Butler University is a private university located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded in 1855 and named after founder Ovid Butler, the university has over 60 major academic fields of study in six colleges: College of Business, College of Communication, College of Education, College of Liberal Arts and science, College of Pharmacy and Health science, and Jordan College of the Arts. It comprises a 295-acre campus located approximately five miles from downtown Indianapolis. Wikipedia.
News Article | April 26, 2017
Once again, and for the thirteenth consecutive year, Charlie Ward, a top rated personal injury attorney, motorcycle accident lawyer and auto accident lawyer in Indianapolis, Indiana, has achieved Super Lawyers recognition. Ward has been representing catastrophically injured people since 1994 when he and his father, personal injury attorney and wrongful death lawyer, Donald W. Ward, recipient of the 2016 Indiana Bar Foundation Legendary Lawyer Award, opened the doors of their legal practice in Indianapolis, Ward & Ward Law Firm. Super Lawyers is a Thomson Reuters rating service for lawyers who have earned a high-degree of respect by their legal peers and have enjoyed distinguished careers in their service to the legal profession. Combined with independent research, Super Lawyer candidates are nominated and evaluated by their peers. The objective of Super Lawyers is to shine a light on those attorneys, by state, who display excellence within their profession. Ward, an experienced bus accident attorney and advocate for injured victims of trucking accidents, graduated cum laude from Butler University and received his law degree from the Indiana University School of Law located in Indianapolis in 1989. After graduation, Ward gained valuable insight to the legal experience when he clerked for the Honorable Justice Richard M. Givan at the Indiana Supreme Court. “Understanding the appeal process is paramount for all litigated cases,” stated Ward. “I was fortunate to spend time as a clerk for Justice Richard M. Givan.” A co-author of Journey’s Account Statute: Litigator’s Little-Known Friend, 35 Res Gestae 60 (1991), Ward is Lead Counsel Rated, ranked Top Personal Injury Attorney by AVVO, selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, a U.S. News & World Report rating service, and has received the esteemed AV® Preeminent™Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®. Ward’s practice also involves representing clients in nursing home neglect and abuse cases, pedestrian accident claims, railroad and aviation accident claims and wrongful death cases. If you or someone you know has been injured or killed in an accident caused by the negligence of another person or entity, call 2017 Super Lawyer® and Indianapolis personal injury lawyer, Charlie Ward of Ward & Ward Law Firm at 317-639-9501 or toll free at 888-639-9501 for a free - no obligation - analysis of your claim.
News Article | May 5, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Campus Communities (NYSE: ACC), the nation’s largest owner, manager and developer of high-quality student housing properties in the U.S., celebrated the commencement of construction on a new student housing facility at Butler University in Indianapolis, IN with a beam signing event. Upon completion in fall 2018, the 648-bed community will be located on the southern border of the Butler campus, creating a welcoming gateway into the heart of campus. The community will feature modern, suite-style accommodations, resources for academic success and state-of-the-art amenities for fitness and fun, including a fitness center, gaming lounges and more. “President Danko has a vision for an unmatched residential experience on the Butler University campus,” said Jamie Wilhelm, EVP Public-Private Transactions. “Fairview House was delivered as the first phase of the Butler-ACC partnership in Fall 2016 and has already received two awards for excellence in design and sustainability. We’re excited for this second phase to provide the University’s first-year students with a modern, academically oriented residence community and expand Butler’s extraordinary housing portfolio.” The community will be the second phase in the Butler University-American Campus Communities partnership, which delivered Fairview House in Fall 2016. The partnership got its start in 2014 with a goal to realize Butler’s 2020 Vision of becoming an innovative national leader in undergraduate residential education. “The addition of this new facility is a critical step toward advancing Butler’s educational mission through superior campus amenities, and the ultimate realization of Butler’s 2020 Vision as an innovative national leader in undergraduate residential education,” Butler President James M. Danko said in the University’s press release for the event. “By the time this new housing opens, we will have added almost 1,300 new beds to campus in two years and given prospective students yet another reason to choose Butler.” The public-private partnership transaction was structured under the American Campus Equity (ACE)® program, which gives universities the opportunity to expand and modernize their student housing portfolio without the use of university financial resources. Under the ACE program, ACC delivers high-quality student