Research & Creative Work


History and Political Science Club to hold book singing author book signing and sale featuring Assistant Professor of History Daron Olson and Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures Julian Simon from 2-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in the Community Room. The event is sponsored by the History and Political Science Club. was the co-editor and co-writer of the first chapter of Cognitive Literary Studies, published in spring 2012, while Olson published his book, Vikings across the Atlantic, in December 2012.

Associate librarians publish chapter in LibGuides book Baldwin and Sue McFadden, associate librarians, recently published a chapter in the book Using LibGuides to Enhance Library Services: A LITA Guide. Baldwin and McFadden co-wrote Chapter 11, "Using Statistical Gathering Tools to Determine Effectiveness and Accountability." The book was published by ALA TechSource in January 2013.

The work built on their expertise as LibGuide administrators, knowledge of instruction and understanding of statistical facts. book is a reference guide organized by the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA. The mission of LITA is to educate, serve and reach out to its members, other ALA members and divisions, and the entire library and information community through its publications, programs and other activities designed to promote, develop, and aid in the implementation of library and information technology.

Assistant professor publishes book on the Greater Norway Olson, assistant professor of European and World History, recently published his first book, "Vikings Across the Atlantic: Emigration and the Building of A Greater Norway, 1860-1945." The book was published by the University of Minnesota Press in December 2012.

In the book, Olson looks at the Vikings landing in the year 1,000 in North America and Norway's King Haakon VII return from exile in June 1945 form the vision of a greater Norway that expanded the boundaries of the Norwegian nation. According to the book's excerpt, Olson looks at matters of religion, literature, media, and ethnicity, to explore how Norwegian­ American myths changed over time in relation to a broader Anglo-American culture, and were at the same time influencing and being influenced by Norway's burgeoning national culture.

Library director publishes article on academic outreach Yates, director of the Campus Library, recently published an article for the Indiana University Librarians Association's (InULA) Notes. "Academic Outreach for Optimum Impact" was published in the spring edition and is available online.

InULA promotes excellence in library services and provides opportunities for continuing education and professional development.

Two faculty members collaborate on books published by Apple

Edwina Helton, professor of English, and Jeffrey Jones, adjunct professor of public affairs, recently received approval by Apple for their books Posters of the New Deal and The New Deal in Photographs to be available on iPad and iTunes.

The Posters of the New Deal book is a compilation of the Work Projects Administration (WPA) Poster Collection produced from 1936 to 1943 to publicize exhibits, community activities, theatrical productions, and health and educational programs.

The New Deal in Photographs is a pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. of History Joanne Passet recently had two articles published. “Hidden in Plain Sight: Gay and Lesbian Books in Midwestern Public Libraries, 1900-1969,” published by Library Trends and “Barbara Grier, 1933-2011: We Had a Wonderful Time,” published in Sinister Wisdom in the Winter 2012 edition.

Passet presented a paper in Boston at the 42nd national meeting of the Popular Cultural Association/American Culture Association. As one of four speakers for a session "On Sex and Text: Feminist Print Cultures of the 1970s and 1980s," she presented a paper entitled "Testing the Limits of Community: The Politics of Publishing Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence."

Also, Passet has been reappointed to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees for the Kinsey Institute for Research on Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. The Kinsey Institute, which is located at Indiana University Bloomington, works toward advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide.

Pamela Bliss, adjunct instructor for fine arts, recently had her work on murals in downtown Indianapolis featured in this month's DownBeat Magazine.

The murals are a part of the Indianapolis' 46 by XLVI. The murals are of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on the Massala Building on Massachusetts Avenue and well-known Indianapolis jazz musicians on the Musicians' Repair and Sales shop on North Capitol Avenue. The jazz mural is still in progress and will be dedicated July 14 at 3 p.m. Fanchon Stinger, Fox News anchor, will emcee the event.

IU East faculty provide articles for "Quick Hits with Technology"

Several IU East faculty members have articles published in the recent IU Press volume "Quick Hits with Technology." Award-winning instructors in a wide range of disciplines address questions and describe how they use technology to achieve learning objectives. An interactive website enhances the value of this innovative tool. Joan Lafuze, professor of biology, was a contributing editor for the publication released this month.

