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SPA Colloquium

Contributed by: Alicia Kelly
Published: Thursday, 19 January 2017 12:30 PM
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2017-18 Burris Student Enrollment Applications

Contributed by: Susan Adair
Published: Thursday, 19 January 2017 10:00 AM
Burris Laboratory School is accepting applications for student enrollment for the 2017-18 school year. Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27th. Admission to Burris is based on a lottery system. All lotteries will be held in the Burris Auditorium on March 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. To apply, please visit the Burris website, All instructions for submitting your student's application are listed on the Burris website. Please call the Burris Laboratory School main office at 285-1131 with any questions. Learn more.

Professional development sessions provide best practices in strategic communications

Contributed by: Gail L Werner
Published: Thursday, 19 January 2017 8:00 AM
If you're wary of managing a website, eager to learn tips for taking photos, or looking to avoid dastardly errors in your writing, we'd love to help.

The Division of Strategic Communications is offering free professional development sessions starting Feb. 1. We're eager to share what we've learned, then answer questions.
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Explaining the Timing of Tulipmania’s Boom and Bust: Historical Context, Hidden Capital, and Market Signals | Research Colloquium

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 2:00 PM


Explaining the Timing of Tulipmania’s Boom and Bust: Historical Context, Hidden Capital, and Market Signals

12:00 - 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

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Presented by David Thomas

Assistant Professor of Economics

Explaining the Timing of Tulipmania’s Boom and Bust: Historical Context, Hidden Capital, and Market Signals

Framing tulipmania in terms of investment capital whose quantities, usages, and future yields are hidden from market participants offers a richer and more straightforward explanation of this famous financial bubble than extant alternatives. Simply put, the underground planting of the tulip bulbs in 1636 blindfolded 17th-century Dutch speculators regarding the planted quantities and their development and future yields. The price-boom began in mid-November of 1636, coinciding with the time of planting. The price-collapse occurred in the first week of February 1637, coinciding with the time of bulb sprouting (signaling bulb quantities, development, and future yields). Also consistent with our explanation is the initial price-collapse location, in the Dutch city of Haarlem, where temperature and geography favored early sprouting and sprout-visibility.

About David Thomas

Dr. Thomas holds both a BA and an MA in Economics from the California State University (SJSU) and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University (GMU). His research is primarily in the fields of health economics (the impact of emergency services on survival rates) and entrepreneurial economics (the role of early stage entrepreneurial research and development on business cycles). Dr. Thomas had an earlier career as a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, launching four successful tech companies and raising more than $75 million dollars in seed, strategic, and venture capital. His most recent effort, Intacct, based in Silicon Valley, is one of the leading software as a service (SaaS) companies, with more than 11,000 enterprise customers. In recent years, Dr. Thomas represented the tech industry in Washington D.C. as Executive Director of the Software Industry Association and EVP of Business Development for TechAmerica. He currently serves on the advisory board of the College of Health and Human Services at George Mason University.

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Computer Science Colloquium Series - Computational Phylogenetics by Brad Shutters

Contributed by: Kim Bechdolt
Published: Wednesday, 18 January 2017 10:30 AM

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

Computational Phylogenetics

Brad Shutters

University of Wisconsin – La Crosse


In his seminal book The Origin of Species, Darwin produced one of the first illustrations of an evolutionary tree and popularized the notion of a "tree of life.” Over a century and a half later, evolutionary trees are still used to study the evolutionary relationships among groups of species, genes and other taxa. Computational phylogenetics is the application of algorithms, methods and programs to assemble a tree representing a hypotheses about the evolutionary history of a set of taxa. In this talk we will explore several recent developments on the algorithmic foundations of constructing evolutionary trees from multi-state molecular data, and on combining smaller evolutionary trees on overlapping taxa into supertrees. We will also discuss several open problems in the field.

Monday, January 23, 2017, 3:00 PM, RB 104

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Nominations Open for Immersive Learning Faculty Awards

Contributed by: Robbie Mehling
Published: Wednesday, 11 January 2017 10:00 AM
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Immersive Learning Faculty Awards!
The deadline for submission is February 10, 2017.

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Honors College Launches New Lecture Series

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 5:00 PM

New once-monthly lecture series welcomes students and faculty to come together and explore a current topic of interest to the Honors College community. The first lecture of the series will be on Monday, January 30, at 4PM in AJ 175. All persons within the Ball State University community are welcome to attend and participate as Beth Dalton, Assistant Professor of English and valued Honors instructor, reads and discusses brief selections from her new short story collection, Women Traveling Alone. Prof. Dalton is a recent graduate of the Spalding University MFA program. She will also discuss her path toward obtaining a master of fine arts degree in creative writing. Students interested in pursuing an MFA are especially encouraged to attend.

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Ball State online graduate programs ranked in the top 20

Contributed by: Nancy Prater
Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 3:00 PM

Three Ball State graduate programs are ranked in the top 20 in the country in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 Best Online Programs.

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Phased Retirement Deadline

Contributed by: Jacquelyn Buckrop
Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 9:00 AM
Faculty members wishing to participate in Phased Retirement beginning in Fall semester 2017 must make the request in writing by February 6, 2017
More information about Phased Retirement, including the Request to Participate form is available at:

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Student Symposium Registration Now Open

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Monday, 09 January 2017 3:00 PM

Registration is now open for the 2017 Student Symposium. This event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in the Student Center.

The Student Symposium is a free, on-campus academic conference exclusively for Ball State students. All students and majors are eligible to participate and may choose to present a poster of their work or take part in a moderated paper presentation. Participants may enter research projects or creative/design endeavors.

Due to the increased popularity of this event, the first 130 completed registrations for poster presentations and first 50 completed registrations for paper presentations will be accepted.

Registration is open January 9-30, 2017. Visit for guidelines and registration form.

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College Students and Work-Life Issues - Research Participants Needed!

Contributed by: Aly Sander
Published: Monday, 09 January 2017 2:30 PM
Are you a busy college student? Do you feel like you are juggling several commitments at once?

We would like to invite you to participate in a research study that aims to understand the “college student experience” and how it pertains to work-life balance issues. To participate in this study, you must be 18 years of age or older and currently enrolled either part or full-time in undergraduate courses.
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Indiana Academy Preview Days

Contributed by: Julie Tuttle Davis
Published: Thursday, 08 December 2016 4:30 PM
The Indiana Academy provides a world class education for high ability high school students. For the third year in a row has ranked us the #1 public high school in Indiana. We’re also ranked #3 best high school in the nation and our teachers are ranked #2. Learn more about attending the Indiana Academy at an upcoming Preview Day.
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Call for Proposals - Spring 2017 Provost IL Grant

Contributed by: Robbie Mehling
Published: Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:00 AM

Fall 2016 Provost Immersive Learning Grant Awards Announcement

Call for Spring 2017 Proposals

Submission System Goes Live: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 5:00pm
Proposal Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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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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