All The Moving Parts: A Workshop on Large-Scale Project Coordination

How to launch, coordinate, and finish inter-disciplinary projects with multiple scholars and sites, an example from O Say Can You See: The Early Washington, D.C. Law and Family Project. This workshop will focus on how to integrate social science and humanities scholarship in the process of generating a large-scale project.

All the Moving Parts is part of the seminar series Those Who Know the Trouble I’ve Seen: Citizenship and Resistance in the African-American Christian Communities, directed by Joseph Tucker Edmonds and Amanda Friesen and sponsored by the IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society.

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Did we mention that lunch will be provided?!
Friday February 8th in CA 508
12:30 to 2pm

See you there!

A Message From The Office of the Vice President for International Affairs (OVPIA)

Dear colleagues:

OVPIA supports a variety of competitive funding opportunities that help IU faculty members advance their research and teaching through international engagement. These include a number of exchange programs as well as internal grant programs:

  • Global Gateway Seed Grants for ASEAN, China, Europe, India, and Mexico (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to event)
  • International Short-Term Visitors Grants (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to event)
  • Language Learning Grants (deadline: minimum of 8 weeks prior to start of program)
  • Overseas Conference Grants (deadlines: January 15, April 1, and July 1, 2019)
  • Overseas Study Program Development Grants (deadline: February 2, 2019)
  • President’s International Research Awards (PIRA) (deadline February 1, 2019)
  • Renmin University of China–IU joint research grants (deadline: April 1, 2019)

Watch for a Fall 2019 application deadline for Short-Term Exchange Programs for the 2020-2021 academic year. Exchange positions may be offered in Brazil, China, Germany, Ghana, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, and Thailand.

As you plan your international activities over the coming months, I encourage you to consider these opportunities. Follow this link for guidelines and on-line application forms: —and please feel free to email with any questions.

What’s in Your Bag, Dentistry Student Maria Contreras?


Dentistry student Maria Contreras sits with some of her essential gear, from left: laptop computer, loops, resin light and blood pressure cuff. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Third-year School of Dentistry student Maria Contreras’ hands-on clinical experience is being sharpened daily in the new IUPUI Fritts Dental Care Center.

The San Cristóbal, Venezuela, native now living in Indianapolis uses an array of tools to make the city’s smiles shine. Most of the tools synonymous with a visit to the dentist are checked out each day from the clinic and returned — scaling tools for removing plaque, resin guns for filling cavities, impression materials and plates for mouth X-rays.

Still, Contreras carries other vital pieces of equipment that have helped her become a regent for the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association in Dentistry.

“I only have one-and-a-half more years to go here in the clinic,” Contreras said, “and then I’ll be able to graduate and hopefully go into a general practice residency and then start practicing.”

Laptop computer

Contreras and her fellow students utilize Axium software for patients’ charts. She calls up the data in the clinic, and she uses the machine for studying outside of clinical work, too.


These high-tech glasses are used for magnification and additional light. An orange screen that can go over the small light on the glasses gives her another view for detecting cavities.

Handheld light

The high-powered light is used to cure resin when filling a cavity.

Blood pressure cuff

Contreras checks her patients’ vitals — blood pressure and pulse — before working on their teeth.


Dentistry students like Maria Contreras must master tools and other equipment during their clinical studies before they graduate. Video by Tim Brouk, Indiana University

Read the original article from IUPUI NewsTim Brouk


It only takes three minutes…

JagStart is an annual elevator pitch competition sponsored by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research that pits contestants against the clock to pitch their original ideas to a panel of judges. Students are invited to submit their ideas for innovative new products, new business ventures, or compelling solutions to social challenges.

Register now to attend one of the offered JagStart Launch Sessions–learn how you can engage with local business mentors to help you refine your idea, and learn how to prepare a great entry!

