Spotlight: Luke Jacobus
Dr. Luke Jacobus, assistant professor of biology at IUPUC, is one of just three individuals named an Indiana Academy of Science Fellow for 2014. This prestigious recognition was awarded to Jacobus because of his work in species taxonomy and identification, DNA barcoding, biodiversity, phylogeny, field studies, conservation, species inventories, and regional faunistics of aquatic insects. His research collaborations span the academic, governmental, and private sectors. Jacobus is a widely published scholar whose research writings have been published nationally and internationally.

Faculty & Staff Accomplishments

This is a summary of community service, civic engagement, university service, professional development, and related activities as reported by individual faculty and staff members in the Monthly Activity Reports (MARs) disseminated and collected by the Office of Institutional Research. Only activities entered on the MAR are included in this summary.

Q3 Accomplishments: July–September 2013

Presentations & Invited Talks

  • Kathy Auberry, clinical assistant professor of nursing, gave a presentation titled “Seizing Educational and Relationship Opportunities in IDD Nursing,” at the Indiana State Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association meeting in September. She also led two invited train the trainer sessions titled “Medication Administration Training for Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Nurses in Indiana.” The two eight-hour sessions were also held in September.
  • In August, Lisa Bailey, a lecturer in English, led a break-out session on writing titled “Logic Makes Us Think and Emotion Makes Us Move: Balancing Academic Goals and Emotional Considerations in Tutoring” at IUPUC’s Academic Resource Center (ARC) Orientation in August. She also led two writing sessions titled “Relax and Work Hard” during the university’s August 2013 Bridge Program.
  • Erica Berte, assistant professor of management, led an invited workshop titled “International Career Development" and served as an invited panelist during a session titled “Innovation for Sustainable Development” at the Second International Conference on Innovation & Sustainability, which was held September 23-24 at the University of Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.
  • On September 16 and 18, Anna Carmon, assistant professor and program coordinator of communication studies, gave invited presentations to IUPUC’s EDUC Q-200 class about the art of persuasion and how to use persuasive communication in debate.
  • Darrin Carr, clinical assistant professor of psychology, and Carol Kostrzewsky, associate director of career services, submitted a proposal titled “A Prepracticum Career Counseling Laboratory for Mental Health Counseling Graduate Student Trainees” to the American Counseling Association for consideration for a presentation during its 2014 Global Conference of the National Career Development Association.
  • Peter Dreher, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, gave a presentation titled “Lithium Ion Battery Manufacturing Engineering for Air Force Applications,” on September 23 at the U.S. Air Force.
  • Debbie Judge, clinical assistant professor of nursing, gave a presentation titled “Capstone Project: Spirituality” as part of a University of Southern Indiana (USI) intensive program for doctoral nursing students and nursing faculty on August 12.
  • Larita Killian, associate professor of accounting, gave a presentation titled “Rhetoric of Personal Carbon Offset Accounting” at the Association of Government Accountants (AGA) national conference on August 5. She also participated in a panel discussion titled “Using Pacioli in the Classroom.”
  • On August 20, Luke Jacobus, assistant professor of biology, gave an invited talk about DNA geneaology to the Daniel Guthrie Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Columbus. He gave an invited presentation titled “Bugs & Bodies” on September 30 at the Bartholomew County Public Library.
  • Thomas Lawrence, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, gave a presentation titled “Characterization and Measurement of Gas Journal Bearings,” at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) conference on July 10.
  • In August, Ryan Neville-Shepard, assistant professor of communication studies, gave a paper titled “Disturbing Democracy: Argumentative Framing and the ‘Third Party Bind’ in the 2012 Presidential Election,” at the 18th National Communication Association/American Forensics Association Summer Conference on Argumentation at the University of Utah. In addition, he presented a session titled “Protest or Paranoia? Conspiracy Theories in American Politics” at the Bartholomew County Public Library and a presentation titled “Conquering Communication Anxiety” at Brownstown High School.
  • In July, Katherine Wills, associate professor of English and coordinator of the English program, attended a workshop in international writing research as part of the 16th Annual Fulbright Summer School on Composition and Rhetoric at Moscow State University.

