February 21, 2017

SPA Welcomes Clement Matasane, UASP IREX Fellow

Sponsored Projects Administration was pleased to welcome a UASP (University Administration Support Program) IREX Fellowship recipient in the first week of February. Clement Matasane, Grants Coordinator at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal’s College of Health Sciences (Durban, South Africa), will be staying in Muncie until the first week of March to learn about research administration at Ball State University. 

Matasane will be meeting with faculty, staff, and administrators across campus to gain an enhanced understanding of how research administration works at the university level, with a prospect to develop an implementation plan for his own research office upon returning to Durban. He hopes to become familiarized with several aspects of the Ball State research enterprise, including  identifying funding opportunities, electronic research administration, pre-award, post-award, and compliance. 

"We are trying to do more at the university I work at and my main goal is to develop a plan of action to take back with me when I return," Matasane said. "We need more human support, special project officers, and overall a more centralized process for research administration." 

Matasane spent the past two weeks visiting with various staff at SPA, as well as faculty members across campus to network and witness the processes of internal and external funding. He said he admires the working relationships and interactions of collaborators on campus. 

"I believe in hand-in-hand working relationships and everyone works as a team here," he said. "Everyone shares the responsibilities and tasks when it comes to completing grants. When there are challenges, they sit down and talk about them together." 

Matasane said his first two weeks in Muncie were busy with meetings and interviews, but he is also interested in seeing what the community has to offer. 

"I have gone to dinner with some of the staff at SPA and I would love to see a show at Emens Auditorium before I leave," he said. "I am so thankful for this opportunity and the support of IREX and Ball State. It's difficult to be away from my family, but I have received a warm welcome from the entire office and university." 

Matasane will be flying to Washington D.C. on March 3 to complete his fellowship program. Upon returning to Durban, Matasane said he is looking forward to maintaining the relationships he formed while working at Ball State. 

"This is an everlasting relationship," he said. "I will continue to collaborate with the staff at SPA and treat them as my mentors as I take this next step at my university." 

January 30, 2017

Student Symposium Registration Deadline EXTENDED

Have you registered for the Student Symposium yet? The deadline to register has been extended until Monday, Feb. 6 at midnight.

This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the Student Center. The Student Symposium is a free, on-campus academic conference exclusively for Ball State students.

All students and majors are eligible to participate and may choose to present a poster of their work or take part in a moderated paper presentation. Participants may enter research projects or creative/design endeavors.

Due to the increased popularity of this event, the first 130 completed registrations for poster presentations and first 50 completed registrations for paper presentations will be accepted.

Visit www.bsu.edu/studentsymposium for guidelines and registration form. Registration will close on Monday, Feb. 6 at midnight.

January 27, 2017

SPA Colloquia: Involving Students in your Projects

Some of the best research projects are the result of student and faculty collaborations. Immersive and entrepreneurial learning projects are designed to equip students with the tools necessary to work with businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies to address community challenges, but they also help faculty members conduct research.

Several faculty members discussed the advantages of involving students in research projects at the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) Colloquia session Wednesday. 

Suzanne Plesha, Director of Faculty Support and Assessment for Entrepreneurial Learning, works with partners on campus to create excitement surrounding high-impact practices and activities, including immersive learning, undergraduate research and service learning. 

"We support immersive learning activity on campus and offer faculty support programs," Plesha said. "We also have the Entrepreneurial Learning Academy in the summer where faculty are selected to participate in a syllabus revision." 

Left to Right:Suzanne Plesha, Director of Faculty Support and Assessment for Entrepreneurial Learning, Kelli Huth, Director of Immersive Learning for Entrepreneurial Learning, Sue McDowell, Professor of Biology, and Adam Kuban, Assistant Professor of Journalism, discuss the advantages of involving students in research projects at the SPA Colloquia session Wednesday. 

