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Faculty Development

Brown Bag Series

The Brown Bag Series provides an opportunity for Butler faculty to present their original research, scholarship, and creative work, aimed to speak to both departmental colleagues and those in completely different disciplines. 

Students, staff and faculty are all welcome. Light refreshments will be available. No RSVP required.

Show 2019-20 Presentations:

Hala Fadda (Pharmaceutical Sciences), "Novel approaches for fecal microbiota transplantation"
Tuesday, September 17, 12:30-1:30, AU326

The American College of Gastroenterology recommends fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) for the treatment of recurrent Clostridioides difficile infection (CDI) in patients who have failed to respond to antibiotic treatment. In FMT, stool from a healthy donor is transferred to a patient to restore the gut microbial ecosystem. Hala Fadda will discuss how she contributed to the development of a colon-targeted, oral FMT delivery system to enhance FMT efficacy and safety. In a multi-center, open-label dosing finding study in patients with recurrent CDI, the multi-disciplinary team observed a clinical cure rate of 89% with this novel colonic release FMT delivery system.


Stuart Glennan (Philosophy, Religion, and Classics), "Mechanisms and the Unity of Science"
Tuesday, October 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m., AU326

Scientific domains and practices are diverse, but despite this, scientists and philosophers of science have long sought to understand science as a unified enterprise.  A central episode in this history was the Unity of Science movement that began in the 1930s as an attempt to facilitate international scientific cooperation, to discredit pseudoscience, and to resist fascism.  In the first part of this talk, Stuart will share some of the history of this movement and explain how it foundered in the changing scientific landscape of the later 20th century.  In the second part, he will describe a new approach to this old problem, which suggests that science is unified in both methods and domains by the search for mechanisms.

Session descriptions coming soon for the following:

  • Stuart Glennan (Philosophy), "Mechanisms and the Unity of Science"
    Tuesday, October 8, 12:30-1:30, AU326
  • Shelly Etnier (Biological Sciences), "B.E.A.K.: Butler Explores Avian Kollisions"
    Thursday, November 14, noon-1 p.m., AU326
  • James McGrath (Religion) and Frank Felice (Music), "Progressive Rock and Theology"
    Wednesday, January 29, noon-1 p.m., AU326
  • India Johnson (Psychology), "Promoting belonging among underrepresented groups via allyship"
    Thursday, February 20, 12:30-1:30, AU326
  • Vivian Deno (History), "Feminist Foundations? From Demia Butler to Catherine Marshallto Harriet Noble - Historicizing the Founding Generation of 'Feminists' at Butler University"
    Wednesday, March 18, noon-1 p.m., AU326
  • Sudip Das (Pharmaceutical Sciences), "Nanomedicine - the future of cancer therapy"
    Wednesday, April 8, noon-1 p.m., AU326

Presentation Proposal Process and Application Instructions

Faculty interested in presenting a Brown Bag lecture in the next academic year should submit a proposal by April 1 of the current academic year.

Proposals should include the following: description of the session, objective of the session, ways of including the audience, and what attendees can expect to learn. To submit a proposal, please send your responses to the following items in an email to by April 1.

  1. What is your college/department affiliation?
  2. Please briefly describe your proposed Brown Bag session (150 words or fewer). A detailed abstract will be requested at a later date if your proposal is accepted.
  3. List at least two things you expect attendees to learn from your session.
  4. Please describe the ways in which you plan to make this session engaging, hands-on, and/or participant-focused.
  5. Will you provide a PowerPoint, a handout, or a website for attendees to refer to for more information?
  6. Have you presented as part of the Brown Bag series in the past? If so, when?
  7. If you are not selected to present a full-length session this year, would you be willing to give a short-format presentation during an end-of-year “Pearls of Wisdom” session in which multiple faculty members present a brief version of their lecture?

Proposals will be evaluated on the following characteristics:

  • Organization and clarity
  • Novelty and innovation/creativity
  • Likelihood of being interactive/engaging

In addition, selection will be based, in part, on the desire to offer a variety of topics so as to appeal to different faculty, staff, and students across disciplines. First-time presenters and faculty from underrepresented colleges/units/disciplines are especially encouraged to apply.

To request disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility, please contact Rebecca DeGrazia at or at 317-940-8558. Please allow two weeks’ advance notice in order to allow adequate time to make arrangements. Although attempts will be made to honor accommodation requests with less notice, it cannot be guaranteed that without two weeks’ notice a reasonable accommodation can be provided.