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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
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Ancient Studies Lecture

Contributed by: Lesley Fortriede
Published: Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:00 AM
Michael Dixon, History Professor and Assistant Dean  at the University of Southern Indiana
Wednesday, April 8, 2015, 4:00 - 5:00 P.M. Burkhardt Building room 101.
Free and Open to the Public.
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Special Leave Presentation

Contributed by: Marydella Kamper
Published: Monday, 30 March 2015 9:00 AM
You are invited to attend a special assigned leave presentation by Shireen Desouza, Associate Professor in the Department of Biology on Friday, April 17 in room CN (Cooper Nursing) 160 at 3:30 p.m.

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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

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: 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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Community Photographers Invitation Day at Rinard Orchid Greenhouse

Contributed by: Marydella Kamper
Published: Thursday, 26 March 2015 10:30 AM
Community Photographers Invitation Day - Explore and photograph beautiful orchids and other tropical plants Learn more.

Upcoming Events at the Brown Planetarium

Contributed by: Dayna Thompson
Published: Wednesday, 18 March 2015 3:30 PM
Charles W. Brown Planetarium F R E E    P U B L I C   S H O W S  2 0 1 5

Saturn & Beyond  (NEW!)
Saturn’s rings are one of the most beautiful sights in the solar system. They can be seen clearly even with a small backyard telescope. Astronomers have known about these rings for over 400 years, yet they still present many questions. In 2004 the Cassini orbiter and the Huygens probe reached Saturn. During this show we will explore the mysterious features seen by these spacecraft.

Undiscovered Worlds (NEW!)
The Search Beyond our Sun explores a timeless question: Do other planets like Earth exist? Within the past 20 years, astronomers have discovered hundreds of planets orbiting other stars. Travel to distant stars and fly up to exotic planets and see them up close in the planetarium. Experience the science shifting our perspectives on humanity’s place in the cosmos.

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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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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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Arts internships available in New York City

Contributed by: Cathy Day
Published: Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:00 PM
Would you like to do a semester-long internship in New York?

Are you interested in becoming an arts professional?

Ball State has a new domestic, off-campus study program called the New York Arts Program.

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