Center for Ray Bradbury Studies Receives NEH Grant

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The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI, one of the most extensive single-author archives housed at a university, has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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On April 9, the NEH announced $18.6 million in grants for 199 humanities projects across the country, including a number of humanities collections and reference resources grants.

The grant will allow the center to prepare a preservation plan and operational procedures that will help it to eventually expand into a museum and archive with gallery space, all open to the public.

“Ray Bradbury’s archives are a treasure not only for this campus but for all scholars and fans of Mr. Bradbury and his work everywhere,” said Thomas J. Davis, dean of the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, which hosts the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies. “This generous grant will eventually allow more people to study and enjoy his life’s work and personal items.”

The center was founded in 2007, and the collection, housed in Room 121 of Cavanaugh Hall in the heart of the IUPUI campus, spans the lifetime of the science fiction master (1920-2012). His literary works, art, correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, audiovisual materials, and more are all preserved — nearly 15 tons of materials in all. His home office has also been meticulously recreated with its original contents.

“He kept everything — everything was a memento to life for him,” said Jonathan R. Eller, director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies and Chancellor’s Professor of English. “All his life, he was learning and observing. When he was beginning to dream about human beings going to outer space, the moon, and Mars, that was his dream before it was popular. His dreams became our dreams through books like ‘The Martian Chronicles.'”

Bradbury’s work continues to inspire millions today, from astronauts to statesmen to children. Literary and Hollywood legends such as Herman Wouk, Steven Spielberg, Charlton Heston, Gregory Peck, and Walt Disney, among many others, wrote letters to Bradbury during his lifetime — those are also housed in the collection.

The NEH grant will allow for the hiring of two graduate interns — at least one from the School of Liberal Arts’ Museum Studies program — devoted to coordinating all the work required to expand into a museum and gallery.

“We will be learning best practices for preservation and for inventory and accessioning, as well as the kind of activities that a gallery or archive or museum does to make sure the public has access to these items,” Eller said. “Once we’ve benefited from this grant, a lot of doors will open.”

University Library Dean David Lewis Designated Sagamore of the Wabash

David Lewis, left, and his Sagamore of the Wabash, with Indiana State Archivist Jim Corridan. Photo courtesy of IUPUI University Library.

On the eve of his retirement from IUPUI, University Library Dean David Lewis has been recognized with one of the highest distinctions in the state of Indiana, the Sagamore of the Wabash. The award is the highest honor bestowed by the governor of Indiana and is a personal tribute given to those who have rendered distinguished service to the state. On behalf of Gov. Eric Holcomb, Indiana State Archivist Jim Corridan conferred the honor on Lewis for his service to libraries across the state over the last 25 years.

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Lewis began his career at the IUPUI University Library in 1993, the opening year of the landmark building designed by renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes. In 2000, Lewis was appointed dean. After 18 years at the helm of the library, Lewis will retire in May. His career as an academic library leader for more than four decades has been characterized by a record of noteworthy accomplishments in the areas of academic technologies, digital humanities, open access to scholarly and educational resources, library integration into campus and community life, and innovative service development.

“David Lewis’ record of service to the IUPUI community is remarkable and will live on long after his well-deserved retirement,” IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said. “His Sagamore of the Wabash distinction is well-earned and confirms the measures of success that we have known for many years.”

For more than two decades, Lewis has been a champion of creating access to information for Hoosiers through digital library resources.

He helped create the Marion County Internet Library, a collection of full-text research databases that can be accessed from within any public library, any K-12 school, or any college or university library in Marion County. He served on the Indiana State Library Advisory Council for seven years, leading the group from 2008 to 2012 and helping to advance strategic initiatives such as the Indiana Digital Summit, which provided guidance to the State Library regarding the development of digital content about the history and culture of Indiana. He also contributed to the early planning and continued growth of INSPIRE, Indiana’s virtual online library. INSPIRE is provided by the Indiana State Library and supported through the Build Indiana Fund and the Washington-based Institute for Museum and Library Services, in partnership with Academic Libraries of Indiana, a group Lewis presided over from 2013 to 2015.

