April 21, 2016

Reminder: RSVP for the Outstanding Research and Outstanding Creative Endeavor Awardees Lecture: April 29

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Outstanding Research and Outstanding Creative Endeavor Awardee Lecture on Friday, April 29 at 11:00AM in the LA Pittenger Student Center Forum Room. A reception follows the lectures.

2015-16 Outstanding Creative Endeavor Award
Michael Elliott & Drew Vidal, Assistant Professors of Theatre and Dance
Department of Theatre & Dance
Presentation Title: "Building a Monster: The Creation of Ball State Theatre's Frankenstein"

2015-16 Outstanding Research Award
Susan McDowell, Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Presentation Title: "Developing Alternatives to Antibiotics"

RSVP here: 

April 14, 2016

New Aspire Awardees -- Spring 2016 Update

Ball State University's Aspire Internal Grant Program provides funding to faculty, professional personnel, and students to support projects in the areas of research, scholarly studies, and creative endeavors.   Aspire awards advance the goal of ultimately seeking sponsorship from external funding agencies. 

Funds awarded through the Aspire competitions are open to faculty and professional personnel and students.

Upcoming deadlines can be viewed in the Aspire 2015-2016 Competition Deadline Calendar (PDF).

Amelia Kaplan- Music- "Recording of a string quartet and composition of a duet for bassoon and double bass"
Jill Christman- English- "The Hill: High on the Mountain Witha Ragtag Tribe of Vets, Outlaws & HIPPIES (a book-length work of literary nonfiction”
Susan McDowell and Robert Sammelson- Biology and Chemistry- “Developing Alternatives to Antibiotics"
Karen Kessler- Theatre and Dance- “The Ballad of Piney Creek; A new Musical”
Sarojini Johnson- Art- “Seasons, Four Intaglio Prints”
Cathy Seibert, Lynne Stallings, and Mary Seig- Educational Studies and English- “Advancing ELL Student Success through Sustained and Symbiotic Professional Development for Inservice and Preservice Educators”

Cody Bennett- Biology- “The Mechanisms of Neuronal Death under Hypoglycemic Conditions"
Sam Colbert- Counseling Psychology and Guidance Services- “"The Effect of Sexual Identity Disclosure and Levels of Physical Affection on Prosocial Behavior toward Gay Men."
Kodi Kalpana- Biology- "Pharmaceutical and personal care product effects on algal function and community structure”
Brittany Maule- Biology- “Study of Vocational Interests”
Unai Miguel Andres- Biology- "Biophilic Characteristics of Asian Metropolitan Areas (a case study of Seoul, South Korea)"
Dan Royer- Educational Studies- “The Intersection of Community College Culture, Appreciative Inquiry, and Leadership: An Ethnographic Case Study”
Clayton Delancey- Biology- "Habitat Use by fledgling Cerulean Warblers (Setophaga cerulea) in Southern Indiana"
Kaushalya Herath – Urban Planning- "Nelibewa in Transition: The Spatial Impact of the transforming gender roles in rural Sri Lanka"

Undergraduate Research
Bryce Buchanan- Biology- “The Effect of Cellular Stress on Quality Control Protein Degradation Pathways."
Maren Orchard- Physiology and Health Sciences-"Preventing and Responding to Adolescent Dating Violence: School Health Teachers' Perceptions and Practices"
Lori Stanfield- Modern Languages and Classics- “Teaching Culture in Spanish Classes; A Methodological and Reflective Exploration”
Todd Myers- Medical Education- “Role of Glycogen in Preventing Deleterious Motor Memory Effects Caused by Insulin Induced Hypoglycemia"

Daniel Maggallanes- Art- “Oliver”

April 13, 2016

2016 Student Symposium Keys/Litten/Smith Award Winners

This 2016 Student Symposium at Ball State University took place this past Friday on the second floor of the LA Pittenger Student Center. The event included a poster session and moderated paper presentations throughout the afternoon. The day ended with a keynote address from Sue McDowell, professor of Biology and current Ball State Researcher of the Year, and the presentation of the Keys/Litten/Smith Awards.

