Faculty/staff achievements, March 2012

Deborah Mower, associate professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, gave an invited address at the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society Lecture Series at Western Michigan University as well as the Center for Ethics and Public Policy at the University of Minnesota Duluth on “Scripting Situations in Moral Education.” She also published two papers titled “Situationism and Confucian Virtue Ethics,” in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice and “Scripting Situations in Moral Education” in Teaching Ethics.

Dan Kuzma, manager of YSU’s Recycling Program, recently finished 5th in the run division of the Arrowhead 135 race with a time of 47 hours, 12 minutes. The 135-mile race, now in its seventh year, is held in northern Minnesota’s Superior National Forest on the Arrowhead State Snowmobile Trail. Participants may compete on foot, skis or mountain bike.

Steven Brown, professor of English, published the chapter “Japan/Anglo-American Cross Cultural Communication,” in The Handbook of Intercultural Discourse and Communication. His co-authors were Brenda Hayashi of Miyagi Gakuin Women’s University and Kikue Yamamoto of the Cross-Cultural Consulting Company Office.

Kin P. Moy, associate professor, Electrical Engineering Technology, received the Technical Standards Board Outstanding Contribution Award from the Motor Vehicle Council of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Moy was the only person from an academic institution selected for the award. He was officially recognized at the SAE World Congress in Detroit.

David E. Stout, Andrews Chair in Accounting, was awarded the 2011 Mark Chain Federation of Schools of Accountancy Teaching Innovation Award for “Modeling Uncertainty in C-V-P Assignments: Going Beyond the Basics.” The award recognizes successful innovative practices in teaching graduate-level accounting and is selected each year by an AICPA Task Force from among the accepted submissions to the Effective Learning Strategies Forums at the American Accounting Association’s annual meeting.

Tom Oder, associate professor, Physics and Astronomy, and YSU Physics undergraduate students Andrew Smith and Michael McMaster, made a poster presentation at the Fall meeting of the Materials Research Society in Boston. The title of their presentation was “Effects of substrate pre-deposition annealing and deposition parameters on the properties of RF sputter-deposited ZnO films.” Oder also made an oral presentation titled “Optimum Conditions for deposition of ZnO semiconductor films by RF sputtering” at the Electronic Materials and Applications 2012 meting in Orlando, Fla.

Richard W. VanVoorhis, assistant professor; Audrey E. Ellenwood, associate professor; Kenneth L. Miller, professor; and Melinda Wolford, assistant professor, all from the Department of Counseling and Special Education, presented “Planning for National School Psychology Program Expansion: A Collaborative Approach” at the National Association of School Psychologists Conference in Philadelphia. The purpose of the presentation was to provide school psychology program development information and encourage discussion regarding national school psychology training expansion.

Fred Viehe, professor, History, published “The G’hals of New York and Other Cities at Work and Play:  A Flourishing Feminine Counterculture in Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban America” in The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Vol. 6. Viehe also presented “Characteristics of American Organized Crime” to the Youngstown Lions at the Youngstown Club, and he presented a lecture to two classes at the Youngstown Early College on prohibition, urbanization, organized crime and political corruption.

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