Spring 2011University Updates

Alumni Relations, Biology, Center for Aging & Community

Resident expert

In October Monica Woods presented an education session titled “Fostering Lifelong Relationships with Alumni” at the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations District 3 Conference in Indianapolis. In December she was a panelist at the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District V Conference in Chicago, discussing “Mentors: Everyone Should Have One.”

Biology that speaks to them

Douglas Stemke presented a poster at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduates. “An Effective Course Structure for a General Biology Speaker Series that Energizes and Engages Undergraduate Majors” appeared in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

Success: fewer pressure ulcers

In late 2010, CAC concluded work on the Indiana Pressure Ulcer Initiative, which sought to reduce the number of pressure ulcers developed by patients in nearly 200 Indiana hospitals, in long-term care facilities, and under the care of home care and hospice agencies. As a result of the initiative, which CAC conducted on behalf of the Indiana State Department of Health, the rate of pressure ulcers (commonly called bed sores) in Indiana went from 8.5 percent in the first quarter of 2008 to 7.6 percent two years later, with a 14 percent decrease in pressure ulcers in nursing homes. In addition, the number of pressure ulcers in Indiana was reduced by 300 per quarter in nursing homes (1,200 per year). At an average cost of $10,000 to heal, this was a $12-million savings for the state of Indiana.

The Center for Aging & Community is partnering again with the Indiana State Department of Health on another healthcare quality-improvement effort. 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.

CAC master’s candidate Kristen Tracy presented her final capstone project via Skype from her workplace in Boise, Idaho, to an audience gathered at the CAC offices in Indianapolis. Skype delivery is one way that CAC makes its online Aging Studies program achievable for students. CAC awarded its first undergraduate certificates in Aging Studies to three students at Commencement in May. In December 2010, five OT students graduated with graduate certificates in aging studies as well.

Dr. Ellen Miller was invited to deliver UIndy’s annual Provost’s Lecture for the 2010–11 University Series. The lectures, programs, and special events of the University Series foster discussions among students, faculty, and staff about the four University learning goals: social responsibility, creativity, performance, and critical thinking. Dr. Miller’s presentation, “Courting the BIG and little ‘C’ of Creativity,” drew from her personal and professional experiences.

The documentary “When Did I Get Old: Reflections on Aging Today,” produced by WFYI Productions in partnership with CAC, was selected for inclusion in the 2010 Gero-Ed Film Festival in Portland, Ore. To purchase a copy of the video, which is an excellent discussion starter for community groups, congregations, and anyone concerned with aging successfully, visit www.wfyi.org/store. To join ongoing conversations about aging, visit CAC’s All Things Aging blog at http://cac.uindy.edu.

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