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The Spring 2015 Culture Exchange Series Presents: FINLAND

Contributed by: Heather Wilson
Published: Friday, 27 March 2015 6:00 AM
Spring 2015 Culture Exchange Series – Finland
Pittenger Student Center, Yuhas Room
Wednesday, April 1
12-1PM

Each week the Rinker Center for International Programs (RCIP) holds a presentation in the Pittenger Student Center (Yuhas Room) from 12-1PM. These presentations highlight different countries by offering natives a chance to share their insider’s look into these countries and their cultures.

The presentations are accompanied by internationally-themed food served from 11AM-1:30PM in the Tally Food Court (for details, see: http://netnutrition.bsu.edu/NetNutrition/Home.aspx and click "Student Center Tally Food Court”.)

This coming Wednesday, April 1, Emelie Snickars presents her native country, Finland!

Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordered by Sweden, Norway and Russia (the nation of Estonia lies across the Gulf of Finland). Come learn more about this fascinating country at Culture Exchange; we hope to see you there!

Upcoming Culture Exchange Presentations
April 1 Emelie Snickars—Finland


April 08 Seula HanSouth Korea
April 15 Danah Alqunfuzi—Saudi Arabia

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Mathematical Sciences Colloquium: A Variety of Topics in Real Algebraic Geometry

Contributed by: Susan Bourne
Published: Friday, 27 March 2015 3:00 AM
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Faculty and Graduate Research Colloquium

“A Variety of Topics in Real Algebraic Geometry”

Anthony Rizzie
(Purdue University)

Thursday, April 2, 2015
1:00-1:50 p.m.
RB 449
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The Student Symposium is Next Week!

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 4:30 PM
The 20th Annual Student Symposium at Ball State University is coming up on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center!

The Sponsored Projects Administration would like to invite you to attend the 20th annual Student Symposium at Ball State University. The Student Symposium offers students an opportunity to display their research projects and creative endeavors in a poster session and moderated paper presentations taking place throughout the afternoon.  All activities will take place on the second floor of the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. Student posters will be on display in the Ballroom from 1PM to 4:30PM and paper presentations will take place in various locations from 1:30PM to 4:30PM. The day will conclude with an award ceremony taking place in Cardinal Hall at 4:30PM. Please visit the Student Symposium webpage for more information and schedule details.
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RSVP: Researcher of the Year & Outstanding Creative Endeavor Awardee Lecture - April 9

Contributed by: Augusta Wray
Published: Wednesday, 25 March 2015 2:00 PM
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Researcher of the Year and Outstanding Creative Endeavor Lecture on Thursday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Arts and Journalism Building, AJ 225. A reception follows the lectures.

2014-15 Researcher of the Year
Melody Bernot, Associate Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
Lecture Title: "Understanding human influence on freshwater ecosystems"

2014-15 Outstanding Creative Endeavor
Christie Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Dance
Department of Theatre & Dance
Lecture Title: "Narrative in Motion"

RSVP here:
http://goo.gl/xKYqRT
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How a Scrappy Band of Hoosiers Is Fighting for Clean Energy

Contributed by: Barb Stedman
Published: Tuesday, 24 March 2015 12:00 PM
Living Lightly Presents:
How a Scrappy Band of Hoosiers Is Fighting for Clean Energy


At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in room 104 of Bracken Library, Jodi Perras – Indiana Representative for Sierra Club's Beyond Coal campaign – will speak about the fight for solar and wind power and energy efficiency in Indiana, explain how these issues affect Muncie and suggest ways in which citizens can get involved.

Perras’s appearance is sponsored by Living Lightly, which will hold its annual sustainable living fair on Saturday, September 19.
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Research Colloquium | The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Tobacco Products, Tar, and Nicotine Consumption: Evidence from Household Panel Data

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Tuesday, 24 March 2015 8:30 AM
Miller College Research Colloquium

The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Tobacco Products, Tar, and Nicotine Consumption: Evidence from Household Panel Data

12:00-1:30 p.m., Monday, April 6th, 2015
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

RVSP before March 27th to bizdean@bsu.edu

Presented by Erik Nesson
Assistant Professor of Economics

The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Tobacco Products, Tar, and Nicotine Consumption: Evidence from Household Panel Data
We use the Nielsen Homescan Consumer Panel (NHCP) to estimate the effects of tobacco control policies on purchases of tobacco-related products using within-household variation. We also match 91% of cigarette product purchases in the NHCP to tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide contents from the National Health and Nutritional Examination Surveys. Higher cigarette taxes reduce the number of cigarettes households purchase, but households also purchase cigarettes with higher tar, nicotine, and carbon monoxide contents. Contrary to previous findings, this effect is overwhelmed by the reduction in cigarettes purchased. Neither smoke free air laws nor smokeless tobacco taxes affect tobacco product purchases.

About Erik Nesson
Erik Nesson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. He earned his PhD in Economics from Emory University in 2012. His research interests include the economics of risky behaviors, the measurement of health, health inequality, and the relationship between health and socioeconomic status. His research has appeared in Health Economics, Economics and Human Biology, and the German Economic Review.

