YSU faculty and staff achievements

Spano Tony

Tony Spano

Rachell Joy

Rachell Joy

Madonna Chism Pinkard

Madonna Chism Pinkard

Anthony Spano, parking facility attendant, Parking Services, Rachell Joy, layout design artist, Media and Academic Computing, and Madonna Chism Pinkard, part-time instructor, Communication, were presented President’s Volunteer Service Awards for 2014 in recognition of their community service work. Spano is founder and executive director of The Hope Foundation of the Mahoning Valley; Pinkard, also community relations director at WFMJ-TV, has volunteered for numerous nonprofits, including Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Urban League and the League of Women’s Voters; and Joy has contributed her talent in art and music as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center.

Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, director, Dr. James Dale Ethics Center, and professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, delivered the keynote address titled “Changing Lives Through Education” at the 40th Annual Banquet of Organizacion Cultural Hispano-Americana. He also presented a lecture, “History of Medical Ethics,” to medical residents at Northside Medical Center, and has been appointed co-director of the conference “Ethics Without Borders” to be held at Clemson University.

Daisy Blues by Noreen Yazvac

Daisy Blues by Noreen Yazvac

Noreen A. Yazvac, administrative assistant, Marion G. Resch Center for Student Progress, will exhibit her paintings March 13 through April 12 in the Weller Gallery, located in the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens, Mill Creek Park. The exhibition is titled “One with Nature” and features nature scenes done in various paint media.

Stephen E. Rodabaugh, associate dean, College of STEM, has co-authored and published or is about to publish the following four papers: “Enriched categories and many-valued preorders: categorical, semantical, and topological perspectives,” in Fuzzy Sets and Systems; “Formal contexts, Formal Concept Analysis, and Galois connections,” in Theoretical Computer Science (electronic): Festschrift in Honor of David Schmidt’s 60th Birthday; “Lattice-valued preordered sets as lattice-valued topological systems,” in Fuzzy Sets and Systems; and “Function spaces and L-preordered sets,” in Topology Proceedings. In addition, Rodabaugh recently presented a four-session, National Science Foundation-supported series, titled “Many-Valued Topology: A Tutorial,” at an international conference on topology and its applications. The event was hosted by City University of New York on its Staten Island campus.

Jim Andrews, Michael Crescimanno and Tom Oder, professors, Physics and Astronomy, working with five YSU STEM College undergraduate students, recently published “Chromatic Control in Coextruded Layered Polymer Microlenses” in Optics Express, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal published by the Optical Society of America. The refereed publication was a first for many of the undergrad co-authors. Co-authors included postdoctoral research associate Chuanhong Zhou, and undergrad students Cory Merlo, Cameron Bagheri, Connor Hetzel, James Tancabel, Joshua Petrus (now enrolled in a PhD program at Ohio State), and Case Western Reserve University professors Kenneth Singer and Eric Baer.

Becky Varian, director, Center for Student Progress, was part of a four-person panel presenting at the National Symposium on Student Retention in Louisville, Ky.  The panel discussed implementation of early-alert systems. Varian also authored a paper on the subject, titled “Lessons in Transformational Change: An Exploration of Implementing Early Alert Systems across Institutional Types,” that was published in the peer-reviewed conference proceedings.

Bruce Waller

Bruce Waller

Bruce Waller, Philosophy and Religious Studies, recently authored a book, titled The Stubborn System of Moral Responsibility, published by MIT Press, copyright 2015. He also published the following articles: “The Scientific Naturalist Case Against Moral Responsibility,” in Behavior and Philosophy, Volume 41; “Free Will vs. Determinism,” in The Encyclopedia of Clinical Psychology; “The Culture of Moral Responsibility,” in The Southwest Philosophy Review, Volume 30.