What’s In Your Bag?

Jordan Nelsen. Photo by Tim Brouk, IU Communications.

When Jordan Nelsen was a small child, she picked up a pencil and paper and began to draw, just like any kid.

Read the original article from News at IUPUI‘s Tim Brouk.

A few years later, Nelsen began drawing with a pen-shaped stylus, pen tablet, and laptop computer. Since elementary school, Nelsen has balanced digital drawing with “analog.” Now a senior in the Herron School of Art and Design and the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, Nelsen still carries a paper sketchbook, but the digital equipement takes up more room in her backpack.

With her left hand on hot keys for erasing and choosing different brushes in programs like ZBrush, Geomagic Design X, and Photoshop, Nelsen’s digital work has brought her high praise at Herron. She has assembled a portfolio of figurative fantasy pieces aimed at the video game industry.

Nelsen’s ability to translate her designs into 3-D pieces was honed through her classes as a Media Arts and Science (MAS) major at the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC), and through research projects under the guidance of Zebulun Wood, co-director of the MAS undergraduate program.

The anatomical foundation of her art talents has led to life-enhancing opportunities for dental patients. A summer-school informatics and computing class with School of Dentistry maxillofacial prosthodontics resident Dr. Travis Bellicchi led to more than a dozen facial prosthetic designs the last couple of years. A 2017 nose for a cancer patient, which took her only four hours to produce, made regional news.

“Depending on the case, they can take months to complete,” Nelsen explained. “But we scanned him, we designed it, and we had it on the 3-D printer ready to go for him the next day. It happened a lot quicker than everyone thought. It was a good feeling to get that done in an unprecedented amount of time.”

After seeing the widely spread pictures of the patient wearing her prosthetic design, Nelsen had a revelation on what her skills could do.

“It’s one thing to paint something for myself and feel really good about it,” said Nelsen. “It’s an entirely alien feeling to be able to say, ‘I made this thing that somebody is wearing to help improve their way of life.’ There is no feeling that’s like that.”

Set to graduate in May, Nelsen hopes to still pursue both gaming and prosthetics.

“I like to find a nice balance between the two,” Nelsen said, “from helping people and painting for myself as well.”

While she only needs three pieces of equipment to create a new video game character or new dentures to be installed into the zygomatic bone of a School of Dentistry patient, Nelsen’s backpack carries her latest work and her future career — or careers.

IUPUI Telematic Collective

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Photo by Liz Kaye, IU Communications

Department of Music and Arts Technology graduate students Harry Chaubey and Arun Berty each traveled thousands of miles to continue their studies at IUPUI.

Both young men are technologically adept and avid music consumers. Creating and understanding music through the help of computer programs and electronic equipment was their next academic step, which made the School of Engineering and Technology program an easy choice.

But these students’ backgrounds and previous stops are as different as future bass and witch house. Chaubey came from Los Angeles. He was working in sound and composition studios when he decided to up his game. Berty traveled all the way from Chennai, India. He received an undergraduate degree in computer science from Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology in southern India. He made a big change when he decided to pursue his love of music. Both students’ skills have been welcomed in the Department of Music and Arts Technology as well as in the Telematic Collective, a unique electronic music ensemble that performs original works regularly on campus.

“I wanted both of my interests to merge,” said Berty, who found IUPUI online after he finished his computer science degree. “That’s what put me here.”


Telematic Collective gets its name from the tradition of online collaboration during its live shows. Musicians from across the globe have been known to patch in and perform with the IUPUI musicians onstage within the Informatics and Communications Technology Complex. The group’s next concert is at 7:30 p.m. April 12 in ICTC Room 152.

And the collaboration isn’t limited to online talent. A typical Telematic experience will include original video work, live dancers from local organizations like the Ballet Theatre of Indiana and guest Indianapolis musicians. While most students in Telematic have laptops guiding their sounds, musicians have also been known to pick up a saxophone or guitar. The vibraphone is a staple, as it’s the instrument that faculty advisor Scott Deal specialized in during his previous academic career. Like his students, he was lured to IUPUI by the possibilities of electronic music and technological advancement.

