Thursday, March 25, 2010

Ball State Campus Map Application Available from iTunes Store

Ball State University Campus Map: There's an App for That

From the Ball State University Communications Center:

If you're headed to class and need to stop at an ATM, get a cup of coffee, and figure out which bike rack is closest to the building... well, now there's an app for that! Available on the iTunes store is a free, interactive Ball State University Campus Map.

The application was developed, designed, and researched entirely by Ball State students from the Digital Corps. A true multi-disciplinary collaboration made the application possible and has led to a near-perfect rating in the iTunes store. Students from computer science, telecommunications, journalism, art, advertising, and more were brought together through their work with the Digital Corps to create this unique application.

The Ball State Campus Map application is available now for free on the iTunes store.


Ball State University Storm Chasing Program at Ball Center

Storm Quest: Ball State University Storm Chase Team Program Presented at Ball Center

David Call, Assistant Professor from the Department of Geography at Ball State University, will present a new Docent Forum, “Storm Chasing” at the E.B. & Bertha C. Ball Center on Friday, April 23 at 10:00 A.M.

Dr. Call led the Ball State University Storm Chase Team for the last two summers through the middle of America researching thunderstorms, tornadoes, and other extreme weather conditions. The team travels thousands of miles from Indiana as far west as Wyoming and then down to Texas in an effort to track major storms.

Dr. Call teaches classes in physical geography, elementary meteorology, severe local storms, and broadcast meteorology. His research interests center around how society copes with hazardous weather events, especially ice and snow. Dr. Call developed special lessons for his physical geography classes using topographic maps from the GIS Research & Map Collection. Students are able to learn about the development of communities based on the topography of the land.

Dr. Call received his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Penn State and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in geography from Syracuse University. He also worked as a broadcast meteorologist for several years prior to arriving at Ball State in 2007.

The program at the E.B. & Bertha Ball Center is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Please call 765/285-8975.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Women's History Month Map Exhibit at Ball State University Libraries

All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Teams Map: Women’s History Month Map Exhibit in Ball State University Libraries

Mapping A League of Their Own

The Ball State University Libraries’ GIS Research & Map Collection (GRMC) has created a map depicting the teams that participated in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943 to 1954. Most commonly known from the Penny Marshall motion picture A League of Their Own in 1992, these teams represented the advent of women participating in professional sports.

The map, The Girls of Summer: All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Teams, 1943-1954, is based on the book A Whole New Ballgame: The Story of All-American Girls Professional Baseball League by Sue Macy, which is available from the Educational Resources Collections in Ball State University Libraries. Images and programs from the book are featured on the map, including a photograph of the cast of A League of Their Own dressed as the Rockford Peaches.

Indiana is represented on the map by two teams—the Fort Wayne Daisies and the South Bend Blue Sox. Many of the photographs in the book were published courtesy of the Collection of the Northern Indiana Historical Society in South Bend.

The map is available in PDF-format from the Ball State University Libraries’ Cardinal Scholar institutional repository at

For more information about the map exhibit, please contact the staff of the GRMC at 765/285-1097.