Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
Brown Bag Series: E Cigarettes & Vaping:  What Educators and Parents Should Know
Amy Peak (Health Sciences), presenter
This session focuses on the current trends in e-cigarette (and related product) use in the youth and young adult population, and the adverse health consequences due to e-cigarettes. Various legal e cigarette and related devices, accessories, and disguising tools will be discussed and available for viewing. Adverse health consequences will be explored. We will discuss what students, educators, administrators, and parents can do to help improve this public health epidemic.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food for Thought Series: Talking about Social Justice and Diversity beyond SJD-designated Courses
Chris Bungard (Classics) and John Perkins (Music), presenters
As we seek to engage students with the tricky work of social justice and diversity, there is great value in infusing these conversations into courses beyond those designated for the SJD requirement. Social justice is the responsibility of us all, not just a select few. In this session, come here from the experiences of a few faculty who have sought to incorporate SJD values into a variety of non-SJD courses. We are also interested in hearing about your own successes and struggles in doing so in your own courses.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021, 12-1 PM, AU 326
Brown Bag Series: What Jesus Learned From Women
James McGrath (Religion), presenter
In his recent book What Jesus Learned from Women, James McGrath confronts head-on the effects of ancient authors’ neglect of women’s stories, as well as the reasons why some instinctively assume Jesus had nothing to learn from anyone, male or female, which has also led to a lack of attention to this topic in the past. By focusing on the historical figure of Jesus through this lens, many new insights emerge and several longstanding puzzles about Jesus and early Christianity can be resolved. McGrath will share a few of them in this Brown Bag presentation.

Monday, October 4, 2021, 12-1 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series: SJD-Vocational Reflection Strategies
Daniel Meyers (CFV) and Courtney Elkin Mohler (Theatre), presenters
Join us for a conversation on some of the key findings and insights that have come out of three years of the Social Justice and Diversity Vocation Fellowship. We will explore some of the connections made between an SJD course and the potential for vocational exploration. We will also share some of the key strategies faculty have implemented to add vocational reflection to their SJD courses. And finally, participants will do a short exercise to brainstorm some of the ways you may implement these strategies in your own course. You do not need to be teaching an SJD course to benefit from this discussion.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 12-1 PM, AU 326
Faculty Food For Thought Series: Open for Business: New Trends in Open Access
Jennifer Coronado (Libraries) and Josh Petrusa (Libraries), presenters
The pandemic has driven home the costs and complications with traditional scholarly publishing and access to resources; join us to learn more about what “open” means for the future of the information marketplace, and how Butler Libraries can help faculty with resources to go “open.”

Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 12-1 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFood for Thought Series: A Deep Dive into Disability Services: How do students of all backgrounds receive services?
Kathleen Camire (Student Disabilities Center), presenter
Most faculty members have received the accommodation letters for students with disabilities who require academic accommodations on the college level, but what is the behind-the-scenes process that goes into registering a Butler student with SDS for accommodations?  How can a student’s history and background either help or hinder them in seeking these supports?  In this session, we’ll break down the process of registration with SDS, paying particular attention to the types of documentation that are needed to qualify for these services and the way in which students from some backgrounds may have an easier time satisfying these requirements than others.  We’ll discuss trends in disability services both at Butler and nationwide, how faculty members can provide support to all students using universal design principles, and provide time for participants to bring forward questions for further discussion.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
Brown Bag Series: Discourses of Revolution: Black Liberation and Maoist China
Zachary Scarlett (History), presenter
Exploring the intersections between Black Liberation movements in the United States and Maoist political campaigns in China, this session demonstrates how social justice movements internationalize themselves, establish global networks of solidarity, and seek to articulate their politics beyond the nation-state.

Thursday, November 11, 2021, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
Brown Bag Series: How My Interest in Identifying and Targeting Abnormal mRNAs in Cancer Resulted in a $1.39 million NIH Grant
Patience Masamha (Pharmaceutical Sciences), presenter
The molecularly targeted drug Gleevec® (Imitanib) is considered a ‘miracle drug’ or the ‘silver bullet’ in cancer treatment. It targets an abnormal protein that is formed when two chromosomes break and reattach to the wrong chromosome. This accident creates a chimeric DNA consisting of two gene sequences known as the Philadelphia chromosome. This abnormal chimeric DNA is then transcribed into an abnormal BRC-ABL mRNA transcript which is made into an abnormal protein. Although different tests are used to identify BRC-ABL at the DNA level, the most reliable tests are those that are able to pick up otherwise undetectable levels of abnormal BRC-ABL at the mRNA level. In my talk I will talk about the work I have done so far identifying abnormal mRNAs in cancer as well as how targeting some of those abnormal mRNAs  at the molecular level using siRNAs designed in our lab can eliminate the abnormal transcripts in cancer. I will also talk about how I am using different next-generation sequencing technologies and bioinformatics to identify abnormal mRNA transcripts in cancer for my NIH funded research.  While I will focus on the science, I will also talk about my personal motivation for doing this work. The ultimate goal of my research is to identify abnormal mRNA transcripts that can be used as biomarkers for early detection before patients develop symptoms and identify abnormal transcripts that can be used as therapeutic targets for precision medicine in cancer.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022, Noon-1:00 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoBrown Bag Series: Internet Memes: Stigma, Stereotype, or Social Justice?
Tom Mould (Anthropology), presenter
Hand-wringing op-eds and sensational headlines have been demonizing internet memes as the death of democratic discourse ever since the 2016 U.S. Presidential election. Their assumed triviality, superficiality, and transitory nature, coupled with the disinformation, manipulation, and bigotry that characterized so much of their use during the election, has made memes an easy scapegoat for how democracy can be subverted through social media. The alarm bells are not unwarranted, but it is a mistake to assume that memes operate in a vacuum as a discrete medium or carry with them the indiscriminate destructive power of a nuclear bomb. This talk will explore the power of memes to fight against damaging racial, regional, and class-based stereotypes both through humor, irony, and parody, as well as by evoking more robust cultural narratives. The session will focus particularly on contemporary anti-poverty memes and consider why some work, and others only make matters worse.

