GPSG E-Newsletter: September 19, 2016

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GPSG E-Newsletter: September 19, 2016

In this Issue:

GPSG Seeks Diversity Coucil Representatives

GPSG Ambassador Applications

Organization Spotlight: University Club

The IU GradGrants Center (GGC) Vacancies

Office of International Services: Practical English Tutorials (PET)

IU Graduate Mentoring Centers Events

Scholars’ Commons Workshops

Campus Wide Events

Community Wide Events

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GPSG is Seeking three students for the 2016-2017 Diversity Council

The Diversity Council will propose legislation and initiatives to improve the inclusivity and multiculturalism of graduate student life by speaking on behalf of traditionally underrepresented students and organizations. The Diversity Council will plan and co-sponsor events that celebrate the diverse experiences of students at IU. A position on the Diversity Council will require attendance of the monthly GPSG meetings, a monthly Diversity Council meeting, and the organization of a few events during the 2016-2017 academic year. Members of the Diversity Council will gain experience proposing and passing legislation through a student government, working as part of a team to address issues faced by students at IU, and planning and developing initiatives addressing the needs of diverse student communities.

The Diversity Council will also serve as the graduate representatives on the Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Committee, which will work with the Office of the Provost to help address issues of involving diversity and inclusion here at IU. The committee will gather data, make recommendations for change, give input for the university’s Inclusive Excellence Plan, and serve as a bridge of communication between students and the university.

Interested graduate students should direct questions to the GPSG Diversity Officer, Colton Ames, at

To apply for a Diversity Council position, please submit a Curriculum Vita or Resume and a cover letter stating
1) your degree program,
2) your interest in the position, and
3) what contributions you wish to make to the Diversity Council and why you are well qualified for the position (please no more than 500 words).

Materials will be accepted at until Friday, September 26th, 2016 or until all positions are filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit materials early. Applicants will be notified of acceptance to the Council by September 30th or on a rolling deadline until all positions are filled.

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GPSG Ambassador Applications, accepting applications 

The ambassador applications are now open! Thank you for those who have shown interest in becoming GPSG Ambassadors.

Information: The GPSG is looking for graduate students who are passionate about advocacy to serve as GPSG Ambassadors for the 2016-2017 school year. These students will help bridge the gap between GPSG and other IU committees to represent graduate students and inform GPSG of ways to partner with other university entities. 

Teaching Student Ambassador: 

International Student Ambassador:

Research Student Ambassador:

Parent Graduate Student Ambassador:

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Organization Spotlight: University Club

The University Club exists as a calm oasis located in the IMU by the Whitenberger. Come to relax, read quietly, check email, or even write a little. Drop in Mondays 9:00-11:00 AM for coffee and bagels. Or stop by any afternoon for a game of billiards with other club members. Use one of the two kitchens to prepare a snack, or watch one of the two TVs. Attend luncheons, lectures, and social events such as the IU-Purdue tailgate party, a craft-beer Oktoberfest, a Saint Patrick’s Day party, and more. Graduate student memberships are only $40/year. Visit 10:00-4:00 for a tour.

More info at:; 

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The IU GradGrants Center (GGC) Vacanciesggc

First Nations Educational and Culture Center (FNECC) Graduate Assistantship

Position Open to: all full-time IUB graduate students who are graduate work study elegible.

Position: Academic Year, Graduate Work Study Appointment, and summer hours (.5 FTE = 20 hours/week)

Remuneration: $10,000 stipend, subsidized student health insurance, and summer hours at no less than $10/hour

Application Deadline: Open until filled

More info at:

Central on American and Global Security: Front-End Web Development Intern (16-17 year)

A primary responsibility for interns is the composition and maintenance of a weekly security-related newsletter that are shared with university students, faculty, staff and professionals nationwide.

To Apply: Please submit a résumé to the Associate Director of CAGS, Brea Tessa Bailey ( Please include your availability for the fall term.

More info at:

Graduate Assistantship with the Center on American and Global Security

Eligibility: Ph.D. Candidates only (ABD), Fluency in written and spoken English, Solid research skills
Some interest in and knowledge of matters in international security strongly preferred

Compensation: Stipend equivalent to an Assistant Instructor (AI) position (no tuition remission offered)

Availability: This position is for Fall 2016 with the possibility for renewal for Spring 2017

Hours: 20h/week required

To Apply: Please provide your Resume or CV to Dr. Sumit Ganguly,

More info at:

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Office of International Studies: Practical English Tutorials (PET)


Improve your English-speaking skills and learn from native speakers who are eager to share their knowledge of the language. Sessions focus on topics like slang, holidays, and American culture in general. No reservations are necessary—stop by and join us anytime. We meet twice a week during fall and spring semester. It’s a great way to make new friends.

