Communications Center
Skip Navigation LinksHome > Academic News & Events

Academic News & Events

Tucker Student Travel Grant for Autism Research

Contributed by: Donna Cunningham
Published: Friday, 14 December 2018 2:30 PM

The Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (CASD), in coordination with BSU’s Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) is pleased to offer the Terry and Sandra Tucker Family Autism Research Grant program for undergraduate and graduate student research related to autism spectrum disorders. These grants are made possible through the generosity of Terry and Sandra Tucker and their understanding of the importance of supporting research in the field of autism.

Two separate competitions are held for student research projects and for travel funds to present at academic conferences. The Travel Grant competition's winter deadline is January 11, 2019!

Learn more.

Centennial Speaker Events

Contributed by: Jacquelyn Buckrop
Published: Thursday, 13 December 2018 9:30 AM
Provost Rivera-Mills is pleased to announce two Centennial Speaker Events. On February 18 at 7:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium “A Conversation with Deborah Roberts” of ABC's 20/20 newsmagazine and on April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in Emens Auditorium “The Problem Solving Generation” with Jaime Casap, Google's Education Evangelist. Ms. Roberts will share stories and lessons on leadership. Mr. Casap will address the power and potential of technology in pursuit of learning.
Learn more.

Exploring Partial Effects in Cluster Samples – A Critique of Within-Group Estimators | RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Wednesday, 12 December 2018 1:00 PM


Exploring Partial Effects in Cluster Samples – A Critique of Within-Group Estimators

12:00 - 1:15 p.m., Monday, January 14, 2019
Whitinger Building, room 152 (Please note location change)

RSVP by January 7

Presented by Tung Liu
Professor of Economics

Exploring Partial Effects in Cluster Samples – A Critique of Within-Group Estimators

In cluster samples, within-group estimators are commonly used to measure the partial effects of explanatory variables on the dependent variable, while between-group estimators are avoided; an important reason for this choice is that within-group estimators are unbiased. Yet, analyses using within-group estimates raises issues: if there are different sets of population parameters measuring partial effects, then the interpretations and conclusions derived from within-group estimators may be misleading when the fundamentals of the experimental designs and possible differences between within-group effects and between-group effects are ignored. We use three widely cited articles and semi-simulated data to illustrate the critique.

About Tung Liu

Tung Liu, professor of economics, received his doctorate from the University of California at San Diego in 1990 and joined Ball State in the same year. His fields of interests include time series, applied econometrics, applied finance, and China economy. Liu's current research includes neural networks, returns to education, and China economy. His research publications appear in Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Economic History, Journal of Future Markets, Physica D, Economic Modelling, Empirical Economics, and China Economic Review. Liu teaches courses in economics, statistics, and econometrics. He received the Dean's Teaching award in 1999 and 2000. He was a recipient of "Educator of the Year" in 1994 presented by Delta Sigma Pi fraternity.

Learn more.

Diversity This Week, Dec 10-18, 2018

Contributed by: Lisa Love
Published: Monday, 10 December 2018 9:30 AM

Diversity this Week

A message from the Associate Vice President for Diversity
Doing the work of creating an inclusive culture here at Ball State University

View the complete Diversity This Week Here

This Week in Diversity Now…

Common Ground
Monday, December 10, 2018 11:00 AM
Join us for a cup of coffee and a thoughtful conversation with colleagues from all units on campus today at 11 AM. Meet someone new, share your story, and learn more about the amazing people who make up our community. Ball State's strength comes from hundreds of individuals working together toward a common ground. R.S.V.P.s appreciated but not required. Email

Expand your horizons…Read How to Appreciate Diversity During the Holidays for insight on increasing your understanding and awareness of the traditions and beliefs of others.


December Dilemma or Teaching Opportunity? Keep these 4 tips in mind during the holiday season, read more here

Live-Beneficence…I see the Beneficence in you
Beneficence is not passive. It is by definition, action taken to benefit others. To “Live Beneficence” is a call to action. Join us.
Beneficence challenge –6 Tips for Dealing With Difficult Family During the Holidays, read this articlefor a list of methods to avoid conflict.

