Sharing a personal message while we battle COVID-19: many people want to be involved, and one local business is making sure you can too.The 3D printers are busy at Advanced Methods in Innovation (AMI). They’re making special face shields with personalized messages on the visor. For example, one says, “Thank You, From Your Friends At Fireline.”
“We thought what a great opportunity for individuals to convey that message of support to those critical workers. We appreciate what you’re doing,” said AMI worker Julie Michael Smith. Because 3D printing is adaptable, it makes the personalization and customization really quick and easy, like, “The Scotts Say Thanks To An American Hero.”
One New York woman bought some for her grandson who’s a first responder. “She just wanted to put a shield that says, ‘Your Grandma Loves You. Keep Safe.’ That’s what this is about. It’s very personal,” said AMI chairman Jack Scott.
You can buy the shields and choose who gets them or AMI will donate them to essential organizations. They are very durable face shields. “They can be reused multiple times, they can be decontaminated. It’s there to be used,” Scott said.
AMI can print 1,500 face shields a week. The messages can be 50 characters. The beauty of these shields is that they bring the human aspect alive, connecting people in this crisis. “Sometimes just having that extra bit of encouragement is knowing that people are thinking of you, supporting you, appreciate your efforts, really can make all the difference in the world,” Smith said.
You can buy four shields for $25 and add the message you like. Just contact Smith at email@example.com for more information.
This article was retrieved from WKBN First News. View the original article to watch a short video about AMI's production of face shields.
Resume trends, Staying Up-to-Date, and Appealing to Recruiters
Resumes can be subjective, opinions may vary, and the question we are mainly looking to answer is "what type of resume is preferred by employers?". Creating a resume sometimes feels like an extra unwelcomed task. One might ask themselves, how many hoops do I have to jump through to receive employment? What other documents do I need? Today, having a quality resume may eliminate the extra work and put you on the fast track for employment. A resume could supply the reader with enough information about yourself to avoid the “other” documents such as a cover letter, references, or perhaps a letter of interest. In a resume, we hope to transfer all the relevant information an employer may need in an organized and transparent way. With all these variations, what would be the best format for you? Within this article, we will discuss the current and beneficial resume trends or formats.
One of the first steps in creating a resume is deciding what type of resume you want. There are three types of resumes to choose from. Chronological, Functional, and Combination. Sometimes it may be better to consider more than one format. Another suggestion that is subjective for the interpreter and the creator is to include a “Summary” (Currently we do not suggest to include this within our office, instead we suggest to include an “Objective Statement” for those seeking an internship/co-op/REU opportunity). Creating a header with your name, contact information, as well as physical address will benefit and give the reader an idea of where you are at in the world and how to reach you. When listing a phone number be cognizant that people WILL eventually call and you SHOULD set up a professional voicemail. When saving, emailing, or posting a resume make sure to create a PDF version. Some of the best fonts to include within a resume are fonts, which are clean, sleek, and most importantly scanner friendly. These fonts are eyeball friendly and easy to read for recruiters and hiring managers. Stick to fonts such as Arial, Verdana, Garamond, Trebuchet MS, Century Gothic, Gill Sans MT, Lucida Sans, and Tahoma.
Some of the quick tips provided by TheMuse include keeping it simple, spotlighting key skills, breaking it down within your responsibilities or accomplishments within experiences, as well as quantifying your bullets. Trends for formatting go back to previously mentioned formats of chorological, functional, and combination. Chronological resumes are great for people who have had a steady career path in the same field for a long period of time or are applying for jobs in similar fields and has few gaps in employment history. Employers like chronological resumes because it is easy to see at a glance what an employee has done in the past. Functional resumes are great for people who have started and stopped their careers and have gaps within their work history or are making a significant career change. Functional resumes are also great for individuals targeting a particular position, and need a resume that highlights specific skills, or abilities that relate directly. Combination resumes are great for people making career changes from one industry to another. They are also great to highlight well developed skills and talents that are relevant to a specific position. This would be the best format for someone considered a master in their field.
