Robert J. Thompson, assistant professor, Graphic + Interactive Design, is the winner of the Higher Learning Commission 2016 Annual Conference Art Contest. His artwork was selected from among 214 entries to represent the HLC’s conference theme, “Beyond the Horizon,” with HLC and its member institutions depicted as hot air balloons heading toward the horizon. The conference is scheduled for April 15-19, 2016, in Chicago.
Frank Akpadock, senior research associate and regional scientist,Center for Urban & Regional Studies, has completed a yearlong study entitled “The Mahoning Valley – Cluster Analysis of Current and Emerging Industries in the Region.” The study, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Economic Development, identified 23 industry clusters for both Mahoning and Trumbull counties in Northeastern Ohio, along with 10 emerging clusters for Mahoning County and five emerging clusters for Trumbull County.
Gabriel Palmer-Fernandez, director, Dr. James Dale Ethics Center, and professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, presented two papers at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. His presentations were titled “Migration, Nation States, and the Right to Free Movement” and “Not Natural Human Rights, but Human Rights Simpliciter.”
Fred Viehe, professor, History, organized the lead session at the Ohio Academy of History Annual Meeting at Ohio Northern University. The session was titled “Organizing Crime in the American City: The Late-Nineteenth and Early-Twentieth Century Experience.” Viehe also presented “Was She or Wasn’t She? Fredericka Mandelbaum and Organizing Crime in New York and Beyond, 1850-1894.” Another presenter, Jonathan Kinser, a PhD candidate at Case Western Reserve University who received his MA in History at YSU, presented “The Time Will Come When Both Towns Will Claim Me: Clarence Darrow’s Lost Retirement Trial, 1928-1930.” William D. Jenkins, a former chair and professor emeritus, History, served as conference chair and commentator. Additionally, Viehe presented “Placing The Jungle Inn in Historical Perspective,” at Bites and Bits, a monthly gathering at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society’s Tyler Center in downtown Youngstown. The program was sponsored by the historical society and the Mahoning Valley Lifelong Learning Institute.
Adam C. Earnheardt, chair and associate professor, Communication, was an invited presenter at #SMTULSA, a national social media business conference in Tulsa, Okla. His presentation, titled “Stories (and Secrets) of Pro-Social Media Sports Fan Engagement,” offered tips and strategies for sports teams and businesses cultivating a sports fan base while promoting a pro-social media atmosphere.
Pat Durrell, associate professor, Physics and Astronomy, gave an invited talk, titled “Globular Clusters in Massive Galaxies,” at the workshop “Baryons at Low Densities: The Stellar Halos around Galaxies” at the European Southern Observatory HQ, in Garching, Germany. Durrell has also had three of his articles published recently in the Astrophysical Journal. “The Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey. VIII. The Spatial Distribution of Globular Clusters in the Virgo Cluster,” was written with co-author and YSU Physics/Astronomy graduate Katharine Accetta; “The Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey. XV. The Photometric Redshift Estimation for Background Sources,” was written with co-author Anand Raichoor and others; and “The Next Generation Virgo Cluster Survey. VI. The Kinematics of Ultra-compact Dwarfs and Globular Clusters in M87″, co-authored by Hong-Xin Zhang and others.
Will Greenway, professor, English, has had three of his poems published recently. “High Heaven” was published in the spring edition of Prairie Schooner; “The Night Terrors” and “Henchmen of Horror” were published in the fall 2014/winter 2015 edition of The Cape Rock 42.2.