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Feb 2, 2021

Founding dean of The Media School to step down July 31

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James Shanahan, founding dean of The Media School at Indiana University Bloomington, will step down July 31 after a six-year tenure that saw the successful merging of three academic units into what is now one of the most comprehensive media-related research and teaching programs in the country.

Shanahan will remain on the school’s faculty. An interim dean will be announced at a later date.

Under his leadership, the school created new academic undergraduate and graduate programs, moved into the newly renovated Franklin Hall, and brought together more than a half-dozen media-related research centers. During For All: The Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign, the school raised nearly $13 million, including a $6 million gift to create the Michael I. Arnolt Center for Investigative Journalism – the single largest gift in the history of the school and its legacy units.

Nominate an outstanding mentor or advocate of women

The IU Center of Excellence for Women and Technology is accepting nominations for the Outstanding Mentor/Advocate awards, which are presented to one faculty member and one staff member for their support and encouragement of female students and advocacy for women and technology.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 11. Learn more about the awards on the Center of Excellence for Women and Technology’s awards webpage.

Submit a nomination online.

IU email list upgrades begin soon

About 9,000 IU List users might notice some changes in IU’s email list service beginning Feb. 7 and continuing for several weeks. UITS will be upgrading the web interface with a new design and layout. The updates will enhance features, fix bugs, and improve security and email deliverability.

Email command functionality will not change. Submitting commands to moderate, manage or review lists should be familiar and perform as they do in the current IU List environment.

No actions are required for list owners, moderators or subscribers, but UITS recommends that list owners delete unwanted lists prior to the updates.

Learn more about the IU List upgrade and schedule at Knowledge Base.

Workshops aid humanities grant applications

The College Arts and Humanities Institute has shared that Humanities Without Walls, a consortium of humanities centers and institutes within the Big Ten Conference, is hosting a series of workshops in February on grant application design.

The workshops are planned for Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Topics include:

  • Charting pathways to intellectual leadership.
  • Creating an idea that others can invest in.
  • Building a collaborative team.
  • Building a funding strategy.

Learn more about the workshops and register online.

Stay informed about IU’s COVID-19 efforts

Dr. Aaron Carroll, one of the leaders of IU’s COVID-19 Medical Response Team, was asked during the Jan. 27 “Ask Aaron” webinar whether the vaccine will be available to faculty, staff and students, and if so, when?

The state determines who is eligible to receive the vaccine and when, and distributes it to groups that administer it, Carroll said, but he added that in the meantime, IU is busy with preparations to administer the vaccine.

“What IU is doing is ramping up infrastructure and getting massively prepared so that when the state says, ‘Go,’ we’re ready to give it,” he said.

You can learn additional details about IU’s COVID-19 efforts and the virus itself during upcoming “Ask Aaron” webinars, which are virtual Q&A sessions. The next webinars for all campuses are Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24. If you are unable to watch them live, you can watch the recordings at

For the latest COVID-19 updates, go to

Protect yourself and IU: Get your flu vaccination

Don’t mess around with the flu this year. Getting a flu vaccine is not only easy, it’s a good defense for you and the entire IU community.

Visit IU’s COVID-19 website to learn how to get a free flu shot at IU, how to report you’ve already been vaccinated, or how to request an exemption.

Deadlines for faculty funding competitions approaching

The College Arts and Humanities Institute’s spring deadline for competitions for faculty research support (but not fellowships), workshops and symposia, and research travel (if possible), is March 5.

Some terms have been changed due to restrictions imposed by the pandemic, so interested applicants should check the descriptions of the competitions on the College Arts and Humanities Institute’s faculty funding webpage.

Consider cybersecurity tips for remote teaching and learning

Teaching and learning remotely means that faculty, staff and students are outside of many of the safeguards provided by the IU network. Therefore, assuming more responsibility for cybersecurity is important for keeping your system and data secure.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a technical genius to be more secure. Consider these 13 tips from UITS.

If you need help, contact your IT Pro or campus UITS Support Center.

WFIU/WTIU employees picked for professional programs

Two WFIU/WTIU employees were recently accepted into PBS professional development programs.

Eoban Binder, director of digital for WFIU and WTIU, was selected for PBS’ 2021 Data Literacy Group, which helps with using data to make strategic decisions.

Payton Knobeloch, digital crusader at WFIU and WTIU, will be part of the PBS 2021 Digital Immersion’s accelerated scholarship program, which helps develop strategic and organizational tactics.

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