Teachers Experience The Flipped Classroom

On December 16, area high school chemistry teachers and several faculty of the STEM College were introduced to the concept of The Flipped Classroom as a part of Professional Day, which was jointly hosted by the Department of Chemistry and the Beeghly College of Education. The Flipped Classroom, pioneered by Aaron Sams and Jon Bergmann, provides a way for students to have a more hands-on learning experience.

“The basic idea of flipped learning is to present lecture material outside of the classroom. This is usually done through the preparation of videos that are then posted to sites like YouTube. Students are expected to view the videos before class,” said Dr. Mike Serra, an Associate Professor of Chemistry, and the principle organizer of the event . “Some teachers present students with an outline of the notes that students fill in during each presentation. During class the students can focus on other things such as problem solving or performing more experiments. It can be beneficial for the STEM disciplines that are more problem based.”

This year, there were 45 participants from local high schools, as well as some participants from the Department of Chemistry. Sams gave a presentation introducing all of the participants to flipped learning.

Dr. Rodabaugh is coming to town!

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why!
Dr. Rodabuagh is coming to town!

During the holidays, the advertisements start rolling and without a doubt you see a picture of Santa and his never ending bag of gifts. You may have also seen Dr. Rodabaugh whisking himself down the hallways of Moser with his belt pack and wonder, “Is he Santa?” YSU STEM Social Media investigated to find out what exactly he keeps in that thing.

While Dr. Rodabaugh doesn’t have any reindeer to take him places, he does have a fancy outfit, just like St. Nick. With his Tony Soprano jacket and his beat-up, worn-out belt pack, Dr. Rodabaugh has some stories to tell. Just like Santa, that belt pack has been around for a long time and has visited many different countries, but no matter how many places it has been, it still calls the halls of Moser home.

So what’s in Dr. Rodabaugh’s belt pack? Well it’s not the same gifts and goodies that Santa delivers to good STEMians, but there is still a lot of laughs! Take a look at the wonders that have travelled the world below!

Whether you are mesmerized by the tinsel staples holding the belt pack together or amazed by the fact that it can carry all that stuff YSU STEM Social Media would like to wish you and your families a Happy Holiday Season!

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Sturrus Named Interim Dean

SturrusThe College of STEM would like to extend congratulations to Dr. W. Gregg Sturrus, who was named interim dean of the college on Wednesday! Dr. Sturrus is currently serving as chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy and will assume the position of interim dean on October 8. Everyone is excited to have Dr. Sturrus as the interim dean, including our STEM students, who have often referred to him as a funny and great professor.

Sturrus joined YSU in 1991 as an assistant professor and became the chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2004. During his time at YSU, Sturrus has received eight grants, totaling over $1.75 million.

“I am pleased that Interim Provost [Martin] Abraham asked me to step in as the interim dean of STEM. I am optimistic about the challenges facing the current leadership of the university and believe the new president and provost will make changes that will make YSU increasingly attractive to a broad student base and a stronger urban research university. I am happy to be called to lead the STEM College in these exciting times,” Sturrus said.

Dr. James Andrews will be serving as interim chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, replacing Sturrus.

The decision to appoint Sturrus as interim dean came after Dean Abraham was appointed as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs for the university on September 17. The appointment is still pending official approval by the Board of Trustees, who will meet on October 7.

“I’m saddened to be leaving the day-to-day operations, but I won’t be far away and am looking forward to participating in their activities in my new role as provost,” Dean Abraham said.

Smith Receives Grant

Congratulations to Debbie Smith, a part-time faculty member in the YSU Physics & Astronomy Department, who was awarded an American Chemical Society Grant for $1,487. Ms. Smith, who is from Poland, was the sole principle investigator on the proposal. The grant is to purchase Vernier equipment for the Chemistry and Physics labs at Poland High School participating in the College-in-High-School Program at YSU in the STEM College. The equipment to be purchased includes Vernier interfaces, temperature probes, pH probes, conductivity probes, Colorimeter, Drop Counter, Light Sensors and Logger Pro3. With the new equipment, students will be able to perform experiments using extensive computer data collection techniques to help them interpret, analyze and draw conclusions in their laboratory classes.

7 Days of STEM

The 7 Days of STEM Festival will be seven whole days of celebrating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics with OH WOW! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology. The festival, which will be held September 15-21, will be an exciting hands-on, critical thinking celebration that includes ‘walking on water,’ STEM student for a day, and much more. All of these activities are in preparation for Silly Science Sunday!

YSU STEM is involved with many of the different activities this year. We are offering activities for more than just children though. One of our biggest events will be a Lecture Series with Dr. Thomas Serenko, who, just this last year, was awarded Outstanding Alumnus at the STEM Awards dinner. On Tuesday, September 16, 2020 at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Serenko will be speaking on the The Utica and Point Pleasant Shale industry from a geological and historical point of view. To register for this event, please contact Jenifer Miller at 330.941.4635.

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New Addition to the STEMian Social Media Team

cassieHere at YSU STEM we have been providing you with the news and campus happenings for some time, but now it’s time to introduce our newest STEMian Social Media Team. This month, we’ll focus on the newsletter and social media side.