Kelli Huth, Director of Immersive Learning for Entrepreneurial Learning, often works with faculty members who have ideas about how they want to integrate immersive learning into their courses, but may not necessarily have community contacts or they need help developing project ideas.

"We do one-on-one support with faculty members who have questions or ideas and then throughout the semester we help to support those projects that are in place," she said. "We also help to navigate things like travel, purchasing, and other logistics that come with budget management, although not every immersive learning project is tied to a budget. 

According to Huth, a majority of Ball State students don't actively participate in activities off-campus. 

"Not enough students are getting off campus to explore our community," she said. "We are taking a creative approach to learning with the help of our community partners."

Left to Right:Suzanne Plesha, Director of Faculty Support and Assessment for Entrepreneurial Learning, and Kelli Huth, Director of Immersive Learning for Entrepreneurial Learning, discuss how Ball State helps faculty members plan for immersive and entrepreneurial learning projects. 

Adam Kuban, assistant professor of journalism at Ball State, has completed eight immersive learning projects with his students since being hired in 2011. 

"One thing that I have noticed when I talk to other faculty members about integrating projects into their research and scholarly identity is that there is a lot of discussion and a lot of contemplation of the teaching aspect of it," Kuban said. "Where does all of this time, effort, and energy go in the end?" 

Sue McDowell, professor of biology, said she believes her research lab has helped students find jobs more easily after graduation.

"There is a difference between the students I have in the classroom versus the ones who are in the lab," she said. "The ones in the lab contribute tremendously to the new areas we are working on with infectious disease, but working together towards one goal has been one of the fundamental strengths that has enabled us to become successful in my lab." 

McDowell said she would not have made it through promotion and tenure at Ball State if she didn't have her research lab students.
"They have benefited my career greatly and I try to make sure the work we are doing is benefiting them as well," she said. "About 18 of them have been co-authors on peer-reviewed publications from the lab." 

The next SPA Colloquia session, Managing Large Research Projects, will be held on February 10 at 3 p.m. in Bracken Library Room 104. Please join Scott Trappe, Director of Ball State’s Human Performance Laboratory, as he discusses effective ways to approach the management of larger research projects.

January 23, 2017

Student Symposium - Have you registered yet? 
Registration is now open for the 2017 Student Symposium. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the Student Center.

The Student Symposium is a free, on-campus academic conference exclusively for Ball State students. All students and majors are eligible to participate and may choose to present a poster of their work or take part in a moderated paper presentation. Participants may enter research projects or creative/design endeavors.

Due to the increased popularity of this event, the first 130 completed registrations for poster presentations and first 50 completed registrations for paper presentations will be accepted.

Registration is open January 9-30, 2017. Visit www.bsu.edu/studentsymposium for guidelines and registration form.

January 19, 2017

SPA Colloquia: Faculty/Student Collaborations: Involving Students in your Research, Service, and Engagement

Ball State has a long history of faculty members collaborating with students on their projects. Ball State’s Office of Entrepreneurial Learning (OEL) helps facilitate these opportunities, and there are many examples to be found of BSU faculty members who have met with much success in involving students in their work.

On Wednesday, January 25 at 12:00 in the Art & Journalism Building (Atrium Dining Room), come and hear Kelli Huth and Suzanne Plesha from OEL describe the ways in which Ball State can help facilitate faculty/student collaborations. In addition, Sue McDowell (Department of Biology) and Adam Kuban (Department of Journalism) will be on hand to discuss how working with students outside of the classroom has enhanced their overall faculty experience.

We look forward to seeing you on January 25th. For additional information, please contact Stanley Geidel (sgeidel@bsu.edu or 285-2022). Please RSVP

January 18, 2017

SPA Colloquia • Intellectual Property Considerations: Patents, Copyrights, and Commercialization

The partnership between the Ball State Innovation Corporation (BSIC) and the Sponsored Projects Administration (SPA) helps faculty members address the ownership, distribution, and commercial development process of their own ideas and discoveries.

