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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

What's Happening Today

* I-House: Syria

EVERYONE! This week's presentation will be on Syria! The guys are so excited to be able to share information about their country! The twins, Mohmmad and Majd Soufan, and Walid Hasanato will be presenting. Mohmmad is a computer engineering major. He loves to play tennis, the violin and soccer. He loves how everyone at UE smiles back. Majd is also a computer engineering major. He loves tennis and music. He loves being around all the lovely and friendly people here on campus. The third presenter is Walid Hasanato. He is very undecided on what he wants to do but he does love to play basketball, and sometimes ping pong and piano. He loves everything about UE but winter. They have a GREAT show and presentation planned  Make sure to stop by today at 7 pm upstairs in Ridgway University Center! 

* Fr. Dusty Burns @ Neu Chapel for 9:30 pm Mass Tonight

All are welcome to spend 30 minutes in the ongoing "Easter Celebration" at the 9:30 p.m. Mass tonight in Neu Chapel! 

* Paint the Campus Purple!

Today, Wednesday April 8, Colleges Against Cancer will have a table in Ridgway University Center Lobby from 11 AM-2 PM. Stop by to learn more about Relay for Life, which will be held Saturday, April 11. There will be donation jars, Luminarias for $5, feet to decorate Relay with for $1, as well as Give Back coupons for Orange Leaf! Stop by and get involved. Cancer is too prevalent in our world, and without your help the chances of it decreasing is low. Please consider helping out--it can change someone's entire life. 

* FroYo to fight Cancer!

There will be a Relay for Life Give Back at Orange Leaf TODAY, April 8! So, take a study break, grab your friends, and buy some FroYo to help fight cancer! 10% of the proceeds go to our Evansville Colleges Relay for Life, which is to be held THIS Saturday, April 11! 

* UE Newman Club presents "The New Evangelization"

Our St. Meinrad seminarians return to us this Wednesday to begin Fr. Robert Barron's 3 week movie series "The New Evangelization" from 7-8:15 pm at the UE Newman Center, 1901 Lincoln Avenue. The seminarians will be at Jazzman's from 4:30-6 pm; with dinner at Ridgway University Center from 6:00-6:45 pm, before walking over to the Newman Center for the evening event. All are welcome! Questions? Email or call/text 812-760-8610. 

* Free Food!! Join UE Hillel for their Annual Passover Seder

Join UE Hillel in celebrating Passover with their annual Seder on Wednesday, April 8 from 7:00 pm-8:30 pm in Eykamp 252, Ridgway University Center! Enjoy your FREE HOMECOOKED DINNER and learn about Jewish tradition and culture. 

* Employee Wellness Nurse on Campus

The wellness nurse will be in Graves Hall lobby on Wednesday, April 8, from 1 - 3 p.m. 

* Writing Center Boot Camp: MLA Style!

Do you have an MLA paper due soon? Join us this Wednesday, April 8, at 5:00 p.m., in the Writing Center for help with how to format and cite papers according to the MLA style manual, including internal citations and the works cited page. 

* Campus Community and Friends Invited - Honors Program Project Presentations April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

The Honors Program invites you to attend the Honors Program Project Presentations on April 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, and 16.  These presentations showcase the project work of the 2015 Honors graduating class.  The Honors project is an opportunity for students to explore an area about which they are passionate. The Honors project may consist of a research project, thesis, or creative work.  Students may use the Honors project to launch areas of interest for graduate study or to expand résumés for employment.

We hope you will join us to hear the fascinating work that this year’s Honors graduates have completed.  Special thanks are extended to all faculty, advisors, and others who have supported the Honors students in their educational achievements. 

Please see below a schedule of presentations.

