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December 1, 2016
News from the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI
School News
Mathew Palakal
Message from the Executive Associate Dean
It is with great excitement that I share with you all the wonderful things that are happening in the School of Informatics and Computing (SOIC) on the IUPUI campus.

Workforce Grant
$4M grant improves access to IT degrees and careers
The grant supports a joint venture between Ivy Tech and the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI to educate and place economically disadvantaged students in the IT workforce.

iDEW Grant
Indiana Workforce Development awards $400K to iDEW
The $405,495 Skill Up Indiana grant will support the iDEW (Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce) program.

White House
Dean Palakal invited to White House for STEM Mentoring Award
Executive Associate Dean Mathew J. Palakal visited the White House to receive a US2020 Stem Mentoring Award for the iDEW (Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce) program.

Data Science
New Ph.D. program in Data Science available in 2017
The first of its kind in Indiana and the Big Ten, the new degree will prepare graduates to make significant contributions to data science theory and practice.

December Capstone
Join us from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 9 for the Capstone event.
Student and Alumni News
Jacqueline Hill
Diversity Research Scholar creates game for kids with diabetes
Media Arts and Science student Jacqueline Hill, recipient of the Joseph T. Taylor Academic Achievement Award, is creating a Viking-themed game to help kids manage diabetes.

Riley Mineart
IUPUI Top 10 Student’s virtual world helps kids overcome aggression
2016 alumna Riley Mineart earned the IUPUI Top 10 Female Student award for her research with virtual environments that can help children overcome aggression disorders.

Debaleena Chattopadhyay
Debaleena Chattopadhyay honored as IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholar
For outstanding achievements and excellence in human-computer interaction research, Ph.D. alumna Debaleena Chattopadhyay was named a 2016 IUPUI Chancellor’s Scholar.

Shanika Heyward
Community hero named Library Journal "Mover and Shaker"
Master of Library Science alumna Shanika Heyward was recognized by the Library Journal for her groundbreaking community programs at the East 38th Street Indianapolis Public Library.

Greece students
Students digitally document cultural treasures in Greece
Eight students traveled to Paros, Greece with faculty members Albert William and C. Thomas Lewis to produce digital media projects involving historic artifacts.

Sam Mirpoorian
Student wins Best of Hoosier Lens award for producing documentary film
Media Arts and Science student Sam Mirpoorian won the Best of Hoosier Lens award at the 2016 Indy Film Fest for Under the Bridge: The Criminalization of Homelessness.
Faculty and Staff News
3-D Model
Faculty-student team creates revolutionary 3-D sculpted dental prosthetic
Professor Zebulun Wood and 2016 alumnus Cade Jacobs teamed with the IU School of Dentistry to create a novel mandible prosthetic for patient Shirley Anderson.

Richard Holden
Professor Holden wins Applied Ergonomics Best Paper award
The Applied Economics journal honored Professor Richard Holden for “Interruptions in the wild,” which explores emergency room interruptions and how they affect patient safety.

$1M grant fuels discovery and analysis of proteoforms
The NIH grant supports a collaboration between Professor Xiaowen Liu and Professor Yunlong Liu that unites mass spectrometry data analysis with RNA sequencing to expand our understanding of proteins.

Julie Reagan
Academic advisor receives IUPUI Staff Spirit award
For extraordinary service and special contributions, undergraduate advisor Julie Reagan received the IUPUI Gerald L. Bepko Staff Council Spirit Award.

Professor’s YouTube course is a game changer
Almost half a million viewers have tuned in to the first episode of the YouTube Crash Course series "Games," written by Professor Mathew Powers.

Albert William
Navy grant funds 3-D simulation research
Professor Albert William was awarded a $237K grant for a research collaboration that advances the state of the art in 3-D visualization of radio frequency signals for battlefield simulations.
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