“I was always doing crazy technology things,” said Deal, a professor of music arts and technology. “This was a natural next step.”

Like a rock song, a Telematic piece starts with a riff and a beat. A recent rehearsal saw Chaubey, Berty, fellow grad student Dustin Paugh, and undergraduates Sam Duncan and Charles Cheesman working on a piece. The tune was still being shaped as each student got his chance to work the riff or add their own notes. Deal was sitting in as well, but he confirmed to Inside IUPUI that every Telematic piece is written by the students.

“They bring their ideas; they engage the other students; and then we use all of these wonderful technological merging tools to create something that sounds new, fresh and original,” Deal said. “They get to work their creative chops in putting the music together.”

Telematic gained new members this semester, and they are using their time to master music-composition programs like Logic Pro X and equipment like the Native Instruments Maschine drum machine and Ableton Pushes. This device is a sequencer, piano, sampler and effects modulator all in one console about the size of a textbook.

And speaking of those antiquated things made of paper, textbooks don’t tell these tech-savvy musicians how to make an original instrumental work that could earn a live audience’s interest. Experimentation, improvisation and practice fuel the tunes.

“The possibilities are endless,” Chaubey said. “This technology is my instrument.”

Chaubey and Berty manned laptop keyboards and the more traditional keyboards in a musical setting. Berty said he’d been playing piano for several years and was happy to contribute to the ensemble. Each player brings a different expertise, making Telematic an always evolving and changing entity. Berty’s background will help construct technological feats yet to be explored in the group. Other Telematic members — currently 10 students — have had video experience, which helped improve the visual side of the collective.

“We look at this more as a working group,” Deal said. “It’s multidisciplinary.”

Telematic concerts are much more than students sitting in front of laptops for an hour. Video screens display imagery, the online collaborators and dancers contribute, and moody lighting adds to the atmosphere. The music itself is presented with expert live sound. After all, the Music and Arts Technology program pumps out dozens of sound engineers and studio producers every year.

Students work on pieces for months before they are debuted live. The works are usually several minutes long, allowing for live musicians and online artists to add their own flourishes.

“I came here specifically to learn these tools and to incorporate technology into my skill set,” said Paugh, who studied classical music and vocal performance at the University of Nebraska before coming to IUPUI. “This is more collaborative in nature. Everyone contributes their piece. There’s a give-and-take.”

While putting on a good show is important, making sure these students get jobs is crucial. Like his students’ varied backgrounds, Deal said, the degree in music and arts technology can start an array of different career paths. Most students go into the recording industry, including sales and performance. Some have tried their skills at electronic instrument design. Other students have gotten positions with lucrative companies, both music related and not.

“We had a student get a job at Spotify in San Francisco doing their programming,” Deal said. “One student got a job at Boeing doing audio things. He said his job is classified and he couldn’t tell me what exactly he was doing, but it does have to do with audio.”

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.

IUPUI Center for Digital Scholarship goes 3D

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Jenny Johnson demonstrates 3D scanner

The handheld Creaform 3D scanner looks like an old-school video game controller, a clunky throwback to the early days of Atari. But these mobile 3D scanners used by the staff in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship are very advanced, and they are changing the way we record recent history, ancient history, and even the future.

“About two years ago, we decided to explore 3D technology and what scanning could look like,” said Jenny Johnson, head of digitization services for the Center for Digital Scholarship. “Every community and cultural heritage institution that we work with has 3D objects. As the technology has gotten better, computer processing has gotten better, and because costs have been reduced a little bit with the technology, we decided to dive into the specifics and see what we could do. The Benjamin Harrison team was really interested in this, and they’ve got an eCollection initiative to document more of their items.”

This statue of Harrison has been 3D printed using the 3D scan file

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site houses a large collection of former U.S. President Benjamin Harrison’s belongings in his former home, including furniture, pottery, silver, plates, and dresses. In collaboration with the Center for Digital Scholarship, these items will soon be scanned, and the digital files will be available online to view and to download. This means that anyone with access to a 3D printer will be able to create copies of the collection items. The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site eCollection initiative is planned to go online around November.