JagStart Launch Sessions
University Library, UL 1126

Thursday, November 15, 2018
Session 1: 11:30-1pm
Session 2: 1:30-3pm
Session 3: 3:30-5pm

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Session 4: 9-10am
Session 5: 10:30-11:30am
Session 6: 12-1pm
Session 6:1:30-1:30pm

But registration is encouraged, to ensure space is available.

Intergroup Dialogue Community Showcases Activities and Groundbreaking Certificate Program

From left: Robert Rebein, interim dean of the School of Liberal Arts; Tamara Davis, dean of the School of Social Work; Chancellor Nasser Paydar; David Russomanno, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology; and Thomas Stucky, executive associate dean of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, cut a ribbon celebrating the deployment of posters about intergroup dialogue at IUPUI.

The Intergroup Dialogue community at IUPUI held a showcase Sept. 18 to celebrate activities completed during a Welcoming Campus Initiative grant project, including launching the first undergraduate certificate in intergroup dialogue at a college or university in Indiana.

At the showcase in University Hall, Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar praised the project, saying, “When we started the Welcoming Campus Initiative, we had certain things in mind. We wanted to empower our faculty, staff and students to work together and bring positive change.”

“The Intergroup Dialogue project truly emphasizes the goals of the initiative,” Paydar said. “You’ve created a major project, and you’re making a major impact going forward.” Some of the standout features of the Intergroup Dialogue initiative include its multidisciplinary nature, its capacity to help students develop skills that will prepare them for success in a diverse workforce, and its being both a philosophy/theory and a practice framework of education for certificate-seeking students.

The “Pathways to Community Inclusivity Through Dialogue” project team hosted activities around campus to usher in IUPUI’s 50th Anniversary celebration and contribute to making IUPUI a more inclusive, welcoming campus. The team planned to conduct 50 activities beginning in August 2017 but ended up hosting more than 60 events that supported four key outcomes:

  • Increased campus engagement with sustained dialogues that promote an inclusive campus and foster cultural diversity and social justice.
  • Increased clarity of how systems and structures impact cross-cultural awareness and communication across campus.
  • Increased clarity of — and elimination of — communication boundaries for both majority and minority groups so they can talk and listen to each other in an open environment before drawing conclusions.
  • Better-informed campus units on issues of social justice and identity so they can develop more-effective diversity plans and move toward collective action for change.

The 60 activities impacted more than 1,250 people across campus and provided more than 1,575 hours of direct engagement to foster opportunities for dialogue and inclusivity.

A total of 50 posters focusing on the four stages of intergroup dialogue — creating meaning, examining identity, having difficult conversations and building alliances — have been deployed throughout campus.

Thirteen students have enrolled in the 12-credit interdisciplinary certificate in intergroup dialogue since it was launched in 2017. The certificate is housed in four IUPUI schools: Liberal Arts, Public and Environmental Affairs, Social Work, and Engineering and Technology.

The certificate enables students to receive academic credit for learning transferable skills in intercultural communication, conflict resolution, civil discourse and leadership, and it serves IUPUI’s strategic plan goal to promote an inclusive campus culture.

Upon completion of the certificate program, students will be able to demonstrate leadership capabilities to support others through intergroup conflicts and to help them better function as teams, corporate citizens and community members.

The showcase featured elements that foster effective dialogue — food, art and music. The art and music were produced by students from Herron and the music therapy program in the School of Engineering and Technology.

There were also three short demonstrations: one designed to show how people can be encouraged to share more truth and inspiration with one another; another that explored the social identities of participants; and a third composed of faculty, staff and students who offered information about intergroup dialogue at IUPUI and shared their experiences as participants.

Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, assistant vice president for university academic policy and project leader for the Pathways to Community Inclusivity Through Dialogue project, thanked all of those who supported or engaged with the Intergroup Dialogue program. She encouraged students to sign up for the certificate and invited members of the IUPUI community to join the Intergroup Dialogue community.

Read the original article from IUPUI NewsRich Schneider

Jaguars in the City

Students rake leaves and help clean up White River State Park near campus. Photos by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

The annual IUPUI Day of Caring brought hundreds of IUPUI volunteers to 20 different organizations in the community on October 20th, where they each lent a helping hand to help beautify the city.