Information from some of the leading resume creation websites suggested various trends that may increase the chances of a resume making to onto a recruiter’s desk. According to medcerts.com a trend that could help advance a seasoned resume is updating the document with Online Certifications. In certain fields it is very beneficial to receive multiple certifications. Today, there are a lot of certifications that can be obtained through the internet and online courses. For the already established professional, another suggested trend includes focusing on the top of the resume, stating that the top 1/3rd of the document should be an attention grabber. Another leading career service website TheLadders, suggests using the “The High Score Resume”. If you are putting together a functional resume, then use the High Score method. High score meaning focusing on the metaphoric high scores and the achievements you have accomplished or unlocked throughout your career. They suggest this is the most effective way to present yourself without bragging, while providing hiring managers or recruiters’ concrete proof of what you are capable of. This approach is referring to writing to make each bullet a high score. By high score what is meant, is sharing numbers, how well you did in a particular job, as well as bringing a type of enthusiasm to how you retell the story or narrative. “Let your future boss know how good you were at the role, by providing your score.” Suggested by TheLadders, the best way to communicate previous experience is with a success verb and a number, whether it be units, a dollar sign, or a percentage. Multiple jobs or promotions at various companies require careful presentation of both for the understanding of the people who will read your resume as well as software systems that will translate your resume into storable versions within the company’s database. One trend mentioned is the input of a line under the company name describing the company or responsibilities of the position. For example, “A global water transport company” for describing the company, and “Managed $30 million ad budget for national hotel chain”, when describing responsibilities, or even circumstances that led you to a role, “Recruited by CEO to take over all HR operations nationally”. Another trend consists of handling gaps in employment history. Gaps consist of sired, fired, and retired. Sired would be a situation where you or your spouse gave birth and you decide to stay home for some number of years, now that time period is up and you’re looking to get back into the workplace. Suggested by “theladders.com”, the ideal way to list something like this would be something like “Stay-at-home parent, for a family of four, energized to return to work. 2011-2020”. Keep in mind your four audience members for a resume are screeners, recruiters, future bosses, and company software (ATS).
It is very common and a growing trend for a resume to be subjected to a computer judgment before a human being can make a decision if the document is good or bad. Over 98% of fortune 500 companies use ATS, or company software. 75% of recruiters and hiring managers also use ATS. It is suggested that if you do not know how to optimize your resume for AI and ATS, it may never make it through to the next round and to a hiring manager’s desk. One of the most important steps is understanding what needs to be communicated, this includes providing proof on how you can bridge the gap between your experience and how you plan to help solve the company’s biggest needs. Another suggestion by Forbes includes adding key value-based metrics, such as revenue generated, time saved, customer satisfaction or retention changes, and improved operational efficiency.
Resumes can be complicated. Staying up on trends may make it easier and provide a better opportunity for reaching the desk of a hiring manager or recruiter. Everyone has their own perception to what a good resume looks like. The main items to focus on are getting quality information on the document, in a nice presentable format, while being easy to read and in a friendly length. Resumes are ever changing documents, make sure to create these documents within a word processor, so they can easily be changed or edited to fit specific jobs that you are applying to. Check with the YSU College of STEM Professional Services to assist you with your resume. Submit your resume to STEM.firstname.lastname@example.org to be reviewed by one of the Professional staff members.
This article is written by our team at STEM Professional Services. Visit their website for more information about the resources they have for students.
Simon Roofing is headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, with 66 service centers located throughout the United States. To adhere to its highest standards in both quality and safety, Simon Roofing manufactures its own innovative commercial/industrial roofing products and uses its own well-trained technicians to complete all repairs, restorations and replacements. With more than 115 years of commercial/industrial roofing experience, Simon remains committed to providing its customers with service excellence, state-of-the-art technology, unparalleled asset management tools and 24/7/365 emergency support.
