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Notes of Distinction: Oct 2015


Monday Oct 05, 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.

Erin Argyilan, Associate Professor of Geosciences, has been invited for membership into Ivy Tech Community College Northwest’s Society of Innovators and is a finalist for this year’s awards for innovation, which will be announced October 22. Argyilan pioneered a new model of a previously unknown geological hazard now called a “dune decomposition chimney or tunnel.” Her discovery resulted from nearly a year of research into why six-year old Nathan Woessner fell into a hole on Mount Baldy in 2013. Researchers dismissed her idea that buried trees could sustain cavities in dunes following decay. Her ground-breaking study will be published soon by Aeolian Research, the field’s pre-eminent journal. She is now part of a larger review by the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Subir Bandyopadhyay, Professor of Marketing, was recently informed that he is in the top five percent of all researchers enlisted on the academic website Academia.edu. Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers.

Jack Bloom, Chair of the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, recently published "Political Opportunity Structure, Contentious Social Movements, and State-Based Organizations: The Fight against Solidarity inside the Polish United Workers Party." The article appeared in Social Science History 38, Fall 2014, pp. 359–388, though it was actually published in June, 2015.  Social Science History is the official publication of the Social Science History Association.  It is published by Cambridge University Press. 

Joseph Ferrandino, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, has been invited for membership into Ivy Tech Community College Northwest’s Society of Innovators and is a finalist for this year’s awards for innovation, which will be announced October 22. Ferrandino founded and launched the Northwest Indiana Public Safety Consortium, described as “literally transforming how public safety communicates in the region.” This innovation is not just mapping crimes, but connecting data and information among 25 participating agencies across four counties. This permits each agency to analyze crime within their communities and across other agencies and communities. This GIS tool has been described as “the first of its kind in the nation” to enhance public safety across regions.

In addition, Ferrandino recently penned an article for Police Chief magazine’s “Great Ideas in Law Enforcement” issue, released in September. The article, “Sharing Data Among Agencies and Across Borders,” reaches a national audience of law enforcement professionals.

Jeri Pat Gabbert, Vice Chancellor for University Advancement and External Affairs, recently presented “Just Do It! Tips, Tools and Techniques for Building Lasting Relationships with your Donors” for the Development Series on behalf of the Porter County Community Foundation in August. Gabbert also presented a national webinar for Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) applicants on behalf of the Association of Lutheran Development Executives (ALDE). The topics of her presentation included “Relationship Building” and “Securing the Gift.” 

In addition, Gabbert was recently chosen as one of the NWI Times'  20 Under 40 honorees.

Helen Harmon, Assistant Director of the School of Business and Economics, recently gave a poster presentation, " The ABCs of a FYE Course: Assessment Before Completion and Career Choice," at the Midwest First-Year Conference at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, Ill. in September.  The selection process for proposals for the 2015 conference was quite competitive according to the program committee. 

David Klamen, Chancellor’s Professor and Fine Arts department chair, recently announced a number of new exhibitions, including:

  • "San Diego Collects," Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (opened Sept. 25)
  • "30/30: Selections from the Permanent Collection," Illinois State Museum Chicago (ended Sept. 25)
  • Expo Chicago: International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (Klamen showed with Richard Gray Gallery - Sept. 17 - 20) 
  • "La Palette: The Chicago Palette:" This show was listed in Chicago Magazine, in the article, "Fall's 10 Most Anticipated Art Exhibitions." For this exhibition, Klamen had one of his paintings, as well as his palette and a set of used brushes on display. As stated on the website, “This show features a select handful of intimate photographic portraits of the painters’ palettes of prominent Chicago-based contemporary artists taken by Dr. Stephen Sheldon over the course of five years. Displayed alongside a finished work by each artist and a representative palette, his unique perspective reveals new insights into the working methods and creative process of his subjects, transforming their tools of the trade into artworks in their right.”

Finally, Klamen recently learned that a high school text book recently published an image of his work. The book is "Experience Painting," by John Howell White, published by Davis Publications.

Ruth Needleman, Professor Emerita, recently published an article “This is What Democracy Really Looks Like!” Exploring Canoas, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil” in Working USA: The Journal of Labor & Society,” vol. 18, June 2015, pp. 231-45.

Crystal O’Brien, Human Resources Assistant, and Lena Williams, Support Center User Support Specialist, both received a scholarship to attend the Professional Women’s Conference held in Merrillville in September. NHK World awarded eight scholarships to attend the event hosted by Lakeshore Public Media.

Jean Poulard, Professor of Political Science, recently returned to his native France to participate on a doctoral thesis panel at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne. Poulard, after pouring over his colleague’s 540-page dissertation, translated as, “The Religious Exceptionalism and the American Constitution,” contributed to the hours-long defense. Poulard was selected to participate on the French “Jury” because of his global expertise in the candidate’s field of study, which centered on the place of religion in U.S., American constitutional law, and American politics and culture.

Stephanie Smith, Professor of Psychology, has a scholarly article entitled "Reducing the home advantage: The example of men’s World Cup soccer" accepted for publication in the Journal of North American Psychology. Three students are included as co-authors.

Susan Zinner, Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, recently completed the paperwork to have IU Northwest added to the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics International Forum of Teachers (IFT).  The IFT is a group of faculty who teach and promote bioethics around the world.  Zinner will be speaking at the international conference in Naples, Italy this fall.

Congratulations to the following faculty members who have been selected as 2015-2016 fellows for the Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning (CISTL):

  • Evelyn Bottando, Assistant Professor, Communication Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Diana Chen Lin, Associate Professor, History, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Micah Pollak, Assistant Professor, Economics, School of Business & Economics
  • Linda Wozniewski, Lecturer, Chemistry/Physics/Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences

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