Anthropology: DNA at the crime scene
Forensic anthropologist and assistant professor of biology Krista Latham ’03 traveled with UIndy students in February to the Scientific Meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences in Seattle, Wash. Latham and her students gave several presentations: “Secondary DNA Transfer: Could Secondary DNA Transfer Erroneously Place You at a Scene of a Crime?” with Gay Bush (colleague at Strand Analytical Laboratories) and students Cynthia Cale, Madison Earll, Jessica Bare ’14, and Julia Harris; “The Utility of Baking Bone to Increase Skeletal DNA Yield” with student Megan E. Madonna and colleague Stephen P. Nawrocki; “Touch DNA Obtained from Duct Tape in Reconstructed Binding Scenario” presented by Bush and students Ryan M. Strand, Jennifer K. Suarez, Kristen Salyer ’13, and Cale; and “Obtaining Touch DNA from Fired 9mm Casings” presented by Bush and students Erica Christense, Shannon Kaufman, Justin Maiers, and Cale. In November Christopher Moore ’04 presented “Investigating Animal Effects along the Green River” in an invited symposium on shell middens (a heap of clam, oyster, whelk, or mussel shells) at the Southeastern Archaeological Conference in Tampa, Fla.
Art & Design: The jury is in
Art works by Donna Lee Adams and Marilyn Lake McElwain were accepted last fall into the 20th annual Juried Art Exhibit at the Jasper Arts Center. Adams earned an honorable mention. Only artists from Indiana, its contiguous states, or former residents could apply.
Former UIndy art student Quincy Owens ’06 ’09, who studied ceramics under Dee Schaad, was part of the 2013 ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Mich. For 19 days last fall, three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids became a display of art from around the world, which the festival describes as “unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and the public alike.” Quincy and friend Luke Crawley created a large-scale, 31-piece sculpture that included an audio component (see photo). Since the competition, the pair has received stipends to display various formations of the body of work at University High School in Carmel, Ind., and at the Harrison Center for the Arts in Indianapolis. They received a grant from the Fair Housing Authority for purchase of four of the pieces along with an interactive web-based audio component. Their art will also be part of the Art on the Trailways project in Greenwood, Ind.
Athletic Training: Aid to the athletes
At the Indiana Athletic Trainers Association fall symposium in October, Scott Lawrance ’03 ’10 presented “Effects of the Female Triad Leading to Femoral Neck Fracture” with student Kara Pratt ’14, “Patella Tendinopathy in a High School Track Athlete” with student Whitney Thomas ’14, and “Lateral Ankle Sprain with an Os Trigonum in a College Tennis Athlete” with student Jessica Lawson ’14. In November Lawrance became president-elect of the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association and started his two-year term in March.
Biology: Contributions to color
Sandra Davis and Mary Ritke were awarded a Senior Research Grant from the Indiana Academy of Sciences for their project “Gender-Related and Environmental Contributions to Floral Color Change in Saponaria officinalis: and Integrated Study of Phenotypic Variation and Gene Regulation.”
Center for Aging & Community: Aging gracefully
In honor of Careers in Aging Week, the first week of April, the Center for Aging & Community hosted a “Trends in Older Adult Fitness” workshop for aging services providers. The workshop included demonstrations of three unique approaches to fitness for older populations: Bingocize, Rock Steady Boxing, and dance movement therapy. The workshop also included a screening of Age of Champions and a Q&A with the film’s director, Christopher Rufo. On May 21, CAC will offer an “Elder Abuse and Neglect Prevention” training for professionals who work in long-term care. The training will be conducted by UIndy School of Nursing professor Karen Iseminger on behalf of the Center.
Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: Recognizing teachers and leaders
As part of the Indiana Collaborative for Project-Based Learning, CELL has helped to develop and expand the reach of the Project-Based Learning Certification program. The PBL Certification program was launched in 2013 to recognize teachers and school leaders for the quality of their practice in PBL. Certification is a voluntary process developed by experienced teachers, school leaders, and other education stakeholders to validate educators who have met challenging professional expectations in PBL instruction as evidenced through the certification assessment. Thirty-five teachers are undergoing the certification process. The CORE Tutoring Program is a collaboration between CELL, Indianapolis OASIS, and Raymond F. Brandes IPS School 65 aimed at improving literacy rates among the school’s elementary students. Trained student and staff volunteers go to the school, located less than a mile from the UIndy campus, to work with students for at least 30 minutes each week. The program serves to ensure students are on track for academic success and to further connect UIndy to the local community. CELL’s work with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching and the implementation of the TAP System for Teacher and Student Advancement in Indiana have helped to increase student achievement and opportunities for teachers throughout the state. Two new schools joined the Indiana TAP network in 2013, boosting the number to 48 TAP schools in Indiana. The 21st Century Charter in Gary and Clarksville Elementary School began its implementation in the fall of 2013. TAP now serves 1,665 teachers in Indiana.
Communication: Making headlines
The Reflector and the Reflector Online earned a state-level journalism award in the Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper contest. At a luncheon in December Abby Gross, the student newspaper’s editor-in-chief during fall semester, received the first-place award for editorial/opinion.
Communications & Marketing: Painted to perfection
Jeannine Allen ’10, art director, earned first-place honors for her painting Ramparts at the 2013 Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association juried show.
Ecumenical & Interfaith Programs: Strengthening chaplaincy
In January Michael G. Cartwright gave a plenary response on the topic of “Selective Retrieval of Theological Traditions” at the meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics, held in Seattle, Wash. Cartwright has also been serving part-time as director of a pair of conferences on “Strengthening Campus Chaplaincy” for the Council of Independent Colleges. The first conference will be held in St. Charles, Ill., in March and will be attended by Lang Brownlee, Jeremiah Gibbs, and Jennifer Gibbs, as well as UIndy President Robert L. Manuel. The second conference will be held in September.
University Chaplain Jeremiah Gibbs successfully defended his PhD dissertation, “Postconservative Apologetic Method: A Constructive Proposal,” at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary.