Faculty and Staff

Ryberg Receives National Science Foundation Research Grant

Dr. Patty RybergPatty Ryberg, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a $168,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant, the first NSF grant received by a Park University faculty member since 1993, will establish a paleobotanical research program at Park with a focus on Antarctic fossil plants. Students will study the critical role plants play in the Earth's environment and changing ecosystem. The NSF grant will fund new microscopes with high-resolution magnification, and it will enable up to 12 Park undergraduate students to participate in stipend research. The students will have access to thousands of Antarctic fossil plants housed at the University of Kansas in Lawrence where Ryberg maintains a research partnership following her post-doctoral fellowship.

Youngblood earns United Nations honor

Steve YoungblookSteven Youngblood, associate professor of communication arts and director of the Center for Global Peace Journalism, received the 2012 Kansas City World Citizen of the Year Award on Oct. 24. The award, given by the World Citizen Committee of the United Nations Association's Greater Kansas City Chapter, was presented to Youngblood (at left in adjacent photo) by Sly James, mayor of Kansas City, Mo. Youngblood is a two-time J. William Fulbright Scholar -- going to Moldova in 2001 and Azerbaijan in 2007. He has taught in 12 countries for the U.S. Department of State, the United Nations Children's Fund and People to People International. He has taught peace journalism in the Republic of Georgia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Turkey and Uganda. Youngblood directed and taught a comprehensive peace journalism project (with $270,000 in grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department) in Uganda from July 2010 to May 2011.

Barnes elected as a fellow of public administration organization

Kay BarnesKay Barnes, distinguished professor for public leadership in Park University's Hauptmann School for Public Affairs and founding director of Park's Center for Leadership, was recently elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Barnes was formally inducted on Nov. 15 during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Chartered by Congress to help public sector leaders meet the important and varied management challenges of today and anticipate those of the future, NAPA is a nonprofit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation's most critical and complex challenges.