Faculty/staff achievements

Ron Shaklee

Ron Shaklee

Ron Shaklee, director, University Scholars and Honors and president, YSU Chapter 143 of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, has been appointed to serve a two-year term on the national organization’s Graduate Fellowship Committee. The Fellowship Committee is comprised of five faculty members chosen from member institutions who evaluate more than 300 applications submitted annually for fellowship consideration. The organization awards 51 scholarships of $5,000 and six $15,000 scholarships. Previously, Shaklee served on Phi Kappa Phi’s national Love of Learning selection committee and on its Study Abroad selection committee.

Tom Oder, professor, Physics and Astronomy, was the lead author in a chapter titled “III-Nitride Photonic Crystal LEDs for Lighting Applications” in Handbook of Optical Microcavities, published by Pan Stanford Publishing. Co-authors were Professors H. X. Jiang and J. Y. Lin of Texas Tech University. The book compiles the expertise and insights of distinguished researchers in the technology of light extraction in laser diodes and light emitting diodes, which is one of Oder’s research interests.

Rebecca Curnalia

Rebecca Curnalia

Rebecca Curnalia, associate professor, Communication, co-authored a book, Concepts, Sources, Integration: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Literature Review in Communication Studies, with Amber Ferris, assistant professor at the University of Akron’s Wayne College. The book provides a step-by-step guide through the process of conceptualizing a student research project and was published by Kendall Hunt Publishers. Curnalia, Ferris and Cary Wecht, associate dean of the College of Creative Arts and Communication, also co-authored another book, Becoming a Critic: An Introduction to Analyzing Media Content, published in August 2014.

Azadeh M. Block, assistant professor, Social Work, presented a paper at the annual national conference for the Council on Social Work Education in Tampa, Fla. Block also conducted a workshop at the annual state conference for the National Association of Social Workers – Ohio Chapter in Columbus. Both presentations focused on her work with undergraduate students and exploring cultural humility.

Paul Sracic at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Paul Sracic at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo.

Paul Sracic, professor and chair, Politics and International Relations, presented three lectures in Tokyo in December. He spoke at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo on the topic “The 2014 U.S. Midterm Election Results: How Will the Results Affect U.S.-Japan Relations and the 2016 Presidential Race?,” a presentation that was broadcast simultaneously to audiences in Sapporo, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka and Naha, with 129 participants. Sracic’s address on Temple University’s Japan campus in Tokyo was titled “Will the U.S. Really Defend Japan?,” and he spoke on “U.S. Politics after the 2014 Midterm Elections” at Sophia University’s Institute for American and Canadian Studies. Finally, Sracic was also quoted in a Reuter’s news article Jan. 5 in which he was asked to comment on growing conservative opposition facing House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner.

Will Greenway, professor, English, authored three books in 2014 and had several of his poems published in recent months. His book, Selected Poems, published by FutureCycle Press, was named Poetry Book of 2014 by the publisher. FutureCycle awards the prize annually. Greenway also published The Poetry of Personality: The Poetic Diction of Dylan Thomas, by Lexington Press, and Then Accidental Garden, by Word Press. Additionally, Greenway had the following poems published: “In the Region of Woman” and “Mary, Mary,” published in the November issue of Poetry Pacific; “Optimist,” published in the Thrush Poetry Journal: An Anthology of Poetry, 2014; “Up Your Alley” and “Room at the Inn,” both published in Red Booth Review; “Dreaming the Dead,” published in Southern Poetry Review 52:1; and “Oklahoma,” published in the Santa Fe Literary Review.