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For the Record

University community reports recent presentations, publications

For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent presentations and publications include the following:


Bahira Trask, professor and chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, was invited to present the commencement address for the Graduate School at Buffalo (New York) State College on May 13. The president of Buffalo State is Katherine S. Conway-Turner, former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at UD.


Peter Weil, associate professor emeritus of anthropology, published “Ephemera: Oh, Lillian, We Hardly Know Ye – The First Photographic Portrait of a Typist,” ETCetera, Journal of the Early Typewriter Collectors Association, No. 117, summer 2017, pp. 9-13.

Student honors

MBA students Gervan Williams and Kristen Abernethy are both members of teams that have made it to the finalist phase of the X-Culture Project. Some 4,780 participants on 902 global virtual teams from 125 universities in 40 countries completed this semester’s X-Culture Project, and Abernethy’s and Williams’ teams are both in the top 12, or the top 1.3 percent. Abernethy and Williams will receive finalist certificates and be invited to the X-Culture Symposium this year in Miami. UD management instructor Amanda Bullough called the X-Culture Project a “very worthwhile learning experience” that pushes students to develop their global leadership skills. Williams agreed: “Though frustrating, I learned a lot from the X-Culture project experience... I've walked away with a newfound respect for the importance of GMI to international team success and an even higher level of respect for the teams that had to work with profound language barriers that often impede the most basic of team dynamic.” Abernethy said, “X-Culture was a unique opportunity in which the development of my global leadership and intercultural skills were tested. In hindsight, I appreciate the X-Culture experience and plan to move forward with my education and growth to advance my global mindset.”

Four art history doctoral students have received highly competitive fellowships from national institutions to support their research. Jeff Richmond-Moll and Spencer Wigmore are two of the 16 new fellows at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the 2017-18 academic year. Richmond-Moll will be the Joshua C. Taylor Predoctoral Fellow, working on his study, "Roots/Routes: Spirituality and Modern Mobility in American Art, 1900-1945." Wigmore will be the Wyeth Foundation Predoctoral Fellow and will work on "Albert Bierstadt and the Speculative Terrain of American Landscape Painting, 1863-1888." Michele Frederick has been awarded a Samuel H. Kress Predoctoral Fellowship at the National Gallery of Art’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts for 2017-19, working on her dissertation, “Shaping the Royal Image: Gerrit van Honthorst and the Stuart Courts in London and The Hague, 1620-49.” Margarita Karasoulas has received a
Henry Luce Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowship in American Art to support her work on "Mapping Immigrant New York: Race and Place in Ashcan Visual Culture."

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