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"

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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.