YSU Math Professors Earn State, National Recognition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Two Youngstown State University are being recognized on the state and national levels.

Alicia Prieto Langarica, associate professor of mathematics and statistics, received the national Henry L. Alder Award for Distinguished Teaching from the Mathematical Association of America. The award is presented annually to three faculty members nationwide and recognizes extraordinary teaching that has influence beyond the classroom.

Anita O’Mellan, professor of mathematics and teacher education, will receive the Kenneth Cummins Award for Exemplary Mathematics Teaching from the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics at the council’s October conference in Sandusky. The award is given annually to one Ohio math or math education faculty member.

O’Mellan holds a doctorate from Memphis State University and joined the YSU mathematics department in 1993. In 2000, she was cross-appointed with the department of teacher education. Her research interests focus on graph theory, combinatorics and mathematics education.

Prieto Langarica earned a doctorate from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research focuses on the intersection of mathematics and biology, specifically problems related to the medical field.

Pictured: YSU professors Alicia Prieto Langarica (left) and Anita O’Mellan are being recognized at the state and national levels.

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