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Board Appointment: Rick Sutter, professor and chair of anthropology, was appointed to the board of directors of Fort Wayne’s Science Central. In addition to serving Science Central and its mission, Sutter’s goal is to augment the campus’s and the anthropology department’s ties to Science Central.


Faculty Grant: Bruce Kingsbury, professor of biology and interim associate COAS dean, received a $58,098 grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to complete a project entitled, “Surveys for the Eastern Massasauga in Indiana.” The Eastern Massasauga is a tiny rattlesnake, northern Indiana’s only venomous snake. It is state endangered and also a candidate for federal listing as threatened. The grant will fund research to find the last remaining populations and characterize those landscape features that help it persist. Kingsbury and Taylor Lehman, a graduate student in biology, will lead the research over the next few years.

Conference Presentations: Ahmed Mustafa, professor of biology, gave two presentations with three student researchers at Aquaculture America 2015, the annual conference of the World Aquaculture Society, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Regina Shannon, biology graduate student, Jesse Rinard, biology undergraduate student, and Mustafa presented “A Comparison of Stress Responses in Sea Urchins and Sea Cucumbers Exposed to Salinity and Handling Stress.” Heidi Nissley, biology undergraduate student, Destin Furnas, biology undergraduate student, Shannon, and Mustafa presented “Stress Responses in Sea Cucumbers Exposed to Salinity and Handling Stress.”


Department News: When the Department of Communication recognized a market demand for students skilled in multimedia newsgathering and reporting (what the industry calls “backpack journalism”), they redesigned their curriculum to meet the need. The department also plans to create an integrated newsroom for multimedia newsgathering and reporting, increasing opportunities for engaged and experiential learning. Currently there are over 300 undergraduate majors in the department including 22 new students focusing on multimedia newsgathering. For more information on the program, contact Marcia Dixson, associate professor and chair of communication, or visit the communication department's web site.


Event: On April 16, 6:00-8:00pm in Walb Classic Ballroom, the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and the IPFW ASL PAH! Club will present Deaf, Deaf World, which will show a simulation of the difficulties of deaf and hard of hearing individuals face daily as they try to communicate in a hearing world. The tables are turned in Deaf, Deaf World, where speech is not allowed, and you will have to try to communicate your needs, such as ordering from a café or making a transaction at the bank, using American Sign Language or gestures. See the website for more details.


Faculty Grant: Curtis L. Crisler, associate professor of English and linguistics, received a 2015 Library Scholars Grant Award from Purdue University. He was awarded $2,158 to study the African-American artist, Jacob Lawrence’s full “Migration Series,” which is split between The Center for the Study of Modern Art in Washington D.C. (part of the Phillip’s Collection) and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.


Student Awards: Carol Wadkins, French undergraduate student, has received the 2015 Outstanding Senior in French Award from the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).  This award is made annually to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. Khanchana Mahasena, French undergraduate student, has received a 2015 Excellence in French Award from the AATF. This award is made annually to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the study of French as well as exceptional commitment to the French language and the many cultures where it is spoken. 


Student Spotlight: COAS mathematical sciences majors, Vreneli Brenneman, Altun Shukurlu, and Sofia Sorokina, placed third out of 23 IPFW Math Teamteams at the 2015 Indiana College Mathematics Competition. The Indiana Section of the Mathematical Association of America organized the competition at Taylor University on March 13, 2015. Peter Dragnev, professor of mathematical sciences, and Doug Weakley, professor of mathematical sciences, served as math faculty coaches. Visit the math department website or flickr stream for photos and more information.

Faculty in the News: Adam Coffman, professor of mathematical sciences, was featured in “No Forks Needed to Enjoy a Slice of Pi Day” in the Journal Gazette. In the article, Coffman talks about the history and importance of pi in celebration of 2015’s Pi Day.


Student Spotlight: Aaron Thieme, undergraduate double major in philosophy and women’s studies, will be busy in April.  He will first present his paper "From Phenomenology to Feminism: Intentionality and the Body" at the IU Women's and Gender Studies Conference at Indiana University East in Richmond, Indiana. Then he will travel to Owensboro, Kentucky, to present his paper “Being and Truth: Aristotle and Future Contingents” at the joint spring meeting of the Indiana and Kentucky Philosophical Associations. Thieme will then accept the 2015 "Undergraduate Paper Prize" from the Indiana Philosophical Association for his paper, the second year in a row that he has won this award. He also presented the award-winning paper at the Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, hosted by Illinois State University in March 2015.

Faculty in the News: The Journal Gazette quoted Abe Schwab, associate professor of philosophy, in their article “For Some Hoosiers, Coverage May Hinge on Supreme Court.” In it, Schwab talks about the potential ramifications of the Supreme Court’s March 2015 ruling on the Affordable Care Act’s “Exchange established by the State” language in King vs. Burwell.