College of Sciences and Humanities
December 3, 2013
Students of ancient Rome can now immerse themselves in the world of Emperor Hadrian, who ruled the Roman Empire from 117 to 138 A.D. The task of bringing the villa to life fell on Ball State Professor John Fillwalk.
December 1, 2013
With all that holiday joy joy joy going on around you, is it any wonder so many people get depressed? We have expectations of great meals and white Christmases, the stress of families and the presumption that everyone around you is happy and having fun, the holidays can lead to bouts of depression, according to Jay Zimmerman, staff psychologist at Ball State University's Counseling Center.
November 23, 2013
I'm told when a popular cable television science series unveils a new episode about Stonehenge sometime next year, Ball State University will play a starring role. A 3-D computer simulation of Stonehenge created by Ball State's Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts will allow producers of "The Universe" to demonstrate how the ancient monument may have been used to track movements of the sun and moon.
November 6, 2013
A group of three senior Professors from Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, USA held a detailed discussion session with faculty members of different departments at National University of Modern Languages (NUML), Islamabad. The three members of the group including Professor Dr Lawrence H. Gerstein, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Dr Michael Doyle, Associate Professor Department of History, Professor Dr Maria Staton, English Linguistics and Literature, are presently visiting Pakistan to look into the possibilities of academic collaboration with Pakistani universities and academic institutions.
Note: This story was shared with several foreign-based media outlets.
November 4, 2013
The Tribune-Star Counties in Indiana all have historic gems, and a man spent last summer photographing these gems. But courthouses and courthouse squares also play an important role in a community’s social and economic activities, said Chris Flook, a telecommunications instructor at Ball State University, who traveled across Indiana to photograph and study all 92 county courthouses and adjoining squares.
October 18, 2013
Nicole Etcheson, history professor, blogged for the newspaper about how Hoosiers were against the draft during the Civil War.
October 16, 2013
Starting this spring the history of Yount’s Mill, a once proud display of Midwest industrial strength through the 1800s, will be unearthed and eventually displayed for all to see. Mark Groover, Ph.D. archaeologist and Ronald V. Morris, Ph.D. historian of Ball State University announced last week that they will be partnering with Yount’s Mill Inn, the Carnegie Museum and the Ball State University Building Better Communities program to conduct an archaeological dig across three semesters (Summer 1, Summer 2 and Fall 2014) at the site of Yount’s Wooolen Mill and Boarding House, located just off of State Road 32 near the Yountsville Bridge.
October 7, 2013
On the afternoon of Oct. 6, 1863, Maj. Gen. James G. Blunt lost 82 men when a Union baggage train making its way to Fort Blair near the southeastern Kansas town of Baxter Springs was attacked by Confederate guerrillas. The loss of the men was bad enough – but the Confederates also made off with Blunt’s clothing, sword, commissions, correspondence, official papers and a flag the ladies of Leavenworth, Kan., had presented to him four days earlier.
October 7, 2013
Kerri Pickel, a professor of psychology at Ball State University in Indiana, led the study, which involved videos with actors portraying, for instance, accused shoplifters who are denying wrongdoing. Some respondents in the study were told to simply watch the videos; others were tasked with trying to determine whether the people in the videos were lying or telling the truth.
September 29, 2013
Do you want to see part of a mummy case?” tour guide Holly Waldkoetter asked a class of Burris Laboratory School fifth-graders in the sculpture courtyard at the David Owsley Museum of Art. “Yeaaahhh!” they shouted back before being led to an 1,800-year-old marble fragment of a Roman coffin.
September 25, 2013
So the next solution? Find a creative way to scare away the monsters. Like using a can of anti-monster spray as suggested by Theresa Kruczek, a Ball State University educator.
September 23, 2013
His thoughts were echoed and amplified by Dr. Leonard Kaminsky who runs a major exercise and wellness program at Ball State University: ...for higher intensity exercise, many individuals should be able to well tolerate this as a form training with some basic assumptions. One that any known health conditions and/or previous musculoskeletal injuries are evaluated and the individual understands that there are increased risks (both cardiovascular and musculoskeletal) associated with this form of training and the individual is willing to accept those risks. And two, that there is a progression to the training. In other words, this form of training is not for the novice exerciser, nor is it for one who hasn't been regularly training. Finally, there is such a thing as overtraining.
September 22, 2013
Fathers who said religion is important were more likely to strongly agree they are happy in their role as a parent, their study also indicated. A separate study analyzing data on 1,134 single mothers from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study indicated that religious participation "was associated with greater involvement with children, reduced parenting stress and a lower likelihood of engaging in corporal punishment." Sociologist Richard Petts of Ball State University reported the findings in the Journal of Marriage and Family.
August 23, 2013
Nicole Etcheson, history professor, penned a guest column for The New York Times Civil War blog.
August 12, 2013
Story about a Ball State immersive learning class developing apps for the Department of Natural Resources.
April 30, 2013
Education by design for Ball State students
Ball State creates student-run interior design firm partnership.
April 27, 2013
Deer trackers: Scientists looking for help in locating newborn deer in Bloomington
Needed: Help in locating newborn fawns. Any resident of Bloomington is asked to participate. That's the message that Chad Stewart and Tim Carter want to broadcast throughout Bloomington. "It will remain nice and snug but will allow the fawn to grow to accommodate the animal," said Carter, an associate professor of biology at Ball State University.
February 28, 2013
Between Fascination and Frustration
Column by Ball State history professor Jennifer Mara DeSilva, assistant professor of history, about the historical context of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.
February 12, 2013
Southside neighborhoods ready to welcome BSU students
Beginning this month, BSU students enrolled in Steve Radil’s immersive learning geography class, will work with neighborhood associations in seven neighborhoods — Anthony, West Briar, Industry, South Central, Forest Park, Old West End and Morningside — to assess their strengths and weaknesses, known as a "mental mapping."
January 14, 2013
Women Challenge Male Philosophers to Make Room in Unfriendly Field
Women at the meeting here said there are some bright spots in the discipline. At a table in a room displaying philosophy books for sale, three undergraduate women sat with copies of the undergraduate philosophy journal Stance. Undergraduates at Ball State University produce it, and all of its authors are students. The journal was started by a female student in 2006, and its current editor is female, as are the authors of about half of the papers in its latest issue.
David W. Concepcion, chairman of Ball State's department of philosophy and religious studies, is the journal's managing editor. He cajoled Kiley Neal, a soft-spoken senior majoring in creative writing with a minor in philosophy, to be this year's editor in chief.
"Being editor of a journal is a big step for me," said Ms. Neal. "But if Dave thinks I can do it, I can do it."
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November 5, 2012
Teaching with Tablets
Stephanie Hedge, a graduate student in the Department of English at Ball State University, penned a guest column about why to consider using tablets to teach and how to use them appropriately.