IUPUI to host Innovation to Enterprise Forum and Showcase

The IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. will host the 2014 IUPUI Innovation to Enterprise Forum and Showcase: Funding Innovation on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The event will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Campus Center Theater, on the lower level of the center, 420 University Blvd.

The forum will bring together researchers, entrepreneurs, investors and executives from IUPUI and the Indianapolis business community to explore the challenges and opportunities of translating the fruits of academic research into products.

Joseph Trebley, the head of startup support and promotion at the IURTC, will moderate a panel discussion on “Alternatives for Funding New Ventures.” More funding options are available for startup businesses now than ever before. New services have emerged to fill the gap created as banks and conventional venture capital firms have pulled away from riskier early-stage investments.

Panelists are Nick Carter, Kevin Hitchen, Polina Osherov and Jacob Schpok.

Nick Carter, founder of Husk Foods – Carter is a serial entrepreneur – founder of over half a dozen businesses – and is the acting CEO of two startups and an active partner or board member in four other established companies. Born a farm boy, he has a firm understanding of hard work, starting his first business at 16. Carter is the author of “Twelve Seconds,” which teaches entrepreneurs to get their small business off the ground.

Kevin Hitchen, founder of Localstake – Hitchen and his two partners co-founded Localstake to provide growing businesses a new solution for raising capital. Since its launch in 2013, the online investment marketplace for investing in private businesses has been featured in national publications such as TechCrunch, Yahoo Finance and Investopedia. Entrepreneur highlighted Localstake in its Reinvention 2013 article on “Indy’s Innovators.”

Polina Osherov, co-founder of Pattern – Osherov is co-founder of the nonprofit fashion industry networking and advocacy group Pattern and the editor-in-chief of Pattern Magazine, an award-winning, internationally distributed publication about fashion, design and creativity in Central Indiana. She is also a commercial photographer, working with corporate clients, advertising agencies and marketing companies.

Jacob Schpok, executive director for the lieutenant governor’s Office of Small Business and Enterprise – The newly created office was established to ensure Indiana works for entrepreneurs. Under his new role as executive director, Schpok continues to serve as state director of the Indiana Small Business Development Center, which last year helped Indiana businesses raise $70 million in capital and create over 1,600 full-time jobs.

The forum and showcase event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested.

Michael Eric Dyson headlines event to honor outstanding IU School of Education alumni

Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson

Scholar of African American, religion and cultural studies Michael Eric Dyson is the keynote speaker for the third annual “Celebration of Transformational Educators” event presented by the IU School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The event, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Madame Walker Theater, 617 Indiana Ave., in Indianapolis, is free and open to the public.

Dyson is a well-regarded public intellectual who appears regularly on national television and radio and has published numerous academic works. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls him “one of the youngest stars in the firmament of black intellectuals” and “one of the most important voices of his generation.”

Dyson will keynote the annual awards ceremony for the IU School of Education at IUPUI, which recognizes outstanding early-career alumni who have conducted their work in an urban setting. A committee selects honorees from a pool of nominees. Each honoree receives a $1,000 award to advance his or her work.

The Steward Speaker Series is co-sponsoring the event as a part of its ongoing effort to bring some of the country’s top African American leaders and luminaries to Indianapolis to share their thoughts and work. The IUPUI Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a contributor to this event.

“We are very pleased to have a speaker of Dr. Dyson’s caliber to shine a positive spotlight on the work of our outstanding alumni who are, indeed, transformational educators,” said Pat Rogan, executive associate dean of the IU School of Education at IUPUI. “His message is sure to inspire.”

Dyson is the Ida B. Wells-Barnett University Professor at DePaul University. He has taught at Chicago Theological Seminary, Brown University, the University of North Carolina and Columbia University. He received his Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, magna cum laude, from Carson-Newman College, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in religion from Princeton University. He has provided commentary on American culture for “Nightline,” “Charlie Rose,” “Good Morning America,” “Today” and “Oprah.” He has also been heard on every major show on National Public Radio. He has written for numerous academic publications, including Cultural Critique, Cultural Studies, DePaul Law Review, The Leadership Quarterly, New Art Examiner, JAC: A Journal of Composition Theory, Transition, Social Text, Religion and Literature, Theology Today, Union Seminary Quarterly Review, Princeton Seminary Bulletin and Black Sacred Music.

