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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.

Eight School of Science Graduate Students Named to IUPUI's Elite 50

INDIANAPOLIS -- Eight School of Science graduate students were honored as an Elite 50, and one placed in the Premier 10, during the ceremony on April 15.

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:

Abramovich family honored with prestigious Spirit of Philanthropy Award

INDIANAPOLIS -- The School of Science honored the Abramovich Family with this year’s award.

IUPUI mathematician receives $1.4 million to study link between respiration and high blood pressure in sleep apnea

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sleep apnea affects an estimated 25 million adults in the United States and is associated with increased risk of hypertension, stroke, heart attack and heart failure.

Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by recurrent upper airway collapses resulting in brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Episodes occur repeatedly. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea has cumulative effects on the cardiovascular system, leading to hypertension that may be drug resistant. It is estimated that half of all individuals with obstructive sleep apnea are hypertensive.

IUPUI mathematician receives major grant to model human motor movements for Huntington’s Disease research

INDIANAPOLIS – The three-year, $1.2 million grant is funded by the CHDI Foundation, a privately-funded, nonprofit biomedical research organization exclusively dedicated to Huntington’s disease. Molkov will receive about $380,000 over three years for the work.

Although the gene for Huntington's disease was identified in 1993 by the Huntington's Disease Collaborative Research Group, which included scientists from IUPUI, to date no way to stop or reverse the course of this devastating hereditary brain disorder has been discovered.

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.

How alcohol hijacks brain's reward system: $545,000 award funds IUPUI investigation

INDIANAPOLIS -- Scientists have only a rudimentary understanding of how alcohol affects neurons in the brain. It is known that, as any addictive drug, alcohol directly or indirectly acts on a specific population of brain cells, called dopamine neurons. Through this action, the neurotransmitter dopamine is released, which evokes feelings of pleasure. However, the biological mechanisms of how alcohol evokes dopamine release have not been determined; exploring this question is the major goal of the grant.