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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 […]

Sights set on Hollywood: IUPUI student thrives in Semester in L.A. program

(Originally published in JagNews, Nov 13, 2019, written by Mary Olk) (Video provided by Chase Mitchell) Hollywood used to feel intangible for Chase Mitchell. And now he doesn’t have to wonder what it would be like to live and work there. He knows. He took the exciting, scary leap and applied for the Semester in L.A. […]

Saptarshi Purkayastha poses with monitors displaying radiology images

Purkayastha receives NSF grant to study benefits of AI and radiologist co-learning

Biohealth informatics Assistant Professor Saptarshi Purkayastha of the School of Informatics and Computing has received a $826,795 grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled “FW-HTF-RM: Measuring learning gains in man-machine assemblage when augmenting radiology work with artificial intelligence.” Purkayastha is the principal investigator with co-PIs Elizabeth Krupinski of Emory University, Joshua Danish of the IU […]

Davide Balchini poses for a photograph in the School of Informatics and Computing (ICTC) building at IUPUI on Monday, July 22, 2019.

Bolchini receives NSF grant to explore navigating technology without screens

Davide Bolchini, Ph.D., an IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI associate professor, has received a 3-year grant of $499,876 from the National Science Foundation’s Cyber-Human System program. Bolchini, is principal investigator for the project, “Manipulating Text in Screenless Environments” and will explore how wearable and sound-based technologies can increase accessibility for people who are blind.

SoIC student interns at Infosys in Bangalore India pose with Senior Executive Associate Dean Mathew J. Palakal and Career Services Specialist Pat Rhodes

IUPUI students say internship program delivers on promise for unique summer experience

(Contributed by Rich Schneider, originally published August 7, 2019) Imagine a summer college internship program that promises the best summer of your life. Such a program is available through Infosys, a multinational company that provides IT services and business consulting. The program begins by paying for visa fees and roundtrip airplane tickets to bring students […]

IUPUI students pose with Indianapolis Deputy Mayor Bennett during Design Challenge

IUPUI students devise innovative concepts to help people who are homeless, hungry

(Story contributed by Rich Schneider, originally published October 16, 2019) Twenty-one IUPUI students gathered Oct. 11 in the mayor’s conference room on the 25th floor of the City-County Building to present their solutions to a difficult social problem: How do you reconnect people to society who have become homeless or are unsure when they will […]

Erin Brady, Ph.D. and assistant professor of human-computer interaction at IUPUI’s Department of Human-Centered Computing

NSF grant helps IUPUI faculty explore how to eliminate barriers to accessibility

Erin Brady (above), Ph.D. and assistant professor of human-computer interaction at IUPUI’s Department of Human-Centered Computing, has received a grant to identify ways that socio-technical systems can promote collaborative efforts to solve accessibility problems in the workplace. As principal investigator, Brady is working with co-principal investigator Davide Bolchini, Ph.D. and chair of the School of Informatics […]

Students work at computer monitors in library

Privacy expert Kyle Jones says student data collection can lead to ethics concerns

Kyle Jones, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, is in high demand these days, conducting research on learning analytics and sharing his expertise on the ethics of data privacy across the country. Recently, he received two new grants from the Institute […]

Students and Starbucks representatives working on IoT project

That’s smart coffee: Informatics students implement IoT design for Starbucks

Jiahui “Miro” Wang and her team spent months in their warroom and on the road researching and designing an Internet of Things dashboard system for Starbucks to help them track preventative maintenance on their water filtration equipment across their 8K+ U.S. stores. “With those valuable experiences…I believe I can launch a successful product designer career in the IoT industry,” Wang said.

Impact of Indiana’s opioid epidemic demonstrated through film by IUPUI faculty

[Original article written by Kelsey Cook. Published with permission.] C. Thomas Lewis understands the power that video and filmmaking can have in addressing social issues. In 2015, he traveled to Kenya on a New Frontiers grant to film a series of short narrative films on confronting the stigma associated with HIV that is still being used in schools […]

HCI alumna, Jennifer Palilonis, far left, with BSU EMDD students at Indiana Statehouse

HCI research and practice opens doors, practically and creatively, for alumna

[Photo: HCI alumna Jennifer Palilonis, far left, poses with BSU EMDD students at Indiana Statehouse. Used with permission] Jennifer Palilonis was a self-described non-traditional Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction program at the IU School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) at IUPUI in 2010. At the time, she was already a tenured professor at Ball […]

MAS lecturer Todd Shelton in classroom

Mosaic Fellowship changes classroom learning dynamics for faculty and students

Last summer, Todd Shelton, lecturer in Media Arts and Science (MAS) at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, learned he had been selected as an IU Mosaic Faculty Fellow for the 2018-19 school year. Shelton applied because of his interest in active learning and different ways he could engage the students. He […]

Close-up of camera and microphone sitting on a table

Networking, preparation, and timing leads MAS grad to rewarding career at Netflix

Kylee Peña (MAS, 2009) has accomplished a great deal in the field of Media Arts and Sciences in the short time since her graduation. She is the Coordinator of the Creative Technologies team at Netflix in Los Angeles, California, and co-President of the non-profit organization Blue Collar Post Collective. “IUPUI appealed to me because of the location and the combination of video and computing. Going to a school in Indianapolis offered me a lot of options for interning, working my way through school (at the Indianapolis Zoo, an amazing workplace for a student), and living in different neighborhoods."

