IU Northwest is pleased to announce and congratulate the following new fellows of the Center for Regional Excellence for 2006. Their projects focused on topics ranging from service-learning and student internships to external partners, or a mixture of each.
- Subir Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D. (Marketing, Business & Economics) has proposed
an effective communications strategy to combat obesity in northwest Indiana.
According to Dr. Bandyopadhyay, communication is key; effective communication
guarantees that obese individuals will no doubt be aware of the potential
health hazards. With success, the research will help hospitals and NGOs to
understand how to get the message about obesity across effectively to their
- Spencer Cortwright, Ph.D. (Biology, COAS) and Lee Botts, (environmental
activist and writer) plan to inventory ecological restoration efforts in
northwest Indiana, produce a handbook and GIS map, and release the findings
at a conference at IU Northwest.
- Ranjan Kini, Ph.D. and Subir Bandyopadhyay,
Ph.D. (Management, Marketing,
Business & Economics)
plan to develop an export marketing strategy for the transportation, distribution,
and logistics industry in northwest Indiana; they also plan to produce
a GIS mapping of exporting companies, also in the Region. Dr. Bandyopadhyay
is also involved in the first project listed, which focuses on obesity.
- Anja Matwijkiw, Ph.D. (Philosophy, COAS) is planning to write and edit
a book on Lake County Ethics, along with producing a conference at IU Northwest
centered on this topic. The book will address the practical and theoretical
aspects of the two Ethics Pledges, as well as the historically later document,
the Code of Ethics and Values. It will be co-written along with nine other
authors, with topics covered ranging from the issue of how ethics intersects
politics and political activity in the formation of public policy to focusing
attention on education and the measures that make possible learning practices
that can re-shape the person.
Julie Peller, Ph.D. and JoAnne Scalzipti,
Ph.D. (Chemistry, Biology, COAS) will
investigate the use of N-doped Titanium Dioxide for the photo catalytic degradation
of Cladophora in Lake Michigan; what this means is that because the alga (Cladophora)
that lives along the shorelines of Lake Michigan has been growing uncontrollably
over the past several years, a new method to limit its growth involving the
use of the compound titanium dioxide is being tested.
- Surekha Rao, Ph.D. and Cynthia
O'Dell, Ph.D. (Economics, Business & Economics,
Women's Studies, COAS) plan to research the business practices of Wal-Mart in
northwest Indiana, while having a special focus on how gender differences
in employment, wages, benefits and Welfare internship and assistant ship
for research and analysis. They will also cover the question of whether
the presence in of Wal-Mart in northwest Indiana is beneficial.
- Rajan Selladurai, Ph.D. (Management, Business & Economics)
is focusing on implementing Community Involvement Operations Management Projects,
where students in the graduate Operations Management class work with actual
companies and organizations in the Region. This is a mutually beneficial
program in which client organizations will benefit from the solutions offered
to problems they are facing and students will benefit from the opportunity
to actually apply management skills acquired through this course in real-world
The center is currently accepting proposals for Cultural Discovery and Learning until April 7, 2006. They will not, however, be accepting proposals for Sustainable Regional Vitality this spring and will announce to the campus when the next call for new proposals will take place, which will most likely be during the next academic year. The current Sustainable Regional Vitality awards are given from January until November of this year. For more information contact Tashena Lollis, interim program assistant, Center for Regional Excellence, at 219-981-5629 or email firstname.lastname@example.org