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Dr. Jean Abshire selected as IU Mosaic Fellow

Dr. Jean Abshire selected as IU Mosaic Fellow

May 23, 2019

Dr. Jean Abshire, associate professor of political science and international studies, has been selected as an Indiana University Mosaic Fellow. The Mosaic Initiative supports innovative classroom design, research and active learning in all IU classrooms. The goals of the Mosaic Initiative are to prepare faculty to teach in active learning classrooms, build a community of ...

Dr. Melissa Fry elected president of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology

Dr. Melissa Fry elected president of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology

May 22, 2019

Dr. Melissa Fry, associate professor of sociology and director of the Applied Research in Education Center (AREC) has been elected president of the Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology (AACS). The AACS promotes applying social scientific knowledge and methods to develop constructive solutions in the real world. It provides members with educational, programmatic, mentoring, networking, ...

Japan experts talk peace, prosperity and partnership on International Power Hour

Japan experts talk peace, prosperity and partnership on International Power Hour

March 12, 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Two esteemed international experts were special guests on Horizon Radio’s International Power Hour, sharing their experience with and knowledge of Japanese-American relations with hosts Dr. Jean Abshire, associate professor of political science and international studies, and Dr. Cliff Staten, professor of political science and international studies.. The high-profile visitors were ...

IU Southeast students source inspiration at Indiana Latino Leadership Conference

IU Southeast students source inspiration at Indiana Latino Leadership Conference

February 26, 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Fourteen students attended the 2019 Indiana Latino Leadership Conference (ILLC) at IU Bloomington, accompanied by faculty members Dr. Veronica Medina and Dr. Jennifer Ortiz. The conference, now in its 20th year, cultivates the exchange of ideas, values and beliefs in order to promote scholarship, leadership, cultural awareness and community. The ...

Morgan Szabo ’14 receives YPAL/Business First “Rising Stars” Young Leaders award

Morgan Szabo ’14 receives YPAL/Business First “Rising Stars” Young Leaders award

February 18, 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–Morgan Szabo ’14 has been awarded a 2019 Young Leaders Award from Louisville Business First and the Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL). The award honors 20 rising stars in the early stages of their careers who demonstrate excellence in both their workplace and community.  Szabo, who majored in international ...

Faculty Innovator: Jean Abshire

Faculty Innovator: Jean Abshire

January 17, 2019

Jean AbshireAssociate Professor of Political Science & International StudiesSchool of Social Sciences By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–There was always something on the wind for Jean Abshire. Something that called her to distant shores, peoples, languages, ways of thought. She responded to that call, visiting more than three dozen countries and devoting her career to ...

IU Southeast/Kyrgyz study focuses on cross-cultural emotional intelligence

IU Southeast/Kyrgyz study focuses on cross-cultural emotional intelligence

January 14, 2019

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)–What are the keys to success in life? Birth order? Class? Education? Professional skills? Luck? Not doubt all these play a role. But an increasing body of evidence suggests that our ability to use emotional information–known as emotional intelligence–is also an important factor in determining an individual’s ability to succeed. ...

Melissa Fry named Indiana University Bicentennial Professor

Melissa Fry named Indiana University Bicentennial Professor

December 19, 2018

By Steven Krolak (NEW ALBANY, Ind.)—Melissa Fry, professor of sociology and director of the Applied Research and Education Center (AREC), has been named an Indiana University Bicentennial Professor by the Indiana University Office of the Bicentennial. Fry is one of only 25 Bicentennial Professors, whose appointments were approved by the IU Board of Trustees at ...

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