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Ball State Planetarium’s Computers Part of Global Effort to Better Understand COVID-19

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN —The Charles W. Brown Planetarium at Ball State University is joining the fight against COVID-19 as its computers are being used as part of a global supercomputer to help researchers better understand the coronavirus. Typically, planetarium staff would be presenting programs to thousands of visiting school kids and members of the public, but with the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the dome is empty and the computers are idle. “This is an important use…

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Want To Lift Others Up During COVID-19 Pandemic? Smile! Wave!

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN—There are dozens of actions individuals can do daily to show people how they care about others — while safely social distancing — as every community deals with COVID-19, says a Ball State University professor. Lawrence H. Gerstein, director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Ball State, and the organization’s advisory board generated a list of peaceful ways of expression as individuals seek to help others in this time of extraordinary…


Documenting Everyday Life in Muncie During The COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN—In a collaborative effort, Ball State University Libraries Archives and Special Collections, the Everyday Life in Middletown Project, and the Muncie Public Library are asking community members to document life during the COVID-19 pandemic. The three organizations will collect and preserve materials from both the Ball State community and the surrounding geographic area, and they will collaborate to publish an online community archive of those materials. “Future historians will want to look back…


13 Behaviors to Adapt as Society Battles COVID-19

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN—As society digs into its battle against COVID-19, a health researcher at Ball State University recommends behaviors that to adapt as soon as possible to avoid illness. “Our society is more diverse than ever, and we have developed a tolerance for a variety of behaviors due to greater amalgamation of cultures, traditions, etiquettes, and norms,” said Jagdish Khubchandani, a health science professor. “In general, we tend to ignore unhealthy and unsanitary behaviors in…


‘One Ball State Day’ To Address Critical Needs Of Students

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN—Ball State University is shifting emphasis of One Ball State Day on April 7 to address the critical needs of its students, particularly as a result of the COVID19 pandemic. The 24-hour online annual fundraising event inspires and unites Cardinals across the country. “Last year’s event was a tremendous success with more than 4,100 gifts made by faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and students,” said Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns. “Their philanthropic support…


Innovate WithIN™ To Host Virtual State Finals Pitching Competition On April 8th

By: Melissa Kraman— Muncie, IN — Innovate WithIN™ will host its annual state finals virtually with 10 teams of high school entrepreneurs pitching their products and services at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.  Innovate WithIN™ provides students across Indiana the chance to pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to experienced professionals for awards and scholarships. In response to COVID-19, the finalists — who advanced through two rounds of online and live pitching — will present virtually through Innovate WithIN™’s website.  All teams…


Social Distancing Tips: 15 Ways to Stay Both Sane and Safe

By: Ball State Marketing & Communications— Muncie, IN– Practicing social distancing to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic may sound scary or impossible to do, but there are ways to appropriately handle the process, says Jagdish Khubchandani, a health science professor at Ball State University. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19 that include recommendations for social distancing—a term epidemiologists use to refer to a conscious effort to reduce close contact between people and hopefully…


Ball State Graduate on Front Lines in Battle Against Coronavirus

By: Marc Ransford— Muncie, IN—From 2014 to 2016, Ball State University graduate Geoff Hutchinson was a Peace Corps volunteer, teaching chemistry in Mozambique. There, he saw the burdens caused by infectious diseases and pledged to do something to help. The 2014 Ball State graduate is fulfilling that promise. Today, Hutchinson is on the front lines in the battle against the coronavirus, working around the clock with scientists at a research center operated by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) outside of Washington, D.C As…


Ball State to Honor Indiana Women of Achievement on March 25

By: Melissa Kraman— Muncie, IN — Ball State University will honor six leaders as Indiana Women of Achievement on Wednesday, March 25, with a panel presentation and dinner. Recognized for their excellence in education, research, and women’s advocacy, these women have enhanced the lives and learning experiences of many and continue to inspire through their admirable work. A panel discussion, “Empowering Women: A Conversation with Indiana Women of Achievement,” will be held at 3 p.m. in L.A. Pittenger Student Center, Room 301….


New Scholarship Initiative to Benefit Ball State Undergraduate Students From Indiana

By: Ball State Marketing and Communications— Muncie, IN – The George and Frances Ball Foundation and Ball State University are partnering to create an endowed scholarship initiative that will significantly increase financial assistance for undergraduate students from Indiana. The George and Frances Ball Scholars Program also provides incentive for new donors to support Ball State students by matching each dollar raised by Ball State up to $5 million. The initiative will be the largest single investment in student scholarship funding…