Fawad Niazi and Purdue Researchers Receive $325K INDOT Grant

Fawad Niazi, assistant professor of civil engineering, and his co-researchers from Purdue University West Lafayette, received a $325,686 grant from Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) for the “Development of Comprehensive CPT-Based Geotechnical Design Manual for Indiana Transportation.” Niazi’s portion of the grant is $60,394.

This grant project is aimed to prepare a comprehensive guide for the design of shallow/deep foundations, retaining walls, embankments, and other transportation structures using data from the most modern, expedient, economical and reliable in-situ site investigation tool, namely, the cone penetration test (CPT).

Currently, geotechnical designs are carried out using soil strength and stiffness parameters that are obtained from time-consuming and relatively expensive laboratory tests on disturbed samples of geomaterials obtained from selected depths.

Since the CPT is an in-situ test, that provides much greater ground truth in terms of continuous data from a single sounding, this manual will provide the basis for engineers to use CPT results directly for the assessment of site conditions and the design of geotechnical projects in the future.

Computer Science Capstone Team Wins IEEE Grant

A computer science senior project team of Brice Aldrich, Devin Aspy, and Zach Pratt were awarded an IEEE Standards Education Grant for their capstone project, sponsored by INdigital Telecom. The team is advised by Zesheng Chen, assistant professor of computer science.

Their project, “Redundant Failover Seamless-IP-Stack (RFSIS),” about creating an Internet Protocol Stack (i.e., IP-Stack) that supports seamless redundant failover for legacy systems and for future Internet-of-things (i.e., IoT) applications.

The IP-Stack is designed to provide a quick response to failover, in order to backup systems within user-land. It will more specifically be beneficial in the telecommunications industry, where most working systems are archaic and do not provide seamless failover technology.

The IEEE Student Grants require that student projects apply or implement industry standards. The team must submit an application paper for publication by the IEEE upon completion of the project. This is the second time a computer science department team won this grant.

Social media study by three IPFW professors published in Computers in Human Behavior

1-s2-0-s0747563216x00088-cov150hA study about undergraduate social media users and university social media policies by Kimberly O’Connor, assistant professor of organizational leadership and supervision; Gordon Schmidt, assistant professor of organizational leadership and supervision; and Michelle Drouin; professor of psychology, was recently published in Computers in Human Behavior.

The article, titled “Suspended because of social media? Students’ knowledge and opinions of university social media policies and practices,” examined how well students understood university policies, free speech, and privacy issues.

From the abstract:

In this exploratory study, we examined undergraduates’ (N = 298) knowledge of their university’s social media policies, understanding of free speech and privacy protections, opinions about university monitoring and discipline for personal social media posts, and perceptions of fairness regarding recent cases of student discipline for personal social media use.

The results of our study indicate that most undergraduates are highly underinformed as to whether or not their university has a social media policy, particularly if the students are early in their academic careers and do not engage in many online privacy protection behaviors. Most participants were also misinformed as to whether free speech and/or privacy protections will shield them from university discipline. In addition, most participants (78%) were opposed to the idea of universities monitoring students’ personal social media accounts, though significantly fewer (68%) were opposed to monitoring student athletes’ social media.

Finally, when asked about several recent cases involving student discipline, most participants were generally opposed to a variety of university disciplinary actions regarding students’ social media posts. We discuss these findings as they relate to the need for better social media policy training for students, as well as the potential impact on students’ academic and future careers.

Lucas Rodesiler’s co-authored book is published by the NCTE

Layout 1Developing Contemporary Literacies through Sports: A Guide for the English Classroom, a book for middle and high school teachers co-authored by Lucas Rodesiler, assistant professor of secondary education, was recently published by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

From the web site:

Love them or loathe them, the prominence of sports in schools and society is undeniable. The emphasis on sports culture presents teachers with countless possibilities for engaging students in the English language arts. Whether appealing to students’ passion for sports to advance literacy practices or inviting students to reconsider normalized views by examining sports culture through a critical lens, teachers can make sports a pedagogical ally.

This book, a collection of lessons and commentaries from established teachers, teacher educators, scholars, and authors, will support teachers in turning students’ extracurricular interests into legitimate options for academic study. With seven interrelated sections—facilitating literature study, providing alternatives to traditional novels, teaching writing, engaging students in inquiry and research, fostering media and digital literacies, promoting social justice, and developing out-of-school literacies—this collection and its companion website provide numerous resources that support teachers in developing students’ contemporary literacies through sports.

Brett Wilkinson’s co-authored book is published by Kendall Hunt

9781465295415Education psychology for learners: Connecting theory, research, and application, a textbook co-authored by Brett Wilkinson, assistant professor of counselor education, was recently published by Kendall Hunt.

From the back cover:

Educational Psychology for Learners is designed to promote academic growth, personal development, and integration into scholarly communities by engaging students in a rigorous intellectual discussion of key psycho-educational principles. In addition to providing both historical and current overviews of relevant theories and research, there is an emphasis on the integration and application of fundamental concepts and practices related to motivation, knowledge acquisition and information processing, and self-regulation.

 Case studies, innovative activities, and examples give students the chance to think about how to apply their theoretical knowledge in real-world contexts, while reading lists are included to enable further self-study. By illustrating how educational psychology provides the foundation for personal, academic, and professional success, Educational Psychology for Learners seeks to empower our future professionals by encouraging well-informed, scholarly discussions in both the college classroom and beyond.

Article by Augusto De Venanzi and Donna Holland published in Venezuelan Journal of Social Indicators

The article “The Application of Multidimensional Poverty Maps to High-Income Countries: A Project Proposal for Allen County, Indiana, USA,” by Augusto De Venanzi, professor of sociology, and Donna Holland, director of social research and associate professor of sociology, was recently published in Venezuelan Journal of Social Indicators.

From the abstract:

In high-income countries poverty maps are typically applied to represent concentrations of poor populations according to a single demographic variable, such as race. Notwithstanding, in low to mid-income countries these maps are used to maximum effect gradations of adverse living conditions understood as unmet basic needs. Our aim in this paper is to offer a model for the study of multidimensional poverty in high-income countries -Allen County, Indiana – that is able to capture the ways in which problems of need in housing, education, health, employment, nutrition, and environmental safety combine to produce households with joint disadvantages. We believe that multidimensional poverty maps constitute a superior way to grasp the needs of populations than single variable maps or poverty line methods. Data gathering will proceed by mailing a questionnaire to a sample of 3500 households in Allen County. Data will be processed through the application of cluster analysis and GIS mapping techniques. The presentation of these detailed estimates in the form of maps is a powerful communication tool that is readily understandable by a wide audience; further, mapping creates an important opportunity for different actors to join in the public debate on poverty.