YSU faculty/staff achievements

Zbigniew Piotrowski and Stephen E. Rodabaugh, professors of Mathematics and Statistics, have organized and are chairing Special Sessions during the Fall Central Sectional Meeting of the American Mathematical Society at the University of Akron this month.  The titles of the sessions are, “Separate versus joint continuity – a tribute to I. Namioka,” and “A survey of lattice-valued mathematics.”

Adam Earnheardt, chair, Department of Communication at YSU, was recognized by the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University at its annual Homecoming awards ceremony on Oct. 19. He was named one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 by the Mahoning Valley Professional Club in northeast Ohio, and selected as one of the top five MVPs. Earnheardt is Executive Director of the Ohio Communication Association. The Outstanding Young Professional Award honors alumni with five to 15 years of professional experience since graduation who have made a significant contribution to the field of communication with demonstrated success in a chosen career.

Paul Sracic, professor and chair, Department of Political Science and the Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Center, travelled to Belgium this month to lecture on the upcoming U.S. election. Invited by the U.S. Embassy in Brussels, Sracic presented “U.S. Politics Before and After the November 6 Election:  Views from a Swing State” to groups of officials and students.

William Blake, director of Student Diversity Programs, served as the toastmaster for the Annual NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner at the Mahoning County Country Club.

Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies & Gender Issues features papers from the “Jewish Woman and Her Body” international conference held at YSU in March 2010. The conference drew scholars from around the world, including six academics from Israel and scholars from major academic institutions such as Harvard, Columbia, New York University and The London School of Economics. The conference was sponsored by the YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies through the generosity of the Mr. and Mrs. William B. Clayman Endowment Fund and the The Senator Maurice and Florence Lipscher Charitable Fund.

John Russo, professor, Management, was an invited speaker at a workshop on comparative shrinking cities in the United States and Germany at the University of Kaiserslautern (Germany). His presentation was titled “Shrinking Smart?: Urban Redevelopment  and Shrinkage in Youngstown, Ohio.”  Also, he was a speaker at a conference on “Race, Class, and Gender in the Workplace” at the Adam Smith Institute at the University of Glasgow (Scotland) discussing “Employment, Precarity and Identity.”