Fall 2012University Updates

Fall 2012: Art & Design, CELL, Communication, English, History & Political Science, Physical Therapy, Math & Computer Science, Modern Languages

Art & Design: Cow tipping

Dee Schaad had a one-person exhibition at the Artists on Santa Fe Gallery in Denver, Colorado, during July, entitled “Tipping the Sacred Cow.”

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: Promoting early learning

CELL will host its annual Indiana Education Transformation conference November 13–14, 2012, at the Indiana Conven-tion Center. “Indiana’s Future: Advancing Change Through Action & Accountability” will bring the nation’s leading experts to Indiana to promote education transformation for increased student achievement. To learn more about CELL’s annual conference, visit cell.uindy.edu/indianasfuture2012.

In October more than 250 Indiana International Baccalaureate students will convene in Indianapolis for the second annual “IB Experience” conference. Co-hosted by CELL and the Indiana Department of Education, the event offers a unique chance for students to participate in a completely student-led, student-facilitated event promoting international education in K–12 schools.

CELL continues to grow the Early College High School model across Indiana, with seven schools beginning the implementation process this fall. This brings Indiana’s total to 26 schools transitioning to the Early College model, which helps first-generation college-goers, minorities, and socioeconomically disadvantaged students earn college credit concurrently with their high school diploma, thus bridging the gap between secondary and postsecondary education.

Communication: Plank Fellowship

Rebecca Deemer ’97 spent two weeks in July with Sprint at corporate headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas, as a Plank Fellow, a national fellowship for public relations educators. She worked directly with members of Sprint’s executive team, providing consultation and giving workshops. She also served as part of the day-to-day operations of Sprint’s internal and external communication efforts.

English: Perusing Peru

Elizabeth Weber traveled with Maribel Campoy (Modern Languages) and Jyotika Saksena (History & Political Science) on a spring term trip to Peru  to immerse students in a Spanish-speaking culture and to give students the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of a country other than their own. Peru’s Incas “have always fascinated me,” says Dr. Weber, who teaches Native American Literature. “I came away from my trip having learned, for example, that the Incas were engineering wizards. Walls that they built in the 14th century withstood an earthquake that happened in the 1950s whereas the Spanish colonial church built around those walls crumbled. And those walls were built without mortar and without iron tools.”

She took part in a panel, “Vampire by Vampire: Genre Writing and the Creative Writing Workshop,” at the 2012 Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Chicago in February. She also presented “The Dark Wheat Listens: The Midwest Speaking in James Wright’s Poetry” at the Society for the Study of Midwest Literature annual Symposium at Michigan State University in May. In June she attended the Writers’ Workshop at the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and its Consequences at the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

Etchings, UIndy’s literary and fine arts magazine, won an award for cover design (by student Staci Reafsnyder) of its 2011 issue in the annual Indiana Collegiate Press Association competition. The award was announced at the ICPA’s annual convention at Ball State University on Saturday, April 14.

Toni J. Morris published a 118-page entry on Walter Hilton, an English mystic of the middle ages, in Classical and Medieval Literary Criticism. She collected and selected appropriate scholarship as well as writing an introduction, biography, and annotated bibliography. She also presented “Performing Ballads in the Classroom” for a session on Teaching Popular Literature and Popular Culture of the Middle Ages in the Liberal Arts Classroom at the International Congress of Medieval Studies, held annually in Michigan.

History & Political Science: Secrets of the past

In June A. James Fuller delivered his paper “‘The State Was Honeycombed with Secret Societies:’ Governor Oliver P. Morton, Resistance, and Treason in Civil War Indiana” at the biennial meeting of the Society of Civil War Historians, in Lexington, Ky. In February Fuller delivered his paper “The Nationalist Road: The Intersection of Roads and Ideas in the Life of Oliver P. Morton” at the 2012 annual meeting of the Indiana Association of Historians, at Hanover College in Madison, Ind. Fuller published four book reviews in various scholarly journals between December and June.

Stephen Graham and his wife, Marcia, have published Forgotten Mission: the Untold Story of Augusta Force, a fictional soldier story with a Christian theme based on a largely forgotten World War II mission into Japanese-occupied Papua and Dutch Guinea. Graham’s uncle, the main character of the book, was a junior officer on MacArthur’s staff in the South Pacific and the executive officer of Augusta Force, a small Allied task force of American, Australian, and native Dutch Guinea troops.

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: Strength of program confirmed

The professional Doctor of Physical Therapy recently went through an accreditation site visit by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, the culmination of more than a year of work by the DPT faculty to complete a comprehensive self-study report. The site visit team commented that the strengths of the UIndy DPT program included a collegial and welcoming environment with a student-centered approach, the inclusion of a unique Community Patient Resource Group for student practice with volunteer patients, and an accessible and supportive faculty.

Linda Biggers ’09 and Peter Rundquist have been collaborating with several entry-level DPT student research groups to evaluate the effects of upper-extremity lymphedema on shoulder kinematics and upper extremity function in survivors of breast cancer. Their work has led to presentations at the 2011 and 2012 American Society of Biomechanics  annual conferences and the 2012 American Physical Therapy Association’s Combined Sections meeting.

Stephanie Combs ’99, Margaret Finley, and four graduates had their paper “Effects of a Repetitive Gaming Intervention on Upper-Extremity Impairments and Function in Persons with Chronic Stroke: A Preliminary Study” published in Disability and Rehabilitation in June.

Julie Gahimer ’85 was named UIndy’s 2012 Teacher of the Year. She specializes in the rehabilitation of adults with neurological injury and disease, but she also is known for her broad contributions to the University and her community health work. She also coauthored a chapter, “Community Health Promotion: Evolving Opportunities for Physical Therapists” in the third edition of the Handbook of Teaching and Learning for Physical Therapists by Gail Jensen and Elizabeth Mostrom.

Bill Staples ’05 ’10 and Clyde Killian had their article “Development of an Instrument to Measure Attitudes of Physical Therapy Providers Working with People with Dementia” accepted by the American Journal of Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias.

Mathematics & Computer Science: Algebra at the Sorbonne

As part of an ongoing workshop, “The Role of ‘Series of Problems’ in the Making of Scientific Fields,” Jeff Oaks spoke in Paris at the Sorbonne on June 13 about the nature of early Arabic algebra. He also published “Al-Khayyam’s Scientific Revision of Algebra” in Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation.

In May Leslie Gardner published “Is It Time for Six Sigma in Education?” in ASQ Primary and Secondary EducationBrief and published “Preparing the Transportation and Logistics Professionals of the Future” in the March issue of NDTAGram.

Livia Hummel’s paper “Recent Progress in Coherent Rings: A Homological Perspective” appeared in the conference proceedings Progress in Commutative Algebra 1: Combinatorics and Homology published by De Gruyter in April.

Modern Languages: Look and listen

Gerburg Garmann, an artist, composer, and poet as well as a Modern Languages professor, had a show, “Poetics of Imaging,” from July 7–August 11 at the Athens of Indiana Arts Studios & Gallery in Crawfordsville, Ind. Her work features expressive paintings in addition to audio tracks on CD, creating a multimedia experience for the viewer.

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