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IUPUI Research Day will feature 'JagTalks' presentations



INDIANAPOLIS — Four faculty research lectures in only 90 minutes?

Yes, four IUPUI faculty members will present “JagTalks,” short and passionate talks about their research projects, during the 2014 Research Day at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Topics are the black athlete, diabetes and public health, social service needs among Muslims, and the civic deficit.

A complete listing of research and creative activity events taking place Friday, April 11, at the IUPUI Campus Center is available on the IUPUI 2014 Research Day website.

The “JagTalks” presentations that will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Campus Center Room 405 are:

Robin Hughes, associate professor of higher education and student affairs, School of Education

Topic: Deconstructing ballin’: Sporting participation in education. Hughes will discuss her research on student athletes and how they are constructed in educational and social spaces. She will provide specific thoughts about the ways in which black athletes are socially constructed and how those constructions affect their collegiate experiences. She will also discuss myths regarding athletes and socialization.

David G. Marrero, J.O. Ritchey Endowed Professor of Medicine, School of Medicine

Topic: Translating Diabetes to Public Health. Marrero will discuss how translational research into diabetes identification and management has shown that improving risk factors depends upon tailoring disease management programs to specific populations to better address health disparities. Marrero will also share how innovative intervention programs are successfully being implemented in local community organizations.

Khadija Khaja, associate professor, School of Social Work; faculty fellow for the Common Theme Project “Find Your Voice, Hear My Voice”

Topic: Social Service Needs of Muslim Communities. Khaja will provide a brief snapshot of her passion for international research. She will also share some of the important findings of her study on the Social Service Needs of Muslims Living in Ontario, Canada. This qualitative research study explored the growing needs of Muslim youth, women, men and elderly populations.

Sheila Suess Kennedy, professor of law and public policy, School of Public and Environmental Affairs

Topic: Researching Our Civic Deficit. Kennedy will discuss elements of her current research, which focuses on the personal, political and civic consequences of our “civic deficit” and the reasons it persists. She will share how she hopes to increase understanding of the dimensions of the existing civic deficit and the effect of that deficit upon personal efficacy, civil liberties and democratic engagement.