Tuesday, April 7 - 3:00 – 3:45 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Chris Norris, Creative Writing / Literature
“Sink in the River”
• Anna Sheffer, Creative Writing / Literature
“Literary Translation of Latin American Poetry”

Tuesday, April 7 - 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Jessica Ingle, Creative Writing / Literature
“Leonardo & Alec”
• Carly Herrud, Archaeology / Art History
“Comparison of American and British Museums”
• Tiffany Iseler, Nursing
“Volunteer Red Blood Cell Donations: The Shortage and Why It Must End, A Nurse’s Perspective”

Wednesday, April 8 – 3:00 – 3:45 P.M.
Koch Center 101

• Megan Moran, Biology / Environmental Administration
“Campus Sustainability Guide”
• Taylyn Lewis, Health Services Administration
“Aesthetic Marketing at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt”

Wednesday, April 8 - 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Koch Center 101

• Logan McGuire, Theatre Design
“One Man Radio Play”
• Logan Elizabeth Hardy, Theatre Studies
“Severing the Usurper's Cursed Head: Creating a Realistic Severed Head for the Stage”
• Jessica Intner, Theatre Performance
“Costume Designing A Streetcar Named Desire”

Thursday, April 9 - 3:00 – 3:45 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Hailey Suggs, Theatre Performance
“Dancing at Lughnasa Dramaturgy”
• Kelly Lamarche, Biology
“Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus”       

Tuesday, April 14 - 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Jacquelyn Ballard, Business / International Studies
“Does Investment in Green Initiatives such as Conservation Efforts Help Stimulate the Local Economies in the Long Run?”
• Gretchen Kohl, Economics / Spanish
“Economic Development in Chile”
• Suhrob Muratov, Accounting / Management
“XBRL Implementation Process by U.S. Federal Agencies”

Tuesday, April 14 - 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Loren Oboikovitz, English Education
“The Importance of Fantasy Literature in Middle School Language Arts / Reading Classes”
• Hannah Bisch, Special Education
“cMoe-to-Go:  Outreach Boxes for Evansville's Special Education Classrooms”
• Alexandria Dryer, Classical Studies / Social Studies Education
“Molding Religions: Roman Reactions to Threatening Foreign Practices”

Wednesday, April 15 - 3:00 – 3:45 P.M.
Koch Center 101

• Sarah Dory, Electrical Engineering / Theatre
“Automation of a Conventional Theatrical Lighting Fixture via Ethernet”
• Aaron Reynolds, Computer Science
“Neural Networks and Parallelism”

Wednesday, April 15 - 4:00 – 4:45 P.M.
Koch Center 101

• Anjelica Allen, Political Science / Writing
“The Night Didn't Listen to Me”
• Kiki Jones, Literature / History
“Sanditon: Exploring Jane Austen's Uncompleted Work”

Thursday, April 16 - 3:00 – 4:00 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Elizabeth Crooks, Nursing
“Sex Education: A Needed Revolution”
• Breianna Simpson, Nursing
“Would You Like to be an Organ Donor?”
• Tempa Auffart, Nursing
“Reaching the Masses: An Evidence-Based Practice Approach to Educating Communities”

Thursday, April 16 - 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
Koch Center 100

• Cody Baker, Applied Mathematics / Cognitive Science
“Dependence Variability in Predictive Analysis”
• Kaitlyn Bell, Cognitive Science / Psychology / Philosophy
“The Psychological Effects of the Black Death: An Interdisciplinary Literature Review”
• Jackie Kossoff, Creative Writing / Communication
“Coordinating the World's Fairs: From the Great Exhibition of 1851”

* SAMS Career Colloquium on Wednesday, April 8

The last installment in the SAMS career series for the year will be on Wednesday, April 8, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in KC102.

We will be web-conferencing with Drs. David and Jennifer Pollock, two UE alumni, who are co-directors of the Cardio-Renal Physiology and Medicine section at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. They will talk about their research on kidney disease and hypertension, and about the interface between scientific research and medicine.

As always, this is an informal event, with pizza and lots of opportunity for you to ask questions.

The SAMS career colloquium series is designed to highlight the variety of available job opportunities for anyone interested in a science or math career. All are welcome.

This series is sponsored by the NSF-supported SAMS program, the Center for Career Development, and the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations. Please contact js383 or as341 with any questions. 

* Not Yet Begun to Fight Movie Discussion set for April 8

UE VETS, Office of Veterans Affairs, and UE Disability Services are sponsoring a movie discussion April 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 162, Schroeder School of Business Building, for the award winning documentary, "Not Yet Begun to Fight". The film features five veterans as they embark upon an excursion to learn the art of fly fishing from Warriors and Quiet Waters in Montana.