The faculty to contribute articles are:

  • Julien Simon, assistant professor of World Cultures and Languages, "Promoting online courses’ student engagement and group cohesion through the use of chat-rooms"
  • Suzi Shapiro, associate professor of Psychology, "Introductory poem for online course"
  • Paul Kriese, professor of political science, "Promoting engagement in an online course: It can be done, but wisely!"
  • Joan Lafuze, professor of biology, "Scavenger Hunt" and the Chapter 2 introduction for titled "Providing a shorter path using distance education to enhance access"
  • Fredricka Joyner, associate professor of business administration and organization behavior,
    "Coupling visual metaphors with discussion forums to enhance reflection and inquiry"
  • Duane Lundy, assistant professor of psychology, recently had his manuscript entitled "Critiquing the Critics: Statistical Analysis of Music Critics’ Rating Distributions as a Measure of Individual Refinement" selected for publication in Empirical Studies of the Arts, expected to be published in 2012DESCRIPTION.

    In the manuscript, Lundy evaluates rating behavior among modern music critics, using a previously compiled database that randomly sampled 352 different critics’ ratings of more than 15,000 albums. He used potential quantitative markers of rating refinement by analyzing frequency distributions of album ratings.

    Lundy found critics’ ratings as a group to be roughly normally distributed, but individual critics varied widely in rating behavior, as evidenced by both visual inspection of histograms and related statistics, such as skewness, kurtosis, z-score ranges, and Kolmogorov-Smirnov calculations. Precision remains an area in need of improvement among all critics, with the rating scales varying between only 10-20 percent precision, and ceiling effects with somewhat negatively skewed distributions occurring among some critics.

  • Jerome Mahaffey, associate professor of communication studies, has a new book, The Accidental Revolutionary: George Whitefield and the Creation of America, by Baylor University Press. The book is a biography on George Whitefield, an influential minister in America from 1740 to 1770.

    DESCRIPTIONPreviously, Mahaffey compiled 15 years of research on George Whitefield into his book, Preaching Politics: The Religious Rhetoric of George Whitefield and the Founding of a New Nation, released in October 2007.

    This new book, The Accidental Revolutionary, discusses Whitefield’s participation and preaching during the Great Awakening, particularly on gospel conversion. In this biography, Mahaffey moves beyond Whitefield's colonial celebrity to show how his rhetoric and ministry worked for freedom, situating Whitefield alongside the most revolutionary founders. As this Anglican revivalist traveled among the colonies, he delivered exhilarating sermons deeply saturated with political implications - freedom from oppression, civil justice, and communal cooperation. Whitefield helped to encourage in his listeners a longing for a new, uniquely American nationalism.

Associate professor to have book manuscript published in national literary magazine

Associate Professor of English Jean Harper will have a chapter from her book manuscript, Horses and Divorces, published at the North American Review, the oldest literary magazine in the United States.

North American Review is published four times each year at the University of Northern Iowa. The North American Review is well-known for its early discovery of young, talented fiction writers and poets. It also publishes creative nonfiction, with emphasis on increasing concerns about environmental and ecological matters, multiculturalism, and exigent issues of gender and class.

Political science professor releases book of essays on social justice Kriese, professor of political science, has recently published a new book, “Social Justice, Poverty and Race: Normative and Empirical Points of View” from publisher Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York. The book has been published ahead of the expected January 2012 date.

This book is a continuation of Kriese’s previously published book, “Global Community.” He has co-authored both publications with Randall E. Osborne, professor of psychology at the Texas State University-San Marcos.

His essay in this book, “Sociocentric Social Justice: Moving from ‘I’m Right’ to ‘We’re Connected,’” discusses the perception of how social justice varies from an individual to a group approach.

Three IU East faculty contributed essays to the book including:

    • Elvinet Wilson, assistant professor of communication studies: “Reconceptualizing the Story of U.S. Cultural Adaptation?”
    • Jerome Mahaffey, associate professor of communication studies: “Imaginary Leaders: Resolving the Anonymity Problem for Modern Social Activism”
    • Wazir Mohamed, assistant professor of sociology: “The Limits of Western Democracy: Ethnic Politics and its Constraints for Social Justice in Post-colonial Polyethnic Societies”

Assistant professor of music releases new CD McKinley, assistant professor of music, recently released "String Quartets" with music played by The Martinů Quartet of Prague. The CD, released by Novana Records, features three string quartets composed by McKinley.

A positive review published by Audiophile Audition of the CD calls McKinley’s compositions interesting and enjoyable with a wide range of moods.

McKinley has composed music that has been performed throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.