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UD community reports recent awards, conferences, presentations

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

Recent awards, conferences, presentations and publications include the following:


The Society for Mathematical Biology has established a new award in honor of John Jungck, professor of mathematical sciences and biological sciences and director of UD’s Interdisciplinary Science Learning Laboratories. The John Jungck Prize for Excellence in Education will be given for significant contributions to education in mathematical biology, including a distinguished record of excellence in classroom instruction; mentorship of research scientists at any level; development of novel educational methods, materials or programs; promotion of scientific outreach efforts to the public or to youth; a track record of attracting new students to the field of mathematical biology; or creation of an environment exceptionally conducive to education in mathematical biology. The society cited Jungck’s work in founding its education committee and said he is well-known for his contributions to mathematical and theoretical biology education and promoting interdisciplinary work at the interface between science, technology and the humanities.

The Garden Club of America has awarded the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens with a Zone V Horticulture Commendation. The commendation was awarded to Janine Sherrier, chairman of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and John Frett, director of the UDBG, for their “longstanding commitment to the education of the community and their leadership in the field of horticulture within the zone and nation,” according to Garden Club of America. This award is specifically awarded to an organization that has made a significant contribution to horticulture. “This is the first time that the UD Botanic Gardens has received this award, and I believe it is because of the gardens’ great educational contributions and the success of its students, that it is deserving of this award. It is a great compliment for the garden to have received this award. Many of the University’s students do not even know of the gardens and the resources it provides here, and it’s too bad. Hopefully with this recognition, we can bring more awareness of the gardens to the campus community, for them to take advantage of the educational resource, as well as the tranquility it provides,” said Frett.

Haley Northrup, a 2016 graduate in electrical engineering, was recently selected as one of two finalists for the 2016 IEEE-Eta Kappa Nu Alton B. Zerby and Carl T. Koerner Outstanding Student Award. The competitive award, which attracts applications from top students around the world, recognizes outstanding scholastic excellence and high moral character, coupled with demonstrated exemplary service to classmates, university, community, and country. After graduation, Northrop accepted a position at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, where she works on scenario-based simulation and modeling of air and missile defense systems.

Aris Mardirossian, a junior mechanical engineering major, recently won second place for his poster, “Mechanism of Carbon Nanotube Film Growth by Electrophoretic Deposition,” at the ASME International Undergraduate Research and Design Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. The poster session, scheduled in conjunction with the opening reception of the International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, provides undergraduates with a professional and technical forum for presenting their research, design projects, and other engineering solutions and endeavors. Mardirossian is advised by Prof. Erik Thostensen and is also affiliated with UD’s Center for Composite Materials.


Seven College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment graduate and undergraduate students and post-doctoral researchers – Stephanie Dohner, Celine Cumming, Beverly Chiu, Asia Dowtin, Rosa Leon, Kayla Williams and Shailja Gangrade – represented CEOE at the 2016 Inspiring Women in STEM conference on Nov. 15. Held in Wilmington, Delaware, the action-packed conference included presentations, panel discussions and networking activities designed to inspire women at any stage of their career. The keynote address was given by UD alum Tanya Bakalov, CEO, BetterSkills, and founder, SevOne.


Trevor A. Dawes, vice provost for libraries and museums and May Morris University Librarian, will present "Welcome to the Library: Success of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives" at the Distinguished Seminar Series of the OCLC Research Library Partnership meeting on Nov. 21 in Dublin, Ohio.

Robert L. Hampel, professor in the School of Education, presented “How Norman Rockwell Made and Lost a Fortune: The Famous Artists School, 1948-1972” at the annual History of Education society meeting at Providence, Rhode Island, on Nov. 3. The paper is part of his current book project, A Brief History of Shortcuts in and around American Education.

