations.

Why not fold your great-great grandparents’ marriage certificate four times and stuff it into a shoe box? Or how bad is it to hang a 1910 christening gown in the closet inside a plastic dry cleaning bag?

The museum studies program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University, in partnership with the IUPUI Museum Studies Club, is sponsoring a roadshow-type event to offer guidance on such issues.

The IUPUI Museum Studies Collections Care Fair will take place from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 6 at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, 500 W. Washington St.

The public is invited to bring in beloved heirlooms and meet with a professional conservator for one-on-one conversations on how to better store, care for, and preserve family treasures.  Participants should be able to carry objects into the fair safely. Over-sized objects will be discussed by appointment only. No guns or weapons are permitted.

“This really is a unique opportunity to get one-on-one advice from highly trained museum conservators,” said Holly Cusack-McVeigh, assistant professor of anthropology and museum studies at IUPUI.

IUPUI museum studies students will work alongside the professionals, Cusack-McVeigh said. The fair will allow the students as emerging museum professionals to share the specialized knowledge they have learned in class.

“This project embodies the museum studies program’s core values by encouraging civic engagement, applied learning, integration, collaboration, inclusion, and leadership,” Cusack-McVeigh said. “Objects carry the experience of meaning for all people everywhere.  Through community-wide events such as this comes a new understanding of this shared legacy and the responsibility that we all have in seeing our history into the future.”

Admission to the fair is free to all. Free parking is also available in the White River State Parking Garage.  Museum admission, required for entrance to museum galleries, is free to IUPUI staff, students and faculty with a Jag Tag.

For appointments, or additional information, contact Holly Cusack-McVeigh at

2013 IUPUI Research Day: Come and Imagine the Future

Research and creative activity matters at IUPUI and is making an impact every day, locally and throughout the world. The growing advancements in technology and the realization of exciting innovations mean that the skills needed to solve today’s problems and to take advantage of current opportunities are changing at a faster rate than ever before. Now…imagine the future in our globalized job and economic market, highlighting emerging fields of study and celebrating the cutting-edge research and creative activities that fuel economic development in Central Indiana and beyond. The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research announces the 5th Annual IUPUI Research Day, an event that will allow participants to do just that…Imagine the Future!

Research Day will be held on Friday April 5, 2013, in the IUPUI Campus Center. The keynote speaker this year is IUPUI’s own Dr. Loren Field. Dr. Field’s presentation will occur during the morning plenary session from 9:30 am to 10:50 am.  This daylong celebration of research and creative activities at IUPUI will also include two poster sessions showcasing the research of our students (graduate, professional and undergraduate) and faculty, recognition of the 2013 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award recipients, and a networking reception.

Dr. Field is internationally renowned for his work in genetics and cellular biology, including pioneering efforts in cardiac stem cell research. He is professor of medicine and pediatrics at the School of Medicine and has an appointment in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology.  Prior to his recruitment to Indiana University, Dr. Field was a Senior Staff Investigator at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

Dr. Field has served on numerous grant review programs for the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and on the editorial board of a number of journals focused on cardiovascular research.  He is an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association (1992-1997), a Founding Fellow of the International Society of Heart Research (2001), a participant of several American Heart Association Science Writers Forums, and a recipient of the Bristol Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant Award (1996-2000). 

Dr. Field is also the recipient of the 2012 Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D. Research Scholar Award. The award is IUPUI’s highest recognition of outstanding, continuing research, scholarship or creative activity by a faculty member. Dr. Field has a long-standing interest in the regenerative capacity of the adult heart; his research efforts are focused on enhancing this regenerative activity with the hopes of developing interventions to treat failing hearts.  The success of this research would offer the potential for seriously ill patients whose tissue has been damaged by heart attack to “re-grow” their own hearts. Imagine what the future holds for this critically important field of inquiry and practice.

To register, visit For more details about all Research Day activities, please go to  Questions can be directed to Etta Ward at or 278-8427.


Plaster replicas of Parthenon frieze find second life at Herron

Plaster replicas of the running frieze created to adorn the most iconic symbol of classical antiquity are once again teaching tools and objets d’art for certain students and professors at Herron School of Art and Design.

But this time around, second-generation casts of the frieze from Greece’s Parthenon are both a testimonial to the prominent role that Herron played in the training of past generations of professional artists, and a springboard to its multidisciplinary collaborations for future generations.

A six-foot panel with the relief figures of running horses hangs as art on a wall in the office of Jason Kelly, director of the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. The plaster artwork is a scaled replica of a section of the 524-foot low-relief marble sculpture created between 443 and 438 B.C. for the Parthenon, a temple to the Greek goddess Athena.

The panel is one from several sets of plaster casts created last summer by Kelly, who teaches history in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI; Herron associate professor of art history Jennifer Lee; and then-Herron sculpture student Benjamin Sunderlin. The trio used rubber molds crafted in 2005 from now rare, early 20th-century casts. The exploratory summer project grew out of the partners’ common interests.

A search of the Herron archives reveals that in 1924, the Greek government gave eight life-size casts of Parthenon frieze panels to Herron, then a museum and professional art school under the name John Herron Art Institute. Herron in 1931 purchased 14 scaled plaster casts of sections of the frieze considered most desirable for teaching purposes, according to Kelly.

Herron acquired its “original” casts during the era when museums readily exhibited white plaster casts as stand-ins for genuine antiquities that were then hard to come by, and professional art schools used the plaster casts of the Parthenon sculptures, considered “models of ancient beauty,” as teaching tools for students of drawing.

Plaster casts played a prominent role in the history of art and art education over several centuries, beginning with the Renaissance, Lee said.

“Nearly all art schools owned casts of important classical sculptures, which were central to students’ training,” Kelly said.

But with time, the use of live nude models became the norm for teaching human illustration, and the use of “fakes” or copies in museums was frowned upon. And the once popular and ubiquitous plaster casts of the Parthenon frieze became obsolete for both intended purposes.

“Most of the art schools just threw their (casts) out with the trash,” Kelly said. “It is actually hard to find full sets of these casts.”

Herron incorporated the obsolete casts into the décor of the walls of its original buildings on North Pennsylvania Street.

When the art school, then a part of Indiana University, made the move to its IUPUI home in Eskenazi Hall in 2005, a Herron student created a set of six rubber molds of the wall casts.

Soon Kelly plans to incorporate the casts into the curriculum for art history students who are studying ancient paintings and will paint the new casts in modern colors.

“I can’t wait to see how undergraduate students in drawing interpret the casts for modern audiences,” Kelly said. The Parthenon project is a “great springboard for what we are going to see between IAHI and schools (at IUPUI) into the future.”



Originally published in insideIUPUI

IUPUI professor receives Association of Midwest Museums Distinguished Service Award

The Association of Midwest Museums has honored an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor for long-term distinguished service to the museum profession.

Elizabeth Kryder-Reid, who teaches museum studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, is the recipient of the 2012 Association of Midwest Museums Distinguished Service Award. The association’s awards committee unanimously voted to present the annual award to Kryder-Reid in recognition of her outstanding commitment to the association and her exemplary service to the museum profession.

The IUPUI professor accepted the award today during a ceremony at the association’s general conference, which takes place through July 26 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

The Association of Midwest Museums, established in 1927, provides programs and services to museums throughout an eight-state region in the Midwest. More than 400 museum professionals are attending this year’s association conference in Indianapolis. The three-day event features outstanding sessions, guest speakers, and tours and receptions at museums in the host city.