For the Record, April 18, 2014

University community reports recent appointments, presentations


9:01 a.m., April 18, 2014--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent appointments and presentations include the following:

Campus Stories

New endeavor

UD President Patrick T. Harker announced March 2 that he will step down as president to become president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. His new appointment is effective July 1.

Forums planned March 5, 9

The Faculty Senate Commission on Sexual Harassment and Assault, which is working in concert with UD's Title IX coordinator, has scheduled forums on March 5 for graduate students and March 9 for the entire campus community.


Lydia Timmins, assistant professor of communication, has been elected to the board of directors for the News Division of the Broadcast Education Association. She will serve as research chair, then program chair and then head of the News Division for the organization.


Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Professor of History, presented a paper, "The Fall of the Safavids: Comparisons and Lessons," at the Iran Seminar, Columbia University, New York City, on March 12. He also gave a talk, in Persian, titled "The Decline of the Safavids and the Lessons that Can be Learned from It," at the University of California, Los Angles, on March 30, and he gave an hour-long interview, in Persian, on his career as a scholar of Iran as well as his book Persia in Crisis: The Decline of the Safavids and the Fall of Isfahan (2012), to Andisheh-TV, a Persian-Language TV station in the Los Angeles area, on April 2.

Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, gave a paper titled “‘It is such fun to be alive’: Spectacles of Decadence and Energy on the Turn-of-the-Century Stage” at the annual Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies conference, which was hosted this year by the University of Houston, in Houston, Texas, on March 29.

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