Mari Griffioen, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, presented on chronic pain at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Denver, Colorado. She is conducting research on how acute pain transitions into chronic pain in patients with traumatic lower extremity injuries. Chronic pain is a significant public health problem affecting 100 million Americans. Many experience negative physical, psychological, emotional and economic consequences — all of which contribute to a reduced quality of life. Traumatic injury is a major source of chronic pain and high pain intensity at time of injury has been identified as a risk factor. But what’s not clear is whether specific acute pain patterns following injury influence the development of chronic pain. “Identifying factors associated with well controlled and poorly controlled pain at time of injury will contribute to the development of new practice guidelines and therapeutic strategies to guide treatment of pain and ultimately improve quality of life in patients who experience trauma-related pain,” explained Griffioen. The research is funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research.

Roberta Golinkoff, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair and professor in the School of Education, and Temple University colleague Kathy Hirsh-Pasek gave a keynote presentation on “Putting the Education Back in Educational Apps” at the Society for Research in Child Development special topic meeting on Technology and Media in Children’s Development on Oct. 27.

Gary Allison, assistant professor in the School of Education, presented “Behavior Change and Support with Severe and Profound Disabilities” at the Deaf/Blind Association of Delaware in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Oct. 7.

Jan Blits, professor emeritus in the School of Education, presented “Deadly Virtue: Shakespeare’s Macbeth,” at the Political Theory Institute Lecture Series at American University in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 4.

Brian Freedman, associate director of the Center for Disability Studies, and Laura Eisenman, associate professor in the School of Education, presented “Focus on Friendship: A Strengths-Based, Socio-Ecological Perspective on Practices for Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities." The presentation is based on a forthcoming book chapter developed with School of Education doctoral student Marisa Kofke in M.Wehmeyer, K.Shogren, and N.Singh. (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Psychology in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Translating Research into Practice.


Julia Bayuk, assistant professor of marketing, has co-written an article titled "The Case for Moral Consumption: Examining and Expanding the Domain of Moral Behavior to Promote Individual and Collective Well-Being" published in the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing. The article found that most research on marketplace morality to date has examined narrow, one-time im(moral) behaviors. However, the article posited, it’s important to examine habitual behaviors that may have a long-term impact. The paper also suggested that policies aimed at promoting moral and curbing immoral behavior must be developed with an eye to the malleable, flexible nature of consumer morality.

Andrea Drewes, doctoral student in the School of Education, co-authored a book chapter titled “Core Idea ESS3: Earth and Human Activity” with colleagues in R.G. Duncan, J. Krajcik and A.E. Rivet, Disciplinary Core Ideas: Reshaping Teaching and Learning (pp.225-240).

Roberta Golinkoff, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair and professor in the School of Education, in collaboration with colleagues from Smith College, Temple University and Laureate Learning Systems, developed a language assessment program for children called Quick Interactive Language Screener (QUILS). This screener measures children’s skills in vocabulary, syntax, and language processing and will be available in 2017.

R. Chaffee, A. L. Luehmann and Joseph Henderson, postdoctoral researcher in the School of Education, published the article “‘Reflexivity is Kicking Our Asses’: Tensions in Foregrounding Photographs in a Multimodal Ethnographic Analysis of Participation” in Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 47: 421–443.

George Bear, professor in the School of Education, has published several articles with co-authors. The citations follow:

• Huang, X., Zhang, D., Bear, G., Shiomi, K., and Zhang, F. (2016). “Relations of Adolescents’ Perceived Marital Conflict to Shame: The Mediating Role of Basic Psychological Needs.” Japanese Journal of Clinical Educational Psychology, 32, 37-49.

• Xie, J., Lu, X., Yang, C., Bear, G., G., and Ling, Y. (2016). “A Comparative Study of Bullying Victimization in Chinese and American Adolescents.” Chinese Journal of Clinical Psychology (in Chinese), 24, 706-710.

• Bear, G.G., Holst, B., Lisboa, C., Chen, D., Yang, C., and Chen, F.F. (2016). “A Brazilian Portuguese Survey of School Climate: Evidence of Validity and Reliability.” International Journal of School and Educational Psychology. 4, 165-178.

• Bear, G.G., Chen, D.D., Mantz, L., Yang, C., Huang, X., and Shiomi, K. (2016). “Differences in Classroom Removals and Use of Praise and Rewards in American, Chinese, and Japanese Schools.” Teaching and Teacher Education, 53, 41-50.

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