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Liu receives NIH R01 grant to develop new computational methods for proteoform identification

Xiaowen Liu, associate professor of bioinformatics at SoIC, has received a $1.26M award from the National Institutes of Health to develop new computational methods for proteoform identification. Proteomics is critical to developing new targeted therapies and treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases.

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Chakraborty awarded NSF grant to develop AI approaches for identifying dynamic clinical data patterns, causal links in text

Sunandan Chakraborty, assistant professor of data science at SoIC, received a $174, National Science Foundation grant for his project to use artificial intelligence to mine text, aiming to identify dynamic clinic data patterns. Chakraborty’s research will seek to discover little known symptoms and signals of the rare disease Sjögren’s Syndrome by mining research articles and clinical notes.

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iDEW Summer Youth Employment Program returns with support from JPMorgan Chase

Youth workforce initiative helps prepare Indianapolis high school students for technology jobs of the future JPMorgan Chase today announced a $100,000 philanthropic investment to the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI in support of the iDEW Summer Youth Employment Program. This investment builds on the firm’s previous support, nearing $500,000, to expand IT […]

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One hundred twelve Indiana teachers attend virtual Computing by Design (CxD) Fellows workshop

The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE)-funded CxD program kicked off on June 1, 2020 with an online orientation, welcoming teachers from across the state who had signed up to learn how to deliver computer science education for their students. In 2019, the State of Indiana announced that elementary, middle, and high schools throughout Indiana would […]

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School creates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group

Two years ago, the DEIWG embarked on a mission to create a more inclusive environment for SoIC students. In fall 2018, the School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) organized the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group (DEIWG), led by Department of Library and Information Science chair, Andrea Copeland, at the request of Senior Executive Associate […]

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Virtual summer program provides IT training to Indianapolis youth

(Originally published July 8, in News at IUPUI. Photo by Tina Rice, School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI) IUPUI’s Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce program has launched summer program providing educational opportunities during pandemic Although many summer activities are canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a newly launched initiative from IUPUI’s award-winning IT workforce development program […]

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iDEW virtual summer program receives $10K grant from Donaldson Foundation

The Donaldson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Donaldson Filtration Solutions, recently awarded a $10K grant to the IU School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at IUPUI’s Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) program. The iDEW Summer Program will support students’ participation in the school’s summer technology workshops and trainings, which are being held virtually due to the […]

Media Arts and Science alumnus Clark Knittle with video camera

MAS alumnus crosses the finish line with Resilience Racing

When Clark Knittle was ready to take his video career to another level he said he chose the master’s program in Media Arts and Science because it was not only top-notch, but also convenient for adult students. For his thesis project, the motor racing fan shot and edited video, created a short documentary, and developed social media content for Resilience Racing. The program is designed for and by a team of disabled veterans, who train to drive specially equipped cars.

Informatics student and LiFT Scholar Isabel Lopez

Isabel Lopez, IUPUI LiFT Scholar, takes part in highly selective i3 program

Isabel Lopez, an Informatics student and LiFT Scholar at SoIC, was chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants for the iSchool Inclusion Institute. She has attended special classes and worked on a team research project about the impact of abandonment in social media, which was presented online to the iConference 2020 in Sweden.

Khairi Reda and Jingwen Yan

Two School of Informatics and Computing researchers receive prestigious NSF CAREER grants

Two SoIC faculty members were awarded 5-year CAREER grants by the National Science Foundation. Khairi Reda, assistant professor of data science and human-computer interaction, and his team will develop tools to aid in assessing the reliability of data patterns. His $538,140 grant project aims to help broaden the adoption of visual analysis tools. Jingwen Yan, assistant professor of bioinformatics, and her team will provide new perspectives on handling multi-omic data, which can be used discover disease biomarkers, through her $549,909 grant project.

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New, real-time COVID-19 diagnostic tests in development by IU research collaboration

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University researchers from the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and the School of Medicine, in collaboration with Indiana University Health, are developing new diagnostic tests that combine speed and sensitivity for rapid detection of the viral strain. IU and IU Health researchers are working on a test that can eventually […]

MAS alumna Mary Katherine Fitzpatrick

MAS intern uses art and technology to promote healing via digital storytelling

Mary Fitzpatrick wanted to combine her appreciation for visual communication and social media with her passion for teaching art to children, switching from majoring in education to a degree in Media Arts and Science. Her specialization in digital storytelling took her to a unique internship experience with Ascent 121. Mary currently works as a Graphic Designer.