Archaeologists are using the technology, as well. The Lawrenz Gun Club is a Mississippian Period fortified Native American village and mound complex in the central Illinois River Valley, active between the years 1150 and 1425. Jeremy Wilson, associate professor of anthropology at IUPUI, studies it; he and his team have been working on the site since 2010. He works with the IUPUI 3D digital archivists to record what they have found. Wilson’s ultimate goal, in partnership with associate professor Dan Johnson from the geography department, is to build a virtual representation of the site and how the village changed over time.


The digital renderings of these items are available in the IUPUI University Library Center for Digital Scholarship’s online collection.

Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council awards $105,000 in grants to 11 programs on IU campuses

Indiana University School of Medicine LogoBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The Indiana University Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council awarded grants Wednesday totaling $105,000 to 11 programs affiliated with five IU campuses and one regional center. This year marks the council’s fifth grant cycle, with cumulative awards totaling more than $500,000 since 2012.

Awards range from $3,000 to $20,000 and support projects to improve public health, support women’s leadership initiatives, increase opportunities for diverse and underserved populations, and provide global experiences at IU Bloomington, IU East, IU Kokomo, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis/Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus and IU South Bend. There were 28 grant applicants this year.

“We were impressed by the applications we received, which reflect the creativity and commitment of the applicants to IU students, the IU community, our state and beyond,” council member and Grants Working Group chair Judy Summerville said. “It is a challenging process to select awardees as we receive more worthy applications than we can currently fund.”

In a unique partnership with the Well House Society — one of the IU Foundation’s donor recognition societies — three applicants received an additional $25,108 in funding this year. Members of the Well House Society Advisory Board reviewed Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council grant applicants to ensure selected projects answer urgent needs and opportunities, demonstrate widespread impact on the university and align with the priorities of the Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign.

Well House Society support fully funded the Student Outreach Clinic of the IU School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology on the IUPUI campus, and it provided supplemental support to the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington and IUPUI’s School of Social Work.

“The Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council was created to work together to support the innovative work of IU faculty, students and staff,” Summerville added. “We help new initiatives get started, expand the reach of current programs and provide special opportunities through the IU campus system. We invite others to partner with us to expand our ability to effect change. Together, we believe we can make a difference.”

The funding makes a difference for populations the grant recipients’ projects serve — and may even save lives, according to Rosalie S. Aldrich, assistant professor in communication studies at IU East. One of this year’s grant awards will expand suicide prevention training on the IU East campus.

“I am excited and grateful to receive the WPLC grant,” Aldrich said. “This funding will allow me to continue to offer multiple suicide prevention trainings to faculty, staff and students at IU East with the hopes of increasing the willingness to intervene when someone is suicidal and ultimately save lives. Together we can positively address the serious public health problem of suicide and improve intervention training effectiveness through assessment.”

2016 IU Women’s Philanthropy Leadership Council grant recipients are:

Workplace Simulation Project, Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at IU Bloomington: This is a collaboration of industry professionals and high school teachers who develop client-generated projects that students complete. Participating students will explore STEM concepts and gain hands-on, real-world experience as they complete projects.

Student Sexual Health and Awareness Campaign, Kinsey Institute at IU Bloomington:
The award will fund a campus bus-wrap advertisement to provide students with information and resources related to safe sex. The grant will support advertising inside the bus as well.

International Women’s Day Conference, Gender & Women’s Affairs at IU Bloomington:
This one-day conference will focus on women’s empowerment, leadership development, healthy relationships and student well-being.

Examining Suicide Intervention Training and Its Effectiveness, Rosalie S. Aldrich at IU East:
The award will help expand suicide prevention training — Question, Persuade, Refer training — among students, faculty and staff on the IU East campus.

Supporting Student Persistence in Traditionally Underserved and Underrepresented Student Populations at IU Kokomo:
Grant funds will enable more students to participate in the Summer Bridge program, which prepares underserved students for the transition to a university environment.

