Winter 2016: Physical Therapy, Math & Computer Science, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy & Religion, Physics & Earth Space, Education, Nursing, Social Work

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: A fellowship for leadership

Dr. Frank Bates recently completed a year-long fellowship with the American Physical Therapy Association’s Education Leadership Institute. Dr. Stephanie P. Kelly ’91 ’92 (dean)delivered the keynote address, “So You Want To Be A Superhero,” to the new class of fellows at the conference. In October Dr. James Bellew presented “Use of High- Volt Pulsed Currents in Rehabilitation: Historical Use and Evidence” at the XI International Conference at Ibramed in Amparo, Brazil. He also published “Postpartum Femoral Nerve Palsy: A Case Study and the Role of Electrophysiologic Testing and NMES” in the Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy. The paper was co-authored with Brittany Schoettelkotte ’15. Dr. Stephanie Combs-Miller ’99 made presentations with research colleagues from across the country at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Annual Conference in Dallas in October. Combs-Miller’s three presentations included  “Nontraditional Community-Based Group Exercise for Individuals with Parkinson Disease,” “Novel Community-Based Wellness Programs for People with Neurodegenerative Diseases: Three Models,” and “Translating Meaningful Physical Activity to the Home and Community.”

Dr. Kathy Martin ’90 ’04 and colleagues from across the country published “Innovation in Pediatric Clinical Education: Application of the Essential  Competencies” in Pediatric Physical Therapy. The paper follows up a previous publication on the development of new core competencies for pediatric physical therapy education. A second paper, “Experiential Learning With Children: An Essential Component of Professional Physical Therapy Education,” is in press for publication in Pediatric Physical Therapy. In June Dr. Emily Slaven received the 2015 Margaret L. Moore Award for Outstanding New Academic Faculty Member by the American Physical Therapy Association at the national meeting in Baltimore. The award acknowledges an outstanding new faculty member who is pursuing a career as an academician and has demonstrated excellence in research and teaching as exemplified by the professional career of Margaret L. Moore.

Dr. Bill Staples ’05 presented “Applying Exercise Prescription Principles Across the Health Care Continuum for the Older Adult with Multiple Chronic Conditions” to the Indiana chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association in October.

Mathematics & Computer Science: International outreach

On June 26, Octavian Nicolio presented “Programming Difficulties in Extending an Interpreter Program Over a Computer Network” at the 2015 International Journal of Arts and Sciences conference at the University Autonoma di Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.

Modern Languages: Exploring English

Two books by Dr. Peter Wuteh Vakunta (chair) have been published by the Langaa Research and Publishing Common Initiative Group. Tori Shweet for Cameroon Pidgin English is a compendium of short stories written in Cameroon’s most widely spoken lingua franca. Takumbeng and Other Poems from Abakwa is a tribute to Cameroon’s Takumbeng, a militant female secret society.

Music: A new twist on a holiday classic

ellington&strayhorn_fullOn December 7 the Music Department marked the 100th anniversary of the birth of legendary arranger Billy Strayhorn (pictured with Duke Ellington). UIndy music students, faculty, and local professionals joined forces to present the celebrated Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker Suite in its entirety. The work seamlessly combines the music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker ballet with the artistry of Duke Ellington and the masterful arranging skills of Strayhorn.Larry Strayhorn, the famed arranger’s nephew, emceed the event to help the Jazz Studies program kick off a new UIndy holiday tradition.

Dr. Ashley Cumming recently returned from a concert tour in Pennsylvania with Spark Brass, of which she is a founding member. A brass quintet with percussion, the group debuted in 2013 and focuses on educational outreach, performing in schools and postsecondary institutions and holding benefit concerts for charity organizations as well as promoting the value of music in enriching our everyday lives. The group will return to Lancaster, Penn., in December, to partner with the Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster for several concerts and for the release of its first album, Carnaval to the Music Hall. Cumming also published two articles that address the past and current orchestral audition system in North America.

