Faculty/staff achievements


Keith Lepak

Keith Lepak, associate professor, Politics and International Relations, had his book, Prelude to Solidarity: Poland and the Politics of the Gierek Regime, republished in electronic form by Columbia University Press. The book traces the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland to the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Ellen Jones, assistant professor, Theater and Dance, was awarded a full stipend to attend the International Association of Lighting and Designers conference, where she will have the opportunity to network with other architectural designers and to take some professional development classes. In addition, Jones made a presentation on sustainability in theatre design and production at the Ohio Valley Regional United States Institute for Theatre Technology 4 at Kent State University.

Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and director of the Dr. James Dale Ethics Center; Deborah Mower, associate professor, Alan Tomhave, assistant professor, and Mark Vopat, associate professor, also of Philosophy and Religious Studies, participated in the 16th International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Mower, president of the Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum, gave the presidential address titled “Reflections on a ‘Group’ Culture”; Palmer-Fernandez participated in a four-person panel of presentations and discussion concerning human rights, “illegals” and Immigration; and Tomhave and Vopat presented a paper titled “Justifying an Arizona Boycott.”

Brian Bonhomme

Brian Bonhomme

Brian Bonhomme, professor, History, recently presented three community lectures. His lecture for the Polish Youngstown at First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown was titled “Poland’s Long Nineteenth Century: 1795-1918.” His topic was “Russia and Ukraine: Recent Events in Historical Context” when he addressed the Friends of the Boardman Library and the Social Studies Club at Boardman High School.

Ron Shaklee, professor, Geography, and Peter Kimosop, assistant professor, Geography, presented papers at the joint meeting of the East Lakes and West Lakes Divisions of the American Association of Geographers at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Tom Maraffa, retired professor of Geography, also attended in his capacity as East Lakes Regional Councilor. Shaklee’s paper was titled “Seventeenth Century Cartographic Portrayals of the Bahamas Archipelago,” and Kimosop’s paper was titled “An Analysis of Kenya’s Population Growth and Structure since 1979: Future Political, Economic and Social Challenges.” Six YSU students also attended the conference, and three presented papers.

Steve Schildcrout

Steve Schildcrout

Steven M. Schildcrout, professor emeritus, Chemistry, co-authored three articles that were published recently in the Journal of Molecular Structure. His work involves using the Ohio Supercomputing Center for theoretical modeling of new organic structures to complement the crystallographic work of co-author John Masnovi and his group at Cleveland State University. The papers are titled: “9,10,12,13,14,15-hexahydro-11H-9,10[1’,3’]cyclopentanthrene in two modifications,” “Structure and conformation of meso-2,4-di(N-carbazolyl)pentane,” and “Structure and properties of 9,10,11,12,13,14-hexahydro-9,10[1′,4′]-benzenoanthracene and 9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16-octahydro-9,10[1′,4′]-benzenoanthracene.”

Xiangjia Min, associate professor of Biological Sciences, John Meinken, and Kofi Neizer-Ashun, two recent master’s graduates, David Asch, associate professor of Biological Sciences, Chester Cooper, professor of Biological Sciences, and Guang-Hwa Chang, professor of Mathematics and Statistics, published a research article, titled “FunSecKB2: a Fungal Protein Subcellular Location Knowledgebase,” in the journal Computational Molecular Biology. The work represents the first comprehensive database having information of curated and predicted subcellular locations of nearly 2 million fungal proteins.