Pathway to Success for Practicing Nurses, School of Nursing at IUPUC:
The award will provide tuition assistance to registered nurses with an Associate of Science in nursing, increasing their educational and professional opportunities through the IUPUC nursing program.

MAC-Tech: Mentoring for Accessible Careers through Technology, School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI:
This three-day workshop will address technology’s impact on employment of the blind/visually impaired population, with the goal of improving communications, networking and mentorship opportunities to reduce this group’s 70 percent unemployment rate.

Building Hopes, Creating Change: International Service-Learning in Post-War Communities, School of Social Work at IUPUI:
Grant funds will allow minority and low-income social work students to participate in study abroad service-learning programs in conflict-affected areas.

Girls STEM Institute, Crystal Morton at IUPUI:
This summer camp provides African American and Latina females ages 9 to 18 the opportunity to access mathematics and other STEM concepts in a culturally grounded context. Grant funds will double the number of participants in the program.

Office for Women at IUPUI/IUPUC:
This office will extend services and support from the IUPUI Office for Women to the Columbus campus, providing programming, mentoring and support that address needs of female students.

Raclin School of the Arts 25th Anniversary Distinguished Lecture Series, Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend:
Funds will support a series of six prominent speakers who, through lectures and workshops, will discuss the impact that a formal arts education has had on their professional success.

University Library’s Willie Miller receives prestigious ‘Mover & Shaker’ award from Library Journal

INDIANAPOLIS — The national publication Library Journal has named Willie Miller, assistant librarian Willie Miller Imageof University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a “Mover & Shaker” in the library industry.

Miller was among 54 individuals the journal honored as outstanding professionals committed to providing excellent service and shaping the future of libraries. The IUPUI administrator was named in the “Innovators” category because of his innovative methods of assessing needs and identifying improvements for University Library.

In addition to serving as an assistant librarian, Miller is also the liaison to the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and the Department of Journalism and Public Relations in the School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Library Journal honored Miller because of his work with the library’s Campus Outreach Group. As head of COG, which is composed of about 10 librarians and staff who promote the library’s services and resources, Miller launched the “I Heart UL” campaign in 2011, less than a year after joining University Library. The COG sets up boards in the library lobby, and students put up Post-it notes describing their likes or dislikes about the library. In the past five years, COG has collected and analyzed nearly 4,500 Post-its. Miller calls this campaign “guerilla assessment” because it is innovative, unconventional and low-cost, much like guerrilla marketing. The campaign is a “quick, dirty and cheap” way to find out what students really want and need, Miller said.

“Acting on their feedback, we have added more scanners to computer clusters; changed our printer defaults to two-sided; added more computers to public spaces; bought new microwaves; created three new study rooms; improved our online study room reservation system; and created the Pop Shop, a new space for a popular reading collection,” he said.

Next, Miller wants to use guerrilla assessment tactics to create an ethnographic study of student use of the library. “Examining how they are using it and what expectations they have for our collections, services and spaces can help us create the future of libraries,” he said. “For me, there is no more exciting project than that.”

“This year’s class of 54 joins a group of talented professionals who are committed, passionate and invigorated — each alone and all together transforming the library world and the communities it impacts for the better,” said Rebecca T. Miller, editorial director of Library Journal and School Library Journal.

“Mr. Miller possesses two important attributes that contribute to his success and, ultimately, to the success of the library,” said Bill Orme, associate dean for educational services at University Library. “First, he has a heartfelt concern for and connection with students. Second, Mr. Miller is an adept leader who elicits positive contributions from the members of any group he leads. He has the ability to listen, but also to welcome the ideas and perspectives of others and carry them forward with only one end in mind, improving library services and helping ensure that the library continues to be a vital part of campus life.”

As a “Mover & Shaker,” Miller joins fellow IUPUI librarian Kristi Palmer, who was a 2009 honoree.

The Movers & Shakers are selected by the editors of Library Journal, the library profession’s leading trade magazine. The M&S Class of 2016 will be celebrated at a special reception in June during the American Library Association’s annual conference in Orlando, Fla. Each of the 54 was prominently featured in the March 15 issue of Library Journal. The print feature’s companion website is sponsored by OCLC.

