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For the Record

University community reports recent honors, presentations, publications

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

Recent honors, presentations and publications include the following:


The College School at the University of Delaware celebrated its 25th graduation and year-end closing ceremony at Mitchell Hall on Wednesday, June 7. There were nine eighth grade graduates: Okan Arifoglu, Amanda Baroudi-Leaning, Joshua Ceaser, Jasper Curro, Daniel Langan, Francis Luca, Ryan Nobles, Austin Prior and Kian Quigley.

The College School serves students in first through eighth grade who demonstrate learning, attention, mild social/emotional, and/or mild behavioral issues that may impact school success. While the goal of The College School is to return students to a traditional school setting in two to three years, many remain through eighth grade, as the unique blend of a challenging curriculum and a personalized approach to learning is unparalleled.


Lindsay Zajac, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, has been selected to receive a highly competitive Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. The fellowship program, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, chose 15 recipients this year for a program designed to develop a new generation of leaders capable of creating practice and policy initiatives to enhance child development and prevent child maltreatment. The fellowship will support Zajac — who is working with Mary Dozier, the Unidel Amy E. du Pont Chair in Child Development at UD, and Dozier’s Infant Caregiver Project — for up to two years as she completes her dissertation and related research.


Polly Zavadivker, assistant professor of history and director of the Jewish Studies Program, presented a paper titled “Jewish Children during the Holocaust in the Soviet Union” at the conference “A ‘Memory Revolution’: Soviet History through the Lens of Personal Documents,” held June 7-8 and sponsored by the International Center for the History and Sociology of World War II and Its Consequences, at the National Research Universit-Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

At the end of May, three undergraduate pre-veterinary medicine and animal biosciences students from the laboratory of Amy Biddle, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, presented research posters at the biannual Equine Science Symposium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Justin Berg presented results from the Equine Microbiome Project, a nationwide initiative to understand factors leading to gut health in horses, and his study focused on diet. Brian Chambers detailed experiments from his senior thesis to characterize equine intestinal parasites (small strongyles) using molecular tools, and Haley Nelson shared her study of the geographic distribution of small strongyles across U.S. regions and climate zones. Berg and Chambers were Summer Scholars in 2016, and received travel grants from the UD Undergraduate Research Program to attend this meeting. Additional support for their research was given by the Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation. The meeting was organized by the Equine Science Society, and attracted equine researchers from across the country.

Anne M. Boylan, professor emerita of history and women and gender studies, participated in a roundtable at the triennial Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, Genders and Sexualities, June 1-4, Hofstra University. At the roundtable, "Listening to Lucretia Mott: New Directions in Religion, Rights and Activism," she gave a presentation entitled "Lucretia Mott: Remembered." Other members of the UD faculty presenting at the conference were Zara Anishanslin, Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Tanisha Ford, Tiffany Gill, Arwen Mohun and Jean Pfaelzer.


Shelly McCoy, associate University librarian for communication and space planning, is the author of "Loaning Technology and Media Production Equipment" in Audio Recorders to Zucchini Seeds: Building a Library of Things, eds. Mark Robison and Lindley Shedd (Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, May 2017), pg 123-138.

Charlie Riordan, vice president for research, scholarship and innovation, and J. Michael Bowman, associate director of the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, were featured speakers at an event June 6 to unveil the new Innovation Delaware magazine, published by Delaware Business Times and Today Media. The event was held at UD’s STAR Campus. The new publication is designed as a comprehensive guide to industry innovation, leaders and companies that are driving transformative work in sectors ranging from bioscience to financial technology. Several members of the UD community are featured in the magazine, including President Dennis Assanis; Jack Gillespie, director of the Center for Composite Materials; Mark Rieger, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Kelvin Lee, director of the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL); Karen Fletcher, who is heading the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute; Dion Vlachos, who is guiding a major node of RAPID focusing on catalysis and reactors; Kathleen Matt, dean of the College of Health Sciences; Cole Galloway, professor of physical therapy; Bruce Weber, dean of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics; Dan Freeman, director of the Horn Program in Entrepreneurship; and Amy Cowperthwait, CEO of SimUCare and a clnical nursing specialist in the School of Nursing, as well as Riordan and Bowman. UD is the presenting sponsor for the four-color, 128-page magazine, which will be inserted in Delaware Business Times this month. A digital version will be available on the publication’s website.

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