Wil Davis, President of BSIC, and Stephanie Roof, SPA Proposal Manager, discussed the processes and procedures for protecting and commercializing outcomes that arise from faculty research, scholarship, and creative work at the SPA Colloquia session Friday.

BSIC provides guidance for Ball State faculty with several resources throughout the commercialization process, including analyzing commercialization feasibility of intellectual property and assisting innovators in the creation of a business model or plan.

According to Davis, the first step in commercializing these outcomes is to complete an Intellectual Property Disclosure Form for inventors and authors. To ensure that adequate protections may be secured for the inventor or author, this form should be completed prior to any publication or public disclosure of the work.

"This step is very helpful in understanding what it is that you are wanting to commercialize," Davis said. "It will also help you determine what its potential on the market is."

Davis said the six questions listed on the disclosure form are helpful in determining what the inventor is offering and how to create a strategy for further development.

"Together we have to come up with a strategy of how to identify that 'it' with you," he said. "How do I know this is mine and how will I assert others that this is mine?"

The primary strategies commonly used include patents, copyrights and trade secrets.

"Keep in mind that when you patent and copyright, you disclose to the world what you have done," Davis said. "A patent is a set of instructions so that anyone of ordinary skill in the art could create what you have said you created. Once you copyright that idea, you own it and you can do what you want with it."

Generally, the only instance in which Ball State owns the material is when a significant amount (exceeding $500) of the university's resources are used. In those cases, Ball State will receive a majority (70 percent) of the profits generated from those outcomes. If Ball State has not provided an extraordinary amount of resources which result in the outcome, the sole owner is the inventor.

In some cases, instructors and students are faced with the challenge of determining who will have ownership of the work when it is completed.

"Students own their own work and the only exception is when we direct their work using our resources to do so," he said. "We generally have students sign a release form in that case which grants ownership to the instructor and university."

Revisions are being made to the university's current policy on intellectual property and technology transfer. The new policy should be available in the upcoming months.

-The current policy can be found HERE.

-The IP Disclosure Form can be found HERE.

January 12, 2017

Student Symposium Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2017 Student Symposium. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the Student Center.

The Student Symposium is a free, on-campus academic conference exclusively for Ball State students. All students and majors are eligible to participate and may choose to present a poster of their work or take part in a moderated paper presentation. Participants may enter research projects or creative/design endeavors.

Due to the increased popularity of this event, the first 130 completed registrations for poster presentations and first 50 completed registrations for paper presentations will be accepted.

Registration is open January 9-30, 2017. Visit www.bsu.edu/studentsymposium for guidelines and registration form.

November 10, 2016

Meet the SPA Fellows - Cohort B

Sponsored Projects Administration is pleased to introduce you to the 2016-17 Fellows (Cohort B). The SPA Fellows Program is an intensive educational experience designed to develop the knowledge base and grant-writing skills of faculty members who display superior potential regarding the ability to obtain external funding in support of research, scholarship, creative projects, and other fundable endeavors. 

Sergiy Rosokha
My name is Sergiy Rosokha. I grew up in Carpathian region located in the western part of Ukraine and received my M. Sc. in Chemical Physics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. After completion of Ph.D. at Institute of Physical Chemistry in Kiev, I spent several years as a research scientist at National Sciences of Ukraine studying kinetics and mechanisms of complex chemical processes and developing industrial technologies for the recovery of platinum metals from scraps and wastes. For this work, I was awarded State Prize in Science and Technology of Ukraine. From 2000, I was carrying out research in physical-organic chemistry at the University of Houston in Texas, and, subsequently, teaching and doing research at Roosevelt University, Chicago. I joined Ball State University as an Associate Professor of Chemistry in 2016.
My research is focused on the mechanisms of chemical reactions, as well as on the fascinating intermolecular interactions which are vital for the molecular recognition and reactivity, functioning of biomolecules, pharmaceutical substances, and molecular materials. I co-authored 84 articles and 2 book chapters, with more than 2000 citations and h-index of 26.  My current work is supported by the $296,600 grant from the National Science Foundation “Supramolecular anion-pi and halogen-bonded complexes and their role in electron-transfer processes” and by the $70,000 grant from the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund “Characterization of ion-radical pi-bonding and electron transfer using cation-radical salts with weakly coordinating anions.”

