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Applied Statistics and R Group Presentation on Hypothesis Testing in Ordered Regression Models

Contributed by: Jun Xu
Published: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:00 AM
Date: Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Time: 3:00 to 4:00
Room: NQ241
Building: North Quad

Topic: A Comparison between Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches to the Hypothesis Testing of the Parallel Line Assumption in Ordered Regression Models

Abstract: In this project, we first review existing literature on cumulative logit models along with the parallel line assumption and present results using various ways to test the assumption. Building on the traditional frequentist framework, we introduce a Bayesian approach to providing an alternative method to estimate various cumulative logit models and a conceptually more compelling method for testing the parallel line assumption. Empirical examples are used to showcase and adjudicate between the old and new methods.

Presenter: Dr. Jun Xu, Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology
Ball State University
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Immersive Learning and History: How an Academic Department Makes a Difference in the Community

Contributed by: Sandi Garcia
Published: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 7:30 AM
Join the History Department as Professor Ron Morris presents his Sabbatical Talk, "Immersive Learning and History: How an Academic Department Makes a Difference in the Community" on February 22nd from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in Burkhardt 100.
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Computer Science Colloquium Series - Tales of a Midwestern Startup by Josh Hurs

Contributed by: Kim Bechdolt
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017 8:00 AM

Department of Computer Science - Ball State University
Colloquium Series 2016-17

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

3:00 PM, RB 104

Tales of a Midwestern Startup

Josh Hurst


Prysm is changing the way many organizations collaborate through a natural user interface and a complex symphony of technologies. In this talk I will discuss some of the technical decisions that we faced as an eight-person company, which resulted in a merger-acquisition with a 300-person organization. I'll share the challenges we encountered and shed some light on what to look for in a startup.


Josh Hurst is a Software Development Manager at Prysm -- an international company building cloud-based collaboration software for Fortune 100 companies. He manages a number of software developers, with a focus on enhancing agile practices while minimizing technical debt. Before moving to a management role, Josh developed multi-touch applications on the Windows platform and web applications in C#/.NET. He also handled numerous support cases for critical customers, such as Eli Lilly, Intel, and the Dr. Phil show. Josh graduated from Ball State University in 2012 with a degree in Computer Science, with a focus on agile software development, design thinking, and game development.

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20th Annual Student History Conference

Contributed by: Sandi Garcia
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017 7:30 AM
The Department of History is pleased to announce our 20th annual Student History Conference on Friday, February 24th, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Conference events take place at the L.A. Pittenger Student Center and are FREE and open to the public.

This conference showcases some of the best scholarship produced by our undergraduate history majors and history grad students. The event closes with awards for the best paper in each category. Each year this is a terrific opportunity for students and faculty mix, mingle, and share big ideas.
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Mathematical Pursuits: Colloquium Series by and for Students

Contributed by: Susan Bourne
Published: Friday, 17 February 2017 5:00 PM
Department of Mathematical Sciences
Mathematical Pursuits: Colloquium Series by and for Students

Title: An Introduction to R
Presenters: Rebecca Kurtz and Alex Parkison

Thursday, February 21, 2017
1:00-1:50 p.m.
RB 449
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Monster Poetry Reading presented by the Digital Literature Review

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Thursday, 16 February 2017 1:00 PM
MONSTER POETRY READING! Come listen to Brian Morrison read his work on monsters!
Thursday, February 23rd
Time: 8-9pm
Place: Arts and Journalism Building, Room 225

The Digital Literature Review will be hosting Brian Morrison's poetry reading. Join us for some horrifying and wicked poetry read from one of the English Department’s best! Hoping we see you ghouls there!

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China is a perfect study abroad opportunity for you.

Contributed by: Tamara Edwards
Published: Thursday, 02 February 2017 1:00 PM
Chinese 400 (6 credits) is a perfect study abroad opportunity for you. This class is offered by the Department of Modern Languages and Classics and will be from May 10 to June 11,2017. No Language prerequisites are required. Learn more.

2017-18 Interactive Learning Space Initiative - Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2017 2:30 PM
Applications for joining the 2017-18 Interactive Learning Space (ILS) Initiative are now being accepted. The purpose of the ILS Initiative is to strengthen learning through pedagogy, learning space design, and technology.

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Midterm Feedback Service - Open for Spring 2017

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2017 2:00 PM
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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BSU 2017 Summer Field School in India

Contributed by: Robert Phillips
Published: Tuesday, 31 January 2017 12:00 PM
The department of Anthropology will be offering an ethnographic field school in India in the summer of 2017. The course is titled "Ritual and Belief in India" and will be led by Dr. Robert Phillips.

The course will include a one-week study tour of west and north India including stops in Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur, and Agra as well as a two week stay at the University of Hyderabad.

Tentative dates: July 23-August 13, 2017

Cost: ~$3884 (in state undergraduate) - includes roundtrip airfare (Indianapolis - Mumbai), one-week study tour (housing, travel, meals), room and board at the University of Hyderabad, three credits of tuition, and fees. (Passport and visa are extra).

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2017.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Robert Phillips<>
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Unsure about your direction? Let us help you plot a course.

Contributed by: Cathy Day
Published: Thursday, 26 January 2017 3:00 PM
The English department and the Ball State Career Center invite you to attend our Stars to Steer By Series. Each month, we feature professionals in a variety of fields to help you plot your course professionally.

These events are geared to undergraduates and graduate students in the humanities and social sciences, but all are welcome.

There will be pizza (thanks to the Career Center) and lots of cool door prizes.

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2016-17 Creative Teaching Grant Call for Appllications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 9:30 AM
The Office of Educational Excellence is now accepting applications for the 2016-17 Creative Teaching Grant. Proposal deadline is THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
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