Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Conference–April 9-11

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Streamed Live on Campus
Aderhold, Room 423


 

 

 

Attend all of the sessions or drop by for the ones that most interest you. No registration necessary. Seating is limited to 25, so come early to ensure your seat.

April 9, 2014
9:30-11:00am: Teaching the Distributed Flip
11:30am-1:00pm: CSU:  Affordable Learning Solutions
2:30-3:20pm: Mobilizing Merlot: Using Merlot OERs to create an online Graduate Course
3:30-4:20pm:  MERLOT Classics Award Winner in Teacher Education:  Why Technology Helps or Hinders the Classroom
5:00-6:30pm: Reclaim Learning: A Domain of One’s Own

April 10, 2014
8:45-9:15am: Igniting a Flame with Innovation and Intrapreneurship in the Online Learning Environment
11:10am-Noon:  Explaining the Slow Growth of E-textbooks in an Increasingly Digital Environment
12:10-1:00pm: Blending Learning to Support Students: Struggles, Successes and Samples from Higher Education
2:30-3:20pm: Dr. Strangespace or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Active Learning Classroom
3:30-4:20pm: Adaptive Multimedia’s Proven Impact on Student Retention

April 11, 2014
9:00-10:15am:  Mess in Online Education: How it is, how it should be
10:25-11:15am:  Setting Students Up for Success in Online Courses
11:40am-12:30pm: Sustaining Adoption of Academic Technologies: Faculty Communities Building MERLOT Teaching Commons
12:40-1:30pm: Advancing Social & Mobile Learning with an Integrated Suite of Rich Media Tools
*Session descriptions can be found here.

For more information contact: Denise Dimsdale, 404-413-2842 | mdimsdale@gsu.edu  or George Pullman, 404-413-5854 | gpullman@gsu.edu

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Recent Research by Sociology Professor Carlson

GSU Sociology Professor Daniel Carlson

GSU Sociology Professor Daniel Carlson

Meet Professor Daniel Carlson, who joined the GSU Sociology Department faculty in 2012.

According to his department profile, one line of his research employs “identity discrepancy, normative life course, and social stress theory” to examine “how recent changes in family formation patterns, family structures, and family roles have affected the well-being of children and adults in families.” And his current research examines “the causes and consequences of the sexual division of labor in romantic unions and one’s gender ideology, exploring how discrepancies between ideology and paid and unpaid labor arrangements affect adults’ mental health.”  His teaching interests include “Introduction to Sociology, Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Statistics, Social Psychology, Sociology of Mental Health, Aging and the Life Course, Work and Family, and Family Demography.”

Check out some of Dr. Carlson’s recent publications:

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Symposium: Liquid Blackness

The liquid blackness research group, under the auspices of the Department of Communication, will be bringing a number of scholars and artists together April 11 and 12 for an open symposium on blackness and aesthetics.

Two notable scholars will be give talks: Hamza Walker, (Associate Curator, The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago) and Derek Conrad Murray, (Assistant Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz).

Friday’s activities include an art exhibition at the Mammal Gallery, as well as a performances by Gathering Wild Dance Company, T. Lang Dance, and bubba carr.

The full symposium schedule is online here.

Some of Hamza Walker’s essays can be found within contemporary art exhibition catalogs, such as:

Derek Conrad Murray’s work has largely appeared in scholarly art journals, such as NKA: Journal of Contemporary African ArtThird Text, and Art Journal.  A few highlights include:

  • “Uneasy Bedfellows: Canonical Art Theory and the Politics of Identity.” (co-authored with Soraya Murray)  Art Journal65 (Spring 2006): 22-39.
  • “Hip Hop vs. High Art: Notes on Race as Spectacle.” Art Journal 63.2 (Summer 2004): 4-19.

Georgia State students, faculty and staff may access these articles via the Library’s subscription to ArtBibliographies Modern, an art-specific research database.

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Congratulations to Dr. Giovanni Gadda, Distinguished University Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Giovanni Gadda, Professor of Chemistry, for being named a Distinguished University Professor of Georgia State University. Eight GSU professors have been named Distinguished University Professors “in recognition of their outstanding records in research, teaching, and mentoring students in research” and will serve five-year appointments starting July 1.

Dr. Gadda’s research interests lie in biochemistry; his group explores the mechanistic enzymology of redox enzymes with the aim of learning how enzymes affect the energetics of reaction intermediates and transition states. Dr. Gadda also serves as Graduate Director of the Chemistry department.

Check out some of Dr. Gadda’s recent and notable publications:

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Congratulations to Dr. Xiaochun He, Distinguished University Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Xiaochun He, Professor of Physics, for being named a Distinguished University Professor of Georgia State University. Eight GSU professors have been named Distinguished University Professors “in recognition of their outstanding records in research, teaching, and mentoring students in research” and will serve five-year appointments starting July 1.