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Computer Science Colloquium: Variations on QuickSort & MergeSort Codes

Contributed by: Kim Bechdolt
Published: Friday, 20 March 2015 8:30 AM

Department of Computer Science - Ball State University
Colloquium Series 2014-15


Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 3:00 PM, RB 122

Variations on QuickSort & MergeSort Codes

Paul Buis, Ph. D.
Chair, Department of Computer Science, Ball State University



Abstract

This presentation will start by looking at QuickSort:

Doubly Recursive Code as classically presented

Singly Recursive Imbalanced Code with only O(N) guarantee on stack space use

Singly Recursive Code with O(logN) guarantee on stack space use

David Musser’s 1997 hack to guarantee O(NlogN) performance, called “IntroSort”

Optimization by switching to Insertion Sort instead of continuing with recursion

Looking at Java’s Standard Library



Then we will look at how to parallelize MergeSort from a practical standpoint:

Doubly Recursive Code as classically presented

Singly Recursive Code

Creating large numbers of parallel threads recursively

Using Mussler’s hack to limit recursively created parallel threads

Using Parallel Merge as presented by Cormen textbook



Finally, we can go back to QuickSort and apply similar ideas to parallelize it.

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Researcher of the Year & Outstanding Creative Endeavor Awardee Lecture - April 9

Contributed by: Augusta Wray
Published: Thursday, 19 March 2015 12:00 PM
Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the Researcher of the Year and Outstanding Creative Endeavor Lecture on Thursday, April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the Arts and Journalism Building, AJ 225. A reception follows the lectures.
Learn more.

"The Current Challenges in Israel and the Middle East"

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Thursday, 19 March 2015 8:00 AM
Alex Goldman-Shayman speaking on "The Current Challenges in Israel and the Middle East" Learn more.

Student Fulbright info sessions

Contributed by: Barb Stedman
Published: Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:00 AM
Juniors, seniors, and grad students: See the world through a Fulbright grant!

Attend one of these student Fulbright info sessions:
  • April 1, 4-5 pm
  • April 2, 4-5 pm
Both sessions will be held in Bracken Library, Schwartz Digital Viewing Room.

For more info, visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org. Contact Dr. Dom Caristi at 765-285-1493 or dgcaristi@bsu.edu for application info.

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2015 OEE Colloquia

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:00 AM
The Office of Educational Excellence is pleased to announce its 2015 Colloquia highlighting the previous year’s award winners for Ball State’s Excellence in Teaching Award and Creative Teaching Grant. During the presentation, the award recipient discusses his/her enhanced course or grant project.



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Elkhart native receives outstanding senior award from Ball State University

Contributed by: Megan Fizer
Published: Monday, 16 March 2015 10:00 AM
Chloe Anagnos, Elkhart, has received the John R. Emens Outstanding Senior Award from Ball State University. Learn more.

"Sparking Hope: Teaching as a Catalyst to Launching Great Learning," featuring Sean McComb, National Teacher of the Year

Contributed by: Sherri Beaty
Published: Friday, 13 March 2015 10:00 AM
Teachers College is pleased to announce that Sean McComb, 2014 National Teacher of the Year, will visit Ball State University on Wednesday, April 22 to share his passion and vision for teaching. McComb's presentation, "Sparking Hope: Teaching as a Catalyst to Launching Great Learning," will take place at 7 p.m. in room 175 of the Arts & Journalism building. The presentation is free and open to the public. For more informtation, call (765) 285-5251. Learn more.

Teachers College Alumni Scholarships

Contributed by: Nikki Sherfy
Published: Wednesday, 11 March 2015 7:00 AM
Teachers College Alumni Scholarships      

Students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree and have been admitted to the teaching curriculum, who demonstrate growth in the field of education and have a 3.0 grade point average may qualify for a Teachers College Alumni Scholarship.   

The TC Alumni Scholarship application is available on-line at the following web address:     http://tc.bsu.edu/alumnischolarship  

The application deadline is April 3, 2015.

Contact Nikki Sherfy at 765.285.4198 or nlsherfy@bsu.edu for questions.
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New Course: Applied Statistics and Research Data Management with SAS (MATH 599)

Contributed by: Susan Bourne
Published: Tuesday, 10 March 2015 2:00 AM
New Course: Applied Statistics and Research Data Management with SAS

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Jewish Studies Summer Workshop

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Tuesday, 24 February 2015 8:00 AM
Course Development Summer Workshop for Faculty and Teaching Graduate Students Learn more.

Advanced Placement Summer Institute registration now open

Contributed by: Raychelle Wilson
Published: Sunday, 08 February 2015 10:00 AM
Registration is now open for The Indiana Academy 2015 Advanced Placement Summer Institute, which will be held July 13-16 & 20-23. Nineteen sessions will be held in a variety of disciplines. For more information, visit www.bsu.edu/academy/summer or contact Raychelle Wilson at rawilson2@bsu.edu. This APSI is endorsed by the College Board. Learn more.

Undecided? Check out a dozen majors in business!

Contributed by: Victoria Meldrum
Published: Wednesday, 28 January 2015 2:30 PM
The Miller Connections Program allows you to get to know each of the 12 majors offered by the Miller College of Business.  Discover what a degree in business can do for you!
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policies and procedures regarding students with disabilities

Contributed by: Courtney Jarrett
Published: Sunday, 28 December 2014 9:00 AM
Ball State has a long and proud history of being a welcoming and accessible campus for students with disabilities, and over 650 students used at least one service from the office of Disability Services last year. I ask that you please review the information below regarding policies & procedures in working with students with disabilities. Please contact me (lmarkle@bsu.edu; 285-5293; Student Center 116) if you have any questions or would like to discuss any of these items.

Thank you,
Larry Markle, Director
Disability Services
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