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University community reports recent presentations, publications, honors

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

Recent presentations, publications and honors include the following:


John D. M. Caldwell, senior assistant librarian and political papers archivist at the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, participated in a panel discussion at the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA) Digital Preservation Conference on Oct. 26 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The panel was titled “From the Hill to Home State: The Politics of Preserving the Digital Records of the U.S. Congress.”

Trevor A. Dawes, vice provost for libraries and museums and May Morris University Librarian, co-presented with Russell Michalak, director of the Library and Learning Center at Goldey-Beacom College, and Monica Rysavy, director of institutional research and training at Goldey-Beacom College, on Nov. 8, as part of the Charleston Library Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. The presentation discussed a research study to build a diverse, LGBTQ-focused library collection and the advantages and cost efficiencies of using one vendor over another.

John G. McNutt, professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, made several presentations at the eighth annual Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA) Public Administration, Policy and Community Development: Managing a Changing Landscape, held Nov. 3- 5, at the University of Vermont, Burlington. He and L. Goldkind of Fordham University presented “Teaching About Open Data and Data Science in Nonprofit Advocacy: Preparing for the Next Generation,” and they also presented “Nonprofit Advocacy with the Sharing Economy.” In addition, McNutt, Jonathan B. Justice, professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, and Janice Barlow, director of Kids Count in Delaware and policy scientist in the Center for Community Research and Service, presented “Fun with Numbers:  Data in the Service of Political Action and Advocacy in Smart Communities.”

Also at the NECoPA meeting, Steve Peuquet, director of the Center for Community Research and Service, presented on “Healthy Communities, Data Sharing and Cross Sector Collaboration.”


David Shearer, Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History, has published an essay, “Recidivism, Social Atavism and State Security in Early Soviet Policing,” in Born to be Criminal: The Discourse on Criminality and the Practice of Punishment in Late Imperial Russia and Early Soviet Union. Interdisciplinary Approaches, edited by Riccardo Nicolosi and Anne Hartmann. (Bielefeld: Transcript Verlag, 2017), 119-148.

Lisa Chieffo, associate director of study abroad in the Institute for Global Studies, together with Catherine Spaeth of Seminars International, have co-edited Guide to Successful Short-Term Programs Abroad, third edition, published by NAFSA: Association of International Educators, in October.  According to NAFSA, "This new edition of NAFSA’s best-selling book is designed primarily for staff and faculty working in higher education in the United States (or with such institutions) who are responsible for developing, leading or managing short-term education abroad programs. It is also useful for those in upper administration trying to gain a better understanding of the nuts and bolts of undertaking short-term programs. Others involved with educational travel, such as alumni or secondary school programs, or community service experiences, will find much of the content relevant as well."


M. Dina Giambi, associate university librarian for budget and collections, University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, received the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) Presidential Citation at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Chicago on June 24. The award, presented by ALCTS President Vicki Sipe, acknowledged Giambi’s service as chair of the association’s 60th anniversary steering group and her role in overseeing the extremely successful ALCTS personal giving campaign.

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