Cori Jenkins
My name is Cori Jenkins. I completed my doctoral work in chemistry at Purdue University where I utilized polymers to mimic mussel proteins in order to develop new adhesives. After graduate school, I conducted research as a postdoctoral scholar at California Institute of Technology where my work focused on creating polymers displaying different sugar motifs to regulate neuronal growth.
This is both my first year at Ball State University and as a professor. My research here focuses on incorporating thiol groups into diverse polymer architectures. These polythiols can be easily modified to incorporate an array of functional groups via ‘click chemistry,’ form internal cross-links, and bind metals. Once developed, these materials will serve as scaffolds for a range of applications including environmental remediation via metal entrapment as well as drug delivery. The breadth of possibilities allows students to explore their own interests and will allow me to engage in collaborations to utilize polythiols in new and interesting ways.
Whether at work or at home, I try to get outside as much as possible. I firmly believe fresh air and sunshine make any task more manageable. When I’m not working, my fiancĂ© and I love cooking, exercising, and traveling together. We often take our husky on long walks or hikes. I enjoy experiencing new places and one of my goals is to visit all 50 states during my life.  

Xin Sun
My name is Xin Sun and I joined the Computer Science Department at Ball State University in fall 2016 as an assistant professor. From 2012 to 2016 I was an assistant professor at Florida International University in Miami, Florida. I received my Ph.D. from Purdue University, West Lafayette, in 2012. My general research interest lies in computer networking and networked systems, with a focus on network management and operations.

The current goal of my research is to develop rigorous scientific approaches and software-based automation tools for the operations and management of large and complex cyber-infrastructures, which are kept working today entirely by manual effort and human intelligence and are thus prone to human errors.  I am also very passionate about Computer Science education. I love working with students, particularly with undergraduate students who are often able to “think different”, and I have been evolving undergraduate students in every stage of my research projects from the initial design to development to evaluation and deployment.

When I am not lecturing in class or writing a grant proposal in office, I am probably working out in the gym or checking out the latest gadgets on YouTube.

YoungAh Lee

My name is YoungAh Lee; I am an assistant professor teaching both undergraduate and graduate Public Relations courses in the Department of Journalism. I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism with a Ph.D. degree and before coming back to academia, I have worked as a PR strategy consultant for more than 8 years.

With a scientist-practitioner perspective from my professional background, my research interests are focused on the role of strategic communication in the achievement of organizations’ goals, specifically in the context of social media and university reputation management. Especially, I have developed keen interests in social media analytics both for teaching and research in order to examine pervasive impact of media analytics in public relations planning, execution and evaluation. This effort has been recognized by the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and I was chosen as one of nine nationally selected 2016 Plank Educator Fellow. I hope that my research will benefit my teaching and ultimately my public relations students, who will face fast and significant changes driven by new communication technology.     

Bangshuai Han
Bangshuai Han is an Assistant Professor of Water Resources at the department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State University. He received his doctorate in Environmental Resources Engineering from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and his master in Physical Geography from Chinese Academy of Sciences. Right before coming to Ball State University, he worked as a postdoc researcher at Boise State University, leading a team of social and biophysical scientists on the projection of water availability in Southwest Idaho.
His research interests center at critical water resources issues, by integrating expertise from hydrology, climate change, land use and human influences. He tackles research questions using models, laboratory experiments, field experiments, and surveys. He also likes to incorporate up-to-date research into class experiences. He is currently teaching introductory level environmental and water courses.
He is a father of two kids, one is three years old and the other is one and a half. In his spare time, he likes playing badminton, table tennis, gardening and hiking.

