Faculty members recognized for distinguished service
In recognition of their distinguished service to the University, eight faculty members have been awarded emeritus status upon their retirements.
YAROSLAV BILINSKY, who joined the UD faculty in 1961, has been named professor emeritus of political science and international relations, effective Aug. 31.
His fields of interest include comparative government, international relations and ethnic relations.
He has published several articles and chapters on the Ukraine and the Soviet Union, as well as the books Endgame in NATO's Enlargement: The Baltic States and Ukraine and The Second Soviet Republic: The Ukraine After World War II. Bilinsky also served as president of the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States and was editor and major contributor to volume 14 of its Annals.
A graduate of Harvard College, Bilinsky was a special student in Soviet affairs at Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and received his doctorate from Princeton University.
THEODORE BRAUN, who came to UD from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1970, has been named professor emeritus of foreign languages and literatures, effective Aug. 31. He served as director from 1978-82 and later co-director in 1987-88 of UD's Program in Comparative Literature, director of the Summer Institute for Foreign Language Teachers from 1989-94, director of graduate studies within the department from 1990-94 and 2000-2001 and chaired the Italian faculty from 1994-98.
His books include Man, God and Nature in the Enlightenment, Disrupted Pattern: On Chaos and Order in the Enlightenment, First French and a later revised edition and Second French and computer programs for teaching French. He also co-edited and wrote a section in 1850-1950: Ideas, Aesthetics and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era.
Braun has served as president of the East-Central/ American Society for 18th-Century Studies and received their Leland D. Peterson Award for Service. He also served as co-president of the Society for 18th-Century French Studies and as founder and president of the Ibero-American Society for 18th-Century Studies.
In 1995, he established the Theodore E. D. Braun Awards for undergraduate and graduate students at UD, and a travel award for French literature with the American Society of 18th-Century Studies.
A graduate of St. John's University in New York, Braun received his master's and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley.
JON OLSON, who joined the UD faculty in 1963 after working for the DuPont Co, has been named professor emeritus of chemical engineering, effective Aug. 1. He served as director of the University of Delaware/ Delaware State College Cooperative Engineering Program from 1979-82, director of UD's Minority Engineering Program from 1979-83, associate dean of engineering from 1979-85 and acting dean of engineering in 1984-85.
His research interests include reactor engineering, process control and process simulation, and he has published several articles in his field.
Olson received UD's excellence-in-advising award and the American Chemical Society Delaware Section Award.
A graduate of Princeton University, he received his doctorate in chemical engineering from Yale University.
JEROME SIEGEL, who joined the UD faculty in 1962, has been named professor emeritus of psychology, effective Aug. 31.
His research interest involves brain mechanisms underlying sensation-seeking and risk-taking behavior. His lab is studying augmenting and reducing of visual evoked potentials as neural markers of individual difference in exploratory and risk-taking behaviors in humans, cats and rats.
During five sabbatical leaves, Siegel carried out research at Cambridge, Rotterdam, Umea (Sweden), Heidelberg and Oxford. He has been awarded a Fulbright fellowship to lecture for five months in Warsaw, beginning in September.
He was director of UD's Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior from 1983-84 and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience from 1983-89 and served as president of the Delaware Area chapter of the Society for Neuroscience
Siegel has published extensively in his field and is the author of The Neural Control of Sleep and Waking, which will be published this fall.
A graduate of the University of Michigan, Siegel received his doctorate in physiological psychology from Ohio State University and was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral trainee at the Brain Research Institute of University of California-Los Angeles before coming to the University.
JAMES R. SOLES has been named Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Relations, effective Aug. 31.
Soles, who joined the UD faculty in 1968, chaired the Department of Political Science and International Relations from 1989-94 and was named Alumni Distinguished Professor in 1992. He served as president of the Faculty Senate in 1985-86, received UD's excellence-in-teaching award twice as well as the excellence-in-advising award. He was the CASE Delaware Professor of the Year in 1993.
Among his other honors, Soles received the del Tufo Award for Distinguished Service to the Humanities from the Delaware Humanities Forum, the Order of Excellence from the Delaware State Board of Education and the Liberty Bell Award, jointly with Ada Leigh Soles, from the Delaware Bar Association. The James R. Soles Citizenship endowment was established at UD in 2000, and the James R. Soles Fellowship was created at the Center for Public Integrity in 1998.
The coauthor of Government of Delaware, Soles serves on the Board of Editors of Delaware History. He has given several presentations on teaching and early American history and is known for his a one-man dramatic recreation of President James Madison.
Soles received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Florida State University and his doctorate from the University of Virginia.
ROBERT M. STARK, who joined the UD faculty in 1962, has been named professor emeritus of mathematical sciences and civil and environmental engineering, effective Dec. 31.
His research involves applied probability, operation research and civil engineering systems. He has written books and monographs in his field, including Mathematical Foundations for Design and Mathograms.
Stark served as a visiting associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972-73 and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. At UD, he was a cofounder of the Operations Research Graduate Program and a founder of the UD Association of Retired Faculty.
A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Stark received a master's degree from the University of Michigan and his doctorate from the University of Delaware.
DIANA WEARNE was named associate professor emerita in the School of Education, effective July 1, and will continue to work with the school's mathematics education faculty, in conjunction with the Mid-Atlantic Center for Mathematics Teaching and Learning, funded by the National Science Foundation.
She was the principal or co-principal investigator for six research and development grants from the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education. She has written numerous articles and book chapters and is coauthor of a book on classroom mathematics, Making Sense: Teaching and Learning Mathematics with Understanding.
She recently served on the Steering Committee of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Wearne received master's degrees from Southern California and the University of Notre Dame and her doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
MARVIN ZUCKERMAN, who has been named professor emeritus of psychology, effective Aug. 31, joined the UD faculty in 1969 after working in the research laboratories of the Albert Einstein Medical Center and serving on the faculties of Adelphi University, Brooklyn College and the Institute of Psychiatric Research at Indiana University Medical Center.
His research involves the sensation-seeking trait, affect assessment, and its role in risk-taking behaviors and its biological bases.
A fellow of the American Psychological Society, a fellow of its Division of Personality and Social Psychology and a diplomate of the American Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology-Clinical Psychology, Zuckerman has served as president of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He also is a board member of the Delaware Council on Gambling Problems and the Delaware Addictions Coalition.
He is the author of more than 200 articles and book chapters and several books, including Vulnerability to Psychopathology: A Biosocial Model, Psychobiology of Personality and Behavioral Expression and Biosocial Bases of Personality. He also serves on the editorial board of Personality and Individual Differences.
Zuckerman received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees from New York University.