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Notes of Distinction: February 2015


Monday Feb 09, 2015


Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to share their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves and IU Northwest.

Ernest Talarico, associate director of medical education and associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at IU School of Medicine – Northwest (IUSM-NW), was recently honored as the inaugural recipient of the IU School of Medicine Outstanding Community Engagement Award.

In his endorsement of Talarico for the award, Patrick Bankston, associate dean of IUSM-NW, noted how Talarico displays each of the core values that the award seeks to reward – community impact and partnership, promotion of well-being, student involvement, and enhancement of IUSM’s reputation.

Those who recommended Talarico for the award praised his innovative approach to teaching, which has won international recognition. Through his unique approach, families of anatomical donors are connected with the students, and a relationship develops in which the two are helping each other. The students learn about the medical and social histories of their “first patients” through conversations with their cadaver donors’ families. In return, the students practice the compassionate side of their profession and thank their donors’ families with a memorial service to celebrate their lives and the ultimate gift of their bodies.

This approach, in existence for the past 15 years, is like no other in the nation, a fact which is well-documented by the huge press response. Talarico’s notoriety has thus resulted in an increase in the number of promised donors to IUSM cadaver program. Bankston said that Talarico’s influence on policy and practice is apparent by his numerous requests to give seminars by those who want to copy his approach at their medical schools.

Talarico will travel to Indianapolis to accept the award at the spring 2015 faculty meeting.

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Arlene Adler, director of the Department of Radiologic Sciences, recently completed the 6th edition of a textbook she has co-authored for radiologic science students. It is called “Introduction to Radiologic and Imaging Science and Patient Care, 6th edition.”

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Subir Bandyopadhyay, professor of marketing, co-authored an article entitled, “Ethnicity matters: The experiences of minority groups in public health programs,” published in the Journal of Cultural Diversity. The study revealed that the perception about health-care and social services of minority groups are significantly different from whites. Interestingly, this perception also varies between different minority groups such as the African-Americans and Hispanics.

Bandyopadhyay was also awarded a grant from the IU International Travel Fund to present his research titled, “Effective Social Media Strategies for Small Businesses in Emerging Markets” at the International Conference on Social Media Marketing in Emerging Markets, Bengaluru, India.

Bandyopadhyay recently made a presentation on “How to Prevent Online Scams Targeting Senior Citizens,” to the members of the Maria Reiner Senior Center in Hobart. He received a grant from Indiana Campus Compact to further his research in this field.

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Garin Cycholl, visiting lecturer in English, recently published a book of poetry entitled, “Horse Country with Moria Brooks.”

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Mary Ann Fischer, chair of the Department of Psychology, recently co-published a paper in Review of Higher Education, entitled, “Working students’ perceptions of paying for college: Understanding the connections between financial aid and work.”

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Angela Velez-Solic, associate director for the Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CISTL), recently published a book, entitled, “Teaching Online Without Losing Your Mind.”

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