Mentors

Collection Gets New Home

Captain David Sabulsky ’04, left, and David Truby

Captain David Sabulsky ’04, left, IUP ROTC instructor, and David Truby, professor emeritus of journalism, with the books and documents Truby donated to the Military Science Department library [Keith Boyer]

The Military Science Department library is more than 300 books and historical documents richer, thanks to a donation by David Truby, professor emeritus of journalism and a U.S. Army veteran. Making the donation from his professional library collection, Truby said, “I thought the students and staff would make far more use of these resources than I would at this point in my life.” The books range in topic from military history to tactics, weaponry, logistics, and intelligence, and the documents touch on 21st century warfare, counterinsurgency, and psychological operations. In addition to this most recent donation, the university library houses a special collection with Truby’s journalistic and investigative books, authorship manuscripts, speeches, and more.

Multitasking to the Extreme

Those who appreciate their PCs may understand just a taste of what high-performance computing means to researchers. Some of their computer simulations boil down to millions of equations that, without high-performance computing, would take days, weeks, or longer to solve. Last fall, Mathematics professors John Chrispell and Ed Donley attended an international conference in Salt Lake City, where they assembled a mini-computing cluster they are now using to teach high-performance computing at IUP. They have also been developing a curriculum with educators from around the world. The increased speed this technology brings to solving complex equations will allow IUP students to stay at the forefront of mathematics and related sciences, they said.

Inspiring the Next Generation

Gary Dean, of the Department of Adult and Community Education, has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame based on distinguished contributions to the field. Dean joined the IUP faculty in 1987 and has served as chair of his department since 1991. One of his books, Designing Instruction for Adult Learners, has been a bestseller for Krieger Publishing and the primary book used in graduate programs for adult education instructional design. Dean also is co-editor of the PAACE Journal of Lifelong Learning, which he created 21 years ago. The annual journal has since been cited as a leading publication in adult education.

Funding Assured

IUP has received $231,000 from the National Science Foundation for a program that will award 40 scholarships to IUP students who are undecided on a major but show an interest in the Information Assurance concentration. IUP was one of the first universities to support an academic program in the field, which blends criminology and computer science to address the protection and defense of information and information systems. Computer Science professor Rose Shumba wrote the grant proposal and is leading the project, along with faculty members William Oblitey, Computer Science, and Jennifer Gossett, Criminology. The project will receive $1.1 million over five years.

Faculty Deaths

In recent months, the following faculty and former faculty members died.

Michele Papakie ’93 congratulating Chemistry professor John Woolcock

Journalism faculty member Michele Papakie ’93 congratulated Chemistry professor John Woolcock in December on the naming of an award in his honor. Woolcock died of pancreatic cancer in January. [Keith Boyer]

Barbara Aierstock, a professor emerita who taught physical education from 1972 to 1993, died December 29, 2012.

Charles Godlasky, a professor emeritus of the Department of Health and Physical Education and a former football assistant coach who taught from 1968 to 1991, died January 11, 2013.

Carl Oakes ’53, a professor emeritus and member of the Mathematics Department from 1961 to 1986, died January 22, 2013.

John Woolcock, a faculty member in the Chemistry Department since 1984, died January 29, 2013. IUP’s Center for Teaching Excellence named a faculty recognition award in his honor in December.

Dale Woomer, a professor emeritus of the Department of Technology Support and Training who taught from 1965 to 1984, died January 8, 2013.

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