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Notes of Distinction: Nov 2015


Wednesday Nov 04, 2015


Whether it’s a published article or book, a prestigious award, or speaking engagement, members of Indiana University Northwest’s faculty and staff continue to share their wealth of expertise. Here are the most recent top achievers that have made a name for themselves and IU Northwest.

George Bodmer, Chancellor's Professor of English, recently had his work included in the show "words matter: A Library of Artist Books," at the Words Matter Gallery in Chicago in October. These are hand-bound books of original etchings. View his work at www.wordsmattershow.org.

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Evelyn Bottando, Assistant Professor of Communication, was featured on the Calumet Roundtable, a show produced by students and faculty of the Communication & Creative Arts Department at Purdue University Calumet and aired on The Ion Network. She discussed “Selfies” and communication theory.

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Iztok Hozo, Professor and Department Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science, has published a total of five articles in 2015. They are:

- “Modern health care as a game theory problem,“ European Journal of Clinical Investigation, (January 2015)
- “When is rational to order a diagnostic test, or prescribe treatment: The threshold model as an explanation of practice variation,” European Journal of Clinical Investigation (May 2015).
- “Determining optimal threshold for statins prescribing: Individualization of statins treatment for primary prevention of cardiovascular disease" accepted for publication in Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice (2015).
- “Dual Processing Model for Medical Decision-Making: An Extension to Diagnostic Testing,” PLoS ONE.
- “Rationality, Practice Variation, and Person-Centered Health Policy: A Threshold Hypothesis” accepted for publication in Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice (2015).
- "Towards theory integration: Threshold model as a link between signal-detection theory, fast-and-frugal trees and evidence accumulation theory" was recently submitted to a high-ranking  peer reviewed journal.

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Tanice Foltz, Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, presented her paper, “A New Religion?: Twenty Years of Drum Circle Facilitation Playshops” at the annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion meetings held in Newport Beach, Calif. in October. In addition, Foltz was also a finalist for the Influential Woman in Northwest Indiana award in the area of education.

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Ana Osan, Professor of Modern Languages, recently had her work, a translation from French into Spanish of Anne Hébert's Le tombeau des rois, or La tumba de los reyes, published by the Academia Norteamericana de la Lengua Española (ANLE).

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Micah Pollak, Assistant Professor of Economics, recently gave a presentation at the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable in October. He was one of several speakers at the 2015 Economic Business Overview and Outlook hosted by the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable and Construction Advancement Foundation and held at Ivy Tech's Valparaiso campus. Read more here:

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Surekha Rao, Associate Professor of Economics, was awarded the J. Carl Metz award for unparalleled and distinguished service to the Indiana Academy of the Social Services at the 86th annual conference in October.

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Dorinda Sattler, HIA Program Faculty, was recently interviewed by Healthcare Risk Management Review. Her interview was included in the annual print edition, given to all attendees at the recent American Society of Healthcare Risk Management annual conference in Indianapolis in October.

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Stephanie Smith, Professor of Psychology, has a scholarly article entitled "First and second inaugural addresses of modern and traditional U.S. presidents: An analysis of self-presentational strategies" soon to be published in the Journal of Arts and Humanities. Two IU Northwest students are included as co-authors.

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Vernon Smith, Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program, was presented the Dr. Johnice Joyner Gospel Music Alive N.W. Humanitarian Award at a review and tribute event in October. The award has been given throughout the country since 2002 to exceptional individuals who have demonstrated great achievement for their communities and their fellow citizens. Smith was this year’s only recipient in Indiana.

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Monica Solinas-Saunders, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, and Tanice Foltz, Professor of Sociology and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, presented a paper on their recent Student Victimization Survey at the Society for the Study of Social Problems meeting in Chicago in August.

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Ellen Szarleta, Director of the Center for Urban and Regional Excellence, presented “Partnering for Social Innovation,” at the 2015 Coalition for Urban and Metropolitan Universities Conference in Omaha, Neb. In October. She also presented “Nonprofit Collective Action: Building Community Capacity for Social Change,” at the 2015 Society for Community Research and Action Midwest Eco Conference in Madison, Wisc. In October.

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