Initiative B, Objective 5: Advance Inquiry, Scholarship and Creative Activity
The Hand Art Center's exhibitions include the one-hundred-fiftieth-anniversary show for the Oscar Bluemner collection was just one of the many programs the center has initiated, and the duPont-Ball Library announced the addition of a large collection from John B. Stetson IV and his wife.
The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence has facilitated an undergraduate research and creative inquiry workshop for the College of Arts and Sciences to support planning to advance undergraduate research opportunities.
Robert Sitler, Ph.D., professor of world languages and Cultures Director of Latin American Studies Program unveiled a project that's been in the works for two years. He and his wife June set out to highlight "Florida Aquatic Gems" within 30 miles of Stetson's DeLand campus, documenting the beauty above and below the water's surface. Sitler hopes the photos and videos on his Florida Aquatic Gems website will encourage others to preserve the area's imperiled water resources.
Curator Roberta Smith Favis steps down following the 24th exhibit she has organized for Stetson
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics at Stetson University and 10 other accomplished chefs will take a "grueling" eight-day test of their culinary skills this fall in hopes of reaching the highest level of certification for chefs in the U.S. The exam comes as Pulapaka and a group of professors are trying to start a food studies program at Stetson, which, if approved, could begin in the fall of 2018.
Stetson professor Mayhill Fowler's first book examines the arts and the state in the early Soviet Union
Christopher Ferguson, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Stetson University has extensively studied violent video games and aggressive behaviors and found there is no evidence to support a correlation. As students across the country get ready to put down their textbooks and pick up video game controllers, some parents may worry because they have heard media reports that violent video games cause real-world aggression. Ferguson, a clinical psychologist and author of "Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong," has conducted extensive research on the issue over the past decade and found no evidence to support a correlation.
Stetson University's Homer and Dolly Hand Art Center is one of 75 institutions chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.
Advancing inquiry: Thirteen Fellows were announced for 2017's cohort class. Stetson’s Brown Innovation Fellows are a group of teacher-learners immersed in a yearlong journey of reflective dialogue and meaningful discussions about teaching and learning.
Stetson student John Pitts '17 (environmental science and studies) quite possibly became part of a historic discovery — evidence of rebirth at the site of a giant reef that had been devastated by unusually warm water. Pitts was part of a 2016 voyage to the Phoenix Islands Protected Area that provided rebirth confirmation in the form of bright greens and purples, deemed sure signs of vitality. The voyage included 22 other undergraduates from diverse U.S. colleges and universities, along with faculty from the Sea Education Association, scientists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and New England Aquarium research divers. The discovery was reported in the science pages of The New York Times (Aug. 15, 2016).
Stetson Today and Stetson University Magazine wonder: Are the Big Questions still relevant today? Is there no place left to use our reason to ponder the meaning of love and desire; living a virtuous life; creating an ideal government; understanding truth, goodness, beauty and the nature of evil; questioning the existence of God, the soul, reality, justice, wisdom that keeps us from tyranny, anger, hatred and prejudice? Has the academy become so career-first-and-thinking-later that it can't take time to corrupt its youth, as Socrates was charged, with questions such as these? There is no direct answer but Stetson professors try to answer it none the less.
Each year, the NCAA honors selected Division I sports teams by publicly recognizing their latest multiyear Academic Progress Rate. This announcement is intended to highlight teams that demonstrate a commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes by achieving the top APRs within their respective sports. Stetson University Athletics is proud to have had seven of its teams on the list for public recognition in recent years including men's and women's cross country and women's volleyball, men's golf, women's rowing, women's soccer and women's tennis.
Under the direction of Stetson Assistant Professor of Biology Roslyn Crowder, Ph.D. students are asking whether plant-based products can kill cancer cells naturally and selectively. Crowder has five students in the lab working on different plant-based compounds that might fight cancer. Currently in the Crowder laboratory at Stetson, three students work on lung cancer research, while three others research leukemia.
Amber Finnicum-Simmons, a junior psychology major at Stetson University, is the recipient of the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award. Amber is one of approximately 200 students who have been recognized.