Students paint a fence in Pocket Park located in Haughville, a neighborhood west of campus. Photos by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

Several student groups, including Circle K and the Pre-Dental Club as well as the Women’s Softball team, volunteered their time with community organizations such as Habitat for Humanity of Great IndianapolisHeart and Hands of Indiana, the Department of Public WorksFletcher Place Community Center, and the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana.

A Message from Rafael Macia from the Institute for European Studies

Just as a reminder before the November 5th deadline, please see below the announcement for EURO’s research and travel awards for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019. You can find more information, along with the application forms for graduate students, and for faculty.

Research and Travel Awards for Faculty
The Institute for European Studies is happy to announce two grant competitions for the Fall of 2018 and the Spring of 2019. Eligible applicants are allowed to apply for both, but with the understanding that only one award may be accepted per person.

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Grant offers one $1,500 award in the Fall and one in the Spring to an IU faculty member (TT or NTT) to support research and / or travel related to any aspect of European politics, society, or culture, whether current or historical in scope.

EURO’s Title VI Grant offers 2 awards of $1,500 each in the Fall and 2 in the Spring to IU faculty to support international research and / or travel, as well as 2 awards of $750 each (also Fall and Spring) to support domestic research and / or travel related to any aspect of European politics, society, or culture, whether current or historical in scope.

Research and Travel Awards for Graduate Students

The Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Grant: One $1,500 award in the Fall and one in the Spring to an IU graduate student to support research and/or travel related to any aspect of European politics, society, or culture, whether current or historical in scope.

Research funds may be used to conduct preliminary thesis or dissertation feasibility studies or to compile evidence for their Master’s thesis or dissertation. While priority is given to students pursuing an MA or doctoral minor in European Studies, all IU graduate students are welcome to apply.

Grant recipients are expected to send a report detailing how the grant was used and on invitation, to present their results at a lecture hosted by the Institute for European Studies.

The Fall application deadline for all competitions is November 5, 2018, at 5 pm.

The Spring application deadline for all competitions is March 25, 2019, at 5 pm.

Two IUPUI Researchers Receive 2018 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award

IUPUI faculty from the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the School of Liberal Arts have been named recipients of the 2018 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award.

Established in 2010, the award recognizes outstanding IUPUI researchers who show promise in becoming nationally and internationally known for their research and creative activity. It is given to associate professors within the first three years of being appointed or promoted to that title.

This year’s Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award recipients are Brian E. Dixon, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, and Andrea R. Jain, associate professor, Department of Religious Studies, School of Liberal Arts.

Dixon and Jain spoke about their research in videos produced by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research at IUPUI.

Brian E. Dixon

Brian E. Dixon

“The tools and platforms Brian Dixon designs, builds and evaluates are routinely deployed and used by health systems and public health agencies in Indiana. The systems therefore impact real-world practice and support future research as new data are collected by the operational systems,” said Gerardo Maupomé, associate dean of research and professor of social and behavior sciences, in a letter of recommendation. “These systems have the capacity to be replicated across the U.S. and internationally through other research programs at IUPUI.”

Watch this video about Brian E. Dixon’s research!

Andrea R. Jain

Faculty, Staff and Students Construct a New Start at Habitat Build

The IUPUI 50th Anniversary Habitat for Humanity build at 725 N. Belleview Place is underway. The structure will become the new home of Colesta and Eddie Peppers in December. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

A home just west of IUPUI’s campus is now bustling with activity as students, staff and faculty have helped build a home from the ground up.

In the last three weeks, walls, a roof, windows and doors have gone up as part of IUPUI’s Habitat for Humanity build in honor of IUPUI’s 50th anniversary.

The build began Sept. 20 and will culminate with a house dedication tentatively set for Dec. 7. Various programs have helped with the build, each taking a day; for example, IUPUI Athletics was on-site Oct. 4, while the School of Education will take a turn Oct. 24.