As part of his work with ALI, Lewis oversaw a large-scale project in 2012-13 that had a significant impact across the Indiana academic library community. The Indiana Shared Print Project was, at the time, the largest collection-analysis project of its kind. Due to its scope and impact, the project received a $225,000 grant from the Indianapolis-based Lilly Endowment. It included 36 Indiana colleges and universities and allowed for the data-driven withdrawal of thousands of volumes from the participating libraries, which in turn freed up library space to meet other user needs. It also laid the groundwork for collaborative Indiana collections development going forward and identified unique print items within the collections of participating libraries for preservation and potential digitization.

Lewis has translated his extensive experience into thought leadership for academic librarianship. His record of publications, presentations, and professional service is diverse and extensive, ranging across the future of library collections, library space, the library and open access, scholarly communication, and provocative thinking about the future of the academic library. This work culminated in 2016 with the publication of his widely acclaimed book, “Reimagining the Academic Library.”

“I have had so many great colleagues in the Indiana library community, and much of the credit goes to them,” Lewis said. “The Sagamore of the Wabash is an unexpected honor.”

In recognition of his thought leadership, Lewis was named the 2018 Association of College and Research Libraries’ Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award showcases his long career of accomplishments and recognizes significant and influential research and the publication of a body of scholarly writing that contributes to academic or research library development.

Leaders Honored at Women’s History Month Event

Honorees and their awards. Photo courtesy of the Office for Women.

The IUPUI Office for Women and the Division of Student Affairs held its 21st Annual Women’s History Month Leadership Awards reception last week and honored eighteen women-identified faculty, staff and students as outstanding leaders on campus. The program concluded a month of celebrating National Women’s History month.

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This year’s theme was, “Nevertheless She Persisted: Honoring Women Who Fight All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.” Myra K. Selby, a partner in the law firm of Ice Miller, LLP, addressed this theme in her keynote presentation. She was the first woman and first person of color on the Indiana Supreme Court serving as an Associate Justice from 1995-1999. She also chaired the Commission on Race and Fairness on behalf of the Indiana Supreme Court.

Seven faculty, five staff and six students received recognition during the event, held in the Campus Center. One of the awards from the Office for Women celebrated the “IUPUI Inspirational Woman.” This year’s recipient was Carolyn S. Gentle-Genitty, Assistant Vice President for University Academic Policy, Director of the University Office of Transfer and Associate Professor, IU School of Social Work.

Veteran faculty award recipients include Carrie Hagan, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, Director, Civil Practice Clinic, IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Joan R. Poulsen, Division Head of Science, Associate Professor, Indiana University –Purdue University Columbus; Michelle P.  Salyers, Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Psychology Program, IUPUI School of Science; and M. Kim Saxton, Clinical Associate Professor of Marketing, IU Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis. The newcomer faculty award recipient is Tawana K. Ware, Assistant Professor, IU School of Dentistry. The Part-time Faculty Award went to Janice Bankert-Countryman, Associate Instructor for Women’s Studies and Communication Studies, IU School of Liberal Arts, Indianapolis.

Veteran staff award recipients include Roxanne Gregg, Director, Upward Bound, IUPUI; Monica Henry, Assistant Director, Finance and Administration, IUPUI Graduate Office; and Mary Price, Director of Faculty Development, IUPUI Center for Service and Learning. Newcomer Staff awards went to Teresa Mackin, Assistant Director of Communications and Media Relations, IU Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis; and Tytishia “Ty” Davis, Assistant Dean and Director, Office of Student Advocacy and Support.

Finally, the Student Award Winners, presented by the Division of Student Affairs, include Abike Akinro, First Year Law Student, expected graduation: May 2020; Ashton Dillon, Major: Health Science, Minor: Chemistry, expected graduation: May 2019; Cecilia Gomez, Majors: Anthropology and Social Work, Minors: Spanish and Global and International Studies, expected graduation: Spring 2019; Hannah Walters, Major: Biology, Minor: Medical Sociology, expected graduation: May 2018; Holli Weed, Graduate Student: Higher Education and Student Affairs, expected graduation: May 2018; and Sierra Lee, Majors: Marketing and International Studies, expected graduation: May 2018.