In addition to being spotlighted as the Employer of the Month, Simon Roofing received the Youngstown State University College of STEM, STEM Intern Employer of the Year Award for 2018-2019. Kalliope Zembillas, a Chemical Engineering student who interned at Simon Roofing not only received the Youngstown State University College of STEM, STEM Intern of the Year Award for 2018-2019, but also was nominated and won the national Cooperative Education Internship Association (CEIA) Award for 2020 Student Internship Achievement Award due to her experience at Simon Roofing.
Below are some of the questions we asked the employer to get more insight into their internship programs and business operations.
1. Does your company require interns to register their experience?
We ask our interns for ongoing feedback so we can learn what they liked/disliked to help with future internships.
2. Does your company have a structured Intern/Co-Op Program?
Yes; we let them experience a few different tasks in their assigned department and then gravitate to the area they enjoy most. They still handle day-to-day tasks, as well as work on special projects.
3. What industry is your company considered to be in and what is your company’s specialty?
Commercial/industrial roofing. Our specialty is extending the watertight life of roofs through repairs and restorations and our unique proposition is that we’re a vertically integrated commercial roofing manufacturer, installer and warrantor.
4. What are some of the products your company offers?
Elastomeric roof coatings, roof cements, metal roofs and single ply roof membranes.
In our conversation, we found that Simon Roofing regularly attends the STEM Expos at YSU. Jeff also mentioned that his company tends to hire 5-10 interns annually, and out of those annual interns 6 of them have been turned into full time employees at Simon Roofing. Currently Simon Roofing is not a fortune 500 company, but they do have 66 service center locations throughout the United States.
Special Thanks to Jeff Meyers, YSU alumnus and Laboratory Manager at Simon Roofing, for helping with this important information for our STEMguins.
Alexandra Ballow, a Junior mathematics and physics double major at YSU, is among only 396 college students nationwide to receive the Goldwater Scholarship this year, from a field of 1,343 mathematics, science and engineering students from 461 colleges and universities. In total, 16 Ohio residents were selected. Ballow will receive a $7,500 one-year award.
Ballow completed research at the Berkeley National Labs for the past two summers under the advisement of Alina Lazar, professor of Computer Science, and has worked on research problems under the advisement of Alicia Prieto, associate professor of Mathematics, since her first semester at YSU, and more recently Physics faculty members, Donald Priour and Michael Crescimanno.
“Research with faculty has defined my YSU experience," Ballow said. "I have been doing research on campus since my first week here. I will never be able to thank all of these mentors, especially those who took a risk on my abilities. I would never have even applied for this award without them.” Ballow plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics after graduating YSU. Her career goals include teaching at the university level and conducting research in how abstract algebra relates to quantum mechanics.
She is the eighth YSU student to receive the Goldwater Scholarship since 1997. Four students have also received honorable mentions. All 12 have also been members of the YSU Honors College.
“The award serves as a testament to both Alex's dedication to developing broad research experiences and amazing YSU faculty members who enabled her to have these opportunities,” said Tom Wakefield, chair of Mathematics and campus Goldwater representative. “My thanks to her advisors, Drs. Lazar and Prieto, as well as all YSU faculty and staff who work tirelessly to provide our students with opportunities and experiences that are unparalleled.”
Established in 1986, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program is named in honor of the former U.S. senator who served for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years in the Senate. The purpose of the program is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians and engineers by awarding one- and two-year scholarships—covering the cost of tuition, books and room and board up to $7,500 a year—to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. The Goldwater Scholarship is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.
Information from this article was retrieved from YSU News.
The STEM College would like to announce the recipients who have received awards from the Academic Affairs Division. These awards were given to faculty and chairs of their respective departments for exhibiting exceptional leadership during 2019-2020 academic school year.