UIndy student pianists were honored at the Music Teachers National Association state auditions at Ball State University in October. James Loughery ’17 earned second place, and Brandon Vos ’18 took third place. Both are students of Dr. Richard Ratliff. In July Dr. Marko Petričić was a faculty member for the National Pipe Organ Encounter at Valparaiso University. He performed at one of the faculty recitals and presented a lecture, “Practicing Organ Pieces in the Middle Stage.”

ChineseA unique cross-cultural musical experience, “West Meets East,” was held at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on October 4. The concert featured three performers, Dr. Kathleen Hacker, Dr. Austin Hartman, and Dr. Greg Martin, as well as two performers from Shanghai Normal University and Ningbo Institute of Technology, including student Jiaqi Wang (pictured playing the erhu). An encore performance of this concert will take place in Shanghai next May. The event was planned and sponsored by Dr. Phylis Lan Lin, director of Asian Programs and associate vice president for International Partnerships.

Philosophy & Religion: Helping the heart to heal

Dr. Gregory Clapper recently gave two presentations about  his work as an Air Force chaplain. He also discussed the challenges he faced while tending to the workers and the wounded of the firey crash landing of United Flight 232 in 1989. His first presentation was at the White River branch of the Johnson County public library in July. The second in September to the United Methodist ministers of Central District of the Indiana United Methodist Conference. That crash, and Clapper’s work after it, was published in Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival by Laurence Gonzales in 2014.

Dr. Peter Murphy presented “Process Reliabilism and Inferentially Justified Beliefs” at the fall meetings of the Indiana Philosophical Association and also delivered formal comments on a paper.

Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work: The pulse of Chinese culture

In October Dr. Phylis Lan Lin served as discussant for “Chinese Cultural Personality: Collectivities or Individualistic?”; “In Defense of Bodily Self-Sacrifice and Asceticism: The Making of a Virgin Saint in Xingshiyan (Exemplary Stories for the World)”; and “Is Traditional Chinese Culture (Confucianism) Compatible with Ideology of Democracy” at the American Association for Chinese Studies meeting at the Center for International Studies, University of St. Thomas. Dr. Lan Lin has served as a board member for several three-year terms for the AACS.

Physics & Earth Space Sciences: As easy as rocket science

Dr. Steve Spicklemire was a summer research fellow at the United States Air Force Academy in the Laser and Optics Research Center, where he designed and built an instrument to help characterize loss mechanisms in alkali ion lasers.

School of Education: Award-winning educators

The Kappa Delta Pi Sigma Omicron chapter won the Achieving Chapter Excellence Chapter Award from the national organization for the sixth consecutive biennium. Counselor Dr. Nancy Steffel, along with members Hannah Moore ’16, Shelby Hale ’17, and Molly Beal ’17, traveled to Orlando, Fla., on October 22 to receive the award at the Kappa Delta Pi Convocation. Steffel addressed all the KDP counselors and also presented “Fertilize Your Teaching to Grow Great Minds.” The students presented a poster for Chapter Excellence, “Keep Calm and ACE On: Sustaining Your Chapter Through Challenging Times.”

In October Dr. Greta Pennell presented “G.I. Joe Drafted my Darling,” based on her analysis of toy advertising targeted to boys, at the Association for Humanist Sociology in Portland, Ore. At the same conference, she was an invited panelist with colleagues from Howard University, Project South, Stonehill College, and Manhattanville College to discuss “Using Sociology for Social Change: Service Learning, Public Sociology, or Transformative Sociology?” and was a facilitator for a session featuring undergraduate research.

Tracey Suchy ’04 received the Larry Hurt Excellence in Arts Education ARTI Award during the Arts Council of Indianapolis Start with Art Luncheon on September 4. Suchy is the art teacher at West Newton Elementary in the Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township and a long-time partner of Arts for Learning.

School of Nursing: Learning “on the job”

A manuscript by Briyana Morrell and Julie Detty-Gin ’13 ’15, “Nursing Job Shadowing as a Tool for Recruitment,” will appear in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed journal Nursing Management. The research was a product of Detty-Gin’s BSN project at Community Health Network. The pair presented their research at Community Health Network’s Research Symposium on October 7. Stephanie Kemery ’14 was awarded a Spotlight on Nursing scholarship on October 4 to assist with continuing her doctoral studies.