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Speaker lineup announced for TEDx at UIndy

tedx-indy-logoEntrepreneurs, writers, artists and activists are among the 16 featured speakers for TEDxIndianapolis 2015, taking place Oct. 20 at UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

The list was released today by the event organizers, who include several UIndy representatives. The university is a presenting sponsor for this fourth annual TEDxIndianapolis, which bears the theme “Keep It Simple.”

Covering such topics as art and design, sustainability, education, technology and entrepreneurship, the speakers are a varied lot that includes tech and food innovator Chris Baggott; Digital Democracy founder Emily Jacobi; musician, music producer and yogi Paul Mahern; The Nature Conservancy state director Mary McConnell; homeless advocate Maurice Young; and Creek Stewart, survival guide author and host of TV’s Fat Guys in the Woods. A full list of speakers and bios can be found here.

TEDx has sold out each year since its debut in Indianapolis. Again this year, seating is limited. Tickets are $89 and will go on sale July 20.

Read more about the event here. Additional information can be found at

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In the news: Business, Poli Sci, Forensics



Dr. Larry Belcher, the new dean of UIndy’s School of Business, was invited for an in-studio interview Tuesday at WXIN-Fox59 to discuss the potential impact of the mounting economic crisis in Greece.

“Clearly it’s going to have a disruptive effect on the markets for a while, but it’s probably not going to be significant long term,” he said. Watch the clip.

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Dr. Laura Merrifield Albright, assistant professor of Political Science, has been tapped to serve on a rotating panel of local experts for IN Focus, a new weekly program on WXIN that covers Indiana politics and public issues. Her debut appearance last Sunday can be viewed here, and she is scheduled to appear again at 9:30 a.m. this coming Sunday.

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The always-busy Archeology & Forensics Team was called to northwestern Indiana last week for input on human remains discovered at a construction site, which turned out to be prehistoric. Read more and see photos here and here.

Some members of the team recently returned from southern Texas, where they continued their work assisting in the identification of missing migrants. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times is publishing a series on the effort, which includes this story and video on the analysis of skeletal remains (look for the UIndy folks in gray T-shirts). Though the text is available only to subscribers, here’s an excerpt: Read more »

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Postseason honors continue for Greyhounds

Although the 2014-2015 intercollegiate sports season has come to a close, UIndy’s NCAA Division II student-athletes have continued to earn accolades for their success in competition and in the classroom.

directors cupNews came in early June that the Greyhounds had claimed their fourth consecutive Top 10 finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, which awards points based on the results of seven men’s and seven women’s sports. Thanks in part to a strong showing this spring from women’s golf, softball, men’s golf and men’s and women’s track and field, UIndy posted a final total of 598 points to place at No. 7 nationally in D-II. Read more here

Other honors have included:


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Civic institute to host teacher workshop

UIndy’s Institute for Civic Leadership & Mayoral Archives is offering a free workshop July 13 and 14 to help Indiana high school teachers make use of local history archives in the classroom.

The intensive workshop will explore strategies for tying local history to national themes using primary sources, such as materials in the Mayoral Archives relating to the civil rights movement in Indianapolis, the development of the city and the Unigov reforms of the 1960s and 1970s. The sessions will be led by Associate Professor of History Edward Frantz, director of the institute, and Leah Nahmias, director of programs for Indiana Humanities.

The content is ideal for social studies instruction at the 11th and 12th grade level. Each participant who completes the two-day workshop will receive 14 hours of continuing education credits and a $100 stipend.

Space is limited. To register, click here.

For more information, contact Dr. Frantz at

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New program is fast track to nursing career

nursing sim lab - webLaboratory simulations are a key component of nursing preparation at UIndy.

A new nursing program at the University of Indianapolis enables students with college degrees in other fields to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in as little as 15 months of full-time study.

The Second Degree Accelerated BSN Program combines courses and lab simulations on campus with clinical practice experiences in hospitals, schools, day-care centers, long-term care facilities and various community-based settings. The program prepares graduates to take the National Council Licensure Exam, required to enter the field.



The option is ideal for professionals considering a career change and eager for opportunities in a rapidly growing industry, said Anne Thomas, dean of UIndy’s School of Nursing. Registered nursing is ranked No. 1 in the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s Hoosier Hot 50 Jobs list, with an average annual salary of more than $57,000 and a projected annual employment growth rate of nearly 18 percent.

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Prof’s cave crawl turns up new spider species

VIDEO: Click here for a firsthand view of cave research



Crawling into dark caves to look for spiders is not everyone’s idea of fun, but it works for Assistant Professor of Biology Marc Milne – especially when it pays off with fresh scientific discoveries and research opportunities for students.

Dr. Milne, an ecologist by training with a particular interest in spiders, mosquitoes and carnivorous plants, was still new to UIndy in November when he and undergraduate Tyler Smith undertook a three-day, four-cave expedition to Alabama. There they joined with researchers from the University of Florida to search for previously unknown invertebrates, specifically spiders, millipedes and tiny arachnids called pseudoscorpions.

