Faculty and staff achievements
Frank Akpadock, senior research associate, Center for Urban and Regional Studies, has completed a technical report, “Exploring the Determinants of Resiliency in a Metropolitan Regional Economy – A Comparative Assessment of the Economic Resiliency of the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA MSA with Other Mid-sized MSAs in the US.” The study statistically refutes past published claims that the Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA MSA was chronically incompetent economically, and therefore non-resilient literally. The study, which found the MSA to be rigorously competitive and resilient, is supported by Site Selection magazine, which ranked the Mahoning Valley among the nation’s top metropolitan areas in 2013 for new and expanded facilities.
Paul Sracic, chair, Political Science and the Rigelhaupt Pre-Law Center, gave a lecture titled “Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Survive the U.S. Congress” at the Institute for American and Canadian Studies, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan. Sracic also gave a lecture titled “The U.S. Interest in the China, Japan, Korea Free Trade Agreement“ at Chungbuk National University, Cheong-ju, South Korea. In addition, Sracic’s article “Obama’s Trade Deal with Asia: Not So Fast” was published on BloombergView.
Mari Alschuler, assistant professor, Social Work, had her short story, “The New Policy,” published in a new anthology titled Lock & Load: Armed and Dangerous Fiction.
Johanna Slivinske, Social Work, had her article “Mentee to Mentor: A Process of Professional Growth, Development, and Hope” published in the peer reviewed journal, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. In addition, Slivinske’s article “Everybody has a story: the role of storytelling in therapy” was published on the Oxford University Press Blog.
Deborah Mower, associate professor, Philosophy and Religious Studies, discussed the importance of civility in politics at a lecture at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. Her appearance was part of GVSU’s American Conversations series, which includes events focusing on the themes of leadership and civic engagement.