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Dec 2, 2020

Research Frontiers Trailblazers honored for work in climate change, criminal justice, more

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In a year marked by a pandemic and increased activism for social justice, the meaningful work of four IUPUI researchers – including studies of insects as an alternative agricultural protein source and monitoring what nurses are saying on social media during the pandemic – is more important than ever.

Four IUPUI researchers are the recipients of the 2020 Research Frontiers Trailblazer Award, an annual recognition presented by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. The award honors IUPUI associate professors within the first three years of their academic appointment who have made exceptional contributions to research in their field at this important point in their careers.

This year’s recipients are Jeremy Carter of the Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Wendy Miller of the IU School of Nursing, and Christine Picard and Lixin Wang of the School of Science.

Read more about the four 2020 Trailblazers.

December ‘Ask Aaron’ webinars to address holiday safety, vaccines

Students, faculty and staff from every IU campus who have COVID-19-related questions can have them answered in upcoming webinars by Dr. Aaron Carroll, one of the leaders of Indiana University’s COVID-19 Medical Response Team.

The next webinars are at noon Dec. 9 and Dec. 16. Additional “Ask Aaron” webinars are being planned throughout the remainder of the academic year.

The live Q&A sessions will include topics such as:

  • Keeping healthy – physically and mentally – over the winter session.
  • Understanding why cases are spiking across Indiana and the U.S.
  • When and how vaccines will likely be distributed.
  • Celebrating the holidays safely.

Visit for the latest updates.

Last Lecture available virtually

Florence Wagman Roisman, the William F. Harvey Professor of Law and 2011 Chancellor’s Professor in the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, presented the 2020 Last Lecture virtually.

The Last Lecture Series offers the university community the opportunity to hear reflections on life’s lessons and meaning from a current or retired IUPUI colleague of exceptional merit. The featured speaker shares the wisdom he or she has gained through academic pursuits and life experiences, distilling a life of inquiry, reflection and service into advice for successive generations.

Learn how the title, chosen from a poem by Gwendolyn Brooks titled “Negro Hero: to suggest Dorie Miller,” relates to the lecture’s central thesis: White supremacy and its cognates are the most destructive force on Earth.

The lecture focuses on the most important task for all of us: to eliminate every trace of racism, misogyny, homophobia, islamophobia, antisemitism, etc. – every notion that because of some immutable characteristic one human being is worth less than others

The Last Lecture Series is sponsored by the IUPUI Senior Academy, the IUPUI Office of Academic Affairs and the Indiana University Foundation.

Changes coming for Zoom

Starting Dec. 21, Zoom at IU accounts will enable waiting rooms as a security default, according to University Information Technology Services. However, users who are logged in with their Zoom at IU account will automatically bypass the waiting room by default, so meeting hosts won’t have to admit authorized IU attendees one by one. Participants from outside IU will need to be individually admitted.

The automatic bypass setting can be changed. Hosts will also have the ability to turn off the waiting room completely.

ERI research symposium spotlights ties between 3 pressing problems

The Environmental Resilience Institute will host a virtual research symposium Dec. 11 to highlight ties between climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice.

The free event is open to all registered attendees and will feature two expert roundtables focused on climate change’s connections to environmental justice and the pandemic. Both roundtables will be broadcast live on Zoom and will allow for questions from members of the audience.

In the week preceding the roundtable discussions, prerecorded presentations will be released online to inform attendees and guide discussion.

Attendees who register by Dec. 4 will be notified when the videos are available.

Nominate students for Elite 50 now

The IUPUI Elite 50 recognizes achievements by graduate and professional students in engagement, scholarship and service beyond the classroom. Honorees represent the best of the over 8,000 graduate and professional students at IUPUI.

Nominate a deserving student who has excelled inside and outside the classroom.

December photo caption contest

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December’s photo caption contest image.Photo courtesy of IUPUI Special Collections and Archives

This month’s vintage photo caption contest image features an IUPUI crew displaying the IUPUI flag while visiting the Arctic Research Centre of the University of Saskatchewan in Canada.

Check out the IUPUI Special Collections and Archives Photo Caption Contest and enter a caption for the opportunity to win their world-famous Fabulous Prize!

Congratulations to Jim Oppold for winning November’s caption contest with his caption: “Due to the severity of the case, headquarters called in precinct stare down champion Officer Martin.” He wins our Fabulous Prize!


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