Award: School of Informatics and Computing receives $120K grant from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust

INDIANAPOLIS — The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI has received a grant totaling $120,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable informatics logoTrust.

The grant will help fund Informatics: Diversity-Enhanced Workforce, an innovative, year-round, dual-credit multifaceted information technology program that will benefit approximately 180 students for their four-year career at Arsenal Technical, Pike or Providence Cristo Rey high school in Indianapolis.

The program features mentorship, IT certification training, project-based learning and internships to prepare students for interesting, high-paying, in-demand careers in IT fields.

The grant will be used for the first and second years of the program to:

  • Help pay the salary of a School of Informatics and Computing lecturer to teach learning education modules and train the high school teachers.
  • Help purchase tablets for students to use and keep.
  • Help cover the costs of a professional program evaluator.

Informatics: Diversity-Enhanced Workforce addresses the critical shortage of skilled workers in IT as well as the dramatically low number of blacks, Latinos, women and other underrepresented groups working in the IT sector.

“There are over 1.4 million unfilled jobs in the IT industry, and the number continues to grow,” said Mathew Palakal, executive associate dean of the School of Informatics and Computing. “These jobs are high-paying and available all over the United States. We feel a sense of responsibility to assist with the preparation of the workforce of the future.”

During her career, Nina Mason Pulliam shared her financial success and business-leadership skills with many charities. She was particularly sensitive to human needs, animal welfare and environmental issues. “She had a keen awareness of challenges that face our community and would take great pride in the outstanding work being done by organizations like the IU School of Informatics and Computing,” said Carol Schilling, trustee chair. “Through her trust, we continue to build on her legacy, which clearly reflects her heart for philanthropy.”

The grant to the School of Informatics and Computing represents one of 27 awarded to nonprofit organizations in Indiana by the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust during the second of two grant cycles this year.

Since the trust began its grant-making in 1998, it has awarded more than $252 million to nonprofit organizations in Indiana and Arizona. As of Sept. 30, the trust had assets of approximately $364 million.

Presentation: Renowned Indiana historian tapped for inaugural ‘History Talks!’

INDIANAPOLIS—Indiana historian James Madison, author and Thomas and Kathryn Miller James Madison ImageProfessor of History Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, will launch the new “History Talks!” series, designed to “engage the past, in the present, about the future.”

His presentation, “Two Centuries of Hoosiers,” will take place Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Indiana Landmarks Cook Theater, 1201 N. Central Ave. in Indianapolis. The interactive presentation and conversation begins at 4:30 p.m. Madison will sign copies of his books from 5:30 to 6 p.m.

“History Talks!” is a new series offering insightful conversations featuring leading historians who will shed light on the rich complexities of the past and help spark conversation on how the past is shaping Indiana’s present and future.

With the approach of Indiana’s bicentennial in 2016, Madison will present an overview of the state’s past, from Hoosier pioneers through the Civil War to the 21st century. His illustrated talk will highlight connections between past and present and help us think about the future.

Madison’s books include “Hoosiers: A New History of Indiana”; “Eli Lilly: A Life, 1885-1977”; “The Indiana Way: A State History”; and “A Lynching in the Heartland: Race and Memory in America.” He serves on the boards of Indiana Humanities and the Indiana Historical Society and is a member of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. He began teaching history in 1976 and has lectured and consulted widely on Indiana topics.

“Jim Madison knows who we are because he knows who we, as Hoosiers, have been,” said David Bodenhamer, professor of history and executive director of the Polis Center in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. We are excited that he will be our inaugural History Talks! speaker, especially as we approach Indiana’s 200th anniversary. I cannot imagine a better guide to understanding what we might become as a state.”

The presentation is free and open to the general public. Request additional information or RSVP by contacting

The “History Talks!” inaugural program is a collaboration between the Department of History in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, the Spirit & Place Festival and Indiana Landmarks.

Award: Sociology professor receives national honor for work as an HIV/AIDS activist, survivor

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Carrie E. Carrie E Foote ImageFoote is among an elite group of individuals being honored as long-term gladiators in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

POZ magazine has named Foote to its “2015 POZ 100” list for her work teaching “countless students how to think about HIV — compassionately and unconventionally — and how to get involved in HIV activism.”

Once a homeless injection-drug user addicted to heroin, Foote, 46, is now a respected sociology scholar and director of graduate studies in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. She was diagnosed with HIV in 1988.

“I am honored,” Foote said of her inclusion on the POZ list. This year’s list celebrates U.S. residents who are long-term survivors of HIV, defined as having been diagnosed in 1995 or earlier, before effective treatment was available.

