Translating Research into Practice


Chancellor Charles R. Bantz

As Chancellor since 2003, I have observed that IUPUI faculty are conducting important research and making significant contributions to improving all aspects of people’s lives. Their research mission demonstrates the value of generating knowledge and taking that knowledge where it can be used to make lives better. Such scholars Translate Research Into Practice.

To celebrate these faculty researchers and the impact they have, I have launched the IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP). I have asked Professor Sandra Petronio to spearhead the initiative and Stephan Viehweg to serve as Interim Director. This center both identifies IUPUI’s translational scholars and recognizes their work in several programs. We are excited about the potential to bring local and national attention to the great work our faculty are doing on the campus of IUPUI.

You can participate by learning about some of our Featured Translational Scholars or Identify Yourself as an IUPUI TRIP Scholar.


Charles R. Bantz
Executive Vice President, Indiana University
Chancellor, IUPUI

SAVE THE DATE - Annual TRIP Keynote Address set for Monday, March 30, 2015

The annual Translating Research Into Practice Keynote Address will be held Monday, March 30, 2015 at 5 PM in the IUPUI Campus Center, Room 409 (4th floor). Dr. Michael Hecht will present on his work in adolescent drug use prevention.

Michael Hecht (PhD, University of Illinois) is a Distinguished Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University and President of REAL Prevention, LLC. He is the co-creator of the evidence-based keepin’ it REAL substance use prevention curriculum for elementary and middle school students that, since its adoption by D.A.R.E. America, is the most widely disseminated substance use prevention program in the world, reaching 2 million U.S. youth as well as those in 47 countries around the world. The curriculum is a translation of this theory and research spanning culture (the principle of cultural grounding), health message design (narrative engagement theory) and interpersonal relationships through community-based research processes. Other projects focus on using interactive video games for sex education, narrative HPV vaccination promotion, and media literacy. In addition to D.A.R.E., collaborators include Planned Parenthood, the 4H Clubs of America, as well as organizations in Nicaragua and El Salvador where his company is involved in adolescent health promotion. This work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, US AID, and the Nemours Foundation among others. More information about the event is forthcoming.

Founding Director Sandra Petronio receives prestigious national Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication

Sandra Petronio is the 2013 recipient of the Mark L. Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication. Dr. Petronio is the Founding Director of the IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice. The Knapp Award in Interpersonal Communication recognizes individuals who throughout their careers have made significant scholarly contributions to the study of interaction and/or relational processes. The award also recognizes recipients for active involvement in interpersonal communication, significant mentoring of students and/or public service focused on interpersonal communication. Read more.

About TRIP

Chancellor Bantz and Professor Sandra Petronio discuss the TRIP initiative with Gerry Dick.