Dyson’s 1993 debut book, “Reflecting Black: African-American Culture Criticism” won the Gustavus Myers Center for Human Rights Award in 1994. His critically acclaimed follow-up, 1994′s “Making Malcolm: The Myth and Meaning of Malcolm X,” was named “Notable Book of 1994″ by both The New York Times and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Dyson is also author of the acclaimed “Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture,” named a “Best Bet” by USA Today, and the national best-seller “Race Rules: Navigating the Color Line.” In January 2000, the Free Press published Dyson’s “I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr.”

He has also written for many popular publications, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Vibe magazine and Rolling Stone. Time, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, Current Biography, The New Yorker, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Essence have profiled him. Dyson has lectured across the nation and throughout the world in countless colleges, universities and public auditoriums. He won the 1992 Award of Excellence for Magazines from the National Association of Black Journalists.

While the event is free, seating is limited. RSVP online by Nov. 17 to ensure your space.

IUPUI Common Themes Project Brings Author Phil Cousineau to Campus

IUPUI Common Theme Project

IUPUI Common Theme Project

Phil Cousineau, writer, teacher, editor, independent scholar, documentary filmmaker, travel leader, and storyteller, will be coming to the IUPUI Campus Center on November 19 as part of the IUPUI’s Common Theme Project. He lectures frequently on a wide range of topics–from mythology, film, and writing, to beauty, travel, sports, and creativity. He has written more than 30 nonfiction books and 15 scripts. Cousineau is currently the host and co-writer of Global Spirit, a cross-cultural and transnational television series which premiered on PBS stations in summer 2012. The program explores global issues ranging from sacred music and spiritual activism, to the search for ecstatic experience, forgiveness, and attitudes toward death and dying. Additionally, Cousineau is currently crafting a new nonfiction work on beauty and a young adult novel about baseball.

Cousineau will be discussing Beyond Forgiveness, Reflections on Atonement: Healing the Past, Making Amends, and Restoring Balance in Our Lives and World, the next Common Theme book and is recommended to all students around the 2013-15 theme of civil discourse. It was also recently selected by the Pentagon to be given to all veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The event, at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450, is free and open to the public.

Visit the companion website to Beyond Forgiveness, and share your own story of forgiveness and atonement.

About IUPUI Common Theme Project

Theme 2013-2015: Find Your Voice and Hear My Voice: Creating Civil Conversation

The vision of the Common Theme is to initiate more engaged and thoughtful conversations about national and global issues. This theme and its cross-campus discussions and events will highlight positive ways of communication that deal with complex situations and conflicts that students, faculty, and staff face in their daily lives to better equip them to succeed in the workforce, make them better community citizens and ensure that they reach their full potential in our globally connected digital world. This Common Theme will provide opportunities for rich discourse across the campus and our communities on communicating about diverse viewpoints in ways that validate our shared humanity, common purpose and connection.

‘Al-Mutanabbi Street’ symposium at IUPUI features reading by novelist Randa Jarrar

Award-winning novelist Randa Jarrar will conclude the fall Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series with a presentation at the Herron School of Art & Design Basile Auditorium as part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Symposium at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Jarrar’s reading at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 is free, but registration is required .

Jarrar grew up in Kuwait and Egypt and moved to the United States after the first Gulf War. Her first novel, “A Map of Home,” was published in half a dozen languages and won a Hopwood Award and an Arab-American Book Award. Barnes and Noble Review named it one of the best novels of 2008.

In 2010, the Hay Festival and the Beirut UNESCO’s World Capital of the Book named Jarrar one of the Beirut 39 — the 39 most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40. Her work, which includes short stories and essays, has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Utne Reader, Salon.com, Guernica, The Rumpus, the Oxford American, Ploughshares and Five Chapters.

IUPUI is hosting the inaugural Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Symposium on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18 at University Library, 755 W. Michigan St. In conjunction with Jarrar’s reading and the symposium, Herron is exhibiting its “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” collection.

On March 5, 2007, in the middle of the Iraq war, a car bomb killed dozens and injured more than 100 people. The bomb also devastated al-Mutanabbi Street, a busy avenue of cafés and bookstores that had served as a meeting place for generations of writers and thinkers.