2016 Student Symposium Keys/Litten/Smith Award Winners

Display Winner

Jelena Petricevic (Biology) and Maren Orchard (History)
Title: Work- Family Conflict in American Women: Association with Health Risk Behaviors and Health Outcomes
Mentor: Jagdish Khubchandani (Physiology & Health Science)

Content Winners

Cody Bennett (Biology)
Title: Glycogen Metabolism in Mice Generated by the Cre-Lox System
Mentor: Bartholomew Pederson (Medical Education)

Josh Bock (Kinesiology)
Title: Establishing the Reliability of Several Consumer-Based Physical Activity Monitors
Mentor: Alex Montoye (Kinesiology)

Seth Higgins (Kinesiology)
Title: The Influence of Incline Walking and Stair Ascending on Lower Extremity Mechanics in Older Adults
Mentor: Henry Wang (Kinesiology)

Christopher Indovina (Biology), Sarah Engle (Biology), Ashleigh South (Biology), and Jacob Davis (Biology)
Title: Determining Genes Required for Degradation of Translocon-Clogging Proteins       
Mentor: Eric Rubenstein (Biology)

Samuel Lawson (Psychology), Sarah Birkhead (Psychology), and Alexis Hamilton (Psychology)
Title: Using Twitter to Examine Male Aggression in Culture of Honor States
Mentor: Thomas Holtgraves (Psychology)

Daniel Smith (Chemistry)
Title: The Role of Glycogen in Hypoglycemia-induced Memory Loss
Mentor: Bartholomew Pederson (Medical Education)

Jeremy Walls (Biology)
Title: Exploring Environmental Controls on Toxic Algal Blooms to Promote Problem Solving and Quantitative Reasoning Skills in STEM Courses
Mentor: Allison Rober (Biology)

April 05, 2016

Join us at the 2016 Student Symposium this Friday, April 8th, at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center

On Friday, April 08, the 2016 Student Symposium at Ball State University will take place on the second floor of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center.

The Symposium will feature a poster session in the ballroom with over one-hundred student participants from all across campus, as well as moderated paper presentations taking place throughout the afternoon in various locations in the Student Center.

The Symposium opens to the public at 1pm and concludes with a ceremony at 3:45pm in Cardinal Hall. Remarks will be given by Sue McDowell, professor of biology and current Ball State University Researcher of the Year, followed by the presentation of the Keys-Litten-Smith awards.

Please join us this Friday afternoon at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center as we showcase Ball State's creative and scholarly student works.

March 29, 2016

Now Accepting Applications for SPA Graduate Assistants

Sponsored Projects Administration is hiring graduate assistants for the 2016-17 academic year, with potential to begin in the summer of 2016 and continue into the summer of 2017.
Currently there are two open positions (more to follow).

Outreach and Education Assistant
Publications Assistant

Position Title: Outreach and Education Assistant

Position Reportage: The graduate assistant reports to the Director of Sponsored Projects
Administration and designee, Research Information Coordinator.

Position Duties and Responsibilities: As Outreach and Education Assistant, responsibilities include:
  • Update information on the SPA website and work with office staff and Strategic Communications to create new content as needed;
  • assist with office desktop publishing needs (writing/graphics/layout);
  • assist with updating and monitoring office social media outlets and the office blog;
  • attend University-related events associated with the office (may include evenings and weekends as needed);
  • act as SPA photographer and recorder/scribe at University and office functions;
  • assist the Publications Assistant with their duties: including writing content for the office Research Magazine, office blog, and other office publications;
  • assist with office video/audio production as needed;
  • assist with SPA events, including the Student Symposium, Research Week, and Benefacta;
  • assist with SPA data and information management, including support for SPA wiki;
  • perform front of office duties: including, but not limited to, answering the phones, greeting guests, and other front of office activities as needed;
  • assist Research Information Coordinator with her duties;
  • other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) is looking for a tech-savvy content producer to assist in the Outreach and Education area of the office. Candidate will produce and update SPA web-site content through the Sitecore content management system (training will be provided). Candidates will assist in some desktop publishing (writing/graphics/layout) and experience in these areas is preferred. Candidate should possess superior communication skills, both verbal and written. Candidate should be familiar with common principles of blogging and social media. SPA uses Blogger to maintain the office blog, but experience with any blogging platform is acceptable. SPA is currently active on Facebook and Twitter, but will be expanding into other social media platforms. Video production and/or photography experience preferred.

Candidates will be expected to interact with members of the campus community in an official capacity;
they should therefore exhibit a level of maturity and professionalism that will allow them to best represent themselves and the Sponsored Projects Administration in these interactions. Candidates must be able to work independently and problem solve, but also follow instructions as given. High levels of organization and time management are required.

Schedule: This position is a full-time assistantship (20 hours/week). May be required to
work evenings and weekends as needed, but regularly scheduled hours will occur
during normal business hours.

Application: To apply, please submit, via email, the following materials in PDF or Word format:
  • Cover letter, including a brief description of how this position fits into your career goals.
  • Résumé/CV, including contact info (email address & telephone number)
  • Three references, including names, titles, and telephone/email addresses
Please send via email to Ms. Jessie Roark in Sponsored Projects Administration

Interviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Ball State University operates on an equal opportunity basis in hiring practices.

