Go Pack Go, CV Workshop, Justin’s Cycling Trials and Barb Cherry’s Brown Bag

Annie’s Green Bay Packers Win Super Bowl

It’s no secret that Professor Annie Lang loves the Green Bay Packers. In fact, she is more than a fan. She is an actual shareholder of the Green Bay Packers organization. The Packers are the only non-profit, community owned franchise in American professional sports. Since 1998, Annie has owned one share of stock, making her a part owner of the team. While she has seen the Packers win four Super Bowls in her lifetime and the Ice Bowl at the age of 6, this year was the first time the Packers have won since Annie became a shareholder.

Annie watched the game at home with a few friends and family. There was one requirement for those in attendance: a dress code.  “If you didn’t wear Green Bay Packers gear, you had to borrow some.” While she usually knits during football games, she was too nervous this time around. Annie did carry on many text conversations with friends and family who were thinking of her during the game. With a final score of Packers, 31 and Steelers, 25, she was concerned about a Steelers comeback the whole game. “No one was as nervous as me.” After it was all over, Annie received congratulatory texts and phone calls from friends, many of whom were fans of other teams. She was in contact with her daughter during the entire game. And for good reason. “My daughter will get my share of stock in the organization. It has to go to a first degree relative or it goes back to the company.  She’s the bigger fan.”

Cheers, Annie!

Professor Nicole Martins Holds CV Workshop for PhD Students

On Tuesday the department’s PhD students had the opportunity to get advice and feedback from Professor Nicole Martins on how to put together a CV and make the best impression on job search committees. “It occurred to me that many of our students simply may not know what makes a CV ‘good’ or ‘bad,'” Nicole explained. On suggestion from PhD student Lindsay Ems, who served as the grad student rep on the search committee, Nicole decided to put together the workshop. About ten students attended the session, where they were given the opportunity to look at sample CVs from recent PhD students and discuss the strong points and areas for improvement in each case.

Nicole focused on what content to include and in what manner. In constructing the best CV, she advised the workshop participants to have an idea of what type of job would suit them best. “A teaching CV is going to look different than a research CV,” Nicole explained, “so figuring out what kind of job you want first is key.” Nicole also suggested that students keep their CVs up-to-date. “Students struggle when they wait until the last minute to write them up. The last minute approach results in your forgetting a lot of stuff that should be included,” she added.

Nicole’s biggest piece of advice to graduate students was to take more pride in little accomplishments. “Stop being modest. If you don’t put down an award because it was only a departmental thing, you are doing yourself a huge disservice. Search committees are not expecting a graduate student to have a million dollar grant from the NIH, but a couple hundred bucks to fund a study or dissertation shows promise,” she said.

The workshop concluded with questions for Nicole about each student’s current CV, and that feedback was provided to those who stuck around. Due to the success of this workshop (students stayed around well after the expected end time), Nicole plans to hold additional ones in the near future. If you missed the workshop this week or if you still have questions, you can email Nicole at nicomart@indiana.edu at any point in the semester.

Cycling Trials with Justin

As a master’s student at Texas Tech, Justin Keene lived 4 miles away from campus, and he picked up cycling as a sensible way to commute. Now, as a doctoral student in Bloomington, Justin cycles with the teams of IU’s collegiate cyclers. Currently cycling with the Cs (teams are grouped by letter and compete based on distances and race sizes), he practices with the team on Sundays. “Moving here was like moving to a cycling Mecca,” Justin explains.

Justin’s bike set up for indoor training.

Along with training as part of the collegiate team, Justin has also spent the past 4 weeks participating in a series of cycling trials for a study at the School of Healh, Physical Education, and Recreation. “One of my strengths is time trials, so I thought it’d be easy, but I didn’t know it would be three sets of trials in a row,” he explains. The trials consisted of an initial test to measure oxygen levels and proceeded to 3 sets of 4k time trials, where the researchers drew blood in between sets. Justin didn’t mind the finger pricks, but he says the trials were difficult because the machines didn’t show distance, so the pacing was entirely based on feel. “Eventually, you learn to pace yourself without visual aids,” he says. The trials were also a way to contribute to the research of other scholars. “It was fun because I could apply some science to the cycling, but I didn’t always have to,” Justin says. As an added twist to the trials, Justin was told he needed to cycle as hard as he could, but he was allowed to pick how much resistance the pedals bore. “It was kind of like a choose your own adventure,” he explains. He also adds that the trials were tamer than others he’d heard of: in some cases, balloons are put down athlete’s throats to examine the lungs during rigorous exercise, and Justin (thankfully) didn’t have to do that in the name of science.

The cycling season officially begins in three weeks and runs until Little 500 weekend at IU. Graduate students cannot compete in the famous race, so Justin instead advises, mentors, and trains with two teams on campus he helps coach. “Cycling is a stress relief. It provides a lot of balance for me. Grad school is quick to take too much of your time, and it’s nice to get a distraction in the form of a 2 hour ride,” Justin says. “It takes discipline to plan your schedule to fit both.”

Brown Bag Presentation

Professor Barbara Cherry was the featured speaker at the brown bag.

How Elevation of Corporate Free Speech Rights Affects Legality of Network Neutrality

Abstract:  This presentation is based on a research paper written for the 18th Biennial International Telecommunications Conference held in 2010. This paper discusses how consideration of free speech rights form a legal basis in addition to economic rights for establishing baseline obligations on broadband Internet access providers. Importantly, establishing baseline obligations may give rise to conflicting constitutional claims, pitting the economic and free speech rights of individuals against those of corporate interests.  Resolving such conflicts further complicates the FCC’s task in both designing and implementing legally sustainable network neutrality rules to govern practices of broadband Internet access service providers.

In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), the U.S. Supreme Court overruled a century of precedent to hold that corporations must be treated identically to natural persons with regard to political speech.  This presentation discusses how Citizens United, by elevating the constitutional free speech rights of corporations, diminishes the federal government’s ability to protect consumer interests with regard to network neutrality

Random Photos of the Week

Professor Ron Osgood is not entering a beauty pageant.  However, one of his former students, Derek Quinn, is currently an intern for the Miss Universe Organization in New York City.  Derek was aware of Ron’s documentary work of the Vietnam War and passed along the sash that Miss Vietnam wore in this year’s pageant.  Enjoy!

Credits

Nicky Lewis: Go Pack Go and Ron’s Vietnam photos

Katie Birge: Justin’s Cycling Trials, CV Workshop, Brown Bag

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