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Concert promises spooky Halloween fun

Echoing Air

Echoing Air

Children of all ages can enjoy a different kind of Halloween celebration and support a worthy cause when the period-instrument ensemble Echoing Air presents its fifth annual “Echoing Scare” concert Friday at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Students from UIndy and other local collges and high schools are performing and assisting in the event, which begins at 6:15 p.m. with a costume contest, a raffle and other activities. The performance at 7 p.m. will include music of the 17th and 18th centuries by Henry Purcell, J.S. Bach and Joseph Haydn, as well as popular Halloween favorites.

Echoing Air, a not-for-profit vocal ensemble playing Baroque instruments, includes Steven Rickards and Nathan Medley, countertenors; Jeffrey Collier, recorder; Keith Collins, recorder and bassoon; Thomas Gerber, harpsichord; and Christine Kyprianides, viola da gamba. Rickards, the group’s founder, and Gerber also teach in UIndy’s Department of Music.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and free to all UIndy faculty, staff and students. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Riley Hospital for Children. More information is available at (317) 252-4311.

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Study raises questions about DNA evidence

DNA interviewGraduate Student Cynthia Cale (center) and recent graduate Madison Earll (far right) discuss their DNA transfer study with online news channel

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Read Cynthia Cale’s column in the science journal Nature

UIndy researchers say contamination through secondary transfer
of material could implicate the innocent or help the guilty go free

If your DNA is found on a weapon or at a crime scene, does that make you guilty?

A judge or jury might think so, but a new study from the University of Indianapolis shows that secondary transfer of human DNA through intermediary contact is far more common than previously thought, a finding that could have serious repercussions for medical science and the criminal justice system.

Increasingly important to criminal investigations, DNA analysis once required substantial samples of blood or other bodily fluids, but advances in the field now make it possible to produce a complete genetic profile of a suspect from just a few cells left behind – so-called “touch DNA.” The emerging concern, long considered a theoretical risk but only now systematically confirmed by the UIndy study, is that the presence of those cells does not prove that the person actually visited the scene or directly touched the object in question. The DNA easily could have been transferred by other means.



“I think this issue has been swept under the rug,” said Associate Professor Krista Latham, who directs UIndy’s Molecular Anthropology Laboratory and oversaw the study designed as a course project by Human Biology graduate students Cynthia Cale and Madison Earll. “There have been some holes in this kind of research, and I think that allowed people to disregard it, but this is a very well-designed project. It’s going to change the way the medicolegal system looks at DNA evidence.”

The researchers detail their findings in the January issue of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, with a paper titled “Could Secondary DNA Transfer Falsely Place Someone at the Scene of a Crime?” Cale also discusses the study in an op-ed column for this week’s issue of the journal Nature.

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Athletic Training prof named to Hall of Fame

The faculty of UIndy’s Athletic Training Program must be doing something right – they keep getting named to the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame.



Dr. Scott Lawrance, assistant professor and clinical education coordinator for the program, will be the latest to receive the honor Sunday at the Annual IATA Fall Symposium in Muncie.

“It’s one of those humbling experiences,” said Lawrance, also a UIndy alumnus who earned his Master of Science and Doctor of Health Sciences in Physical Therapy in 2003 and 2010, respectively. At 39, he is the youngest state inductee to date.

“I recognize the responsibility of it,” he said, already having served 12 years on the IATA board and two years as its president, helping to pass legislation, create new partnerships and increase services to members. “It’s a responsibility to uphold that for the rest of my career.”

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Subbing for Tiger, UIndy alum claims cup



When Tiger Woods isn’t available, just call Justin Hueber.

The 2009 UIndy Sports Marketing graduate filled in for the injured Woods over the weekend, teaming with Matt Kuchar to post a win for the United States at the 2015 Bridgestone America’s Golf Cup in Mexico City. They put up a 34-under total of 250 in four rounds at the PGA Tour Latinoamerica event.

Hueber, who grew up in Fort Wayne, was a two-time GLVC Player of the Year as a Greyhound, helping the team to two straight trips to the conference championship. In his senior year, he claimed six individual titles as well as medalist honors at the championship and broke his own record with a new single-season mark of 71.1 strokes per round. He went pro after graduating and currently is fifth on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica money list.

Read more about his weekend win here, and watch the winners recount their victory in this video.

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Criminal Justice adds Cybersecurity track

With data theft an increasing concern for government, business and individuals, a new interdisciplinary program at the UIndy prepares graduates for the fast-growing field of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is the newest concentration in UIndy’s Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree program, supplementing the core studies with courses in applied computer science, such as programming, computer networking, data structures, date encryption and network security.

Students can augment their skills for careers in traditional law enforcement and security work, or prepare for specific cybersecurity positions such as information security analyst, a career field the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects will grow 37 percent by 2022. The entry-level education requirement is a bachelor’s degree, and the 2012 median pay was $86,170 per year.

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Pulitzer-winning author to speak Nov. 12

Kidder’s books include Mountains Beyond Mountains, Soul of a New Machine



Read a preview interview on Sky Blue Window

Author and journalist Tracy Kidder, whose honors have included a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, will read and discuss his work Nov. 12 at UIndy.

