Faculty/staff achievements

This photo of the Zoar Valley in New York, taken by Thomas Diggins, professor of Biological Sciences, is being used on the cover of the Northeastern Naturalist. An article by Diggins and Richard Catterlin, a recent Biology master's graduate, appears in the edition.

This photo of the Zoar Valley in New York, taken by Thomas Diggins, professor of Biological Sciences, is being used on the cover of the Northeastern Naturalist. An article by Diggins and Richard Catterlin, a recent Biology master’s graduate, appears in the edition.

Thomas Diggins, professor of Biological Sciences, and Richard Catterlin, a recent Biology master’s graduate, published the article “Topographic patterns in woodland composition and diversity on slopes of Zoar Valley Canyon, Western New York State” in the journal Northeastern Naturalist. Diggins also gave a public lecture, “The ecology of the Zoar Valley Canyon,” to the Nature Sanctuary Society of Western New York in Buffalo, and presented a research seminar, “Geomorphic and successional processes in the riparian zone of Zoar Valley Canyon, NY,” at the University of Pittsburgh Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology.

Marsha Huber, professor, Accounting & Finance, presented two papers at the American Accounting Association’s annual meeting in Anaheim, Calif. One paper, entitled “Developing Character Strengths

Marsha Huber

Marsha Huber

and Virtues as a Key to Increased Well-Being” and co-authored by Dominic Jackett, describes a project that involved student members of YSU’s Beta Alpha Psi chapter in activities that aimed to develop character strengths and virtues as a way to increase well-being. The second, entitled “Comparing the Effectiveness of Learning Centers and Writing Circles to Improve Accounting Students’ Writing Skills,” co-authored by Maria Leach and Shirine Mafi, examines the effectiveness of an innovative peer review technique called writing circles. Huber also presented a paper at the May Meaning Meeting in Nordman Lake, Mich., entitled “Mastery and Meaning at Work and School,” co-authored by Margaret Kern and David Law.

Emre Ulusoy

Emre Ulusoy

Emre Ulusoy, assistant professor, Marketing, presented a paper titled “Anti-Brand Movement: Politico-Cultural Resistance and Ethical Commitment” at the Association for Consumer Research in Chicago. The study empirically investigates and positions the anti-brand communities within a continuum of traditional and new social movement theories in an attempt to understand and explore to a greater extent the role these communities play in creating alternative cultural venues for consumers and reinvigorating marketplace ideologies.

Johanna Slivinske, part-time faculty, Social Work, has been named assistant editor for issue quality for the peer-reviewed journal, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping.  The journal is published by Cleveland State University.  Slivinske also wrote an article this spring, titled “Identifying Unexpected Strengths in Adolescents,” for the Oxford University Press Blog.

Stephen Flora

Stephen Flora

Stephen Ray Flora, professor, Psychology, presented the following papers at the Association for Behavior Analysis International conference in Chicago: “Human preference for variable versus fixed outcomes: Implications for gambling,” with MS graduate Chris Brown; “Increasing prompted and unprompted vocalizations in adolescents with autism using a progressive reading procedure,” with MS graduate Katie DiCola; “Differential reinforcement of other behavior in the treatment of inappropriate loud vocalizations,” and “Effects of extinction for aggression and elopement and differential reinforcement of work completion in a sheltered workshop,” with MS graduate and part-time faculty member Zach Vargo; “Effects of attendance of one disruptive student on classroom wide rates of inappropriate behavior,” with MS graduate Samantha Evans, Brown and DiCola; and “Persistence of positive reinforced lever pressing following variable versus fixed negative reinforced water maze-training,” with recent psychology honors graduate Sarah Biviano. Flora also presented a continuing education workshop, “Behavior Analytic Fitness Training for Health, Life, Fitness and Peak Personal Performances,” and was a discussant for “Health Sports and Fitness Symposium I: Behavior Analytic Interventions for Healthy Lifestyles.”