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SPA's Research Week – October 23-27

Contributed by: Danielle Behrens
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017 11:30 AM

Mark your calendars for Research Week, Ball State’s annual celebration of externally funded research, scholarship, creative work, and community engagement. Come out and support your colleagues as they discuss their externally funded work and offer their insights into developing successful proposals.

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RESEARCH WEEK HONOREE PRESENTATIONS

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 4:00 PM

RESEARCH WEEK HONOREE PRESENTATIONS

**ALL EVENTS AT 3:00 PM, BRACKEN LIBRARY 104**

Come hear your colleagues discuss their externally funded work and offer their insights into developing successful proposals.

· Tuesday, Oct 24: Janay Sander, Department of Educational Psychology

Come hear Janay Sander and her co-investigator, Ruth Jefferson (Department of Special Education) discuss the process of applying for and then implementing an externally funded project that includes real-world research questions, community-university partnerships, immersive learning, and high quality research methods all in one project.

· Wednesday, Oct 25: Cathy Whaley, Director, Northeast Indiana Area Health Education Center (NEI-AHEC)

Come hear Cathy Whaley discuss the programs and funding strategies for AHEC. The purpose of the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program is to develop and enhance education and training networks within communities, academic institutions, and community-based organizations. The Northeast Indiana AHEC is one of more than 250 Centers across the United States and is financially supported by federal, state, and local funds.

· Thursday, Oct 26: Eric (VJ) Rubenstein, Department of Biology

Like humans, all cells must take out the trash. When cells switch from taking out the trash to hoarding it, mayhem - in the form of disease - ensues. In his presentation, VJ Rubenstein will discuss his federally funded investigation of cellular waste management.
**This event will conclude at 3:50pm to accommodate those with 4:00 obligations

· Friday, Oct 27: Creative Endeavor of the Year Lecture

Christopher Flook (Department of Telecommunications) will discuss his work, which resulted in this significant University award.

Please note: Scott Trappe's Researcher of the Year lecture, previously scheduled for Research Week, has been postponed until spring semester.

**ALL EVENTS AT 3:00 PM, BRACKEN LIBRARY 104**

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SPA's Research Week – October 23-27

Contributed by: Danielle Behrens
Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:30 AM

Mark your calendars for Research Week, Ball State’s annual celebration of externally funded research, scholarship, creative work, and community engagement. Come out and support your colleagues as they discuss their externally funded work and offer their insights into developing successful proposals.

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A Graduate Course on Categorical Data Analysis Using R

Contributed by: Jun Xu
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 1:00 PM
SOC684: Advanced Sociological Data Analysis
Modern Regression Analysis Using R

Dr. Jun Xu
17.15-20.00 M
Spring 2018

Why did someone vote for one particular presidential candidate instead of another? How likely does a student from disadvantaged background graduate from college? How to predict the number of clinic visits that a middle-class Caucasian female usually has in a year? What predicts people having poor health? Between black and silver cars, which color sells better and who is more likely to buy silver? What is the most likely commuting strategy that a typical New Yorker takes to get to the workplace? Why would Canadians live a healthier and longer life than Americans? Are people living in an area with a higher level of PM2.5 (fine particle) in the air or radon in the lower level of their residence more likely to have heart/lung disease than those living in areas with better air quality?

All these fascinating questions can be addressed using categorical and limited (non-continuous) dependent variable models, including binary (logit and probit), ordered (ordered logit and probit), multinomial (multinomial logistic), count (Poisson and negative binomial), and survival regression models. For the past few decades, there has been a tremendous outgrowth of these models, largely attributable to significant advances in computational capabilities. Since models covered in this course are non-linear in nature, interpretations are usually less straightforward than those in classical general linear models. This course focuses on conceptual understanding and post-estimation of these models. As such, we will employ textual, tabular, and graphical approaches, focusing largely on the interpretation and presentation of results. Computer exercises primarily using R offer experience with the use of such substantive post-estimation analysis. Students taking this course should have a solid understanding of regression models for continuous dependent variables and should be comfortable with a software package using syntax files. In addition to covering traditional frequentist statistical framework for estimation (i.e., maximum likelihood estimation), this course incorporates discussions of applied Bayesian statistics, the most up-to-date, and yet once-ostracized statistical paradigm/philosophy. Together with some basic discussions of Bayesian methods, this course primarily covers techniques about how to DO Bayesian data analysis of the models aforementioned using BUGS-like software (BUGS, JAGS, and Stan).

The instructor of this course, Dr. Jun Xu, is a professor of sociology at Ball State University. As a statistically-minded sociologist, Dr. Xu has published works on applied statistical techniques or substantive works using these techniques, including a co-authored book on ordered regression models forthcoming at Taylor & Francis and several papers on categorical data analysis. He is also the author or co-author of several software components using R or Stata. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Xu at jxu@bsu.edu or 765-285-4488.

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SPA's Research Week – October 23-27

Contributed by: Danielle Behrens
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 11:30 AM

Mark your calendars for Research Week, Ball State’s annual celebration of externally funded research, scholarship, creative work, and community engagement. Come out and support your colleagues as they discuss their externally funded work and offer their insights into developing successful proposals.

Learn more.

SPA's Research Week – October 23-27

Contributed by: Danielle Behrens
Published: Friday, 13 October 2017 11:00 AM

Mark your calendars for Research Week, Ball State’s annual celebration of externally funded research, scholarship, creative work, and community engagement. Come out and support your colleagues as they discuss their externally funded work and offer their insights into developing successful proposals.

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Honors College Lecture October 30

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Monday, 09 October 2017 10:00 AM

This once-monthly lecture series welcomes students and faculty to come together and explore a current topic of interest to the Honors College community. All persons within the Ball State University community are welcome to attend and participate. Join us on Monday, October 30, at 4PM in AJ 175 for a discussion with Dr. Jason Powell, Assistant Professor of Honors Humanities, about “The Art of Existence: John Dos Passos and the Lost Generation.”

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Black Women Writers Needed for Research!

Contributed by: Linh Littleford
Published: Saturday, 26 August 2017 10:00 PM

Ball State University IRB Approval #: 1088011-1

Have you ever experienced subtle slights that are offensive or insensitive towards you as a Black woman? I am interested in interviewing Black women who use writing as a coping strategy when dealing with microaggressive experiences. Research has linked racial microaggressions to negative psychological and physical health (Lewis & Neville, 2015; Nadal et al., 2015; Wong et al., 2013). My goal for this study is to identify ways to decrease the detrimental effects gendered racial microaggressions on Black women. If you are a Black woman, a writer, are 18 years or older, and you are willing to share your experiences with me during a one-on-one interview (approximately 1.5-2 hours), please contact Alexcia M. Kilgore at amkilgore@bsu.edu.

Warm regards,

Alexcia M. Kilgore

Cognitive & Social Processes Master's Candidate

President of Black Graduate Student Association

Ball State University | 2018

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