Nominated for the list by IUPUI students, colleagues and community partners, Foote said she is focused on reducing the stigma associated with having HIV/AIDS.

“The social stigma associated with being HIV-positive is the main barrier to our being able to end this epidemic,” she said.

Foote’s current research includes a project with the Indiana State Department of Health and the CDC regarding the Scott County, Ind., HIV outbreak among injection-drug users.

POZ celebrated its sixth annual “100” list in conjunction with the Nov. 19 New York City debut of a traveling pop-up art installation featuring pictures and testimonials of HIV-positive men and women over 50 years of age. That exhibit, part of a Walgreens-Graying of AIDS project, “Well Beyond HIV,” ran two days at Rogue Space Chelsea gallery in New York.

Foote’s activism will be evident on World AIDS Day 2015 as her sociology class AIDS and Society will host longtime HIV survivor and advocate Sean Strub as a guest campus lecturer. “An Evening with Sean Strub: The Criminalization of HIV” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room 450C at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Author of “Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex and Survival,” Strub will hold a book-signing immediately following his talk. The event is free and open to the public.

Lecture: HIV/AIDS survivor and advocate Sean Strub coming to IUPUI for World AIDS Day

Date: December 3, 2015
Time: 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
Location: IUPUI Campus Center, RM 450CSean Strub Image

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Carrie E. Foote and students in her sociology class AIDS and Society, offered in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, will host longtime HIV survivor and advocate Sean Strub as a World AIDS Day guest speaker.

An Evening with Sean Strub” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, in Room 450C of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. Strub, founder of POZ magazine, will present “The Criminalization of HIV,” a talk on how HIV-specific laws hurt public health and why reform is needed. Author of “Body Counts: A Memoir of Activism, Sex and Survival,” Strub will hold a book-signing immediately following his talk.

The Office of National AIDS Policy, along with various agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Health and Human Services, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Positive Justice Project, has called for all states to review their laws concerning HIV exposure, Foote said.

Thirty-three states, including Indiana, have HIV-specific statutes that apply to people living with HIV and that penalize any alleged, perceived or suspected HIV exposure, regardless of intent to, or risk of, harm to another individual, Foote said.

“Many people think that the use of criminal law in cases where no HIV transmission occurred, or was even possible, is warranted and appropriate,” she said. “Mr. Strub will offer insights into how HIV-specific laws are not warranted and are actually quite harmful, stigmatizing and discriminatory toward people with HIV. He will elaborate on how these laws hurt public health and why it is therefore critical to reform these laws.”

Strub has been HIV-positive for more than 33 years. In 1994, he founded POZ, the leading independent global source of information about HIV. He presently is the executive director of the SERO Project, a network of people with HIV fighting for freedom from stigma and injustice, and is treasurer of the U.S. Caucus of People Living with HIV. He is considered an expert on HIV prevention and treatment policy and the intersection of sex, public health and the law.

The event is the brainchild of Tamarah Kilroy, an IUPUI senior studying social work who is also the service-learning assistant for Foote’s class. Questions about attending can be directed to Kilroy at

Danicia Monet and Pamela Napier Talk about Good Design

Pamela Napier and Danicia MonetOutpost Indy and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute invite you to join us for weekly one hour discussions on all things design and community in Indianapolis.

We will bring you experts from all over Indy to have real conversations on the state of our community as it pertains to connectivity, environmental awareness, and good design.

This week, Danicia Monet and Pamela Napier talk design.

Date: December 3, 2015
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: Outpost Indy at Circle Centre (across from H&M), 49 W. Maryland St.
Register for free

Danicia Monet: Danicia Monet is an Interaction Designer, challenging traditional urban planning and development ideas to encourage social commentary on people-centric culturally competent design.

Pamela Napier: Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design, Herron School of Art and Design | IUPUI Co-founder & Design Strategist, Collabo Creative

So come on down to the Circle Centre Mall (yes we did say the mall), bring your lunch and join us to discuss how we can make Indy a cooler, more beautiful and greener place to live.

Artist Talk: German artist Bastian Muhr to speak at Herron School of Art and Design

Date: December 2, 2015Bastian Muhr, untitled (detailed), 2014, Pencil/Paper
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Herron School of Art and Degin’s Basile Auditorium

German artist Bastian Muhr, who is know for his large-scale nonrepresentational works, will give a free public talk about his art in Herron School of Art and Design’s Basile Auditorium on Wednesday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Muhr is also active member of an artist-run gallery in Leipzig.

During his two-day visit to Indianapolis, Muhr will do studio visits and have small-group meetings with students from Herron and the IUPUI Museum Studies program.

