Fall 2013University Updates

Fall 2013: Advising, Anthropology, Art & Design, Athletic Training, Biology, Business,

Advising: Planning for success

Lela Mixon, coordinator of advising in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been promoted to director of the Center for Advising and Student Achievement. CASA is a new advising center that will work in collaboration with faculty advisors and other units on campus to implement the developing Greyhound Plan, a detailed and individualized road map for each UIndy student that includes integrated curricular and co-curricular pathways for engagement. Plans for the center are well underway, and more information about its offerings will be available in the coming months.

Anthropology: Sinking their teeth into history

Christopher Schmidt is the new editor for the journal Dental Anthropology, a peer-review journal with an international readership that publishes original work in all areas of dental science. He also received a research grant from the British Academy to study medieval teeth from England. Thanks to a UIndy Zerfas grant, Schmidt and colleague Greg Reinhardt were able to travel to Italy (above) to study human teeth from the Roman site Herculaneum, which was buried by Vesuvius along with Pompeii in AD 79.

So far in 2013 Schmidt has presented papers at seven meetings in both Indianapolis and Knoxville, Tenn. His work was presented with the help of four current UIndy students and two alumni.

Christopher Moore ’04 (Physics & Earth Space Sciences and Anthropology) presented “Shamans on the Green River?” at the annual spring Kentucky Heritage Council archaeological conference and co-authored two papers at the spring workshop of the Indiana Archaeological Council. One of those papers, “Development of an Online Guide to Midwestern Ceramics: Ideas and Directions,” was coauthored by anthropology students Ethan Bean, Zachary Gross, and Rebecca Van Sessen.

Art & Design: Discovering artistic voices within

Dee Schaad was invited to exhibit his ceramic work at  “Artists for a Shore Cause,” an invitational exhibition at the M. T. Burton Gallery in Surf City, N.J. Proceeds from the exhibition go to causes related to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. In March at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference in Houston, Tex., Schaad earned second place at the “Peep Show,” a ceramics competition sponsored by the Skutt Kiln Company. Schaad and Jim Viewegh also had their work showcased in a two-person exhibtion at the Gallery on Pearl in New Albany, Ind., in April.

In December 2012, Nelson Wei Tan presented “Cultural and Societal Influences on Design Pedagogies A Comparative Analysis—Between the United States and Singapore,” at the American Institute of Graphic Arts Design Educators Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wei Tan and Julia Taugner, along with students Sara Blair ’13, Danielle Lawson, and Stephanie Seman ’13, won an ADDY award from the Indianapolis chapter of the American Advertising Federation for outstanding student graphic design. Lawson won a second ADDY from the Los Angeles chapter.

In June Marilyn Lake McElwain presented “When Arts Academia Gets Street Smart: Beyond the Ivory Tower” at the International Visual and Performing Arts Conference in Athens, Greece. She also completed community engagement projects for a 2012–13 Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows Grant. “The Secret Garden, Discovering Artistic Voices Within” included creative expression projects in Indianapolis and a tactile expressive arts project for blind and senior citizens with limited vision in San Ignacio, Belize. In May she worked with service-learning students at Caritas Refugee Center in Athens, Greece, in an ongoing effort to build international service opportunities for pre-art therapy and multidisciplinary students.

Athletic Training: Faculty recognition

Christine Lauber was recognized as the 2013 Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Educator of the Year at the GLATA winter meeting in Wheeling, Ill. At the GLATA meeting, she presented “Evidence-Based Ultrasound for Chronic Inflammatory Conditions” and  “High-Volt Pulsed Stimulation as an Effective Modality?” with a colleague from Lewis University. She also presented “Are Preceptor Perceived Strengths Regarding Important Clinical Instructor Behaviors Influenced by Personal, Employment, or Professional Experience?” with a colleague from DePauw University.

Scott Lawrance ’03 ’10 was named UIndy’s 2013 Teacher of the Year. In March he led a two-hour learning lab, “Unlocking the Hip: Using Joint Mobilizations to Treat Joint Hypomobility,” at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association winter meeting. At the same meeting, he coauthored three case study poster presentations with athletic training graduates. Lawrance presented “Bilateral Talocalcaneal Coalition Excision in a College Basketball Player” with Derek Beeler ’13, “Significant Elbow Injury in a College Football Offensive Lineman” with Kevin Gullion ’13, and “Postoperative Rehabilitation of Femoroacetabular Impingement in a Women’s Soccer Player” with Greg Taylor ’13. In June Lawrance and two colleagues presented “Effectiveness of a Hospital-Based, Multidisciplinary Pre-NFL Combine and Pro Day Training Program” at the St. Vincent Research Symposium. Also in June, he and Lauber were featured at the National Athletic Trainers Association summer symposium and presented the learning lab “Muscle Energy Techniques to Treat Painful Lumbar Spine Mobility.”

Biology: An integrated study

Sandra Davis and Mary Ritke were awarded a grant from the Indiana Academy of Sciences for their proposal “Gender-Related and Environmental Contributions to Floral Color in Saponaria officinalis: An Integrated Study of Phenotypic Variation and Gene Regulation.” The project is a collaborative research effort between Davis and Ritke and Dana Dudle at DePauw University.

Business: Certified for life

Stacie Neuhaus, director of Procurement and Ancillary Services, was awarded a lifetime Certified Purchasing Manager certification by the Institute for Supply Management, Inc., in April. She has just concluded three years on the Board of Directors as vice president of the local ISM affiliate group, ISM–Central Indiana, and is an active member of the National Association for Education Procurement association.

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