Fall 2014University Updates

Fall 2014: Kinesiology, Physical Therapy, Mathematics & Computer Science, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy & Religion, School for Adult Learning, School of Business

Kinesiology: Working out and eating right

This spring Matt Beekley and Mindy Hartman-Mayol published “Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library Update on Nutrition and Athletic Performance” in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Mayol, Briana Scott, and Beekley published “Multi-Dimensional Wellness Outcomes Among Undergraduate Students: A Comparison Study” in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. Hartman-Mayol and Scott published “The Relationship between Multi-Dimensional Wellness and Self-Esteem in College Students” in Research Quarterly for Exercise & Sport, RC Convention Abstract Supplement. Hartman-Mayol, Lisa Hicks, and Heidi Hancher-Rauch published “A Multi-Dimensional Wellness Curriculum with a Multi-Level Focus in Higher Education” in the Indiana AHPERD Journal. Hicks, K. Lee Everett, and Hartman-Mayol published “The Effects of an Extended Wellness and Coaching Program on Blood Profiles in College Students” in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise in May.

Shannon McMorrow (interim director of Master of Public Health) presented “Photovoice as an Innovative Intervention to Address Disparities in Obesity Among African American Youth” at the Health Disparities Conference at Columbia University in New York in March, and at the International Conference on Health, Wellness & Society in Vancouver, Canada, in March.

In March Michael Diacin and Jennifer VanSickle presented “Volunteering with Special Olympics: Examining Student Motives to Serve Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities” at the Southern Sport Management Association conference in Nashville, Tenn. They also published the article in the journal Palaestra. VanSickle was part of a group that presented “Creating Intentional Learning Communities of Engaged Scholars” at the Service-Engagement Summit in March. Diacin presented “Designing Public & Community Relations Plans for Sport Organizations” at the 2014 North American Society for Sport Management Teaching and Learning Fair, in May in Pittsburgh. VanSickle collaborated with the five other members of her Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows group to present “Creating Intentional Learning Communities of Engaged Scholars” for the 2014 ICC Service Engagement Summit.

In April at the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention in St. Louis, Mo., Hartman-Mayol and Scott presented “The Relationship between Multi-Dimensional Wellness and Self-Esteem in College Students” and Hartman-Mayol, Hicks, and Hancher-Rauch presented  “Perceptions of a Targeted University Health & Wellness Program: Healthy Diploma.” Scott and Hartman-Mayol were part of a group in April that presented “Validation of the Multi-Dimensional Wellness Inventory: A Factor Analytic Approach” at the American Educational Research Association meeting in Philadelphia.

In May at the American College of Sports Medicine meeting in Orlando, Fla., Hartman-Mayol, Scott, and Beekley presented “Multi-Dimensional Wellness Outcomes among Undergraduate Students: A Comparison Study,” Hicks, Everett, and Hartman-Mayol presented “The Effects of an Extended Wellness and Coaching Program on Blood Profiles in College Students,” and Richard Robinson presented “Physiological Responses to Battling Ropes Exercise” and “Effect of Real-Time Visual Feedback on Pedal Force Asymmetry in Cycling.”

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: Highest honor in the nation

In June William Staples ’05 ’10 was invited to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Quality Forum on Alzheimer’s disease. He represented the American Physical Therapy Association as the only physical therapist on the committee. The committee was established to provide the government with input to establish priorities in health care policy for people who have dementia and their caregivers. Staples also received APTA’s Lucy Blair Service Award during the association’s NEXT Conference & Exposition in Charlotte, N.C., in June. The award honors members who have made exceptional contributions to the association through district, chapter, committee, section, task force, or national activities.

Mathematics & Computer Science: Medieval math made modern

In June Jeff Oaks traveled to Tel Aviv University in Israel to offer two talks on medieval Arabic algebra. His “al-Khayyam’s Scientific Revision of Algebra” was part of a workshop on the history of mathematics, and “Polynomials and Equations in Arabic Algebra” was given at a joint meeting of the American Mathematical Society and the Israeli Mathematical Union the next day.