Muhr first encountered Herron through the school’s study abroad program in Central Europe this past summer. He is one of the artists who met with Herron students during that trip. Herron plans to repeat the Central Europe study in 2016.

Artist Bio:

Bastian Muhr (b.1981 in Braunschweig, Germany) loves to draw. He grew up in Berlin and moved to Leipzig in 2004 to study Painting and Graphic Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts (HGB) where he graduated in 2010. Since then, he has exhibited regularly in Germany and abroad. Upcoming and recent solo exhibitions include: Drawings, Museum Wiesbaden, 2016; and Folge der Linie bis zum Elefanten, Galerie b2 Leipzig, 2014. Muhr’s works are in the collections of Berlin State Museums / Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin; Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig; Dresden State Art Collections/Kunstfonds, Dresden; German Federal Bank, Frankfurt; and Museum Angerlehner, Talheim bei Weis, Austria.

Co-sponsered by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Funding: ACLS Digital Extension Grants

Sponsor deadline: Feb 02, 2016ACLS Logo

ACLS Digital Extension Grants

American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) inviteapplications for the Grant program, made possible by the generous assistance of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance the digital transformation of humanities scholarship by extending the reach of existing digital projects to new communities of users. Grants will support teams of scholars as they enhance existing digital projects in ways that engage new audiences across a range of academic communities and institutions. To this end, projects supported by these grants may:

  • Extend existing digital projects and resources with content that adds diversity or interdisciplinary reach;
  •  Develop new systems of making existing digital resources available to broader audiences and/or scholars from diverse institutions;
  •  Foster new team-based work or collaborations that allow scholars from institutions with limited cyberinfrastructure to exploit digital resources;
  •  Create new forms and sites for scholarly engagement with the digital humanities.

Nasser H. Paydar installed as IUPUI’s fifth chancellor

INDIANAPOLIS — On Nov. 17, hundreds gathered to celebrate the installation of Indiana Nasser H. Paydar ImageUniversity-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor and Indiana University Executive Vice President Nasser H. Paydar at the IUPUI Campus Center, the hub of student life in the heart of campus.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie presided over the ceremony, which featured remarks from Purdue University President Mitch Daniels, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, and campus and community representatives.

Witnesses to the installation of IUPUI’s fifth chancellor included IU executives and trustees; IUPUI faculty, staff, students, alumni, emeritus chancellors Gerald L. Bepko and Charles R. Bantz, and Board of Advisors members; Purdue Board of Trustees representatives; community, civic and business leaders; Paydar’s family — including his mother, who traveled from Iran for the momentous occasion; and close friends.

Paydar, whose appointment began Aug. 16, has been a faculty member for 30 years and has held various administrative and executive leadership positions since he joined IUPUI in 1985 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering. He has been executive vice chancellor since 2012; he served as vice chancellor and dean of Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus from 2004 to 2007 and as chancellor at IU East in Richmond from 2007 to 2012.

“During his 30 years with Indiana University, Nasser has time and again demonstrated outstanding leadership,” McRobbie said. “Nasser is a man of great integrity and conviction who is dedicated to the values at the heart of the very best liberal education. We are most fortunate to count him among the leadership of this great university at this historic time as IUPUI prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a campus in 2019, and as all of us at Indiana University recommit ourselves to building the foundation for the university’s enduring strength.”

As a part of his installation address, Paydar outlined several specific goals critical to IUPUI’s success:

  • Increasing the number of African-American students at IUPUI by more than 50 percent over the next five years: “Diversity is directly tied to our pursuit of academic excellence and benefits all students, faculty and staff.”
    Increasing the amount of need-based aid IUPUI offers by 100 percent within one year: “Access is fundamental to student success, and a key element in our recruitment strategy has been, and will continue to be, scholarships and financial aid.”
  • Continuing to develop and improve IUPUI’s academic offerings, including increasing the number of hybrid, online, interdisciplinary and accelerated programs: “This will save students time and money and prepare them for the challenges of the contemporary workforce.”
  • Developing an action plan to increase IUPUI’s success in securing funding and opportunities for faculty to develop their scholarship and creative work: “As a research institution, our collaborative approaches will be crucial as we address some of the most urgent challenges facing Indiana and the world.”
  • Designing and supporting professional and leadership programs that help staff members continuously improve their careers: “Our staff ensures that IUPUI runs efficiently and remains responsive to our stakeholders.”

Paydar also spoke of the need to significantly increase experiential learning and community-engaged research, the importance of community engagement and the necessity for IUPUI to work closely with community partners and the city of Indianapolis to address critical urban needs, the desire to strengthen campus community and create a more vibrant student life, and the need to shine a spotlight on IUPUI’s innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.

Paydar concluded his remarks by saying, “As we look to the future together, we will continue to aim for academic excellence, ever-stronger connections with our partners across the city and state, and a more well-defined campus community. Working together, we can build on IUPUI’s great strengths as a destination for engaged scholars and students from Indiana and beyond and as an engine for positive change.”

Forum: U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson featured at Women in Leadership

INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks and Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson will beSusan Brooks, official portrait,113th Congress the featured speakers at the Hazelett Women in Leadership Forum Nov. 23 at the Indiana Statehouse.

They will address the topic of women’s leadership in government, discussing what skills women bring to government and what perspectives they offer.

The forum was created by Ambassador Randall L. Tobias, the Randall L. Tobias Foundation, the IU Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the IUPUI Office for Women. Gary Mayor Karen-Freeman-Wilson

Participants are asked to register for the forum, which is free and open to the public. It begins with a reception at 5 p.m. in the Rotunda, followed by the presentations at 6 p.m. in the North Atrium.

“This program grows out of a desire to honor and hear from individuals who are successful leaders,” said Carol Madison, executive director of the Tobias Center. “Our speakers are individuals who exemplify excellence in leadership and work to support the advancement of women in leadership roles.

“To that end, the IU Tobias Center, the IUPUI Office for Women and IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar invite the community, corporate leaders, students and scholars to share in a learning experience focused on women leaders in all walks of life,” Madison said. “Honorees offer insights into knowledge about leadership in the modern workplace, including their reflections on the role of gender, work/life balance and effective communication.”

Brooks represents the 5th District of Indiana, which spans eight counties in Central Indiana. When elected, she became the first Republican congresswoman from Indiana since the 1950s.

Brooks served as deputy mayor of Indianapolis under Mayor Steve Goldsmith and was appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana in 2001 by President George W. Bush. She has also held the position of senior vice president and general counsel for Ivy Tech Community College, with a focus on statewide workforce-development strategies.

On Dec. 31, 2011, Freeman-Wilson became the first woman to lead Gary and the first African-American female mayor in Indiana.

Previously, she was the Indiana attorney general, focusing her efforts on youth, seniors and abused patients in nursing homes. She was one of the first attorneys general in the country to combat gas price-gouging and to ensure that tobacco-settlement dollars were directed toward smoking cessation and health care. Freeman-Wilson has also served as the executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

The Hazelett Forum was established to honor the late Susie Hazelett, former executive director of the Randall L. Tobias Foundation, who was instrumental in helping to establish the IU Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence.

The Tobias Center focuses on research and programs related to the study of leadership across all sectors, including corporate, public service, education, religion, medicine and nonprofit organizations. Its focus on multiple sectors and on both the practice and theory of leadership distinguish its agenda among leadership programs nationwide.

Announcement: IU Collaborative Research Grants 2015-16 Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals for the Indiana University Collaborative Research Grants program is available online. Proposals are due on February 15, 2016, with funding to begin no iu-logolater than May 1, 2016.

The IUCRG program is open to faculty on all IU campuses. The intent of the IUCRG program is to support research that will significantly advance a research field and in doing so, impact the lives of Indiana residents, the United States, and the world. The program as a whole is designed to help facilitate new collaborations, and in so doing to increase Indiana University’s competitiveness for external funding involving innovative and transformative research. Each team must therefore include at least two faculty members from different departments, schools, campuses or disciplines who have not previously collaborated extensively in the project’s subject matter. Grants are intended as seed funding, to be followed by external funding to continue and complete a broader research trajectory initiated with IUCRG support.

IUCRG will support research in emerging fields of study as well as innovative or multidisciplinary research that can advance a field. Proposals should fit at least one of the following subject areas:

  • Biological/Life Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues in non-medical biological sciences;
  • Physical Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to compelling issues in physics, astronomy, chemistry, geology/Earth science;
  • Engineering, Computer Science, and Informatics: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to compelling issues in applied sciences including material sciences, engineering research, or approaches to other areas of research that rely upon innovative uses of technology, engineering, or computer and applied sciences;
  • Health Sciences: innovative multidisciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues in biomedical sciences;
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: innovative multi-disciplinary or multi-collaborator approaches to issues of local, state, national or international significance; educational research, including but not limited to research into effective novel approaches to K-12 STEM education (not curricular development).

Additional details are available online. If after reviewing the RFP and FAQs, you have questions about the program, please contact us at

Over the past five years, the IUCRG program has supported 65 teams including 222 IU faculty members engaged in research across a variety of fields. Lists of past recipients are available on our website. We are pleased to continue the program this year and look forward to receiving your proposals.