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The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Cigarette, Electronic Cigarette and Smoking Cessation Product Purchases among Adults: Evidence from Household Panel Data | RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM

Contributed by: Jennifer Keever
Published: Wednesday, 22 February 2017 1:00 PM


The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Cigarette, Electronic Cigarette and Smoking Cessation Product Purchases among Adults: Evidence from Household Panel Data

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

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Presented by Erik Nesson

Assistant Professor of Economics

The Effects of Tobacco Control Policies on Cigarette, Electronic Cigarette and Smoking Cessation Product Purchases among Adults: Evidence from Household Panel Data

We analyze the impact of cigarette excise taxes, smoke-free air laws, and smoke-free air laws which apply to electronic cigarettes on purchases of electronic cigarettes. Our data came from the Nielsen Household Consumer Panel (NHCP) between the years of 2011 and 2014, which contains detailed information about the products purchased by a panel of over 60,000 households. We are able to categorize the product type, nicotine content, and flavor of about 90 percent of electronic cigarette product purchases in the NHCP, and estimate the effects of these tobacco control policies on the number of electronic cigarette purchases, changes in the type of products purchased, and changes in the overall estimated nicotine consumption of electronic cigarette users and traditional cigarette users.

About Erik Nesson

Erik Nesson is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics in the Miller College of Business at Ball State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Emory University in 2012. His main research interests include health economics and law and economics. His research has appeared in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Health Economics, Economics and Human Biology, and the American Journal of Health Economics.

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Physics Colloquium: Computational Angle to Vibrational Spectroscopy of Heterogeneous Chemical Interfaces

Contributed by: Julie Allison
Published: Wednesday, 22 February 2017 7:00 AM
Physics Colloquium: Computational Angle to Vibrational Spectroscopy of Heterogeneous Chemical Interfaces

Alexey T. Zayak

Bowling Green State University

Thursday, February 23
3:30 PM
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Panel on "Networking for Introverts"

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:00 AM
Does the word "networking" scare you? Do you identify as an introvert? Does finding an internship or a job after college seem daunting? In this panel, Cathy Day (English Department Assistant Chair) and Eilis Wasserman (Career Coach), two self-described introverts, will give you the tools network and widen your professional circles, both in real life and online, with minimum terror and anxiety. Be sure to bring your phone or laptop!

“Networking for Introverts”
Tuesday, 2/28, 5 PM, BL 104
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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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Dialoguing Difference

Contributed by: Jahma Gray
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017 2:00 PM
The College of Communication, Information, & Media Diversity Interest Group is proud to present Communication+Culture: Dialoguing Difference. A student symposium showcasing student work that addresses culture, diversity and difference.

The symposium takes place Thursday, February 23rd from 1:00pm to 4:00pm in the David Letterman Building Lobby.

We have several students registered to showcase their projects, and you will agree the symposium provides a wonderful opportunity for students to share their work. Many colleagues from across campus often attend to identify good candidates for their graduate programs.

If you teach during this time, please consider bringing your classes to visit.

Looking forward to seeing you!

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2016 Annual Report from Government Relations and Community Engagement

Contributed by: Erin Moore
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017 10:00 AM

The Division of Government Relations and Community Engagement is proud to highlight our projects, initiatives, and partnerships from the last year in our 2016 Annual Report. It’s just a sampling of the hundreds of projects that comprise the university’s community engagement efforts.

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ASPiRE Internal Grant Program

Contributed by: Alicia Kelly
Published: Monday, 20 February 2017 8:00 AM


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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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12th Annual "In Print Festival of First Books" Coming in March!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Friday, 17 February 2017 12:00 PM
Mark your calendars for the 12th annual In Print Festival of First Books! A two-day event celebrating authors who published their first books, In Print XII will feature poet Iliana Rocha , fiction writer Sequoia Nagamatsu, and creative nonfiction writer Dan Reaburn. Rocha, Nagamatsu, and Reaburn will read from their work on Wednesday, March 15 at 8 PM in AJ 175. They will be joined by publisher/poet Mary Biddinger for a panel discussion about the publication industry on Thursday, March 16 at 8 PM in AJ 175.

Attendees will also receive a free copy of the 2017 issue of Ball State’s national literary magazine, The Broken Plate.
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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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SGA Election Debates

Contributed by: Melissa Ginotti
Published: Thursday, 16 February 2017 7:00 AM
Ball State Student Government's 2017 Elections Board is proud to announce three upcoming debates with student candidates for 2017-18 SGA executive office positions. These debates present excellent opportunities for students to learn more about the candidates who wish to serve as the elected voice of the  student body.  Learn more.

2017 Conference on ASD at Ball State-Call for Papers and Registration Information

Contributed by: Evette Simmons-Reed
Published: Wednesday, 15 February 2017 7:30 PM
Postsecondary Options and Supports for Transitioning Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder

The purpose of this conference is to showcase best practices that allow students with autism to access, persist in, and graduate college and succeed in finding and maintaining meaningful, competitive employment. This conference is important due to the increase in students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders who are reaching transition age.
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Seeking Host Families for International H.S. Students

Contributed by: Brandy Reichle
Published: Tuesday, 14 February 2017 8:30 AM

The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities continues to grow its international student program. This fall, we will welcome 10 new high school juniors from all over the world who will need host families for the 2017-2018 academic year.

To become a Host Family for next school year, complete your application at Once the application process is complete, host families may view detailed student stories, see pictures, and read teacher and parent letters, before being matched.  This opportunity is especially convenient for families living nearby or those already commuting to Ball State or the surrounding area since we are located on-campus, near the Student Center and Burris Laboratory School.

Host families:
  • Come in all shapes and sizes: Non-Academy families, younger/same age/older children, empty-nesters, college-age or adult children, no children, singles, etc.
  • Host a student in their home throughout the academic year (August 2017-May 2018)
  • Provide food and transportation to/from school (students pay for their own extracurricular activities, clothing, healthcare, etc.)
  • Treat the student as their own child (rules, love and support, guidance, etc.)
  • Do not need any previous hosting experience! Anyone interested in becoming a host family is encouraged to apply.
If interested, contact Brandy Reichle at or (765)285-8130 for more details. Also, please kindly share this information with others who might be interested in this unique cultural opportunity.

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Honors College Lecture February 27

Contributed by: Coralee Young
Published: Monday, 13 February 2017 3:00 PM

Honors College February lecture will be held on Monday, February 27, at 4PM in AJ 175. Speakers Alyssa Bennett and Bruce Geelhoed will discuss their new book 1707 West Riverside: A History of the Edmund F. and Virginia B. Ball Honors House and Its People, 1935-Present. Join us following the lecture for a reception at the Honors House.

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Jewish Studies Course Development Summer Workshop

Contributed by: Deborah Lyon
Published: Tuesday, 07 February 2017 9:00 AM
Christian Judaism/Islamic Judaism: Medieval Jewish Culture in Two Civilizations
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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.

ASPiRE Internal Grant Program

Contributed by: Alicia Kelly
Published: Wednesday, 01 February 2017 8:00 AM


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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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Help us bring body positivity documentary "Embrace" to Muncie!

Contributed by: Eva Snider
Published: Monday, 30 January 2017 3:00 PM
We've got exciting news, Ball State! Embrace, Taryn Brumfitt's inspiring documentary about body positivity, is preparing to be shown at AMC Muncie on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm! But we need your help to bring this fantastic film to Muncie. If you're interested in seeing Embrace, please go to and reserve your ticket now. Once 50 more people reserve their tickets, Embrace will be coming to Muncie!

Make sure to check out the official website for more information and reserve your tickets today!
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Upcoming Events in the College of Architecture and Planning - Everyone invited

Contributed by: Lori Pence
Published: Monday, 23 January 2017 1:30 PM
Here are a few of the lectures coming up in the College of Architecture and Planning! More details can be found on our online Calendar of Events. All events are FREE and open to the public.

Jim Sweeney
Land-use planner, community developer.
January 30 | 4 pm | Architecture Building, room 100

Neil Denari
International artist, teacher, and author.
February 13 | 4 pm | Architecture Building, room 100

Shane Coen
Founder and principal-in-charge of Coen + Partners
February 27 | 4 pm | Architecture Building, room 100
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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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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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