College Study Abroad in Hong Kong

The Office of International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences is inviting College undergraduate students to apply for the Spring 2018 semester exchange at the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (HKUST). We have exchange agreements with the HKUST School of Science and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, so there are many courses available that may count towards a major or other requirements in the College.

This is a program administered by the College’s Office of International Affairs (OIA), and I serve as the study abroad advisor for the exchange students (out-bound and incoming). Exchange applications are reviewed by OIA staff, including Katie Kammer (Director of International Engagement and Student Success) and Carolyn Lantz (Director of International Planning).

Please forward this email and the attachment directly to your students, and feel free to post it on your department websites and blogs. This information is also being provided to chairs and directors, so faculty should be aware.


HKUST offers a large selection of courses taught in English and provides excellent support for visiting exchange students. Since these are IU exchanges, students nominated by the College pay their regular IU tuition and fees. In addition, nominated students may apply for funds from the College to support their travel.



In order to be eligible students must:

  • Be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Have completed a minimum of one year at IU prior to enrolling at the host university.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Complete an essay and provide two letters of recommendation.
  • Have a passport by the time applications are due.



Student applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 1st, 2017


Applications will be reviewed by the College and students will be nominated to the host university after an in-person interview and selection process. Accepted students will be notified to complete an online application through their host universities.



Students interested in the program should do the following:

  1. Carefully read the referenced websites/attachments before submitting an application.  Students should NOT contact the host university directly until after they are nominated by the College.
  2. Arrange for two (2) letters of recommendation from professors or others who can speak to the student’s academic qualifications, as well as any other qualities or information regarding the student’s maturity, preparedness, and interest in the exchange program. Recommendation letters should be sent directly from the recommender to the College Office of International Affairs, by the application closing dates.
  3. Complete the College’s Applications for the exchange. The application forms are attached, or students may obtain one by contacting our office at
  4. Write an essay that is no longer than two pages explaining why they would like to take part in the exchange. The essay should include information about academic studies thus far at IU and what they plan to study while abroad. The essay should also address why they would like to study in Hong Kong, such as any interest in the language, culture, or other opportunities there.  Students should be sure their names are at the top of their essays.
  5. Send the completed application and essay (in PDF or Word format) by email attachment to the College Office of International Affairs at by 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 1st, 2017 with the words “Secure Message” or “Confidential” in the subject line.
  6. Students will be contacted for an in-person interview. OIA will be in touch after the interview process to notify students whether they have been selected.


If you have any questions, please contact the College’s Office of International Affairs at

HKUST Exchange Application Spring 2018


Medical Sciences Course Offerings: Fall 2017

Medical Sciences Course Offerings: Fall 2017


ANAT-A 215   Basic Human Anatomy                5 credits               10:10a-11:00a       MWF

                (An organ systems approach to the study of the human body, include microscopic and gross structure)

Medical Sciences (MSCI)

MSCI-M100: Current Topics in BioMedical Sci

Improving Leaning Skills in Anatomy      1 credit             11:15a-12:05p              F

(Students will learn about effective study strategies for sciences classes, how to determine what study methods are most  efficient for them. Also how to apply those skills in anatomy/sciences courses)

MSCI-M115: Intro to Anatomy & Physiology    3 credits              9:05a-9:55a              MWF

(One semester lecture-based course examines the basic of human anatomy and physiology. The primary focus of the course is the study of the organ systems. The course includes an introduction to common human disease processes.)

MSCI-M131 Disease & The Human Body            3 credits             12:20p-1:10p             MWF

(Disease or injury is the basis for discussion of the normal anatomy and physiology of relevant body systems and the alterations that are due to disease or injury.)


MSCI-M216 Med Sci of Psychoactive Drugs       3 credits             2:30p-3:45p             TR

(An entry-level examination of the biological mechanism underlying the effects of psychoactive drugs. Drug actions in the brain, spinal cord, heart, lungs, liver and other organs and tissues will be detailed. Molecular mechanism and genetic factors involved in drug-induced therapeutic and adverse effects will be emphasized.)


MSCI-M300 Human Embryology: Cell to Infant  3 credits           1:25p-2:15p                 MWF

Learn how you developed! Explore embryonic and fetal anatomy! The course begins with an introduction from weeks one through eight of development followed by a systems-based review of organ formation. A final research paper gives you the opportunity to investigate a congenital anomaly of your choice.


