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Posts Tagged ‘Butler University COPHS’

M is for Multimedia: BU Well

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Part of Shelby B’s infographic.

So, I’m like a proud parent here – more on BU Well!

One of the things I really wanted to focus on for this journal in making it different was to respond to the interactivity of the internet and digital age.  That means, get away from just print and move on to something more sophisticated than just print articles.  (Not that there’s anything wrong with print.  Obviously I heart print.  But that’s just not enough these days – and there’s so much more opportunity for public health and healthcare pros to communicate in and with via different channels – why NOT maximize them?)

We now consume other content as much if not more than print.  Case in point, infographics.  Did you know that an article that has an infographic along with it is 30 times more likely to be read?  Now, I don’t know if that’s statistically or scientifically true, but I have seen that statistic in digital print, so even if it’s only half true, it still bumps up one’s odds of being read.  And after all, isn’t that what the open-access journal is all about anyway – open access?

Let me take an example from the journal – (and yes, I did get the author’s permission to share here).  Shelby B. wanted to create an article around wellness on workplace and workspace wellness.  Great!  She first wrote the article in fall 2015, and then the student editorial team collaborated with her to co-create the infographic and shoot the video with her in spring 2016.  Below, the video:

This is important because future healthcare professionals and all professionals need to learn how to communicate through multiple channels to reach patients and the community at large.  By exposing student leaders to these multimedia platforms as opportunities to learn how to communicate in different ways is imperative.

Moving forward, the second volume of BU Well will focus on the future of healthcare.  From drones to lasers, I can’t wait to SEE and HEAR what the students will come up for that one.  While the ideas may be awesome, what’s more important is that they learn how to communicate those ideas….and I’ll look forward to learning even more from them then I can teach on my own…

Congratulations to the student authors and editorial leaders!  Go Dawgs!

Distinction Based On Strength: 3 Key Skills for ALL Future Employees

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

BUCOPHS Honor Day 2015Today, I had the honor to speak at my first alma mater (Butler University) at the 2015 BUCOPHS Honor Day (which, candidly, as a student I probably never would have qualified for, unless they gave an award for “getting out alive”!)  Congrats to all the winners and their families!

The title of the talk matched our new college strategic plan, “Distinction Based On Strength.” And, the framework I used was 3 pronged–curation, creation and communication.  Some folks wanted me to post the links I mentioned in the talk as well, which are the following:

1. BU Well - Butler’s new healthcare multimedia interdisciplinary review journal.  The library portal will be here.  The Facebook page is here, and on Twitter, it is at @BUWellJournal.

2. Max Greene and the Vaccine Team – the brand new children’s book out, written by students across 3 colleges on Butler’s campus – COPHS, COB and COE.  You can order books at their site right now.

3. The Gifts of Indiana: Three Birthdays and One Grand Adventure – This is the book just in time for the 2016 Indiana Bicentennial.  This project is also endorsed by the Indiana State Bicentennial Commission.  You can order books at their site as well, and this one was built for 4th graders all across Indiana to learn about our state’s history with real historical Indiana STEM professionals, like Eli Lilly, Madame CJ Walker, and Ryan White.

Last but not least, I’ll post the talk transcript on Slideshare for your reading pleasure.  (And seriously, if you can find the study I referenced, I’m all ears – because now that I need it, I can’t find the original form – that’s the internet for you!)


We Interrupt the Kickstarter #STEMPrincess Project…For a Chat with Dr. Julie Koehler

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

for yet another episode of: DID the #STEMPrincess grow up and live happily ever after?  This time, we chat with Dr. Julie Koehler of Butler University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

(As well, this is in honor of American Pharmacists’ Month!)

Remember, you can be what you can see.  It was important to present to the universe amazing women already rocking STEM, even though we don’t have enough yet in the fold!  Please make sure you’re encouraging boys and girls to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.  With enough hard work and dedication, there is a STAR in all of us, in STEM, or out!

Another #STEMPrincess Episode: Did the STEM Princess really live happily ever after? With Dr. Julie Koehler from Erin Albert on Vimeo.