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IPFW in the News, Sept. 2-6, 2013

1. Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, Sept. 6, 2013

IPFW amplifier research could signal new jobs

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A local university research center has a $276,000 funding commitment from the Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement Board for equipment that will help keep the city at the forefront of wireless technology development. The board approved the equipment funding for the Wireless Technology Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne last month on the condition that the city of Fort Wayne finalize matching funding of $100,000.

2. Journal Gazette, Sept. 5, 2013

‘Dancing’ conflict cancels Bill Nye lecture at IPFW

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Bill Nye, scientist, inventor, TV host, and cast member of the new season of ABC TV’s Dancing with the Stars has canceled his appearance as Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne’s (IPFW’s) first Omnibus Lecturer for the 2013 season. Nye cited the short time span between his scheduled appearance at IPFW Thursday, September 12, and the premiere of Dancing with the Stars, Monday, September 16, as the reason for the cancellation. Irene Walters, executive director of IPFW’s University Relations and Communications, expressed disappointment at Nye’s cancellation. “Everyone in the community was so excited about his lecture; so much so that all the tickets for it were reserved in just a matter of days. We are disappointed that he had to cancel, but are very much hoping IPFW and Nye can find a date in the spring when he can come and present his lecture.”

3. WANE TV, Sept. 4, 2013

IPFW employees honored for saving co-worker's life (VIDEO)
Story also ran in: News-Sentinel, Journal Gazette

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May 3, 2013 is a day Dan Hyde will never forget. That's the day he had a heart attack and his co-workers saved his life. "There's nothing you can say. No words can possibly express the gratitude. Thanks is all I can say and it's not enough," Hyde said. Hyde, an IPFW custodian, was working in the Walb Student Center. He got off the service elevator in the basement and didn't feel well. "I needed to sit down and that's the last thing I can remember," he said. Julie Miller and Leanne Hand work across the hall in the Special Events Department.

4. News-Sentinel, Sept. 4, 2013

School news

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IPFW announced these tenured faculty: Troy Bassett, associate professor of English; Jeffrey Casazza, associate professor of theater; Benjamin Dattilo, associate professor of geology; Debrah Huffman, associate professor of English; Il-Hee Kim, associate professor of education; Meyong Hwan Kim, associate professor of economics; Cheu-jey Lee, associate professor of education; Hongli Luo, associate professor of computer and electrical engineering technology; Jun Ma, associate professor of marketing; Reynaldo Pablo Jr., associate professor of civil engineering technology; Suin Roberts, associate professor of German; Abraham Schwab, associate professor of philosophy; Hamilton Tescarollo, associate professor of music; Sara Webb-Sunderhaus, associate professor of English; Meiko Yamada, associate professor of sociology; Jin Soung Yoo, associate professor of computer science; and Karla Zepeda, associate professor of Spanish. IPFW announced these promotions: Janet Badia, professor of women's studies; Bongsu Kang, professor of mechanical engineering; Nancy Mann, clinical professor of dental education; Barbara Resch, professor of music; Hao Sun, professor of linguistics; Richard Weiner, professor of history; and Mary Cooper, associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services and professor of dental hygiene.

5. Whatzup, Sept. 4, 2013

Sammilan: Cultural Immersion

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Another perfect evening of Indian culture is on the horizon. This time, a pair of former child prodigy flautists – one from northern India, the other from southern India – have put together a concert showcasing the different styles each plays while blending them into a seamless confluence of traditions. Shashank Subramanyam, born in the south of India, and Rakesh Chaurasia, born in the north, have grown to be leading artists in those traditions. Hearing them together on stage in Fort Wayne may be a once-in-a-lifetime event. Their September 14 performance at the Auer Performance Hall in the Rhinehart Music Center on the campus of IPFW in Fort Wayne is sponsored by a collaboration between IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts and Shruti, the Fort Wayne Indian Cultural Society.

6. Monthly Prescribing Reference, Sept. 4, 2013

Prescribing-Related Arrests Rare

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From time to time, physicians read or hear media reports about one of their own who has been prosecuted or has faced administrative sanctions or been sued for improperly prescribing narcotics or other controlled substances. These reports typically include few details related to what caused the physician to get in trouble because little information is provided by investigating agencies and boards. The result is an overblown fear of coming under scrutiny by law enforcement or state medical boards, according to Stephen J. Ziegler, JD, PhD, an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Policy, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. This fear based on insufficient information —which Dr. Ziegler terms “rumor-based medicine”—may prompt physicians to opt out of pain management or cut back on their prescribing of opioids. In reality, Dr. Ziegler says, physicians rarely are investigated, arrested, or sued for illegal prescribing. Still, the perception of such risk remains. He points out that it usually is the egregious case that winds up making headlines, but he adds: “There will always be isolated cases in which a good prescriber will be investigated or sued, but they are rare.” Dr. Ziegler observed that prescribers cannot completely eliminate the likelihood of being investigated or sued, but they can take steps to reduce the risk. “The number one thing that prescribers can do to help them [avoid legal problems] is proper documentation. Most prescribers get in trouble with sloppy or otherwise incomplete records.”

