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UIndy Faculty, Staff Provide Expert Insight to Local & National Media in April

UIndy Faculty in the News April

As part of their commitment to “education for service,” faculty and staff at the University of Indianapolis share their expertise with local and national news outlets in order to keep our community informed and to introduce new perspectives on current issues.

UIndy faculty and staff were featured in the following news stories in April:

Dr. Jennifer VanSickle, chair and professor of kinesiology, was interviewed along with a UIndy student in a live interview on WISH-TV in advance of the annual Special Olympics youth basketball tournament hosted on campus—the only one like it in the world.

Dr. Taylor Gurley, assistant professor of occupational therapy, wrote a peer-reviewed perspectives piece on Psychology Today Online about how language which dehumanizes is a threat to safety, particularly in connection to LGBTQ+ youth.

Dr. Ken Reid, associate dean and director in the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, Dr. Eliot Motato, assistant professor of engineering, and several UIndy students, were featured on WTHR for an ‘Inspiring Indiana’ story. Their DesignSpine project is helping the world by improving water access as well as farming processes in rural Africa and Central America.

Dr. Tanuja Singh penned an op-ed for the Indianapolis Business Journal about the ongoing revolution underway in higher education, the upcoming crisis in the future of work and the importance of transforming the ivory tower into a modern and relevant institution. Her words from the inauguration breakfast panel were part of a Mirror Indy story on the importance of work-based learning. She also was the featured subject for a story in The Daily Journal about her tenure and plans for the future.

Dr. Karl Knapp, dean of the School of Business, Dr. Craig Seidelson, associate professor of operations and supply chain management, as well as a student were the focus of a WRTV story which showcased how the School is embracing artificial intelligence and implementing AI into lesson plans to better prepare students for the future workforce. Dr. Seidelson also provided his expertise by defining gross domestic product to MoneyGeek and how the average American consumer benefits from an understanding of GDP.

Dr. Dean Wiseman, associate professor of biology, along with a student in the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College were interviewed live on WISH-TV after traveling to Vietnam over spring break to hopefully discover and document a new species of blind cave fish.

Board of Trustees member Kevin Armstrong was mentioned by several news outlets including Fox 59, WTHR and WISH-TV as part of coverage for the inaugural Kevin R. Armstrong Ethical Leadership Award which was presented to Tamika Catchings.

Douglas Boxler, adjunct faculty of criminal justice, along with several UIndy students were the focus of a story on WRTV about how the Criminal Justice Education Lab helps students learn practical skills in crime scene investigations in a location that is also used by the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensic Services Agency for training and to test new job applicants.

Dr. Christopher Moore, professor of archaeology and anthropology, helped the University of Indianapolis gain some publicity in multiple places including WFFT-TV as well as Inside Indiana Business with the award of a $100,000 grant from Department of Natural Resources and the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Fund to survey 850 acres abutting the bed of the Wabash & Erie Canal in Carroll and Cass counties.

Dr. Laura Merrifield Wilson, associate professor of political science, discussed the challenges in the Republican gubernatorial primary for Brad Chambers and the impact of Jefferson Shreve’s mayoral campaign on his Congressional bid for the Indianapolis Star. She analyzed the overall GOP campaign for governor for CNHI newspapers, a story syndicated in places like the Anderson Herald Bulletin and the Terre Haute Tribune Star. She provided her expertise in the crowded 5th District primary for both the Indianapolis Business Journal as well as the Courthouse News Service. She gave her insight to both the Indianapolis Star as well as WRTV as a political action committee called ReCenter Indiana rented a billboard urging Democrat voters to cast a ballot in the Republican primary to get more moderate candidates elected. She answered the question whether Donald Trump could still run for president if convicted of criminal charges to DW, Germany’s international broadcaster which covers news in 32 languages around the world.

Dr. Matt Will, associate professor of finance, analyzed economic news in  multiple interviews with Tony Katz on WIBC.

Scott Heady, the new men’s head basketball coach, was interviewed by multiple outlets including WISH-TV, WRTV and Fox 59 following his introductory press conference.

Dr. Gregory Shufeldt, associate professor of political science, analyzed the Republican gubernatorial race after it set a campaign spending record for CNHI newspapers, a story syndicated in places like Kokomo Tribune and the Washington Times-Herald.

Kevin McKelvey, professor of English, co-led a trek into Buckner Cave with the Richard Blenz Nature Conservancy for an Indiana Humanities Campfire as described by Do317

Dr. Vincent O. van Empeh, assistant professor of practice in the School of Business, provided insight and advice about online savings accounts to WalletHub.

Kathleen Hacker, professor emerita of music, was interviewed by Current Publishing in anticipation of the opening of the Indianapolis Opera’s production of ‘A Little Night Music’ at The Toby Theater at Newfields.

Dr. Ellen Miller, professor emerita of physical therapy, presented on the topic of ‘Reframing Age for a New Generation’ at the Indianapolis Central Library for an event discussed by Do317.

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