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Senior biology student named IUPUI's 2015 most outstanding female student

INDIANAPOLIS –  Science students represented more than half of this year’s Top 20. The selection of IUPUI outstanding students was announced at the Top 100 Outstanding Students Recognition Dinner on April 10.

Brandon Ball, Devin Bready, Fèlix Casiano-Rivera, Greg Rothchild and Anthony Taylor were honored in the Top 10 Male Students. Elizabeth Alexander, Corinne Blackburn, Sarah Fortney, Qurat-ul-Ann ‘Anna’ Mirza, Morgan Moran and Kamilah Walters were named to the Top 10 Female Students.

Annual Research Day is April 17

INDIANAPOLIS -- The open-house event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. 

The annual IUPUI Research Day provides the greater Indianapolis community, as well as IUPUI faculty, staff and students, an opportunity to learn more about the on-going, cutting-edge and multifacted research and scholarly activities at IUPUI. Research Day began in 2009.

Indianapolis Brain Bee winner thrives at national competition

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Eighth USA National Brain Bee Championship, a neuroscience competition for high school students, was held at the University of Maryland Medical and Dental Schools in Baltimore on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, 2015.

Winners from 52 regional competitions in 28 states tested their knowledge of the human brain at the national level, where topics included intelligence, emotions, memory, sleep, vision, hearing, sensations, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, addictions and brain research.

Chemistry faculty member receives prestigious research award from NSF

INDIANAPOLIS -- “The breadth of their work -- spanning four schools and five departments on two campuses -- speaks to Indiana University’s ability to identify, recruit and welcome the leading young teacher-scholars of this generation,” José said. “It is also a clear reflection of IU’s history of building the foundations necessary for nurturing lifetimes of leadership in education and research.”

IUPUI chemist earns grant to improve drug screening in forensics

INDIANAPOLIS -- But in real life, mass spectrometry findings are less straightforward and slower paced. 

IUPUI analytical chemist Nicholas E. Manicke has received a $273,826 award from the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice to improve the speed and accuracy of mass spectrometry for detecting drugs and poisons in blood samples. 

IUPUI mathematician receives major grant to model human motor movements for Huntington’s Disease research

INDIANAPOLIS – The three-year, $1.2 million grant is funded by the CHDI Foundation, a privately-funded, nonprofit biomedical research organization exclusively dedicated to Huntington’s disease. Molkov will receive about $380,000 over three years for the work.

Although the gene for Huntington's disease was identified in 1993 by the Huntington's Disease Collaborative Research Group, which included scientists from IUPUI, to date no way to stop or reverse the course of this devastating hereditary brain disorder has been discovered.

41 Science Students Named in Top 100 for 2015

INDIANAPOLIS -- “We are very proud of these Top 100 honorees,” said Dean Simon Rhodes. “They have taken full advantage of the integrated academic, research, leadership and community engagement opportunities that are uniquely found in the School of Science and at IUPUI.”

With 41 students on this year’s list, the School matches it record year in 2014. Last year, 12 of those were named among the Top 20 students on campus.

How alcohol hijacks brain's reward system: $545,000 award funds IUPUI investigation

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scientists have only a rudimentary understanding of how alcohol affects neurons in the brain. It is known that, as any addictive drug, alcohol directly or indirectly acts on a specific population of brain cells, called dopamine neurons. Through this action, the neurotransmitter dopamine is released, which evokes feelings of pleasure. However, the biological mechanisms of how alcohol evokes dopamine release have not been determined; exploring this question is the major goal of the grant.

IUPUI biologist receives NIH grant to study how glaucoma develops in stem cells

INDIANAPOLIS -- The five-year, $1.8 million grant is funded by the NIH’s National Eye Institute.

Glaucoma is a group of degenerative diseases that damage the eye's optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness. It is the most common disease that affects retinal ganglion cells. These cells serve as the connection between the eye and the brain. Once these cells are damaged or severed, the brain cannot receive critical information, leading to blindness.

$2.2M grant enables IUPUI to study depression-cardiovascular disease link in HIV patients

INDIANAPOLIS -- With the success of antiretroviral therapy, cardiovascular disease is now the leading cause of death in HIV-infected adults.

The four-year grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to clinical health psychologist Stewart and the two other principal investigators -- infectious disease specialist Samir Gupta, M.D., associate professor of medicine in the IU School of Medicine, and internist Matthew Freiberg, M.D., associate professor of medicine in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine -- supports two projects. 

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