Ying Wang, associate professor, Marketing, presented her manuscript “Social Stratification, Materialism, Post Materialism and Consumption Values: An Empirical Study of Chinese Sample” at the Academic and Business Research Institute Conference in Orlando, Fla. The study examines the interrelationship among social stratification, materialism, post materialism, and consumption values, contributing uniquely to understanding Chinese consumers in the context of drastic economic and social changes.
Jodie Krontiris-Litowitz, professor of Biology, gave the talk “Building Faculty Collaborations in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning” at the Biology Scholars Capstone Symposium in Boston. She also presented the seminar “Creating an interactive and student-centered learning experience using real world problems in a large enrollment majors biology course” at the partner meeting, ASM Conference of Undergraduate Educators. In addition, she gave the plenary talk “Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Design Learning Objectives” and served as instructor for the American Physiological Society Faculty Professional Skills Course in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Tom Pittman, professor of English, was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Ursuline Center, which serves the educational and spiritual needs of children, youth and adults. Included among the many entities overseen by the Center are the Canfield branch of Walsh University, Ursuline Preschool and Kindergarten, Sister Jerome’s Poor, and the Ursulines’ Academy of Music, HIV/AIDS and Prison ministries, Speech and Hearing Services, the Outdoor Labyrinth and the Silver Sneakers program. Pittman is a lifelong resident of the Mahoning Valley, a graduate of Chaney High School and YSU, and currently resides in Canfield.
Valerie O’Dell, associate professor, and Nancy Wagner, associate professor and chair, Nursing, received $17,207 from the Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Nursing, for the Nurse Anesthesia Traineeship grant. The grant offers scholarship assistance to nurse anesthetist students who intend to work in health professional shortage areas after completion of the program.
YSU Police Officer John McIntyre competed in the Ohio Police Olympics this summer and won the “Gold” in all four events he competed in – the 400-, 800-, 1500- and 3200-meter races. McIntyre graduated from the YSU Police Academy and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2013.
Jill McCullough, assistant professor in The Lariccia School of Accounting & Finance, presented a paper entitled “Women of Color: A study of financial needs, behaviors and aspirations” at the Academy of Financial Services Conference in Chicago. The study reports preliminary results from a national U.S. survey of 3,000 women representing minority cohorts, including those of Asian, African-American and Hispanic ethnicities. Respondents were asked about their attitudes concerning financial needs and goals, as well as their opinions of the financial services industry.
Ramesh Dangol, assistant professor, Management, presented a paper entitled “Resource reconfiguration capabilities, resource complementarity and firm performance” at the Academy of Management Conference in Orlando, Fla. The paper explains how firms that develop a group of resources that complement each other are likely to outperform their competitors that only invest in dependent or interdependent resources and shows how firms can develop capabilities that enable them to identify and acquire only those capabilities that complement their existing resources and capabilities. Dangol also presented a paper entitled “Supply Chain Learning Capability: A Basis For Renewing Operational Capabilities and Improving Firm Performance” at the ISDSI (Decision Science Institute) & OSCM International Conference at IMI in New Delhi, India. The paper explains the mechanism by which firms renew their existing operational capabilities, which are required to make goods or provide services to consumers.