Matt Moore
My name is Matt Moore.  I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Ball State University.  My research centers on the integration of social work into the field of athletics.  I have a passion for positioning social workers to offer advocacy, case coordination, counseling, and program and policy change to improve athlete well-being and functioning.  I am currently working on a Sport Social Work Certificate Program and a Sport Social Work Model of Practice.  
In addition to this line of research, I love nothing more than being present for my students in the classroom and beyond.  I predominately teach in the areas of social welfare policy, research, and practice.  I was a finalist for the Ball State Excellence in Teaching Award and recently received the Greek Life Award for Outstanding Teaching.  
Outside of Ball State, my main priority will always be my family.  My wife and I take great pride in raising our three children (Brooklyn, Bronson, and Maverick).  In my spare time, I am the Varsity tennis coach at Zionsville High School.  I also enjoy coaching hockey through the Indianapolis Youth Hockey Association.  I hope you enjoyed learning more about my professional and personal life.  Please let me know if I can ever be of assistance – I truly operate on an open-door policy!

Kim Zoder-Martell

My name is Kim Zoder-Martell. I am an assistant professor of Applied Behavior Analysis in the Special Education department. I am a licensed psychologist and a Board Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral level. I am originally from NY, but I earned a Ph.D., in school psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. I completed my pre-doctoral internship in Louisiana, and moved to Indiana to obtain post-doctoral supervision at Riley Hospital for Children. Broadly, my research focuses on improving outcomes for individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. I am particularly interested in evaluating strategies to train consultees (e.g., parents, teachers, direct care staff) how to implement behavior analytic interventions with treatment fidelity.
Currently, I am the elected Member at Large, Past Conference Chair, and the Interim Chair of the Communications Committee for the Hoosier Association for Behavior Analysis. I am actively involved in pursuing licensure for behavior analysts in Indiana. I am also involved with the Indiana Association of Psychologists and serve on their Communications Committee.

I live in Carmel with my husband, Nick, and our daughter, Maibel. We have three dogs. I know, you’re thinking, “crazy dog lady!” I am the co-leader of a Girl Scout troop and I am avid crafter. Although I enjoy most crafts, crochet is my favorite.

Sanglim Yoo
My name is Sanglim Yoo, assistant professor of Urban Planning. I was appointed as a faculty member of the Department of Urban Planning at Ball State in 2014 and teach introductory and advanced level Geographic Information Systems (GIS), quantitative analysis and research methods, and regional planning studio to future urban planners. I come from various academic backgrounds including plant biology, environmental studies, city planning, and environment and natural resources policy.
I have deep rooted interest in the economic value of urban environmental amenities. For my dissertation research, I applied spatial statistical method, specifically Geographically Weighted Regression (GWR), as well as machine learning techniques, such as random forest and Cubist, to investigate spatially heterogeneous benefits of various urban environmental amenities. My research interest lies in the sustainable environmental management and planning by focusing on the quantification of human – environmental interactions in urban area.

Together with economic valuation of urban environmental amenities, I am in the initial stage of expanding the realm my research into the investigation of the relationship between remotely sensed summertime land surface temperatures and biophysical and socioeconomic characteristics of urban areas. In my research, I tried to address Urban Heat Islands (UHIs) phenomenon reflecting more realistic and tangible urban scales, such as by planning zone, by neighborhood, by city block, or by parcel.

October 26, 2016

Meet the SPA Fellows

Sponsored Projects Administration is pleased to introduce you to the 2016-17 Fellows (Cohort A). The SPA Fellows Program is an intensive educational experience designed to develop the knowledge base and grant-writing skills of faculty members who display superior potential regarding the ability to obtain external funding in support of research, scholarship, creative projects, and other fundable endeavors. 

Allison Rober

Allison Rober is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Biology in the Department of Biology at Ball State University. Allison earned a Certification in Teaching College Science and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB) with a specialization in Environmental Science and Policy from Michigan State University.

