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You're Invited! Public History Program's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Contributed by: Sandi Garcia
Published: Thursday, 19 October 2017 5:00 PM
Tomorrow, October 20th, the Department of History is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of our Public History Program and you're invited!

The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Cardinal Hall B, Student Center.

Please feel free to join us for any part of the day, as your schedule permits. There is no advance registration, and the event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Public History Concentration in the History Major prepares you to interact with the community, both in person and online, in a variety of settings—from museums and national parks to the archives of a major corporation. The 30th Anniversary Celebration is a great opportunity to learn how this major could open career opportunities!
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Mathematical Sciences Colloquium: History of the Statistics Program at Ball State University

Contributed by: Susan Bourne
Published: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 4:00 PM
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Faculty and Graduate Research Colloquium

"History of the Statistics Program at Ball State University"
Dr. Mir Masoom Ali, George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor Emeritus

Thursday, October 26, 2017
1:00-1:50 p.m.
RB 447
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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 or 765-285-4488.

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Writer Kelcey Parker Ervick reads on October 26

Contributed by: Cathy Day
Published: Thursday, 05 October 2017 3:00 PM
The English department presents Kelcey Parker Ervick, who will read from her work on Thursday, October 26th at 8:30 PM in AJ 225.

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Midterm Feedback Service Available

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Sunday, 17 September 2017 9:00 AM
Why wait until after finals to receive student feedback? The Office of Educational Excellence can assist in gathering student feedback at midterm allowing you to make adjustments prior to the end of the semester. Our Midterm Feedback Service can be provided as a facilitated face-to-face session with your students or as an online survey.

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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

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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Submissions Being Accepted for Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky

Contributed by: Dayna Thompson
Published: Friday, 07 July 2017 2:00 PM
Submissions are now being accepted for "Celestial Musings: Poems Inspired by the Night Sky". Submit up to three poems with a line limit of 32 lines each. The poems do not have to be entirely about the night sky, but the more the poems relate to the stars, constellations or the moon, the better the chance for publication.
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