Fall 2015University Updates

Fall 2015: Academic Success Center, Anthropology, Art & Design, Athletic Training, Biology, CAC, Chemistry, CHS, Communication, Service-Learning, English

Academic Success Center: Taking charge

Debbie Spinney is president-elect for the Association on Higher Education and Disability in Indiana. AHEAD is the national association committed to full participation of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education.

Anthropology: The imagery of Indians

In March Dr. Gregory Reinhardt (chair) presented “Indians Everywhere: Strange and Surprising ‘American Indian’ Imagery” at the Alaska Anthropological Association meeting in Anchorage.

Art & Design: Working together pays off

As part of an Indiana Campus Compact Faculty Fellows grant, Marilyn McElwain and six other Faculty Fellows co-wrote several chapters of Cooperate—Advancing Your Nonprofit Organization’s Mission through College & Community Partnership: A Guide for Nonprofit Leaders, which was published last fall.

Athletic Training: Predicting student success

In January, Dr. Scott Lawrance ’03 ’10, along with program director Dr. Christine Lauber, presented “Do Pre-Admission and Athletic Training Program Standards Predict Student Academic Success and First-Time Pass Rate on the Board of Certification Exam?” at the National Athletic Training Association Educators’ Conference. In March, Lawrance and Craig Voll presented a two-hour student-focused learning lab, “Introduction to Manual Therapy Theory and Skills” at the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association annual winter meeting.

In April Lawrance published the report of a rare condition, “Recurrent Pedunculated Osteochondroma of the Tibia,” in Radiological Case Reports. At the National Athletic Trainers’ Association State Leadership Forum in June, Lawrance and Voll gave the plenary session, “Strategies for Running a Successful Board Meeting.” Lawrance and former athletic training student Kaitlyn Sly ’13 presented “Comparison of Load Cell Dynamometer to an Isokinetic Device for Measurement of Quadriceps Strength” during the NATA Annual Clinical Symposium and AT Expo in June.

Biology: Humanitarian outreach

In May, Dr. Krista Latham ’03 and nine Human Biology students attended the Mountain, Desert & Coastal Forensic Anthropologists Conference in Boulder City, Nev. Latham and the students contributed five University of Indianapolis presentations at the conference. In June Latham and Human Biology students Amanda Khan ’16, Justin Maiers ’16, and Ryan Strand ’15 traveled to South Texas to continue their volunteer human rights mission using forensic anthropology to identify migrants who have perished in Brooks County, Tex. (Read the student blog at http://beyondborders.uindy.edu/.)

The group spent a week volunteering with the South Texas Human Rights Center in Falfurrias, Tex. Their tasks included training local law enforcement on the proper recovery of human remains from an outdoor death scene, constructing, repairing, and filling water stations, and visiting South American refugees at the Sacred Heart Church in McAllen, Tex., and the Karnes County Detention Center in Karnes City, Tex.

The second week they traveled to San Marcos, Tex., where they analyzed the skeletal remains of unidentified migrants that were cleaned and processed at Texas State University as part of Operation Identification. About half of the unidentified individuals exhumed from the two previous field seasons are currently at Texas State University, and about half of those are still awaiting forensic analysis.

The June issue of Scientific American published “The Mystery of Case 0425,” a story that follows one individual from her death on a Texas ranch through exhumation by the University of Indianapolis to her identification and repatriation to her family. The piece highlights the work Latham and her students have been volunteering to this crisis the past two years. Latham’s work on the coldest case in the U.S. to get a conviction was recently featured in a true crime novel, Footsteps in the Snow, by Charles Lachman. The novel follows the disappearance of seven-year-old Maria Ridulph from her neighborhood in Sycamore, Ill., in 1957. Her body was discovered the next year and buried in the family cemetery plot in Sycamore. The case was reopened and Latham was part of the team that exhumed and analyzed the body in 2011. The case finally went to trial in 2012.

Dr. Marc Milne and student Gabrielle Madriz presented “Using Scanning Electron Microscopy to Aid in the Identification of Some of the Smallest Spiders in the World” at the Indiana Academy of Science meeting in Indianapolis on March 21 and in April at the meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists in Chattanooga, Tenn. Milne published “Variation in Ovipositor Morphology Among Laniatorean Harvestment (Arachnida: Opiliones)” in the academic journal Zoomorphology.

Center for Aging & Community: Help for Hoosiers

UIndy’s Center for Aging & Community has partnered with Indianapolis-based netlogx, inc. to work with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration on the “No Wrong Door” planning grant. The goal of the grant is to provide Hoosiers with access to and information about the long-term services and supports that are available to them. No Wrong Door touches all demographics from children to older adults and those with physical disabilities as well as mental and developmental issues, regardless of financial status, ensuring they can access needed services from various points of entry through FSSA. As part of the planning efforts, FSSA, netlogx, and CAC are working together to engage stakeholders across the state to gather their input on the strengths, challenges, gaps, and opportunities within the system. This stakeholder outreach will take the form of focus groups, town hall meetings, and a survey. Information gathered from stakeholders will be used in the development of the plan
to create a system that best serves all Indiana residents.