This year’s recipients are:
DISTINGUISHED PROFESSORSHIP AWARDS 2019-2020
For excellence in teaching ~
Laura Calcagni, Department of Nursing
Rebecca Curnalia, Department of Communication
Omer Genc, Department of Marketing
Victoria Kress, Department of Counseling, School Psychology & Educational Leadership
Alicia Prieto Langarica, Department of Mathematics & Statistics
Bradley Shellito, Department of Geography and Urban-Regional Studies
Patrick Spearman, Department of Teacher Education
James C. Umble, Dana School of Music
For excellence in scholarship ~
Ewelina Boczkowska, Dana School of Music
Susan Clutter, Department of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
Michael Crescimanno, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Ramesh Dangol, Department of Management
Karen Larwin, Department of Counseling, School Psychology & Educational Leadership
Yogesh Uppal, Department of Economics
Feng Yu, Department of Computer Science & Information Systems
For excellence in service ~
Snjezana Balaz, Department of Physics & Astronomy
Jane Beese, Department of Counseling, School Psychology & Educational Leadership
Christopher Bellas, Department of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences
Timothy Francisco, Department of English
Weiqing Ge, Department of Physical Therapy
Helen (Guohong) Han-Haas, Department of Management
Device now being reviewed by National Institutes of Health
A team of Youngstown State University faculty, working with physicians, nurses and respiratory therapists at Mercy Health Youngstown, have designed a filtration cartridge that could help address the shortage of personal protection equipment in the ongoing fight against the coronavirus.
The 3D-printed device, under review by the National Institutes of Health’s Print Exchange, creates a reusable, adaptable filter cartridge that can be attached to commercially available protective masks used in healthcare settings.
“The project addresses the need by doctors, nurses and other frontline medical providers for a readily-available substitute for N95 face masks during the pandemic,” said Darrell Wallace, YSU professor and program coordinator for Manufacturing Engineering.
“The principal advantage of this approach is leveraging existing and available materials to build low-to-medium volumes with 3D printing and then scale to large quantities with a design readily-promoted to traditional injection molding.”
Wallace teamed with Brian Vuksanovich, YSU associate professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology, to design the device and last week submitted it for NIH review by way of a new COVID-19 innovation portal developed by America Makes, the national accelerator for additive manufacturing and 3D printing headquartered in Youngstown.
Other YSU faculty involved include Eric MacDonald, the Friedman Chair for Manufacturing; Jason Walker, assistant professor of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; John Martin, associate professor of Engineering Technology; Pedro Cortes, associate professor of Chemical Engineering; Taci Turel, associate professor of Human Ecology; Mary Yacovone, professor of Health Professions; Joseph D’Uva, associate professor of Art; Julie Gentile, Director of Environmental, Occupational, Health, and Safety; and Diana Palardy, associate professor of World Languages and Culture.
The effort is funded in part via a $2.5 million endowment established four years ago in YSU’s College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics by Morris and Phyllis Friedman. The endowment created the Friedman Chair in Manufacturing. “Our faculty continue to innovate, develop and test potential solutions,” said Mike Hripko, YSU associate vice president for External Affairs, Government Relations and Economic Development.“In this situation, YSU's faculty really excels as a solution innovator, policy advisor and consulting partner.”
YSU is considered one of the nation’s top universities for additive manufacturing research and instruction, boasting some of the nation’s top AM researchers involved in multi-million dollar projects with various federal agencies and partnerships around the world.
"We have seen so much innovation throughout the additive manufacturing industry related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said John Wilczynski, executive director of America Makes. “The question we’ve repeatedly been asked is, ‘Are these products safe and reliable in a health care setting?’ The design portion of the (portal) seeks to put clarity around that question for both manufacturers and providers. We believe it is a critical part to allowing the additive industry to effectively meet the needs of front line health care workers."
America Makes is serving as the central national clearinghouse for additively manufactured design and manufacturing, information about the needs of the health care community, collecting designs from innovators and determining the capabilities of the additive manufacturing community to manufacture such designs. Products, like the one designed by the YSU team, are funneled to the NIH, the Food and Drug Administration and the Veterans Administration for fast track review.
In response to the global coronavirus outbreak, YSU is:
Extending Spring Break an additional week for all students, through March 22. There will be no classes on campus however, all of the university’s current, fully online classes will continue as scheduled on March 16.
