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If you weren’t on SPEA’s Bloomington campus this fall, you missed:

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  • Erik Hardin of the Environmental Protection Agency taught students how EPA air enforcement works as part of the Environmental Science and Policy Seminar.
  • William J. Mitsch of Ohio State University discussed the restoration of wetlands in coastal Louisiana after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina as part of the Environmental Science and Policy Seminar.
  • Joachim Krause spoke on the future of the European Union in support of his nomination for the Distinguished Citizen Fellowship by the Institute for Advanced Study. Mr. Krause is a professor in international relations at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany.
  • Jack Harding, co-founder, president, and CEO of eSilicon, was invited to speak by the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation about the challenges for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Harding, who is also a member of our Board of Visitors, met with students here at SPEA as part of his visit to Bloomington.
  • roachAs college students headed out of Bloomington for the summer, younger kids were just arriving for the National Science Olympiad hosted by IU Bloomington. The whiz kids got a dose of science, SPEA-style. Todd Royer showed students aquatic invertebrates, Phil Stevens helped them measure ozone levels in the air, and Vicky Meretsky discussed the California condor. One of the most popular attractions, however, was not a professor but a pair of Madagascar hissing cockroaches on loan from Marc Lame’s office. The open house ended with Matt Auer hosting a “SPEA 16” tournament (something like the NCAA’s “Sweet 16” with a bit more brainpower). The students, and in some cases their chaperones, had a fun time “buzzing” in with the correct answer by banging on pots and pans from Auer’s kitchen. “Despite the crummy weather,” says Auer, “we had a nice flock of parents, science teachers, and students attending SPEA’s Science Olympiad open house.”

And the winner is . . . .

Katy Schmoll, BSPA ’75, received SPEA’s Distinguished Alumni Award at May’s Bloomington graduation ceremony in recognition of her dedication and tremendous work in public service.

Schmoll is vice president of finance and administration at UCAR, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, a non-profit consortium of over 100 university members and affiliates that enables universities to focus on scientific problems that are beyond the scale of a single university.

Schmoll was employed by NASA for 16 years, where she worked on the Hubble Telescope, among other exciting projects. She later joined the Environmental Protection Agency as comptroller, supervising more than 350 EPA employees. In 1997, Schmoll headed west to join UCAR. As vice president of finance and administration, Schmoll considers herself a mentor as well as an administrator; she has said that she relishes the opportunity to serve as a role model for younger colleagues. All these traits make her an ideal recipient for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs’ Distinguished Alumni Award.

“My SPEA education has underpinned the successes I’ve had in my career, and that underpinning continues to this day,” Schmoll said at the ceremony.

SPEA students shine at arts symposium

SPEA had not one but two graduate students presenting at the last National Endowment for the Arts symposium in Washington, D.C.

Scott Jones presented his research on art criticism in newspapers from small- to medium-sized communities of 50,000 to 100,000 people, including Boulder, Co.; Appleton, Wis.; and Bloomington, Ind. He found that art critics in those communities don’t do a lot of criticizing. “It sounds bad, but many of the art sections in these newspapers are just glorified community calendars,” he says.

Meredith Kincaid examined the fair use issue in copyright law and its effect on arts administration. While copyright doctrines such as fair use usually take care of any free speech concerns, there are instances where these concepts still may fall short of adequately protecting a person’s First Amendment rights, she explains, which can be a major problem for arts programs. “It is increasingly difficult to obtain permission from copyright owners of works whose creators have long passed away,” says Kinkaid. “The big problem for the arts administration community is that this issue is something many arts administrators know very little about, yet it can have a very real impact on things like educational programming decisions.”

Bingham receives "Jeffery Z. Rubin Theory-to-Practice Award"

binghamThere was no conflict involved when it came choosing this winner. Lisa Blomgren Bingham, a professor of policy specializing in conflict resolution, received the 2006 “Jeffery Z. Rubin Theory-to-Practice Award” at the International Association for Conflict Management’s (IACM) annual conference. The Rubin Award honors the work of “unique individuals whose professional contributions emphasize their ability to move effectively and skillfully between theory and practice in their professional activities.”

IACM recognized Bingham’s dedication to teaching conflict resolution at IU as well as her international work, which included a workshop last year in South Korea for the Korean Supreme Court’s Task Force on Civil Justice Reform and a seminar at the Korean Environmental Institute. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege to have peers who are so supportive of my work on conflict management,” says Bingham. “The IACM is a wonderful community of scholars. My job has been to take their work and show public agencies how to use it.”

In addition to her work as a SPEA professor, she is also the director of the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute at SPEA and holds the Keller-Runden Chair in Public Service.

McSwane's course receives national award

mcswane“Environment and People,” a course taught by SPEA IUPUI professor David McSwane, was recently identified as one of the top examples of best practices in a national study of environmental science courses conducted by the Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR) on behalf of the College Board. Best known as the parent company of the SAT, the College Board is also responsible for developing course descriptions, exam specifications, and guidelines for high school advanced placement (AP) courses throughout the country.

CEPR’s study sought to identify the best practices in college courses that would help with the redesign of high school AP courses in environmental science to better reflect the best of university teaching. McSwane’s “Environment and People” course was one of more than 50 courses reviewed from institutions across the nation. The College Board’s Environmental Science Commission will use elements of McSwane’s class to develop new AP course descriptions, new AP exam specifications, and professional development guidelines for AP teachers in environmental science.

In addition to being designated a best practices course, “Environment and People” also received a designation of exemplary for specific elements of the course and McSwane was given an Outstanding Instructor Recognition on behalf of The College Board’s Best Practices Course Study.

Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship offered

SPEA has helped launch the first formal university-based Social Entrepreneurship program in Indiana.

Offered to graduate students on both the Bloomington and Indianapolis campuses, the Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship: Nonprofit and Public Benefit Organizations is a cooperative program among SPEA, the Kelley School of Business, and IU's Center on Philanthropy. The Social Entrepreneurship Certificate prepares students for innovatively approaching public needs with a combination of entrepreneurial practices and social purposes—through the for-profit, nonprofit, and governmental sectors.

Students enrolled in the Social Entrepreneurship Certificate program take courses both in the Kelley School of Business and in SPEA, providing a dual perspective on the social and business problems faced in today’s society. Students take 18 credits of coursework and complete a qualifying three-month, paid summer internship.

The program’s innovative classes expose students to the latest theories, cases, and practices of social entrepreneurship as it is being developed throughout the world.

See: http://www.spea.indiana.edu/socialentrepreneurship/index.html.