housing at lower development costs and operating expenses, as well as affordable rents to residents, without the use of taxpayer or university funds, which allows universities to dedicate their capital to educational and research facilities. “By working with ACC, we are able to concentrate on our core mission: educating our students,” Butler Vice President of Finance and Administration Bruce Arick said. “ACC’s investment allows Butler to focus and prioritize resources toward the development of new, state-of-the-art academic space to better serve students. We have hundreds of millions of dollars of construction and development that we’ve prioritized for the sciences, a new school of business building, and more. We couldn’t afford to do those projects and invest in our student housing.” The event was held on the Butler University campus, and featured a beam signing – University students, faculty, staff and alumni were invited to sign a structural beam that will be used in the construction of the project. American Campus Communities, Inc. is the largest owner, manager and developer of high-quality student housing communities in the United States. The company is a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered equity real estate investment trust (REIT) with expertise in the design, finance, development, construction management and operational management of student housing properties. As of March 31, 2017, American Campus Communities owned 157 student housing properties containing approximately 97,500 beds. Including its owned and third-party managed properties, ACC's total managed portfolio consisted of 194 properties with approximately 127,200 beds. Visit www.americancampus.com. In addition to historical information, this press release contains forward-looking statements under the federal securities law. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry and markets in which American Campus operates, management's beliefs, and assumptions made by management. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict.
News Article | April 17, 2017
LearnHowToBecome.org, a leading resource provider for higher education and career information, has released its list of Indiana’s best colleges for 2017. Of the 46 schools honored, 44 four-year schools made the list with University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, DePauw University, Valparaiso University and Butler University taking the top five spots. Ivy Tech Community College and Ancilla College were also included as the best two-year schools in the state. A list of all schools is included below. “Education can make a huge difference when it comes to the job market,” said Wes Ricketts, senior vice president of LearnHowToBecome.Org. “These schools in Indiana have not only shown a commitment to providing quality degree programs, but also the employment services that contribute to student success as they pursue careers.” To be included on the “Best Colleges in Indiana” list, schools must be regionally accredited, not-for-profit institutions. Each college is also scored on additional data that includes annual alumni earnings 10 years after entering college, employment and academic services offered, student/teacher ratio, graduation rate and the availability of financial aid. Complete details on each college, their individual scores and the data and methodology used to determine the LearnHowToBecome.org “Best Colleges in Indiana” list, visit: Indiana’s Best Colleges for 2017 include: Ancilla College Anderson University Ball State University Bethel College-Indiana Butler University Calumet College of Saint Joseph DePauw University Earlham College Franklin College Goshen College Grace College and Theological Seminary Hanover College Huntington University Indiana Institute of Technology Indiana State University Indiana University-Bloomington Indiana University-East Indiana University-Kokomo Indiana University-Northwest Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis Indiana University-South Bend Indiana University-Southeast Indiana Wesleyan University Ivy Tech Community College Manchester University Marian University Martin University Oakland City University Purdue University-Calumet Campus Purdue University-Main Campus Purdue University-North Central Campus Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saint Joseph’s College Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Saint Mary's College Taylor University Trine University Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional Campuses University of Evansville University of Indianapolis University of Notre Dame University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne University of Southern Indiana Valparaiso University Wabash College About Us: LearnHowtoBecome.org was founded in 2013 to provide data and expert driven information about employment opportunities and the education needed to land the perfect career. Our materials cover a wide range of professions, industries and degree programs, and are designed for people who want to choose, change or advance their careers. We also provide helpful resources and guides that address social issues, financial aid and other special interest in higher education. Information from LearnHowtoBecome.org has proudly been featured by more than 700 educational institutions.