MSCI-M440 Health Care in America                     3 credits             1:00p-2:15p                TR

(Taught by a practicing physician, this course examines the historical development of the American health care system, compares it to delivery systems in other countries, and asks if we can envision a health care system that meets society’s obligations to its fellow citizens)


MSCI-M485 Physiology of Human Disease        4 credits              4:00p-5:15p               TR

(Course will explore the scientific and social aspects of three common diseases:  Diabetes Mellitus, Cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.  Students will learn about these diseases through didactic lecture from a medical doctor..  Students will observe clinics, doctors, and patients)



PHSL-P215   Basic Human Physiology                      5 credits              8:00a-8:50a             MTRF

(This course is team taught by medical sciences faculty. An organ systems approach to the study of human body function.  Presentation begins with basic cell function and communication systems of the body, progressing to control systems, defense mechanisms, transport, gas exchange, and balancing of nutrients, water, and electrolytes.)


PHSL-P416   Comparative Animal Physiology        3 credits             2:30p-3:45p              TR

(Principles of physiology via the comparative method: functioning of the respiratory, circulatory, excretory and related functions examined through examples of vertebrate and invertebrate animals that have unusual abilities or best exemplify these physiological priciples.)



Fall Opportunities in Sustainability

Welcome back, students! There are so many wonderful ways for the IU community to engage in sustainability this fall at IU. Here are just a few:


For Everyone

  • Attend or volunteer at the Hoosier to Hoosier Sale. The “H2H Sale” is an annual resale that seeks to divert reusable items from student move-out and sells those items back to students and the community at low prices. The sale takes place this Saturday August 19 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1525 S. Rogers Street.

o    Free student shuttle from the resident halls! 

o    Browse the H2H Facebook Page


  • Nominate someone for the Campus Catalyst Awards. Open to faculty, staff, and students who go above and beyond for campus sustainability.


For Students

  • Apply to be a Sustainability Intern. We have seven paid positions open for students October-May. Applicants are welcome from all disciplines. Students will utilize campus as a living-learning lab, solving sustainability problems and leading the way to a more environmentally healthy and socially just campus. Undergrads will receive $12/hour, graduates $14/hour. Applications are now open and close September 10. The Communications and Marketing Intern Position is open until filled.

o    Learn more or apply


  • Apply to be a 2020 Sustainability Scholar. New to campus and ready to explore what it means to be part of a research institution? This program provides introductory research experiences in sustainability for freshmen and sophomores from all disciplines. Selected students are paired with a faculty researcher on projects that match the student’s interest. Students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in the fall and enroll in a 2-credit hour research methods class in the spring semester. Students receive a $500 scholarship each semester.

o    Learn more or apply


  • Attend an information session to learn more about both the Internship Program and 2020 Scholars Program on Tuesday, August 29 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at “E-House,” 704 E. 10th street. Light meal provided.

NEW! Intelligent Systems Engineering course – fall 2017

Dear Undergraduate and Graduate Students:

I will be teaching a course on Dynamics on Networks (E399/E599 Sections 36298/36297) in Fall 2017 in Intelligent Systems Engineering. The course is open to students from all schools and departments. Networks dynamic models are used in a broad array of scientific and engineering fields, ranging from biomedicine to economics via physics, bioengineering, neuroscience, chemistry,… This course teaches how to create predictive dynamic network models of complex interacting systems, analyze them mathematically and simulate their behavior numerically.

Students will learn a broad set of modeling, mathematical and computational skills useful to bio-, computer-, nano-, neuro-, pharmaco- and systems-engineering, and the natural and social sciences, including:

  • How to analyze and model complex dynamic biological, environmental or social interactions in the real world
  • How to determine the typical behaviors of these networks and the range of behaviors they can exhibit under perturbation
  • How to implement these models as computer simulations and identify the degree to which these models and simulations predict with real world observations and their limitations.

The course is appropriate for junior and senior undergraduates and graduate students in Intelligent Systems Engineering, Informatics, Computer Science, SLIS, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Brain Science and Economics. To be accessible to the broadest possible audience, most required mathematical and computational techniques will be taught in the course. Basic familiarity with ordinary differential equations and linear algebra, biological concepts and a bit of programming or modeling would also be helpful, but is not required. Please contact Prof. Glazier with any questions.

The course will meet Tuesday 4:15PM-7:15PM in Smith Hall, ISE Large Conference Room

Please feel free to share or post this notice with any potentially interested students.

A more complete syllabus is attached.

Please contact me with any questions.

James A. Glazier