Allison’s research focus is in the area of algal community ecology, with particular interest in environmental controls on benthic algal communities and their role in ecosystem processes. Much of her research focuses on how processes related to ongoing climate change (e.g., variable hydrology, light availability, nutrient enrichment, and warming) influence algal community composition in wetlands and the potential consequences for food web structure.

Allison is actively involved in a variety of initiatives to enhance science literacy through scholarly teaching and developed the BSU Scientific Teaching Program for graduate students interested in learning to build and implement student-centered instructional materials and teaching strategies for STEM courses.

Philip Smaldino

My lab is interested in studying “unusual” DNA shapes. We study a specific protein that is present in human cells, that can change the shape of certain regions of DNA. We are interested in how this change in DNA shape can turn a gene “on” or “off”. We use these findings to better understand and treat specific human diseases including HIV/AIDS and ALS (Lou Gehrigs disease).

Outside of research and teaching, I enjoy spending time with my wife, Melissa, and our (soon to be) two children. We enjoy working on our large vegetable garden, tending to our 11 chickens and three goats, and staying active at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Leeann Lower

Hi, my name is Leeann Lower, but most people call me Lee. I am an Assistant Professor in Sport Administration at Ball State University (BSU). This is my second year at BSU, having recently finished my doctorate at The Ohio State University (OSU) in Sport Management. While at OSU I acted as research coordinator for LiFE Sports, a sport-based positive youth development program.

My primary research interests are in the areas of organizational effectiveness and sport for development. My scholarship is based on the premise that a sport program can maximize participant outcomes and achieve the organization’s vision, if designed, delivered, and evaluated effectively. I became interested in the areas of organizational effectiveness and sport for development through my family’s involvement in Athletes in Action as well as my own experiences running collegiate cross-country and participating in recreational sport.

Apart from my position at BSU, I enjoy an active lifestyle with friends and family. You will often find me training for a marathon, playing recreational sports or games, or traveling to experience a new city or event. I also appreciate reading a good book and being out in nature. It has been such a joy joining the Ball State community. I hope to continue to expand my network and skills through meaningful experiences, such as the SPA Fellows program.

Brandon Kistler

My name is Brandon Kistler and I am a new faculty returning to Ball State after completing my PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I have a background in both nutrition and exercise physiology with specific expertise in cardiovascular methodology including ultrasound, tonometry, heart rate and blood pressure variability.

My research focuses primarily on strategies to overcome barriers and help prevent inadequate or inappropriate nutrition in patients with renal disease. My recent projects have focused on the safety of providing nutrition support during hemodialysis treatment and have been geared towards providing the scientific knowledge to develop evidence-based guidelines for this controversial practice. I have been the primary investigator or co-investigator on grants from the American Heart Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, American College of Sports Medicine, and United States Department of Agriculture. 

Tya M. Arthur

Tya M. Arthur, PhD, MPH, CPH, is an Assistant Professor of Health Science in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science at Ball State University. She received a master of public health in Health Policy and Management from the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Rural Public Health and a doctorate in Health Education from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.

Dr. Arthur’s research interests focus on culturally sensitive health promotion and health care with the goal of preventing and reducing chronic disease among racial/ethnic minority and low income communities. Her program of research involves (1) developing, implementing, and evaluating community-based, culturally sensitive health promotion interventions, and (2) identifying and addressing the health-related social needs (e.g., food insecurity, transportation, and housing instability) of low-income patients with the goal of reducing healthcare costs and improving quality of care and health outcomes.

Dr. Arthur has been inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, the Eta Sigma Gamma National Professional Health Education Honorary, and the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education.

Christina Jones

Christina Jones, PhD, is a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Science in the College of Health at Ball State University. Dr. Jones spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Corporate and Health Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater before joining the BSU faculty. She completed her doctorate in Health Communication from Purdue University in May 2014 and her Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in May 2009.