News Article | April 27, 2017
Raisa Ahmad was previously a summer associate with the firm, in which she conducted research and prepared memos for patent litigation cases involving software and security patents, pharmaceuticals, and biomedical devices. In addition, she has experience preparing claim construction charts, invalidity contentions, and Lanham Act standing memos. Prior to law school, she was a student engineer and conducted electric-cell substrate impedance sensing analysis for the Center for the Convergence of Physical and Cancer Biology. Ahmad received her J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2016 where she was senior articles editor for the Arizona Law Review and received the Dean's Achievement Award Scholarship. She received her B.S.E., magna cum laude, in biomedical engineering from Arizona State University in 2011. She is admitted to practice in Texas. Brian Apel practices patent litigation, including post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has worked for clients in the mechanical, electrical, and chemical industries and has experience in pre-suit diligence including opinion work, discovery, damages, summary judgment, and appeals. Apel also has experience in patent prosecution, employment discrimination, and First Amendment law. Before law school, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Apel received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Michigan Law School in 2016 and his B.A., with honors, in chemistry from Northwestern University in 2008. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Zoya Kovalenko Brooks focuses her practice on patent litigation, including working on teams for one of the largest high-tech cases in the country pertaining to data transmission and memory allocation technologies. She was previously a summer associate and law clerk with the firm. While in law school, she served as a legal extern at The Coca-Cola Company in the IP group. Prior to attending law school, she was an investigator intern at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, where she investigated over 20 potential discrimination cases. Brooks received her J.D., high honors, Order of the Coif, from Emory University School of Law in 2016 where she was articles editor for Emory Law Journal and her B.S., high honors, in applied mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2013. She is admitted to practice in Georgia. Holly Chamberlain focuses on patent prosecution in a variety of areas including the biomedical, mechanical, and electromechanical arts. She was previously a summer associate with the firm. She received her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2016 where she was an editor of Intellectual Property and Technology Forum and her B.S. in biological engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2013. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Thomas Chisena previously was a summer associate with the firm where he worked on patent, trade secret, and trademark litigation. Prior to attending law school, he instructed in biology, environmental science, and anatomy & physiology. Chisena received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2016 where he was executive editor of Penn Intellectual Property Group Online and University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Vol. 37. He also received his Wharton Certificate in Business Management in December 2015. He received his B.S. in biology from Pennsylvania State University in 2009. He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Claire Collins was a legal intern for the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office during law school. She has experience researching and drafting motions and legal memorandums. Collins received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2016 where she was a Dillard Fellow, her M.A. from Texas A&M University in 2012, and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr College in 2006. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts. Ronald Golden, III previously served as a courtroom deputy to U.S. District Judge Leonard P. Stark and U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Pat Thynge. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2012 where he was on the staff of Widener Law Review and was awarded "Best Overall Competitor" in the American Association for Justice Mock Trial. He received his B.A. from Stockton University in political science and criminal justice in 2005. He is admitted to practice in Delaware and New Jersey. Dr. Casey Kraning-Rush was previously a summer associate with the firm, where she focused primarily on patent litigation. She received her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2016 where she was managing editor of Penn Intellectual Property Group Online and awarded "Best Advocate" and "Best Appellee Brief" at the Western Regional of the AIPLA Giles Rich Moot Court. She earned her Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Cornell University in 2013 and has extensive experience researching cellular and molecular medicine. She received her M.S. in biomedical engineering from Cornell University in 2012 and her B.S., summa cum laude, in chemistry from Butler University in 2008. She is admitted to practice in Delaware. Alana Mannigé was previously a summer associate with the firm and has worked on patent prosecution, patent litigation, trademark, and trade secret matters. During law school, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Judge James Donato of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She also worked closely with biotech startup companies as part of her work at the UC Hastings Startup Legal Garage. Prior to attending law school, Mannigé worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2016 where she was senior articles editor of Hastings Science & Technology Law Journal. She received her M.S. in chemistry from the University of Michigan in 2010 and her B.A., cum laude, in chemistry from Clark University in 2007. She is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Will Orlady was previously a summer associate with the firm, in which he collaborated to research and brief a matter on appeal to the Federal Circuit. He also analyzed novel issues related to inter partes review proceedings, drafted memoranda on substantive patent law issues, and crafted infringement contentions. During law school, Orlady was a research assistant to Professor Kristin Hickman, researching and writing on administrative law. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2016 where he was lead articles editor of the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science and Technology and his B.A. in neuroscience from the University of Southern California in 2012. He is admitted to practice in Minnesota and the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. Jessica Perry previously was a summer associate and law clerk with the firm, where she worked on patent and trademark litigation. During law school, she was an IP & licensing analyst, in which she assisted with drafting and tracking material transfer agreement and inter-institutional agreements. She also worked with the Boston University Civil Litigation Clinic representing pro bono clients with unemployment, social security, housing, and family law matters. Prior to law school, she was a senior mechanical design engineer for an aerospace company. She received her J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 2016 where she was articles editor of the Journal of Science and Technology Law, her M.Eng. in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2009, and her B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 2007. She is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts. Taufiq Ramji was previously a summer associate with the firm, in which he researched legal issues that related to ongoing litigation and drafted responses to discovery requests and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office actions. Prior to attending law school, Ramji worked as a software developer. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2016. He is admitted to practice in California. Charles Reese has worked on matters before various federal district courts, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His litigation experience includes drafting dispositive, evidentiary, and procedural motions; arguing in federal district court; and participating in other stages of litigation including discovery, appeal, and settlement negotiation. Previously, he was a summer associate with the firm. He received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 2016 where he was articles editor of Harvard Law Review, his A.M. in organic and organometallic chemistry from Harvard University in 2012, and his B.S., summa cum laude, in chemistry from Furman University in 2010. He is admitted to practice in Georgia and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. Ethan Rubin was previously a summer associate and law clerk with the firm. During law school, he worked at a corporation's intellectual property department in which he prepared and prosecuted patents relating to data storage systems. He also worked as a student attorney, advocating for local pro bono clients on various housing and family law matters. Rubin received his J.D., cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 2016 where he was articles editor of Boston College Law Review, his M.S. in computer science from Boston University in 2013, and his B.A., magna cum laude, in criminal justice from George Washington University in 2011. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Pooya Shoghi focuses on patent prosecution, including portfolio management, application drafting, client counseling, and standard essential patent development. Prior to joining the firm, he was a patent practitioner at a multinational technology company, where he was responsible for the filing and prosecution of U.S. patent applications. During law school, he was a legal intern at a major computer networking technology company, where he focused on issues of intellectual property licensing in the software arena. He received his J.D., with honors, from Emory University School of Law in 2014 where he was executive managing editor of Emory Corporate Governance and Accountability Review. He received his B.S., summa cum laude, in computer science (2015) and his B.A., summa cum laude, in political science (2011) from Georgia State University. He is admitted to practice in New York and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Tucker Terhufen focuses his practice on patent litigation in federal district courts as well as before the International Trade Commission for clients in the medical devices, life sciences, chemical, and electronics industries. Prior to joining Fish, he served as judicial extern to the Honorable David G. Campbell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona and to the Honorable Mary H. Murguia of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law in 2016 where he was note and comment editor of Arizona State Law Journal and received a Certificate in Law, Science, and Technology with a specialization in Intellectual Property. He received his B.S.E., summa cum laude, in chemical engineering from Arizona State University. He is admitted to practice in California. Laura Whitworth was previously a summer associate with the firm. During law school, she served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Jimmie V. Reyna of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She received her J.D., cum laude, from American University Washington College of Law in 2016 where she was senior federal circuit editor of American University Law Review and senior patent editor of Intellectual Property Brief. She received her B.S. in chemistry from the College of William & Mary in 2013. She is admitted to practice in Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Jack Wilson was previously a summer associate with the firm. During law school, he served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Mark Davis of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to attending law school, he served in the United States Army. He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from William & Mary Law School in 2016 where he was on the editorial staff of William & Mary Law Review and his B.S. in computer engineering from the University of Virginia in 2009. