Biblio file, 2012–2013

 

Fruth---fundamentals-coverStacie Fruth’s “purple book” has been educating students in UIndy’s Krannert School of Physical Therapy for several years, but now it’s available to the world.
The initial version was a humble classroom packet of just 38 pages explaining a few basic physical therapy tests and measures. Fruth began assembling the guide shortly after joining the faculty in 2005, when she began teaching a Clinical Skills course to her first-semester students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Gradually it grew into a spiral-bound booklet with covers in her favorite color, purple.

“I teach students when they’re just getting their feet wet,” the associate professor says. “There was no book out there that covered the material I taught.”

There is now. Her 324-page Fundamentals of the Physical Therapy Examination: Patient Interview and Tests & Measures was published in February by Jones & Bartlett Learning. The book focuses on the ground-level realities practitioners face when presented with a new patient: how to listen, observe, build rapport, and assess a person’s needs step by step, regardless of age, sex, background, or which body systems are involved. How does one question lead to the next? What physical tests are in the toolbox, and when do you use each one?

“It runs the gamut of every basic test and measure that we do,” Fruth says. “We want to teach you how to conduct a fundamental examination on anyone who walks in the door.”

During her work on the book—which included a wintry month holed up in a Michigan cabin while on sabbatical—the publisher grew increasingly enthusiastic about the project, upgrading it to full color with professional photography, video, and accompanying website. Rather than using professional models, however, Fruth insisted on a more realistic approach, putting actual patients, students, and faculty colleagues in front of the cameras. More than three days of shooting on campus produced 20 videos, which are available on an accompanying website. They include instructions for various tests and measures, examples of clients with commonly seen symptoms, and two full-length patient examinations, one musculoskeletal and one neurological. The visual aids are invaluable to students, especially when learning how to recognize various disorders.

“Unless the students can see it, they often don’t get it,” says Fruth, who also manages physical therapy services at UIndy’s Sutphin Center for Clinical Care in Fountain Square, where students serve uninsured patients. The icing on the cake? Fruth persuaded the publisher to make purple the dominant color in the book’s design.

“That was a deal breaker,” she says. “They thought I was kidding.”

Pane---Last-Call-coverA newcomer to UIndy’s English faculty has gained national attention this year with his debut novel. Assistant Professor Salvatore Pane is the author of Last Call in the City of Bridges, a coming-of-age tale for the social media generation, published in November by Braddock Avenue Books. Set in Pane’s former home of Pittsburgh around the 2008 presidential election, the novel follows an overeducated, underemployed hipster in his 20s, struggling to face adult responsibility in an age of digital distraction. Reviews and interviews have appeared in such outlets as the Huffington Post, Indianapolis Star, Nuvo, Pittsburgh Magazine, and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which called Pane “a fiction writer and ironist of the first order.”

The Huffington Post asked Pane about the approach he took in writing about his own under-30 generation.

“In some ways, I wanted the book to have a timeless feel. It’s about a young man figuring his life out and what matters,” Pane answered. “But I thought it would be disingenuous to write about a contemporary 20-something and not have his worldview completely colored by the nauseating amount of pop culture he’s no doubt absorbed. “Our generation came of age with Nintendo and cable television and Napster. Every conversation I have with someone in my age group inevitably circles back to pop culture.”

Having wrapped up his first year of teaching at UIndy, Pane is planning a summer book tour with several stops across the nation. Other recent work has included a chapbook of short stories, #KanyeWestSavedFromDrowning, published by NAP literary magazine, and the forthcoming original graphic novel, The Black List, to be published this year by Arcana Studios.

Fuller---Election-1860-coverThe 1860 presidential election—which sent Abe Lincoln to the White House and stoked the fires of secession and civil war—is widely considered the most important in our nation’s history. However, the conventional focus on the campaign between Republican Lincoln and Democrat Stephen Douglas ignores complexities that reveal much about a young nation struggling with its identity, says UIndy history professor A. James Fuller. With contributions from several colleagues, Fuller has brought a richer version of the tale to life as editor of The Election of 1860 Reconsidered, published this spring by Kent State University Press.

“My conception of it was, let’s rethink this election and test the traditional interpretation of it,” says Fuller, who has been teaching at the University for 14 years. The book grew from the work of an informal Civil War Study Group formed by local historians in 2008. Since then, the group has expanded to a regional association that conducts an annual conference each fall, with members presenting papers for constructive criticism. Fuller organized the group’s 2010 meeting at UIndy, and several of the papers became chapters in the book.
Fuller’s three chapters include a look at politics in Indiana, where a split among Democrats was more pronounced than previously thought, with tensions driven as much by personal and political ambition as by high-minded ideology.

“You take these national issues and apply them to Indiana, and it takes a much different shape,” says Fuller, who is finishing a biography of Indiana’s Civil War governor, Oliver P. Morton. His other chapters cover the election’s two other major candidates: Vice President John C. Breckinridge, who represented the breakaway Southern Democrats and later became a Confederate general; and Constitutional Union nominee John Bell, a moderate who favored compromise. Each earned more electoral votes than Douglas, the Northern Democrat originally favored to win.

“There were these other guys out there who took very principled stands,” but they have been largely ignored in many accounts, Fuller says. Another misconception the book dispels is that Lincoln—who collected only 40 percent of the popular vote—was a passive candidate who left the strategy to his handlers. “Lincoln was a lot more active, and he was a political operator,” much like the character in the recent Steven Spielberg film, Fuller says. Illustrated with historic political cartoons and pictures of the major players, the book includes a chapter by Lawrence Sondhaus, chair of UIndy’s Department of History & Political Science. A specialist in European history, he explores opinions held at the time in England, France, Germany, and Austria, where few anticipated the election’s sweeping consequences. Though aimed largely at fellow scholars, the book also contains interesting material for casual history buffs, Fuller says.

“It’s got a lot for historians; it’s got a lot for political scientists,” he says. “And there’s a lot for anyone who’s interested in how that important election played out.”

Garmann---Unterwegs-coverProfessor of Modern Languages Gerburg Garmann showcases both her writing and her visual arts talent in her book Unterwegs, im Kopf: Gedichte und Bilder, or En Route, in
the Mind: Poems and Paintings. The collection of 60 German-language poems and images of 59 accompanying acrylic paintings was published in January by Hamburg-based academic publisher IGEL Verlag. The multimedia approach is important to Garmann, who teaches both German and French at UIndy.

“I am a strong believer in interdisciplinary endeavors of all kinds, including the arts, hence my combination of poetry and painting,” she says. “The book is the result of 10 years of literary writing and painting meant to help showcase the interconnectedness of the arts as part of a broader academic cross-disciplinary engagement.”

Garmann’s poems have appeared in many international literary journals and anthologies and her art is displayed widely.