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Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing hosts educators

Due to COVID-19, the CxD Fellows Program is now being offered virtually. Indiana University announces the Summer 2020 Computing by Design (CxD) Fellows Program, a four-day training in Indianapolis June 8th–11th, which coaches Indiana High School teachers passionate in expanding computer science in the classroom. This program will be offered at no cost to participants […]

IUPUI researcher develops new technologies and methods for mapping RNA

IUPUI researcher Sarath Chandra Janga, associate professor of bioinformatics and data science at SoIC, received a $299,698 National Science Foundation grant to develop new technologies and methods for mapping RNA. Janga and his lab propose to detect, identify, and quantify RNA modifications.

Members of Tech to Protect team and advisor Sonny Kirkley.

Students win Tech to Protect Challenge, innovate informatics solutions for first responders

The team of Swarnamouli Majumdar, Mayur Srivastava, Aamir Khan, I Ting (Tiffany) Tseng, and Bhavani Prasad Rao Ejanthkar (pictured above left to right with advisor Sonny Kirkley) recently returned from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where they successfully competed in the Tech to Protect Challenge sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). […]

$1M alumni gift to benefit School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI and IU Summer Theatre

Danita and Robert Forgey, longtime friends of the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, have made a deferred gift in excess of $1 million to further fund several existing student scholarships at the school and to support the IU Summer Theatre program in Bloomington. This represents the largest single philanthropic gift to the School of […]

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MAS graduate student creates seamless online experiences for Walmart shoppers

In the summer of 2019, media arts and science grad student Xiaochen Yu interned at Walmart Design as a UX designer, working with a cross-functional team to re-envision creation of a seamless user experience for the Search and Browse space on Walmart apps. As a junior designer, Yu collaborated with domain experts in design, research, and analysis to iteratively finalize design decisions.

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Fulbright scholar William Helling takes Library and Information Science international

School of Informatics and Computing faculty William “Bill” Helling is a true polyglot, speaking some level of four languages in addition to his native English, and is also fully conversant in using technology to create and develop international community in Library and Information Science (LIS). In January 2020, the second-time Fulbright scholar will be heading […]

AMIA Challenge Team, left to right, BHI Faculty Saptarshi Purkayastha, Kevin Horan, Radhika Ravindran, Anushri Rajapuri, and IU School of Medicine researcher Sherry Bucher

Students’ “Essential Care for Every Baby” app wins at AMIA

) An award-winning digital tool to help babies, new mothers and caregivers resulted from work by a team of graduate researchers including BioHealth Informatics student Anushri Singh Rajapuri and Human-Centered Computing student Radhika Ravindran. By reducing the decision-making workload for neonatal nurses, this app can improve care and essential intervention for newborns and their mothers.

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Students help preserve endangered species for future generations with AR app

A team of four informatics and computing students, led by Drennen Dooms, has been working for University of Massachusetts professor Duncan Irschick to create an educational app for Irschick’s library of 3D models of animals, some of which are endangered. "Duncan goes all over the world scanning these endangered species, and now Drennen and his team are digitizing them and making a scavenger app that can go to zoos and conferences to generate awareness for Duncan and his mission to digitally preserve all these species that are about to disappear."

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Mobile App UX Competition participants demonstrate their “drive” for solutions

Ten Indiana high school teams gathered on a recent Saturday to compete in the sixth annual Mobile App UX Competition at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI. Teams were given approximately eight hours to concept, design, code and present a solution to a specified challenge. Travis Faas, Media Arts and Science faculty member […]

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MLIS program receives ALA accreditation reaffirmation

The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI’s Department of Library and Information Science has worked hard to maintain accreditation by the American Library Association (ALA) for its Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program.  This year the ALA continued its accreditation of the program (ALA-MLA), the entry degree for a professional librarian. […]

Virtual reality game built by IUPUI students challenges players to escape from Breakout High

A team of IUPUI Media Arts and Science students built a virtual reality game, “Breakout High,” where players use their puzzle-solving wits to escape a locked school. The students developed the game through their Multimedia Project Development course, and their work with client BlueWall VR led to their escape room-style game being available for play at the arcade.

Assistant professor of bioinformatics, Jingwen Yan

A $428,244 NIH grant will enable Yan to explore genetic basis of Alzheimer’s

Jingwen Yan, an assistant professor of bioinformatics at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, has received a $428,244 National Institutes of Health R21 grant to explore the genetic basis of brain connectivity altered by Alzheimer’s disease by studying the genetic coordination underlying brain connectivity.

Bianca Chavis selected to address science organizations at national S-STEM symposium

(Story contributed by Rich Schneider, originally published November 13, 2019) Students often listen to distinguished speakers. But this time, the tables were reversed. Bianca Chavis, an IUPUI student, was onstage, speaking to the leadership teams of the National Science Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as more than 600 […]