Spring 2011University Updates

Anthropology, Art & Design, CAC, CELL

Anthropology: Upon closer examination

Chris Schmidt and Chris Moore (Physics and Earth-Space Sciences) submitted a book chapter, “The Flora Mastodon Site,” to an upcoming volume on Indiana archeology and submitted another chapter,  “A Preliminary Assessment of Using a White Light Confocal Imaging Profiler for Cutmark Analysis,” to Forensic Microscopy for Skeletal Tissues: Methods and Protocols. In that same volume, Schmidt and former student Rose Uhlig ’06 published a chapter titled “Light Microscopy of Microfractures in Burned Bone.”

Schmidt, Molly Hill ’01 ’03, and a Mercyhurst colleague had the article “Correcting Overestimation
When Determining Two-Dimensional Occlusal Area in Human Molars” accepted by the American Journal of Physical Anthropology.

Art & Design: Credit where accreditation is due

The Department of Art and Design, one of only two private schools with professional accreditation in Indiana, had an accreditation visit in March from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The results will be available later this year.

Donna Lee Adams was guest artist at Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Fla., in conjunction with a month-long invitational exhibition featuring her recent photographs and intaglio prints.

Center for Aging & Community: Study aging, wherever you are

The Center for Aging & Community continues to make aging studies curricula available to students all over the globe by delivering coursework that is totally online for undergraduate and graduate certificates and a master’s degree in aging studies. Visit http://cac.uindy.edu/ for information.

Presentations by faculty and staff helped extend the Center’s reach. CAC Academic Program Director Tamara Wolske ’05 gave several presentations last fall, including “Demographics: The ‘Who’ of Advertising” at the Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion in Paris, France; “Our Changing World: Globalization and Aging Populations” at the J. F. Oberlin University in Tokyo, Japan; and “Indiana Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative” at the Indiana Geriatrics Society fall conference with co-presenter and Center Executive Director Ellen Miller.

Senior Project Director Kristin Huff presented a day-long professional development workshop on “Navigating the Waters of Evaluation Contracts” to an international audience at the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference in San Antonio, Tex., in November 2010.

CAC continued its work with the Indiana State Department of Health on the Healthcare Associated Infection Initiative, a collaborative effort that aims to reduce the number of infections contracted by patients while at Indiana health facilities. A recent report, Senior Hunger in the United States, ranked Indiana 17th out of the 20 states with the highest food insecurity among seniors. Associate Professor of Aging Studies Sharon Baggett is working with the Indianapolis Retirement Home Fund to conduct a five-state analysis (Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky) that might identify possible factors contributing to Indiana’s senior hunger rating.

In late 2010, a panel of 16 judges for Seniorhomes.com ranked CAC’s monthly e-newsletter, Aging in Indiana, second among all nominated aging industry newsletters. To subscribe to Aging in Indiana, link to CAC’s blog, check out the Center’s Facebook page, or visit http://cac.uindy.edu.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: Local classrooms, global practices

CELL recently launched a statewide International Education Network providing resources and information to assist Indiana educators in incorporating global practices into classrooms. The network has established several  partnerships with international education organizations to support the globalization of schools. CELL has released its third installment of the Indiana New Technology High School Research Report. The study examines the effectiveness of New Tech High Schools when compared to traditional public schools. The study found that student engagement increased, school absences decreased, and the graduation rate significantly exceeded that of comparison schools.

CELL also developed and recently launched its Business & Education Partnership initiative. The initiative focuses on creating alliances between business and education, which results in stronger schools able to support a highly skilled workforce and improve Indiana’s economy. CELL’s team is working to establish connections in all 11 of Indiana’s Economic Growth Regions.

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