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Indiana found itself in the national spotlight this week as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump selected Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. Fortunately, UIndy faculty were available to provide perspective on an unusual election year that keeps getting more unusual.
“(Often) you have the ‘October surprise’ right before the general election,” Assistant Professor of Political Science Laura Albright told WIBC host and IndyPolitics.org editor Abdul-Hakim Shabazz. “I think in Indiana we’re coining a ‘July surprise,’ the fact that in between the primaries — which were pretty crazy in themselves — and the national conventions, you would think this would be quite a lull, and in fact, everything’s going on in the Hoosier state right now.” Listen to the full 15-minute interview here.
Dr. Albright granted over a dozen interviews this week with such outlets as WTHR, WISH, WTTV and WXIN. Perhaps most notable were an Indiana Public Broadcasting report that aired nationally this morning on NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, as well as a story earlier in the week by Bloomberg News that also was shared by Yahoo! News.
Also providing analysis was Professor of History Edward Frantz, who gave a three-minute interview in the WXIN studios and also joined colleague Albright in an hour-long panel discussion Friday on Bloomington public radio station WFIU-FM.
Swimming World magazine conducted this interview with Dalton Herendeen just before he secured a spot on the U.S. swim team for the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.
Two UIndy-connected swimmers — one a recent grad, the other arriving this year as a freshman — will be representing their nations this summer in Rio de Janeiro.
Incoming first-year student Sotia Neophytou (sometimes spelled Neofytou) is one of only two swimmers from Cyprus selected to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics. She will swim the 100-meter butterfly next month.
Dalton Herendeen, who graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, is one of just 10 U.S. men tapped to swim in the 2016 Paralympic Games in September. The partial amputee, who swam in standard high school and college meets, is a veteran of international competition, having gone to the 2012 Paralympics in London and other major events. Click above to watch an interview with Swimming World magazine, or read this story in his hometown paper, the Elkhart Truth.
Learn more about both swimmers at the UIndy Athletics site.
Earning honorable mention in our Olympics coverage is 2014 grad Jermel Kindred, an All-American sprinter and hurdler in his UIndy track and field days.
The holder of five Greyhound records earned a trip to last week’s U.S. Olympic Trials in Oregon, but did not quite make the cut for Rio. Read about his bid in the South Bend Tribune.
The 2016-2017 visual arts season at UIndy’s Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center Gallery will feature work by faculty, alumni, students and other local, national and international artists, including one whose preferred medium is broken vinyl records.
Indianapolis-based Lobyn Hamilton literally cuts and smashes LPs — and their covers — into pieces that he then applies as collage elements to add color and texture to images on the canvas. His work has been seen on the hit TV series Empire and in the collection of multimedia artist-tycoon Kanye West.
“The vinyl record is my weapon of choice,” Hamilton says in his artist statement. “Think of high contrast, with two tones generally based on positive and negative space. Most of my work plays on filling the positive space with vinyl records and album covers. … My work is both pop and political in nature, but figurative. The work is often inspired by the recording on the album or the person behind the recording of that album.”
Hamilton’s exhibition, The Breaks, opens Oct. 10, with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. in the gallery.
The season opens Aug. 29 with Deconstructions: New Work by Michal Lile. Lile, who earned his UIndy Master of Arts in Art degree in 2002 and now serves as a local school administrator, is forgoing his usual painting and instead repurposing 3-D objects into works that “explore sociopolitical entropy as they poke fun at the melodrama of a relationship in collapse,” he says.
Summer at UIndy opened with the launch of a national partnership, record-breaking classes, camps and conferences and a warm welcome for the incoming Class of 2020. Click above to watch.
Academic honors are rolling in for the 2015-2016 student-athletes of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, and once again the Greyhounds are proving as talented off the field as they were in competition.
- 27 UIndy student-athletes (a university record) earned the Great Lakes Valley Conference Council of Presidents’ Academic Excellence Award, having maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average throughout their college careers. UIndy’s total was third-highest in the conference.
- Four student-athletes were named GLVC Winter and Spring Scholar-Athletes of the Year for their academic and athletic accomplishments: Matthew Kaplanis, baseball; Paxton DeHaven, women’s golf; Morgan Foley, softball; and Luke Hubert, men’s tennis. Only one recipient is named in each conference sport, and the Greyhounds can claim six for the year — highest in the conference.
- Nine UIndy teams earned the GLVC Team Academic Award, which recognizes teams with an average GPA of at least 3.3. The Division II national runner-up women’s golfers led the Greyhound squads with a 3.7.
