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Dr. Lisa Hoffman named new Dean of Research and Graduate Studies23rd June 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Lisa Hoffman has been named Dean of Research and Graduate Studies. Hoffman, an associate professor of education, had previously served as Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Education. “Dr. Hoffman has a wealth of experience in both divisions of this position, and has a vision that will …

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Dr. Margot Morgan receives John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement15th June 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Margot Morgan, assistant professor of political science, has received the 2021 ADP John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). The national award, granted to one nominee each year since 2011, recognizes exemplary early-career leaders who are advancing …

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Cicadas: Dr. Randy Hunt explores the science behind the Brood X buzz3rd June 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Buzzy, squirty and occasionally crunchy underfoot–the periodical cicadas of Brood X have begun to emerge in what will be Biblical bazillions for their once-every-seventeen-years frolic of mating, egg-laying and hatching. Like the bugs themselves, human reactions to them are all over the map, ranging from “Cool!” to “Gross!” to “SHUT …

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Dr. Donna Albrecht is ILTE faculty innovator of the year25th April 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Dr. Donna Albrecht, professor of education in the ENL program and director of the New Neighbors Center, has received the Faculty Innovator of the Year Award from the Institute for Learning and Teaching Excellence (ILTE). Albrecht topped the field of eight nominees from across the academic disciplines, drawing recognition for …

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Glitter, Beehives and Plagues: 17th Student Conference pushes the envelope of inquiry23rd April 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–With awards for presentations ranging from Leonard Bernstein to beneficial beehives to ancient plagues, the 17th annual IU Southeast Student Conference concluded two days of inspired and impassioned inquiry. Some 170 presenters, from freshmen to graduate students, and supported by 40 faculty members, brought forth 130 presentations in a virtual …

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Dr. Jennifer Ortiz lends expertise to PBS NewsHour story on reentry funding14th April 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–The title says it all: “The U.S. spends billions to lock people up, but very little to help them once they’re released. That story, by journalist Casey Kuhn, appeared last week as a feature on the website of the PBS NewsHour, where Kuhn works as an associate producer. To get …

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Faculty Innovator: Mildred Vernia1st April 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Racing heart, clammy hands, light-headedness, upset stomach. No, this isn’t a “Twilight” marathon. These are all symptoms of numerophobia, also known as math anxiety. The trait is experienced by people all over the world. In one key 2012 study of 15- to 16-year-old students in 34 countries, nearly 60 percent …

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Faculty Innovator: Daniel Hoffman16th March 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—As a boy growing up in rural Virginia, Daniel Hoffman wondered how stuff worked. He dreamed of figuring out machines, before ultimately devoting his life to figuring out the organisms that create them. “I thought I wanted to build mechanical things,” Hoffman said. “But my academic area is more aimed …

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Faculty Innovator: Donna Albrecht18th February 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Donna Albrecht joined IU Southeast at a pivotal moment in campus history. Dr. Magdalena Herdoiza-Estevez, for over two decades the guiding light of the English as a New Language (ENL) program and the force behind the New Neighbors Education Center and the School of Education’s unique partnership with schools in …

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Dr. Omar Attum and student Wade Lahue are co-authors of article on urban forest ecology10th February 2021

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–A new study on the impact of roads and trails on the ecology of urban forests has appeared in the journal, Urban Ecosystems. Joining lead author Dr. Alaaeldin Soultan of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences are Dr. Omar Attum and his student, Wade Lahue, both of IU Southeast. The …

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