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Professor Holmes Finch to Talk about Item Response Theory at the Applied Statistics and R Group Spring Workshop Series

Contributed by: Jun Xu
Published: Tuesday, 31 March 2015 1:00 PM
The Applied Statistics and R (ASR) Group feels very excited to announce that Professor Holmes Finch from the Department of Educational Psychology at Ball State University will deliver the third of a series of workshops/presentations organized by ASR and the Department of Sociology at Ball State University in the spring. Below is some summary information about this presentation.

What: Basic on Item Response Theory
When: 1.30-3.00PM on April 3rd
Where: NQ241

Basics on Item Response Theory

Holmes Finch, PhD, PStat, Accredited Professional Statistician
George and Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology
Professor, Statistics and Psychometrics
Department of Educational Psychology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 285-3668

Professor Finch’s talk will focus on the basics of item response theory (IRT), which involves statistical models of responding to dichotomous and polytomous items that are commonly used in social science questionnaires and tests. I will cover the basic models, and show how they can be fit using R.



Jun Xu, PhD
Spring 2015 Organizer of ASR
Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
Ball State University
Tel: 765-285-4488
Email: jxu@bsu.edu
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Hollis Fund Opportunities Available

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Monday, 30 March 2015 7:30 PM

Ball State’s ASPiRE Internal Grant Program is pleased to announce the Hollis Fund opportunities available for summer and fall projects 2015.

Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) is pleased to oversee the Joseph W. and Marcella S.
Hollis Fund for research in fields of psychology. Professor Joseph W. Hollis served Ball State from 1954-
1984 with his service culminating as Chairperson of the Department of Counseling Psychology and
Guidance Services. This opportunity is supported by the income arising from the endowment.

Hollis funds can be provided to assist in psychological research project costs such as travel or supplies.
Dr. and Mrs. Hollis also recognized that research in psychology might occur in a number of departments
and programs across the campus. Thus, proposals from any department are eligible, as long as the
project is psychology based.


Eligibility:
•    Applicants must be Graduate students or Junior Faculty Members (first 3 years of appointment).

•    Ball State students are limited to one Hollis award. Additionally, Jr. Faculty members are limited
to one Hollis award during their term as a Jr. Faculty member.


Types of Funding Available
Research related travel, supplies, payments to subjects (excluding gift cards), and presentations of work
at professional meetings (proof of presentation acceptance must be submitted at the time of
application).


Questions pertaining to the ASPiRE Program can be directed to aspire@bsu.edu or by calling the Sponsored Projects Administration at 765-285-1600.

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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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Researcher recruiting current and former female competitive soccer players

Contributed by: Lindsey Blom
Published: Tuesday, 24 March 2015 10:00 AM

We are seeking any female BSU student who has at least five years of competitive high school or club soccer experience and who has been competitive within the last 18 months to participate in their study.If you are interested please email Brianna Leitzelar at bnleitzelar@bsu.edu. This project is supervised by Dr. Lindsey Blom.

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Hollis Fund Opportunities Available for Summer and Fall Projects 2015

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Friday, 20 March 2015 7:00 AM

Ball State’s ASPiRE Internal Grant Program is pleased to announce the Hollis Fund opportunities available for summer and fall projects 2015.



Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) is pleased to oversee the Joseph W. and Marcella S.

Hollis Fund for research in fields of psychology. Professor Joseph W. Hollis served Ball State from 1954-

1984 with his service culminating as Chairperson of the Department of Counseling Psychology and

Guidance Services. This opportunity is supported by the income arising from the endowment.



Hollis funds can be provided to assist in psychological research project costs such as travel or supplies.

Dr. and Mrs. Hollis also recognized that research in psychology might occur in a number of departments

and programs across the campus. Thus, proposals from any department are eligible, as long as the

project is psychology based.





Eligibility:

· Applicants must be Graduate students or Junior Faculty Members (first 3 years of appointment).



· Ball State students are limited to one Hollis award. Additionally, Jr. Faculty members are limited to one Hollis award during their term as a Jr. Faculty member.

Types of Funding Available

Research related travel, supplies, payments to subjects (excluding gift cards), and presentations of work

at professional meetings (proof of presentation acceptance must be submitted at the time of

application).





Questions pertaining to the ASPiRE Program can be directed to aspire@bsu.edu or by calling the Sponsored Projects Administration at 765-285-1600

Learn more.

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.

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