Fall 2015University Updates

Fall 2015: History & Political Science, Kinesiology, PT, Mathematics & Computer Science, Modern Languages

History & Political Science: Hoosier history

In February Dr. A. James Fuller presented “Hoosier Friends and Senators: Daniel D. Pratt and Oliver P. Morton in the U.S. Senate” at the Meeting of the Indiana Association of Historians at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Fuller spoke about “Abraham Lincoln and Oliver P. Morton, Partners for the Union” at the 150th Anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral on April 19 in Centerville, Ind. Fuller will present “Oliver P. Morton and the Politics of Reconstruction” at the Civil War Study Group Symposium on September 19, which will be hosted at UIndy by the Institute for the Study of War and Diplomacy.

Amanda Brian ’01, Christina Carrick ’10, and Krista Kinslow ’11 presented papers at the UIndy History Alumni Symposium on June 6. Fuller, Dr. Edward O. Frantz, and Dr. Lawrence Sondhaus commented on the papers. The symposium celebrated the work of these three alumni who have become professional historians, and attendees included students, faculty, and alumni.

Kinesiology: Conventions and presentations

Dr. Jennifer VanSickle and N. A. Schaumleffel published “Putting Partnerships on Paper: Creating Service Engagement Opportunities in Kinesiology and Recreation” in the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. VanSickle and D. Breen published the chapter, “Bringing the Service Learning Experience to Campus: The Case of the University of Indianapolis and Special Olympics Indiana,” in Service-Learning in Higher Education: Building Community Across the Globe. Debasree Das Gupta and others published the peer-reviewed article “Geographic Variation in Cold Ischemia Time: Kidney vs. Liver Transplantation in the United States, 2003–2011” in Transplantation Direct. Das Gupta and several others also had their chapter “Mathematical Optimization and Simulation Analyses for Optimal Organ Allocation System” published in Healthcare Data Analytics.

Mindy Hartman Mayol, Koby Orris ’15, Jill Cain ’15, Brianna Scott, K. Lee Everett, and Matt Beekley published “Predictors of Amotivation in Nine Division II College Athletic Teams,” “Predicting External Regulation in Collegiate Athletes,” and “Differences in Social Physique Anxiety and Sport Motivation Among Collegiate Athletes” in the May issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Alyssa Weatherholt and S. J. Warden published “Jumping Athletes as a Model for Exploring Lower Extremity Skeletal Benefits of Exercise” in the same issue.

In February Dr. Michael Diacin and VanSickle presented “Sharing Successful Practices to Manage Student Engagement and Enhance the Student Learning Experience within Hybrid Courses” at the Commission On Sport Management Accreditation conference in Philadelphia, Penn.

In February Dr. Shannon McMorrow presented “Disproportionate Rates of STIs in Indiana and UIndy’s Master of Public Health” as an invited speaker for the Indiana Disproportionality Committee annual meeting in Indianapolis. Weatherholt and Warden presented “Exploring the Skeletal Benefits of Exercise Curing Growth Using Overhand Throwing Athletes as a Model” at the CSM 2015 Annual Conference in February 2015 in Indianapolis. McMorrow, Rosalyn Martin, and Alicia Pinkins presented “Toward Mandatory Cultural Competence Coursework for MPH Programs: Experience and Recommendations from the University of Indianapolis” during the oral session with MPH student co-authors at the annual Health Disparities Conference at Teachers College Columbia University in March in New York City, NY.

VanSickle and Diacin presented “Motivational Differences Between Repeat and First-Time Sport Event Volunteers” at the Society of Health and Physical Educators National Convention in March in Seattle, Wash.

In March, McMorrow, Dr. Heidi Hancher-Rauch, and Dr. Lisa Hicks attended the Society for Public Health Education’s meeting in Portland, Ore., and presented “Utilizing Cellphones to Facilitate a Modified Photovoice Activity for Teaching Multi-Dimensional Wellness: An Innovative Approach for Increasing Student Engagement and Empowerment” and “Demystifying Health Advocacy Using a Layered Curriculum Approach Throughout an Undergraduate Community Health Education Program.”

Dr. Das Gupta presented “Using GIS-based Techniques to Interpret Spatial Clustering in Health Data” at the Indiana GIS Conference in May in Bloomington, Ind. Also in May Beekley, Everett, Mayol, and Richard Robinson traveled with Brianne Burkhart ’15, Charles Brauchla ’15, Jill Cain ’15, and Koby Orris ’15, to San Diego, Calif. They attended the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting and presented “Predictors of Amotivation in Nine Division II College Athletic Teams, “Differences in Social Physique Anxiety and Sport Motivation Among Collegiate Athletes,” “Predicting External Regulation in Collegiate Athletes.” Burkhart, Beekley, and Everett presented “The Relationship Between Nutrient Intake and Physical Characteristics in University Faculty.”