Tuesdays and Thrusdays

6-7 p.m.

Willkie Center Room #109


More info at:

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Graduate Mentoring Center

The vision of The Graduate Mentoring Center is to develop and help graduate an intentional community of scholars who are culturally diverse and competent, mindful, and who consistently produce innovative research and creative works that have viable and sustainable impact on their communities. The GMC offers a series of workshops for graduate students throughout the year. This week’s workshops are:

Drop in, Write on!
Date & Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm, Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Location: Wells Library E544R

Drop In, Write On! will be an opportunity for graduate students to write together in the evenings. During the first session, we will spend the first 30 minutes to discuss our writing SMART goals for the semester.


Sitting for Peace
Date & Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm, Friday, September 16, 2016
Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridwaters Lounge

As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of Indiana University graduate students during the academic year and turbulent times, The Graduate Mentoring Center, in collaboration with the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, offers the graduate student community “Sitting for Peace,” an opportunity for you to learn and practice mindfulness techniques, with a particular focus on meditation.



Men and Women of Color in the Academy
Date & Time: Tuesday Septermber 20, 5 – 7:30 pm
Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridwaters Lounge

This workshop series is designed as a space for graduate students to meet and discuss specific issues and topics related to being students of color at a predominantly white institution (PWI) of higher learning. It is also appropriate for graduate students from a variety of disciplines and will focus on both common and uncommon themes found among students from diverse backgrounds. We will read and discuss short texts that acknowledge the precarious positions many students of color face while attending PWIs. We will also discuss the legacies and paths of those who have preceded this current cohort of graduate and professional students. Finally, we will discuss “tried and true” and new and innovative approaches that can promote academic and psychosocial endurance. Faculty and staff are invited to attend to share their experiences.


Tough Topics, Safe Spaces
Date & Time: Tuesday October 11th, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Location: Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridwaters Lounge

This workshop series is designed for graduate student leaders with two objectives in mind: (1) to educate student activists and increase their awareness about the short and long term effects of social justice advocacy for persons of color (e.g., burnout, compassion fatigue) and (2) to promote self-care practices that foster healing and rejuvenation of the mind, body, and spirit and promote increased resiliency.
The workshop is also appropriate for graduate students in the health sciences, public health, social work, or other disciplines or community work in which they are engaged in social justice advocacy with oppressed, marginalized, or radicalized populations.
Session topics will include compassion fatigue, anger and disillusionment, stress and burnout, and coping and resiliency.
Attendees may participate in one, two, or all three workshop sessions, but are encouraged to attend all sessions for maximum benefit.


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Scholars’ Commons Workshops

The Scholars’ Commons offers a series of workshops for graduate students throughout the year. Next week’s workshops are:

“Monday Motivators”- Adjusting to IU: Homesickness (CAPS)
Monday, September 19 • 4:00-5:00pm
Location: Wells Library IQ Wall

Having a hard time adjusting to IU? Are you missing family and friends from home? You are not alone. Many students who come to IU experience homesickness. Come and join us to learn ways of adapting during this period of transition.

Open Lab: PubMed
Monday, September 19 • 12:30-1:00pm
Location: Optometry Library

If you’re new to PubMed, need a refresher, or are just curious about this enormous biomedical database for the US National Library of Medicine, stop by as we investigate PubMed from searching to saving and even getting full-text.

Open Lab: PsycINFO
Tuesday, September 20 • 1:00-1:30pm
Location: Wells Library W144 (Learning Commons Classroom, SE corner)

This session will introduce PsycINFO, the best place to get started with research in psychology. Bring your questions from how to get started to the best ways to run an advanced search.

Digital Library Brown Bag
An Inside Look at Managing MDPI Digitization
Wednesday, September 21 • 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Wells Library E159 (Hazelbaker Hall)

Open Lab: PubMed
Wednesday, September 21 • 1:00-1:30pm
Location: Wells Library W138

If you’re new to PubMed, need a refresher, or are just curious about this enormous biomedical database for the US National Library of Medicine, stop by as we investigate PubMed from searching to saving and even getting full-text.

Map Speed Dating
Thursday, September 22 • 10:00-11:00am
Location: IQ Wall – Wells Library E157H

Come learn about a variety of mapping tools! New and exciting tools are being developed all the time… We’ll examine pros and cons of each, look at some examples, and discuss what might work best for your mapping project. If you’re new to GIS and mapping, this is a great place to start!

