Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Chillicothe Campus student researchers capture prizes at university expo


OU-C student researchers Bethany Gilmore (left), Courtney Barker and Brittany Steinbrook pose with Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis.

Teams of Ohio University-Chillicothe students captured honors in the recent Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo, which was held at the Convocation Center on the Athens campus.

In fact, OU-C student teams won two of the top four prizes awarded to psychology-related research efforts.

OU-C students Courtney Barker, Bethany Gilmore and Brittany Steinbrook won first place in psychology, section one, for their project, “Boy (or Girl) to the Rescue: The influence of gender on bystander effect.”

Chillicothe Campus students Ashley Burns, Roxie Ann Gilbraith and Hautumn Greenleaf won second place in psychology, section two, for their project, “The impact of racial and socio-economic stereotypes on memory.”

Also, the team of Erin Ater, Ashlee Daniels, Lori Davis and Courtney Lindsey captured honorable mention for their project, “Excuse me, can you spare some change? The role of empathy in complying to a request.”

The event included 526 entrants, with entries grouped according to academic discipline. The projects represent top academic research efforts by students throughout the university. The undergraduate projects are on par with graduate study endeavors.

“I am very proud of the work these students have done, they exemplify the high quality students we have and the high quality education we are providing at OU-C,” faculty mentor Ann Rumble said. “The competition was very tough, and each group competed against six to seven other groups, including graduate students, students from the main campus psychology department and those from the Honors Tutorial College.”

The students gained much from the experience.

“We participated in the expo as part of our research psychology class. The classwork and the expo experience provided a good deal of needed information on what it is to do research,” Davis said.

“I have never done an expo before, and hearing of this made me a little curious of what all went on at the expos,” Barker said. “The research we accomplished alone says a lot about the high quality of an education one can receive at OU-Chillicothe, which continues to grow, and the area is realizing what good of an education one can receive.”

OU-C faculty member Mary Barbara Trube to participate in academic endeavors in China

Mary Barbara Trube, Ph.D., associate professor of education at Ohio University-Chillicothe, is an invited guest of the School of English Language, Literature & Culture at Beijing International Studies University (BISU), Beijing, China from June 22 – 26.

While at BISU, Trube will lecture on the topics of academic language using a content-based teaching and learning approach and English as Foreign Language (EFL) academic writing. She will participate in workshops and seminars for graduate students, faculty and secondary teachers. She will also visit project K-12 schools where English is taught and have the opportunity to observe and provide feedback on classroom instruction.  In addition, Trube will review textbooks and research proposals which are intended to result in collaborative research between Ohio University-Athens, OU-C and BISU. 

Trube has collaborated with English immersion and EFL educators in China for more than 12 years.  Among the resulting publications are “Meeting the Dual Goals of Content Knowledge and English Language Learning: A Study of the CCUEI Curriculum Materials,” in Frontiers of Education in China with Xiaodan Huang and Chunlan Yu; “English Immersion in China” in English Language Education across Greater China with Haiyan Qiang, Linda Seigel, Xiaodan Huang; and “English Immersion Teacher Evaluation and Feedback Form (EI-TEFF): Collaborative Development Process” in Education Policy, Reform, and School Innovations in the Asia-Pacific Region.

Andrew Pierce named Information Technology support specialist at OU-C

Andrew Pierce has been named Information Technology support specialist at Ohio University-Chillicothe, effective May 20.

Pierce has been a campus computer specialist at Hocking College since 2007. Among his duties were
providing hardware and software support to faculty and staff members, working in a four person team that maintained 1,900 computers on three campuses including more than 20 computer labs. He has PC, MAC, server and networking experience.  He was previously a network technician for Gallia County Schools, where he managed network infrastructure devices and maintained classroom distance learning and multimedia devices.

Pierce, a graduate of Vinton County High School, earned an associate degree in network systems from the University of Rio Grande.

He replaces Joe Triplett, who has transitioned to a faculty position.

Former faculty and staff members are awarded emeritus status by the university

Three recently-retired Chillicothe Campus faculty and staff members have been awarded emeritus status by Ohio University. Those individuals include Patricia Griffith, Nancy Harris and Hamid Shahrestani.

Emeritus status recognizes individuals who have completed meritorious service to the university and is based on length of service; quality of teaching and research or performance in the administrative position; overall contribution to the university; and service to society beyond the university community.

Griffith worked at OU-C from 1977 to 1983 and from 1988 until her retirement as Director of Information and Technology Services in 2012. Griffith earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Cincinnati and her master’s degree in education, with an emphasis in microcomputer education. She was named a distinguished alumnus of OU-C in 2010.

Harris, who joined OU-C in 1978, was a member of the campus community for nearly 31 years before retiring as Manager of Accounting and Human Resources. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education (social studies) from Southern Illinois University. She received the OU-C Outstanding Staff Member Award in 1986 and the Ohio University Outstanding Employee Award in 1998.

Shahrestani joined the OU-C faculty in 1991 and retired as Associate Professor of Economics in 2012. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Canada and a doctoral degree from the University of Cincinnati. He has several professional publications and presented research papers at numerous academic conferences.

‘Faces of Survivors’ exhibit portrays human element of cancer

Candid portraits of local cancer survivors will be on display in the fourth annual “Faces of Survivors” art exhibit in the Patricia Scott Art Gallery at Ohio University-Chillicothe’s Bennett Hall from June 3 through June 21.

A reception will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on June 1, with a suggested donation of $5.

The portraits, which are courtesy of Mears Photography of Chillicothe, are intended to articulate that, for many the real face of cancer is a human face. The portraits capture the grace, dignity and determination of local individuals who fight this disease every day.