In response to the attack, San Francisco bookseller Beau Beausoleil rallied a community of international artists and writers to produce “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here,” a collection of letterpress-printed broadsides (poster-like works on paper), artists’ books (unique works of art in book form) and an anthology of writing focused on expressing solidarity with Iraqi booksellers, writers and readers.

“Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here” includes 260 artists’ books, a publication titled “Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here: Poets and Writers Respond to the March 5, 2007, Bombing of Baghdad’s ‘Street of the Booksellers,’” plus 130 broadsides — one for every person killed or injured in the 2007 bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street.

The Herron Art Library at IUPUI will serve as one of only three repositories in the world — and the only U.S. location — to permanently host the complete Al-Mutanabbi Street collection. The symposium is the first of three biennial conferences IUPUI will sponsor to explore the themes and implications of the collection through papers, panels, posters and presentations.

Visitor parking for Jarrar’s reading is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St.; the Vermont Street Garage, 1004 W. Vermont St.; and the Sports Complex Garage, 875 W. New York St.

The reading is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute in collaboration with the Reiberg Family and several IUPUI academic units: Herron School of Art & Design, the IU School of Liberal Arts, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Office of Academic Affairs, University College and University Library.

NEH seminar offers K-12 teachers an opportunity for academic study of Muslim American identities

Edward E. Curtis IV

Edward E. Curtis IV

The academic study of Muslim American history and life is the focus of a summer seminar open to K-12 teachers.

Applications are now being accepted for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Muslim American Identities, Past and Present,” to be held July 12 to Aug. 1, 2015, in Indianapolis.

Sixteen teachers from across the country will be selected for the three-week seminar during which they will discuss the racial, ethnic, religious and gender identities of U.S. Muslims.

Directed by Edward E. Curtis IV, an award-winning scholar of Islam in America and holder of the Millennium Chair of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, the seminar will focus on the academic study of Muslim American identities, not the religious or spiritual beliefs or habits of the participating teachers.

Participants will study 30 primary source documents written by Muslim Americans, listen to distinguished guest lecturers Kambiz Ghanea Bassiri and Juliane Hammer, and visit two local mosques. They will also work on individual research projects on topics such as Muslim American slave narratives, Islamic hip-hop, Muslim American food cultures and Muslim American political engagement.

“My primary aim is to nurture an environment of deep intellectual engagement and active learning in which teachers try to answer a key question of our time: What does it mean to be both Muslim and American?” said Curtis, who is the author of “Muslims in America, among other books.

The seminar will meet almost daily in the Campus Center on the IUPUI campus. In addition to meeting rooms, the IUPUI Campus Center houses a bookstore, a credit union and a food court.

As one of seven campuses administered by Indiana University, IUPUI is known as Indiana’s premier urban research and health sciences campus. IUPUI has more than 30,000 students enrolled in 17 schools, which offer more than 250 degrees. IUPUI awards degrees from both Indiana and Purdue universities. The campus is near the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Several major cultural attractions and affordable restaurants are within walking distance or a brief bus ride.

All seminar participants receive a $2,700 stipend to help cover transportation, food, housing and other costs. Housing is available on campus. Teachers in public and private schools are encouraged to apply.

Funding for the summer seminar comes from the National Endowment for the Humanities, an independent federal agency that supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation.

Deadline for applications is March 2.

For additional information about the seminar, teachers should address their questions to Edward E. Curtis IV by phone at (317) 278-1683 or email: ecurtis4@iupui.edu

New Frontiers Experimentation Fellowship Applications Available Now

imagesIndiana University is pleased to announce the 2014-2015 New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities seed funding program. The objective of this opportunity is to help Indiana University faculty members by supporting the initial stages of path-breaking and transformative programs of scholarly investigation or creative activity.