Chancellor’s Professor award is highlight of Honors Convocation

School of Liberal Arts Professor Philip Goff will be honored as this year’s Chancellor’s Professor Nasser H. Paydar ImageApril 21 during the Chancellor’s Academic Honors Convocation, part of IUPUI’s annual recognition for achievements by faculty, staff and students.

Goff is the executive director of the Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture and a professor of religious studies and American studies.

Chancellor Nasser Paydar will host this year’s annual event recognizing top achievements by IUPUI faculty, staff and students. The convocation will run from 4 to 6 p.m. in Hine Hall Auditorium.

The convocation honors achievements in all areas of IUPUI’s missions:

  • Excellence in teaching and learning
  • Excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity
  • Excellence in civic engagement
  • Excellence in diversity, collaboration and best practices

This year’s convocation will include a new award category, the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship Awards.

Liberal Arts faculty members Paul Mullins and Susan Hyatt will share a $50,000 award from the Bantz Community Fellowship, based on their proposal titled “Invisible Indianapolis: Race, Heritage and Community Memory in the Circle City.” School of Informatics and Computing faculty member Richard Holden will receive a $25,000 Community Scholar award for his proposal, “B-PHIT Indy: A Community Partnership for Brain Health-Promoting Information Technology.”

Following are this year’s Academic Honors Convocation awards and the recipients:

Chancellor’s Professor

Philip K. Goff, School of Liberal Arts

Bantz-Petronio Translating Research Into Practice Faculty Award

Patricia J. Scott, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching

Robert E. Elliott, School of Engineering and Technology

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement (faculty)

Todd Saxton, Kelley School of Business

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Civic Engagement (community)

Burmese Center for Community Education

Chancellor’s Diversity Scholar Award

Jomo Mutegi, School of Education

Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching

Jonathan P. Rossing, School of Liberal Arts

Alvin S. Bynum Award for Excellence in Academic Mentoring

Crystal H. Morton, School of Education

Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D., Research Scholar Award

Anila Agha, Herron School of Art and Design

Glenn W. Irwin, Jr., M.D., Experience Excellence Award

John M. Hassell, Kelley School of Business

Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research

Jenna Tyler, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Chancellor’s Scholars

James Reiss Lucken, Fairbanks School of Public Health; Debaleena Chattopadhyay, Graduate School, Doctoral Program; Andrew L. Beardsley, Graduate School, Master’s Program; Taylor Nicole Townsell, Herron School of Art and Design; Weston Bradley Wright, Honors College; Courtney Seiwert, IUPU Columbus; Rebecca K. Hite, Kelley School of Business; John A. Ferguson, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy; Elizabeth Marie Little, McKinney School of Law; Laila Al Dehailan, School of Dentistry; Jena P. David, School of Education; Nhan Hieu Do, School of Engineering and Technology; Jamah L. Wilkerson, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences; Wendy Krogg, School of Informatics and Computing; Isaiah Horne, School of Liberal Arts; Whitney Stierwalt, School of Medicine-Health Professions Program; Woody Han, School of Medicine-M.D. Program; Hailey Ahlers, School of Nursing; Ben Vickery, School of Physical Education and Tourism Management; Lauren Marianna Kenney, School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Sarah Danyelle Burris, School of Science; Stephanie Christine Chapel, School of Social Work; Jenna Gunn, University College.

Sherry Queener Graduate Student Excellence Award

Ruth Firmin, School of Science, and Nhan Hieu Do, School of Engineering and Technology

Three awards categories were recognized during the convocation and will be listed on the Academic Affairs website:

  • Prestigious External Award Recognition, or PEAR
  • Recognizing External Achievement, or REA
  • Trustees Teaching Award

Research team at IUPUI develops social app to support Alzheimer’s caregivers

INDIANAPOLIS — Every day, more than 15 million unpaid caregivers provide care to people David Wilkerson Imagewith Alzheimer’s disease, with little outside support and often at the risk of their own health.