IUPUI Wins Engaged Campus of the Year Award from Indiana Campus Compact

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With its demonstrated ability to contribute to improving the community and educate students for civic and social responsibility, IUPUI won the 2018 Engaged Campus of the Year award from the Indiana Campus Compact.

The Indiana Campus Compact is a partnership of Indiana’s public, private, and community college higher education institutions and is focused on advocating, implementing, and improving service engagement. The Engaged Campus Award recognizes exemplary commitment to advancing the civic purposes of higher education.

“IUPUI’s commitment to community engagement began when the campus was founded in 1969 and is a guiding principle for all of our students, faculty, and staff,” IUPUI Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said. “We’re honored to receive this award as a symbol of our strong historic commitment to the public good, which continues to be a major force in our strategic priorities.”

The IUPUI Strategic Plan articulates the campus priorities of student success; advances in health and life sciences; and contributions to the well-being of the citizens of Indianapolis, the state of Indiana, and beyond. Engagement is pervasive throughout the strategic plan — in the curricular and co-curricular experiences, research, service, economic and community development, and more.

In 2014, as part of that strategic plan, IUPUI developed an Office of Community Engagement to support, promote, and recognize campus engagement with the community and to develop a strategic approach to community engagement at IUPUI.

Community engagement is integrated into the curriculum on an institution-wide level. From the newly launched Community Corps program, which gives students an introduction to community development, to residential and commercial developments designed for social justice impact, to an American Studies cultural ecologies internship exploring how art and culture impact a community’s well-being, IUPUI weaves community into courses, majors, and departments across the campus.

As home to the nationally recognized Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, the Center for Service and Learning, and The Polis Center for place-based solutions, IUPUI has been lauded for years for being a shining example of how an urban university can be the conduit for collaboration and reciprocal partnerships with surrounding communities while at the same time offering a robust, rigorous, and socially just education to its students.

“Indiana Campus Compact’s mission to prepare college students to advance the public good in their communities is only possible when our partner institutions dedicate themselves to the same mission. Fully engaged colleges and universities work hand-in-hand with community partners to improve community life and to educate students for civic and social responsibility,” said J.R. Jamison, executive director of Indiana Campus Compact. “Community engagement is embedded in IUPUI’s culture, and its faculty, staff, and students are connected to the community in meaningful, lasting ways that advance the public good.”

IUPUI received a $1,000 prize with the award. The money is being donated to one of its community partners, Christamore House, which provides youth education services, senior programming, and life skills training to residents of Haughville and the near-west side of Indianapolis.

Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase

Plater Medallion Recipients from 2015 Bringle Showcase

Service, partnership, and research. The Robert G. Bringle Civic Engagement Showcase recognizes the impact of each of these things on the IUPUI campus and in the community.

Held in the IUPUI Campus Center (420 University Boulevard) on Tuesday, April 10, the showcase will honor faculty, staff, and community partners who exemplify IUPUI’s commitment to deepening community engagement. The showcase will highlight the contributions of four IUPUI honorees. Poster presentations will show the various and diverse contributions IUPUI students, faculty, staff, and organizations are making to this commitment. Finally, the event will conclude with a formal recognition of the graduating students who have been awarded the William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion for exemplary commitment to serving their community.

To register or to learn more, visit the IUPUI Center for Service & Learning website.

Core Fulbright Program Competition

From the Vice President for International Affairs:

The competition for the 2019-20 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is now open. The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program sends more than 500 American scholars and professionals annually to more than 125 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Visit the CIES website for application details.

Keep in mind that grant lengths vary and are specified in the award description; grant benefits vary but generally include travel and living expenses for the awardee and accompanying dependents; the competition is open to all U.S. citizens; the application deadline is August 1, 2018; and the Catalog of Awards is available here.

For more information, visit the CIES website and contact IUPUI’s Fulbright representative, Leslie Bozeman.

2017 Heartland Film Festival accepts films from two School of Informatics and Computing students

Sam Mirpoorian (left) and Hannah West (right)

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Two Media Arts and Science students in the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI had their entries accepted into the 2017 Heartland Film Festival held recently in Indianapolis.

