University of Delaware Office of Public Relations The Messenger Vol. 5, No. 2/1996 Seven UD faculty become named professors Seven members of the University of Delaware faculty have been appointed to named professorships in recognition of their distinguished service as teachers and scholars. New named professors are Roberta M. Golinkoff, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Educational Studies; James Hiebert, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Educational Development; Andras Z. Szeri, Robert L. Spencer Professor of Mechanical Engineering; and four new Unidel professors: David Colton and Ralph Kleinman, both mathematical sciences; and Leslie F. Goldstein and James K. Oliver, both political science and international relations. "Named professorships are awarded to only a few of the University's finest faculty members," Provost Mel Schiavelli said "This honor indicates the esteem with which these individuals are held by their peers, both on campus and beyond." These named professorships honor H. Rodney Sharp, a 1900 graduate who was one of the University's most generous benefactors, and Robert L. Spencer, who was dean of the then School of Engineering from 1928 until his retirement in 1945. Unidel professorships owe their origin to the Unidel Foundation, established by Amy E. du Pont (1876-1962), sportswoman and philanthropist, who bequeathed her estate to the University. DAVID L. COLTON Colton specializes in research in the inverse scattering theory-the problem of determining the physical properties of an unknown object from its effect on acoustic, elastic or electromagnetic waves. All of these waves travel through space and when an object is placed in front of the wave, the wave is deformed or "scattered." How it is scattered depends on what it has bumped into. Inverse scattering tries to determine what the object is from observing the deformed waves. Applications of the theory can be seen in radar and sonar, in the use of ultrasound to detect tumors in the body, elastic waves to determine the location and shape of flaws in materials and elastic or electromagnetic waves to determine the location of mineral deposits in the Earth. Recently, in collaboration with Peter Monk, UD professor of mathematical sciences, Colton has been investigating the use of inverse scattering theory in detecting leukemia. Because bone marrow testing for leukemia is expensive, painful and not without danger, the two hope to develop some form of electromagnetic imaging for detection of the disease. This research is being sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. LESLIE F. GOLDSTEIN Goldstein joined the University in 1973. She has taught numerous courses on American government and political theory and on the American judiciary. Her fields of specialization include American constitutional law, American political thought, the history of political theory and gender and law. She served as president-elect and then president of the UD Faculty Senate from 1989-91. Goldstein is author of five books, including Federal Unions and Sovereignty (in progress), In Defense of the Text: An Introduction to Constitutional Theory, Contemporary Cases in Women's Rights and The Constitutional Rights of Women: A Case Study in Law and Social Change. She edited Feminist Jurisprudence: The Difference Debate and co-authored Women in the Judicial Process. Additionally, she has written numerous articles, chapters, review essays and book reviews for scholarly publications. She is a former president of the Law and Courts Section of the American Political Science Association and served on the editorial board of Polity and Women and Politics. ROBERTA M. GOLINKOFF Golinkoff, who is based in the College of Education's Department of Educational Studies, holds joint appointments in the departments of Psychology and Linguistics. She joined the University in 1974. Her research has been supported by several federal grants, including one from the National Institute of Mental Health to study infants' concepts of action roles in filmed events, and two from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study a new approach to language comprehension and language comprehension in cerebral palsied children. The editor of three books, she is co-author of a new MIT Press book on The Origins of Grammar: Evidence from Early Language Comprehension. She also has written many book chapters and articles and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. JAMES HIEBERT Hiebert joined the University's Department of Educational Development in 1982, and since 1987, he has held a joint appointment in the Department of Educational Studies. Hiebert is the recipient of several grants from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement through the National Center for Research in Mathematical Sciences Education and from the National Science Foundation. He is the author of numerous publications and edited the books, Research Agenda in Mathematics Education: Number Concepts and Operations in the Middle Grades and Conceptual and Procedural Knowledge: The Case of Mathematics. Currently, he is working on a new book, Designing Classrooms for Learning with Understanding. RALPH E. KLEINMAN Kleinman's research is mainly concerned with mathematical problems associated with the propagation and scattering of acoustic and electromagnetic waves, including radar cross-section analysis. He currently is the principal investigator on a Multidisciplinary Research Program of the University Research Initiative (MURI) grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Director of the Center for the Mathematics of Waves at UD, his recent research is concerned with problems in inverse scattering and error estimation. In inverse scattering, the shape, location and interior makeup of an object is determined by measuring how the object "scatters" known incident waves, either acoustic, electromagnetic or elastic. Recent projects have been directed toward locating buried objects. His work in error estimation involves deriving mathematical methods for measuring the error committed when integral equations are solved numerically, even when the exact solution is unknown and the direct comparison is impossible. He is author and co-author of more than 100 publications in books and journals. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), past chairperson of the U.S. Commission B, International Scientific Radio Union, associate editor of The SIAM Journal of Applied Mathematics and the former associate editor of Inverse Problems and Radio Science. JAMES K. OLIVER Oliver, director of the UD International Relations Program, also holds a joint appointment in the College of Marine Studies. He joined UD in 1969, after completing his doctorate in international studies at The American University's School of International Service. His research and teaching fields include international relations and organization, American foreign and defense policy and international relations theory. In addition to publishing numerous articles in these fields, he has co-authored three books, The Future of United States Naval Power, United States Foreign Policy and World Order and Foreign Policy Making and the American Political System. Oliver has traveled in Europe for the U.S. Information Agency and lectured on American foreign and defense policy. For UD and the Winterthur Museum, he has traveled in central Europe, the Soviet Union and Russia. ANDRAS Z. SZERI Szeri came to the University in 1994 as professor and chairperson of the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He is the recipient of research grants from the Gulf Education Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Mitsubishi Electric Corp., the Supreme Council of Universities in Cairo, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the Department of Energy among others. A member of the Research Committee on Tribology for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and an external examiner for the University of the West Indies, he is the author of one book and numerous refereed journal articles.