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.
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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