The Habitat for Humanity build is a part of IUPUI’s 50th-anniversary celebration, reflecting the campus’s commitment to community engagement.

As the new dean of the Herron School of Art and Design, Nan Goggin has to wear many figurative hats: Teaching, fundraising, alumni relations and recruiting are all needed when leading an internationally renowned program.

The new home in Near West is coming along thanks to the efforts of faculty, staff and students. Video by Ashlynn Neumeyer and Tim Brouk

On Oct. 5, Goggin was wearing a literal hard hat as part of a crew of 18 Herron staff, faculty and students to continue the IUPUI 50th Anniversary Habitat for Humanity build in the Near West neighborhood, just a short drive from campus. The house at 725 N. Belleview Place will be the new home of Colesta and Eddie Peppers.

Amid nail guns, nippers, guillotines and other sinister-sounding yet vital building tools, Goggin was satisfied with her program’s turnout and effort on a cloudy morning.

“All of our students can use these tools, which in today’s society is really unique,” said Goggin, who holds degrees in printmaking and had international design teaching credentials before coming to IUPUI. “The Habitat leaders have been impressed with how the students have been doing, and that says a lot about our teachers.”

Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

The Herron crew was supervised by the Tiger Team, longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteers who lead builds around Indianapolis.

Goggin and her Herron team arrived at a construction site that was well underway. The walls, roof and interior work had been initiated. The group of sculptors, metalsmiths and painters focused on cutting trim and siding for the exterior before moving to the interior when rain poured down.

“Making is a skill that America is losing,” Goggin said. “And our team is three-fourths women. They’re not afraid.”

Kianna Chase, a junior sculpture major, affirmed Goggin’s “makers” mantra. The young artist has already been exposed to the several power tools, safety requirements and techniques her program provides. She easily worked with a nipper, sort of high-powered electric scissors, to cut the panels of siding, which were a cement and wood fiber hybrid. A traditional power circular saw would have kicked up an unpleasant amount of concrete dust while ruining its thin saw blade.

“They haven’t made me go on the ladder yet,” Chase said with a laugh. “But it’s all about helping other people, so that makes it great.”

Chase and her fellow students sliced ends of the siding with a guillotine, a powerful blade and press that can precisely cut through with a pull of a lever, much like a heavy-duty paper trimmer.

The original team was to be about a dozen people, but more students wanted to help. All were given hard hats, and they enthusiastically got to work.

Painting associate professor Robert Horvath said his students have worked with saws and other tools in order to build frames to stretch canvas. He’s a proponent for the students to use their hands for more than pushing paintbrushes.

“I think it’s great to volunteer and give back, and we are a skilled crew,” Horvath said. “Our students are creative thinkers and analytical thinkers, but they are also very hands-on. The students are learning about home construction, but they understand. They can translate what they learn in the classroom to so many other fields — from sight measuring to using power tools. Our students totally have these skills.”

Greg Hull, the Valerie Eickmeier Professor in Sculpture, explained that artists must engage and contribute to the community, and volunteering for a Habitat for Humanity build is an excellent avenue to do so.

“We’ve been talking about doing a build for years.” Hull said. “This is putting our money where our mouth is.”

Read the original article from IUPUI News’ Tim Brouk

Educational Art Exhibit About Menopausal Hot Flashes to Travel Around North America

“Hot Flashes? Cool!” to be shown at events in San Diego, Vancouver and Indianapolis.

Janet S. Carpenter

An educational art exhibit about menopausal hot flashes created by a researcher-entrepreneur at the Indiana University School of Nursing will travel to the West Coast, Canada and around the Midwest in late 2018 and early 2019.

Janet S. Carpenter, associate dean for research, created “Hot Flashes? Cool!” to refute myths, provide accurate and culturally appropriate information, prevent use of unproven treatments, and spur dialogue about menopausal hot flashes. The exhibit comprises multiple pieces of two- and three-dimensional art, music and film.