Math professors, alumnus attend and present at Mathfest

Lowell Beineke, Jack W. Schrey professor of mathematics; Adam Coffman, acting chair and professor of mathematics; and alumnus Lingxi Wu (’16) attended Mathfest 2016, the annual summer meeting of the Mathematical Association of America, in Columbus, Ohio.

Coffman gave a talk on “Perturbing Isolated Points of Real Algebraic Space Curves.”

Wu’s talk, “Computational Mathematics and Minimizing Energy,” was based on research he did at IPFW under the supervision of Peter Dragnev, professor of mathematics.

Wu’s attendance at Mathfest was supported in part by a grant from Pi Mu Epsilon, the national mathematics honor society.

Research by Richard Sutter and Tanvi Chhatiawala Published in New Book

9780128019665The paper “Population Structure Analyses using Phenetic Deciduous Tooth Trait Data from San José de Moro, Peru (A.D. 500 – 850),” co-authored by Richard Sutter, chair and professor of anthropology, and Tanvi Chhatiawala (’16) was recently published in the book Biological Distance Analysis: Forensic and Bioarchaeological Perspectives.

The paper is based upon research conducted during July 2012 as part of Sutter’s ANTH B405 Fieldwork in Bioanthropology course at the San José de Moro archaeological site located on the north coast of Peru.

The paper examines the usefulness of genetically influenced human tooth characteristics in children’s deciduous teeth to derive population genetics estimates of inbreeding, gene flow, and genetic relatedness among prehistoric human populations.

“The team compared their results to those previously reported by me in another publication that came out last fall in Current Anthropology,” said Sutter. “We found that the children’s teeth produced similar genetic estimates as did the adult’s permanent tooth traits.”

Alumnus Kevin O’Brian Receives SVA Leadership Institute Scholarship

Kevin O’Brian (B.G.S. ’16) received a full scholarship to attend a Student Veterans of America 2016 Leadership Institute. He will join over 100 other student veteran leaders for the four-day conference in Dallas, Texas, on September 29-October 2, 2016.

From the web Student Veterans of America web site:

SVA’s Local Leadership Summits bring student veterans together to exchange chapter best practices and to explore campus-level concepts that can ease a veteran’s transition from the military to higher education and then to the workforce. These events are hosted in multiple locations throughout the country every summer. Each Summit is hosted with an SVA corporate partner, which gives veterans the opportunity to network and learn from business leaders.

Alumnus Brett Gauger Judged a National Social Media Competition

Brett Gauger (’15) was a judge for the Social Media Competition hosted by Ball State University’s Marketing Department. The competition drew over 60 students from universities in Texas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Indiana.

Participants were given the business plan of a local Courtyard by Marriott hotel, and then were asked to help build it’s social media plan. Gauger and his co-workers at Cyclone Social judged the final round “flash cases,” where participants had only 20 minutes to create a social media strategic plan for a crisis.

Biology Students Win Four Poster Presentation Awards

On April 1-2, students from IPFW and across the state presented their research at the Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) annual meeting, held on the IPFW campus.

IPFW was well represented with student abstracts by Xyryl Pablo (senior, biology); Justin Lothamer (’15); Janine Bennett (senior, biology); Phat Lam (senior, biology); Melissa Beaty (grad student, biology); James Price (grad student, biology); and Jamison Law (grad student, biology).

The following students won awards for their poster:

  • 1st Place M.S. Division: James Price “Juvenile Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) Microbial Community Structure Throughout an Ontogenic Shift” (mentors: Frank Paladino, chair and professor, biology; and Tanya Soule, assistant professor of biology)
  • 2nd Place M.S. Division: Jamison Law “Biochemical Characterization of  a Mycobacterial Glyercerol-3-Phosphate Acyltransferase” (mentor: Jaiyanth Daniel, assistant professor of biology)
  • 1st Place Undergraduate Division: Janine Bennett “The Response Regulator Npun_F1278 is Essential for Scytonemin Biosynthesis in the Cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme ATCC 29133” (mentor: Tanya Soule, assistant professor of biology)
  • 2nd Place Undergraduate Division: Xyryl Pablo “Mycobacterial Protein mEttA and its Role in Resuscitation from Stationary Phase” (mentor: Jaiyanth Daniel, assistant professor of biology)

Guests at the event included esteemed speakers from ASM national as well as the Allen County Health Commissioner. There were 27 abstracts in microbiology and immunology presented by 15 undergraduate, 4 M.S. graduate, and 8 Ph.D. graduate students.

Seven Communication faculty and two alumni to present at National Communication Association 2015 Convention

Seven Department of Communication faculty members and two Master’s alumni will give presentations at the National Communication Association Convention in Las Vegas, November 19-22.

Marcia Dixson, assistant vice chancellor for teaching and learning and associate professor of communication, will present the paper “The Role of SoTL in the Academy: Upon the 25th Anniversary of Boyer’s Scholarship Reconsidered,” which she co-authored with Beth Kern and Gwendolyn Mettetal, both of IUSB, and Robin Morgan of IUS. This paper was awarded as a Top 5 Paper in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Dixson has now earned this honor for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the past seven years.

Art Herbig, assistant professor of communication, will present his documentary, “Never Forget: Public Memory & 9/11″ as part of the inaugural NCA Film Festival. Herbig is the director of the film, which he co-produced with Aaron Hess of Arizona State University and Alix R. Watson of Ball State University

Michelle Kelsey Kearl, assistant professor of communication, and Giuliana Sorce (M.S. ‘14) will present their paper “LGBTQ Coalition Building: Finding an Identity, Sharing Resources, and Improving Lives in the Community.”

Sarah LeBlanc, visiting instructor of communication, will present her paper “‘So That’s What They Are For’: An Autoethnographic Journey into Breastfeeding.”

Irwin Mallin, associate professor of communication, will present his response to the panel “Embracing Student Success: Adequately Preparing Students for the ‘Real World'”

Nadia I. Martínez-Carrillo, assistant professor of communication, and Daniel Tamul, assistant professor of communication, will present their paper “Unaccompanied Minors on Our Doorstep: Communication Origins and Solutions for the Central American Child Refugee Crisis,” co-authored with Colleen Connolly-Ahern of Penn State University.

John Kaufeld (M.A. ’13), chief communications officer, will present “‘Since we are playing together, we will have something in common:’ Playing with the research and application possibilities of Euro-style board games,” as part of the panel “Researching the Impact of Meeples: Does Communication Got Game?”