University UpdatesWinter/Spring 2016

Winter 2016: Anthropology & Archeology, Art & Design, Biology, CELL, Communication, Counseling Center, English, Enterprise Application & Development, Institutional Review Board, Kinesiology

Anthropology & Archeology: Digging up Indiana’s history

A short article by Dr. Christopher Moore ’04 on his public archaeology work at the Baum’s Landing archaeological site has been published in the online journal Indiana Archaeology.  He also had a book chapter published in the edited volume The Archaeology of Events. At UIndy in September, Dr. Moore co-hosted (with the Indiana DNR Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and the UIndy student group ARCHAIC, the Archaeology and Anthropology Interest Club) a symposium on public archaeology in Indiana as part of Indiana’s Archaeology Month celebration.

Art & Design: Galleries galore

Barry Barnes and Dee Schaad (professor emeritus) are participating in the exhibition “50 Shades of Clay” at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Ind., October 31 through December 18. Several paintings, prints, and assemblage pieces by Katherine Fries ’07 ’11 were part of recent exhibitions that included the 2015 Fate Conference juried exhibition Tectonic Shifts; Recent Works, a double exhibition with Lauren Ditchely ’07 in the Gallery Annex at the Harrison Center for the Arts; Alpha, Romeo, Tango, a group-themed invitational in the Main Gallery at the Harrison Center for the Arts; IMOCA vs. Hoosier Salon at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art; the 22nd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Krempp Gallery in the Jasper Arts Center; and Light, a juried exhibition at the Meridian Street Gallery in downtown Indianapolis. In addition, her work is on display during the IDADA First Fridays at the Harrison Center for the Arts. In the Cold of the Night, a painting by Jim Viewegh (chair) was on display during October at the Meridian Street Gallery in downtown Indianapolis as part of Light, a juried exhibition. The exhibition was part of the IDADA First Friday Gallery Tour.

Biology: Explaining forensic anthropology

In September Dr. Krista Latham ’03, 11 human biology graduate students, and two human biology alumni attended the Forests, Lakes, and Grasslands Forensic Anthropologists Conference in Roscommon, Mich. Latham and the students contributed seven presentations at the conference. In October, Latham and four human biology graduate students were invited to talk to two local schools, Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center and Brownsburg High School, about the field of forensic anthropology and their experience conducting excavations of unidentified migrants in South Texas. Latham, UIndy colleague Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, and eight human biology graduate students instructed new Indiana Crime Scene Investigators at a day-long course on forensic anthropology at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield, Ind.

Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: Indiana high schools to get help

A partnership between UIndy’s Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning and Breakthrough Learning, the national brand of North Carolina-based NC New Schools, will result in extensive support for three Indiana high schools. It will help Hagerstown Junior-Senior High School, Lincoln High School in Vincennes, and Paoli Junior-Senior High School use Early College programming to improve the college and career readiness of their students. Through a $20-million federal grant and private investment, Breakthrough Learning’s Rural Innovative Schools initiative will provide professional development and technical support to districts in Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

In October Janet Boyle, executive director, and Tyonka Perkins ’14 served on the panel “Addressing the Concurrent Enrollment Faculty Shortage” at the National Association of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships conference in Denver, Colo. They talked about Indiana’s current faculty shortage and shared potential solutions.

David Dresslar, CELL’s retired executive director, received the Susan Schilling Legacy Award from the New Tech Network at its annual national conference in July 2015 to recognize entrepreneurs in education who demonstrate leadership and contribute to the innovation and sustainability of the Network.

In November 2014 Todd M. Hurst ’11 and Ericka T. Hollis presented “A Backchannel Community: A Look Into How Online Educational Leadership Ph.D. Students Communicate” at the University Council for Educational Administration. Jen Oliver, Indiana TAP director, was honored by the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching with the 2015 TAP Distinguished Service Award in March.

Communication: Garnering good reviews

The Reflector received a First Class rating with three Marks of Distinction for Coverage and Content, Writing and Editing, and Leadership from the Associated Collegiate Press’s national-level assessment of the paper throughout the previous academic year.

Counseling Center for Growth & Development: Center earns workplace award

The Counseling Center for Growth and Development, led by Dr. Kelly Miller ’95 ’03, has earned Indiana’s Psychologically Healthy Workplace award from the Indiana Psychological Association. The awards are designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to foster employee health and well-being while enhancing organizational performance.

English: English language education

On November 2, Dr. Karen L. Newman presented at the regional National Association of Foreign Student Advisors conference in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the topic “Chinese Education Placement Agencies: The Art of Student Application Embellishment.” On November 14, Dr. Newman led the panel “Learning L2 English Writing Abroad” at the Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages conference in Indianapolis, which included student presenters Ziling Li ’16, Jinyun Xie ’16, Abdullah Alrashidi ’17, Zaina Alharthi ’19, and Sakinah Aldakhil ’19.

In August Dr. Elizabeth Weber attended workshops and read her work at the Room of Her Own Foundation 2015 Retreat & Waves Discussion Series: Writing Against the Current, held at the Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

Enterprise Application & Development: Making applications easier

In June Brad Peters ’09 and Jennifer Morrison presented “There’s a Staff for That! A Team Approach to the Online Application Process” at the 2015 EMAS Pro National Conference. Peters also presented as a finalist in the inaugural “Charlie Pollock EMAS Pro Innovation Award” showcasing a custom program he developed to import files into EMAS Pro, which is the customer relationship management system used by undergraduate admissions at the University.

Institutional Review Board: Researching ethics in healthcare

Greg Manship was interviewed on WGN Radio Chicago for his opposition to “Right to Try” legislation concerning dying patients’ access to experimental drugs. He served on the “Didactic Sessions and Workshops” subcommittee for the international conference on Advancing Ethical Research produced by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research and was selected to serve as a faculty member for the conference in Boston in November. Manship was a speaker at St. Vincent Health System’s annual research symposium in June and presented “What’s Mine May Not Be Yours: A Review of State and Federal Laws and Guidance on Protected Health Information in Human Subject Research.” He joined Central Indiana Care Coordination Coalition and was named co-leader of the Advance Care Planning work group within the organization. He completed 24 hours of simulation training in Conflict Resolution and Bioethics Mediation in Healthcare and was also nominated for United Way of Central Indiana Live United Volunteer Awards for his work as a volunteer advocate/guardian with the Center for At-Risk Elders. Manship was an invited participant to a town hall meeting hosted by the Indiana Bar Association to discuss legal and ethical dimensions of informed consent in healthcare and research.

Kinesiology: Wellness in the workplace

Mindy Mayol and Dr. Shannon McMorrow presented “Multi-Dimensional Wellness in the Workplace” at the Indiana Wellness Council’s Annual Health and Wellness Summit in October. McMorrow also presented “Through Their Eyes: An Interdisciplinary Pilot Exploration of Refugee Experiences in Indiana through Photovoice” at the conference of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies in Andover, Mass. McMorrow and Dr. Jyotika Saksena (History and Political Science) were awarded a grant of $20,000 from the Indiana Minority Health Coalition to continue the pilot. McMorrow also was a panelist at the AIS for the discussion “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Health, Healthcare, and Aging.”

Dr. Heidi Rauch and McMorrow are working with Dr. Tyronn Bell (School of Psychological Sciences) on a contract with the Indiana Minority Health Coalition to adapt and pilot a mental health promotion curriculum for ethnic/racial minority populations. Dr. Jennifer VanSickle, Dr. Michael Diacin, and a colleague published the article “Volunteer Motivations at the 2012 Super Bowl” in a recent issue of International Journal of Event and Festival Management.

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