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oin Google’s DevFest Muncie 2017

Contributed by: Nancy Prater
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017 5:00 PM

Local web developers or hobbyists are invited to attend a Google-sponsored DevFest Nov. 4 at MadJax.

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Meet Canvas

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017 1:00 PM
Come see what faculty and students have done, ask questions, watch demonstrations, and enjoy food and prizes. Learn more.

President Mearns will make his third informal visit of campus on Tuesday

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Friday, 20 October 2017 11:00 AM
On Tuesday, October 24, President Mearns will make his third informal visit of campus, touring academic buildings centered around the Quad. Learn more.


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



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.


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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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Call for Participation for the Symposium on Games in Academia

Contributed by: Kim Bechdolt
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 1:00 PM

Registration is open for the 2017 Symposium on Games in Academia, to be held 1-5PM November 3 at Ball State University. The symposium celebrates all the intersections of games and higher education, including game-based learning, game studies, and game design. The program features six speakers, a collection of student and faculty demonstrations, and a keynote address by famed Indiana-based game designer Isaac Childres.

Reserve your seat now by registering at We hope to see you there!

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Procyclical Ratings and Market Reactions | RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:00 AM


Procyclical Ratings and Market Reactions

12:00 - 1:15 p.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

RSVP before October 23

Presented by Kris Kemper
Assistant Professor of Finance

Procyclical Ratings and Market Reactions

We investigate stock price reactions to credit rating changes during competing economic environments. Prior research has shown that credit rating assignments differ during times of economic expansion and economic contraction. We investigate if equity prices adjust differently to changes in credit quality in different economic environments. Our results show that markets react more strongly to negative ratings news during times of economic contraction. When the economy is expanding, markets also overreact by pushing prices higher than they otherwise would during an economic downturn.

About Kris Kemper

Kris Kemper, Assistant Professor of Finance, received his Ph.D. in Finance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. His current research interests include capital structure, credit ratings, debt heterogeneity, and inflation hedging.

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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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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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Indiana Academy 2017 Preview Days

Contributed by: Julie Tuttle Davis
Published: Friday, 08 September 2017 3:30 PM

Do you know a high ability student currently in high school? If so, please encourage the student and parent(s) of the student to check out the nationally recognized educational opportunities provided by the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. Register Now for a Preview Day to visit our classes, meet our faculty, and learn more about us.

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