University UpdatesWinter 2012

Winter 2012: Physical Therapy, Math & Computer Science, Music, Philosophy & Religion, Physics & Earth-Space Sciences

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: Taking PT around the world

In October Jim Bellew spent nine days in Brazil as part of an international research and development cooperative culminating in a lecture to the Brazilian Congress of Physiotherapy. Bellew was one of just three U.S.-based physical therapists invited to speak at the Congress.

In September Julie Gahimer ’85 presented at the International Symposium on Service Learning, “Service in Higher Education: Connecting the Global to the Local,” at the Ningbo Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, Ningbo, China. She and coauthors Jeannette Anderson and Leslie Taylor presented “Description and Insights of an Innovative, Cross-Cultural, Service-Learning Opportunity for Students in a Health Professional Program,” and with coauthors Roger Reeb and Susan Folger presented “The Psycho-Ecological Systems Model for Engaged Scholarship and Service-Learning Theory, Research, and Applications.”

Stephanie Kelly ’91 ’92 (dean) attended the International Symposium and participated in three presentations. The first was with Dan Briere on “The Question and Design of Service-Learning Institutionalization: the Case of the University of Indianapolis.” The second was a coauthored presentation with Stacie Fruth ’94 ’06, Renee VanVeld, and students Dawn Eschenbach, Braden Keifer, and Megan Knight, “From the USA to Tanzania: The Impact of a Three-Week Mission Trip on the Development of Physical Therapy Students.” She also participated in a panel discussion with Julie Gahimer and PT faculty from Bellarmine University and Wheeling Jesuit University on “Service Learning in Health Care.” Kelly has been selected as a fellow for the APTA Education Leadership Institute for 2011–12.

Stacie Fruth has passed the exam to become an Orthopaedic Certified Specialist. Clinical specialization in physical therapy responds to a specific area of patient need and requires knowledge, skill, and experience exceeding that of the physical therapist at entry to the profession.

Mathematics & Computer Science: Getting a good start

Leslie Gardner published “Priming the Pump: Supply Chain Education for Students and Teachers” in the August issue of the Association for Operations Management.

Music: Honoring musical women

In August Rebecca Sorley presented a lecture recital at the Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Rochester, New York, featuring music of women composers in the 1970s. She also performed for composer Libby Larsen in a solo work for the gala final concert, as well as in a duet, “Gavel Patter,” with student Matthew Bridgham.

Philosophy & Religion: Developing chaplains

Greg Clapper, a chaplain and colonel in the Indiana Air National Guard, has developed a curriculum for use in developing African military chaplaincies that includes an overview of military chaplaincy and such issues as suicide prevention awareness and the emotional cycle of deployment. In July Clapper was the faculty presenter at the United Methodist Church’s Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation in Buena Vista, Iowa, on the topic of Wesleyan Spirituality. He also addressed the national conference of American Legion chaplains in September on the topic of deployment ministry.

Physics & Earth-Space Sciences: Unearthing the past

This summer Christopher Moore ’04 worked with Archaeological Sciences master’s student Andy Earle ’10 on his siteless survey of the early pioneer town of Xenia in Carroll County, Indiana. Using specialized total station mapping equipment, Moore and Earle located two occupied domestic lots and a brick kiln associated with the town (now an agricultural field), as well as the archaeological remains of an outlying cabin.

At the Lew Wallace Study & Museum in Crawfordsville, Moore and several students continued their public archaeology outreach with excavations in April, May, and September. The information gleaned about the construction of the reflecting pool walls and its drainage system is helping curators at the museum interpret the site to the public.

In June and July, Moore returned with several UIndy students to Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia. Continuing investigations at the archaeological site have revealed the remains of a Mission-period complex structure that may be associated with a Spanish garrison stationed to protect the friars and their Guale parishioners. Their work this summer also identified an earlier occupation at the site dating to around A.D. 1200.

Last spring Moore presented “A Preliminary Analysis of Stone Tool Production Debitage from Two Kentucky Shell Middens” at the Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Along with Richard Jefferies (University of Kentucky), Moore coauthored “In Search of Mission San Joseph de Sapala: Mission-Period Archaeological Research on Sapelo Island, Georgia” in May. This invited paper was presented at the Caldwell Conference sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History and held on St. Catherines Island, Ga.

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