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School of Science announces record number of Top 100 Students for 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – "We congratulate all of the Top 100 honorees," said School of Science Dean Simon Rhodes. "At IUPUI and in the School of Science, our students combine academic excellence with a unique environment where they can also develop remarkable research, leadership and community engagement skills".

IUPUI develops technique for detection of illicit enhancement of racing tire performance

INDIANAPOLIS -- Using a technique they developed specially for this purpose, the IUPUI researchers, led by principal investigator John Goodpaster, Forensic and Investigative Sciences director and associate professor of chemistry and chemical biology, analyzed tires from the vehicles of first-, second- and third-place finishers of midget car races across the United States. Approximately 15 percent tested positive for illicit chemical treatment.

 

Doctorate student receives national forensic science scholarship

INDIANAPOLIS -- Gina Dembinski was named the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation’s 2015 recipient of the Scientific Scholarship in recognition of her fine talents. Dembinski received her master’s degree in forensic science from the School of Science in 2013. She is now pursuing a doctorate degree in biology.

IUPUI internship program inspires future STEM educators

INDIANAPOLIS -- Did the big bad wolf actually blow down the three little pigs’ houses? Is Cinderella really the owner of the glass slipper? 

Hannah Caito, a senior forensics and biology student at the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, uses forensic science to make mysteries like these come to life for visitors of all ages at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Conference seeks to inspire high school girls' interest in in STEM careers

INDIANAPOLIS -- The 135 girls will attend the three-day Girls in STEM MAEOPP Pre-College Student Leadership Conference beginning May 29. The students are from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

School of Science presents awards at the 41st Annual Honors Convocation

INDIANAPOLIS-- The event honored scholarship winners and outstanding students across all science departments.

Associate Dean of the School of Science and associate professor of biology, Kathy Marrs, served as the mistress of ceremonies. Robert L. Smith, M.B.A., President of the Eli Lilly and Company Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Responsibility at Eli Lilly and Company provided the keynote address at the ceremony.

The following school awards were issued:

 School of Science Awards

Faculty and staff awards:

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. 

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.

IUPUI awarded $1.1 million grant to develop tools to predict physical appearance from DNA

INDIANAPOLIS -- Walsh's work, formally known as forensic DNA phenotyping, focuses on the prediction of externally visible characteristics such as eye, hair or skin color from genetic material.

Using DNA from biological samples such as blood, Walsh's new "DNA intelligence" tools will help forensic scientists determine physical appearance information. The tools will be especially useful in cases where conventional DNA profiling is non-informative and an investigation cannot move forward.

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