Starting March 23, all on-campus courses will be delivered remotely for the remainder of the Spring semester. That means face-to-face courses will not be held on campus for the rest of the semester; instead, they will be offered via alternative delivery methods now under development. As a result, students will not need to come back to campus to complete the Spring semester.
Schedule as follows:
March 9-15, Spring Break.
March 16-22, Spring Break extended. No classes, except for regular, fully online courses.
March 23-end of semester, Spring semester classes resume. Instruction delivered remotely; students do not come to campus.
YSU is also:
Finalizing plans to initiate alternative instructional delivery methods that will allow most students to continue their education without coming to campus during the coronavirus outbreak.
Cancelling all on-campus and university-sponsored indoor events and gatherings through March 31.
Suspending all university-sponsored travel, domestic as well as international, until further notice, unless deemed mission critical and approved by a vice president or associate vice president.
A hotline through the Penguin Service Center has been established and is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. Call 330.941.6000 or email email@example.com.
Students and employees should closely monitor their YSU email for updates.
At this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus at YSU however, the state of Ohio has confirmed cases in the state. The university is in regular communication with city, county and state health officials.
Dr. Jason Walker is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Youngstown State University. His research interests in additive manufacturing include process development and monitoring, smart materials, and complex structures. Recently, Dr. Walker was honored as a recipient of the 25 Under 35 Award.
The 25 Under 35 awards program has been a part of the Mahoning Valley for 18 years, said Cara Mia Gatti, chairwoman of the event alongside co-chair, Abby Patterson. The honorees, as well as the three MVP winners, are involved in their community, she said.
The judges selected the three top-prize winners based on their professional and volunteer work, how long they’ve been in the Mahoning Valley and their experiences.
“It’s a ceremony to honor everyone for their hard work in the community and their dedication to making this place a wonderful place to live, have a family and grow,” Gatti said.
A common perception of Youngstown is that there is nothing to do and there are no jobs available, but the ceremony brings young professionals in the Mahoning Valley, who are choosing to stay in this area, together, said Rose Saborse, former president of the Mahoning Valley Young Professionals.
“In the past, we were industrial based and now we’re moving into new horizons with technology and revitalization, and all of our young professionals are having a hand in that,” she said. “They’re choosing to stay in this area and it’s important that we honor those people.”
Emily Bosler, a current BaccMed student at YSU, was diagnosed with hypertension at the age of 13. Though she has a strong family history of high blood pressure — both her parents have it — it was a shocking and unexpected diagnosis at such a young age.
Emily Bosler’s medical experience with Dr. Shefali Mahesh helped her turn lemons into lemonade.
However, Bosler’s positive and inspiring experience at Akron Children’s Hospital changed her life for the better — and it wasn’t just because of the incredible care she received here. She had a change of heart on her negative perception of medicine and now is an aspiring physician.
“Meeting and being a patient of Dr. (Shefali) Mahesh opened my eyes to a possible new career path in medicine,” said Bosler, 21. “What Dr. Mahesh is for me, I want to be for other kids. She treated me as a team member and included me in care decisions, and she spoke to me as an adult, instead of talking over my head to my parents.”
Akron Children’s hypertension patient, Emily Bosler, prior to her interview with LECOM medical school last summer.
In the fall of 2012, Bosler was experiencing frequent headaches, had a sore throat and was vomiting. She was diagnosed with strep throat, but it was during that routine sick visit that a dangerously high blood pressure of 220 over 120 was detected. She was immediately referred to Akron Children’s.
Bosler spent her first night in our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to control her blood pressure. She then was transferred to an inpatient floor, where Dr. Shefali Mahesh, Akron Children’s director of the Division of Pediatric Nephrology, ordered several tests, including an echocardiogram and kidney ultrasound, to get to the root cause of her high blood pressure.
“Emily was found to have thickening of the left side of her heart, which suggests that she had had hypertension that had been undiagnosed and untreated for a while,” said Dr. Mahesh. “Left untreated, it could cause long-term damage to her heart, kidneys and eyes, among other organs.”
Bosler was diagnosed with Essential Hypertension, a common cause of hypertension in adults. She was released from the hospital on 3 blood pressure medications, along with dietary changes and weight management.
