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[Words appear: LIXIN WANG, PHD, Associate Professor, Earth Sciences]

[Video: Lixin is standing and is smiling at the camera.]

 

Lixin speaking: My field of research is ecohydrology, and essentially, I am interested in the interaction between vegetation dynamics and the water cycle.

 

[Video: the camera transitions to Lixin is sitting and speaking in the interview; the camera transitions to Lixin’s headshot from the side. Lixin is continuing his speaking.]

 

Lixin speaking: I think I'm always thinking about cutting edge questions in my field in terms of how vegetation impacts the climate, impacts the whole earth's system.

 

[Video: the camera transitions to Lixin is sitting and speaking in the interview; the camera transitions to Lixin is working with a white male in a lab, both wearing face masks; the camera transitions to a monito which displaying some signal graphics.]

 

Lixin speaking: Because while it is a big unknown question in the earth-science system, is how vegetation actually responds to the climate change and to regulate the climate. So my research will basically address the fundamental questions, how vegetation play a role in the whole system, and that will reduce our future predictions about impact of climate change on the whole earth.

 

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Lixin speaking: For example, I talk about drought impact for agriculture that is by example. Utilizing the knowledge of ecohydrology to helping the societal issue. At the same time, not only agriculture plant will be impacted, so natural plants, natural vegetation will also get impacted.

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Lixin speaking: For example, we have a project that is a forest response to. So we know forest is actually a big player in term of the global carbon cycle. Because forest, together with soil, they actually take up 30% of the global carbon we emit.

[Video: the camera transitions to Lixin is pointing and looking at a shelf that has many lab tubes on it; the camera transitions to a hand insert a lab tube into a lab tube collector.]

Lixin speaking: And when comes, that will reduce their capacity to actually take up the CO2. At same time we know some trees are different from others.

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Lixin speaking: So basically it's a forest composition will actually impact the carbon sequestration of the whole forest. So my research actually try to understand how they can do that. Why is it do that? So we actually use some advanced technique to actually monitor their physiological response and try to understand why they do that.

[Video: the camera transitions to Lixin is walking on a hallway and is entering to his lab, and he is wearing a face mask.]

 Lixin speaking: Because I think only if we understand why they do that, we can then understand how do they response in the future.

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[Words appear: IUPUI, Joseph Tucker Edmonds, Mentee, Africana & Religious Studies]

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Joseph speaking: As a minority researcher I think that the main challenge that I faced in terms of mentoring and in terms of developing a research portfolio we are actually finding mentors who were interested in willing to engage you on the topic and so finding mentors that had the expertise the time and the resources to really draw you into their orbit and to share their lessons with you so that you could be successful during your tenure track.

 

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Cullen speaking: Phil has made numerous connections between me and other individuals within the university that I have benefited from and so that mentorship really becomes a community of mentors and I think that is at the forefront of higher education.

[Video: The camera transitions from Cullen is sitting with Joseph and the other male to Cullen only.]

Cullen speaking: if you want to advance if you want to be successful you have to find a community of mentors and not just a single person.

 

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Philip speaking: You know academics we tend to be introverted and when you get a letter from the vice-chancellor saying we'd like you to meet one-on-one for a year with someone you don't know that well or someone you've never met before you know your throat seizes up like oh my god what but then the first time you sit down it becomes very quickly not just a professional conversation but a personal sharing and friendship of ideas.

[Video: The camera transitions from Philip is sitting Cullen and Joseph to only Philip; The camera transitions from only Philip to Philip, Cullen and Joseph sitting together.]

Philip speaking: because basically I ripped off these guys ideas all the time - they came in with new ideas new ways of thinking about things and sometimes they'd walk out and I think why didn't I ever do that I'm gonna start doing that so it's as a mentor you need to be ready to grow as well because you will.

 

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[Words appear: WENDY MILLER, PHD, RN, Associate Professor, Community & Health System]

[Video: Wendy is sitting on a chair and is facing at the camera speaking.]

