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Submission Date Nov. 4, 2016
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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
AC-9: Academic Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 8.02 / 12.00 Deborah Ferguson
Assistant Director
Office of Sustainability
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Number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Total number of the institution’s faculty and/or staff engaged in research:

Number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that include at least one faculty or staff member that conducts sustainability research:

The total number of academic departments (or the equivalent) that conduct research:

A copy of the sustainability research inventory that includes the names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Names and department affiliations of faculty and staff engaged in sustainability research:

Inventory file can be viewed at: https://iu.box.com/s/w3m1r2ado92ypvkibcgnfr6qu308x2ex

Individual Faculty PIs are listed in research inventory file filtered by Sustainability Keyword search and represent Research Proposals for FY15. Does not represent all activity that may be ongoing from prior years, or publications, or not captured in the RSP funding requests.

Additional Information about Research Deans, Centers and Institutes listed below:

Associate Deans for Research
Each school on the IUPUI campus appoints an Associate Dean for Research.
These Deans form the Council of Associate Deans for Research and advise the Vice Chancellor for Research on issues that affect their school’s research efforts.

School Associate Dean Email
Dentistry Gabriel Chu tgchu@iupui.edu
Education Samantha Paredes Scribner smpscrib@iupui.edu
Engineering and Technology Razi Nalim mnalim@iupui.edu
Fairbanks Public Health Hongmei Nan hnan@iu.edu
Health and Rehab Sciences Stuart Warden stwarden@iupui.edu
Herron Art and Design Craig McDaniel crmcdani@iupui.edu
Informatics and Computing Steven Mannheimer smannhei@iupui.edu
Kelley Business Kenneth Carow kcarow@iupui.edu
Liberal Arts Jeffrey Wilson jeswilso@iupui.edu
Lilly Family Philanthropy Patrick Rooney rooney@iupui.edu
McKinney Law Ben Keele bkeele@indiana.edu
Medicine Randy Brutkiewicz rbrutkie@iupui.edu
Nursing Janet Carpenter carpentj@iu.edu
Physical Educ Tourism Mgmt Rafael Bahamonde rbahamon@iupui.edu
Public and Envirmntl Affrs Douglas Noonan noonand@iupui.edu
Science David Skalnik dskalnik@iupui.edu
Social Work Cathy Pike ckpike@iupui.edu
Undergraduate Education Sarah Baker ssbaker2@iupui.edu
University Library Kristi Palmer klpalmer@iupui.edu

Centers, Institutes, Cores, Labs
Center for Research and Learning
Center for Service and Learning
Center for Teaching and Learning
Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute (INDI)
IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute
IUPUI Imaging Research Initiative
IUPUI Testing Center
Signature Centers
STEM Education Research Institute (SERI)
Translating Research into Practice (TRIP)

Binational Cross-cultural Health Enhancement Center
Oral Health Research Institute
Tobacco Cessation and Biobehavioral Center
Bioresearch Core/Facility
Clinical Research Core/Facility
Laboratory Testing Core/Facility
Microbial Caries Research Facility
Digital Electron Microscopy Facility

Center for Urban and Multicultural Education
Great Lakes Equity Center
Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE)

Engineering and Technology
Biomechanics and Biomaterials Research Center
Industrial Assessment Center
Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute
Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy
Transportation Active Safety Institute
Biomedical Engineering Labs
Critical Listening Environment for Audio Research Lab
Computer Information and Graphics Technology Labs
Electrical and Computer Engineering Labs
Mechanical Engineering Labs

Fairbanks Public Health
Center for Health Policy
Indiana Public Health Training Center

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Center for Translational Musculoskeletal Research
Indiana Center for Advanced Neurorehabilitation (ICAN)
Applied Regenerative Medicine (ARM) Lab
Bone Physiology Lab
Community Mobility and Participation in Society (COMPASS) Lab
Driving Safety and Rehabilitation Research Lab
Human Structure and Function Lab
Motion Analysis and Biomechanics Research Lab
Pulmonary Physiology Lab
Rehabilitation and Integrative Therapy (RIT) Lab
Silver Hoosiers-Health and Aging Research Lab

Herron Art and Design
Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life
Think It Make It Lab

Informatics and Computing
Center for Cancer Population Analytics & Patient Centered Informatics

Kelley Business
Center for International Business Education and Research
Indiana Business Research Center
Randall L. Tobias Center for Leadership Excellence

Liberal Arts
Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Sustainable Development
Center for Health Economics Research
Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture
Cultural Heritage Research Center
International Center for Intercultural Communication
Institute for American Thought
Max Kade German-American Center
National Council on Public History
The Confucius Institute in Indianapolis
The Polis Center
University Writing Center

Lilly Family Philanthropy
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Women's Philanthropy Institute

McKinney Law
Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation
Center for International and Comparative Law
Hall Center for Law and Health
Joint Center for Asian Law Studies

Institutes, Centers, Cores and other Research Organizations
Research Centers
Research Institutes
Research Core Laboratories
Other Research Organizations

Center for Enhancing Quality of Life in Chronic Illness
Center for Research in Nursing Education
Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center
The Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group (BCOG) / Center for Symptom Management

Physical Education & Tourism Management
Exercise Physiology Lab
Human Movement and Biomechanics Lab
Neurophysiology Lab
Physical Activity and Pain Lab

