IU East News and Notes

April 9th, 2012

Kony 2012: Discussion on viral video
The Social Inequality class, taught by Assistant Professor of Sociology Wazir Mohamed, will host a public discussion on the recent viral video “Kony 2012″ from 5:30-8 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall.

As part of the discussion, students will show the “Kony 2012″ video and then IU East faculty will participate in a discussion on the video that has generated awareness and controversy.

Faculty participating in the discussion include Mohamed, Denise Bullock, associate professor of sociology; Duane Lundy, assistant professor of psychology; Daron Olson, assistant professor of history; Suzi Shapiro, associate professor of psychology; and Marilyn Watkins, dean of the School of Education.

The event is free and open to the public.

What’s Fresh? A Closer Look at Your Food
Assistant Professor of Sociology Wazir Mohamed’s Anthropology A400 class, “Food and Culture,” is hosting a guest speaker, Tom Cail of Rising Sun Farms, to discuss organic and sustainable farming as well as healthy food choices.

The discussion is 1-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room. The event is free and open to the public.

Faculty presentations and paper publications
Fredricka Joyner, associate professor of business administration and organization behavior, recently had her paper, “Engineering as a Social Activity: Preparing Engineers to Thrive in the Changing World of Work,” published in the Spring 2012 issue of American Journal of Engineering Education.

Joyner and David Frantz, dean of the School of Business and Economics, presented “Case Teaching in the Online Learning Environment” at the Society for Case Research 2012 Conference. The conference was March 28-30 in Chicago.

Tim Scales, lecturer in business administration, presented “Creating An Economy” at the 17th Annual Economics Teaching Workshop held at the University of Kentucky on March 24.

Economists, educators, and graduate students participated in the interactive session led by Scales. Participants received teaching materials and learned the principles of economics through the construction of birdhouses.

Also, Scales recently taught entrepreneurship at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pa. He worked with the school’s fifth-grade class to use resources, production, packaging, and pricing to organize a business. Students built and decorated birdhouses.

Julien Simon, assistant professor of World Cultures and Languages, presented at a conference at the University of Portland “Don Quixote: Study of a Modern Hero,” held March 3.

The title of his paper was “Cognitive Approaches to Don Quixote: A Survey.” The research that he presented will subsequently be published in a book edited by James Parr, one of the leading Cervantes scholars.

IU East faculty provide articles for “Quick Hits with Technology”
Several IU East faculty members have articles published in the recent IU Press volume “Quick Hits with Technology.” Award-winning instructors in a wide range of disciplines address questions and describe how they use technology to achieve learning objectives. An interactive website enhances the value of this innovative tool. Joan Lafuze, professor of biology, was a contributing editor for the publication released this month.

The faculty to contribute articles are:
Julien Simon, assistant professor of World Cultures and Languages, “Promoting online courses’ student engagement and group cohesion through the use of chat-rooms”

Suzi Shapiro, associate professor of psychology, “Introductory poem for online course”

Paul Kriese, professor of political science, “Promoting engagement in an online course: It can be done, but wisely!”

Joan Lafuze, professor of biology, “Scavenger Hunt” and the Chapter Two introduction titled “Providing a shorter path using distance education to enhance access”

Fredricka Joyner, associate professor of business administration and organization behavior, “Coupling visual metaphors with discussion forums to enhance reflection and inquiry”

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