The new species of Liocranoides

The new species of Liocranoides

In the time since the trip, Milne and his national network of colleagues have determined that some of the specimens they found are entirely new to science. One spider represents a new, sixth species belonging to the genus Liocranoides, which previously included only five known species. One of the pseudoscorpions is not only a new species, but apparently a new genus. And one millipede from the caves represents a previously unknown subspecies.

Discoveries like these provide not just material for academic journal articles, but also opportunities for students to get involved in hands-on field and laboratory work. Milne and his colleagues in the Department of Biology are making a concerted effort to enlist more undergraduates as research assistants, providing experiences that often are reserved for graduate students at other institutions.

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New VP to lead communications and marketing

Jeanette DeDiemar was 2014 Higher Education Marketer of the Year



A strategic marketing and communications leader with extensive experience in and outside of higher education has been selected vice president of communications and marketing at the University of Indianapolis.

Honored in 2014 as the American Marketing Association’s Higher Education Marketer of the Year, Jeanette Marie DeDiemar served most recently as associate vice president of university communications at Florida State University. Previous positions have included executive director of integrated marketing and communications at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and business marketing director for @Wales, a high-tech digital media business accelerator in the United Kingdom.

At UIndy, DeDiemar will lead the institution’s expanding communications efforts, as well as the integrated marketing and communications team responsible for media and public relations, print and digital marketing, design and production, publications, internal communications and social media. Chosen from hundreds of candidates after a national search, she will report directly to university President Robert Manuel, effective Aug. 1.

Manuel described DeDiemar as the clear choice for the position amid an ongoing campus and neighborhood development plan that includes new programs and multiple capital and construction projects, all designed to transform the student experience and elevate quality of life in the surrounding community.

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Physical Therapy prof receives national award



Dr. Emily J. Slaven of UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy has received the American Physical Therapy Association’s Margaret L. Moore Award, which honors early-career academicians who have demonstrated excellence in research and teaching.

Slaven is an assistant professor and academic director of KSPT’s orthopaedic residency program, specializing in musculoskeletal physical therapy with an emphasis on manual therapy. Since joining the UIndy faculty in 2010, she has published 10 peer-reviewed papers, serving as the lead author on five of them, and has presented eight peer-reviewed national presentations, four of which included doctoral students whom she had mentored. She serves on four doctoral committees and has advised five entry-level student projects.

The award was presented last week at APTA’s annual NEXT Conference & Exposition in National Harbor, Md. Slaven, who currently serves as vice president of APTA’s Indiana chapter, thanked several UIndy colleagues for their mentoring and support, including Dr. Kathy Martin, who nominated her for the award.

“Dr. Slaven has an innate ability to create an effective learning environment, meaning one that is safe for students to try new things and learn from their mistakes without judgment,” Martin said. “She is approachable, available, and committed to helping students get it right.”

Learn more about the Krannert School of Physical Therapy here and on the UIndy Health Sciences blog.

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Alumni on the rise: Physical Therapy, Business

UIndy alumna Ellen Lowe has been named chair of the Institute of Physical Therapy at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in San Marcos, Calif. Lowe, who earned her Master of Health Science from the Krannert School of Physical Therapy in 1995, now coordinates all physical therapy programs at the institute. Read more here.

John “Jeff” J. Whorley Jr. has been appointed group president for asset management and servicing at Navient, the nation’s leading loan management, servicing and asset recovery company. He earned his Master of Business Administration from UIndy’s School of Business in 2001. Read more here.

Another MBA grad, Bryan Allen, has been named vice president of Greencastle-based ETA International, a not-for-profit trade association for professionals in the electronics industry. He earned his degree in 2008. Read more here.

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Campus co-chaplain earns statewide honor

Jeremiah Gibbs - Asbury award - web

Dr. Jeremiah Gibbs joined UIndy in 2009.

UIndy co-chaplain the Rev. Jeremiah Gibbs has received this year’s Francis Asbury Award from the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.

The award from the UMC’s General Board of Higher Education recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to higher education and campus ministries. It was presented during the church’s recent 2015 Indiana Annual Conference in Indianapolis by Dr. Aleze M. Fulbright, the conference’s director of leadership development.

“I believe the work that Dr. Gibbs provides at the University of Indianapolis will yield the United Methodist Church with greater leaders, young and diverse, that will accomplish the mission of making disciples and transforming the world,” she said.

Gibbs joined UIndy in 2009 and serves as co-chaplain and as director of the Lantz Center for Christian Vocations & Formation, which provides classes, retreats, spiritual mentoring and other opportunities for students to explore their potential as faith leaders. He is a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran and holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.

In May, Gibbs led a UIndy student and staff group on a 21-day, 165-mile walk along Spain’s renowned Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Notes and photos from the adventure are posted on the group’s Facebook page.

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