College of Sciences and Humanities
March 1, 2014
Ball State's Stonehenge simulation featured prominently in newest episode of "The Universe." Ball State's John Fillwalk interviewed on camera in the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts laboratory.
February 27, 2014
Interview with Christina Blanch, doctoral student and instructor.
February 14, 2014
Joe Losco, political science professor, is interviewed.
Note: Associated Press distributed this story nationally. It originated with The Indianapolis Star.
February 10, 2014
Ball State professor is interviewed.
January 2, 2014
Jennifer Mara DeSilva, Ball State history professor, penned a guest column.
January 2, 2014
An enduring mystery of archaeology involving a well-known historical site in ancient Rome is being quietly unraveled in Indiana, thanks to a sophisticated computer simulation created by Ball State University digital artists.
January 2, 2014
The revelations by a team led by Bernard Frischer, a professor in the Department of Informatics at Indiana University, and John Fillwalk, Director of the Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at Ball State University, fly in the face of a nearly 50-year-old theory by the German archaeologist and scholar Edmund Buchner, who first popularized the September 23 date. Using data from NASA’s Horizons System, an online computation tool that gives the precise location of celestial bodies from any time in history—including the age of Augustus—Frischer and Fillwalk’s group constructed a 3-D model of the Campus of Mars, the 490-acre section of Ancient Rome that housed many important public buildings including the Pantheon. While their simulations showed that the obelisk’s shadow does cross paths with the façade of the Ara Pacis on several other dates of the year, it only clips the edge of the altar on September 23.
Note: The Huffington Post also posted this story.
December 27, 2013
Jennifer Mara DeSilva, history professor, penned a guest column.
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
Tom Ewing's Dirty War
Nicole Etcheson, history professor, penned a guest column for The New York Times Civil War blog.
August 12, 2013
New app to offer tours of state parks
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.