University UpdatesWinter 2015

Winter 2015: Physical Therapy, Mathematics & Computer Science, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy & Religion, Social Work, Physics & Earth-Space Sciences, Business, Education

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: Service does a body good

Julie Gahimer ’85 and Jeanette Anderson ’97 ’10 co-authored “Assessing the Impact of a Short-Term Service-Learning Clinical Experience on the Development of Professional Behaviors of Physical Students: A Pilot Study.” The article was published in the October issue of the Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

In October Kathy Martin ’90 presented “Innovative Ideas for Student Assessment” at the American Physical Therapy Association’s Educational Leadership Conference in Kansas City.

In November Gahimer, Beth Kiggins ’92 (Faculty Learning/Design Studio) and Colleen Sheehy-Mulholland (School of Education) presented the outcomes of their 2013–14 Faculty Learning Community, “Ah! Too Much Stuff! How One Faculty Learning Community Harnessed the Overload of Information,” at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching at Miami University.

Mathematics & Computer Science: Tracing our mathematical roots

In October Jeff Oaks traveled to Athens, Greece, to attend an international workshop and give a presentation. He traveled to Kennesaw State University in Georgia to give an address to the campus community on Arabic math as part of their “Year of the Arabian Peninsula.” He also gave the plenary talk at the History & Pedagogy of Mathematics meeting (Americas section) on October 17.

Modern Languages: Bringing the University together

In her new function as assistant dean of Interdisciplinary Programs & Service-Learning, Gerburg Garmann presented “Establishing an Integrated Mentoring Program for Interdisciplinary Studies” at the meeting for Interdisciplinary Studies at Michigan State. She also presented at the Mentoring Conference at the University of New Mexico, and her interdisciplinary proposal “Word-Image-Sound: A Multimedia Presentation of Friederike Mayröcker’s and Ulla Hahn Poetry” was accepted for the 2015 HERA Interdisciplinary Conference “Beyond the Binary” in San Francisco. In November she presented  “Creating a Multilingual Minor” at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Conference in San Antonio. At UIndy this fall, she facilitated three roundtables geared to engaging the campus in interdisciplinary conversation and collaboration, including the topics of “Negotiating Interdisciplinarity” and “Putting Down Roots or Branching Out: How Can We Do Both Well?”

Sarah Ohmer, a 2014­–15 Fulbright Fellow, will have her article “Brazillian Hip Hop as Social Healing and Activism: Afroreggae and Group Cultural Afroreggae” featured in La Verdad: The Reader of Hip-Hop Latinidades, an important addition to the literature on Latin American and international hip-hop studies. In September she presented “Literature, Gender and Culture from the Perspectives of African Descent” in São Paulo, Brazil, at the University of São Paulo.

In October chair Peter Wuteh Vakunta’s article “Translation or Treason: On Translating the Third Code” was published in Translation Journal. In November he presented “Landscaping Multilingualism and Research in the Age of Globalization” at the Midwest Modern Language Association conference in Detroit, and “Linguistic Apartheid in Cameroon and the Quest for Freedom and Identity” at the African Studies Association conference in Indianapolis. In January he will present “An Exegetic Model for Translating Literature Written in Camfranglais” at the Modern Language Association conference in Vancouver, Canada. He will also present “Linguicide and Nationhood in Cameroon” at the Worldwide Congress of Language Rights in Italy next May.

Music: Piping up

In June Marko Petričić was the Pipe Organ Encounter director for POE Indianapolis. Fourteen students and ten faculty members from across the country spent a week at UIndy participating in this national camp for young organists. He also presented “Performing Organ Works on the Bayan Accordion” at the National American Guild of Organists Convention in Boston this summer. During the fall semester, Petričić taught organ lessons as a sabbatical replacement for Christopher Young at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. In addition, he will be presenting an organ/bayan recital at First Presbyterian Church in Athens, Ohio, on the campus of Ohio University.

On September 6, Brenda Clark (chair) and the UIndy chapter of the National Association for Music Education hosted the Indiana Music Education Association’s Fall General Music Workshop in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. This statewide professional development opportunity was well-attended by practicing music educators and collegiate pre-service teachers and University personnel.

In September Sharon Parr presented “Musical Paragone in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna” in Quebec City, Canada, at the international Paragone Studies Conference.