Sam Mirpoorian, who received his bachelor’s degree in May and is now enrolled in the master’s program, and Hannah West, a current senior, produced their films under the guidance of Media Arts and Science faculty member C. Thomas Lewis.

Sam Mirpoorian’s short, “Little Warriors,” received this year’s Indiana Spotlight Film Award, winning $5,000 and adding to accolades already earned at the Indy Film Festival, the Napa Valley Film Festival and the Global Impact Film Festival.

“Little Warriors” captures a group of Indianapolis youth and their impassioned attempt to introduce legislation that would address climate recovery. (You can even watch the trailer on Vimeo!)

Mirpoorian created the film for his senior capstone project. He attributes much of his success to the support he received from the program and his advisors.

“The program is very hands-on and truly allows for filmmakers like me to explore and unleash their abilities and interests,” he said. “I mostly want to thank professor Lewis, as he provided excellent guidance and made sure I stayed on course.”

As an undergraduate, Mirpoorian also produced “Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness,” which received critical acclaim last year and has been released for commercial distribution.

West’s film, “Not in Vain,” was a class project created for the Video for Social Change course. She, too, credits Lewis for her success. “I’m very thankful for his help, support and guidance on this project, as well as throughout my undergrad degree work,” she said.

“Not in Vain” explores Indiana’s opioid crisis, a topic close to West’s heart. “Moving forward, it would be great to find a way to have this film shown in Indiana public schools,” West said. She pointed out that opioid abuse is a problem that is affecting many Hoosiers as early as high school, and she hopes that the film could create a dialogue with students.

The Media Arts and Science undergraduate degree with specialization in video production and sound design introduces students to the latest technical skills required in the video and sound industry and prepares them to develop, produce and ultimately deliver a professional-quality product.

“In the Media Arts and Science video courses, we educate students to create professional-level films that engage in important social issues. It is truly rewarding when we see our students get the recognition they deserve for their hard work,” Lewis said.

Greening IUPUI Grant now available

From Sustainability at IUPUI:

All IUPUI students, faculty, and staff are welcome to apply for a Greening IUPUI Grant. Greening IUPUI Grants are awarded one time per year to projects that further campus sustainability efforts. IUPUI dedicates a total of $50,000 annually to fund these projects. Applications are open now and will be accepted through February 1.

Proposals should focus on areas like planning and administration; academic; campus engagement; public engagement; operations; and health and wellness. They will be evaluated based on the potential improvement of IUPUI’s STARS score; long-term impact for IUPUI; high-impact learning experiences; visibility; student involvement; reasonable timeline and feasibility; and financial considerations. The full guidelines are available here, and you can preview the application here.

For more information or to apply, click here.

Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the USA honors IUPUI student club for contributions to community

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Abdullah Alzeer, middle, accepted the IUPUI Saudi Students Club’s award as the nation’s top organization from the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the USA.

The IUPUI Saudi Students Club was honored by the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the USA as the leading student organization in the country. The award recognized this group of Jags for its commitment to giving, community, and positive change.

During his 2016 term as president, doctoral student Abdullah Alzeer guided the Saudi Students Club through much of its outreach. It hosted 167 events, many of them social, but others focused on academics, community support, personal development, and cultural outreach. One key to this was the creation of Al-Majlis, or Saudi Clubhouse, which allowed for fellowship among IUPUI’s Saudi population and the city, regardless of national or religious background. This was the overarching mission of the Saudi Students Club.

Al-Majlis made a huge impact during Ramadan last year. Renting the building for the first time, the Saudi Students Club worked with the neighborhood to host a family-style Ramadan celebration. This included logistics as mundane as obtaining the use of parking lots to maintaining late-night quiet hours to encouraging community members to celebrate with the club.

“It was really one of those golden moments to me, when Muslims and Christians, despite their differences in religion, help each other to be more faithful to what they believe in and reach peace,” said Alzeer. “We had many guests from the neighborhood during our Ramadan breakfast.”