Now a team of researchers, including David Wilkerson at the Indiana University School of Social Work at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will use an innovation grant awarded by the Regenstrief Institute to see whether a social microvolunteering app developed for Facebook could help provide support many caregivers are now lacking.

The team, which also includes Dr. Daniel Bateman, a gerontology psychiatrist with the IU School of Medicine and Erin Brady, a faculty member at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, hope to have an answer to that question by early fall. The three met through their participation at the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation and decided to join forces to explore the possibility that their social microvolunteering application could aid caregivers.

The social microvolunteering app communicates with a Facebook community and can push and retrieve information to and from the entire community or only selected groups within the community. Social microvolunteering is a simple and brief form of volunteer service usually done virtually through social networks and requiring no long-term time commitment. It connects an individual with a question to a group of potential answerers, leveraging the social networks of a core group of supporters to expand the scale of answerers available and increase the speed of responses.

Brady developed and researched the social microvolunteering idea in an application for people with limited vision. Bateman will help the team understand the needs of caregivers. Wilkerson’s interest has to do with patient-centered care and creating a holistic care environment that includes caregivers and strengthens the resource of caregiving.

If the research project shows the application is effective, it could prove to be an inexpensive way to provide support to millions of caregivers. The numbers of unpaid caregivers trying to maintain their own lives and care for loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease is staggering. In 2014, 15.7 million unpaid caregivers took care of people with Alzheimer’s disease, providing a total of 17.9 billion hours of care, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Providing care comes with its own problems. Experts say caregivers have higher rates of depression, anxiety, insomnia, cardiovascular disease and health care resource use, making caregiver self-management an important target for intervention, according to research studies.

Wilkerson said the team will be investigating small groups of five to eight caregivers; each group will have a Facebook account. The group will be asked what informational and emotional support questions it would like to get answered in alternating weeks of the research. This aspect of group discussion is anticipated to be a first step in the development of mutual support and will generate questions that will be pushed to the larger Facebook community for the purposes of social microvolunteering.

The social microvolunteering app retrieves their answers, and relevant answers are sent back to the caregiver group for deliberation. The online caregivers’ group will discuss online which answers seem the most relevant and then take action. Wilkerson said the caregivers would give authorization through their Facebook page to use the application for the test period.

The team expects to recruit 24 to 26 people, who will be divided up into four groups by April, and then start the project in May

“If our intervention can increase support, it can potentially improve caregiver health and, in conjunction with primary health care interventions, extend the amount of time that people with Alzheimer’s can remain at home,” Wilkinson noted.

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.

Reiberg Reading Series: Dan Wakefield

Dan WakefieldThe IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and the IUPUI Department of English present the Reiberg Reading Series featuring Dan Wakefield

Date: November 4, 2015
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: IUPUI University Library, Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St.
Get your free tickets here

A native of Indianapolis, Dan Wakefield is a novelist, journalist and screenwriter whose books include Revolt in the South, Going All The Way, New York in the Fifties, The Hijacking of Jesus: How the Religious Right Distorts Christianity and Promotes Prejudice and Hate, and many more. His best-selling novels Going All The Way and Starting Over were produced as feature films. He has recently edited If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice to the Young, a selection of commencement speeches by Kurt Vonnegut, a longtime friend.

Wakefield has been the recipient of a Neiman Fellowship in Journalism, the Bernard DeVoto Fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, a Rockefeller Grant for Creative Writing, and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has taught in the writing programs at Boston University, the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Emerson College, The Iowa Writers Workshop, and is presently Writer in Residence at Florida International University in Miami. He has been a staff writer for The Nation, a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic Monthly, a Contributing Writer for GQ, a Contributing Editor of The Yoga Journal, and is on the advisory board of Image: A Journal of The Arts and Religion.

In 2015, NUVO awarded Wakefield the Lifetime Achievement Cultural Vision Award.

Sponsored by the Reiberg family, the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute, the IUPUI Department of English, IUPUI University Library, IUPUI University College, IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, IU School of Informatics, IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs, and IUPUI Division of Undergraduate Education.