Dr. Jones’ expertise and accompanying research program in health disparities and health advocacy in vulnerable populations spans across chronic disease prevention, social justice and health, and health behavior theory, using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

Considering her mass media and strategic communication background, Dr. Jones also maintains interests in community-driven research as well as health promotion, intervention design, and program evaluation. Dr. Jones is a recipient of the 2016 National Communication Association’s Golden Monograph Award, which is a competitively selected achievement bestowed at the top publication in the discipline of the prior year.

In her free time, Dr. Jones enjoys spending time outdoors with her son, Gabriel, as well as cheering on her favorite football teams – the Purdue Boilermakers and the Indianapolis Colts. In the Spring you may also find her at the speedway – Dr. Jones is a consistent attendee of the Indianapolis 500 and a committed fan of IndyCar racing.

Teresia Mbogori 

My name is Teresia Mbogori and I have recently joined Ball State University as an Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics. I was born and raised in Kenya where I did all my basic education and Bachelor’s degree. In 2009, I moved to Israel to pursue a Master’s degree in Nutritional Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I returned to Kenya in 2011 and worked for a few years as an adjunct instructor at my Alma Mater, Egerton University. I then moved to Texas Tech University in 2013 to pursue a Doctoral degree in Nutritional Sciences. I graduated in August 2016 and immediately joined Ball State University as a faculty member.

My research interests are in food security, nutrition education and public policy. I am interested in community empowerment projects that enable the community to develop solutions for their own food security and nutrition needs.

I am married and have two boys, ages 12 and 9. When I can, I enjoy reading books and watching movies that are totally unrelated to my discipline. For example, I follow NASA on Facebook and watch their channel when they launch space ships. Although most of this happens late at night, I still stay up to watch it live.

October 25, 2016

Research Week 2016 - Mark Your Calendars!

Sponsored Projects Administration is proud to announce the schedule for our Annual Research Week conference. Research Week 2016 takes place November 14-18 and includes more than thirty workshops, presentations, and special events all designed especially for the Ball State research community. We have expanded the conference by adding several new events to the schedule this year. 

This conference is free and open to the entire Ball State community. Registration is not required for individual events, but is offered if you would like a record of your attendance. Registration links can be found in session descriptions on the Research Week webpage. New information is being added every week, so check back often for updates!

This year we are offering several different tracks of learning opportunities for Research Week:

SPA Primer Series – Workshops and presentations about the nuts and bolts of doing research at Ball State University. Topics range from funding searches and grantsmanship 101 to making the most of reviewer comments and compliance issues.

Spotlight Events  Just want the highlights? Spotlight Events may be just what you’re looking for. These events will appeal to the broadest range of the campus audience. Anyone, no matter the discipline or level of involvement in research, will find these events of interest. Spotlight events include a keynote speech by Jennifer Blackmer, Associate Provost for Entrepreneurial Learning and Associate Professor of Theatre, and a Teach-a-Thon featuring Ted Talk style presentations from several Ball State faculty members.

Guest Speaker Sessions – Many of this year’s sessions feature speakers from outside of Sponsored Projects Administration. They will be discussing the Fulbright experience, introducing the new College of Health, helping us to understand the export control process, and presenting on many other interesting topics surrounding the external funding enterprise on campus. 

Daily Panel Discussions – Join us every day at 2 p.m. in Bracken Library 104 for a panel discussion. See Research Week schedule for topics. 

*Special Presentation*
NSF Fall Grants Conference – We will be live-streaming both days of the National Science Foundation fall grants conference on Monday, November 14 and Tuesday, November 15. Viewing locations will be the SPA Conference Room and the Schwartz Learning Pod (Bracken Library, 1st floor). Check here for conference schedule.

This year there are three easy ways to access the full and up-to-date Research Week conference schedule. You can either visit Guidebook on the web or the Sponsored Projects Administration website to get the schedule online, or download the Guidebook app to have access to the complete schedule on the go!

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for future updates and information.