Recent Publications: Dr. Rodabaugh

Stephen E. Rodabaugh, Associate Dean of the College of STEM, has just published or is publishing in the near future the following four papers: first, Enriched categories and many-valued preorders: categorical, semantical, and topological perspectives (with Denniston, Melton), Fuzzy Sets and Systems 256(2014) 4–56; second, Formal contexts, Formal Concept Analysis, and Galois connections (with Denniston, Melton), Theoretical Computer Science (electronic): Festschrift in Honor of David Schmidt’s 60th Birthday, to appear; third, Lattice-valued preordered sets as lattice-valued topological systems (with Denniston, Melton, Solovjovs), Fuzzy Sets and Systems, to appear; fourth, Function spaces and L-preordered sets(with Denniston, Melton), Topology Proceedings, to appear.  In addition, Dr. Rodabaugh recently presented a four session, NSF supported series Many-Valued Topology: A Tutorial at an international conference on topology and its applications hosted by the City University of New York on its Staten Island campus.

Publications from Dr. Diggins, Biology

1) Diggins TP, and RG Catterlin. 2014 (in press). Topographic patterns in forest composition and diversity on slopes of Zoar Valley Canyon, western New York State, USA. Northeastern Naturalist, Volume 21.

2) Diggins TP. 2013. A 300-year successional sequence in an eastern United States riparian hardwood forest. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 140: 65-88

Publications from Dr. Sharif and her students!

Some new publications from Dr. Sharif!

The first paper by Busjahn et al. was a collaboration with several international researchers.  It was recently published in August 2014. The premise of the paper is that eye tracking technology holds great promise in the realm of computing education. A coding scheme was developed and expert gaze on source code was analyzed. This work is ongoing and in the near future novice gaze will also be analyzed. Continue reading

Publications: Dr. Butcher and Students

In conjunction with Dr. Rick Blob at Clemson University and a few other researchers, Dr. Butcher has presented work in a symposium on locomotion at the annual meeting for the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Austin, Texas this past January. This paper was the amalgamation of 8 years of bone biomechanics research with Dr. Blob, who was Dr. Butcher’s chief collaborator. The article is currently published online in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology.

The Rupert et al. paper is the published data from a masters thesis for, Joe Rupert, a former graduate student. A good portion of this work was done in the rainforest of Costa Rica in collaboration with the Tirimbina Biological Reserve, as well as the faculty and students from the University of Costa Rica. We report novel data on tail muscle structure and function in an exotic arboreal opossum that inhabits the rainforest canopy and compare it with a habitually terrestrial opossum to understand how tail prehensility has evolved in the lineage of Didelphid opossums. It is currently published online (ahead of print) for the journal The Anatomical Record.

The third paper, by Rose et al., is a project that explores the level of modification for digging observed in the forelimb bones of badgers. Data for this study was collected between Dr. Butcher’s lab (by dissection) and the National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C (measurements from the skeletal collections). It is slated to be published in the Journal of Mammalogy.


Blob RW, Espinoza NR, Butcher MT, Lee A, D’Amico A, Baig F, Sheffield M. 2014. Diversity of Limb Bone Safety Factors for Locomotion in Terrestrial Vertebrates: Evolution and Mixed Chains. Integr Comp Biol  doi:10.1093/icb/icu032

Rose, JA*, Moore AL*, Russell AP, Butcher MT. Functional osteology of the forelimb digging apparatus in badgers. J Mammal (article is in press; scheduled to be published in the June issue of the journal)

Rupert JE*, Moriera A, Cordero Schmidt E, VandeBerg JL, Rodriguez Herrera B, Butcher MT. Myosin isoform expression in the prehensile tails of didelphid marsupials: functional differences between arboreal and terrestrial opossums. Anat Rec doi: 10.1002/ar.22948

*Current or former graduate student.

Dr. Janet Del Bene Publishes 250th Paper!

Delbene-JanetYoungstown State University has been lucky to have some great professors in the past, but few have been as active as Dr. Janet Del Bene. The Youngstown State University College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics would like to congratulate Dr. Del Bene on recently publishing her 250th paper.

For her 250th paper, Dr. Del Bene arranged her publications so that her only paper that didn’t tell of her research in theoretical chemistry would be about her mentor, Dr. John Pople, whom she worked with during her second postdoctoral fellowship, and also during her first sabbatical from YSU. Dr. John Pople was Continue reading

Publications: Dr. Butcher and Students

Michael T. Butcher, assistant professor, in the Department of Biological Sciences, published the article “Correlation of muscle function and bone strain in the hindlimb of the river cooter turtle (Pseudemys concinna)” in the September issue of the Journal of Morphology. This work was the Graduate Thesis of his student Brett R. Aiello. He also published the article “Forelimb muscle architecture and force production potential in the eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus).” The primary author of this paper is his graduate student, Jacob Rose, whom helped complete this study as an undergraduate at YSU. This article will be published in the November issue of the Journal of Morphology. To learn more about the research projects being conducted in his lab, visit his laboratory website:

Publications for Dr. Bonita Sharif and Students (underlined)

Falcone, M., and Sharif, B., (2013). “OnionUML: An Eclipse Plug-In for Visualizing UML Class Diagrams in Onion Notation.” ICPC 2013 Tool Track, San Francisco, California, USA, May 19-21, 2013, co-located with ICSE, pp. 233-235.

