IU Northwest to celebrate faculty research and innovation at IU Bicentennial event

More than a dozen professors to give TEdx-style talks on their different research areas from poetry to prairies and prison. Indiana University Northwest will highlight faculty research and innovation during its IU Bicentennial event, “A Celebration of Faculty Research,” from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 in the Theater at the Arts & Sciences Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The event is part of IU’s statewide 200 Festival, which serves as the official kick-off to IU’s yearlong bicentennial celebration. Taking place between September 19 and 28, the 200 festival will host events and activities that invite IU community members to celebrate, chronicle, document and explore all that makes IU the world-class university it is today. As part of that celebration, IU campuses across the state, including IU Northwest, are highlighting the work of faculty researchers to show how their innovations are making an impact in Indiana and around the world.

Fifteen faculty members will present a series of eight-minute TEDx-style talks to enlighten the campus community about the important work and impact of faculty scholarship.

They are:

William Allegrezza

Step Below: A Poetry Reading

Yllka Azemi

A Holistic Strategic Marketing Model: How Businesses of Gary Can Attract Lifelong Customers

Mark Baer

Gary Shakespeare Company Brings Free Performances to Public Spaces across Northwest Indiana

Subir Bandyopadhyay, Stephen McShane

Chronicling the History of IU Northwest through a Digital Scrapbook

Anita Benna

Seeing into the Minds of P-12 Teachers and Students: A Visual Representation of Cognitive Thought

Nico Casas

Developing a Program to Halt the Spread of Fake News and Misinformation

Spencer Cortwright

The Gem of Northwest Indiana: Restoration of the Greatest Ecological Region of the U.S.

Jenny Fischer

Search for the Next Superbug

Ming Gao

What Are Germ Cells and How to Make Them

Hannah Lee

The Costs and Benefits of Optimism in Academic Performance: If Optimism Works, Why Don’t All Optimistic People Succeed in Life?

Cara Lewis

Dynamic Form: How the Visual Arts Shape Literature

Vernon Smith

Creating Excellence: Becoming an A+ School

Monica Solinas-Saunders

Incarceration and Reentry at the Intersection with Race and Poverty: The Marginalization of Too Many of Our Own Sisters

Ian Scott Taschner

Hempire: Cannabinoids and Compliance

The event will conclude with a wine and cheese reception.

“We are proud to present the groundbreaking work of these faculty members as part of the celebration of IU’s impact across the state,” said Cynthia O’Dell, associate executive vice chancellor for academic affairs. “We hope to continue this program beyond the IU Bicentennial annually. Additionally, we are creating a webpage to feature our outstanding faculty presenters over time.”

For a full list of events celebrating the achievements of faculty researchers at other IU campuses, visit the 200 Festival event page.

For more information about the IU Northwest Celebration of Faculty Research, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 219-980-7220.