Campus snapshots: Athletic Training, MBA, and science research


Athletic Training faculty garner Association honors

Two faculty members from UIndy’s Athletic Training Program received national awards at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s 65th Clinical Symposia & AT Expo in Indianapolis last summer. Professor Christine Lauber and Assistant Professor Scott Lawrance each received the NATA’s Athletic Trainer Service Award, which recognizes involvement in professional associations, community organizations, grassroots public relations efforts, and service as volunteer athletic trainers. Candidates must be NATA members and hold the certified athletic trainer credential for at least 15 years.

Lauber,-ChristineDr. Lauber, an Indianapolis resident, is director of the UIndy Athletic Training Program. She holds a master of arts in exercise science from Central Michigan University, an educational specialist degree in higher education leadership from Marshall University, and a doctor of education degree in educational leadership from West Virginia University. Previous honors have included the 2013 Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Educator of the Year Award, the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association President’s Excellence Award, the University of Indianapolis Faculty Achievement Award, and the School of Education Teacher of the Year Award.

Lawrance,-ScottDr. Lawrance, a Plainfield resident, is the program’s clinical education coordinator and also a UIndy alumnus, having earned his master of science and doctor of health sciences degrees in physical therapy from the University. His previous honors have included the 2009 Indiana Clinical Athletic Trainer of the Year Award and the 2010 Sports Medicine-Rehabilitation Specialist of the Year Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as UIndy’s Distinguished Young Alumnus and School of Education Teacher of the Year awards. He is past-president of the Indiana Athletic Trainers’ Association and president-elect of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association.


UIndy MBA students place in top 1 percent in national contest

A student team from UIndy’s Saturday Executive MBA program scored in the top 1 percent last fall among more than 1,300 teams in a national business simulation competition. MBA 690 is a capstone course intended to tie together the full range of business principles learned in the program. One-third of the course grade, instructor Dave Brokaw said, is based on the outcome of a Capsim (business simulation technology used for the development and assessment of business acumen) online simulation, which sets up virtual companies in a specific industry and requires participating teams to interpret data and make decisions about product lines, production, pricing, marketing, facilities, and other aspects of making a business profitable. “Whatever you can imagine in the manufacturing world, it’s there,” said Brokaw, who is director of technology operations for Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance and also has taught at UIndy for more than 10 years. Each weekly round of Capsim competition represents one year in the life of the company. After a standard run of eight rounds ending earlier this month, the UIndy team ranked in the 99th percentile, the highest score Brokaw can recall among his students.

Students enjoy shot at National Science Foundation research: sliced mouse brains, jumping spiders, cholera, and more

Several UIndy Greyhounds earned the opportunity to engage in serious lab work last summer through the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, which allows students to participate in cutting-edge research around the country. UIndy faculty members encouraged them to apply for the competitive program and in some cases employed their professional connections to help the students find projects in their fields of interest. Senior chemistry and psychology major Sarah Fantin’s research project at the University of Kansas involved applying electric potential to thin slices of mouse brain to generate a current, which can be measured to determine the levels of neurotransmitters present.

Other UIndy participants in the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program included:
—Harleen Athwal, a senior biology/chemistry/pre-dentistry major, who studied the elaborate courting behaviors of male Habronattus clypeatus jumping spiders at the University of California, Berkeley.
—Clinton Knapp, a senior biology and chemistry major, who joined a study at the Georgia Institute of Technology on how cholera bacteria absorb DNA from their environment.
—Hannah Vormohr, a junior biology/chemistry/pre-med major, who used ultrasonic waves and a high-speed camera at the University of North Carolina to study elastic properties of various materials.