Focus on Faculty

Read highlights about what some of our faculty members are up to at Scranton from the spring, summer and fall.

Scranton Journal focuses on significant achievements of several University faculty members who are passionate about research and teaching.
Scranton Journal focuses on significant achievements of several University faculty members who are passionate about research and teaching.

Physics Professor Awarded NASA Grant

Nathaniel Frissell, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Physics and Engineering Department, was awarded a $481,260 grant through NASA’s Space Weather Applications Operations 2 Research Program. He will serve as the principal investigator for the research project, entitled “Enabling Space Weather Research with Global Scale Amateur Radio Datasets,” with collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Haystack Observatory and The University of Alabama. This new NASA award complements the five-year, $616,054 National Science Foundation CAREER grant Dr. Frissell received in 2020, which aims to understand the source of the traveling ionospheric disturbances observed in both the amateur radio data and other scientific datasets, as well as a National Science Foundation grant in 2019.

Professor Named Among Elite Global Ethical Hackers

Mehmet F. Bastug, Ph.D., assistant professor in the University’s Sociology, Criminal Justice and Criminology Department, was named to the 100-member Certified Ethical Hacker Hall of Fame by the EC-Council, the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants.

The 2021 Hall of Fame celebrates some of the most accomplished Certified Ethical Hackers (CEHs) around the world. The Hall of Fame recognizes EC-Council members who earned their Certified Ethical Hacking certification with a score of 90 percent or better, who were chosen by the council’s selection committee based on their accomplishments regarding their contribution to society and their role in the organization where they are employed, among other factors.

Faculty Members Honored by University

Yaodong Bi, Ph.D., professor of computing sciences, was named Teacher of the Year by the University’s Class of 2021.

The award was presented at a virtual Class Night event on May 21.

Ashley L. Stampone ’10, G’11, faculty specialist in the Accounting Department was selected as the Kania School of Management Professor of the Year for the second year in a row by student members of the University’s Business Club.

The virtual announcement was made on May 19. Stampone was also selected for this honor in May of 2020.

Daniel J. West Jr., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Health Administration and Human Resources Department at Scranton, received the John L. Earl III Award for service to the University, the faculty and the wider community.

The 2021 John L. Earl III Award was presented at the University’s annual Fall Convocation, which took place on campus on Sept. 3. 

Provost Faculty Enhancement Awards

Nine University faculty members were honored with Provost Faculty Enhancement awards for excellence in teaching, scholarship or service. The Office of the Provost and the Provost Advisory Group selected the recipients from a pool of candidates nominated by academic deans and department chairs.

Douglas Boyle, D.B.A., Excellence for University Service and Leadership Award

Paul Datti, Ph.D., Excellence in Integrating Diversity in Learning Award

LeeAnn Eschbach, Ph.D., Faculty Senate Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award

Virginia Picchietti, Ph.D., Excellence in Advancing Global Learning Award

Charles Pinches, Ph.D., Excellence in Advancing Interdisciplinary Study Award

Rose Sebastinelli, Ph.D., Excellence in Integrating Sustainability into the Curriculum Award

Lori Walton, Ph.D., D.P.T., Excellence in Integrating Mission and Justice into the Curriculum Award

Jill Warker, Ph.D., Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award

Patricia Wright, Ph.D., Excellence in Scholarly Publication Award

Psychology Professor Receives Conservation Award

Jessica Nolan, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Environmental Studies Concentration at Scranton, received a 2021 Women in Conservation Award from Penn- Future, an independent, nonpartisan environmental advocacy organization. Dr. Nolan received the award for Woman of Environmental Education. Nolan joined the faculty at Scranton in 2008. She teaches Environmental and Conservation Psychology and Social Psychology, among other courses, and runs the Conservation Psychology Lab at the University.

The Conservation Psychology Lab studies the human impact on the environment and uses the tools and methods of psychology to understand and solve environmental problems. Her research focuses on the application of psychological tools and principles to understand and solve environmental problems. She has studied the effects of normative social influence on various environmental behaviors, including energy conservation and household recycling. She has published more than a dozen articles on environmental behavior in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has presented her research at numerous professional conferences.

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