Professional Service

  • Madelyn Washington, assistant librarian, wrote a non-refereed review of “Border-Free,” a CD by Chucho Valdes & the Afro-Cuban Messengers for Black Grooves, a music review Web site hosted by the Archives of African American Music & Culture at Indiana University.


  • Beth Sharer, head of the Division of Nursing and clinical assistant professor, received $50,000 from the Schneck Medical Center Foundation for tenure-track faculty support; $10,000 from the Custer Foundation for student scholarships; and $30,000 for student scholarships and $15,000 for tenure-track faculty support from the Nugent Foundation.


  • Erica Berte, assistant professor of management, and Jeff Hittler, interim MBA program director and visiting senior lecturer in business, wrote “LHP, Inc: Challenging the Organizational Structure and Culture to Grow,” published in the Journal of Applied Case Research, 11 (1), 61-70.
  • Ryan Brewer, assistant professor of finance, co-authored “Predicting the Value of NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Programs,” published in the International Journal of Sport Management, 14(3), 271-295. He also co-authored “A Method for the Financial Valuation of National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Bowl Subdivision Programs,” published in the Journal of Contemporary Athletics 7(3), 175-195.
  • Lauren Burch, visiting assistant professor of management, co-authored “A Shift in Set: Examining Agenda-Setting Effects on Twitter During the London 2012 Olympics,” to be published in Communication & Sport (in press). She also co-authored a chapter titled “Media Coverage in the Youth Olympic Games” to be published in The Youth Olympic Games (Houlihan, Parent, and Vidar, eds., in press).
  • Jennifer Conner-Zachocki, assistant professor of language education, co-authored “Colliding Theories and Power Differentials: A Cautionary Tale of Conducting Action Research While Student Teaching,” published in Networks, 15(1), 1-9. She also co-authored “The More I Write the More My Mind Evolves into Something Outstanding: Composing Identities with Social Media Tools,” in Exploring Technology for Writing and Writing Instruction (Ferdig and Pytash, eds.), IGI Global. In addition, she co-authored “Making Connections through Themed Reading and Writing: Applying the Common Core Standards,” Rally Publishers: New York City.
  • Emily Dill, executive director of University Library and associate librarian, co-authored “New Shit Has Come to Light: Information-Seeking Behavior in The Big Lebowski,” Journal of Popular Culture, 46(4), 772-788.
  • Gary Felsten, associate dean for academic affairs and associate professor of psychology, wrote “Personality Predicts Perceived Potential for Attention Restoration of Natural and Urban Scenes,” to be published in Psychology (in press).
  • Luke Jacobus, assistant professor of biology, co-authored “A New Junior Synonym for Raptoheptagenia cruentata (Walsh, 1863) and Remarks About Nearctic Heptagenia Walsh, 1863 (Insecta: Ephemeroptera: Heptageniidae)” in the Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science, 121(2), 143-146. He published “South Carolina Mayflies (Insecta: Ephemeroptera) of Conservation Concern,” in the Journal of the South Carolina Academy of Science, 11(1), 23-26. He co-authored “The Adults of Camelobaetidius janae Dominique & Thomas, 2001 and C. yacutinga Nieto, 2003 with a New Synonym for C. leentvaari Demoulin, 1996 (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae)” in Zootaxa 3702(2), 150-158. In addition, he wrote the “2011 Ephemeroptera Bibliography,” published in The Mayfly Newsletter 17 (2), 8.
  • Kevin Jones, assistant professor of management, co-authored “Sexual Harassment Versus Workplace Romance: Social Media Spillover and Textual Harassment in the Workplace,” published in Academy of Management Perspectives, 27, 187-203.