For the Record, Aug. 8, 2014

University community reports recent announcements, honors, presentations

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10:16 a.m., Aug. 8, 2014--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, honors, presentations and promotions include the following:

Campus Stories

National Agenda 2014

Award-winning comedy writer Frank Lesser opened the National Agenda 2014 speaker series with a talk on "Making Fun of Politics."

Latino Heritage Month

Latino Heritage Month and Beyond at the University of Delaware has opened and will continue with activities planned into early November.

Announcements

Delaware has become the first state to allow the issuing of professional licenses to graduates of clinical psychology programs that are accredited under a new accreditation system that was pioneered by a select group of research universities including UD.

The state legislature passed the measure, H.B. 358, in June, and Gov. Jack Markell signed it last week. It recognizes the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) -- as well as the older American Psychological Association (APA) system -- as qualifying for approving training programs whose graduates can be eligible for a license to practice in Delaware. Previously, only APA-accredited programs were recognized. UD's doctoral program in clinical psychology is currently accredited by both groups.

"Recognition of PCSAS accreditation gives the University of Delaware and other research-dedicated universities the flexibility to decide how they train science-based scholars and practitioners and, at the same time, provides [those] they train with a pathway to licensure," said Robert Simons, UD professor of psychology, who worked with legislators and professional organizations in Delaware to support the measure. "PCSAS recognition will enable our own students to remain in Delaware after they graduate. It will also enable the state of Delaware to attract graduates of other great programs into our state as teachers, trainers and providers of evidence-based mental health care that is in the best interests of Delaware’s children and families."

Since the measure became law in Delaware, Illinois has also adopted it. Simons said he expects other states to follow.

Honors

The UD Cooperative Extension 4-H Palindrome Robotics team was part of the winning three-team alliance in the two-day First Robotics Challenge Aug. 1-2 at the West Virginia University Recreation Center in Morgantown. The event was put together by Mountaineer Area Robotics (MARS) and it was the first for the state of West Virginia, as well as the first event to go 26 hours. The competition found Palindrome using their robot, Aibohphobia — meaning the fear of palindrome — to once again play in the aerial assist game. Ranked third out of the 24 teams competing, Palindrome allied with Inverse Paradox from Mississauga, Ontario, and the McDonough Eagles from Owings Mills, Maryland, for the event win. Club mentor Santesh Shah said that in addition to the win, a club member will be provided a scholarship to West Virginia University. For coverage of the event on WTRF-TV, see the link. To read more about Palindrome Robotics and how they’ve fared in their inaugural year, check out this story on UDaily

Presentations

Shelly McCoy, librarian and head, Student Multimedia Design Center, University of Delaware Library, gave a panel presentation entitled "Leading Successful Media Production Support Services in Academic and Public Libraries" at the Annual Conference of the American Libraries Association (ALA) on June 28 in Las Vegas. McCoy also presented "Create, Transform and Sustain: Managing for Edgy New Technology Services" on June 29 at the conference.

Promotions

Two UD College of Engineering alumni, Ted Januszka and Daniel Barbato, have been promoted by Pennoni Associates, an award-winning engineering, design and consulting firm. Januszka has been named vice president, serving as regional transportation principal, and Barbato has been named associate vice president, serving as municipal division manager. Januszka joined Pennoni Associates in 1995, having received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from UD, where he has been the structures discipline instructor for the civil engineering senior design course since 2005. Barbato, who received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UD, joined the firm in 2007 and his experience includes strong emphasis on water and wastewater treatment plant design and operations, water and sewer system design, public works projects, stream and pond monitoring and restoration projects.

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