Fall 2012University Updates

Fall 2012: School of Education (Athletic Training, Kinesiology), School of Occupational Therapy

School of Education: Connecting science, literacy, and teaching

From two years of research funded by an Indiana STEM grant, Nancy Steffel, Mary Gobbett, and Sue Keene developed opportunities for elementary teacher candidates to connect science and literacy working with children and increase their efficacy as elementary science teachers. Libby Turner and Bev Reitsma assisted in assessment of the project. Their work was shared in the spring at the National Science Teachers Association Convention in Indianapolis in March and at the International Reading Association in Chicago in May.

In late September, Colleen Sheehy and three English teachers from Cathedral High School in Indianapolis will present “I’ll Never Watch a Commercial the Same Way Again: A Case Study of the Impact of Using Media as Text,” at the 36th Annual Reading Association of Ireland’s International Conference in Dublin. The presentation will report on year-long research supported by a Summer Research grant that Sheehy was awarded in 2011. In May Sheehy presented “Young Adult Literature and Technology: Celebrating the 21st-Century Building Blocks of Literacy” at the International Reading Association annual convention in Chicago. She is a member of the SIGNAL board, a special interest group of the International Reading Association that discusses issues related to adolescent literature.

Gaoming Zhang’s articles “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Higher Education Reform and Innovation in China” and “Policies and Problems of Online Higher Education in China: What We Can Learn from the Development of ‘Internet Colleges’” will be published in On the Horizon later this fall. In May On the Horizon published “Looking Forward to a Special Issue on Educational Innovations in China.”

In June Travis Hensler completed the coursework and requirements to earn the first Graduate Technology Certificate as part of the Curriculum & Instruction program in the School of Education. He presented his action research project, “iPad for Struggling Readers: Interventions with Students Performing Below Grade Level,” as part of the capstone experience. Hensler’s research indicated that third grade students who struggled on the iREAD3 test showed growth in remediation skills when using an iPad in comparison to students who did not use a tablet for teaching and learning.

In June John Somers presented “Differentiation & PBL: Creating a Flexible & Accessible Instructional Environment for All Students” at the Project-Based Learning Institute sponsored by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, UIndy’s Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning, and the University of Indianapolis.

Athletic Training

In March Scott Lawrance ’03 ’10 started a two-year term as president of the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association. He also presented “Development and Reliability of the Knee Symmetry Evaluation­­—Implications for Rehabilitation,” and co-led a two-hour learning lab, “Bridging the Gap Between Injury and Performance,” at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association winter meeting. He and athletic training graduates Meagan Shafer ’12 and Sarah Bevers ’12 presented the case study poster “Humeroulnar Subluxation in a High School Wrestler” and presented the poster “Patella Dislocation with Stress Reaction Sequelea” with Lisa Boester. In June he and Christine Lauber presented the two-hour learning lab “Unlocking the Hip: Using Joint Mobilizations to Treat Joint Hypomobility” at the National Athletic Trainers Association Annual Summer Symposium. In July he served as a main presenter at the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association summer meeting with “Joint Mobilization—Theory and Application.”

Athletic Training students Derek Beeler, Kevin Gullion, and Greg Taylor qualified to compete in the National Athletic Trainers Association quiz bowl in June. Only ten teams in the United States compete at the national level.


The Department of Kinesiology was awarded accreditation of the Exercise Science program by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. UIndy’s program is the first to attain accreditation in Indiana. Matthew Beekley, Christine Lauber (Athletic Training), and a colleague had their article “A Neuromuscular Intervention for Exercise-Related Medial Leg Pain” published in the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation.

In March Michael Diacin presented his poster “Parents’ Motivations for Providing Recreational Sport Opportunities for their Children” at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Conference in Boston, Mass. Diacin and Jennifer VanSickle had their abstract “Sponsorship in the NFL: Influence Upon Attendees’ Purchase Intentions” published in Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport. Diacin and VanSickle also published “Assessment of Employers’ Desired Skills for Entry-Level Sport Management Employees” in Indiana AHPERD Journal. They received a summer research grant for their project “Computer Competencies Desired by Sport Management Employers.” The purpose of the research is to investigate the types of software programs used by current sport professionals as well as ways in which the programs are used, so that opportunities for students to develop these are integrated into sport management course curriculums.

In April Lisa Hicks, Mindy Mayol, and Heidi Rauch presented their posters “Academic and Health Outcomes from a Semester-Long Multidimensional Wellness Course” and “Healthy Diploma: A Response from Higher Education for the Health Crisis in the U.S.” at the Art & Science of Health Promotion conference in San Diego, Calif. In July the trio presented “Healthy Diploma: Linking Higher Education Wellness with Business,” “The Tough Stuff: Addressing Sensitive Issues and Difficult Questions in the Classroom and Clinic,” and “Multidimensional Construction of a Multi-Dimensional Wellness Curriculum in Higher Education with a Multi-Level Focus” at the National Wellness Institute Conference in Stevens Point, Wis.

In May K. Lee Everett published several research abstracts in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. “The Influence of Recovery Time Following a Dynamic Warm-up on Lower Body Balance and Flexibility” was co-written with Matthew Beekley; two other abstracts, co-written with a number of other authors, were “The Influence of Acute Exercise on Toque Decline Between Positions in Collegiate Female Soccer Players” and “The Comparison of Hamstring-to-Quadriceps Ratios in NCAA Women’s Soccer Players and Healthy Controls.”

School of Occupational Therapy: Promoting OT

In September Julie Bednarski ’96 and Rebecca Barton ’07 will co-present “Consultant Role for Promoting OT in Your Community” with OT colleagues from Chatham University at the Pennsylvania State Occupational Therapy Fall Conference. In October Bednarski will present “A Student Elective Course Exploring Occupational Justice” at the 11th Annual Research Conference of the Society for the Study of Occupation in Portland, Ore.

In April Lucinda Dale and Teri Maloney ’12 presented “Evaluation of an Animal-Assisted Learning Program Invol-ving At-Risk Youth and Shelter Dogs in an Educational Setting” at the American Occupational Therapy Association annual meeting in Indianapolis. Co-authors include Brittany Behrendt ’11, Andrea Dykes ’10 ’11, Jenny Ray ’11, Brandon Johnson ’12, and Dominic Toscano ’12. Dale also presented her paper “Using the Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand and Upper Limb Functional Index to Measure Clinical Change.” Co-authors include Crystal L. Cummings ’10, Timothy M. Hirons ’11, Erin L. McLain ’10, Sara-Ruth Riggs ’09 ’10, and Amy D. Spencer ’12.

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