Thursday,  February 10, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series: Relational Advising: Supporting the Whole Student
Riki Lawrence (CASE) with Panel of Professional and Faculty Advisors
Join the CASE team and a panel of professional and faculty advisors to learn more about relational advising and its essential role in student learning and success. What is relational advising, and how do we meet students where they are? We will explore these topics and share advising practices to help cultivate and strengthen the advisor-advisee relationship and students’ sense of belonging through trust and connectedness.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoBrown Bag Series: School-family engagement: Advice from immigrant and refugee families
Kathryn Brooks (COE), presenter
Research on family engagement calls for a shift in how educators interact with immigrant and refugee families—moving away from ‘fixing’ families toward engaging families in conversation, co-learning, and co-creation of authentic and transformative school-family collaboration. The goal of these collaborations is to address equity and access barriers to multilingual family and student full engagement and sense of belonging in K-12 educational communities. Participants will leave the session with an understanding of the collaborative family engagement approach, a model for integrating research with teaching and service, and ideas for working with culturally and linguistically diverse communities to learn about and apply culturally and linguistically responsive research and teaching practices.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, 12-1 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series: “Cultivating Trans and Gender-Inclusive Classroom”
Mira Kafantaris (LAS, English), presenter
How are you positioning yourself and your classroom as an inclusive community for your trans and gender non-binary students? This session will have specific, timely, and actionable tools to add to your pedagogical toolbox, including pronoun use.

Tuesday,  March 22, 2022, 12:30-1:30 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series: Mentoring Toward Social Justice in our Schools and Communities
Susan Adamson (COE), presenter
Hear from participants in the COE’s Mentoring for Social Justice program, funded by the Butler University Giving Circle to support pre-service K-12 teachers in understanding the importance of inclusive, culturally responsive, anti-racist teaching. Students in the program are paired with skillful, experienced teachers of color who have a long-standing relationship to the Partnership for Inquiry Learning leadership in urban education group. Through monthly meetings, students explore the importance of relationship building as well as working through the challenges and successes of teaching in more inclusive and culturally responsible ways.

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 12:30–1:30 PM, AU 326
inclusion advocate logoFaculty Food For Thought Series: Transformative Learning Theory
Kathryn Brooks (COE), presenter
We often talk about transformative education, but do we really understand the underlying Transformative Learning Theory? An understanding of adult learning theory can help us to deepen the work that we do with our students as we support their social and cognitive development while they transition into adulthood. In this session, Brooks shares her journey with transformative learning by providing examples of transformative learning projects with students and community members using Critical Participatory Action Research (CPAR). She also shares how CPAR can provide critical incidences that elicit changes in meaning perspectives, meaning schemes, and professional practices for teachers, researchers, and teacher educators.

Thursday, April 7, 2022, Reilly Room
Celebration of Innovations in Teaching and Learning

Monday, April 11, 2022, Noon–1:00 PM, AU 326
Brown Bag Series: Nanomedicine – the future of cancer therapy
Nandita Das (Pharmaceutical Sciences, COPHS), presenter
Nanomedicine has brought new successes to cancer therapeutics that were previously thought implausible, and has led to over 50 products in the worldwide market with thousands more in clinical trials. The greatest gifts of nanotechnology include the ability to preferentially deliver drugs to their tumor targets while sparing healthy tissues from the ravaging side effects of chemotherapy. Presentation will include a brief overview of the principles of nanomedicine and the clinical advances it has brought to cancer therapeutics over the past decade, alongside a focus on the future.

Monday, April 18, 2022, Noon–1:00 PM, AU 326
Faculty Food for Thought Series: Transferrable Skills for Students in 21st Century
Sudip Das (Pharmaceutical Sciences, COPHS), presenter
Transferable skills are defined as “portable skills” that students take to various workplaces and into different stages of their careers. Today’s workplace is fueled by adaptability and the need has drastically increased in recent years. Transferable skills keep professionals competitive in an ever-changing job market. To make the current and future generations of students successful, we will need to integrate 1) life and career skills, 2) learning and innovation skills, and 3) information and technology skills in their respective curricula.


Faculty Development events flagged with the Inclusion Advocate (IA) logo are IA designated events which may be used for IA certification. For more information on the IA program, contact Su-Mei Ooi, Director of Academic Affairs for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

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