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Fish & Richardson is a global patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists in the U.S. and Europe. Our success is rooted in our creative and inclusive culture, which values the diversity of people, experiences, and perspectives. Fish is the #1 U.S. patent litigation firm, handling nearly three times as many cases than its nearest competitor; a powerhouse patent prosecution firm; a top-tier trademark and copyright firm; and the #1 firm at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, with more cases than any other firm. Since 1878, Fish attorneys have been winning cases worth billions in controversy – often by making new law – for the world's most innovative and influential technology leaders. For more information, visit https://www.fr.com or follow us at @FishRichardson. 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News Article | August 14, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Zotec Partners (Zotec), an industry leader in revenue cycle and practice management services for hospital-based physicians in multiple specialties, announces a continued multi-year sponsorship agreement with Butler University’s Athletics Department. Zotec Partners’ unique sponsorship will allow its logo to be displayed alongside the University’s logo on the Hinkle Fieldhouse court. T. Scott Law, President and CEO of Zotec Partners, notes that the sponsorship means much more than just advertising the Zotec Partners brand. “To us, it is a symbol of our Butler pride and support for the Indianapolis community at large, which is home to 350 Zotec employees,” he said. As a former student-athlete, Law believes it is important to support the University and its sports teams that will directly benefit from the sponsorship commitment. “I am delighted we can honor the drive, dedication, and teamwork of Butler’s student-athletes,” he adds. “The University’s students, alumni, faculty, and staff are an important part of our company’s history and future, and it is our privilege to support them.” For more than eight decades, Hinkle Fieldhouse has upheld a reputation as one of the nation’s great sports arenas. The classic facility was constructed in 1928 and has withstood the test of time, maintaining the splendor, character, and atmosphere that made it one of the nation’s most famous basketball arenas in a state that is practically synonymous with the sport. Today, Butler men’s basketball, women’s basketball, and volleyball teams play their home games at Hinkle. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Zotec. Scott Law knows that putting together a great team—as he has at Zotec—takes commitment and support from many participants,” said Athletic Director Barry Collier. “Zotec’s continued, unwavering support greatly benefits our student-athletes, Butler University, and the Indianapolis community.” In addition to supporting Butler Athletics, Zotec has a long relationship with the Lacy School of Business through the Zotec Business Competition, a competition for sophomore business students involved in the Real Business Experience (RBE) practicum course. Butler President James M. Danko said the University deeply appreciates the devotion to Butler by Scott and Zotec Partners. “We are not only grateful for their financial contribution, but for their partnership to impact the quality of the student experience at Butler.” Zotec Partners is the largest privately-held provider of healthcare revenue cycle management services in the United States. The company is committed to the continual pursuit of excellence in the physician revenue cycle management industry by delivering effective solutions through its proprietary technology, personalized service and measurable client results. Currently, Zotec processes more than 70 million medical encounters for more than 8,000 physicians in all 50 states. For more information about Zotec Partners, visit http://www.zotecpartners.com. Butler is a nationally recognized comprehensive university encompassing five colleges—Arts, Communication, Education, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pharmacy and Health Sciences—and the Andre B. Lacy School of Business. Together, they offer more than 65 undergraduate areas of study, nine pre-professional programs, 20 graduate programs, and several non-degree programs and certificates. Around 4,200 undergraduate students are enrolled at Butler, representing 47 states and 59 countries. Butler students have extraordinary opportunity to participate in some form of internship, student teaching, clinical rotation, research, or service learning by the time they graduate, which prepares them for their careers. This community-centered immersion is coupled with classroom learning that nurtures critical thinking, effective communication, cooperative teamwork, and ethical decision making to prepare students for both professional success and to have lasting impact in their communities.
