Business briefs

YSU PROF RECEIVES GRANT: Abdu Arslanyilmaz, associate professor of computer science, information and engineering technology at Youngstown State University, has received a $286,526 research and development grant from the National Science Foundation.

The grant funds the design, development and testing of an accessible computing curriculum for students with autism spectrum disorders. The project is for two years with a potential of an additional three-year second phase of a larger scale project within the same NSF program.

Margaret Briley, assistant professor of Teacher Education at YSU, is the co-principal investigator, with Potential Development and the Rich Center for Autism as collaborators.

REALTY FIRM OPENS OFFICE / AGENTS HONORED: Boardman-based More Options Realty recently opened a new office in East Palestine at 91 W. Taggart St. The company now has five offices in Ohio and Pennsylvania and ranks 10th in the area in sold transactions.

Also, three Realtors with the firm have been awarded the Presidents Club award from the Ohio Association of Realtors for volume more than $2 million. They are Steve DeMaiolo, Ryan Hallapy and William Liptak.

PEOPLE MAGAZINE RECOGNIZES SHEETZ: Altoona, Pa.-based Sheetz was named by People magazine to its 2020 list of “50 Companies That Care.”

The annual list, now in its fourth year, focused on how companies have responded to the COVID-19 crisis to care for their employees, their communities and the world. Sheetz ranked 11th on this year’s list and was the only convenience store to be recognized.

YSU STUDENT HR GROUP RECOGNIZED: The Youngstown State University student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management received the national Society for Human Resource Management 2019-20 Superior Merit Award for providing superior HR programming and professional development opportunities to its members.

SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting workplaces with more than 300,000 HR and business executive members in 165 countries.

New businesses

TRIO FORMS MARKETING FIRM: Three creative professionals have brought a new agency to the Youngstown area with the recent launch of Clever.

Founded by Whitney Burd, Tony Marr and Adrienne Sabo, Clever offers branding, marketing, design and digital services to clients of all sizes throughout the region. The three have nearly 30 years in marketing and advertising experience.

The firm provides a full spectrum of marketing services, including logo design and brand aesthetics, website development, marketing campaigns and social media management.

People on the move

BURN SURGEON JOINS AKRON CHILDREN’S: Dr. Anjay Khandelwal has joined Akron Children’s Hospital as a surgeon specializing in acute / reconstructive burn surgery and surgical critical care at the hospital’s Paul and Carol David Foundation Burn Institute.

As a former staff surgeon in the division of trauma, critical care, acute care surgery and burns at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, Khandelwal was the director of the Burn Care Center and co-director of the Institute of Burn Ethics.

Khandelwal is active in burn education and international outreach, and also founded India’s first and only recreational camp for burned children.

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