- 206 student-athletes were named Academic All-GLVC recipients, recognizing a personal GPA of 3.3 for the year.
And remember, these young people have the athletic chops, too. For the fifth year running, UIndy scored a Top 10 finish in the prestigious Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, placing seventh in all of Division II for cumulative success in seven men’s and seven women’s sports.
As always, you’ll find more detail at the UIndy Athletics site.
Dr. Amanda Miller of the Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice continues to draw national attention with her research on marriage, cohabitation and household dynamics. Most recently, she is coauthor of a study suggesting that couples who share household chores equitably are also busier in the bedroom. Read about it in the New York Post (“Wanna have more sex? Do the dishes”) and Glamour.
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Dr. Timothy Zimmer of the School of Business likes to apply his economics acumen to the world of sport. One of his number-crunching finds is that a Major League Baseball team that goes for an extended time without winning a World Series (a la the Chicago Cubs), and has a fan base built around that “lovable loser” image, can actually lose fans in the long run after a winning season. Read about it in The Atlantic.
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The world is still discovering the research performed by Dr. Stephanie Combs-Miller and her Physical Therapy students and colleagues to show the positive impact of Rock Steady Boxing therapy in improving life for clients with Parkinson’s disease.
Their work most recently grabbed the attention of U.S. News and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (for the second time this year). Also appearing in recent weeks were stories by Missouri’s Kansas City Star and Springfield News-Leader, each of which was picked up by the Associated Press and shared by news outlets nationwide.
UK voters’ discontent echoes unusual election year in the US, he says
A specialist in modern British history, Dr. Chad Martin knew the so-called “Brexit” referendum would be close, and he understood why.
Still, he was surprised late Thursday night when the tally determined the U.K. was leaving the European Union.
“I was going back and forth as I was watching the coverage,” said Martin, associate professor in UIndy’s Department of History & Political Science. “There were some early results coming in that were closer than they should have been.”
The current political dynamic in Britain bears similarities to the U.S. presidential race, he said, with frustrated voters abandoning traditional sympathies for any promise of change. Concerned about immigration and economic uncertainty, stirred by talk of national greatness, Brexit supporters share something with the disaffected Americans who have brought Donald Trump to the brink of the Republican nomination.
“The parallels between the Leave vote and the Trump phenomenon are striking,” Martin said.
UIndy Visiting Fellow Greg Ballard finished his tenure as Indianapolis mayor in January, but he is still receiving kudos for his actions while in office.
This spring, the international Robotics Education & Competition Foundation inducted Ballard into its STEM Hall of Fame under the Heroes category, which honors contributions in guiding young people toward studies and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The foundation coordinates the annual VEX Robotics Competition, which is active in 40 countries and culminates in the three-day VEX Worlds gathering. This year’s finals in Louisville drew 1,000 teams from over 30 nations and included an awards ceremony honoring the former mayor, whose efforts in the field have included establishing and promoting the City of Indianapolis VEX Robotics Championship.
“I’ve seen so many students’ lives changed as a result of these competitions,” Ballard says. “It is humbling to have been a part of it all.”
As information technology becomes increasingly important in the world of health care, an upcoming three-day camp at the University of Indianapolis offers central Indiana high school students an opportunity to learn about careers in the field.
The Health Information Technology Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 27-29. The cost is $150, but scholarships are available.
Developed in consultation with health care and business professionals, the camp will include fun science activities and programs to help students understand and explore college and career possibilities.
UIndy researchers spent nine months working with local Congolese women
Today has been declared World Refugee Day by the United Nations, and two UIndy professors will share their research on local refugees at a downtown event marking the occasion.
Dr. Shannon McMorrow, interim director of UIndy’s Master of Public Health program, and Dr. Jyotika Saksena, graduate director of the International Relations program, have spent the past nine months working with refugee women who fled political and gender-based violence in their home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
In a research technique known as photovoice, the participants were given cameras and asked to take photos of objects and scenes in their lives that relate to their integration into U.S. society and, more specifically, their access to and experiences with health care and other services since arriving. The researchers interviewed the women to develop captions explaining the significance of the photos.
“The idea behind this project was to hear the perspective of refugees by giving them a voice and empowering them to tell their own stories,” Saksena says.
McMorrow and Saksena will share some of the results today at the Indianapolis observance of World Refugee Day, taking place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the City Market. Organized by Exodus Refugee Inc., the free event will include the photo exhibition, a cooking demonstration, international music and other cultural activities.