New Frontiers Experimentation Fellowship provides funding of up to $15,000 is available to support the very initial stages of projects that represent a significant new trajectory for an individual or group of faculty members. Proposed projects may be truly exploratory — leading either to a larger, long-term project or to recognition that the time is not right for such a project. Proposals might include:

  • An artist experimenting with different media or materials
  • A group of faculty from different departments, disciplines, schools or campuses planning a charette: a short, intensive design workshop meant to jumpstart a larger collaborative project
  • A scholar exploring a project in a field that is related to, but outside his or her usual expertise
  • An author experimenting with a different genre
  • A scholar attempting to determine if a particular research project is sustainable

NF Experimentation proposals must make the case that the project being explored is significant both to the field and to the applicant’s development as an artist or scholar, is appropriate for the applicant and represents a reasonable and exciting new direction, and that the project has the potential to be the beginning of a longer-term, large scale project that is likely to secure external support (grant funding, exhibition or performance opportunities, etc.).

Deadline: January 15 (SLA Internal Deadline January 8), 5 pm

Guidelines and Application

Eligibility for all funding programs: All Indiana University tenured and tenure-eligible faculty and those employed at IU but not on the tenure-track, whose evaluation criteria include research or creative activity, are eligible to submit proposals. Visiting and adjunct faculty members and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible.

Those who have been awarded funding through the New Frontiers major grant program (now called the New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship program) in 2011-12, 2012-13, or 2013-14 are not eligible for New Frontiers of Creativity and Scholarship grants and (all other things being equal) will be a lower priority for funding through the New Frontiers Experimentation grant category

Last Lecture Series Call for 2015 Nominations

headerLessons for Life from a Lifetime of Learning

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. The featured speaker shares the wisdom he or she has gained through academic pursuits and life experiences; distilling a life of inquiry, reflection, and service into advice for successive generations.

The 2015 Last Lecture is planned for Friday, March 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the IUPUI Campus Center Theatre. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 speaker. All current and retired IUPUI based faculty, administrators, and staff members are eligible for nomination.  All IUPUI faculty, retired faculty, staff and students are invited to submit nominations by midnight on November 23, 2014. Nominators should click on the link below to submit a brief description of the nominee along with a short justification why his or her nominee deserves consideration.

A committee of the IUPUI Senior Academy will consider all nominations and select a pool of candidates by mid-December. In January, selected nominees will be invited to submit a synopsis of their proposed presentation.

Click here to submit your nomination

Click here to view the Call for Nominations

For additional information, contact Academic Affairs by filling out our contact form here.

The Last Lecture Series is sponsored by IUPUI Senior Academy, IUPUI administration, and Indiana University Foundation.

* All times are Eastern Standard Time.

Successful Bowen Scholars program expands to Ivy Tech grads at IUPUI

Bob and Terry Bowen, Bowen Family Foundation

Bob and Terry Bowen, Bowen Family Foundation

A scholarship program with a proven record of high graduation rates among Ivy Tech Community College students is now being offered to eligible Ivy Tech graduates who pursue their bachelor’s degree at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

The IUPUI Bowen Scholars Program is being established to assist African American students who are transitioning to IUPUI in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree after earning an associate degree at Ivy Tech.

Bob and Terry Bowen of the Bowen Family Foundation are funding the new IUPUI scholars program as part of a broader expression of the program model originated at Ivy Tech. University College at IUPUI will administer the new scholarship program and recently selected four students as the first cohort of IUPUI Bowen Scholars.

“My colleagues and I are so grateful for the generosity that Bob and Terry Bowen have demonstrated through (their) gift,” said Kathy E. Johnson, dean of University College. “They have a deep commitment to the transformative potential of education and understand that by giving these scholars an opportunity, they impact individuals’ lives as well as their family members and the surrounding community.”

The Bowen Scholars program at Ivy Tech has fostered incredible success in its students’ academic and life achievements, having provided more than 600 students with various scholarships since 1993.

The Ivy Tech model program strives for high retention and graduation rates through a hands-on approach with students. The graduation rate among Bowen Scholars at Ivy Tech is about 67 percent, compared to 12 to 17 percent among the general Ivy Tech student population.

“The Bowen Family Foundation is excited to expand its scholarship program to IUPUI,” Terry Bowen said. “Not only do our scholars receive much-needed financial help, but they are also part of a wrap-around support system, which has proved very effective. We have seen a significant increase in graduation rates because of this focused support.”

Candidates for the IUPUI Bowen Scholars Program will typically reside in Marion County and will be expected to graduate from IUPUI within three years. Students must meet the minimum 2.0 GPA standard and be engaged in a community service project each year as part of the scholarship program requirements.

