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

UIndy Faculty in the News June

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 June:

The research of Dr. Aaron Kivisto, associate professor of psychology, was quoted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in a concurring opinion in the case of U.S. v. Rahimi in which the Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of seizing firearms from domestic abusers.

Dr. Marc Milne, professor of biology, eased everyone’s fears about snakes and spiders in Indiana by explaining how to identify them and providing a reassurance that most are harmless to the Bloomington Herald-Times for a story which was also picked up by the Indianapolis Star and other outlets.

Kelley Carnagua, Teacher Recruitment Grant Project Manager in the School of Education, discussed how UIndy is hoping to reduce teacher shortages with its summer Teacher Prep Academy to WRTV as well as Mirror Indiana and for another story airing on WISH-TV. Carnagua and Dr. John Somers, assistant professor of education as well as Director of Graduate Studies, were both quoted for a Teacher Prep Academy story which was written by Chalkbeat.

Dr. Gregory Shufeldt, associate professor of political science, provided analysis to the Indiana Capital Chronicle about the investigation of former Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel and his connections to other Hoosier Republicans, a story which was syndicated in other publications like the Indianapolis Business Journal. He also co-wrote an op-ed in the Indiana Capital Chronicle about the broken politics of the United States in terms of electing a female president as Mexico broke the glass ceiling by electing its first ever woman for president. He also analyzed on WRTV the intricacies of both the Republican and Democratic party races for Indiana Lieutenant Governor, in which neither has gone as it usually does.

Rebecca Franks, assistant director of the Professional Edge Center, was interviewed by multiple local news sources who covered the Summer Success Camp at UIndy. She was part of the coverage from WRTV as well as Mirror Indy, for a story which was also syndicated by WISH-TV. Dr. Alli Snyder, assistant professor of data analytics, and Peter Nichols, assistant professor of music, were both featured in the coverage by the Indianapolis Star.

Joyce Click, adjunct faculty in music, was profiled by Current Publishing for her new handbook for educators about how to build a musical theater program for children, as well as for her longtime career as an educator in the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township as well as being the children’s music coordinator at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in Carmel.

Dr. Christopher Moore, professor of anthropology and archaeology, discussed his $100,000 grant to study along the route of the historic Wabash and Erie Canal to WLFI.

Head Coach Al Ready was interviewed by WRTV as the team headed back to the NCAA Division II Championship for a second straight year.

Dr. Krista Latham, professor of biology and anthropology, as well as the director of the Human Identification Center, was thanked in USA Today for her efforts in identifying another victim of suspected serial killer Herb Baumeister. She was also mentioned by the Kendallville News Sun as the partial skeletal remains were discovered on a property in town.

Dr. Stephen Nawrocki, Sease Distinguished Professor of Forensic Studies as well as professor of biology, was credited for his help in helping solve a murder of a 21-year-old art student in 2011 for a story in the Hamilton Journal-News (Ohio), which was syndicated by Yahoo News.

Michael Hasik, director of graduate business programs, was interviewed by WRTV for a story about the launch of UIndy’s stackable MBA program allowing students to customize their education.

Dr. Laura Merrifield Wilson, associate professor of political science, was one of the featured panelists for the IN Focus political roundtable on WXIN and WTTV. She penned an op-ed about the ways in which political conventions provide an opportunity for deep study in political parties for the Indiana Capital Chronicle. She analyzed the Indiana gubernatorial race for WTHR as Democratic candidate Jennifer McCormick announced plans to choose a running mate. She discussed the implications of the population growth for the political structure of Allen County for WANE-TV. She discussed how President Joe Biden’s debate performance could impact Indiana Democrats for CNHI Newspapers, a group which includes the Goshen News and the Lebanon Reporter.

Dr. Matt Will, associate professor of finance, provided his expert analysis on various economic news in multiple interviews with Tony Katz on WIBC.

Carissa Newton, assistant professor of practice in marketing, shared her expertise to discuss various facets about pay-per-click (PPC) campaigns to DesignRush.

Tanuja Singh and her speech about the importance of higher education to the Early College Endorsement Celebration hosted by the Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) was mentioned by the Hamilton County Reporter.

Cathy Feldhake, assistant professor of practice in the School of Education, was mentioned in the Hendricks County ICON for making a STEM presentation to the Hendricks County Retired Teachers.

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