 

Wendy speaking: So my research program is focused on improving self-management and quality of life for people with chronic diseases and specifically epilepsy. And my program of research really focuses on using the patient voice through big data and other methods to make sure that the interventions that we build are really focused on what's important to patients.

 

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Wendy speaking: So capturing the patient voice is really important when you're building a behavioral intervention to improve outcomes.

 

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And when I did my PhD and then my early career as a scientist, we relied on traditional methods like qualitative and then quantitative surveys and model testing. But what's really unique about my research now is that we have added to that the mining of social media data. So patients, when they have questions about their illness, not just in epilepsy, but in others, they will join a Facebook group. They will go to a foundation site like the Epilepsy Foundation and ask each other questions.

[Video: the camera transitions to Wendy is sitting in front of a computer workstation and focusing on the data on her monitor; the camera transitions to the monitor displaying some content; the camera transitions to a hand that is operating a mouse.]

Wendy speaking: So when you mine that data, it, the difference between that and the traditional methods is it's an organic type of data generation. There was no instrument through which that data came from the participant.

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Wendy speaking: So it's actually in some cases more reliable and it doesn't rely on the researcher to know what to ask. So I did get some pushback initially because it is so new and sort of a strange way to do this type of research, but it has been extremely successful and shown us things that we didn't know that we're now building into interventions to help people with epilepsy.

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Wendy speaking: Even though they have an illness, as a nurse, my perspective is getting them to their maximum level of functioning, even in the context of having that illness. So I think it's all about quality of life. So that is where this type of research can really be impactful.

 

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Wendy speaking: I really didn't know if we would find anything different in social media or other large data sets or Twitter. But I feel like here we have the freedom to be as innovative as we possibly can be because that's the only way that we're going to make these large gains.

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[Video: SEIRI’s logo with SEIRI and STEM Education Innovation & Research Institute. Some gear images with each one has different technology symbol such as rocket, tower station, battery, computer and so on.]

A female speaks: SEIRI stands for stem education innovation and research institute.

[Video: Image of IUPUI main library building with its address next to it.]

[Words: LOCATED: UL 1123, First floor of University Library past the bank of elevators.]

The female speaks: We are located on the first floor of university library past the bank of elevators on the left in room 1123.

[Video: Images and names of SEIRI leadership team with Pratibha Varma-Nelson, Ph.D., Founding Executive Director; Snehasis Mukhopadhyay, Ph.D., Associate Director; Kim Nguyen, Ph.D., Director for Statewide and Regional Collaborations.]

The female speaks: SEIRI has been around since 2016 with Pratibha Varma-Nelson serving as SEIRI's Founding Executive Director. We have recently been joined by Snehasis Mukhopadhyay as our Associate Director and both work closely with Kim Nguyen, the Director for Statewide and Regional Collaborations.

[Video: Images and names of SEIRI research & evaluation team on top from left to right with Deb Cole, MS, Academic Specialist, Programming Associate, LSMRCE Project Manager; Grant Fore, MA, Research Associate; Michelle Quirke, LSAMP Project Manager, and on bottom from left to right with Annwesa Dasgupta, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research; Danka Maric, MA, Research Associate; Virginia Rhodes, MS, Research Associate.]

Female speaks: We also have several individuals on our research and evaluation team who come from a wide range of backgrounds and are happy and available to help stem faculty in any capacity.

[Video: SEIRI’s Vision & Mission.]

[Words: Vision: To be a nationally and internationally recognized institute of excellence for STEM education research and innovation, contributing to the advancement of STEM education across IUPUI, the nation, and the world.]

[Words: Mission: To advance the state of the art of STEM education research and practice across IUPUI’s campus and beyond.]

Female speaks: The role of SEIRI is to be the hub of all activities related to stem education and innovation at the college level. Our research associates work with faculty who are teaching at the undergraduate or graduate level and are interested in innovative curriculum reform trying out or devising new pedagogies introducing technology in their classes or going online as a lot of faculty were required to do. Due to covid, we consult with faculty we provide evaluation for projects that faculty develop, and we help faculty turn ideas into fundable projects.

