Fall 2011University Updates

Fall 2011: Anthropology, Art & Design, Athletic Training, CAC

Anthropology: Stereotypes and Bronze Age diet

Greg Reinhardt presented “American Indians as Celestial People” in March at the Alaska Anthropological Association meeting in Fairbanks. In June he gave an invited talk, “American Indian Stereotypes: A World of Collectibles, Kitsch, and Creepy Material Culture,” at the World Archaeological Congress’s Inter-Congress on Indigenous Peoples and Museums.

Chris Schmidt and grad student Laura Chiu are coauthors of a book chapter on diet in Bronze Age England. The chapter, “Dental Microwear: 2D and 3D Approaches,” is an international collaboration with researchers from the University of Kent. It will appear in The Beaker People: Isotopes, Mobility, and Diet in Prehistoric Britain, published by Oxbow Press. Schmidt also published a book chapter with Rachel Lockhart Sharkey ’07, “Ethical and Political Ramifications of the Reporting/Non-reporting of Native American Ritualized Violence,” to be published in the edited volume The Ethics of Anthropology and Amerindian Research: Reporting on Environmental Degradation and Warfare, published by Springer Press.

Art & Design: Top that!

In May Dee Schaad participated in “Top That! Contemporary Wedding Cake Toppers” at the MT Burton Gallery in Surf City, New Jersey. In addition, Schaad had a solo exhibition, “Tipping the Sacred Cow,” at the Thomas J. Funke Gallery in Cincinnati in August and September.

Marilyn McElwain received a Faculty Fellowship Award for 2011–12 from Indiana Campus Compact for her course “Service Learning in the Arts.” The funds will support the teaching of a service-learning course and professional service with a community agency.

Athletic Training: Knee knowledge

At the Athletic Training Educators’ Conference in Washington, D.C., Christine Lauber and a DePauw University colleague presented a poster on developing approved clinical instructors. They presented a workshop, “Who Needs ACI Training Anyway? Using ACI Self-Assessment of Clinical Teaching Strengths and Weaknesses to Guide ACI Development,” at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Winter Clinical Symposium in Minneapolis. Lauber and a colleague from Millersville University presented the workshop “Creating a Motivational Climate based on Scientific Theory” at the Keystone Health Promotion Conference in Harrisburg, Penn.

Scott Lawrance ’03 ’10 served as lead author for the book chapter “Treatment of Arthrofibrosis of the Knee after ACL Surgery” in the third edition of Clinical Orthopedic Rehabilitation published in April. Lawrance, Clyde Killian, Peter Rundquist (Krannert School of Physical Therapy), and a colleague from East Carolina presented “Development and Reliability of the Knee Symmetry Evaluation” at the St. Vincent Hospital Research Symposium in June. The project was named winner for best abstract (Allied Health category). Lawrance also served as invited speaker at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association symposium, on the topic of “Bridging the Gap Between Injury and Performance.”

Center for Aging & Community: New graduate certificate available

Because people who work in a nonprofit organization often wear many hats, whether or not their education specifically prepared them for a particular role, the Center for Aging & Community has developed a new graduate certificate, Project Management for Human Services Professionals. The certificate program will begin in January 2012 and will be offered in a completely online format. This three-course certificate is designed for professionals from the human service sector who have a bachelor’s degree or higher and who want to be able to apply knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to meet project requirements. The program is open to UIndy graduate students and non-degree-seeking candidates outside the University.

In spring 2011, CAC Associate Professor Sharon Baggett was awarded a University of Indianapolis InQuery grant for a project, “Formative Evaluation of a Medical-Legal Partnership in Mental Health: A Collaboration between CAC and Indiana Legal Services.” CAC is partnering with Indiana Legal Services to complete a formative evaluation of the first year of a unique medical-legal partnership between Indiana Legal Services and Midtown Community Mental Health Center to bring free legal services to Midtown’s mentally ill patients. Baggett will assist ILS staff in evaluating the first year of the partnership, including education of Midtown staff and legal services to patients.

Academic Program Director Tamara Wolske ’05 made numerous professional presentations in the first half of 2011, including “Exploring and Valuing Differences for Enhanced Communication in a Multicultural Setting” at the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s annual national conference and “Seniors’ Ability to Access Needed Care and the Affordable Care Act,” a presentation to the Indiana State Commission on Aging.

At the St. Vincent Center for Healthy Aging’s Interdisciplinary Conference on Aging in March, she presented on seniors’ ability to access needed care in the environment of health care reform, then presented on a similar topic to the Indiana State Commission on Aging in May in Indianapolis regarding the Affordable Care Act. In April she gave the poster presentation “Opening the Window of the World: Teaching Aging from a Global Perspective” at the American Society on Aging conference in San Francisco.

Executive Director Ellen Miller presented “Challenges and Opportunities of an Aging Hemophiliac Population” to the north and south regions of the American Thrombosis and Hemostasis Network in May. She has been invited to speak in November at the annual meeting of the National Hemophilia Foundation in Chicago. Miller also was appointed to the board of directors of the Central Indiana Senior Fund.

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