Chemistry: Student & faculty collaboration

Dr. Joe Burnell ’83, Dr. David Styers-Barnett, and several students attended the Sigma Zeta National Convention in Pikesville, Ky., in March. Harleen Athwal ’15 won the Presentation Award with her talk “Intra-Sexual Selection in Habronattus clypeatus Jumping Spiders.” Reed McKinney ’16 presented “Effects of Nicotine and Nicotinic Analogs on Kinetic Growth and Dental Biofilm Formation of Streptococcus mutans.” Macanda Simpson ’16 presented “Health Simulation of Colon Cancer Treatments and Preventative Screenings for a Company of 30,000 Employees.” And Ellen Bryant ’15 presented “Sonication as a Means of Eliminating Invasive Zebra Mussels from Neoprene Scuba Gear.”

Dr. Brad Neal and Dr. Richard Marshall (English & Writing Lab) presented at the East Central Writing Centers Association Conference at Notre Dame in April. Together, they presented their work on the further development of writing assignments into the General Chemistry course curriculum and specifically focused on how to enhance scientific writing by students for a general population.

The 2014–15 Chemistry research projects culminated in a poster session on Scholar’s Day in May, where more than a dozen students and their faculty advisors presented their work. Several students continued their research into May with the support of the Summer Research Institute. Drs. Katherine Stickney, Levi Mielke, and Lori Bolyard, along with students Brandy Ploetner, Laiken Harper, Ana Couto, Trinh Huynh, and Macanda Simpson, also presented their work at the Joint Great Lakes/Central Regional American Chemical Society meeting in Grand Rapids, Mich., in May.

College of Health Sciences: Joining forces

Physical therapist Dr. Debra Gray ’13 and Dr. Beth Ann Walker ’01 (School of Occupational Therapy) published “The Effect of an Interprofessional Course on Student Knowledge and Interest” in the June 2015 issue of Physical & Occupational Therapy in Geriatrics.

Communication: Adding up the accolades

The student newspaper earned a first for coverage, content, writing, editing, layout, and design from Associated Collegiate Press. The Reflector and Reflector Online won a national Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Newspaper award, fourth place, for the overall newspaper, in addition to winning two national Associated Collegiate Press Photo Excellence Awards. Entries were judged based on technical quality, artistic value, and journalistic content. The two publications won seven state journalism awards in Division II of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association competition in April and eight Society of Professional Journalists Awards in the Best in Indiana Journalism competition. The Reflector and Reflector Online won four awards in a regional Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence competition. Jeanne Criswell, adviser to the two publications, was reelected to a 15th term on the ICPA board of directors.

Center for Service-Leaning & Community Engagement: Service-learning going strong

In March Marianna Foulkrod and Dr. Gerburg Garmann presented “Interdisciplinary through International Service-Learning: How It Shapes Higher Education” at the Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit held in Indianapolis. Foulkrod also presented at the International Symposium on Service-Learning held at UIndy in May. Her presentation, “Strengthening Interdisciplinary International Service-Learning: Foundations for Sustainable Practices,” was co-presented with Jeff Bryant (Sociology & Criminal Justice) and Anna Stumpf ’04 ’11 from Anderson University.

UIndy hosted the sixth International Symposium on Service-Learning in May. It involved more than 180 participants from nine countries and approximately 60 higher education institutions and agencies. This year’s four-day event promoted global citizenship and the scholarship of engagement. Additionally, the focus was on building transnational relationships and participation in service-learning. These focal points were threaded throughout a variety of presentation types and formats, allowing for meaningful dialogue among academicians, community partners, students, and other professionals. Participants also joined in a service project and helped to pack nearly 12,000 meals that will be distributed in Guatemala, Haiti, and in areas of Indiana.

English: Promotor of peace

cranes-artLeft: A thousand “cranes” made of copper sheet at the Nagasaki Peace Memorial Museum. Photo by student Pisit Luanprawat.

Thanks to a $24,000 grant from the Japan Foundation, Dr. Kyoko Amano funded a group tour of Japan during spring break. When the group returned, Amano coordinated a peace exhibit, titled, “70 Years After the Atomic Bomb.” The exhibit started on April 27—the opening day of the annual review conference of the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons—and was on display in Esch Hall on campus until August 9, the anniversary of the Nagasaki atomic bombing. For the opening event, Dr. Robert “Bo” Jacobs of the Hiroshima Peace Institute at Hiroshima City University gave the keynote speech.

On June 14, Dr. Bill Dynes and Dr. Phylis Lan Lin (Department of Social Work) spoke at the commencement ceremonies for the Sino-American Joint Program with the Ningbo Institute of Technology in Ningbo, China, and offered remarks the next day in Shaoxing, China, for the Zhejiang Yuexiu University of Foreign Languages/University of Indianapolis International College ceremony.

Karen L. Newman will present “Strategy Use for L2 Mandarin in Academic Settings” at the interdisciplinary conference “Situating Strategy Use: The Interplay of Language Learning Strategies and Individual Learner Characteristics” in Klagenfurt, Austria, in October. She spent the spring semester teaching in UIndy’s Sino-U.S. Program at Ningbo Institute of Technology in Ningbo, China.

Leah Milne’s article “‘Hybrid Vigor’: The Pillow Book and Collaborative Authorship in Ruth Ozeki’s My Year of Meats” will be published in College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies. In April she presented “‘Our True Shared History’: Jokes, Spam, and the Digital Diaspora in Miguel Syjuco’s Ilustrado” at the Association for Asian American Studies Conference in Chicago, and “‘Vindictively American’: Reimagining Ethnic Identity in Toni Morrison’s Home” at the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States Conference in Athens, Ga.

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