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IU Kokomo experts available to discuss 2018 Winter Olympics

February 8, 2018

KOKOMO, Ind. — With the 2018 Winter Olympic Games kicking off Friday (February 9), Indiana University Kokomo has experts in multiple areas available to enhance local coverage of the event.

Faculty members can speak on topics including sports psychology, Korean culture and health care, politics, and social media.

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Mary Bourke, interim dean of the School of Nursing, can speak about Korean health care and culture, having led student trips to Seoul and Jeonju, South Korea for the past six years. She’s taught Korean Culture and Healthcare during that time, to prepare students for overseas study, which includes visits to Eastern medical facilities, historical and cultural places of interest, and participation in daily life activities.

Bourke may be reached at mbourke@iuk.edu or 765-455-9326.

Todd Bradley, associate professor of political science, can discuss the tenuous relationship between North Korea and South Korea, and what it means in terms of the two countries’ joint women’s hockey team. Bradley’s research focuses on the role of nongovernmental organizations on democratization efforts, in places like Cuba and China. 

Bradley may be reached at mtbradle@iuk.edu or 765-455-9538.

Erin Doss, assistant professor of communication arts, is an expert in the area of social media and online communication. She can address the role of social media in Olympic competition and the ways athletes promote themselves through social media channels.

Doss may be reached at efdoss@iuk.edu or 765-490-1841.

David Hancock, assistant professor of health sciences and coordinator of health sciences, is an expert in the area of talent development, mental performance, and sports ethics. He also studies the referees and umpires who officiate competitions. He can speak about the process athletes go through to attain elite sport success, as well as preparation and performance of officials. 

Hancock may be reached at dahancoc@iuk.edu or 765-455-9234.

Joungyeon (J.Y.) Kim, associate professor of accounting and management information systems, can comment on issues in South Korea or the Korean Peninsula, as she was born and lived 25 years in South Korea. Her professional areas of expertise include corporate financial accounting, corporate fraud, corporate governance, auditing, and personal finance planning. She also engages in studies of emerging technologies in business, such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, and data visualization.

Kim may be reached at jyykim@iuk.edu or 765-455-9473.

Andrew McFarland, associate professor of history, is a sports historian. His areas of expertise include cultural and sports history, and modern Spanish and European sports history. He has published on the history of soccer and physical education, sport and identity creation, Olympic history, and the role of sport in southern Europe.

McFarland may be reached at anmmcfar@iuk.edu or 765-455-9370.

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Last updated: 02/08/2018