One of the veterans featured in the film is UE student and Iraq/Afghanistan War veteran, Erik Goodge. A panel discussion with Erik, and other UE student veterans will follow the showing.

Limited seating, first-come-first-served. No cost, free refreshments.


Upcoming Events

* Final #readingseries & YWCA Drive

The final installment of the Creative Writing department's #readingseries will be this Friday, April 10 at 4 pm at The Slice. Our wonderful readers--Tia Balmer, Brittney Kaleri, and Anjelica Allen--will be sharing their original fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

In addition to the reading, we are also collecting kitchen supplies/cookware for the shelter at the YWCA. They are desperately in need of items like cookie sheets, cake pans, pots, pans, pizza pans, and casserole dishes. These items can be lightly used or new.

Please think about joining us at The Slice and bringing a kitchen donation with you. If you'd like to donate but can't make the reading, there is a box outside of Olmsted 416B for drop off. 

* Douglas Reed to Perform World Premiere

Douglas Reed, University Organist Emeritus, will perform the world premiere of William Bolcom’s Fantasia for organ and brass quintet on Friday, April 10, at First Presbyterian Church, 609 S.E. Second St., Evansville, at 7:00 p.m.
Commissioned by the Evansville Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, the new work was written by the National Medal of Arts, Pulitzer Prize, and Grammy Award-winner William Bolcom, an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, rag-time, and symphonic music.

Reed will join the American Brass Quintet, 2013 recipient of Chamber Music America’s highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field. ABQ is internationally recognized as one of the premiere chamber music ensembles of our time, celebrated for peerless leadership in the brass world.

Reed’s son, Eric, is horn player for the ABQ which is in residence at the Juilliard School of Music.

The commission, concert, and residency of the American Brass Quintet celebrate the ongoing teaching and performance career of Reed, who retired in 2010 as an emeritus professor of music after 35 years of teaching in the UE Department of Music. 

In addition to primary funding from the Evansville AGO and former students and friends of Dr. Reed, major support has been granted by the Washington DC AGO Foundation, the Special Projects Committee of the San Francisco AGO Chapter, the Millennium Fund of the New York City AGO Chapter, First Presbyterian Church (Evansville), Neu Chapel Society of the University of Evansville, C. B. Fisk, Inc., the Vanderburgh Community Foundation, the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, and the American Brass Quintet Chamber Music Association Mini-Residency Fund for work with students in the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation and the Evansville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

The concert is free and open to the public.

* Indiana State information sessions

The Center for Career Development invites to you to register for Indiana State University's Information Sessions on Monday, April 27, Eykamp 254 in Ridgway University Center

Student Affairs and Higher Education Session
Master's Degree
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Educational Administration: Higher Education Leadership Session
Doctorate Degree
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.

Complimentary boxed lunch provided.

A maximum of 20 people per session.

Registration link: 

* Annual Chutney Student Literary Conference April 18th

Please join us on Saturday, April 18 for Chutney, the annual student literary conference sponsored by the Department of English. Student panels are planned for 8:30 and 9:45 a.m. in Rooms 271 and 272 in Schroeder Family School of Business Building. The keynote address will be given by former UE Professor of English Bill Hemminger at 11 a.m. in Room 272. Hemminger, a member of the Department of English as well as the Department of Foreign Languages, taught at UE for 25 years. He won four Fulbright grants to teach at African universities; his book African Son describes some of those teaching experiences. Hemminger’s topic is “The Palm at the End of the Mind: Wallace Stevens and the Wild." Winners of the Grabill and Klinger writing award competitions will be announced immediately following Hemminger’s address. 

* Senior Thank-You Video This Week!

Seniors! This Friday, April 10, is one of your last opportunities to take part in the Senior Thank-You video which will be shown during commencement. Stop by the atrium in Schroeder School of Business Building from 1:00-2:00 p.m. or by the Rademacher Lounge in Ridgway University Center from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to send thank-yous to parents, professors, friends, etc.! 

* Chi Omega Rock-a-Thon this week!

Come ROCK with the Chi Os! Join us Friday (Apr. 10) from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on the Grassy Knoll as we raise awareness and funds for Albion Fellows Bacon Center, a local resource for victims of domestic abuse. We will be accepting new hygiene items and monetary donations. 

