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Environmental Sciences Seminar Series: The National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON): Understanding drivers and responses to ecosystem change

Contributed by: Teresa Case
Published: Wednesday, 03 February 2016 2:00 PM

There are five components of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON): the Airborne Observation Platform (AOP), Terrestrial Instrument System (TIS), Terrestrial Observation System (TOS), Aquatic Instrument System (AIS), and Aquatic Observation System (AOS). Collocation of measurements associated with each of these components will allow for linkage and comparison of data related to physical, chemical, and biological parameters. For example, remote sensing data provided by the Airborne Observation Platform (AOP) will link diversity and productivity data collected on individual plants and riparian areas by the Aquatic Observation System (AOS) and water quality data captured by in situ aquatic sensors (AIS) to that of satellite-based remote sensing collected outside of NEON. The NEON Aquatic subsystem, comprised of AOS and AIS, will quantify the impacts of climate change, land use, and biological invasions on freshwater populations and processes by sampling organismal community composition, measuring surface and groundwater chemistry, deploying instrumentation in and around water bodies, and tracking habitat structure. The standardization of protocols across all sites is a key to the success of NEON (and its novelty) and will be maintained at all sites through time. Additionally, data processing is standardized such that quality controlled data products derived from NEON measurements are freely available through the data portal.

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Saturday Program in the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse

Contributed by: Marydella Kamper
Published: Wednesday, 03 February 2016 12:00 PM
Two Saturday Programs in the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse – Saturday, February 13.

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2016 A. Jane Morton Award

Contributed by: Peggy Weis
Published: Wednesday, 03 February 2016 9:00 AM
Deadline for submission of A. Jane Morton Award Nomination packets is
3:00pm Wednesday, February 17, 2016. Please send completed packets to Peggy Weis, AB 018.
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Saturday Program in the Rinard Orchid Greenhouse

Contributed by: Marydella Kamper
Published: Tuesday, 02 February 2016 10:00 AM
Two Saturday Programs in the Dr. Joe and Alice Rinard Orchid Greenhouse:

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Graduate Student Writing Workshop

Contributed by: Stephanie Wilson
Published: Tuesday, 02 February 2016 6:30 AM

The Ball State University Graduate School is hosting a writing workshop webinar on Monday, February 8, from 4-5 p.m. to help graduate students improve their academic writing. The workshop can be viewed in Ball Communications room 129, online or later as a recording. Registration is available online for this event.

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Morris, Kapinus to fill leadership roles as university moves forward

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Monday, 01 February 2016 4:30 PM
Ball State University Acting President Terry King has appointed Robert Morris as acting provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, while Carolyn Kapinus has been named acting associate vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School. Learn more.

The Biohistory of Feminism: Searching for the Universal in the Midst of Cultural Variance

Contributed by: Lesley Fortriede
Published: Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:00 AM
Dr. Abel Alves will be giving his sabbatical presentation in AJ 175 from 3-5 pm on Monday, February 8th. Learn more.

Ben Highmore: Mass Observation and the Practice of Democracy

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Wednesday, 27 January 2016 3:00 PM
Cultural studies researcher Ben Highmore is traveling across the pond from England to speak at Ball State this Monday, 2/1 at 7:30 p.m. in LB 125.

His presentation will cover topics relating to research and observations of everyday life studies and mass observation, with special appeals to those in the Departments of Anthropology, English, History, Journalism Sociology and Telecommunications.

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Ball State University launches free digital literary magazine promoting diversity in children’s and young adult literature

Contributed by: Darolyn "Lyn" Jones
Published: Tuesday, 26 January 2016 3:00 PM
We are shaped by the stories we read as children and retell as adults. Diversity in children’s and young adult literature is critical in creating and sustaining culture and community.

Rethinking Children's and Young Adult Literature is a result of the collaboration between Ball State University professor, Dr. Darolyn “Lyn” Jones and her teacher education, creative writing, and English students and George and Francis Ball Distinguished Professor, Dr. Jennifer Palilinos and her journalism media students.

In this innovative free, digital, interactive literary magazine, we have married story, art, and media as a way for your readers to experience the inclusiveness of stories that focus on topics promoting social justice.

In this special themed edition on LGBTQ, join us in hearing from and reading new works from celebrated children’s book writer Leslea Newman, viewing featured book trailers from a variety of authors including Newman, Adam Silvera, and Robert Munsch, checking out supporting teacher strategies and resources, and reading original children’s and young adult works which allow the reader to rethink gender and orientation. Syd the Fella is a parody of Cinderella where Syd is looking for a prince, subtext is a play about adolescents experiencing romance and crossed wires, Bell Tower, where an African American girl confronts the church and her community about her identity, and Tiffy's Story, a children’s picture book that explains transgender.

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Please share this with your audience, readers, writers, colleagues, and students! Email Dr. Jones at for a full press release that can be shared electronically.

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Midterm Feedback Service available Spring 2016

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Sunday, 24 January 2016 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.
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2016-17 Interactive Learning Space Initiative - Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Thursday, 14 January 2016 9:00 AM
Applications for the 2016-17 Interactive Learning Space (ILS) Initiative Teaching and Scholarship Opportunity are now being accepted.
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2015-16 Creative Teaching Grant - Call for Applications

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Wednesday, 13 January 2016 8:30 AM
The Office of Educational Excellence is now accepting applications for the 2015-16 Creative Teaching Grant. Proposal deadline is THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

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