Spring 2015University Updates

Spring 2015: Anthropology, Art & Design, Biology, Service-Learning, CELL, Communication, English, History & Political Science, Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy & Religion

Anthropology: Digging up history

In November Dr. Christopher Moore ’04 presented “Seventeenth Century Mission Period Cultural Dynamics on Sapelo Island, Georgia” at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Greenville, S.C. This poster was co-authored by Dr. Richard Jefferies of the University of Kentucky. In December, Dr. Moore’s article “A Survey of Fort Ancient Sites in Southeastern Indiana” was published in Indiana Archaeology.

Art & Design: At the intersection of art & science

Johnny DiBlasi, founding member of the {exurb} artist collective, joined other co-founders to complete their latest work. At Lawndale Art Center in Houston, the collective presented the site-specific installation Topologies. The piece represents a natural progression of the collective’s previous works, fusing the kinetic/active with a strongly tech-focused/data-driven underpinning. The installation augments the gallery’s architecture and infrastructure. More can be viewed at http://johnnydiblasi.com.

Several paintings and assemblage pieces by Katherine Fries ’07 ’11 were part of several recent exhibitions, including the juried exhibition at the Jasper Arts Center in Jasper, Ind.; a display of the “Top Ten” works from Masterpiece in a Day in Fountain Square in Indianapolis; Shrine, a juried proposal exhibition at the Indianapolis Arts Center; and as the Indiana selection for the Third Season on Figure50.com. In addition, her work was featured at Two-Thirds Studio in Fountain Square. She recently opened a studio in Indianapolis at the Harrison Center for the Arts with Lauren Ditchley ’07 and Christina Hollering.

Professor Emeritus Dee Schaad has a chapter in Studio Ceramics and Ceramic Sculpture, both of which are part of the American Ceramics Society’s Ceramic Arts handbook series.

Biology: Latham lands in elite club

In February Dr. Krista Latham ’03 passed her national board certification exams in Forensic Anthropology. This herculean task reflects many years of rigorous preparation, study,and experience on her part, and she joins a small club of approximately 70 individuals in the world that are so certified. UIndy now has two certified anthropologists on staff, the other being Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, a distinction shared by only four other institutions in North America. Drs. Latham and Nawrocki and student Megan Madonna ’14 published “The Utility of Baking Bone to Increase Skeletal DNA Yield” in the March/April issue of the Journal of Forensic Identification. Additionally, Latham and Nawrocki traveled with seven UIndy Human Biology graduate students to the annual Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Orlando, Fla., in February.

Center for Service-Learning & Community Engagement: International service near & far

Marianna Foulkrod ’01 ’04 and Dr. Gerburg Garmann will present “Interdisciplinarity through International Service: How i​t​ Shapes Higher Education?” at the Indiana Campus Compact Service-Engagement Summit in March. The Peer​ ​R​eview ​B​oard of ​the International Symposium on Service-Learning 2015 h​as ​accepted ​104​ ​abstracts to be presented at the Symposium in May 2015. The symposium “Service-Learning As a Global Movement: Transforming Communities & Higher Education” will be held May 28–30 at UIndy with a pre-conference session, service projects, peace service, and opening ceremony on May 27. The abstracts represent higher education institutions from multiple continents and countries. For more information and to register, visit uindy.edu/issl2015.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: A helping hand for high schools

Dr. Jill Bradley-Levine recently published “Critical Theory and Catholic Social Teaching: A Research Framework for Catholic Schools” in Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. She was a co-author on “Teacher Leadership as Professional Culture Within the New Tech High School Model” in the International Journal of Teacher Leadership.She also co-authored “Relationships Between Project-Based Learning and Students’ Perceptions of Learning within the New Tech School Model,” published in the International Journal of Educational Reform.

Communication: Top Dog down under

In November Dr. Rebecca Gilliland Deemer ’97 delivered an invited presentation at the Public Relations Institute of Australia’s National Conference in Brisbane about the structure, implementation, and successes of student-run public relations firms in academic settings. She addressed how these firms help alleviate curricular deficiencies and create exposure and opportunities, indicating what UIndy’s student-run firm, Top Dog  Communication, has brought to alumni, students, and the public relations program. She discussed the idea of structuring these firms as cornerstones of service-learning endeavors, and the added value that the recriprocal service-learning endeavors could add to respective institutions of higher education, their students, and communities. Heralded as the top student-run firm nationally two of the past four years (consecutive wins are not allowed) by the Public Relations Student Society of America, Top Dog Communication often serves as an example on both national and international levels as a front-runner in applied PR education.

English: A peaceful tour in Japan

Dr. Kyoko Amano was awarded a $24,000 grant from the Japan Foundation to help fund a group tour of Japan over Spring Break and to create a peace exhibit she is coordinating this summer, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the U.S. bombing. Co-leading the trip in mid-March was Dr. Jyotika Saksena, director of UIndy’s master’s program in International Relations. In March Karen L. Newman presented “Chinese Education Placement Service Agencies: Making Informed Student Admissions Decisions,” at the international Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference in Toronto, Canada. She is spending the spring semester teaching in the Sino-U.S. Program at the Ningbo Institute of Technology in Ningbo, China.

History & Political Science: World War I book tops the charts

The Portuguese translation of Dr. Lawrence Sondhaus’s book World War I: The Global Revolution was published in the autumn of 2013 under the title A Primeira Guerra Mundial: história completa. The e-book, which debuted on the Kindle Brazil “Historia” top 100 in late December 2013, has been on and off of this chart ever since, registering a peak daily closing of number one on March 2, 2014. On that same day, it also peaked at #8 on the overall Kindle top 100 for all e-books sold in Brazil.

