IU East News and Notes

November 24th, 2009

Mathematics Professor Publishes New Theory in Paper
A new mathematical theory titled, “Slant Antieigenvalue Theory” developed by Mort Seddighin, IU East professor of mathematics, and professor Karl Gustafson of the University of Colorado-Boulder, was presented in a lengthy paper accepted for publication in the Journal of Linear Algebra and Applications. LAA is one of the top referred international journals in mathematics published by Elsevier.

The standard antieigenvalue theory was developed 35 years ago by Gustafson. The advancements and applications to date of standard antieigenvalue theory have been largely by Seddighin and Gustafson.

The standard antieigenvalue theory has applications in quantum mechanics, econometrics, statistics, and engineering. For example, electronic engineering researchers in the Center for Automation Research (a research unit of the University of Maryland) are currently investigating the application of Seddighin’s and Gustafson’s research on standard antieigenvalue theory in the study Frame-Based Activity Representation. The authors hope that this new theory, which is an extension of the standard antieigenvalue theory, will also help researchers in other areas of mathematics, statistics, and engineering.

Registrar presents at AACRAO, will help oversee ballot selection process
IU East Registrar Dennis Hicks was a featured presenter for the October 6 AACRAO Webinar: Establishing Identity, Distributing Credentials and Identity Management in the Realm of FERPA. During the webinar, Hicks stressed the importance of maintaining FERPA compliance when identifying and credentialing school officials who access the institution’s student information database. He is currently editing the AACRAO 2010 FERPA Guide, due for publication in March 2010.

Hicks attended the 70th Annual Meeting of the Indiana Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (IACRAO) in West Lafayette, October 26-27. Hicks presented “FERPA: Review of Final Regulations,” and later, at the annual business meeting, presented the “2009 AACRAO Update” to over 100 registrars and admissions professionals from around the state of Indiana.

Hicks traveled to Dallas to serve on the “Nominations & Elections Committee” of the American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions Officers (AACRAO) held November 5-8.  As vice-chair of the N&E Committee, Hicks helped oversee the ballot selection process for electing AACRAO’s next President-Elect, VP for Finance, VP for Records & Academic Services, as well as the 2010 N&E Committee. The election process will culminate at AACRAO’s annual meeting in New Orleans, April 21-24.  Having chaired AACRAO’s Ethics Task Force, Hicks will also be recognized in New Orleans for his work in drafting a new “Code of Ethics” for the Association.

External Affairs executive director presents at conference
Rob Zinkan, executive director of External Affairs, presented “Managing Your Institution’s Online Communication on the Social Web” with Brad Ward, Chief Explosion Officer at BlueFuego.

The presentation was given on Friday, November 6, at I-CASE (Indiana Council for Advancement and Support of Education) during its fall conference held at the University of Indianapolis.

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