Cassandra Twoey is a senior professional and technical writing student, who has not only worked hard as the editor-in-chief for the Jambar, but has also worked as a co-editor for the Yo* Magazine. She has been accepted into graduate school, here at YSU, for the professional and technical writing track of the English master’s program.

Starting with the September Newsletter, Cassandra will be bringing a new and interesting vibe to our STEM News! We hope that you will all take the opportunity to welcome her to the STEMian community, but we also want to let you know what the STEMian Social Media Team can do for you.

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YSU to Hold 12th Annual MathFest

MathFestAt the beginning of August, students representing the YSU Ohio Xi chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon traveled to Portland, Oregon for the annual MAA MathFest, which is a joint meeting between the Math Association of America and Pi Mu Epsilon. Nine of the attending students gave presentations at the meeting. Crystal Mackey and Eric Shehadi, both of whom presented at the conference, were recognized for their excellence in student research. Also recognized at the event was George Yates. Yates received the Pi Mu Epsilon Advisor Award, which is given only once every three years.

YSU has its own YSU MathFest, where high school students are invited to learn about math in fun workshops designed by YSU faculty. This year’s 12th annual YSU MathFest will take place on October 23.

“YSU MathFest is one of the premiere YSU Math and Stats Department events where high school students are invited to YSU’s campus to spend the day celebrating and learning about math. High school students get the opportunity to meet YSU students, interact with YSU faculty members in workshops, and explore what its like to get an undergraduate degree in mathematics or STEM at YSU; but most importantly - have fun!” said Eric Shehadi, who is serving as the Student YSU MathFest Coordinator for the third year.

Some of the workshops offered this year include “Mathematics of Diversity in the Environment,” where students will learn about mathematical diversity and evaluating biodiversity indexes, “Are You a Terrorist?” where students will explore statistical methods used by agencies such as the NSA, and “Learning to Divide,” which explores dividing goods among several individuals so everyone feels they get what they deserve.

In addition to the workshops, students have the opportunity to participate in mathematical competitions prior to the event and at the event itself.

YSU Receives First Patent

Pict-Oder2014Dr. Tom Oder, a professor of Physics and Astronomy, has received a patent for a silicon carbine barrier diode. While this isn’t Oder’s first patent, it is the first for YSU.

A silicon carbine barrier diode is an electronic device made using silicon carbide semiconductor material that Oder said has been an idea of his since he was a graduate student, but it wasn’t until he was hired at YSU in 2003 that he began his research.

“What you have in your cell phone and most of your electronics is made of silicon. The problem of silicon is that it cannot withstand high temperature. So if your device is working at a high temperature, it has got to be cooled otherwise it is going to fail,” Oder said. Silicon carbide, however, is a great alternative material. Continue reading

3…2…1…Maker Shootout!

On Sunday, August 3rd, almost 400 people from around the Youngstown area gathered under a tent along the side of America Makes to meet the maker. Well, not that maker, but there were plenty of makers available to answer questions, show examples, and compete to see who was the best.

The Maker Shootout is part of the Maker Magazine’s efforts to show our communities the advances in 3D printing. The shootout featured several different companies and several different desktop printers, with the winner to be featured in the next issue of Maker Magazine.

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SWE Dinner with Industry

What better way is there for networking than to have dinner with representatives from different companies? One campus organization has a tradition of doing just that. For the fifth consecutive year, the Society for Women Engineers (SWE) held their annual Dinner with Industry on April 21st, 2014.

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17th Annual Women in Science and Engineering Day

Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is always finding ways to encourage young students, especially young women, to explore the endless possibilities of STEM careers. The 17th Annual Edward W. Powers Women in Science and Engineering Career Workshop (WISE) is one of those events.

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Blowing fuses to blowing minds: Dr. Kaku’s YSU visit!

Youngstown State University and the College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) got a real treat last month: a visit from world-renowned theoretical physicist, Dr. Michio Kaku. Dr. Kaku, who also hosts a blog called Dr. Kaku’s Universe, is known for working on Einstein’s Theory of Everything, in addition to his work in theoretical physics and authoring many books.

On Thursday, March 20th, 2014, Dr. Kaku participated in a question and answer session at Stambaugh Auditorium with YSU students and community members. He began by telling the audience about his childhood.  Continue reading

Bridging the Gap: The 7th Annual MVMBBC!

mvmbbcFor the last seven years, YSU, in conjunction with several Valley companies and sponsors, has held the Mahoning Valley Miniature Bridge Building Competition, where students apply different engineering principles to building small wooden bridges. Out of 31 teams from 16 different area schools, Lowellville High School Team B brought home a first place win on February 28th, 2014. This is the fifth time in seven years that a Lowellville team has taken home first place. Continue reading

The 6th Annual STEM Awards Dinner

What makes a STEM College successful? Some may say it is the students, some may say it is the faculty, or the alumni, or the community partners, or the education partners, or the employers. At the 6th Annual YSU STEM Awards Dinner, all of our STEMians concluded that just one group will not make a STEM College successful; all of them work together to make YSU STEM the best it can be.  Continue reading