* Spanish Film Club to Show Movies about women's stories

Join us this Friday evening April 10 at 7:00 pm in Room 162 in Schroeder School of Business Building to watch a Spanish-language movie that shows the situation of women in Hispanic culture. For more information please contact Francis Prexl-Orti ( or Dr. Lorena Andueza ( 

* Free Lecture at Angel Mounds

On Friday, April 10, at Angel Mounds, 7 PM, Dr. G. William Monaghan will speak on "Age and distribution of Phaseolus vulgaris in North America: Implications for group interactions and plant production system in eastern North America." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Abstract: The distribution and age of directly-dated domesticated beans (Phaseolus vulgaris) across North America indicate that beans spread rapidly east from the Southwest through the Plains and into the Great Lakes regions AD 1100-1200. Beans then spread south and west from the Great Lakes into the lower Ohio valley after AD 1300-1350. Few beans are reported from the Southeast and none have been directly dated. Beans were likely first linked with and diffused through Plains Village/Oneota and Iroquois groups and only later adopted by Mississippian agriculturalist or their descendants, which supports the contention that beans were very late additions in Eastern North America.

Bio: Dr. Monaghan received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1988 and currently is a Senior Research Scientist in the Indiana Geological Survey at Indiana University, Bloomington. In addition, he holds academic and teaching appointments in the Geological Sciences and Anthropology departments at the IU and IUPUI campuses. Monaghan has served as Associate and Interim Director of the Glenn A Black Laboratory of Archaeology (2005-2014) and Associated Director of the Mathers Museum (2011-2013). 

* Chemistry Club Bake Sale

The Chemistry Club will be having a bake sale on Saturday, April 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Ridgway University Center. Stop by to get some treats and learn what the Chemistry Club is all about! 

* Islamic Center Executive Director and Imam to Speak at UE

Omar Atia, executive director and imam of the Islamic Center of Evansville, will be speaking at the University of Evansville on Thursday, April 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Room 170 (Smythe Lecture Hall), Schroeder School of Business Building. A question and answer session will follow the lecture. Atia’s topic will be “Finding the Truth through the Noise – What Does Islam Really Stand For?” This event is free and open to the public.

Atia has been a community activist and motivational speaker for more than 15 years. Before coming to the Islamic Center of Evansville, he led youth and community development efforts in Indianapolis, Indiana; Chicago, Illinois; and Cincinnati, Ohio. Atia’s blend of faith-based learning and real-world social-justice leadership enables him to provide a distinct take on Islam. His thought leadership stays true to faith tradition while providing a vision that is relevant and transformative for America.
Professionally, Atia is an internationally recognized leader in the fields of lean management and applied creativity. As co-founder and chief strategist of Thoughtfire, he has proven success stories with companies around the world, aiding transformations from mediocre performance to consistent, world-class results.

Atia graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and a master’s in interdisciplinary engineering. He has completed courses with the Islamic American University towards a bachelor’s in Islamic studies. He was born in Illinois, lived in Cairo, Egypt, for part of his childhood, and in Indiana most of his life.

This event is sponsored by UE’s Office of Diversity Initiatives and Department of Religious Life, and hosted by the UE Muslim Students' Association.

For more information on the event, please email:

* Dirt Day!

April 25th is Dirt Day at John James Audubon State Park in Henderson, KY. We are looking for volunteers to help out with trail work and the beautification of our gardens! Volunteers can meet at the museum by 8:30 am and will work until Noon, at which time, we will serve lunch! No tools or experience is necessary but we do expect volunteers to be properly clothed--closed toed shoes and clothes you don't mind getting a little dirty! Registration is appreciated, but not required. Please contact for any further information or to register for this event. See you out at the park! 


Info You Should Know

* Apply to Be an I-House Coordinator

Apply to be an I-House Coordinator for the 2015-2016 academic year. International House (I-House) is a program that offers weekly country presentations to the University of Evansville campus community. The I-House Coordinator is an 8-month paid position that includes but is not limited to recruiting I-House presenters, coordinating publicity, and organizing the details of all I-House presentations. Applications are due this Friday, April 10. Pick up at the Cultural Engagement office (2nd Floor of Ridgway University Center) or here:

* RSA Elections!!

