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Northwest Indiana is the focus of 3rd Annual Excellence in Research and Creativity Conference at IU Northwest on April 11

A feasibility study on Lake County infrastructure, research into quality perceptions of HHS care for region’s different ethnic groups among the presentations scheduled for day-long event

The Center for Regional Excellence (CRE) at Indiana University Northwest will present its 3rd Annual Excellence in Research and Creativity Conference on Friday, April 11, beginning at 8 a.m in Rooms 105 A, B and C of the Library Conference Center. Many of the presentations at this event, which is free and open to the pubic, will focus on topics that relate directly to Northwest Indiana.

This year’s featured presentations include: “A Preliminary Feasibility Study to Build Regional Infrastructure in Lake County Region,” presented by Professor of Management Ranjan Kini, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs Rick Hug, Ph.D. This presentation will discuss the results of a study on Lake County’s existing Information Communications Technology (ICT) in which researchers interviewed ICT executives from 20 Lake County towns. This research was conducted in response to a key recommendation — the development of regional ICT infrastructure -- from the Good Government Initiative ICT Committee of Lake County. Profs. Hug and Kini will present the opportunities, problems and concerns expressed by ICT executives at those interviews. This presentation will be part of the Panel II session, which begins at 10:20 a.m.

“Using Equitable Development to Manage the Revitalization of Gary, Ind.,” presented by Associate Professor of Minority Studies Earl Jones, Ph.D. This presentation will discuss equitable development as a general strategy for revitalization and the involvement of Gary’s youth as a critical element of that revitalization process. This presentation will be part of the Panel II session, which begins at 10:20 a.m.

“Investigating Quality Perceptions of Health and Social Service for Different Ethnic Groups in Northwest Indiana,” presented by Professor of Marketing Subir Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., and Assistant Professor of Social Work Manoj Pardasani, Ph.D. This presentation will look at the results of a survey that compared and contrasted the health and social-service quality perceptions of Northwest Indiana’s African-American, Latino and White populations, with the goal of identifying and understanding any real or perceived differences in service among those groups. This presentation will be part of the Panel IV session, which begins at 2:35 p.m.

Other presentations scheduled throughout the day include programs on invasive plant species in the Indiana Dunes, the use of Geographic Information Systems in secondary Social Studies classrooms in Indiana, the availability and use of computers in early-childhood centers, and student internships in biomedical research. A complete schedule is available online at

At 3:45 p.m., urban anthropologist Josh Ostergaard, of the Research and Publications Center for Cultural Understanding and Change Division of Environment, Culture and Conservation at the Field Museum, will deliver the presentation “Learning Together: An Introduction to Collaborative Research for Communities and Scholars.” This presentation will provide an overview of the Center’s collaborative work, with an emphasis on their participatory action research (PAR) model. This seven-step model was developed through a series of collaborative workshops the Center held in 2006, where the “best practices” of over 40 scholars and community organizations were discussed.

Also during the day, the CRE will recognize the student interns who assisted with featured research projects in an awards ceremony and panel discussion that begins at 11:30 a.m. The CRE provides funding for its faculty fellows and student interns to work collaboratively on research that impacts education, medicine, technology, and development in Northwest Indiana. This annual research conference allows the Center and its Fellows to unveil the results of their research for the IU Northwest campus and Northwest Indiana community.

The IU Northwest CRE is pleased to invite community members to share in the exciting discoveries produced by this year’s faculty fellows and student interns. The day’s events begin at 8 a.m. with registration and a continental breakfast, followed by opening remarks at 8:30 a.m. and the first panel session at 9 a.m. Lunches will be provided for those who register in advance.

Advance registrations will be accepted through April 9. To register, or for more information, call (219) 980-6978, or email CRE Assistant Director Victoria Brockett at



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Related Links

CRE 2008 Conference Schedule

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