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.

Dissertation research by Tao Yang earns recognition from Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Dissertation research by Tao Yang, assistant professor of organizational leadership and supervision, received the S. Rains Wallace Dissertation Award Honorable Mention from the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

The award is given for the best doctoral dissertation research germane to the field of industrial and organizational psychology.

He will be presented with the award at the 2017 SIOP Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida.


This dissertation develops and tests a theoretical model of the role of a mindfulness intervention in promoting job performance in service settings. I examine the client-focused mechanisms—attentiveness, perspective taking, and response flexibility—and individual (i.e., employee agreeableness), social (i.e., perception of workgroup service climate), and job (i.e., work overload) contingencies of the relationship between a mindfulness intervention and job performance. I conducted a pretest-posttest field experiment of 72 health care professionals in a health care organization with intervention (i.e., mindfulness meditation) and active control (i.e., wellness education) conditions and repeated measures from health care professionals and their patients over 15 days. Confirmatory factor analyses suggest that the three client-focused mechanisms were represented by a higher-order construct of patient-centered behavior. Multilevel modeling and latent growth modeling suggest that the two conditions are distinct; compared with active control, the intervention yields pre-to-post increases in daily mindfulness and work behaviors including self-ratings of job performance and proactive patient care and patient ratings of patient-centered behavior. Multilevel mediation analysis suggests that patient ratings of patient-centered behavior fail to mediate the effect of a mindfulness intervention on patient satisfaction with job performance. Multilevel moderated mediation analyses suggest that agreeableness, perceived workgroup service climate, and work overload do not moderate the effect of a mindfulness intervention (via patient ratings of patient-centered behavior) on patient satisfaction. Nonetheless, compared with active control, the mindfulness intervention yields higher patient rated patient-centered behavior for health care professionals who have a higher level of agreeableness.

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.”

Research by Nathan Robinson and Paladino Appears in The Conversation

the-conversation-logo-for-posts-hdResearch by Nathan Robinson, post doc research assistant in biology, and Frank Paladino, chair and Jack Schrey Professor of biology, on sea turtle ‘hitchhikers’ was featured in The Conversation, a news site that focuses on bringing academic, knowledge-based journalism to the general public in an accessible way.

From the article’s introduction: Many ancient cultures once believed that the world rested on the back of a giant sea turtle. This idea might seem far-fetched today, but for a diverse range of marine organisms, it’s reality. Collectively known as epibionts, these organisms make their homes on the backs of marine animals such as crabs, whales and sea turtles. These epibionts range in size, from microscopic plants called diatoms that are just a few hundredths of a millimeter across to fish called remoras than can grow to lengths of 75 centimeters. As scientists, we are finally starting to unlock the secrets of these mysterious hitchhikers.

Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 3.52.18 PMRobinson was also featured in a video produced by Earthwatch Institute called Securing the Future for Sea Turtles. The video focuses on the value that volunteers bring to sea turtle research around the world and offers ideas for how small changes in everyone’s daily lives can ultimately help sea turtles survive.

Punya Nachappa Presents Pair of Research Panels

Punya Nachappa, assistant professor of biology, presented two research panels at the annual meeting of the North Central Branch of the Entomological Society of America in Cleveland, OH from June 5-8.

Her presentations were:

  • Nachappa, P., Culkin, C., Han, J., Saya P.M. II and Nalam, V.J. 2016. Plant nutrient status and defense signaling modulate the interaction between water stress, aphids and virus transmission in soybean. Plant Pathogens and Their Insect Vectors Symposium.
  • Nachappa, P., Keough, S., Han, J., Lagos, D., and Voegtlin, D. 2016. Factors affecting population dynamics of thrips vectors of Soybean vein necrosis virus in soybean. Research Update from the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) Symposium.

Sheena Choi Selected for New Frontiers Grant

Sheena Choi, associate professor of educational studies, was selected for the 2016 Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Experimentation Fellowship competition. She will received a $15,000 grant.

Her project, titled “Elite North Korean Defectors in South Korea: Their Lives, Defections, Identities, and Roles in Two Koreas,” builds on her earlier work as a Fulbright research fellow. She will travel to South Korea and conduct interviews with elite North Korean defectors currently living in South Korea.