Modern Languages: Putting words in their mouths

In September Peter Wuteh Vakunta (French) published the book Camfranglais: The Making of a New Language in Cameroonian Literature. His article “Camfranglais: A Glossary of Common Words, Phrases, and Usages by Jean-Paul Kouega” was published in the Journal of the African Literature Association.

Music: Gold medal gratitude

Composer John Berners won the gold medal in Art Song and Director’s Choice at the Boston Metro Opera 2014 International Composers Competition, which had entries from more than 120 countries. His new band piece, composed for music colleague Vu Nguyen and the UIndy wind ensemble, premiered at UIndy in April, and will be co-premiered in 2014–15 by bands at SUNY Fredonia, Northwestern State, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, and New England Conservatory. Music colleague Richard Ratliff premiered Berners’s new piano solo, commissioned by the Indiana Music Teachers Association, at UIndy in March. Berners and UIndy music colleagues Tamara Thweatt and Anne Reynolds, with Ball State faculty member Mihoko Watanabe, presented his music at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago on August 10.

Kathleen Hacker ’14 completed a master of science in strategic leadership and design degree as a member of the first cohort to complete the program. She also served as an accreditation specialist for the National Association of Schools of Music.

Rebecca Sorley ’13 served as an adjudicator for the inaugural Carmel Debut International Piano Competition in June along with judges from Israel and Russia. Summer 2014 also marked the 20th anniversary of the UIndy Summer Piano Camp, which she founded and directed. Students Joshua Flynn ’15, Abigail Egenolf ’15, and James Loughery ’15 served on the faculty along with Catherine Moraga (White) ’10 and Mary Wynn (Branscum) ’04. In late July, Sorley was a featured guest artist at the Mu Phi Epsilon International Convention in Sacramento, Calif., performing solo pieces along with a selection with UIndy violinist Sarah Page ’15.

Philosophy & Religion: Private eye teaches life lessons

George A. Dunn’s most recent book, Veronica Mars and Philosophy (Wiley-Blackwell), was published in March. It is his fourth book in the Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture series. His fifth book in the series, Avatar and Philosophy, will be published in September. Dunn also contributed a chapter to The Devil and Philosophy (edited by Robert Arp, Open Court), which was published in August. In April he helped to organize and chair “Philosophy in the Films of Christopher Nolan” at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association conference in Chicago, where he also presented “Diabolical Evil in The Dark Knight.”

In May Perry Kea presented “Jesus and Politics, Then and Now” in Brevard, N.C., at a Jesus Seminar on the Road. Jesus Seminars on the Road are sponsored by the Westar Institute, a nonprofit, public-benefit research and educational organization that bridges the gap between scholarship about religion and the perception of religion in popular culture.

Peter Murphy presented “Higher-Order Belief Views of Justified Suspended Judgment” at the spring meeting of the Indiana Philosophical Association and commented on a paper. He presented “The Nature and Norms of Suspended Judgment” to the philosophy department at IUPUI in May.

School for Adult Learning: Unearthing WWII history in Indiana

In June adjunct faculty member John Dale published his book Dear Joe Boy: Story of a Mother’s Love. The book is a local social history that examines more than 100 letters written by a Tipton County, Ind., mother to her son in the Pacific theater during WWII. The letters are unusual because they were sent to the sailor who was working on a secret military project and returned home after he was wounded, where the letters remained in an Indiana barn for more than 70 years.

School of Business: More than just an argument

In March Darrell Bowman presented the research results for a study he completed over a three-year period. “Debate as a Method for Learning in an MBA Program” was presented to the Society for Information Technology in Education.

In May Deidre Pettinga and Azure Angelov (School of Education) presented a paper related to marketing and public schools at the International Conference on Learning and Administration in Higher Education in Nashville, Tenn. They were recognized with the 2014 Best Paper Award and 2014 Presentation Excellence Award. Their paper, “Applying Marketing in the Public School Setting,” will be published in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Academic Administration in Higher Education. In addition the pair was invited to speak in June at the Indiana Center for Family, School & Community Partnerships Conference Highlighting Best Practices for Family Engagement.

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