Kinesiology: Plugging in to sports

In December Dr. Michael J. Diacin and Dr. Jennifer L. VanSickle published “Computer Program Usage in Sport Organizations and Computer Competencies Desired by Sport Organization Personnel” in the International Journal of Applied Sports Sciences.

In March Dr. Lisa Hicks presented “Extending University Wellness Programming for Students: Successful Outcomes of the Healthy Diploma Program” at the Society of Health and Physical Educators national convention in Seattle, Wash.

In April at the Society for Public Health Education’s meeting in Portland, Ore., Hicks, Mindy Hartman Mayol, Dr. Heidi Rauch, and Dr. Shannon McMorrow presented “Demystifying Health Advocacy Using a Layered Curriculum Approach throughout an Undergraduate Community Health Education Program.” McMorrow, Hicks, and Mayol presented “Utilizing Cellphones to Facilitate a Modified Photovoice Activity for Teaching Multi-Dimensional Wellness: An Innovative Approach for Increasing Student Engagement and Empowerment.”

In August Alyssa Weatherholt ’07 published “Peripheral Quantitative Computed Tomography Predicts Humeral Diaphysis Torsional Mechanical Properties With Good Short-Term Precision” in the Journal of Clinical Densitometry.

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: A stimulating conversation

In December Dr. Jim Bellew was a featured speaker at the annual Physical Therapy Symposium at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Penn., and presented “Evidence-Based Applications for Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation and Electro-Pain Modulation.”

In January Anne Mejia-Downs presented “Stop Running On Empty! How to Build Up Your Physical and Emotional Reserves” at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago. In February at the Combined Sections Conference of the American Physical Therapy Association, she co-presented “Opportunities for PTs to Shape Prevention Outcomes and Practices.” She also presented “Long-Term Physical Function Continues to Improve in Patients Post Lung Transplant but Remains Below the Level of Healthy Individuals” with Jonathon Schroederm ’15, Lindsay Turner ’15, and Emily Wenzel ’15. This project was a coordinated effort with several physical therapists from IU Health-Methodist Hospital. Mejia-Downs also presented a co-authored study, “Exercise and Habitual Activity for People with Cystic Fibrosis: A Clinical Practice Guideline for Prescription.” In March Mejia-Downs led a team from UIndy at the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb. It is the fifth year that UIndy has participated in the 47-flight climb to the top of the Chase Tower in downtown Indianapolis. Many students from the Health Promotion class were involved with climbing or fundraising.

Dr. Stephanie Piper Kelly ’91 ’92 (dean, Health Sciences) was re-elected to the board for the American Council of Academic Physical Therapy. She also was named to the editorial board for the Journal of Physical Therapy Education and wrote a guest editorial for the 2014 special issue on clinical education.

In February Drs. Stacie Fruth ’95 ’05, Julie Gahimer ’85, and Kelly co-presented “Integrated Clinical Experiences in the PT Classroom: In Your Own Backyard” at the APTA Combined Sections Meeting in Indianapolis.

Modern Languages: Poetry in any language

Two of Dr. Peter Vakunta’s manuscripts have been accepted for publication by publisher Langaa Research and Publishing Group: Requiem pour Ongola: Une poetique Camerounaise (March 2015) and Stream of Consciousness: Poetry of the Universal (April 2015).

Music: Musical accolades

In January Dr. Brenda Clark presented “Maximizing the Student Teaching Experience” at the Indiana Music Education Association’s 2015 Professional Development Conference in Fort Wayne, Ind. Additional participants in the presentation included Andrew Moran ’14 and Abby Means ’13. At the same conference, UIndy’s Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education was selected as the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Collegiate Chapter of the Year award for the state of Indiana. Senior instrumental music education major Daniel Dorsett ’15 and senior choral music education major Daniel Watson ’15 were among six collegiate members from the state to be selected as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Future Music Educator of the Year award.

Director of Jazz Studies Freddie Mendoza recorded a Latin/jazz album with the Austin-based group Los Jazz Vatos for the Strange Brew record label, to be released in the summer of 2015. As the record’s producer, he was responsible for seven of the album’s eleven tracks, including four original compositions and three arrangements. He also flew to Washington, D.C., to perform at the 30th annual Army Tuba and Euphonium Conference as a featured guest soloist with the world-renowned Army Blues jazz ensemble, part of the Army Band dubbed “Pershing’s Own.” Mendoza played a historically significant instrument that once belonged to the legendary jazz euphoniumist and jazz educator Rich Matteson, and was joined by famed tubist Marty Erickson.

Dr. Richard Ratliff marks 35 years at UIndy this season with a series of solo and chamber music performances at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center in the Center’s own anniversary season (the 20th). His students Kevin Ellenberger ’15 and James Loughery ’16 earned recognition at the Music Teachers National Association state performance competition held at Ball State University’s in November. Ellenberger won the collegiate/young artist division, performing music of C. P.  E. Bach, Kodály, Messiaen, and Shostakovich. Loughery earned a well-deserved honorable mention, according to Dr. Ratliff.

Philosophy & Religion: Exploring the ethics of poverty

Dr. Peter Murphy published “So How Much Should I Give? Extending Class Coverage of Singer’s Work on Poverty Ethics” in the American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Teaching Philosophy.

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