For the Record, Aug. 30, 2013

University community reports recent presentations, publications

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10:42 a.m., Aug. 30, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent presentations, publications and media recognition include the following:

Campus Stories

Flash mob

Surprising then entertaining visitors at the Delaware State Fair, a UD Cooperative Extension 4-H flash mob burst onto the scene July 22 to raise awareness about the Food Smart Families healthy eating program.

Lifelong learning registration, open houses

Registration is going on now at all three of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes at the University of Delaware.

Presentations

Carol E. Henderson, chair of the Department of Black American Studies and professor of English, presented a paper on "The Power of A Single Story: Art, Action and Advocacy in Literature of the African Diaspora" during a plenary session on education, culture, gender and development at the ninth International Consortium for International Management, Policy and Development (CIMPAD) in Windhoek, Namibia, Africa, June 25. Henderson's essay will be published in the proceedings for the conference. The University of Namibia served as the host institution.

Publications

Prasad S. Dhurjati, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, Colin A. Heberling and Myron Sasser are co-authors of a paper on autism that ranked among the top five downloaded articles in the Journal of Medical Hypothesis during the first half of 2013. The research was featured in a March 4 UDaily article.

Dawn Elliott, director of the biomedical engineering program, and her research team published a high-impact paper exploring how loads and strains are transferred through the meniscus, tendons and other soft tissues in the body to the cellular level. The paper, titled “Macro to Microscale Strain Transfer in Fibrous Tissues is Heterogeneous and Tissue-Specific,” was published in the August issue of Biophysical Journal, a well-respected biomedical research journal. Working in the BioImaging lab at UD’s Delaware Biotechnology Institute, the team measured how their samples changed shape under applied loads at multiple scales, simulating how loads encountered during daily activities are transferred through the tissue to the cell, and used fluorescent stains to illuminate and image the effect of the deformations on the tissue samples. The team ultimately discovered the way strains are transferred is highly variable and depends on multiple factors, such as tissue type, tissue microstructure and cell type. “Advances in treatment of musculoskeletal disorders will require understanding the effects of altered micro-scale strains on disease onset and on feedback for disease progression,” Elliott said. The paper was co-authored by Elliott and saw contributions by University of Pennsylvania students Woojin Han, Su Jin Heo, Tristan Driscoll, Lachlan Smith and Rob Mauck.

Media

William A. Sullivan, managing director of Marriott’s Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware, was featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Mid-Atlantic Events magazine.

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