7. Purdue Today, Sept. 4, 2013

Purdue partners with statewide STEM festival for students at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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An inaugural Celebrate Science satellite event in Fort Wayne is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 7) in Walb Union, 2101 E. Coliseum Blvd., on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Organizers include the Northern Indiana Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Resource Center and IPFW.

8. WANE TV, Sept. 3, 2013

IPFW holds forum to discuss crime in Fort Wayne (VIDEO)

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There have been 30 Homicides in Fort Wayne since last year. The Mike Downs Center of Indiana Politics (at IPFW) is taking this opportunity to start forums aimed at getting more community involvement.

9. Journal Gazette, Sept. 4, 2013

IPFW promotes Sims to basketball assistant
Story also ran in: News-Sentinel, WANE TV

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Ryan Sims is now an assistant basketball coach for IPFW. Men’s coach Tony Jaskick announced that Sims, the director of basketball operations last year, has been promoted to assistant coach, and former Mastodon standout John Peckinpaugh has been named a graduate manager. “Putting together a coaching staff is critical to the continued growth of our program,” Jasick said in a statement. “I am excited about working with these guys as we look to build on our record-setting success. There is no doubt that seeing our student-athletes succeed on and off the court is a shared priority of the entire coaching staff.”

10. Inside Indiana Business, Sept. 3, 2013

IPFW Gift to Benefit Honors Program
Story also ran in: Greensburg Daily News

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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) has received a major estate gift designated for the Chancellor's discretion. The gift of $365,300 will be the first contribution to a new Honors Program Endowment that will directly support student research, creative inquiry, and intellectual discovery. "We are honored to receive this major estate gift," said Chancellor Vicky Carwein. "This gift, which will fund our first-ever Honors Program Endowment, will go a long way in directly supporting student academic experiences as part of this exciting new initiative. This visionary endeavor will increase our academic visibility in northeast Indiana by creating a dynamic, nationally recognized Honors Program. The fund will directly and effectively serve the top talent in our region."

11. News-Sentinel, Sept. 3, 2013

Leo star the latest to land with IPFW hoops

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IPFW women's basketball coach Chris Paul does not pretend to know exactly why season ticket sales for next season are up, but he has a pretty good idea. “My gut tells me we are going to have a lot of Fort Wayne and Angola people coming out to watch us play,” Paul said. That educated guess is due to incoming freshmen Arianna Simmons and Rachel Rinehart of South Side High School and Angola High School, respectively.

12. WANE TV, Aug. 31, 2013

Dons Complete Saturday Sweep

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The IPFW Mastodons went to 3-0 on the young season on Saturday evening, as the squad knocked off the Connecticut Huskies in the championship match of the IPFW Hyatt Place Invitational. The Mastodons were led by Tournament MVP Emily Spencer who had 17 kills and 13 digs, while All-Tournament Team selection Katie Higginbotham added a dozen kills and eight digs. Sarah Heckman and Hailie Ripley each had nine kills, while Heckman had a match-high eight blocks. Jen Milligan, who was also named to the All-Tournament Team, picked up a career-high 24 digs, with Spencer and Spence chipping in 13 and 12, respectively. Connecticut and IPFW traded the lead in the first set, the Huskies jumping out early before the Mastodons fought back and led for a large portion of the middle of the frame. With the Mastodons leading by two at 17-15, Connecticut went on a 7-2 run to lead by three at 22-19, and held on for a 25-22 win, giving IPFW its only set loss in the tournament.

13. News-Sentinel, Aug. 31, 2013

Book notes: There's a club for several interests from 'Twilight' to classics

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Muslim Journeys Book Club focuses on reading and discussions related to the Muslim culture and meets 6-8 p.m. Friday and 6-8 p.m. Oct. 4 at IPFW, Helmke Library, 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. “Prince Among Slaves” by Terry Alford is the book featured in September, and “The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States,” edited by Edward E. Curtis IV is featured in October. The meetings are free and open to the public. Call Susan Anderson at the Helmke Library at 481-5404 or email for more information.