News Article | May 10, 2017
Maestro Eduardo Cedeño and the Lake Norman Orchestra will return to Davesté Vineyards to celebrate Spring in the Vineyard! -- Returning for a Spring celebration in, thewill be performing an open-air concert with a wide variety of selections of easy listening music for all to enjoy in a casual, family-friendly atmosphere.Bring a lawn chair or your picnic blanket as the event is outdoors. A bistro dining area is available and seating areas fill up quickly. Pack your picnic basket, come relax and visit the wine tasting room, the art gallery and enjoy great music with your loved ones!$10 cash at the gate.$5.00 cash at the gate - includes entertainment and donation only - no ticket issued.Free Admission - no ticket firstname.lastname@example.org Lytton Farm RoadTroutman, NC 28166-8659(704) 528-3882Website: http://www.davestevineyards.com/ The, conducted by Maestro Eduardo Cedeño, is a registered non-profit community organization that embraces those community musicians who desire to improve their musicianship, share their talent with their peers and provide quality entertainment throughout the Piedmont region of North Carolina. With more than 65 active members ranging in age from 14 to 70+, the LKNO is committed to collaboration and outreach with artists from the community who may wish to participate as guests of the orchestra, including students from local schools and universities. The LKNO performs from six to eight concerts a year; orchestra rehearsals are held every Monday evening, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in facilities graciously donated by the Peninsula Baptist Church in Mooresville, NC. website: http://www.lknorchestra.orgFind us on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/lknorchestra/holds a Master's Degree in Music Theory from Butler University Jordan College of Music, Indianapolis with extensive music experience spanning the United States, Europe and South America. Cedeño studied conducting under the late Butler University Professor Emeritus Jackson Wiley and the Italian Maestro Ennio Nicotra. A founding member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, Director and Conductor of the Mérida Symphony Orchestra and Founding Member of the Coral Filarmónica de Caracas, Cedeño worked directly with acclaimed José Antonio Abreu. As a Founding Member of El Sistema, Cedeño continues to offer his time and talents to support its efforts in his community. Cedeño has collaborated with organizations such as the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, Indianapolis Opera, Charlotte Civic Orchestra, UNCC Opera, Carolina Voices and orchestras in Venezuela. Cedeño is Music Director and Conductor of the Lake Norman Orchestra in Mooresville, Music Faculty at Mitchell Community College, Strings Instructor at Gaston School of the Arts, and Band/Orchestra Conductor at Langtree Charter Academy Upper School.Website: http://www.eduardocedeno.net
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: S-STEM:SCHLR SCI TECH ENG&MATH | Award Amount: 199.94K | Year: 2012
Curricular changes link three distinct scientific disciplines (chemical biology, biochemistry, and neurobiology) through the introduction of a series of three thematically-connected, research-based laboratories. In these discipline courses, students synthesize novel biological imaging agents (chemical biology), using these same imaging agents to catalogue the substrate specificity of ester hydrolases from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) (biochemistry), and combine the products to screen for new components of neural signaling in Caenorhabditis elegans (neurobiology). The introduction of open-ended, hypothesis-driven research design into three biomolecular science laboratories increases student exposure to the practice of scientific research. Students practice the skills necessary to be working scientists, including formulating hypotheses, designing experimental plans, solving problems, and communicating results both orally and in writing. In addition, students organize a symposium at a regional undergraduate research conference. Students in these courses are challenged to integrate multiple scientific disciplines and a diverse set of laboratory skills within the context of larger scientific investigations (TB infection and neuronal communication). Student participation in projects allows them to contribute new knowledge and research tools to the understanding of the biochemistry of TB infection and neuronal communication. Overall, the three linked courses introduce students to interdisciplinary science, allowing students to participate in current areas of research.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Continuing grant | Program: | Phase: AISL | Award Amount: 2.94M | Year: 2013
Indianapolis / City as Living Laboratory (I/CaLL) is a city-wide civic collaboration engaging in cross-sector research that builds on prior research in informal science learning in public settings. It extends research in place-based and service learning traditions, and uses the city itself as an informal science learning (ISL) environment for Science and Engineering for Environmental Sustainability learning outcomes. This project is creating place-based science learning experiences as part of public spaces in Indianapolis and establishes the next generation of urban science museums that increase opportunities for learning. The project will develop a self-sustaining program for art/science collaborations as they inaugurate city-sanctioned changeable installations at I/CaLL sites. Data from the project will be used to inform ISL professionals at museums throughout the community and around the country. Thousands of volunteers and their families will help create I/CaLL spaces, engage with communities, and serve as research participants connecting with science learning through site development.