The Resident Students Association's mission is to improve the quality of the residential experience. RSA provides residential students a home away from home and serve them to the best of our abilities. Vote for your RSA Executive Board for the academic year of 2015-2016. Go to ace-link to know the candidates and to cast your votes. 

* Archaeology and Art History Announces Three Awards

The Department of Archaeology & Art History is pleased to announce the Shirley J. Schwarz Prize for research in Art History, the Browning-Miller Advancement of Archaeology Award, and the Art History Internship Award. Applications have been posted on the department website; the deadline for all applications is April 22.  The recipients of the awards will be announced by May 1. 

Please see the department web site for more information and applications:

* Nominations Being Accepted for Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for the Howard S. Rosenblatt Dean of Students Leadership Awards.  Awards are given for the Organization of the Year, the Student Organization Advisor of the Year, and the Student Leader of the Year.  These awards will be presented during the Annual Leadership Awards Program, Thursday, April 23. 

Please complete your nominations using this application form and return your nominations to the Dean of Students Office by April 15. 

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Martin at 812-488-2500 or

* Now Accepting Global Scholar Applications for 2015-2016

The Global Scholars Program is designed to offer support for faculty engaged in scholarship or curriculum development that helps prepare our students and community (public, private and civic sector partners) for global leadership, citizenry, and success. It is expected that the Global Scholars’ activities will have a positive impact on the global mindset of some of our constituencies, including students, faculty, and the greater Evansville community. The Global Scholars Program is supported and administered by the Institute for Global Enterprise and is made possible in part by the John H. Schroeder Global Scholar Endowed Fund.

Current funding will support two awards per year. Awards include a stipend of $2,000 and a professional development budget of up to $3,000. Appropriate uses of funding include airfare, accommodations, ground transportation, research materials, and conference fees.

The deadline for full consideration is April 30. Click here for more details.

* Positions still available

Applications are still being accepted for positions with Crescent Magazine and the LinC for the 2015–16 school year. Most positions do not require previous experience and receive academic credit. Check out Crescent Magazine’s Facebook page — — for more information about the positions available with the magazine and the yearbook. Direct your questions to

The application for the magazine is

For the yearbook it is

* REMINDER – 2015-2016 Letterhead and Envelope Orders due April 14, 2015

The Office of Publications has distributed letterhead and envelope ordering information. If your department uses letterhead or envelopes during the fiscal year, this is the time to order it. We are able to get a substantial price break on boxes of envelopes (500 quantity) and reams of letterhead (500 quantity) due to the size of the order. Smaller orders placed later in the year will be more expensive.

If you did not receive the ordering information from the Office of Publications, please e-mail or call 2561.

Orders are due April 14.

* UE Tobacco-Free Poster/Slogan Contest

Change is in the air ... Help us spread the word! Submit your idea for the UE Tobacco-Free Poster/Slogan Contest as either a hard copy or digital copy. If submitting a hard copy, please use 11"x17" paper and turn in to Sylvia Buck in the Office of Counseling Services and Health Education, Second Floor, Ridgway University Center. If submitting a digital copy, (JPEG or PDF) send to Liz Daugherty at The deadline is Monday, April 20. Prizes will be awarded for UE Bookstore gift certificates. 

* Need Financial Aid for Summer?

If you are seeking financial aid to help pay for summer courses at UE, please complete a Summer Financial Aid Application, also available in the Office of Financial Aid. We will help you examine your options for aid, which in most cases during the summer term is limited to: Direct Loans, PLUS Loans, private student loans, Federal Pell Grants, Tuition Remission (employees and dependents), and student employment. Refer to the summer form to determine the types of aid for which you may be eligible based on your anticipated enrollment status. 

* Summer/Fall Text Adoptions Now due

Faculty are reminded that textbook adoptions for the Summer and Fall 2015 terms are now due in the UE Bookstore. Please submit your adoptions as soon as possible. Contact the Bookstore if any questions. 

