Faculty and staff achievements

Five YSU faculty members were among 100 college and university educators across Ohio recognized with Excellence in Education honors by Ohio Magazine. YSU honorees are: Philip Brady,


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professor, English; Ramesh Dangol, assistant professor, Management; Rachael Pohle-Krauza, associate professor, Human Ecology; Alicia Prieto Langarica, assistant professor, Mathematics & Statistics; and Jake J. Protivnak, associate professor and chair, Counseling, Special Education & School Psychology. The awards are based on nominations by the schools and aim to honor educators who are inventive, inspiring and instrumental to helping their students learn and grow.

Six members of YSU’s faculty and staff who were named Mahoning Valley 25 Under 35 Honorees for 2016 are: Rebecca Curnalia, associate professor, Communication; Mollie Hartup, assistant director, University Events; Dominic Marchionda, planning coordinator, Center for Urban and Regional Studies; Robert Thompson, assistant professor, Art; Thomas Wakefield, associate professor, Mathematics and Statistics; and Cicilia Yudha, assistant professor, Music; and Lindsay Benton, Theater and Dance. The awards program honors the region’s best and brightest young professionals. An awards ceremony is planned for Feb. 11 at Stambaugh Auditorium, Youngstown.

Ramesh Dangol, assistant professor, Birsen Karpak, professor, and Mona Bahl, assistant professor, all of Management, co-authored a paper titled “Timing cooperative relationships with sequential capability development process to reduce capability development trade-off."  The paper was recently published in the International Journal of Production Economics.

Mona Bahl, assistant professor, Management, was awarded the Junior Faculty Scholarship at the 58th annual Midwest Academy of Management Conference in Columbus. Bahl also presented a paper, entitled “The influence of competition from informal firms on new product development,” which was among three papers nominated for the best paper award at the conference.

John Sarkissian, chair, Foreign Languages, and Jennifer Behney, assistant professor, Foreign Languages, were invited to participate in a special session at the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages convention in San Diego. They were part of a panel discussion entitled “ACTFL/CAEP Program Review and International Update: One Program’s Journey from ‘Further Development Required’ to ‘Nationally Recognized.’” In addition, Sarkissian and Behney presented their research at a session entitled “Perceived Influence of Cooperating Teachers on edTPA Results.”

Dana Davis and Mari Alschuler, both assistant professors, Social Work, made presentations at the Strengths Conference that YSU’s Department of Social Work conducted on campus. Davis presented a paper titled “Taking the Burn Out of Burnout,” and Alschuler presented on the topic “Application of Strength, Narrative and Trauma Perspectives in the Practice of Supervision.”

Frank X. Li, associate professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, presented two articles, titled “A Theoretical Design Approach for Passive Shimming of a Magic-Angle-Spinning NMR Magnet” and “High Resolution Magnetic Field Mapping System with a NMR probe,” at the 50th annual International Conference on Magnet Technology in South Korea. Michael Sammartino, a recent master’s graduate, and Jalal Jalali, professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are co-authors of the articles.

Thomas Diggins, professor, Biological Sciences, co-authored three posters on terrestrial/aquatic ecosystem linkages that were presented by three of his students at the 2015 annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore. The first, titled “White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory in Northeastern Ohio riparian zones: A preference study,” was presented by Danielle Mutchler, who recently earned an master’s degree in Biological Sciences. “Spatio-temporal patterns in beaver pond complexes as habitat for Eastern Spotted Newts (Notophthalmus viridescens) in a hemlock-northern-hardwood zone in Western New York State” was presented by Shannon Doherty, recent grad with a master’s in Geological and Environmental Sciences. Finally, a paper titled “Hydrology, sedimentology, and geomorphology as drivers of succession vs. flood disturbance within riparian forests of middle order streams of the Northeast” was presented by Leah Kaldy, also a recent master’s graduate in Geological and Environmental Sciences graduate and the recipient of a Cushwa Fellowship.

Shirley Keller, professor, and Stephanie Rhee, assistant professor, both of Social Work, presented a workshop titled “Culturally Competent Practice with Korean Immigrant Elders” at the 2015 National Association of Social Workers Ohio Chapter Conference in Columbus. Mari Alschuler, assistant professor, and Thelma Silver, professor, also of Social Work, presented a workshop titled “Integrating Spirituality into Culturally Responsible Biopsychosocial Assessments.” Keller and Maureen Reardon, internship coordinator, Social Work, nominated YSU alumnus Markus Douglas, who was presented the NASW Ohio Emerging Leadership Award; Silver and Keller nominated Kim Anderson, a senior Social Work major and December BSW graduate, who was named NASW Ohio Student of the Year.