From May 2016 to May 2017, the IUPUI Saudi Students Club welcomed more than 5,000 people to events focusing on academics, community support, culture, personal development, social opportunities and sport. While a majority of the events were social activities, 23 percent concentrated on personal development that helped to build personal and academic skills of the Saudi community in Indianapolis.

It sounds simple on paper, but putting this outreach into action is rife with difficulties. Alzeer, however, sees only opportunities and is determined to make the most of his time in the United States while also helping other Saudi students to do the same.

IUPUI is host this fall to 385 students from Saudi Arabia. That contributes to the university’s record 2,087 international students, three times the 2000 academic year’s total, according to Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar in his State of the Campus address Nov. 7.

In May, the Saudi Students Club hosted Artal, an event dedicated to volunteering. The IUPUI club invited individuals from the nearly 370 Saudi clubs nationwide and provided a forum for speakers and poster sessions that showcased the importance of volunteering and highlighted ways the Saudi community can contribute philanthropically.

The IUPUI Saudi Students Club has also written a guidebook, in Arabic, to help fellow international students transition to the university and succeed academically. It includes a list of tutoring and other resources, what to expect from a variety of majors, frequently asked questions for defending a doctoral dissertation, and it even offers advice for when students need a Plan B for their time here.

During final exam week, the club reserved space at University Library for tutoring and motivation.

“We had one of the rooms with coffee and snacks with small, encouraging statements: ‘We love you.’ ‘You can make it.’ ‘You can do it,'” Alzeer said, laughing lightly. “People grabbed some coffee, chatted a little bit and then went back to study. We encouraged them to stay at the library instead of going out to restaurants where they realize they missed two valuable hours.”

Alzeer spends his personal time doing outreach as well, acting as an interpreter for local high schools, serving at food banks, and even translating an emergency preparedness program to Arabic for FEMA in 2013.

Alzeer’s motivation can be traced back to what he perceives as a need to change an image, both his own and that of Saudis around the world. He recalls the shock of 9/11. “I remember the country changed then,” he said. “We realized something was not right.”

Hence the drive for positive change, which for Alzeer is rooted in education. “More Saudi students started coming to the States for two reasons,” he said. “Number one is educating the community. We have a huge base of youth in Saudi Arabia, and the local universities cannot accept all of them. We need to find other places that can help to educate and accelerate the process of learning and educating the youth in Saudi Arabia. The second is to tell the world, and to tell ourselves, that there are other ways of accepted living in this world. We need to understand other cultures. We need to accept the differences. Many students, when they went to the States and studied and came back, became the basis of the reform we are seeing today in Saudi Arabia.”

Alzeer came to the United States seven years ago. He followed a language program in Washington, D.C., with a master’s degree in health informatics at Northern Kentucky University, where he helped win Best New Saudi Club honors in 2011. He’s now completing his Ph.D. in health informatics in the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and using his background in pharmaceuticals to develop a model that could predict opioid use disorder.

“I’ve had a great time, and great help from the American community in general, students and families.” He then added, referring to last year’s U.S. presidential election, “We were overwhelmed by kindness from the IUPUI campus. We felt the U.S. is not the place we used to know, but IUPUI helped reverse that.”

IU seeking institutional nominees for the Japan Foundation’s “Performing Arts Japan for North America” award

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The Japan Foundation’s “Performing Arts Japan for North America” program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The PAJ program offers two types of support:

  • The Touring Grant assists with the presentation of Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and/or Canada, with emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas where there is little exposure to Japanese performing arts.
  • The Collaboration Grant facilitates the collaboration of Japanese and American/Canadian artists so that they may create new work with the potential to develop into a touring project and further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to audiences in the United States and Canada.

Grants are determined on a cost-sharing basis and are awarded only to U.S.-based or Canada-based non-profit organizations and are subject to the relevant laws and regulations of the Japan Foundation. Applicants are eligible to apply for one project only through one of the two categories. Only one applicant from each Indiana University campus, so applications must go through the limited submissions process for each institution to determine its nominee.

To apply for IU Internal competition, please find the application at the IU Research Gateway website. The internal deadline for IUPUI is August 30, 2017.