Logan Timbrook Receives Student Award from Institute of Internal Auditors

Logan Timbrook (junior, account and finance) received the 2016 student award from the Fort Wayne Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors. The local chapter presented him with the award at the 2016 IIA Student Night on February 3.

The award was based on an essay he wrote about why he’s pursuing a degree in accounting, his extracurricular activities, and his career goals.

Timbrook is also a 2013 Doermer School of Business Scholar.

Eric Stadig Wins Poster Presentation Award

A poster presentation titled “Monitoring Long Term Trends in the St Joseph River Watershed” by Eric Stadig (graduate student in biology; advisor Robert Gillespie, associate professor of biology) won 2015 Hydrolab Best Student Poster Presentation award.

He presented the poster session at the International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) annual 58th Conference on Great Lakes Research at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vermont.

Hydrolab Best Student Poster Presentation award is given for the two best student poster presentations judged during the annual meeting.

The poster session described his analysis of data from the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative, examining trends in atrazine, total phosphorous, nitrate-nitrite, conductivity, turbidity, and dissolved oxygen from 2000-2013 at 13 tributary sites near their confluence with the St. Joseph River.

He is continuing this project as part of his graduate research assistanceship.

James Farlow Receives Two Honors from Indiana Academy of Science

James Farlow, professor emeritus of geosciences, received two honors from the Indiana Academy of Science.

Farlow is the 2016 recipient of the organization’s Distinguished Scholar Award, which recognizes an exceptional record of scholarship.

He was also awarded status as a Fellow of the Academy. This designation honors those who have demonstrated service to the Academy and to the advancement of science in Indiana; service to education in science; and achievements in scientific research.

Farlow will be recognized at the annual Academy meeting on March 26, 2016.

Abdullah Eroglu honored by Purdue Research Foundation

Abdulla Eroglu, chair and professor of electrical engineering, was honored by the Purdue Research Foundation at its 11th annual Inventors Recognition Reception on November 3 in West Lafayette.

Eroglu was recognized for his patent for a “Quadrature Modulator Balancing System.” The patent covers a novel non-invasive method of eliminating imperfections in radio frequency (RF) systems. It is based on image rejection using correction factors.

The technology has potential in both commercial and military applications.

Active Minds student organization named 5-star chapter

active minds logoThe IPFW chapter of Active Minds, a student organization which promotes mental health and disorder awareness, has been named as a 5-star chapter of the national Active Minds group. They are one of 28 (out of 400 chapters nation-wide) to receive this honor. Congratulations to the student members and their advisor, Floie Stouder, counselor in the IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program.

The Active Minds chapter is involved in many activities during the school year, including Suicide Prevention Week, the community Out of Darkness Walk, and Depression Awareness Day. Their goal is to increase awareness among students about issues of mental health, symptoms of mental illness, and available resources in and around the IPFW community.

Mark A. Jordan awarded Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching

Mark A. Jordan, associate professor of biology, is this year’s recipient of the Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching based on the innovative writing assignment and service learning project he implemented in his Vertebrate Biology course. Students create comprehensive descriptions of species and publish them on the Animal Diversity Web (ADW) at the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology. Students also conduct surveys of vertebrates at Eagle Marsh, which are valuable for assessing habitat restoration. Of the 70 students who have completed a species account in the past three years, 22 have been published on ADW and an additional five are under review. Evidence for the impact of the service learning project comes from reflection essays by students at the end of the semester. Common themes address many of the activity’s goals— improved observation skills, greatly increased knowledge of local wildlife, and better understanding of the application of biology to a community need. Students often report they are surprised by the species diversity that exists in Fort Wayne. Jordan will receive $1,000 in professional development funds. The Leepoxy Plastics, Inc. award was established in 2003 by area businessman Lawrence Lee to recognize and encourage innovative undergraduate teaching that enhances student learning.

2015 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching Award Goes to Heather E. Krull

Heather E. Krull, clinical assistant professor of nursing and nurse practitioner at the IPFW Center for Healthy Living, is the recipient of the 2015 Award for Excellence in Online Teaching Award (formerly the DECCO award). The selection committee, comprised of two online faculty members, two staff members, and an online student, was impressed by Krull’s excellence in every aspect of her online teaching, and particularly appreciated how she improved over time. Looking for ways to invigorate students and demonstrate the power of their role in advanced practice nursing, Krull challenges students to produce educational videos. She skillfully uses Skype and Face Time to bring her students closer to her and personalize their learning experience. Students describe Krull as a passionate professional—creative, original, and well organized, with remarkable technological skills. Her use of avatars in diagnostic videos is exciting and will greatly interest teachers across the university when she gives her presentation to campus this year, fulfilling the award’s requirements. Krull will receive $1,000 from the Division of Continuing Studies.