Dr. He is director of the Nuclear Physics Group at GSU; much of his research is with PHENIX (Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment), which investigates collisions of heavy ions and protons at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). PHENIX’s ultimate goal is to study a theoretical new state of matter, the quark-gluon plasma. Dr. He’s other current research concerns the study of cosmic ray radiation.

Check out some of Dr. He’s recent and notable publications:

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Alex Zelikovsky named as a Distinguished University Professor

Photo of Alex ZelikovskyCongratulations Alex Zelikovsky of the Department of Computer Science named Distinguished University Professor in recognition of his outstanding work in research, teaching, and mentoring students in research.

Alex Zelikovsky’s research areas include discrete algorithms, VLSI CAD, combinatorial optimization, computational geometry, computational biology, and graph theory.

To learn more about Alex Zelikovskys’ work have a look at a few of his recent publications, available in full-text through the GSU Library:

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Join the Council, Improve Your Library

If you’re looking for an opportunity to gain leadership experience while improving your library, the University Library needs you! Consider applying for the Student Library Advisory Council for the 2014-15 academic year. As a council member, you’ll help us improve existing services while providing feedback on potential new services.

During the 2013-2014 membership year, the Student Library Advisory Council:

  • Proposed adding sanitizing wipes dispensers to Library North floors 1-4 and Link 2 (which was approved and implemented by Library Administration)
  • Participated in library website tests that helped improve site navigation
  • Offered suggestions in focus groups during the design and planning stages of CURVE
  • Ranked the library’s Student Technology Fee project proposals

Apply online through Wednesday, April 23, 5:00 pm.

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Dr. Jayant R. Kale Named Distinguished University Professor

Congratulations to Dr. Jayant R. Kale, H. Talmage Dobbs, Jr. Chair of Finance. He has been named a Distinguished University Professor in recognition of his outstanding record in research, teaching and mentoring students in research.  Kale was one of eight Georgia State University professors to be named as a Distinguished University Professor.  President Mark Becker and Provost Risa Palm approved the professors, who were nominated by their deans and reviewed by an ad hoc committee of Regents Professors. The professors will begin the five-year appointment July 1.

Kale’s research interests are in corporate finance and institutional investment with a focus on the role of incentives and product markets.  He has published many scholarly articles in these areas. Here is a sampling of some of his publications:

  • Kale, J. R., Meneghetti, C., & Shahrur, H. (2013). Contracting with Nonfinancial Stakeholders and Corporate Capital Structure: The Case of Product Warranties. Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, 48(3), 699-727.

 

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Kim Huhman named as a Distinguised University Professor

Congratulations Kim Huhman of the Neuroscience Institute for being named Distinguished University Professor in recognition of her outstanding work in research, teaching, and mentoring students in research.

Most humans experience social stress as the result of exposure to bullying, abuse or conflict in school, home and the workplace.  Huhman’s research is on how exposure to social stress causes changes in brain and behavior.

To learn more about Kim Huhmans’ work have a look at a few of her recent publications, available in full-text through the GSU Library:

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Academic Pranks, Hoaxes, and Tomfoolery

Photo courtesy of Catunes on Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0).

It may be difficult to publish a paper right on April 1st, but academia isn’t completely safe from April Fools’. Check out some of these famous examples of scholarly pranks:

F.D.C. Willard, author of two papers in low-temperature physics, was actually the pen name of Chester, the cat of co-author Jack H. Hetherington. Hetherington had written the article “Two-, Three-, and Four-Atom Exchange Effects in bcc ³He” for Physical Review Letters referring to himself as the plural ‘we’; upon being informed that Physical Review Letters only accepts the use of ‘we’ for papers with multiple authors, Hetherington simply added his cat as a co-author. Willard later published “L’hélium 3 solide. Un antiferromagnétique nucléaire” in La Recherche as sole author.

While Willard’s articles were legitimate despite the unusual author, multiple authors have perpetrated hoaxes on the academic community with the aim of criticizing publication and editorial practices in many different fields. Perhaps the most well-known is physicist Alan Sokal, who submitted a nonsense, jargon-filled article to non-peer-reviewed cultural studies journal Social Text, arguing that humanities scholar’s commentaries on the sciences were not scientifically rigorous. The sciences, however, are not safe from criticism either: a nonsense computer science paper generated by the program SCIgen was accepted at the World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics and the authors were invited to speak.

The Annals of Improbable Research doesn’t cover hoaxes, but actual research that delves into the absurd. The aim of the Improbable Research, according to their website, is to collect research that “makes people laugh and then think.”

  • Visit the Improbable Research website to download a free issue of the journal and keep track of improbable research published in other journals (check if GSU subscribes to them!).
  • Read a recent article linked on the blog: “Arbiters of Truth at Play: Media April Fools’ Day Hoaxes“. Are April Fools’ Day hoaxes from legitimate news sources harmful?
  • Remember to keep a sense of humor about research–even the most ridiculous-sounding research can tell us something new about the world, and even the most serious research can benefit from a sense of humor about itself.

Happy April Fools’ Day, and consider finishing off your day with a new open course from MIT.

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