Charlie Johnson, director of Scholar Support Programs at IUPUI, will oversee the program and work directly with the scholars to customize the program to address students’ needs.

Overseas Conference Fund Grant Applications Available Now

imagesIndiana University, through the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA), administers several internal grant awards each year and also advises IU faculty members on other selected external grants.

Overseas conference grants provide support for faculty to participate in an international conference. Open to all IU faculty, for travel expenses for participation in an international conference. The faculty member must be presenting a paper, participating in a poster session, be a panel member, or giving a keynote speech. Applicants must be full-time academic appointees at an IU campus. Applications must have matching commitment with IU institutional funds, e.g., from department, school, or campus. Conferences held in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Mexico are excluded. The maximum award is $1,500.

Deadline: January 12 (SLA Internal Deadline January 5), 5 pm

Address inquiries to: iagrants@iu.edu

Guidelines and Application

IUPUI launches international recruitment initiative leveraging China relationships with Indiana

From left: Josh Zhang, General Manager of the International Exchange Center, Zhejiang Foreign Services Corporation; Sara Allaei, executive director, IUPUI Office of International Affairs; Thomas Upton, associate dean for Faculty Affairs and interim director, Program for Intensive English, IU School of Liberal Arts; Amy Conrad Warner, vice chancellor for External Affairs; Jie Chen, chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

From left: Josh Zhang, General Manager of the International Exchange Center, Zhejiang Foreign Services Corporation; Sara Allaei, executive director, IUPUI Office of International Affairs; Thomas Upton, associate dean for Faculty Affairs and interim director, Program for Intensive English, IU School of Liberal Arts; Amy Conrad Warner, vice chancellor for External Affairs; Jie Chen, chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology

The Office of International Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis is leveraging Indiana’s strong connections with a region just south of Shanghai, China, to increase the number of Chinese students enrolling at IUPUI.

 Zhejiang Province is a sister state to Indiana, a relationship held for more than 25 years, and Indianapolis is a sister city to Hangzhou, Zhejiang’s capital. Hangzhou is the fourth largest metropolitan area in China with over 21 million people.

The University Preparatory Program for high school students in Zhejiang will prepare a cohort of students to enroll at IUPUI, through collaboration with the International Exchange Center, Zhejiang Foreign Services Corp., an entity funded and run by the Zhejiang provincial government to promote exchange and programs in foreign affairs, education and culture.

Under the umbrella of the Zhejiang-Indiana sister-state exchange, the program aims to enroll an annual class of 35 recent high school graduates from Zhejiang Province as freshmen at IUPUI. Student may apply for fall 2015, and the first full class would be enrolled at IUPUI in fall 2016.

An IUPUI delegation joined up with representatives of the Zhejiang Foreign Affairs Ministry and members of the Indianapolis-Hangzhou Sister City Committee attending the Oct. 15 to 18 Hangzhou International Sister City Mayor’s Conference to celebrate the formal program launch.

“This program will continue to strengthen IUPUI’s strong relationships to Zhejiang and increase enrollment from the region,” said vice chancellor for external affairs Amy Warner, who led the IUPUI delegation. “It’s another example of our growing global engagement that enriches our city, our state and beyond.”

Josh Zhang, general manager for the International Exchange Center, Zhejiang Foreign Services Corp., said, “The IEC will provide the students with necessary assistance on intensive English and cultural training to help them fully prepare for academic and social success at IUPUI. We are confident that this meaningful program will be a highlight of the Indiana-Zhejiang sister-state exchange.”

The University Preparatory Program will target Grades 9 through 12 to form four freshman classes aiming for enrollment from fall 2015 through 2018. IUPUI representatives will annually travel to Zhejiang to present lectures and share information with each class of incoming students.

More than 400 students from China enrolled at IUPUI in fall 2014, the second largest sending country after India. Thirty of those students are from Zhejiang at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Increasing the number of students from China is a part of IUPUI’s overall enrollment growth strategy of increasing international student enrollment to 8 percent of the total student population by 2020.

 For further program information, contact Jan Aycock, director of international admissions at IUPUI, at tjaycock@iupui.edu.