YSU faculty/staff achievements
Steven Brown, professor, English, won the Nancy Dasher Award from the College English Association of Ohio for his University of Michigan Press book, Listening Myths. The Dasher Award recognizes outstanding publications by faculty members from a CEAO-member department in one of three areas. The award rotates each year among the categories of creative writing, professional and pedagogical issues, and literary scholarship, criticism, and theory. Books on professional and pedagogical issues published during the calendar years 2010-2013 were eligible for the 2014 award.
Brad Shellito, associate professor, Geography, presented research entitled “Using the Geospatial Cloud (For Free)” at the Association of American Geographers conference in Tampa. This is the annual national meeting for geographers, attended by several thousand people from around the world.
Gabrielle Blake, coordinator, Upward Bound, received the Ohio TRIO New Professionals Award. The New Professional Award recognizes a TRIO Professional with 1-5 years of professional work in TRIO who has demonstrated exemplary service to the mission of TRIO programs. Blake was honored at the 40th Annual Professional Development Conference in Columbus in April.
Dawna Cerney, associate professor and chair, Geography, was honored as distinguished alumnus of the Department of Geography of her alma mater, Texas State University. The recognition was for her accomplishments as a researcher, faculty member and chairperson at YSU.
Mike Crist, professor and director, Dana School of Music, became president-elect of the Ohio Music Education Association. The six-year service includes two years president-elect, two years as president and two years as immediate past president.
Thomas P. Diggins, professor, Evolution and Ecology, published the monograph “A 300-year successional sequence in an eastern United States riparian hardwood forest” in the Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society. He reconstructed past ecology based on patterns in present day forest composition and structure and their relationship to the development of landforms within the river corridor.