Emily Bosler stands with an Akron Children’s nurse during a recent follow-up appointment with Dr. Shefali Mahesh for high blood pressure.
Bosler’s experience at Akron Children’s was something she had never had before. Growing up in a small town, East Canton, she didn’t have a lot of access to medical care. She didn’t go to the doctor often, but when she did, the provider wasn’t always friendly, many times was mean about her weight and didn’t include her in any decision making.
“I’ve been overweight my whole life, but for the first time a provider encouraged me to lose weight in a supportive manner,” said Bosler. “Dr. Mahesh explained to me that by just taking baby steps, losing one pound at a time, it would improve my condition tremendously.”
Emily has always appreciated that Dr. Mahesh included her in care decisions and spoke to her as an adult, rather than to her parents.
Through treatment, Bosler’s care team has been successful in reversing her heart thickening. “Her most recent echocardiogram was completely normal,” said Dr. Mahesh, who continues to monitor Bosler on a regular basis. “Her kidney function is also normal and she is only on 1 blood pressure medication.”
Prior to entering high school, Bosler enrolled in a program at NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) called Med Camp. It’s a 3-day, hands-on experience that exposes students to careers in medicine and sciences. It further ignited her desire to follow a career in medicine.
Emily Bosler poses with her group at NEOMED’s Med Camp, which further ignited her desire to become a doctor.
Today, Bosler is a third-year student at Youngstown State University in a premed program called BaccMed, in conjunction with NEOMED and Lake Erie College.
While she’s not sure where her medical path will lead her — either a pediatrician or a pediatric specialist — she hopes to one day give back for the incredible treatment she was so privileged to receive.
Bosler would enjoy working close to home and making a difference in rural medicine, but if the opportunity presented itself to work at the very place where her story began, she’d take it in a heartbeat.
“It would be neat to go full circle and end up at Akron Children’s,” she said. “The environment here is great for patients and families. I met many people because I was in several areas of the hospital for all the different tests I had done, and instead of making me afraid of doctors, they inspired me to become one.”
Michael Butcher, professor of Biological Sciences, co-authored a research article in the Journal of Experimental Biology that has caught the attention of national science media.
The article, titled “Variation in limb loading magnitude and timing in tetrapods,” has been featured in Phys.org and Science Daily, as well as on the website of the New York Institute of Technology. The NYIT story starts off with a question that the research article answers: “Why do tigers saunter but crocodiles lumber?”. Some information on Dr. Butcher's research is included below.
Abstract: Comparative analyses of locomotion in tetrapods reveal two patterns of stride cycle variability. Tachymetabolic tetrapods (birds and mammals) have lower inter-cycle variation in stride duration than bradymetabolic tetrapods (amphibians, lizards, turtles and crocodilians). This pattern has been linked to the fact that birds and mammals share enlarged cerebella, relatively enlarged and heavily myelinated Ia afferents, and γ-motoneurons to their muscle spindles. Both tachymetabolic tetrapod lineages also possess an encapsulated Golgi tendon morphology, thought to provide more spatially precise information on muscle tension. The functional consequence of this derived Golgi tendon morphology has never been tested. We hypothesized that one advantage of precise information on muscle tension would be lower and more predictable limb bone stresses, achieved in tachymetabolic tetrapods by having less variable substrate reaction forces than bradymetabolic tetrapods. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed hindlimb substrate reaction forces during locomotion of 55 tetrapod species in a phylogenetic comparative framework. Variation in species means of limb loading magnitude and timing confirm that, for most of the variables analyzed, variance in hindlimb loading and timing is significantly lower in species with encapsulated versus unencapsulated Golgi tendon organs. These findings suggest that maintaining predictable limb loading provides a selective advantage for birds and mammals by allowing energy savings during locomotion, lower limb bone safety factors and quicker recovery from perturbations. The importance of variation in other biomechanical variables in explaining these patterns, such as posture, effective mechanical advantage and center-of-mass mechanics, remains to be clarified.