College of Sciences and Humanities

April 14, 2014
Source: Star Press
Ball State astronomy professor Ron Kaitchuck is quoted.
April 3, 2014
Ball State students found 250 archaeological sites in seven months while surveying southern Montgomery County. Their survey increased the county’s overall archaeological site total to 691.
March 31, 2014
Ray Scheele, political science professor, is quoted.
March 31, 2014
Story features Ball State students creating app for Civil War state park.
Note: Hispanic Business and the Targeted News Service also posted this story.
March 31, 2014
Update on Ball State research project.
Note: Associated Press distributed this story statewide.
March 20, 2014
Source: Star Press
Story examines how the legislature authorizes payment for architects, engineers.
March 17, 2014
Source: WIBC FM
Steve Radil, geography professor, is interviewed.
March 10, 2014
Joe Losco, political science professor, is interviewed.
March 10, 2014
Source: WIBC FM
Joe Losco, political science professor, reacts to latest national poll showing majority approval.
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 14, 2014
Source: Star Press
January 2, 2014
Source: Detroit News
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
Source: Reuters
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
Yount's Mill to welcome Ball State students
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.
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