Public and Environmental Affairs
Center for Civic Literacy
Indiana University Public Policy Institute

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Center
Center for Earth and Environmental Science
Center for Membrane Biosciences
Center for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Center for Regenerative Biology and Medicine
Center for Urban Health
Center for Visual Information Sensing and Computing
Institute for Mathematical Modeling and Computational Science
Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute
Environmental Geochemistry and Health Core
Laser Microdissection Core
Mass Spectrometry Facility
Nanoscale Imaging Center

A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

Primary Data Source originated from the IU Office of Research & Sponsored Program - Data & Reports - Institutional Proposal Reports submitted for FY14-15 which provides a complete list of all Research Proposals from 07/01/14 - 06/30/15 then filtered based on Sustainability key Word/Term search to analyze the % of Sustainability Research to total Research activity for both total departments and total faculty based on proposal title/descriptions. Source of Report can be found at:

Does not represent all activity that may be ongoing from prior years, or publications, nor other unfunded activity not represented in the RSP funding requests.

A brief description of notable accomplishments during the previous three years by faculty and/or staff engaged in sustainability research:

Accelerate Innovation and Discovery through Research and Creative Activity
• A new IUPUI Research Strategic Plan includes, among other purposes,
a “Grand Challenge” initiative focused on urban health and well-being, to be
carried out in collaboration with community partners; enhanced research
opportunities for undergraduates in all disciplines; expanded access to
IUPUI research findings; partnerships with industry and other universities;
and increased attention to technology transfer and commercialization of
research findings to boost the local economy. Developed by a multi-disciplinary
steering committee working with the Office of the Vice Chancellor
for Research, the plan is aligned with the School of Medicine’s Transforming
Research Initiative and with IU’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan


The university anticipates funding three to five comprehensive initiatives to address Grand Challenges by the conclusion of IU’s Bicentennial in 2020, with an investment of $300 million, including base funding for as many as 175 new faculty lines.

IU’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan, adopted in 2015, calls on the university to tackle “major and large-scale problems” facing humanity that can “only be addressed by multidisciplinary teams of the best researchers.” Specifically, the plan calls on the IU community to:

Identify grand challenges where IU had the greatest potential to make the most significant contributions in addressing major and large-scale problems facing society;
Assemble teams and clusters of researchers most able to address these grand challenge problems;
Provide the support necessary to catalyze faculty efforts to seek major long-term grants and gifts to fund their work in attacking these grand challenges; and
Make select hires and appointments, including cluster hires of senior scholars and their research groups, to lead or greatly strengthen research efforts focused on these problems.
IU is taking up the challenge. With the exceptional commitment of the Board of Trustees, President Michael A. McRobbie and the leadership of the university, the Indianapolis and Bloomington campuses, the School of Medicine, and the IU Foundation, the university has identified $300 million of existing and anticipated funding that can be invested in Grand Challenges over the next five years.

This is the most significant investment in IU’s research infrastructure in the university’s history. It will fund up to five Grand Challenge Initiatives and support the hiring of as many as 175 new faculty and of hundreds of new graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. But most importantly, it will enable IU to expand its efforts to address some of the most critical issues facing local communities and the State of Indiana, as well as the nation and the world.

The request for Preliminary Proposals RFP provides detailed information about the goals of IU’s Grand Challenges program and the process by which the first initiatives will be determined. Let me highlight four aspects of the program here.

The inaugural Grand Challenges competition was held in 2015-16. We received 21 preliminary proposals from more than 400 faculty on six campuses, representing 29 schools and 37 centers. Five were selected for development into full proposals, and five impressive, compelling proposals were submitted in late April, 2016.

Following extensive faculty and community review, on June 20, 2016, at a packed event in Indianapolis, President McRobbie announced IU’s first Grand Challenge commitment: the Precision Health Initiative. PHI is a university-wide partnership dedicated to optimizing the prevention and treatment of human diseases through a more precise understanding of the genetic, developmental, behavioral and environmental factors that contribute to an individual’s health.

Led by Anantha Shekhar, M.D., Ph.D., August M. Watanabe Professor and IU School of Medicine Executive Associate Dean of Research, PHI involves almost 40 new hires in the School of Medicine, the Schools of Public Health and Nursing on the IUPUI campus, and the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Informatics and Computing on the Bloomington campus. It also includes participation by key business and community partners, including Eli Lilly and Company, Roche Diagnostics, Cook Regentec, Deloitte, Regenstrief Institute, and IU Health.

The website URL where information about sustainability research is available:

Primary Data Source originated from the IU Office of Research and Administration - Data & Reports found at http://researchadmin.iu.edu/ Sourced FY14-15 Proposals and then filtered based on Sustainability key Word/Term search to analyze the % of Sustainability Research to total Research activity. In addition, reviewed the Centers and Institutes at IUPUI: The innovative thinking by our IUPUI researchers has lead to the creation of many system-wide, campus-wide, and school/departmental centers and institutes. Under Research Centers, we have also included links to many cores, labs and other resources faculty need to be successful in their research endeavors.
Additional Undergraduate Research opportunities are coordinated through the Center for Research and Learning: http://crl.iupui.edu/about/index.asp
Official IUPUI Research Data Reports can be found at: http://researchadmin.iu.edu/ar.html

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