Five new named professors announced
4:21 p.m., May 4, 2006--Five new named professors have been appointed, effective Sept. 1, in recognition of their notable records as scholar and teachers and for distinguished service to the University of Delaware and beyond, Provost Dan Rich announced today.
They are Paul D. Amer, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Computer and Information Sciences; Margaret Andersen, Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice; Stuart Binder-McLeod, Edward L. Ratledge Professor of Physical Therapy; Howard B. Johnson, Francis H. Squire Professor of History; and Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Alumni Distinguished Professor.
Paul D. Amer
On the faculty of computer and information sciences with a joint appointment with electrical and computer engineering, Amer serves as director of UD's Protocol Engineering Laboratory (PEL), which focuses on research, development and improvement of new and existing computer network protocols. His research involves multimedia and transport protocols and data compression in multimedia; protocol specification, testing and verification
Amer is one of UD's principal investigators in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Collaborative Technology Alliance research effort in communications and networking. The alliance consists of 17 university and industrial partners, and UD's departments of Computer and Information Sciences and Electrical and Computer Engineering received a grant of $7 million from the Army Research Laboratory for the project.Among his honors, he has received UD's Excellence in Teaching Award, the College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Scholar Award and was a fellow of UD's Center for Advanced Studies.
A graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, Amer received his master's and doctoral degrees from the Ohio State University and joined the UD faculty in 1979. He has served as a visiting professor and researcher at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications in Paris in 1985, the Laboratoire d'Automatique et d'Analyse des Systemes (LAAS) in Toulouse in 1992, and was again in Toulouse at LAAS and the Ecole National Superieure d'Ingenieurs de Construction Aeronautiques in 1999.
Alumni Distinguished Professorships are funded by endowments supported by the University of Delaware Alumni Association.
Andersen's research is on the sociology of race and gender, and she has served as a visiting professor at Stanford University's Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, where she currently chairs its National Advisory Board and served as the editor of Gender & Society, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Women's Studies program.
She is the author of Thinking About Women: Sociological Perspectives on Sex and Gender and coauthor of Race, Class and Gender and Sociology: Understanding a Diverse Society. She is currently writing a biography of African-American art collector and UD benefactor, Paul R. Jones, and is writing a book On Land and On Sea: Women in the Rosenfeld Collection, a photographic essay on women in the 20th Century, based on images in the collection at Mystic Seaport.
Andersen joined the UD faculty in 1976. During her tenure at UD, she has served as director of the Women's Studies Program, director of graduate studies in sociology, vice provost for academic affairs and also as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1997-99. She has received UD's Excellence in Teaching Award, the E. Arthur Trabant Institutional Award for Women's Equity, the Faculty Mentor Award of UD's McNair Scholars program and the College of Arts and Sciences' Outstanding Teaching Award.
Her other honors include the Jessie Bernard Award from the American Sociological Association in 2006 and the Sociologists for Women in Society Feminist Lecturer Award. She served as president of the Eastern Sociological Society and received its I. Peter Gellman Award in 1988.A graduate of Georgia State University, Andersen received master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Through a combination of trusts and bequests, the late Edward F. Rosenberg, AS '29, '30M and his wife, Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg, have provided the University with nearly $7 million in gifts. Dr. Rosenberg was a nationally known rheumatologist, and his wife, a graduate of the Curtis Institute, was a concert pianist and harpist.
Joining the UD faculty in 1987, Binder-MacLeod has chaired the Department of Physical Therapy since 1998 and is also involved in the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences. His research focuses on the effect of selected electrical stimulation parameters on muscle performance with both healthy individuals and patients in the Muscle Performance Lab and he serves on the faculty of the Biomechanics and Movement Science Program.
He has received several grants, as principal investigator, from the National Institutes of Health for research on human skeletal muscle and other projects.
Binder-MacLeod also has received several awards from the American Physical Therapy Association, including its Golden Pen Award, its Marion Williams Award for research in physical therapy and its Eugene Michels New Investigator Award in 1993, and was elected the Catherine Worthingham Fellow in 2003. He also has received the Medical College of Virginia's Outstanding Alumnus award
Binder-MacLeod is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his master's degree from Emory University and his doctorate in physiology from the Medical College of Virginia.The late Edward L. Ratledge, who received his bachelor of science in agriculture in 1942, worked in research and development for the Sun Oil Company.
Howard B. Johnson
Johnson joined the UD faculty in 1990 and was named Alumni Distinguished Professor of History and Black American Studies in 2004. His research has focused on Caribbean and Jamaican history. He served as acting director of Black American Studies from July 2003-August 2005.
He has written and lectured extensively in his field. His books include The White Minority in the Caribbean; The Bahamas from Slavery to Servitude, 1783-1933; The Bahamas in Slavery and Freedom; and After the Crossing: Immigrants and Minorities in Caribbean Creole Society.
Among his honors, he was invited to deliver the Elsa V. Goveia Memorial Lecture at the University of the West Indies in 2003. He received a senior Fulbright-Hays Research Fellowship in 1979-80 and a UD research grant in 1997 and has served on numerous UD academic committees.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies, Johnson received his doctorate from the University of Oxford.
Francis H. Squire joined the history department faculty in 1927 and served as dean of arts and sciences from 1945-1956.
Snyder-Mackler, a professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, is academic director of the Graduate Program in Biomechanics and Movement Sciences and director of the Sports Physical Therapy Residency at the University of Delaware. She is certified as a sports physical therapist by the America Board of Physical Therapy Specialists and also is a certified athletic trainer.
Among her honors, she has received the American Physical Therapy Association's Eugene Michels New Investigator Award in 1994 and its Golden Pen Award for in 1995, plus several awards for individual publications. Snyder-Mackler also has served as president of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Section on Research. In 2003, she was named a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA, the highest honor in the profession, and was the 2004 recipient of the APTA Marian Williams Award for Research.
She received her bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins University, her certificate in physical therapy and her master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in applied anatomy and physiology from Boston University.
Article by Sue Moncure