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Atkinson to lead IUPUI Research Office

INDIANAPOLIS -- Atkinson will serve as interim vice chancellor for up to two years, during which time IUPUI will launch a national search for this critical position. He succeeds Kody Varahramyan, who will step down Aug. 16 to serve as senior aide to the chancellor.

IUPUI internship program inspires future STEM educators

INDIANAPOLIS -- Did the big bad wolf actually blow down the three little pigs’ houses? Is Cinderella really the owner of the glass slipper? 

Hannah Caito, a senior forensics and biology student at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, uses forensic science to make mysteries like these come to life for visitors of all ages at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Researchers examine how to minimize drought impact on important food crops

INDIANAPOLIS --  In an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis research paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers provide information that could help agricultural planning and management to minimize drought-induced yield losses.

Legumes, which include peas, beans, peanuts and alfalfa, are grown in almost every climatic region and are second only to cereals in terms of contribution to food security.

Conference seeks to inspire high school girls' interest in in STEM careers

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 135 girls will attend the three-day Girls in STEM MAEOPP Pre-College Student Leadership Conference beginning May 29. The students are from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Eight School of Science Graduate Students Named to IUPUI's Elite 50

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eight School of Science graduate students were honored as an Elite 50, and one placed in the Premier 10, during the ceremony on April 15.

School of Science presents awards at the 41st Annual Honors Convocation

INDIANAPOLIS-- The event honored scholarship winners and outstanding students across all science departments.

Associate Dean of the School of Science and associate professor of biology, Kathy Marrs, served as the mistress of ceremonies. Robert L. Smith, M.B.A., President of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Eli Lilly and Company provided the keynote address at the ceremony.

The following school awards were issued:

 School of Science Awards

Faculty and staff awards:

Associate professor of biology wins campus mentoring award

INDIANAPOLIS – The Bynum Mentor Award is given each year to outstanding academic mentors who have demonstrated longstanding and extraordinary commitment to the learning process. Roper, an associate professor of biology in the School of Science was recognized for his impact on the lives of students, commitment to student development and the ability to project and instill enthusiasm and pride.

Senior biology student named IUPUI's 2015 most outstanding female student

INDIANAPOLIS –  Science students represented more than half of this year’s Top 20. The selection of IUPUI outstanding students was announced at the Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on April 10.

Brandon Ball, Devin Bready, Fèlix Casiano-Rivera, Greg Rothchild and Anthony Taylor were honored in the Top 10 Male Students. Elizabeth Alexander, Corinne Blackburn, Sarah Fortney, Qurat-ul-Ann ‘Anna’ Mirza, Morgan Moran and Kamilah Walters were named to the Top 10 Female Students.

41 Science Students Named in Top 100 for 2015

INDIANAPOLIS -- “We are very proud of these Top 100 honorees,” said Dean Simon Rhodes. “They have taken full advantage of the integrated academic, research, leadership and community engagement opportunities that are uniquely found in the School of Science and at IUPUI.”

With 41 students on this year’s list, the School matches it record year in 2014. Last year, 12 of those were named among the Top 20 students on campus.

IUPUI biologist receives NIH grant to study how glaucoma develops in stem cells

INDIANAPOLIS -- The five-year, $1.8 million grant is funded by the NIH’s National Eye Institute.

Glaucoma is a group of degenerative diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. It is the most common disease that affects retinal ganglion cells. These cells serve as the connection between the eye and the brain. Once these cells are damaged or severed, the brain cannot receive critical information, leading to blindness.

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