Fall 2016

Outer space, a high-crime neighborhood, a maximum-security prison: Harsh environments are common backdrops in the stories of the fall 2016 issue of Imagine. They’re also the settings for seemingly impossible feats of innovation, willpower, and hope. And in every article, IU plays a part in transforming these impossibilities into opportunities. We hope you find each story as inspiring as we have.

Happy reading,
Your Imagine team


Can the skeletal system and solar system coexist in harmony?


Overcoming the Odds

Statistics didn’t give Marquel Thompson much chance at a degree. Fortunately, his mentor—and fellow IUPUI grad—thought otherwise.


Undoing Time

Wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 25 years, Darryl Pinkins’ odyssey to clear his name is finally over.


The Brickyard Bard Is One of Ours

For the first time since the 1920s, the Indianapolis 500 crowned a Poet Laureate.

Fittingly, it was a Hoosier.

Adam Henze, an educator and a PhD student at IU, earned the title after winning a contest with his poem, “For Those Who Love Fast, Loud Things”— an ode to the “Snake Pit dancers,” “Coke Lot campers,” and “gasoline alley cats” that flock each May to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The poem was included in the official race day program of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.