Summer 2010University Updates

Scholarly Pursuits

A look at UIndy faculty scholarship, faculty/student research collaborations, international connections, and community impact . For the most up-to-date news about the University, visit


Here, there, macrowear

Dr. Chris Schmidt published the article “On the relationship between dental macrowear and dental microwear” in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology. His recently published edited volume, The Analysis of Burned Human Remains, was reviewed favorably in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology and the American Journal of Forensic Science.


Heritage Key features prof

Dr. Gregory Reinhardt was the subject recently of an interview at Heritage Key, a website devoted to archeological sites and museums of the ancient world. The article explores his research in Alaska and other Arctic areas, where since 1979 he has excavated and studied the remnants of the prehistoric Koniag and Alutiiq cultures.

He and a coauthor detailed the findings in a book, Eskimo Architecture, that was named among the “Best of the Best from the University Presses” in 2004. Speaking with writer Malcolm Jack, Dr. Reinhardt described his groundbreaking work in the 1980s near Barrow, Alaska, where an entire prehistoric family was buried in a collapsed home, offering a unique look into a centuries-old way of life. He also discusses the physical, logistical, and financial challenges of performing archeological work north of the Arctic Circle.

Click here to see the article.


Distinguished alumna

In October 2009 Dr. Sue Willey ’75, UIndy’s athletic director, was named Distinguished Alumna by the Indiana University School of Health and Physical Education. For much more news about Greyhound athletics, click here.

Athletic Training

Wiki up

Dr. Christine Lauber published “Using a Wiki for Approved Clinical Instructor Training” in Athletic Therapy Today.

Center for Aging & Community

A wake-up call

CAC was asked to lend its expertise to a project coordinated by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for its Workforce Wise initiative. “Aging Implications: A Wake-Up Call,” published by the Chamber, examines what employers, workers, educators, philanthropists, and policymakers can do to prepare for the aging of the state’s workforce. CAC worked with Ivy Tech Community College to explore the educational, social, and occupational landscape for Indiana’s older workers. (Download the full report.)

In November 2009, the Center, working with several other aging services organizations, hosted the second Indiana Collaborative Conference on Aging: “Celebrating the Past.

Charting the Future.” Tracks included health and wellness, care and support, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and issues related to aging veterans. A highlight of the conference was the premiere of the documentary “When Did I Get Old? Reflections on Aging Today,” produced by WFYI Productions in partnership with CAC and the Indiana University Center on Aging and Community. The documentary also was shared with community leaders at a special screening hosted by UIndy President Beverley Pitts. It has aired on several public television stations, including Indianapolis.

If you are interested in having a copy of the video, or want to join conversations about aging or read CAC’s blog, visit

Working on behalf of the Indiana State Department of Health, the Center for Aging & Community concluded the first phase of the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative, which sought to reduce the number of pressure ulcers developed by patients in nearly 200 Indiana hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as those under the care of home care and hospice agencies. Preliminary data suggest that the initiative was able to realize more than a 30 percent reduction
in pressure ulcers. The work continues as Phase II of the initiative is underway with 80 facilities participating.
The Center will partner with ISDH on another health-care quality-improvement initiative in 2010. The Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative will operate under a collaborative model similar to that of the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative and aims to reduce the number of infections contracted by patients while at Indiana health facilities.

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