Lisa Amsler and doctoral student Jessica Sherrod published an article in Public Performance & Management Review. “Accountability Forums and Dispute System Design” applies theories of accountability and justice to quasi-judicial agency settings. There is limited public management scholarship on administrative enforcement through adjudication and dispute resolution. This article introduces design principles that enhance accountability in these forums by drawing from the Dispute System Design (DSD) literature.
Adam Ward co-authored “Variability in students’ evaluating processes in peer assessment with calibrated peer review” in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. The study investigated how students evaluate each other as they use Calibrate Peer Review, a web-based application that facilitates peer assessment of writing. This study builds upon Ward’s co-authored “Large Lecture Transformation: Adopting Evidence-Based Practices to Increase Student Engagement and Performance in an Introductory Science Course” in the Journal of Geoscience Education.
Kim Novick received research awards totaling $2.16 million. Novick is the principal investigator on a USDA research award of $470,000 through the Agricultural and Food Research Initiative. Along with IU collaborators, she will study the mechanisms by which different eastern US tree species respond to drought stress. Novick is also an investigator on a new NASA research award of $909,212. She will study how a century of reforestation in the eastern US has affected the regional terrestrial carbon sink with her collaborators at IU and UNC-Chapel Hill. A third contract will allow Novick and a co-PI to maintain operations of the long-running forest carbon and water monitoring site in Morgan-Monroe State Forest.
Dan Cole published “Law, Norms, and the IAD Framework” in the Journal of Institutional Economics. Cole begins a process of unpacking the “rules” (a.k.a. “rules-in-use” or “working rules”) box of Lin Ostrom’s Institutional Analysis & Development framework. He addresses the relative, and often combined, significance of formal legal rules and informal social norms in affecting interactions in, and outcomes from, collective-action situations.
Monika Herzig published “The Jam Session Model for Group Creativity and Innovative Technology” in the Journal of Technology Transfer. Herzig co-authored the article with Maksim Belitski of the University of Reading. The article builds on the analysis of factors observed at jazz jam sessions facilitating team creativity and improvisation as a model for managing organizational innovation. The model was established through detailed observations, surveys, historical research, and interviews. Drawing on the model, the article offers theoretical and practical guidance for managing and facilitating group creativity and innovative technology.
Osita Afoaku published an article in Africa Today. “Islamist Terrorism and State Failure in Northern Nigeria” posits that Boko Haram and other insurgencies are symptomatic of the dysfunctional character of the Nigerian state. State failure derives from the chronic inclination of the national elites to abuse their privileged role as custodians of public institutions and resources. Contrary to the conventional narrative, politicians from throughout Nigeria, including those in the south, contributed to the conditions that gave rise to Boko Haram.
Dan Preston published “Payouts for Perils: Using Insurance to Radically Improve Emergency Aid” by the Center for Global Development. Emergencies cause poverty, drive displacement, and exacerbate insecurity. Aid to tackle natural disasters is generous, but mainly arrives when needs are acute rather than when it would do the most good. The report sets out how we can use the principles and practice of insurance to save lives, money, and time when catastrophes strike. Preston was a member of a distinguished working group composed of senior figures from donor agencies, frontline humanitarian agencies, academic institutions, and the insurance sector who contributed to the report.
Jayma Meyer co-authored an article in the Antitrust Bulletin. In “Reforming College Sports: The Case for a Limited and Conditional Antitrust Exemption,” Meyer and co-author Andrew Zimbalist of Smith College discuss the economic issues confronting college sports. They assess the litigation facing the NCAA and argue antitrust and labor laws are an inadequate means to respond effectively to all the challenges facing college sports. They conclude by making the case for a limited and conditional antitrust exemption for the NCAA that would promote the primacy of academics and the fair treatment of athletes.
Alex Hollingsworth published an article in Academic Medicine. “Opposition to Obamacare: A Closer Look” is based on more than 100 interviews conducted by Hollingsworth and four University of Arizona researchers on a cross-country bicycle tour. The researchers wore jerseys emblazoned with the message “Talk to me about Obamacare” and conversed with people they met at cafes and other local gathering spots. The majority said they opposed the ACA based on negative press reports and were often uninformed on its complexities. They blamed the ACA for an increase in the cost of insurance due to higher premiums or deductibles. They held President Obama, the government and insurance companies responsible. The researchers hope to influence medical education curricula to better prepare physicians to discuss health policy with patients.
David Audretsch received IU’s John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies. Established in 1991, this award honors faculty members and librarians from all campuses for exceptional contributions to the university’s international programs and studies. The award is named for the late IU President Emeritus John W. Ryan, who led the university from 1971 to 1987 and was instrumental in fostering IU’s commitment to excellence in international education.