University news

Colleges collaborate to update archives

The National Science Foundation is funding a collaborative project between IUPUC and Purdue University in West Lafayette, involving updating the specimen storage and data archives of the Purdue Entomological Research Collection.

The purpose of the project, which has a budget of more than $450,000, is to raise awareness of vital insects and issues with freshwater preservation efforts by using public engagement activities, workshops and programs throughout the state.

The project began in August and is expected to continue through 2019. It will involve students from both IUPUC and Purdue and is spearheaded by Luke Jacobus of IUPUC and Jennifer Zaspel and Eugenio Nearns of Purdue.

Columbus resident earns doctorate

Kristy Narsinghani, Columbus, earned her Doctor of Chiropractic degree Sept. 23 from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Port Orange, Florida.

Narsinghani completed more than four academic years at the college to earn the degree.

She is the daughter of Prem and Jaya Narsinghani of Columbus. She plans to establish a clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.

Student development day conducted

The 2016 Student Professional Development Day, which provides a professional educational experience for nursing students and allows groups to participate in a professional interdisciplinary education, was conducted for the first time at IUPUC.

“I am very proud of the faculty and staff from both the IU School of Nursing at IUPUC and the Ivy Tech Columbus School of Nursing for pulling together this wonderful professional experience for our students. It is amazing how the healthcare community came together to support this magnitude of a learning opportunity,” said Dr. Beth Sharer, division head at the IU School of Nursing.

Speakers at the event included Tracey Pike, director of education for Clarity; Dr. Caroline Sims, director of nursing practice at Columbus Regional Hospital; Dr. Amy Pettit, vice president of nursing services and chief nursing officer at Schneck Medical Center; Kevin Jones, associate professor of management at IUPUC; and Leeanna Beiser, customer service liaison and director of volunteer services for Margaret Mary Health.