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MAC-ALDP Fellows Press Release

Contributed by: Angie Zahner
Published: Tuesday, 17 October 2017 10:30 AM
The Mid-American Conference-Academic Leadership Development Program (MAC-ALDP) is a professional development program that aims to identify a select group of faculty and administrators in an effort to develop, prepare, and enhance their ability to be effective academic leaders.  Learn more.

The Entrepreneurial Experience - 10/19/17

Contributed by: Krystal Geyer
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 2:30 PM
The Entrepreneurial Experience Lecture Series continues!! This Thursday, October 16 from 11:00am-12:15pm in Pruis Hall we will be hosting Jason Brooks, owner of Jay-Crew and Brooklawn Services.

Jason is a graduate of the class of 1996 and the owner of both Jay-Crew and Brooklawn Services. Jay-Crew was founded in 1996 in Muncie and provides full service maintenance including mowing and landscape maintenance, lawn care, irrigation, and snow removal primarily for commercial entities. Brooklawn Services focuses on providing a personalized approach to turf and tree care at a fair price.

For information on our upcoming speakers, please click here.
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Zillow digital marketer presents to students

Contributed by: Christa Burkholder
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 2:00 PM
Randy Williams a digital marketer with Zillow, based out in Seattle, will be on campus speaking to members of Cardinal Metrics, a student-run digital analytics agency, as well as any students from all disciplines. He’ll talk about his career as a digital marketer and how analytics plays a role in his day-to-day work.

When: Tuesday, October 17 at 5:00 PM
Where: Letterman Building, Room 125

All students from any organization and discipline are invited!


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A Graduate Course on Categorical Data Analysis Using R

Contributed by: Jun Xu
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 1:00 PM
SOC684: Advanced Sociological Data Analysis
Modern Regression Analysis Using R

Dr. Jun Xu
17.15-20.00 M
Spring 2018

Why did someone vote for one particular presidential candidate instead of another? How likely does a student from disadvantaged background graduate from college? How to predict the number of clinic visits that a middle-class Caucasian female usually has in a year? What predicts people having poor health? Between black and silver cars, which color sells better and who is more likely to buy silver? What is the most likely commuting strategy that a typical New Yorker takes to get to the workplace? Why would Canadians live a healthier and longer life than Americans? Are people living in an area with a higher level of PM2.5 (fine particle) in the air or radon in the lower level of their residence more likely to have heart/lung disease than those living in areas with better air quality?

All these fascinating questions can be addressed using categorical and limited (non-continuous) dependent variable models, including binary (logit and probit), ordered (ordered logit and probit), multinomial (multinomial logistic), count (Poisson and negative binomial), and survival regression models. For the past few decades, there has been a tremendous outgrowth of these models, largely attributable to significant advances in computational capabilities. Since models covered in this course are non-linear in nature, interpretations are usually less straightforward than those in classical general linear models. This course focuses on conceptual understanding and post-estimation of these models. As such, we will employ textual, tabular, and graphical approaches, focusing largely on the interpretation and presentation of results. Computer exercises primarily using R offer experience with the use of such substantive post-estimation analysis. Students taking this course should have a solid understanding of regression models for continuous dependent variables and should be comfortable with a software package using syntax files. In addition to covering traditional frequentist statistical framework for estimation (i.e., maximum likelihood estimation), this course incorporates discussions of applied Bayesian statistics, the most up-to-date, and yet once-ostracized statistical paradigm/philosophy. Together with some basic discussions of Bayesian methods, this course primarily covers techniques about how to DO Bayesian data analysis of the models aforementioned using BUGS-like software (BUGS, JAGS, and Stan).

The instructor of this course, Dr. Jun Xu, is a professor of sociology at Ball State University. As a statistically-minded sociologist, Dr. Xu has published works on applied statistical techniques or substantive works using these techniques, including a co-authored book on ordered regression models forthcoming at Taylor & Francis and several papers on categorical data analysis. He is also the author or co-author of several software components using R or Stata. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Xu at jxu@bsu.edu or 765-285-4488.

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Call for Participation for the Symposium on Games in Academia

Contributed by: Kim Bechdolt
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 1:00 PM

Registration is open for the 2017 Symposium on Games in Academia, to be held 1-5PM November 3 at Ball State University. The symposium celebrates all the intersections of games and higher education, including game-based learning, game studies, and game design. The program features six speakers, a collection of student and faculty demonstrations, and a keynote address by famed Indiana-based game designer Isaac Childres.

Reserve your seat now by registering at sites.google.com/site/symposiumongames. We hope to see you there!

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SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Monday, 16 October 2017 11:00 AM

SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Wednesday, Oct 18, 12:00 pm, Art & Journalism Bldg, Atrium Dining Room

Special Guest Presenter: Donna Browne, Grant Writer, Center for Energy Research/Education/Service

We all face challenges in developing competitive grant proposals. Get some tough love tips on how to work smarter and faster on your next proposal.

This session will focus on four items:

Procrastination---Improve time management

Rugged Individualism---Involve support staff, develop solid partnerships, write clearly

Improvisation—Find the right opportunity; develop a solid project; follow directions

Assumptions---Clarify questions with funders and partners

For additional information on this or other events in the SPA Colloquia Series, please contact Stanley Geidel, sgeidel@bsu.eduor 285-2022

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SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Contributed by: Jessie Roark
Published: Friday, 13 October 2017 10:30 AM

SPA Colloquium - Overcoming 4 Bad Habits that Can Sink Your Grant

Wednesday, Oct 18, 12:00 pm, Art & Journalism Bldg, Atrium Dining Room

Special Guest Presenter: Donna Browne, Grant Writer, Center for Energy Research/Education/Service

We all face challenges in developing competitive grant proposals. Get some tough love tips on how to work smarter and faster on your next proposal.

This session will focus on four items:

Procrastination---Improve time management

Rugged Individualism---Involve support staff, develop solid partnerships, write clearly

Improvisation—Find the right opportunity; develop a solid project; follow directions

Assumptions---Clarify questions with funders and partners

For additional information on this or other events in the SPA Colloquia Series, please contact Stanley Geidel, sgeidel@bsu.edu or 285-2022

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Procyclical Ratings and Market Reactions | RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Thursday, 12 October 2017 11:00 AM

MILLER COLLEGE RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM


Procyclical Ratings and Market Reactions

12:00 - 1:15 p.m., Thursday, November 2, 2017
Whitinger Building room 145, Hall of Fame Conference Room

RSVP before October 23

Presented by Kris Kemper
Assistant Professor of Finance

Procyclical Ratings and Market Reactions

We investigate stock price reactions to credit rating changes during competing economic environments. Prior research has shown that credit rating assignments differ during times of economic expansion and economic contraction. We investigate if equity prices adjust differently to changes in credit quality in different economic environments. Our results show that markets react more strongly to negative ratings news during times of economic contraction. When the economy is expanding, markets also overreact by pushing prices higher than they otherwise would during an economic downturn.

About Kris Kemper

Kris Kemper, Assistant Professor of Finance, received his Ph.D. in Finance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. His current research interests include capital structure, credit ratings, debt heterogeneity, and inflation hedging.

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Learning Center Live Chat!

Contributed by: Jennifer Haley
Published: Wednesday, 11 October 2017 3:00 PM
The Learning Center has a live chat box for general questions and appointment-making! Learn more.

Honors College Lecture October 30

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Monday, 09 October 2017 10:00 AM

This once-monthly lecture series welcomes students and faculty to come together and explore a current topic of interest to the Honors College community. All persons within the Ball State University community are welcome to attend and participate. Join us on Monday, October 30, at 4PM in AJ 175 for a discussion with Dr. Jason Powell, Assistant Professor of Honors Humanities, about “The Art of Existence: John Dos Passos and the Lost Generation.”

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Macbeth Comes to Campus Tuesday, Oct. 17

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Sunday, 01 October 2017 8:00 PM

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company will present Macbeth by William Shakespeare on Tuesday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. in Pruis Hall. Admission is FREE. This event is sponsored by The Honors College, College of Fine Arts, College of Sciences & Humanities, and the Department of English.

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Midterm Feedback Service Available

Contributed by: Kathleen Jacobi
Published: Sunday, 17 September 2017 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. 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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Indiana Academy 2017 Preview Days

Contributed by: Julie Tuttle Davis
Published: Friday, 08 September 2017 3:30 PM

Do you know a high ability student currently in high school? If so, please encourage the student and parent(s) of the student to check out the nationally recognized educational opportunities provided by the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities. Register Now for a Preview Day to visit our classes, meet our faculty, and learn more about us.

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