Student set to deliver supplies to Mt. Everest base camp in support of veterans’ health

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Student Steven Downey is one of six Ohio-based American Legion members departing tomorrow for Nepal, where they will trek to the 17,565-foot Mount Everest base camp and deliver supplies to villagers who have endured a major earthquake and a deadly avalanche in the last two years.

For Downey and OSU student Drew Oakes of Stow, both members of UA's Legion Post 808, the journey is to honor veterans lost to suicide and to bring awareness to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Once at the base camp, the team will connect with the co-founder of Summit for Soldiers, Mike Fairman, a former Navy corpsman and an Afghanistan war veteran from Columbus. Fairman reached the summit of Everest on May 19. Summit for Soldier's purpose is to encourage healthy outdoor activity and to provide veteran-to-veteran support for those who suffer and may be at risk of post-traumatic stress disorder or suicide.​

You can follow Steven on Twitter at @beardeddowney

New book from UA Press examines longtime Akron mayor

bookcover​The University of Akron Press has published "The Indomitable Don Plusquellic: How a Controversial Mayor Quarterbacked Akron's Comeback" by Steve Love, a journalist for 35 years and the author or co-author of four books, including "Wheels of Fortune: The Story of Rubber in Akron."

A graduate of Kenmore High School, where he was a star football player, Don Plusquellic served as mayor of Akron for 28 years until 2015. In "The Indomitable Don Plusquellic," Love describes many of the controversies and accomplishments of Akron and its mayor during the period.

The 500-page book also steps back to consider Plusquellic's tenure in the broader history of mayors of comparable cities at the end of the 20th century, doing much to explain why Plusquellic was sufficiently respected by his peers to be chosen as president of the United States Conference of Mayors.

Learn more or buy it online now.

Olson awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award to Finland

Dr. Susan J. Olson, professor emeritus in The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award for Finland this fall.

Olson will be providing professional development and conducting research with and for the faculty at Hagga Helia University in Helsinki. Her trip will take place August through December.

Once back home, Olson expects to make presentations next spring about the experience for faculty and students interested in the Fulbright Program.

Hewitt named American Psychological Foundation Fellow

Dr. Amber Hewitt, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, has been selected as the American Psychological Foundation’s Jacquelin Goldman Congressional Fellow. The nationally competitive fellowship in Washington, D.C. will begin in August. 

In this position, Hewitt will work with national policy that affects the psychological development of children, contribute to the more effective use of psychological knowledge in government, and broaden awareness about the value of psychology-government interaction among psychologists and within the federal government. Hewitt will be involved in drafting legislation, conducting oversight work, assisting with congressional hearings and events, and preparing briefs and speeches.

Paper examines views of online courses in STEM fields, wins award

Students hold multiple yet negative views of online teaching of STEM courses, a position that’s often contrary what administrators may believe students think of online classes, according to a paper authored by Dr. Susan Ramlo. The paper was named Best Professional Paper from the 2016 Eastern Educational Research Association Conference.

Statements by students and administrators about online learning in the STEM fields were sorted by students, and the sorts were grouped into views using Q Methodology. Interpretations of the three different student views provided insight onto how students feel about online courses.

Ramlo is professor of general technology – physics in the College of Applied Science and Technology, and she has a joint appointment in the Department of Physics.

The paper is now in review at a journal. Acknowledgement of the award is expected to be posted on the Eastern Educational Research Association’s site in the future.


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This article originally appeared on 5-09-2016

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