Position Title: Publications Assistant
Position Reportage: The graduate assistant reports to the Director of Sponsored
Projects Administration and designee, Proposal Manager /Research Editor.
Position Duties and Responsibilities: As Publications Assistant, primary responsibilities
  • Assist Proposal Manager / Research Editor (PM) in the development of the Ball State Research publication. This includes the following:
    • Interviewing for, writing, and editing articles
    • Designing the Ball State Research publication
    • Coordinating with various University entities, such as the Division of Strategic Communications, Photo Services, University Teleplex, and University Printing Services
  • Assist Research Information Coordinator in the development of the SPA Newsletter Blog; includes interviewing for and writing faculty vignette articles as needed.
  • Attend University-related events and symposia associated with the above publications.
  • May include evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, graphic design, public relations, or related field
  • Must be available to work 20 flexible hours per week, which may include evenings and Saturdays
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong technical writing skills and knowledge of writing for the Web preferred, including blogging
  • Extensive working knowledge of social media, Microsoft Office, InDesign, and technical troubleshooting capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a highly organized, detailed manner
  • Demonstrated time management and problem-solving skills
  • Strong customer service skills
Schedule: Time requirement is 20 hours per week. May be required to work
evenings and weekends as needed.

Application: To apply, please submit, via email, the following materials in PDF or
Word format:
  • Letter of interest, including a description of skills, experience, and how this position fits into your current career goals
  • Résumé/CV, including contact info (email address & telephone number)
  • A writing sample of approximately 1,000 words
  • Three references, including names, titles, and telephone/email addresses
Please send via email to Mr. Keith Chandler in Sponsored Projects
Administration (kachandler@bsu.edu).

Submission Date: No later than April 22, 2016

Interviews will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Ball State University operates on an equal opportunity basis in hiring practices.

March 03, 2016

Dr. Lee J. Florea Receives Fulbright Award

Dr. Lee Florea, Geological Sciences, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship that combines teaching and research for 9 months in 2016-2017 at Universitatea Babe?-Bolyai in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. He will conduct research into the dynamics of carbon transport through the world-class caves in Parcul Natural Apuseni and offer a course in hydrogeology with an experiential-learning module on groundwater in karst environments.

Florea is one of over 1,200 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Congratulations Dr. Florea as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship! 

More Information on:

Fulbright Press Release:

March 01, 2016

The Star Press: BSU receives grant money for new effort -- DWD: Skill UP Indiana!

BSU receives grant money for new effort

The Star Press    8:37 p.m. EST February 18, 2016

MUNCIE — Ball State University is one of 13 recipients of grant money from the state's Skill UP Indiana! program.

February 05, 2016

ASPIRE Internal Grants Program for Students - Upcoming Deadlines!


Working on a thesis or major project? Planning to present at a conference or exhibition?

Then look to the ASPiRE Internal Grants Program as a funding resource!

The University Research and Creative Arts Committees would like to encourage students to consider applying for an ASPiRE Undergraduate student grant. Funds can be utilized to assist in project costs such as travel or supplies. Please note: All student projects require the support of a faculty mentor or advisor.

Undergraduate Student Competition:
Research: February 10 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the discovery of new insights, theories, or application of research to solve problems within the discipline or in society.

Creative Arts: February 10 (Summer and Fall projects)
Supports the creation of original works of creative arts.

Student Travel Grants:                   
15th of the month prior to travel date
For professional presentations of papers and/or posters, performances, etc., at meetings, conference or competitions.

See our website for detailed guidelines and application forms. 
For questions regarding the Aspire Internal Grant Program, please contact the Aspire Program Manager at: aspire@bsu.edu.

February 04, 2016

Congratulations to all Aspire Internal Grant Student Research and Creative Arts AY 2015/2016 Awardees

The Aspire Student Research Program hopes to support students in the process of study or discovery that will produce new insights, theories, or will apply such knowledge to problem-solving within the discipline or in society.
The Aspire Creative Arts Program wishes to support students in their creation or presentation of creative works.  Eligible projects are usually found in the categories of music, theater, dance visual arts, and creative writing.  Please see our guidelines for a more detailed list of examples. 
For this competition the maximum amount of money awarded is $500 for graduate students, $300 for all others, which can be used to cover SEET related costs.  We ask students to have a faculty mentor and to work closely with them while preparing for this competition.  Students are also expected to complete a final report form upon the completion of the project.
Congratulations to AY 2014/15 awardees:


Graduate Students
  • Hannah Killion  - Family and Consumer Sciences - "The Effect of Vermicomposting Knowledge and Visual Cues on Fruit Consumption in the Middle School Lunch Room"
  • Brittany Cymes  - Geological Sciences - “Phase Diversity and Chlorine-Sulfur Sequestration in Nickel Phyllosilicates from New Caledonia: An Investigation using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM)”
  • Emily Butcher  -  Anthropology - “Brushes, Blood, and Fangs: Social and Cultural Perspectives on Vampire Makeup”
  • Yuri Choi  -  Counseling Psychology and Guidance -“Study of Vocational Interests”
  • Tyler Williams  - Chemistry - “Adsorption of Duloxetine Using MIL-100-Fe Metal-Organic Framework and Detection by Quartz Crystal Microbalance”
  • Jeremy Walls  - Biology - “Effects of temperature on toxin release by cyanobacteria in a eutrophic lake”
  • Adam Ares  - Biology  -  “Evaluating the influence of plant species diversity on the bacterial degradation of dissolved organic matter in wetlands” 
  • Seth Higgins  - Biomechanics  - “Influence of Incline Walking on Frontal Plane Mechanics in Older Adults” 
  • James Van Hoven  - Counseling Psychology and Guidance - “Study of the Relationship between Partner Mutuality, Attachment and Vigilance for Symptoms of Chronic Pain” 
  • Jordan Davis  - Kinesiology  - “Relationship of Arterial Stiffness, Cardiovascular Disease Risk, and Select Markers of Physical Fitness” 
  • Kayla Mughmaw  - Biology  - “Assessment of DPH Effects on Sperm-Egg Zona Pellucida Binding and Protein Expression of Proacrosin and Beta-1,4-Galactosyltransferase in Mouse” 
  • Megan Hubbard  - Biology  - “Male Infertility Due to Dilantin: Examining Potential Decrease in Sperm Motility and CatSper Calcium Channel Abundance in Mouse Sperm Cells” 
  • Sarah Hovey  - Biomechanics  - "The Effect of Landing Type on Kinematics, Kinetics, And Muscle Activity During Landing” 
  • Cameron Behringer  - Biology - “Age related changes in nuclear, mitochondrial, and cytosolic malondialdehyde (MDA) levels in the rat kidney.” 
  • Stephen Davis  - Biology - “Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product Degradation in two Indiana Wetlands” 
Undergraduate Students
  • Megan Schott  - Psychological Science - "The Effect of Trauma Type on Posttraumatic Growth"
  • Alyssa Jackson  - Psychological Science - "Self-Harming Behaviors in American Adults" 
  • Daniel C. Smith  - Medical Education - "Investigation of the role of Glycogen in the Prevention of Hypoglycemic Associative Memory Loss" 
  • Misael Lopez  - Biology - "The influence of a nicotine metabolite on Escherichia coli growth" 
  • Scott E Zello  - Biology - "Multi-stressor effects of PPCPs on Daphnia magna mortality, reproductive activity, and growth" 
  • David Huston  - Biology - "Classical Genetic Analysis of Yeast Growth Rates in Response to Anisomycin"
Graduate Students
  •  George Karst  - Music - “Méditation sur l'Eucharistie”
Undergraduate Students
  • Lauren Sherwood  - Fine Arts  - "To Be Human"

Congratulations to the AY 2015 / 2016 Advance Proposal Development Program Awardees

The goal of the Advance Program is to increase both the quantity and quality of competitive external grant proposals submitted by BSU faculty members and professional personnel.  As such, the Advance award will support a Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) proposal development needs by funding dedicated summer time, AY release time, travel and/or supplies for expenses that will directly impact the development and submission of a competitive external grant proposal.
To be eligible for an ADVANCE grant, the Principal Investigator (PI) must have a record of external proposal activity or have a strong record of scholarly or creative arts activity.
Congratulations to some of the AY 2015/16 awardees:
  • Shaoen Wu - Computer Science - "Exploiting Wireless Channel Dynamics for Mobile Device Authentication" Faculty Profile
  • Thomas Holtgraves - Psychological Science - "The Production and Recognition of Language-Based Intentions" Faculty Profile
  • Mary Kite - Psychological Science - "Stereotypes of Younger and Older Gays and Lesbians" Faculty Profile
  • Rui Chen - ISOM - "Exploring the Imperative Roles of Information Technologies in Supporting Emergency Improvisation" Faculty Profile
For questions regarding the Advance Program, please contact the Advance Program Manager, or email aspire@bsu.edu