Walters, B., Falcone, M., Shibble, A., Sharif. B., (2013). “Towards an Eye-tracking Enabled IDE for Software Traceability Tasks.” 7th International Workshop on Traceability in Emerging Forms of Software Engineering (TEFSE 2013). San Francisco, CA, May 19 2013. pp 51-54

Sharif, B., Dragan, N., Sutton, A., Collard, M., Maletic, J., (2013). “Identifying and Analyzing Software Design Activities” invited book chapter in the edited book “Software Designers in Action: A Human-Centric Look at Design Work.” Chapman & Hall/CRC Innovations in Software Engineering and Software Development Series, Chapter 10, 22 pages.

Binkley, D., Davis, M., Lawrie, D., Maletic, J., Morrell, C., and Sharif. B., (2013). “The Impact of Identifier Style on Effort and Comprehension.” (Invited submission to a special issue of the Journal of Empirical Software Engineering) selected from the best papers of ICPC 2010., vol 18 issue 2, pp. 219-276, authors listed in alphabetical order of last name.

Faculty Faction: Dr. Michael Butcher

Dr. Michael T. Butcher

Youngstown State University collects all sorts of people as students, faculty, and professors. Each of these people has something specific and unique to offer the community and the university. Dr. Michael Butcher, assistant professor of anatomy and physiology, has been an essential part of the research initiative in the Department of Biological Sciences for the last five years.

Michael feels at home in the Biological Sciences department; the position is what brought him to the Youngstown area.

“The Department of Biological Sciences was a good fit for me and they were very supportive of my research program,” Michael says.

Dr. Butcher studied Continue reading

Publication: The Merger History, Active Galactic Nucleus, and Dwarf Galaxies of Hickson Compact Group 59

Konstantopoulos, I. S., Gallagher, S. C., Fedotov, K., Durrell, P. R., Tzanavaris, P., Hill, A. R., Zabludoff, A. I., Maier, M. L., Elmegreen, D. M., Charlton, J. C., Johnson, K. E., Brandt, W. N., Walker, L. M., Eracleous, M., Maybhate, A., Gronwall, C., English, J., Hornschemeier, A. E., and Mulchaey, J. S., “The Merger History, Active Galactic Nucleus, and Dwarf Galaxies of Hickson Compact Group 59″, Astrophysical Journal, 745, 30 (2012)

Publication: The role of group velocity delay in Faraday rotation in a multilayer polymer lattice

Michael Crescimanno, Guilin Mao, James H. Andrews, Kenneth D. Singer, Eric Baer, Anne Hiltner, Hyunmin Song, Kyle Comeau, Bijayandra Shakya, Aaron Bishop, and Ryan Livingston, “The role of group velocity delay in Faraday rotation in a multilayer polymer lattice,” accepted to appear in the Journal of the Optical Society of America B (2012).

Publication: The Local Field Factor and Microscopic Cascading: A Self-Consistent Method Applied to Confined Systems of Molecules

Nathan J. Dawson and James H. Andrews, “The Local Field Factor and Microscopic Cascading: A Self-Consistent Method Applied to Confined Systems of Molecules,” to appear in the Journal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics 45, 035401(7pp) (2012).

Publication: Developing a Multi-Faceted Survey of Engineering Course for Junior and Senior Level High School Students

Robert J. Korenic, Assistant Professor, Civil and Construction Engineering Technology, presented his research paper titled Developing a Multi-Faceted Survey of Engineering Course for Junior and Senior Level High School Students at the 2010-2011 American Society of Engineering Educators North Central/ Illinois-Indiana conference which was held at Central Michigan University on April 1 through April 2, 2020.

Publication: An Actor-Network Perspective of QR Utilization

“An Actor-Network Perspective of QR Utilization”, Malinka Ivanova, Technical University-Sofia, College of Energetics and Electronics, Sofia, Bulgaria; Javed Alam, Youngstown State University, College of STEM, Youngstown, Ohio; Proceedings of the Fourth International Scientific Conference – FMNS2011, VOLUME 1,pp 105-110, 8 – 11 June 2020, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Science, South-West University “Neofit Rilski”, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria