IU Bloomington faculty receive more than $160K from Johnson Center grant program

Posted on May 24th, 2016 | By Steve Martin

The Johnson Center for Innovation and Translational Research has awarded more than $160,000 in grants to seven researchers at Indiana University Bloomington through the Translational Research Pilot Grant program. The researchers are from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education and School of Informatics and Computing.

Launched in 2015, the Translational Research Pilot Grant program funds the completion of proof-of-concept projects that will support the development of translational research projects with industry partners and the establishment of new companies or strengthen patent applications based on IU Bloomington discoveries.

The recipients, their project titles and funding amounts are available here.

Keith R. Davis

Keith R. Davis

Keith R. Davis, director of the Johnson Center, said the program has grown in its second year.

“The number of projects that received funding increased significantly this year, and we are encouraged by the growth of the program and the fact that we have identified and addressed an unmet need at IU Bloomington,” Davis said. “These exceptional researchers are devising solutions that address important challenges that face our country and world.”

Keynote speaker for E2E Convergence named new president of Ivy Tech Community College

Posted on May 19th, 2016 | By Bill W. Hornaday

According to the The Indianapolis Star, former Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann was unanimously named Wednesday as president of Ivy Tech Community College by the institution’s board of trustees. She will replace current Ivy Tech President Tom Snyder, who is retiring.


Sue Ellspermann

Ellspermann resigned from office on March 2 to seek Ivy Tech’s presidency and emerged atop a field of 30 candidates.

On Thursday, Ellspermann will give her first official speech as Ivy Tech’s leader by serving as the keynote speaker for Innovate Indiana’s second annual E2E Convergence conference held at IUPUI’s Campus Center.

Founded in 1963, Ivy Tech is the nation’s largest singly-accredited statewide community college system in the nation, serving more than 170,000 students a year from 32 degree-granting locations and 75 communities where classes are taught. Read more about Ellspermann’s appointment here:

Second annual E2E Convergence to focus on improved career preparedness and technical proficiency for Indiana’s college graduates

Posted on May 17th, 2016 | By Bill W. Hornaday

E2E_logo_tag-e1441392806115Less than 48 hours from now, leaders in industry, higher education, government and workforce development will gather at IUPUI to address one of Indiana’s most pressing economic issues during the second annual E2E Convergence event.

Convened by Innovate Indiana with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., E2E Convergence is focused on increasing and enhancing job-related experiences for Indiana college students so they are better prepared for their careers upon graduation. A vital area for improvement is increased technical training and orientation, as more and more of Indiana’s top employers require technically trained workers.

  • WHAT: Education to Employment Convergence
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • WHERE: IUPUI Campus Center, Room 450, 420 University Blvd., Indianapolis

Last year’s event brought together about 150 representatives from 22 colleges and universities to collaborate with business and government leaders on workforce development. This year’s event seeks to advance those efforts, as many of Indiana’s key industries have a greater demand for technically skilled workers than are being produced by Indiana’s institutions of higher learning.

The event’s keynote speaker will be former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann, who is vice chair of the Indiana Career Council. For more information, read Tuesday’s news release about the upcoming event, visit the E2E Convergence website and follow the conversation on Twitter.