Share examples of the Beneficence you see in others – email your nominations to Please include your name, the person's name and the way in which they embodied the Beneficence Pledge.

…& looking back 1950
Ralph Bunche, becomes the first African American to be awarded the Peace Prize.

Ball State University African American Alumni Oral History led by Michael Doyle, Associate Professor and Director, Public History Program and the Oral History Workshop. Listen to the Oral History of Ella McNeary Ball State University, class of 1973, Technology, Masters 1978

An opportunity to showcase faculty publications 2017-18

Emily Rutter
Assistant Professor of English
Co-Director of African American Studies Minor

Keeping Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a forethought…not an afterthought
Read the Getting Ready to Lead for Equity resource. Learn more here.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Every Semester Needs A Plan

· Do you often start the semester or term with high hopes for your writing projects, but end disappointed by your actual productivity?

· Do you desperately want (or need) to write a lot this semester?

· Do you want to figure out how to be more productive AND enjoy your life this semester?

NCFDD offers this webinar at the start of each semester. Learn how to make targeted adjustments to align your efforts. Register for the webinar using this link

Can't view the resource? Be sure to register. Ball State University faculty and graduate students can register at

Contact the Office of Institutional Diversity Phone 765-285-5316 Email Teachers College 409

Facebook BallStateOID Twitter @BallStateOID

Learn more.

Call fo Creative Teaching Grant Applications

Contributed by: Cathy Cunningham
Published: Friday, 07 December 2018 12:00 PM
The Division of Online and Strategic Learning is announcing a call for applications for the 2018-19 Creative Teaching Grant. Learn more.

2018-2019 Learning and Development Sessions Week of December 14, 2018

Contributed by: Melissa Kraman
Published: Thursday, 06 December 2018 11:00 AM
2018-2019 Learning and Development Sessions Week of December 14, 2018 Learn more.

School of Art "ART SALE"

Contributed by: Andy Beane
Published: Thursday, 06 December 2018 7:00 AM
The School of Art will be hosting an Art "Sale" on December 18 & 19, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm in the Atrium Gallery in the Arts & Journalism Building.

This will be an opportunity for the BSU community to view the works available and gain pricing and contact information.

We will not be taking money or allowing works to be taken from the gallery on these days. Information will be on the tables beside each displayed artwork for interested persons to contact the artist directly to work out the details of the purchase, matting, framing, etc.

Questions please contact the Art Office at 765-285-5838
Learn more.

Spring into EdTec

Contributed by: Jon Clausen
Published: Tuesday, 06 November 2018 1:00 PM

Available for Spring 2019 EdTec Courses!!!

Spring semester is right around the corner. Why not spring into some educational technology courses!

Learn how to effectively integrate technology within your instructional practices. Explore how new and emerging technologies can impact learning and teaching.  Examine how technology is affecting the instructional contexts of schools.  Do all of these through the Educational Technology course offerings for the Spring 2019 semester!

The Educational Technology program is offering two awesome courses that will spice up your spring schedule! EDTE 355 and EDTE 470 offer fun and creative opportunities for students to learn about technology, its integration within instructional practices, and how it is changing schools.

Courses open to ALL BSU Students


Learn more.

The Power of Place: An Exhibition

Contributed by: Laura MacLeod Mulligan
Published: Monday, 17 September 2018 7:30 AM
The Power of Place: 100 Years of Architecture at Ball State University
On view Thursday, September 27 through Friday, December 21, 2018

Ball State University's centennial anniversary brings to light the power of place in shaping the university environment and the student experience. The Power of Place: 100 Years of Architecture at Ball State University is a collaborative exhibition organized by the David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA), Ball State University Libraries' Drawings and Documents Archive, and the College of Architecture and Planning. The exhibition examines three key buildings for the teaching of the arts and architecture and their impact on the campus and community. Take a walk back in time for a glimpse into the university's architectural transformation, which points toward a future of limitless opportunities. Join us on Friday, September 28 starting at 6 p.m. for DOMA's Final Friday event, when the exhibition will be celebrated and enjoyed as part of the free extended hours event.
Learn more.