Spring 2014

Ball State’s commitment to superior, interdisciplinary research is easily seen in the quality and prominence of the university’s 60 centers, institutes, clinics, bureaus, and other research and outreach units. Within each of these campus entities, Ball State faculty and staff are individually dedicated to their work while collectively raising the research profile and bringing national recognition to the entire university community.

The Sponsored Programs Office has designated 17 of these centers and institutes as Knowledge Units, recognizing their long-term research, their efforts to secure external funding, and the institution’s investment in their operations. These hubs of knowledge are founded on the principle that all creative, design, research, scholarly, and other forms of disciplinary and/or interdisciplinary work exist and are promoted across campus and beyond. 

To honor their work, the Sponsored Programs Office has focused the spring issue of Ball State Research on one of these centers, the Center for Middletown Studies (CMS) and how they are continuing to study Muncie as Middletown, USA.

Established in 1980, the Center for Middletown Studies looks at Muncie as an example of how small and midsize cities are impacted by large-scale economic change, such as industrialization and now deindustrialization. The CMS has produced a study of the reading habits of Muncie residents, a digital recreation of historic places in Muncie that no longer exist, and is making plans for another in-depth Middletown, USA study.

Read more about the Center for Middletown Studies, the What Middletown Read database, Virtual Middletown, and the future of the center as it celebrates 30 years as a research institution in this spring update of Ball State Research.

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