Open Lab: PubMed
DThursday, September 22 • 1:00-1:30pm
Location: Lindley Hall 025

If you’re new to PubMed, need a refresher, or are just curious about this enormous biomedical database for the US National Library of Medicine, stop by as we investigate PubMed from searching to saving and even getting full-text.

Electronic Primary Resource Databases
Thursday, September 22 • 1:00-2:00pm
Location: Wells Library W144

Primary resources are original documents written from the perspective of someone who witnessed an event and/or cultural happening. Primary resources include diaries, biographies, government documents, newspapers, and much more. This workshop will help you navigate the vast collection of primary resources available to researchers in the IU community through the Wells Library.

Intro to R
Friday, September 23 • 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Wells Library E157H (IQ-Wall)

This session will provide a broad overview of R, the open source programming language that many humanists are using to analyze different datasets from literary corpora to twitter feeds. R makes use of libraries written for text mining, connecting to twitter, and creating visualizations like word clouds. Come see all that R has to offer the humanities and get a preview of the hands-on sessions to come.

Grad Students’ Weekly Write-in
Friday, September 23 • 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Writing Tutorial Services (Wells W110)

Call it a “write-in,” “writing retreat” or “write-a-thon,” the idea is to commit to a block of time to work on your writing project. Writing Tutorial Services grad tutors and fellow grad students provide motivation and moral support.

Click here for more information:

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Campus Wide Events

Countdownt to Election Day

Monday, September 19 at 6 – 7:00 pm; Location: Briscoe C-110

A panel discussion on the presidential race with Les Lenkowsky, Jill Long Thompson, and Marjorie Hershey.

All Views Welcome.
Contact: Paul Helmke,

IU Cinema: Racing Extinction

Monday, September 19 at 7:00pm

Documentary, PG, 90 Minutes


Following the Academy-Award success of The Cove (2009), the Oceanic Preservation Society and National Geographic photographer Louie Psihoyos tackle an even bigger environmental problem: biodiversity loss. Racing Extinction addresses human impact on animal species world-wide. Featuring race car driver, Leilani Munter in a Tesla and undercover operations to expose illegal sales of marine animals, Racing Extinction pumps adrenaline while simultaneously delivering a hopeful advocacy message.

We believe the members of the Graduate and Professional Student Government Sustainability Committee might be interested in this film, and we would be thrilled if you would be willing to help us spread the word. Please note that the film is free, but ticketed.


MAC Lobby Concert – Jazz Combo

September Monday, September 19 at 7:15pm- 8:15 pm; Location: Music Arts Center (MAC)


Cost: FREE


Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice (2010, Film)

September 20, 12-1:15pm at Moot Court Room in the Maurer School of Law (Room 123)

A lawyer, judge and professor, Cruz Reynoso spent more than five turbulent decades fighting for civil rights. Director Abby Ginzberg chronicles the remarkable life of Cruz Reynoso, a trailblazer in the legal system and a champion of agricultural workers. He was California’s first Latino Supreme Court justice and one of America’s first Latino law professors. President Bill Clinton appointed him as Vice Chair on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 1994 and awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2000. Reynoso’s career also included controversial relationships and encounters with labor activist Cesar Chavez and then-California Governor Ronald Reagan.

Lunch will be provided. Film followed by discussion.

RSVP: No RSVP needed.


Bicentennial Celebration of our South-Central Hoosier Green Lights


September 20, 7-9pm, at IU’s Whittenberger Auditorium (900 E 7th St, Bloomington)

You are invited to take part in this special Bicentennial Celebration of our South-Central Hoosier Green Lights in Bloomington, September 20, 7-9pm, at IU’s Whittenberger Auditorium (900 E 7th St, Bloomington).

We will be honoring local leaders and organizations that have contributed to a Greener Legacy for our state as part of our mission to celebrate environmental sustainability as a necessary part of our Bicentennial vision.

Join us for awards, networking, music, and refreshments! Please let me know if there is a special way you would like to be involved. Sustainable Indiana 2016 has been working to profile these green lights for nearly a decade and we’re excited to bring this project to a close with celebrations all over the state, please feel free to share the invitation and we hope to see you on September 20th.


Sholeh Quinn (UC Merced), “On the Reasons to Write History: An Unpublished Persian Manuscript from Mughal India”

September 21, 4-6pm at Moot Court Room in the Maurer School of Law (Room 123)

Sholeh Quinn, from the University of California–Merced, a specialist on 16th and 17th Century Iran, will be our guest in theTexts and Manuscripts of the Muslim World Seminar.

Professor Quinn will discuss a portion of a ms. entitled Majami’ al-akhbar, authored by Mir Muhammad Sharif “Vuqu’i” Husayni Nishapuri. It is a Mughal chronicle, unedited and unpublished, preserved in a unique ms. and written when the author was in Emperor Akbar’s service in 1590-92.

