For the Record, May 4, 2012

Faculty and staff announce recent presentations, publications


8:44 a.m., May 4, 2012--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent presentations, press and publications include the following:

Campus Stories

Gathering space

Students in a CANR landscape construction materials class recently helped colleagues from the English Language Institute construct a set of benches for the Community Garden.

SOE colloquium

Tony Allen, who chairs the Wilmington Education Advisory Committee and the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission, discussed "Strengthening Wilmington Education: An Action Agenda" at a University of Delaware School of Education colloquium presentation held Nov. 18.


Alan D. Fox, professor of philosophy, has been named one of two National Teaching Fellows for 2012-14 by the American Association of Philosophy Teachers. During his term, which begins in August, he will advance the teaching of philosophy through such activities as mentoring new teachers, facilitating workshops or blogging on the association's website.

David Shearer, professor of history, has been offered two visiting scholar appointments at European academic institutions in the fall. In October, he will lead seminars of advanced graduate students at the Ecole des hautes études en science sociales in Paris, France. In November, he will be a visiting scholar at the interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Centre 640, at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Both appointments are associated with Shearer's work, Policing Stalin's Socialism: Repression and Social Order in the Soviet Union, 1924-1953 (Yale, 2009), and with his new project on Russian, Soviet, and other foreign explorers in Central Asia from the 1870s to the 1930s.


Martha Carothers, professor of art, made a presentation "Impact of Design Decisions on the Content of Corporate Social Responsibility Websites" at the 11th Asia-Pacific Conference of the Association for Business Communication, March 29-31, Seoul, South Korea.

Rudi Matthee, Munroe Professor of History, spoke on his recent book, Persia in Crisis: Safavid Decline and the Fall of Isfahan, at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., on April 5.


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, was interviewed for and quoted in an article on “Mad Money” by Abby Rapoport for The American Prospect (May 2012), also available online


Mark Samuels Lasner, senior research fellow in the Special Collections Department of the University of Delaware Library, is the co-author of "In Defense of Oscar Wilde: Alexander Cohen's Contribution to the Torch," The Wildean: A Journal of Oscar Wilde Studies, No. 40, January 2012, with John A. Quintus, supplemental professional, English Language Institute.


Rudi Matthee, Munroe Professor of History, was invited to become one of the editors of the journal Der Islam, one of the most prominent journals of Middle Easters and Islamic Studies, based in Hamburg, Germany.

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