Fall 2010University Updates

Art, Alumni Relations, Biology, CELL, Chemistry

Figures to be enlightening

Dee Schaad contributed chapters to two books. “Action Figures” appears in the book Studio Ceramics: Advanced Techniques. The chapters “Inspiring Techniques” and “Figurative Soft Slab Sculpture” were included in Ceramic Sculpture, published by the American Ceramic Society. Carreño Studio and Gallery presented an exhibition of his ceramic works, “History, Myth, and Current Events,” in May.

Seaworthy session

Myla Edmond, assistant director for Alumni Relations, attended the Forum on Global Engagement hosted by the Institute for Shipboard Education and Semester at Sea (and spoke to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and civil rights leader Julian Bond). The Forum on Global Engagement works to educate individuals for leadership and service and to foster dialogue about ways the world can be improved.

Scholarship blossoms

In August, Dr. Sandy Davis and student Shabnam Jabbari ’10 attended the 2010 annual Botanical Society of America conference in Providence, R.I., where Jabbari presented her research, “Flower color variability and the effects of mixed mating in the protandrous herb Saponaria officinalis (L. Caryophyllaceae).”

Douglas Stemke presented a poster at the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators meeting in San Diego, Calif., titled, “An Effective Course Structure for a General Biology Speaker Series that Energizes and Engages Undergraduate Majors.” The presentation was published in the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education.

Traditional schools go new-tech

With generous funding from Lilly Endowment, CELL launched a series of new statewide initiatives to transform education. Several traditional high schools opened their doors as new innovative school models in August as a result of CELL’s education transformation efforts. Indiana’s New Technology High School Network expanded with eight new schools, resulting in a total of 16 schools across the state and maintaining Indiana’s status as the nation’s leader in New Technology High School development. Three new Early College High Schools also opened their doors, bringing the state’s total to 17 schools implementing the model.

Jennifer Oliver was invited by the Center for State Innovation and New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish to participate in a panel for the New Mexico Workforce Strategy Academy that addressed issues affecting workforce and education policy. Oliver discussed Indiana’s efforts to support dual-credit programs, which often are seen as a means for increasing college enrollment and completion.

Dr. Jill Bradley-Levine served as lead author on the research study “What Teachers and Administrations ‘Need to Know’ About Project-Based Learning Implementation.” Dr. Susan Blackwell and Dr. Azure Smiley (Teacher Education) and colleagues from Indiana University also contributed to the research. The study was presented at the American Educational Research Association’s meeting in Denver.

CELL has expanded its staff to include Kelsey Bess, administrative assistant; Sheryl Garrett, fellow for high school networks; Christy Martino and Tyonka Perkins, school development coordinators; Gina Romano, research and evaluation coordinator; and Jonathon Showalter, communication coordinator.

CELL recently was recognized by the Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America with a Pinnacle Award as the top special event submission in honor of its 2009 Indiana Education Transformation Conference.

CELL will embark on its sixth annual conference on December 7–8, 2010. The annual event will bring some of the world’s foremost education and economic experts to Indiana to improve educational opportunities and academic success for Hoosier students. Registration information is available at http://cell.uindy.edu/indianasfuture2010.

This is how they Rho

Congratulations to the University’s Rho Chapter of Sigma Zeta for winning the 2010 Founders Cup at the Sigma Zeta national meeting. The chapter was cited for its outstanding charity work as well as for its national activity, including three research presentations at the convention. This is the third time that the chapter has been selected for the Founders Cup since 2003.

David Styers-Barnett attended the Central Region American Chemical Society conference with Katherine Macri ’10 where she presented their research project, “Fiber-Based Fluorescence Spectroscopy for use in an Undergraduate Physical Chemistry Laboratory.”

Dr. Katherine Stickney and Jessica Arnett ’10 also attended the June conference. Arnett presented her senior honors research project, “A Chemical Analysis of Melamine in Milk.” Dr. Stickney presented her work with the Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellows Program, “Teaching Chemistry Content & Pedagogy—a Project-Based Learning Approach at the Graduate Level.” Dr. Jennifer Drake (Woodrow Wilson program) served as coauthor.
Dr. Joe Burnell ’83 was technical editor of the new textbook Essentials of General, Organic and Biochemistry, published last fall. He also was a technical editor for Organic Chemistry II for Dummies, which was published in July.

Dr. Ann Cutler, along with Drs. Jacquie Wall and Nicole Taylor (School of Psychological Sciences), are involved in an extensive research project that examines learning from reading in general chemistry classes. The team is investigating a new application that may help chemistry professors choose textbooks, websites, and lab manuals that better support student learning. They presented their work at the Conference in Chemical Education in August.

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