April 14, 2023

A bold vision for all of IU

This week, Indiana University announced it has set course on a bold, seven-year vision to advance student success and opportunity, expand IU’s research and creative activity, and strengthen the university’s unwavering commitment to serving communities in Indiana and across the world. 

Endorsed by IU trustees at their April 7 meeting, IU 2030 consists of a comprehensive university-wide plan and eight individual plans for each of the university’s campuses and the IU School of Medicine, with objectives and metrics for success across three strategic pillars.

“We are charting an ambitious seven-year vision for IU, with a roadmap to new heights that reaffirms the university’s rightful place within the highest tier of American public higher education,” IU President Pamela Whitten said. 

“I’m deeply grateful to our faculty, staff and students for their leadership in developing IU 2030. Together, we have adopted a strategic plan that reflects our mission to champion student success, pursue discovery that improves lives, and strengthen the economic and cultural vitality of our state. As Indiana’s flagship university, we will ensure that the outcomes of IU 2030 are felt worldwide — from Hoosier hometowns to communities across the globe.” 

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Statehouse Update

The fourteenth week of session marked significant milestones as Tuesday was the final day for Senate bills to be heard in House committees and Thursday was the final day for House bills to be heard in Senate committees. Bills that did not receive a hearing or pass a committee are no longer eligible to move forward. By the middle of next week, IU State Relations will know which bills passed through the chamber opposite their origination and are still eligible to become law.

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Economic Engagement Update

Regional consortium, including IU South Bend,secures over $1.1 Million in READI funding  

During the Covid-19 pandemic, IU South Bend Chancellor Susan Elrod brought higher education leaders in the region together in regular meetings to share challenges and solutions. These meetings have led to continued communication and collaboration.

When the opportunity to apply for the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI) funding from the Northern Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) arose, it became clear that the schools could seize their strength in numbers. Together, the institutions stood a better chance of securing funding than any of the individual entities alone.  

Leaders with health sciences programs came together to form the Regional Higher Education Talent Pipeline and Partnership Consortium. IU South Bend, Ivy Tech South Bend-Elkhart, Saint Mary’s College and Marian University’s Ancilla College were part of this consortium. The project was approved under READI’s Talent Development category for the full amount sought: $1,151,370.  

IU South Bend’s portion of the funding will help continue progress on the Dwyer Healthcare Simulation Center, a high-tech simulation facility for the campus’s radiography and nursing programs. The consortium proposal also included funding for the launch of a Healthcare Talent Partnership, which is an initiative being led by IU South Bend.

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Using AI and machine learning to help Hoosier manufacturers understand energy use 

IU researchers are using artificial intelligence and machine learning to help small and mid-sized Indiana manufacturers better understand their energy usage and lower their carbon footprints. 

Vikram Jadhao, an associate professor of intelligence systems engineering at the IU Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, specializes in research about the origins and processing of advanced materials used in nanomedicine, energy devices and stretchable electronics. He says that 95% of Indiana manufacturers do not have a good understanding of where their energy is being used. Jadhao is part of an ongoing effort to develop advanced data models and analytics applications that will recommend processes and protocols to manufacturing companies so they can reduce their energy consumption and, in turn, increase factory efficiency and enhance sustainability. 

“At the end of the day, what we want is manufacturers to be able to understand and analyze their energy usage better,” he says. “We want to make sure that the analytics applications we produce are affordable, accessible, user-friendly and they’re ultimately financially rewarding.”  

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Upcoming Events

Webinar: Accessing New Federal Climate Programs to Support Indiana Communities • April 27

Join IU’s Environmental Resilience Institute (ERI) and Center for Rural Engagement (CRE) to hear about the recently launched Indiana Resilience Funding Hub and to learn best practices for pursuing new federal climate resilience programs.  

Supported by the Rural Climate Partnership and the Energy Foundation, the Hub is a new program to assist Hoosier communities of 50,000 residents or less interested in accessing funds made available by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Attendees can expect to learn how the Hub will help communities gain insight into building strong federal grant applications.   

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IU in the news

Kelley School among world leaders in research activity 

IU’s Kelley School of Business is among the top 10 business schools worldwide in terms of productivity and impact, according to the leading measure of published research contributions. 

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Celebrating IU Day 

IU will celebrate its seventh annual IU Day on Wednesday, April 19. This 24-hour celebration invites the university’s family and friends to come together in support of IU philanthropic causes and share IU love across Indiana, across the U.S. and around the world. 

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Berger is staying home 

IU women’s basketball star guard Grace Berger was selected in the first round as the seventh overall pick in the WNBA Draft on Monday night, April 10,by the Indiana Fever. Berger becomes the program's highest overall selection into the draft and fifth overall in school history.  

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