Admission is free to the event, which begins at 7 p.m. in UIndy Hall of Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave. The appearance, which will include a Q&A session and book signing, is presented by the university’s Sutphin Lectures in the Humanities series in association with the Kellogg Writers Series. Advance registration is encouraged — click here.

Considered a master of creative nonfiction and literary journalism, Kidder won the Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction and the National Book Award for Nonfiction with his second book, The Soul of a New Machine, which follows a team of researchers in the early 1980s struggling to design a new microcomputer.

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CAC presents $10,000 idea competition

Sunday night is submission deadline for Dream Indy 5×5

CAC buttonUIndy’s Center for Aging & Community is among the forces behind the upcoming Dream Indy 5×5 competition, the latest in a series of local events that award $10,000 in funding for creative proposals that benefit the community.

5x5Logo-2015-bluesScheduled as part of the annual Spirit & Place Festival, the Nov. 12 contest will feature five teams selected from scores of applicants to pitch their ideas before a panel of judges and a live audience. In this case, the teams are challenged to submit proposals that use art to make Indianapolis “more accessible, healthy, green or lively.” CAC’s twist on the scenario is that intergenerational teams — with members at least 15 years apart in age — are strongly encouraged. Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 25, at

Partners in the event include Joy’s House Adult Day Service, which is opening a UIndy-Southside location soon near the new Health Pavilion; and Big Car arts collaborative, which will host the pitching party from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m Nov. 12 at its new The Tube Factory art space in the nearby Garfield Park neighborhood.

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Greyhound Village offers glimpse inside

GV virtual tourThis virtual tour provides a peek into five simulated spaces at Greyhound Village, which opens next year at the corner of Shelby Street and National Avenue. A partial model apartment is available for viewing in Schwitzer Student Center.

Reservations for 2016-2017 accepted now with no deposit required

You can see its four-story frame rising at the northwest corner of campus: Greyhound Village, a new kind of residential option to meet the needs of nearly 500 UIndy juniors, seniors and graduate students.

Scheduled to open in late summer 2016, the furnished 1- to 4-bedroom apartments will combine the best of on-campus and off-campus living for students who appreciate privacy and such amenities as private bathrooms, in-unit kitchens and laundry appliances, balconies and patios, a fitness center, indoor and outdoor lounge and recreation areas, and access to UIndy cable and Internet services, among other features.

Though the construction site is still a hardhat area, there are two ways to get an advance taste of life in Greyhound Village. One is an online virtual tour that provides interactive, 360-degree views from within 3D renderings of the main lobby, the fitness center, a living room, a bedroom and a common area with seating and game tables. Check it out here, and right-click on the tour window for a variety of viewing perspectives (“Architectural View” is recommended).

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Music department shares talent at Eskenazi

CMSF music at EskenaziMusic faculty members Elisabeth Hoegberg and Mitzi Westra performed Tuesday to kick off the third round of UIndy Community Music Service Fellowship concerts at Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital. (Eskenazi Health photo)

Students and faculty from UIndy’s Department of Music are once again taking their talents out into the community through a series of daytime concerts this semester at Eskenazi Health.

Now in its third season, the University of Indianapolis Community Music Service Fellowship brings one-hour performances to the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation Concourse on the main level of the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, located off West 10th Street at 720 Eskenazi Ave. The concerts not only enhance the atmosphere for hospital patients, staff and visitors, but are open to the public as well.



The CSMF program is coordinated by associate adjunct professor Minju Choi, a celebrated pianist in her own right, and made possible by the Marianne Tobias Music Program at Eskenazi Health. The fellowship is available to UIndy college-level and advanced pre-college-level students in good academic standing.

The new round of concerts kicked off Tuesday with a performance by Assistant Professors Elisabeth Hoegberg and Mitzi Westra. Upcoming dates include:

  • Friday, Oct. 23, at noon: Joe Jones, guitar
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m.: Carrie Atkinson, piano
  • Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1 p.m.: Jessica Spiars, piano
  • Friday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.: UIndy Student String Quartet
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 11 a.m.: Allison Vickery, piano
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TEDx conference draws curious and creative

TEDxIND - Nikki ReedUIndy alumna and WZPL radio personality Nikki Reed serves as emcee for TEDxIndianapolis Tuesday at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center.

Indy Star preview and photo gallery

Hundreds of community leaders, professionals and hipsters alike gathered at UIndy on Tuesday for the fourth annual TEDxIndianapolis conference, featuring 16 creative thinkers from around the world speaking on the theme “Keep It Simple.”

The energy spilled outside Ruth Lilly Performance Hall and into the adjacent DeHaan Center Gallery, where a related art exhibition hangs, and onto the sidewalk, where a Visit Indy sculpture has provided a setting for countless photos shared on social media this month.

For those who missed the day’s talks, which also streamed live online and in Schwitzer Student Center’s UIndy Hall, videos will be posted next month on YouTube.

TEDxIndianapolis 2015 was sponsored by the United Way of Central Indiana and presented by Big Car, Indiana Humanities, The Heritage Group, Pivot Marketing and the University of Indianapolis. UIndy faculty contributed to the planning, and scores of UIndy volunteers provided hospitality during the event.

TEDxIND - galleryVisitors enjoy the interactive “Keep It Simple” exhibition in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery, which features artwork by UIndy graduate student Kevin Moran.

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