* Attention May 2015 Graduates

If you have earned a military honorable discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions, are on active duty, or in active drilling status, please notify Cherie Leonhardt in the Office of Veterans Affairs at or call 488-2141 ASAP. The Office of Veterans Affairs and UE VETS has a special graduation gift for you! 

* UE Environmental Management News

If you are a Warrick County resident, you can bring your household hazardous waste and obsolete electronics to ALCOA Warrick Operations on April 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Proper disposal of hazardous waste and used oil keeps hazardous substances out of local streams and rivers. For more information, check out the UE Environmental Management Facebook page at

* 2015-2016 Andiron Lecture Series Call for Papers

UE faculty and administrators as well as members of the Evansville community are invited to submit an abstract for papers on any aspect of their research or expertise for the 2015-2016 Andiron Lectures in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. All disciplines and fields of study are welcome to submit proposals. Reading time for papers is approximately 40 minutes. Deadline for abstract submission is April 10.

Please provide the following by email:
A 50-word abstract
Name, Academic Affiliation/ Occupation,
Paper title, Contact Information

Please send submissions to:
Chris Mohn at

Nominations for off-campus speakers can be sent by email to Andiron Lecture committee members Mohammad Azarian, Wes Milner, Annette Parks, John Stamm, and Chris Mohn (chair).



* Dr. Mark Kopta's CelestHealth Research Group Publishes Paper

Professor of Psychology Mark Kopta, founder and executive director of the CelestHealth Research Group, is coauthor, along with six other coauthors, of a paper to be published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology. The paper, entitled “Trajectories of Change in Short-Term Psychotherapy” describes a major study of psychotherapy outcomes, using a sample that included 10,854 patients and 513 psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, and social workers.  

* Fall 2015 Predictive Modeling Team Selected

The Cognitive Science Modeling Lab is pleased to announce that the following students were selected to participate on the predictive modeling team for the 2015 NFL season: Team leader and senior, Jacob Green (Cognitive Science), sophomore Jacob Ball (Computer Science), senior Andrey Biryuchinskiy (Finance and Economics), junior Austin Cibulka (Mechanical Engineering), junior Alycia Olson (Cognitive Science), sophomore Torin Madden (Marketing), senior Evan Snider (Creative Writing and Marketing), and sophomore Daniel Waskeiwicz (Exercise Science/Pre PT).

The team of eight members represents all four of UE's colleges and, as such, each member brings a unique skill set to a common enterprise.

We are pleased by the formation of this team and look forward to a successful Fall project in predictive modeling.

* Biology faculty member receives external grant to fund an additional summer research student

Dr. Cris Hochwender received funding to support an additional research student for the summer of 2015. The Research Grants Committee of the Indiana Academy of Science reviewed grant proposals for the Spring 2015; his proposal was rated highly, even in the field of strong proposals that were submitted, and he received the requested amount in full.

When asked, Hochwender said, “As always, UE’s biology department strives to provide students with Division I research experiences. Our ultimate goal is to provide life changing research opportunities to our students; my hope is that this summer research will provide such experiences, while also generating findings that inform and guide the management of our natural resources.” 

* Biology and Environmental Studies students present research at conference

Two biology students, Stephanie Tran and Kelsey Williams, together with one environmental studies major, Samantha Montgomery, presented their summer research at the Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) conference. In a continuing quest to produce high quality, Division I research, these students presented their poster, entitled “Native tree survivorship and growth rates in mixed species plots: Neotropical timber plantations can promote associated biodiversity” to a very engaged set of faculty and students. Their research centered on demonstrating the value of using native trees in a mixed species plantation to increase native plant diversity. They found that some native tree species grew rapidly, making them valuable for timber. Additionally, associated plant diversity in the plantations was high with 142 species from 57 families colonizing the understory of the plantations in the 400 m2 area sampled. These findings demonstrated that using a mixture of native tree species in a plantation setting can provide trees of timber value, while also allowing for rapid re-establishment of understory diversity.

ASB is the largest scientific professional organization in the Southeastern United States. Their mission (to promote Biology through research and education) is primarily supported through their Annual Meeting where Faculty and students present their research.

* Biology students present research at national conference, one wins an award.