To find out more about Professor Quinn’s talk, please email the Islamic Studies Program.

We thank the Dhar India Studies Program for their support of this event.


IU Cinema Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series: Xie Fei

September 22, 3-4:30 Location: 123)

Location:1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, Indiana.  East end of the IU Auditorium building.

Xie Fei entered the Beijing Film Academy in 1960 and directed his first feature film in 1978. He is considered an important member of the Chinese “Fourth Generation” film directors whose works have won numerous domestic and international awards, including a Golden Bear and Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. He has also worked as a professor in the Directing Department at the Beijing Film Academy since 1965, teaching world-renowned directors such as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, and Jia Zhangke.

Free, no ticket required.

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The School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) Computer Science (CS) Colloquium Series: Enriching Sound Interactions through Computer Audition

Friday, September 23, 3-4:00 Location: Lindley Hall

Sound is an important medium for us to interact with the world. Humans have a long history of designing tools and systems to create, modify, record and transmit sounds, which have greatly enriched our interactions. Designing intelligent computational systems that are able to understand various kinds of sounds is the goal of computer audition. Its progress, such as that in speech recognition, is again quickly enriching our interactions. In this talk, I will present our effort in designing computer audition systems for non-speech signals. Specifically, I will talk about two ongoing research projects, one on automatic music transcription and one on sound retrieval. The former converts an acoustic piano performance into music notation at a high accuracy and readability, allowing musicians to analyze musically meaningful content in acoustic piano performances. The latter takes a vocal imitation as a query and returns a list of sounds that are similar to it, allowing ordinary people to go beyond text-based search for sounds.

Free, no ticket required.


TALK: “Coloring the Universe: An Insider’s View of How Astronomical Images are Made”


Friday, September 23, 7:30-9:00 PM Location:
Cyberinfrastructure Building, 2709 E 10th St, Bloomington, IN 47408-2671

Everyone loves pictures of space. But have you ever wondered if that’s what they really look like? Or if the colors are real? For over twenty years professional astronomer Dr. Travis A. Rector has been making color images of space with some of the world’s largest telescopes. In a public talk, Professor Rector will share his stunning images of deep space as well as an insider’s perspective from the people who make them, describing how the images are produced and answering the most common questions the public has about space images. He’ll also share images and stories from his new book, called Coloring the Universe. The talk also marks the opening of a digital exhibit of Professor Rector’s images, to be shown on the IQ Wall in the lobby of the Cyberinfrastructure building. The IQ Wall, with nearly 50 million pixels, displays the images at full resolution.

Bio: Dr. Travis A. Rector is a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. Rector has used the giant telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory and Gemini Observatory to create color images to share the universe with the public. During that time he has created over 200 images, many of which are in his new book and will be shown in this talk.

This event is part of Themester 2016, an initiative of the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

Free, no ticket required.


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Register Today The Inaugural Black Wom(b)en’s Wellness & Empowerment Summit 


October 21st 1pm – 8pm at IU School of Education

October 22nd 7am – 6:30pm at IU School of Public Health

Theme: Resilience and Reawakening

An Installment of the Counseling Psychology Student Organization’s Together We Stand: Raising Cultural Awareness Series

While topical focus will revolve around the Black experience, students, community members, and allies of all walks are invited to share in this interdisciplinary event. Students from IU and external campuses with research foci on women of color will be invited to present in the Student Research Poster Session. A panel of Black doctors will discuss their experiences in their respective specializations. This panel will also serve as a professional development opportunity for healthcare professionals and trainees who provide care for Black patients to learn more about this unique cultural context. A special session directed towards participants who identify as male will be hosted on Saturday to address the importance of their role in providing support and becoming allies to all women of color.

Please see tentative schedule and register your attendance at the following site:

Community Events

Fiesta del Otoñohispanic-heritage

September 24; 10am – 1pm at Farmer’s Market

401 N Morton St, Bloomington, IN 47404

The City of Bloomington’s Latino Programs and Outreach Division, Sister Cities of Bloomington and IU’s Latino Enhancement Cooperative invites you to the 11th annual Fiesta del Otoño. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Fiesta del Otoño will be celebrating Culture and Heritage. Fiesta del Otoño will feature diverse live entertainment, local artists, food demonstrations and children’s activities. Fiesta del Otoño both educates and provides festive activities for the whole family. If you would like to volunteer for Fiesta del Otoño or for more information please contact Exsenet Esler at Sponsored by Duke Energy, Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, Old National Bank and the Vectren Foundation.


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