Category: Research News


  • Deliberate Innovation: Can students learn creativity?

    Most people do not ponder: “Can students learn math?” However, many wonder if creativity can be learned. Teachers don’t introduce addition, fractions, and calculus all at the same time. Instead, the discipline of math is broken down into mathematical concepts and processes, which are taught using deliberate strategies. Applying this approach to creativity may inspire […]

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  • Academic Excellence Grants

    In 2016, Ball State University awarded 16 Academic Excellence Grants (AEG), totaling more than $4.2 million. Funded by several academic-oriented private funds in the Ball State University Foundation, these grants were created to ensure that departments were able to fully pursue goals and research initiatives that were centered on students and community engagement. We asked […]

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  • Ball State’s New Budget Model: A tale of two colleges

    President Geoffrey S. Mearns has brought changes to Ball State since he began in 2017, including institutional initiatives and planned renovations and buildings on campus. Although not quite as glamorous, the new budget model is expected to further shape the potential of the University’s faculty and students. Ball State is changing from a centralized, incremental […]

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  • “Dream. Inspire. Lead” Academic Innovation Summit

    Muncie Community Schools administrators, teachers, and community stakeholders came together with nationally recognized educators during a two-day Academic Innovation Summit September 25-26, 2019, at the Horizon Convention Center in Muncie. Participants crowded whiteboards with ideas and soaked up inspiration from national thought-leaders, including George Couros, author of “The Innovator’s Mindset.” They dashed from session to […]

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  • The Patient Economist: Maoyong Fan and the economics of asking better questions

    Scarcity. Division of labor. Profit and loss. These, among others, are fundamental concepts taught in any foundational economics class. These classes explain the market economy, where prices of goods and services are largely determined by supply and demand. But this doesn’t always occur naturally. Sometimes buyers are motivated to carry out certain transactions like buying […]

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    Coronavirus Response for Research and Sponsored Projects

    Updated March 24, 2020, Original post March 20, 2020 Ball State University is monitoring the fluid situation presented by the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, the associated COVID-19 disease and its potential to impact university research activities. Please consult the Ball State Health Center page for important tips on how to stay healthy and wellness resources available […]

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  • A New Faculty Fellowship

    Meet the first person to receive the Ball Brothers Honors College Faculty Fellowship. Dr. Adam Kuban received $50,000 for a two-year dual appointment in the Honors College and Journalism Department. His focus is water access and water scarcity. “Ball Brothers was looking for a unique interdisciplinary program that would attract students from many disciplines across […]

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