The unprecedented scale of this project provides a full measure of informal science service learning at a city scale, offering data that can change how science learning is measured, how people from all walks of life develop science literacy as part of their social public experience, and embodying the concept of the city as a living science learning lab. Broader impacts include the development of the city as an informal science learning environment that will become a new standard for thinking about what cities as cultural units can become as we build a resilient Science and Engineering culture for Environmental Sustainability.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: IUSE | Award Amount: 296.38K | Year: 2016
Place-based, experiential (PBE) learning is an effective pedagogy that enhances student content knowledge, course engagement, critical thinking, and civic mindedness. This project is exploring the impact of PBE learning in the context of school gardens and campus farms. Since 1992, there has been a 15-fold increase in the number of college agriculture spaces, but, despite their broad interdisciplinary potential, these spaces are used narrowly for agriculture or sustainability majors, independent projects, and co-curricular activities that lack disciplinary diversity. This project will expand how college agriculture spaces can integrate STEM with the humanities, and foster cross-curricular scientific literacy, civic mindedness, and interdisciplinary collaboration. The project will explore efforts to critically assess the impact of agricultural spaces on students, faculty, and host institutions; and how such spaces can provide a holistic framework for learning STEM.
This projects goal is to implement and assess a cohesive program of interdisciplinary urban agriculture-themed PBE modules in four Butler University courses using a campus farm as a hub for learning and collaboration. Pre- and post- module surveys, observations, and focus groups will assess impacts to 1) student course engagement, content knowledge, critical thinking, place attachment, and civic mindedness; 2) faculty teaching and research; and 3) distribution of institutional resources. Future applications will test efficacy of this approach in non-STEM courses and at other institutions. As a means to train the future STEM workforce, this project will determine the impacts of a themed PBE pedagogy implemented across institutional curriculum in fostering scientific literacy, civic mindedness, and interdisciplinary collaboration among STEM and non-STEM majors. This approach will serve as a model for resource-limited institutions where themed learning efforts may stimulate faculty support networks, interdisciplinary research, and institutional support of cross-curricular efforts.
Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ALGEBRA,NUMBER THEORY,AND COM | Award Amount: 15.00K | Year: 2016
This award supports travel, registration, and accommodation expenses for US researchers, including students and post-doctoral scholars, to attend the 14th Meeting of the Canadian Number Theory Association (CNTA XIV), which will be held at the University of Calgary, Alberta Canada, on June 20-24, 2016. The conference website is here: http://www.ucalgary.ca/cnta2016/. The CNTA meetings are held bi-annually, and are among the largest number theory conferences world-wide.
In addition to contributed talks, invited talks, and plenary lectures on current research in number theory, there will be a special session honoring the many contributions of Richard Guy, as we celebrate his 100th birthday. Topics covered by the conference traditionally have included algebraic number theory, analytic number theory, computational and algorithmic number theory, arithmetic geometry, diophantine approximation, combinatorial number theory, and any other areas related to or belonging to number theory.