Herron artists and ArtPrize boxes: ‘Intersections’ back with ‘Minimalist Division’

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:



It’s ArtPrize time, and once again IUPUI’s Herron School of Art and Design is represented among the artists whose works fuel the annual international show that offers the world’s largest purse for an art competition.

ArtPrize Seven, running through Oct. 11, is expected to draw 400,000 to 500,000 people to Grand Rapids, Mich., to view more than 1,500 pieces of art displayed at 160 venues across three square miles of the city.

Last year, Herron professor Anila Quayyum Agha made history, earning a record $300,000 by winning the 2014 ArtPrize Public Vote Grand Prize and earning a tie vote for the Juried Grand Prize.

Agha’s “Intersections” entry — a large, laser-cut wooden cube that hangs from a ceiling and is lit from inside with one lightbulb, casting intricate shadows on walls and the floor — wowed both the jury and the thousands of art lovers who submitted ballots for the $200,000 public prize. It was the first time both the public and the jury agreed on their grand prize choices.

This year, “Intersections” is back at ArtPrize 2015, albeit in a new-and-improved form: an exact replica made of steel.

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Pull out those red pens and celebrate National Punctuation Day

by Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

Commas save lives

Sign in IU School of Liberal Arts dean’s office.

This week marks the 11th anniversary of the day set aside as “a celebration of the lowly comma, correctly used quotation marks, and other proper uses of periods, semicolons, and the ever-mysterious ellipsis.”

Each Sept. 24 is National Punctuation Day, and this year the annual writing contest established by the day’s founder has ties to Indiana. And IUPUI has the perfect place to celebrate.

“We’re not doing an essay this year,” said Jeff Rubin, aka Punctuation Man. “We’re doing an homage to David Letterman, and we are going to have people do a Top 10 list. The question is: What are the top 10 ways proper punctuation has affected your life?”

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Nursing dean reflects on journey to IUPUI

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist:

The career of Indiana University School of Nursing Dean Robin Newhouse has been marked by purpose and serendipity, a combination that brought her to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

“In some ways my trajectory here has been somewhat unexpected, but it is clear that it’s not,” said Newhouse, who became dean of the IU School of Nursing on July 1. “What appears to be serendipity really has been very purposeful and absolutely right.

Robin Newhouse

Robin Newhouse

She had not been thinking of leaving Maryland, where she and her husband had lived their entire lives, nor their home, which was a part of her grandfather’s farm where she and her husband, Frank, had lived since 1979. She also hadn’t thought of leaving the University of Maryland, where she had spent eight years, the last four as a professor and chair of the nursing school’s Department of Organizational Systems and Adult Health.

“It was one of those things,” Newhouse said. “I was not looking for a dean position, but a colleague I consult with asked if I would consider it. Being selected as a candidate for the job was an honor.”

When she visited the nursing school, Newhouse said she was struck by what she saw.

“The quality of the faculty and staff is very high, with world-class researchers, teachers and leaders who are well-known for their impact and scholarship,” Newhouse said. But the character of the individuals who comprise the school impressed her most of all, she said. “They are good people.”

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Book explores teen novels’ portrayals of autism to help libraries choose wisely

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist:

A new book detailing teen novels that feature characters with autism will help libraries select books that help young readers understand the disorder and foster acceptance, says one of the three authors, an associate professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Autism in Young Adult Novels: An Annotated Bibliography

“Autism in Young Adult Novels: An Annotated Bibliography,” co-authored by IUPUI’s Rachel Applegate and Marilyn Irwin.

“Autism in Young Adult Novels: An Annotated Bibliography” identifies novels published between 1968 and 2013 that have autism content and evaluates how the lives of characters with autism are portrayed, said Rachel Applegate, chair of the Department of Library and Information Science in the School of Informatics and Computing.

“This is a book that focuses on the autism spectrum, and there hasn’t been anything like it before,” she said

The target audience for the book is librarians who will be able to use it to select high-quality, engaging novels that positively and accurately portray autism and use those works to educate young adults about the disorder, Applegate said.

Awareness of autism has grown significantly, but teens often don’t know much about it, the authors said. With greater awareness and understanding comes greater acceptance, they said.

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Keeping the fun in family reunions

by Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist

My family reunion is just a few days away.

Perhaps you are like me and look forward to such an occasion with a little bit of apprehension. Family get-togethers have the potential for making memories worthy of a Hallmark movie — or an episode of “Cops.”

One of the great things about working on a university campus is that you have access to outstanding professional minds who can shed practical insight on numerous life situations.

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Getting to know IUPUI’s new first lady

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist

IUPUI first lady-select Niloo Paydar grabbed my attention and admiration during our first chat when I learned of her behind-the-scenes role in a critically acclaimed exhibit — one of my favorites — at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Read more…

28 miles but worlds apart: life expectancy in Central Indiana

By Rich Schneider, IU Communication Specialist:

The saying that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer only tells part of the story.

The rich, or those who live in a community with greater access to health-promoting and health-protecting resources and opportunities, also have a greater life expectancy, according to “Worlds Apart: Gaps in Life Expectancy in the Indianapolis Metro Area.”

The report — produced by the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in partnership with The Polis Center at IUPUI — looks at the life expectancies of residents in 11 Central Indiana counties as well as smaller geographic areas within those counties.

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Reflections from the IUPUI White House

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

Sandra Petronio, Chancellor Charles R. Bantz and family dog Arabella.

Sandra Petronio, Chancellor Charles R. Bantz and family dog Arabella.

Soon IUPUI will be under new leadership. Chancellor Charles R. Bantz will pass the baton to Chancellor Nasser Paydar in mid-August.

As a communications specialist, I had the honor of being backstage at the inauguration of Chancellor Bantz and his wife, IUPUI first lady Sandra Petronio. It would be my baptism into the world of the pomp and circumstance that comes along with such Indiana University occasions.

My memories of that event focus on the dynamics of interactions among the extended Bantz family as they proudly celebrated the accomplishment of one of their own, while recognizing the tremendous responsibility inherent in the mantle Bantz was accepting.

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Dream to publish book was 30 years in the making

By Rich Schneider, IU Communications Specialist and Rob Schneider, external affairs coordinator, IU School of Social Work:

Her first book took 30 years, but Katrina Patterson already has a second book in mind.

Patterson is the Bachelor of Social Work student services secretary and recorder in the Indiana University School of Social Work administrative offices at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where she has worked for more than 20 years.

Her first book, “Ralph’s Journey to Babyland: A place for the night,” was published this year and is available on Amazon. The book tells the story of Ralph, a 10-year-old boy who is playing with his dog Sonic and loses track of time. Before he knows it, Ralph is lost and then walks through a cloud. What happens next is Ralph’s amazing discovery of a world of babies and the casual, free, candy-filled lives they live.

She got the idea for the book in 1985, while she was in high school. Patterson had completed an English assignment by writing a children’s book. She kept it, knowing that one day she wanted to do something more with it.

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Orange is the new look of New York Street as city reconfigures campus thoroughfare

By Diane Brown, IU Communications Specialist:

Let me say what everyone thinks when they first encounter all those orange-striped barriers blocking two left lanes of New York Street through campus.

What the heck!?

OK, maybe what they are saying isn’t quite that tame, but you get my drift.

What are those barricades? How long will they be in the way? When will we get back to four lanes of New York from White River Parkway to West Street?

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