In May Scott, Mayol, and J. Schreiber presented “Validation of the Multi-Dimensional Wellness Inventory: A Continued Factor Analytic Approach,” at the American Psychological Society Annual Convention in New York.

In May, public health and sport management professors attended the International Symposium on Service-Learning held at UIndy. McMorrow and Hancher-Rauch presented “Incorporating Service Learning in Health Related Academic Programs: Examples from the University of Indianapolis Kinesiology Department Public Health Programs.” VanSickle and Diacin presented “The Impact of a Service-Learning Event Management Project on Professional Development and Student Attitudes Toward Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.”

Krannert School of Physical Therapy: A stimulating spring

Dr. Jim Bellew presented “Postpartum Femoral Nerve Palsy: a Case Study and the Role of Electrophysiologic Testing and NMES” and “The Effects of Electrode Placement and Type on Muscle Force Production During Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation”at the 2015 Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association. In April he was a featured speaker at the Med West Speakers Series at Mt. Royal University in Calgary, Alberta Canada, where he was invited to lecture on the role of neuromuscular electrical stimulation in rehabilitation. He also recently published the chapter “The Role of Physical Agents in Peripheral Nerve Injury” in the book Peripheral Nerve Injury: An Anatomical and Physiological Approach for Physical Therapy Intervention by FA Davis Publishers, released May 2015.

In May Drs. Anne Mejia-Downs and Julie Gahimer ’85 presented “Pre-Planning for Service-Learning: Creative Strategies for Expanding Students’ Perspectives” at the International Symposium on Service Learning in Indianapolis in May. The presentation earned the award for Most Educational Workshop at the symposium. In June Dr. Mejia-Downs was invited to serve on a panel presenting “Physical Therapist’s Role in Chronic Disease Management” at the Conference and Exposition of the American Physical Therapy Association, in Baltimore, Md. She highlighted strategies for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. Carrying on a longstanding partnership that UIndy enjoys with Laurelwood Apartments, a government-subsidized housing complex near campus, Dr. Mejia-Downs’ students in her Health Promotion course (Class of 2016) developed and presented the ninth annual Laurelwood Health Fair.

Drs. Gahimer, Stacie Fruth ’95 ’05, and Stephanie Kelly (dean) presented “Integrated Clinical Experiences in the PT Classroom: In Your Own Back Yard” at the Combined Sections Meeting of the American Physical Therapy Association in February. Gahimer and Dr. Kate DeCleene Huber (School of Occupational Therapy) presented “Embarking on the Road Trip and Navigating the Journey of Academic Life” at the same meeting.
Also at the meeting, Dr. Kathy Martin ’90 presented a session with Dr. Julia Looper of the University of Puget Sound, titled, “Orthoses for Hypotonia: What, When and Why.” She and Lisa Kenyon ’98 also published “Innovation in Pediatric Clinical Education: Application of the Essential Competencies” in Pediatric Physical Therapy.

Dr. Bill Staples ’05 ’10 presented “Cardiopulmonary and Respiratory Changes with Aging” at the Exercise Prescription, Physical Activity and Aging Conference in Toronto, Canada, in May.

Mathematics & Computer Science: Affordable healthcare?

In July Dr. Leslie Gardner and Macanda Simpson ’16 presented “A Population Health Simulation to Assess the Cost Effectiveness of Colonoscopies” at the Healthcare Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

Modern Languages: Service-learning in higher ed

Dr. Gerburg Garmann (Interdisciplinary Programs & Service-Learning) and Marianna Foulkrod (Center for Service-Learning and Community Engagement) co-presented “Interdisciplinary Through International Service-Learning: How it Shapes Higher Education” at the Indiana Campus Compact Service Engagement Summit in Indianapolis in March. At the 2015 Humanities Education and Research Association’s Conference “Beyond the Binary” in San Francisco, Garmann chaired the panel “Poetic Multiplicities” and presented a multimedia performance/research piece (research/poetry/painting/composition) titled “Word—Image—Sound: A Multimedia Experience of Friederike Mayröcker’s and Ulla Hahn’s Poetry.” Garmann also gave the keynote speech “Something Bold This Way Comes: Curricular Place-Making in the 21st Century” at the International Symposium on Service-Learning at the University of Indianapolis in May. At the symposium she also presented “Conceptual Frameworks: Embedding Service Learning into Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Programs.” Garmann’s proposal “Between the Common Good, Goods in Common, and the Greater Good: Stephen Hartke’s Opera ‘The Greater Good’” was accepted for the annual Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference in October 2015 at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass.

Dr. Peter Wuteh Vakunta’s (chair) service-learning course Languages Without Borders won the award of Best Presentation at the International Service Learning Symposium that was held at UIndy in May. Dr. Vakunta also led “Adventures in the Hexagon,” a cross-cultural immersion Spring Term trip to France from May 11 to 22. He recently published Stream of Consciousness: Poetics of the Universal and Poems from Abakwa in Cameroon Pidgin English.

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