For the Record, May 11, 2012

Faculty and staff announce recent honors, presentations, publications

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12:57 p.m., May 11, 2012--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent honors, presentations, press, publications and service include the following:

Campus Stories

Measuring milk

Nutritional anthropology students expanded their research on milk by conducting lactose measurements in UD's Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory.

Flowering partnership

The official opening of the gardens adjacent to the governor's mansion in Dover, Delaware, featured several plants and trees donated by UD Botanic Gardens.

Honors

Louis L. Hirsh, director of admissions, has been presented with the John A. (Jack) Blackburn Award for Ethics in College Admissions by the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling (PCACAC). The award is named in honor of the long-time dean of admissions at the University of Virginia who served as a role model for promoting the highest ethical standards throughout his career. Hirsh was honored for exemplifying "the qualities that made Jack Blackburn revered by his peers." 

Presentations

Martha Carothers, professor of art, made a presentation "Creative Integration of Text, Image and Book Structure" at Librasia 2012: The Asian Conference on Literature and Librarianship, April 5-8, Osaka, Japan.

James Brophy, professor of history, was a faculty mentor at the German Historical Institute's Transatlantic Doctoral Seminar, a four-day colloquium for German, British and North American doctoral students, Washington, D.C., May 2-5.

Rudi Matthee, Munroe Professor of History, presented "The Safavid Empire: Links between the Center and the Periphery," at a workshop titled "Imperial Space. The Organization of Near Eastern Empires from the Second Millennium BC to the Second Millennium AD," at the Free University, Berlin, Germany, May 3-5.

Margaret Grotti, senior assistant librarian, Reference Department, University of Delaware Library, presented "ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) Value of Academic Libraries Initiative," spring program of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, April 20, Wilmington, Del.

Laurie Rizzo, assistant librarian, Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, presented "Promoting Special Collections on Campus," spring program of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries, April 20, Wilmington, Del.

Beth Mineo, director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, and Karen Jones of the Delaware Department of Education presented “The Digital Rights Manager: An Essential Role in Complying with IDEA and Supporting Student Success” to individuals designated by their school districts as digital rights managers. These individuals play an important part in the provision of accessible instructional materials (AIM) to students with print disabilities. They serve as “brokers” between individualized education program teams and the Delaware AIM Center, an initiative of the Center for Disabilities Studies, the Department of Education and the Division for the Visually Impaired. The trainings, held in New Castle County and Kent County in April, clarified the legal and ethical responsibilities of a digital rights manager.

Marvin Williams and Joann McCafferty, staff members with the Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative at the Center for Disabilities Studies, exhibited at the 55 Plus Active Adult Expo on April 19 at Dover Downs. The 55 Plus Expo is an annual trade show that focuses on the growing 55 and over population. It is designed to connect these individuals with organizations, products and services that may benefit them.

Press

Stacie Beck and Eleanor Craig, associate professors of economics, published an op-ed article in the April 21 News Journal, “Buffett Rule Shows White House is Unserious About Economy,” in which they argue that increasing taxes on high income earners would discourage economic activity and prolong poor economic conditions.

Martha Corrozi Narvaez, associate policy scientist in the Water Resources Agency, a program unit of the Institute for Public Administration in the School of Public Policy and Administration, was featured in a May 5 News Journal article about a White Clay Creek shad project.

Beth Mineo, director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, and Annalisa Ekbladh, a CDS project coordinator, were quoted in an April 17 News Journal article. The article, “Research and Debate Shape Autism Discussion,” discusses the recent finding by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that one in 88 children has an autism spectrum disorder.

Publications

Willard Allen Fletcher, professor emeritus of history, with his wife Jean Tucker Fletcher, has edited a World War II memoir, Defiant Diplomat: George Platt Waller: American Consul in Nazi-Occupied Luxembourg, 1939-1941. Information on the University of Delaware Press publication can be found at this website.

Service

Erica Akaya Hinson, associate director of admissions, was elected as an at large delegate for the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling (PCACAC) to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC). 

Louis L. Hirsh, director of admissions, has been elected to a three-year term as chair of the Admissions Practices Committee of the Potomac and Chesapeake Association for College Admissions Counseling (PCACAC) and as assembly delegate to the National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC). 

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