[Words: Research: Investigating fundamental questions of how people learn STEM.]

[Words: Evaluation: Assessing the effectiveness of STEM education, practices, and programs.]

[Words: Innovation: Developing novel pedagogies to facilitate students learning of STEM.]

[Words: Consultation: Supporting & participating in the scholarship f STEM teaching & learning.]

The female speaks: Ultimately, we enable stem faculty to pursue pedagogical research in the context of their courses their classes and their departments. And this makes SEIRI a leader in STEM education research and evaluation on campus. However, SEIRI is not limited only to these three areas. Innovation is also a big focal point whether that be staff and SEIRI leading educational innovations or partnering with faculty across the STEM schools on campus in creating educational innovations and then researching the outcomes of those innovations. And lastly, we have consultations. SEIRI does a lot of consulting with faculty on campus about how to go about doing research evaluation and innovation. And any faculty members that have questions or interest in these areas are encouraged to use our consulting services.

[Video: Two images sowing people in SSG meetings.]

[Words: SEIRI Seed Grants (SSG).]

[Words: Facilitates the development, implementation, and evaluation of pedagogical innovations of STEM curricula at IUPUI (#ssg/index,html)]

[Words: SSG 2020: https://seiri.iupui.edu/doc/ssg/2020_RFP_Sept2020.pdf )]

[Words: A table show SSG project awards in 2019 and the lead department.]

The female speaks: Faculty are also encouraged every year to apply for our SEIRI Seed Grants or SSGs for short. The SEIRI Seed Grants program is a competition that facilitates and supports STEM education innovation and research. Specifically, this opportunity provides funding for faculty members to develop implement and evaluate the impact of pedagogical innovations across multiple IUPUI stem courses. SEIRI awarded six SSGs last year and are currently in the process of reviewing proposals for 2020. Annwesa Dasgupta serves as our internal seed grant facilitator and manages anything and everything to do with this grant award program. For more information on SSGs. please contact her or visit our website.

[Video: Sample Projects including Cyber Peer-Led Team Led Learning (cPLTL), Integrated Community-Engaged Learning & Ethical Reflection (I-CELER), Evidence-Informed Promotion of Inclusive Climate (EPIC) at IUPUI.]

[Words: Cyber Peer-Led Team Led Learning (cPLTL): Seeks to engage students as active participants in online activities with complex problem-solving, collaboration, communicating effectively, and self-directed learning; #.]

[Words: Integrated Community-Engaged Learning & Ethical Reflection (I-CELER): Funded by NSF-Cultivating Cultures if ethical STEM; Strives to build STEM faculty’s instructional self-efficacy in ethical theory and community-engaged pedagogy.]

[Words: Evidence-Informed Promotion of Inclusive Climate (EPIC) at IUPUI: Funded by NSF ADVANCE Adaptation; Works toward improving institutional climate and promoting inclusive leadership practices to address inequities in the representation, retention, and advancement of women, particularly women of color, in the STEM faculty.]

The female speaks: Although the SSGs are a big component of SEIRI, we also do work on several other projects for example we are conducting research on students and peer leaders participating in PLTL and cPLTL. Through an NSFCCE STEM grant, we are also able to facilitate and explore institutional transformation of two IUPUI departments where we are promoting the integration of community engaged learning and ethical reflection in these two-stem curricula. Our final sample project is funded through an NSF advanced adaptation grant and works on improving institutional climate and promoting inclusive leadership practices across all stem departments at IUPUI.

[Video: For more information with image of Sheila Summers who smile at the camera.]

[Words: Please visit our website: seiri.iupui.edu/ .]

[Words: Contact Sheila Summers. shesumme@iupui.edu ]

[Words: 317-278-0168]

The female speaks: For more information about projects SEIRI is involved with or about working with SEIRI, please visit our website or contact Sheila Summers. You may also consider signing up for the SEIRI newsletter for information on events, recommended resources, and readings, and to keep up to date on what is happening at SEIRI.

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