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Center for Regional Excellence (CRE) celebrates faculty research

IU Northwest hosts research and creativity conference to be held April 27 and 28

The Center for Regional Excellence (CRE) invites you to join them in honoring the CRE's Research and Creativity Fellows and their students involved in experiential learning. Formerly the Center for Sustainable Regional Vitality and the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning, the CRE now houses both centers. Faculty fellows and their student and community partners have encouraged academic excellence through projects designed to advance their own research and creativity programs, while improving the quality of life in the region. Each of their projects involves subjects such as service-learning, external partners, or a mixture of each.

A special campus reception honoring the faculty and the students involved will be held April 27, 2006, from 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm, in the Savannah Center Lobby at IU Northwest, 3400 Broadway, Gary, Ind. This event will be hosted by Chancellor Bergland and the Center.

The Excellence in Research and Creativity Conference will be held on April 28, 2006, from 8:30 am -5:30 pm in the Library Conference Center, room 105 ABC.

“We are very pleased and excited to have this opportunity to showcase the research and creativity of our faculty at IU Northwest,” stated Center for Regional Excellence Executive Director Patricia Lundberg.

Listed below is the conference agenda with faculty Fellows conference presentations.

Visit www.iun.edu/cure/for additional information and a conference schedule. For questions regarding either the reception or conference, please contact TaShena Lollis, interim assistant director, CRE, at 219-981-5629 or email trlollis@iun.edu .

Conference Schedule


8:30AM- Opening Remarks
Chancellor Bergland, Patti Lundberg, Don Coffin, Neil Goodman

 

9:00-10:15AM

Session A - Environmental Topics
(LC 105AB)

Moderator: Linda Anderson

  • Public Art Mural Project
    David Klamen, Dept. of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Use of steel as both the medium and the subject matter to create artwork
    Kelly Knaga, Eric Tucker, Dept. of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Ceramic friezes using Indiana clay
    Derek Walters, Dept of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences

Session B - Visual Arts
(LC105C)
Moderator: Patti Lundberg

  • Inland dune system study
    Erin Argyilan, Kris Huysken, Zoran Kilibarda, Dept of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Quality of life/sustainable regional development index for NW Indiana
    Surekha Rao, School of Business & Economics
  • Oxidative remediation of atmospheric organic contaminants in NW Indiana
    Julie Peller, Dept of Chemistry , College of Arts and Sciences

10:15-10:30 AM
Break

10:30-11:45 AM

Session A - Cultural Identity
(LC 105AB
)
Moderator: Surekha Rao

  • Comparison of young Latino cultural identity in Greater Chicago and NW Indiana
    Scooter Pegram, Departments of Modern Languages & Minority Studies, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Midtown-The Central District: The Historic Black Community of Gary
    Earl Jones, Department of Minority Studies, College of Arts and Sciences; School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Latino and African-American Gay and Lesbian Youth: Examining the Complexity of Identity Development
    Manoj Pardasani, Division of Social Work
  • Documentary of IU Northwest Swingshift College
    Ruth Needleman, Division of Labor Studies

Session B - Health and Human Services (LC 105C)
Moderator: Don Coffin

  • Developing an effective communications strategy for sickle cell anemia for NW Indiana
    Subir Bandyopadhyay, Department of Marketing, School of Business and Economics
  • Conducting a service-learning initiative with vulnerable populations
    Denise Travis, Division of Social Work

11:45-1:00 PM
Lunch on Your Own

 

1:00-2:15PM

Session A - What do Interns have to Do With it? (LC 105AB )
Panel discussion of faculty and their interns on contributions interns made to the research projects
Moderator: TaShena Lollis

  • Carl Marfurt and his interns
  • Manoj Pardasani and his interns
  • Scooter Pegram and his interns
  • Julie Peller and her intern Tokunboh Olaosebikan

Session B - What I learned on my internship
(LC 105C)

Panel discussion by interns on their
internship experiences.
Moderator: Marriam Williams

  • Jack Finwall, Non-Profit Institute
  • Stephanie Poe, IU Northwest Office of Marketing & Communications
  • Julie Wolfe, Northwest Indiana Business Alliance
  • Adam Castor, Sustainable Regional Development Index Project

 

2:15-2:30PM
Break

 

2:30-3:45PM

Session A - Environmental Issues (LC 105AB)
Moderator: Reggie Korthals

  • Relationship between surficial geology and community sustainability in northern Indiana
    Erin Argyilan, Kris Huysken, Zoran Kilibarda, Department of Geosciences, College of Arts and Sciences; Steven Brown; Indiana Geological Society
  • Development of database pertaining to environmental issues and concerns in NW Indiana
    Tim Sutherland, Center for Data Analysis, IU Northwest
  • Strategies for linking brownfield and greenfield development in the region and organizing regional meeting of Indiana policy makers
    Ellen Szarleta-Yancy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Session B - Health and Human Services (LC 105C)
Moderator: Glenda Dexter-Brown

  • Increasing number of students entering healthcare professions in NW Indiana by offering relevant research lab experiences
    Carl Marfurt, Pat Bankston, IU School of Medicine-Northwest
  • Study of decision-making pertaining to healthy eating and physical activity among adolescents in NW Indiana
    Mary Ann Fischer, Karl Nelson, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences; Susan Zinner; School of Public and Environmental Affairs

 

 

 

3:45-4:00PM - Break

4:00-5:15PM

Session A - Acknowledging our Past, Planning our Future (LC 105AB)
Moderator: Sue Eleuterio

  • Developing a strategic decision support system for the transportation distribution and logistics industry
    Subir Bandyopadhyay, Ranjan Kini
    School of Business and Economics
  • Cross-cultural adaptation and acculturation of Asian-American immigrants in NW Indiana
    Manoj Pardasani, Division of Social Wok
  • How religious people in NW Indiana understand links between faith and liberal democracy
    Marie Eisenstein, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

 

 

Session B - Arts and Humanities (LC 105C)
Moderator: John Cain

  • Hosting an academic symposium on the Middle Ages at IU Northwest that includes the local community.
    Jerry Pierce, Nikki Katlenbach, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences
    Robin Hass-Birky, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Theatre Northwest, to secure a visiting artist to direct the play, Permanent Collection
    Julie Jackson, Dept of Performing Arts, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Collaborating with Books, Brushes and Bands to conduct poetry writing workshops for elementary through college students and run a poetry contest
    Bill Buckley, Department of English, College of Arts and Sciences; Michelle Golden
    Books, Brushes and Bands


5:15-5:30PM- Closing Remarks
Patti Lundberg, Don Coffin, Neil Goodman

 

Fellows unable to participate
Shelia Trzcinka- School of Education

Designing an arts education program for elementary school students to visit IU Northwest's campus to experience art-in-progress.

 

  

Published:

04-24-2006

Media Contact:

Michelle Searer
OMC
219-980-6686
msearer@iun.edu

Related Links:

Center for Regional Excellence

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