Biology majors Maddie Ralph and Kane Stratman in collaboration with Dr. Gordon presented their Division 1 level research at the recent Animal Behavior Conference in Bloomington, IN. Their work addresses the impact of shifting geographic ranges on the evolution of two species of treefrog. In addition to this work, Maddie was also recently awarded the Zeta Tau Alpha Smarty-Pants Award, making Dr. Gordon both proud and entertained.

Kane and Maddie

* Stamm and Biology 499 students co-author Genomics article

Joyce Stamm, associate professor of Biology and the 28 students who enrolled in Biology 499: Research problems in Genomics in 2008, 2010, and 2012 have co-authored a paper with students and faculty in the Genomics Education Partnership, a nationwide collaborative effort that brings genomics research into the undergraduate classroom. The paper, “Drosophila Muller F elements maintain a distinct set of genomic properties over 40 million years of evolution”, was published online in the journal G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, and is the product of course-based research carried out in classrooms across the country. This paper, with 940 student and 74 faculty co-authors, has one of the highest number of undergraduate co-authors known.

The UE student co-authors were Morgan Anderson ’12, Bethany Bonifield ’13, Daniel Coomes ’09, Meleah (Curtis) Gross ’12, Adam Dillman ’11, Elaine Durchholz ’11, Antoinette Fafara-Thompson ’12, Lesley Jackson ’11, Amy Johnson ’11, Zuzana Kocsisova ’13, Kierstin (Linton) Naylor, Joshua Manghelli ’09, Kylie McNeil ’11, Michael Murillo ’11, Jessica Neely ’09, Emmy Ogawa ’14, Ashley Rich ’13, Anna Rogers ’12, Amber (Shumate) Gygi ’12, Devin Spencer ’08, Kristina Stemler ’08, Allison Throm ’12, Matt Van Camp ’13, Katie Weihbrecht ’10, Aaron Wiles ’10, Mallory Williams ’11, Matt Williams ’13, and Kyle Zoll ’12.



* UE Baseball Hosts USI on Wednesday at 6pm

The University of Evansville baseball team (15-12) begins a five-game homestand with a mid-week contest versus USI on Wednesday, April 8. The game will begin at 6:00 p.m. at Braun Stadium in Evansville, Ind.

Wednesday, April 8 at 6:00 p.m. CDT
UE RHP Ryan Billo (2-1, 3.41 ERA) vs. USI RHP Scott Haag (0-1, 4.26)

The contest will be broadcast live on WUEV 91.5FM and on AcesTV. The live stats can be viewed at

Fans can also follow the Aces progress on twitter. Updates will be posted on the @UEAthletics account.

The Purple Aces shutout the Illinois State Redbirds 10-0 in a mercy-rule shortened eight inning game on Sunday afternoon. Freshman left-hander Brodie Harkness improved to 4-1 with a complete game, eight hit shutout. Infielders Jonathan Ramon (4) and Shain Showers (3) both matched career highs in RBIs as UE secured their first road series win at Illinois State since 2007.

The USI Screaming Eagles (10-14) has won three consecutive games and five of the last eight. Most recently, the reigning Division II baseball champions won a weekend series three games to one against the University of Indianapolis.

Evansville is 32-19 in contests versus Southern Indiana. This will be the only matchup between the teams this spring.

Evansville is led offensively by outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski with a team-best .425 batting average, 34 hits, seven doubles, two triples and six stolen bases this season. Outfielder Josh Jyawook (.309) and infielder Jonathan Ramon (.300) also are both hitting at or above the .300 mark. Ramon also has a team-best five home runs and 25 runs batted in. Right-hander Conor Gilligan has a team-low 2.38 earned run average. Seven different UE pitchers have recorded at least one win including four each by left-hander Brodie Harkness and righty Matt Rodgers. The team is cumulatively hitting .260 this season with a 4.86 team ERA.

The Screaming Eagles have four players batting higher than .300 including infielder Drake McNamara with a team-best .415 mark. Outfielder Kyle Kempf leads USI with three home runs this year. Outfielder Hamilton Carr has more home runs than any of his teammates with nine. Closer Matt Chavarria has a team-leading three wins, five saves and a 1.37 earned run average. The team is hitting .283 with a total ERA of 4.27 ERA.


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