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Fairbanks School becomes 1st in US to receive European public health accreditation

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The IUPUI gateway welcomes guests to the Indianapolis campus. Photo by Liz Kaye, Indiana University

The Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI has achieved a global milestone -- becoming the first U.S. school of public health to receive full accreditation from the Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation, an independent, international accrediting body based in Europe.

"As home to the first school of public health in the United States with international APHEA accreditation, IUPUI continues to strengthen our reputation as a global leader in education and research," Chancellor Nasser H. Paydar said. "This honor highlights our ongoing commitment to preparing our students to succeed as global citizens and supporting students who join us from around the world."

IUPUI and the Fairbanks School are committed to bringing together people from different background and cultures to enrich the education and research environments.

"APHEA accreditation is a significant step in elevating the level of global opportunities we offer our students, staff and faculty," said Paul Halverson, founding dean and professor at the Fairbanks School. "Dr. Sue Babich has worked tirelessly to establish the school as a global health leader. She has developed a robust portfolio of global partnerships and activities that set us apart."

The accreditation process was led by Associate Dean for Education Carole Kacius and Associate Dean for Global Health Sue Babich.

Read the full release online.

Next Generation 2.0 program accepting applications for 6th cohort

Mid-career faculty and professional staff at IUPUI who are women and/or members of underrepresented populations and interested in seeking leadership opportunities at IUPUI can apply for membership in the 2020-21 cohort of Next Generation 2.0. This leadership development program seeks to meet the goals of the IUPUI Strategic Plan to "develop our faculty and staff" and "promote an inclusive campus climate."

Applications for the 2020-21 cohort can be made online at the program's website. Selected participants should expect to attend a two-hour orientation session in May and then attend the program one Friday of the month, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., between September 2020 and May 2021 on the IUPUI campus. Fees for the institute are paid by the sponsoring unit with a match from the Office of Academic Affairs.

The deadline for submission of applications is March 15. Applications will be reviewed by the program advisory board and announced the week of April 26.

New associate dean for global health and director of IU Center for Global Health

Dr. Adrian Gardner, a global health leader who spent the last seven years in Kenya as part of the Indiana University School of Medicine-led AMPATH program, has been named the school's associate dean for global health.

Gardner will also serve as director of the IU Center for Global Health, an umbrella institute that develops, coordinates and promotes a comprehensive strategy for the university's global health engagement.

Monthly medical speaker series returns

The Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine's Monthly Speaker Series returns at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Room 401 of the Medical Library, 975 W. Walnut St.

February's hourlong topic discussion is "Assistive Robotics at Notre Dame: Toward Fluent Control of Lower-Limb Prostheses" from speakers Patrick Wensing and Jim Schmiedeler of the Notre Dame College of Engineering.

Registration for the discussion and a more detailed description are available online.

Photo caption contest

The IUPUI Photo Caption Contest looks back to the 1979 IUPUI homecoming when Mayor William Hudnut was the honored guest. Enter your funny captions to the vintage photo from the IUPUI Archives, and you might win our renowned Fabulous Prize.

We congratulate Andy Smith for his winning caption to January's photo: "Prior to being upstaged by the flamboyant Teletubbies, the less jovial and slightly creepier TeeVee Jeebies ruled the toddler 2 to 4 demographic."