Andrew Miller in the lobby of Riley Children's Hospital

Andrew Miller receives NSF grant to study caregiving for young cancer patients

Andrew Miller, Ph.D., assistant professor of human-computer interaction (HCI) in the Department of Human-Centered Computing has received a two-year NSF CRII Smart and Connected Health Award of $174,791. He is principal investigator on the project entitled “Parent-2-Parent: Supporting Dyadic Caregiving in the Hospital” and will be collaborating with Dr. Emily Mueller of Riley Hospital for […]

MAS students, Noel Keith, Alexander Douglas, and Torrie Dearduff with check for Vector Best in Show

MAS game design and development student receives Best in Show award

Alexander Douglas (above center), a senior and recent graduate of the Media Arts and Science undergraduate program, took home Best in Show for his game, Labrunner, at the 2019 Vector Conference held at Eastern Kentucky University in late April. Vector is a game conference held in collaboration with EKU Gaming Institute and RunJumpDev that celebrates […]

MAS lecturer Zebulun Wood poses in front of large monitor with graphic of person wearing VR headset

$1.6M NIH research grant supports study of VR to improve perspective taking in kids

Zebulun Wood (pictured above), lecturer and co-director of the undergraduate Media Arts and Science (MAS) program, will lead a team from the IU School of Informatics and Computing as part of a $1,622,677 NIH R61 Phase 1 Exploratory/Development Grant recently awarded to Tom Hummer, assistant research professor of psychiatry at the Indiana University School of […]

Fingers typing on laptop keyboard with data on screen

Applied Data and Information Science B.S. degree approved and open for enrollment

The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI now is offering an undergraduate degree in Applied Data and Information Science (ADIS). The new bachelor’s degree was approved at the May 6 meeting of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Students may pursue two specializations within the ADIS major. The Applied Data Science specialization […]

Scholarships recognize student accomplishments and aspirations

[Pictured above: Winners of the Grace Hopper Travel Scholarship: Bhawana Yadav, Arie Werner, I-Ting Tseng, Isabel Lopez, Bhavya Sinha, Radhika Ravindran, Sayali Talware, and Sneh Khatri. Absent: Zeinab Shaikh and Xiaochen Yu.] The IU School of Informatics and Computing celebrated the academic achievements of multiple students during the 2019 Awards ceremony at the recent Capstone […]

Student Jacob DeHart stands in front of stadium, holding a football helmet

Mother Nature inspired IUPUI students’ design for a safer football helmet

Working with engineering student Joel Najmon, SoIC MAS student Jacob DeHart examined how energy-absorbing, biologically-inspired cellular liners could make football helmets safer. Their research paper was published in the Society of Automotive Engineering International Journal of Transportation Safety.

HI grad student Ashley Leising

Health Informatics student’s simulation piloted by Franciscan Health

By incorporating Electronic Medical Record (EMR) training into simulation training for nurses as she worked on her M.S. in Health Informatics, Ashley Leising improved patient care. Her efforts helped nurses to gain proficiency in working with electronic records, reducing the time nurses spent working with EMR and making them more efficient.

Bioinformatics Club wins Inclusivity Award

The Bioinformatics Club at IUPUI (BCAI), which represents students in the BioHealth Informatics Department at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, was chosen to receive an Inclusivity Award at the 2019 IUPUI Student Organization Awards on Monday, April 22. Jiannan (Johnny) Liu, the club president, said, “Winning the Inclusivity Award really excited […]

IoT device created by iDEW students

New $100K JPMC grant to support iDEW Youth Internship Program in Indianapolis

JPMorgan Chase has announced a $100,000 grant to fund the launch of IUPUI’s Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce Youth Internship Program, a workforce initiative that offers educational and career support to underserved high school students to help prepare them for the information technology jobs of the future. Administered by the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, iDEW […]

Photo of MAS alumnus James Ward

James Ward: Into the Animator-Verse

Affordability, and access to computer labs and 2D and 3D animation classes, drew James Ward to SoIC’s Media Arts and Science program. He credited the program’s accessible faculty for preparing him to work in the industry, where he’s now a senior animator for Sony. He recently worked on “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” which won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for best animated film of 2018.

Human-Computer Interaction Professor of Practice selected as IDEA juror

Lou Lenzi, FIDSA, an HCI professor of practice at the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, has been selected as a juror for the 2019 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA). According to the IDSA website, the forty-member panel is composed of designers, thought-leaders and […]