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Ben Middelkamp is a communications manager for the Department of Neurology, Department of Neurological Surgery and Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine. Before joining the Office of Strategic Communications in December 2019, Ben spent nearly six years as a newspaper reporter in two Indiana cities. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Convergent Journalism from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014. Ben enjoys translating his background in journalism to the communications and marketing needs of the school and its physicians and researchers.
The Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery is hosting the Inaugural Allison K. Royer Women in Otolaryngology Endowed Lectureship on March 22, 2023, at IU School of Medicine in Indianapolis. It is one of the first women in otolaryngology endowed lectureships in the country.
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the department established the Edward C. Weisberger Fellowship in Head and Neck Oncology and Reconstructive Surgery and Lectureship. The endowed lectureship, which had its inaugural seminar in fall 2022, enables the department to bring prominent physicians to campus to share their expertise in head and neck surgery.
Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the United States through achievements and contributions to society. Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine proudly celebrates the diversity of the institute's faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students and staff. We spoke with Juan Codocedo, PhD and Nur Jury Garfe, PhD, about their backgrounds and pursuit of science.
David Haggerty, a PhD student in the Medical Neuroscience Graduate Program at Stark Neurosciences Research Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine, has spent the summer as one of about two dozen fellows with Flagship Pioneering, a venture capital firm based out of Cambridge, Massachusetts that creates biotechnology, life sciences, health and sustainability companies. Flagship is best known for incubating Moderna, the company that developed one of the COVID-19 vaccines.
The Department of Otolaryngology has a longstanding history of its residents placing into nationally recognized fellowship programs and hospitals. Most residents—about 60%—enter fellowship programs. The rest go straight to work in hospitals and private practices. And about half of the residents practice academic medicine.
Shortly into the pandemic, Hande Karahan, PhD, and Nancy Carpenter, the donor of a fellowship that supported Karahan’s research a year prior, decided to reconnect.
They could only meet outside, several feet apart, and spent their time together on long walks, hiking in local parks and visiting with horses. Those walks and talks in nature have since led to a strong friendship, a connection both say has changed their lives for the better.