On October 6, the department produced a Local Composers Concert featuring faculty from the IU Jacobs School of Music and Alexis Bacon and Gregory Martin of UIndy. UIndy Composition students James Loughery, Daniel Watson, and Darrin Isaac performed their music for Pulitzer-prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwillich in a masterclass at Butler University.

In November pianists Rebecca Sorley ’13 and Elisabeth Hoegberg and mezzo soprano Mitzi Westra, along with Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra cellist Ingrid Fischer-Bellman, joined forces for “Musical Journeys of Immigrant Composers,” a lecture-recital program in the city’s Spirit and Place Festival.

Philosophy & Religion: Bridging the religious gap

Perry Kea was elected chair of the board of Westar Institute. Westar is a nonprofit, public-benefit research and educational organization that bridges the gap between scholarship about religion and the perception of religion in popular culture. Kea has been a Westar Fellow since 1987.

Peter Murphy’s article “Teaching Applied Ethics to the Righteous Mind” was recently published in the Journal of Moral Education.

Phylis Lan Lin Department of Social Work: Service-learning serving women

In October Tracy A. Marschall ’92 led the workshop “Multi-Course Agency Collaborations: Social Work Education’s Opportunity to Serve Women Affected by Addiction, Incarceration, and/or Domestic Violence through Service-Learning” and presented “Learning ‘How’ and ‘With’ Instead of ‘About’: Group Work with Women Living with Addiction(s) in a Residential Setting” with students Amanda Szura ’15 and Elizabeth Taulman ’15 at the New York State Social Work Education Association’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

In October Phylis Lan Lin served as chair and discussant for “Social and Political Issues through the Lens of Literature, Marriage, and Political Language” and “Individual Papers: Topics in Chinese Studies” at the conference of the American Association for Chinese Studies held at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She discussed nine papers by the presentations from UC–Berkeley, Harvard University, and Lamar University, among others. She also was a keynote speaker in October at the Senior Health International Forum at Sanda University in Shanghai, China. Her topic was “The 5 Fs/Hs Model, Proactivity, Stress Management, and Quality of Life: A Conceptualization for Successful Aging.” While in Shanghai, she gave a special lecture on “Becoming a Rounded, Happy, Quality, and Passionate Person in College” to students at Sanda University in Jiashang City and Ji Guang Polytechnic College in Baoshan District.

Physics & Earth-Space Sciences: An out-of-this-world experiment

Scholarly-Pursuits-PhysicsDuring Homecoming weekend, the department launched a high-altitude balloon from Smith Mall on campus. The balloon traveled more than 100 miles, reaching a maximum altitude of more than 93,000 feet. The balloon carried nine payloads with seven student experiments and two support pods with telemetry used to help track the balloon. These experiments were designed by undergraduate students in one general education core science class (Astronomy) and advanced physics classes (Laboratory Instrumentation). Among the experiments was a novel ozone monitor, two innovative dispersive light gathering instruments, a few high definition cameras, and two microprocessor-based controllers running experiments. The balloon returned to earth and landed in a tree in Union, Ken.

Timothy A. Duman presented “The Development and Implementation of a Senior Research Course” at the American Association of Physics Teachers 2014 Summer Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

School of Business: Happily working 9 to 5

In August Terry J. Schindler ’84 presented “New Job, New Life: How to Smoothly Transition” at the Indiana Society of Sleep Professionals Symposium. He also presented “Leadership, Power & Influence” in September for the Institute for Strengthening Families.

School of Education: Teaching peace; teaching hope

In October Greta Pennell presented “Teach Peace” at the Association for Humanist Sociology conference in Cleveland, Ohio. Joining her in the session was Faustin N’Tala ’02 who presented “Learning and Serving Globally: Teaching Hope in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Faustin was also an invited panelist discussing “Activism through (Campus) Social Justice Centers” with activist scholars and community educators from Coastal Carolina and Case Western universities. Pennell was appointed to a two-year term as treasurer of AHS.

In November Angelia Ridgway and MAT graduate Sarah Schirripa ’14 presented a state-level workshop at Indiana’s Foreign Language Teachers’ Association Conference. Their session on technology and second-language learning was their second in a series of professional development workshops for foreign language teachers who are infusing technological applications into their teaching.

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