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University community reports recent presentations, publications, honors, assignments

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

Recent grants, presentations, publications, honors and assignments include the following:


The Center for Material Culture Studies has announced recipients of its 2017 grant awards. This fall CMCS awarded more than $20,000 total to faculty and graduate students pursuing projects in material culture studies. Grants from the Faculty Research Publication Fund went to Jon Cox, assistant professor of art and design; Carla Guerron-Montero, associate professor of anthropology and Black American studies and director of the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program; Sandy Isenstadt, professor of art history; and Thomas Rocek, acting chairperson of the Department of Anthropology. Graduate Research Presentation Fund awards went to Candice Candeto, a master’s student in the Winterthur/UD Program; Sarah Leonard, a doctoral student in art history; Erica Lome, a doctoral student in history; Kristen Nassif, a doctoral student in art history; Maria Joao Petisca, a doctoral student in preservation studies; and Trent Rhodes, a master’s student in the Winterthur/UD Program. Graduate Research Travel Fund awards went to Alex Ames, a doctoral student in the history of American civilization; Caitlin Hutchison, a doctoral student in art history; Harriette Lane, a doctoral student in the history of American civilization; Kiersten Mounce, a doctoral student in art history; Jacquelyn Peterson, a master’s student in the Winterthur/UD Program; and Hannah Segrave, a doctoral student in art history.


On Nov. 14, Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, gave an invited lecture on Oscar Wilde, via Skype, at the University of Connecticut-Stamford. Her talk, about representations of Oscar Wilde in works for young readers and about the need for a full-fledged biography of Wilde for such audiences, was delivered to a seminar on Wilde that is currently being taught by Prof. Frederick Roden in the English department at UConn-Stamford. On Nov. 17, Stetz also gave a paper at the annual conference of the National Women's Studies Association, held this year in Baltimore. Her paper, titled “Making Ida B. Wells Matter: A Pop Culture Survey,” was part of a panel on "Black Feminist Histories Shaping Black Feminist Futures," moderated by Prof. Eve Lorane Brown, from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In this presentation, she discussed how Wells' anti-racist and pro-women's-suffrage activism has been depicted in films, comics, novels and plays, as well as in books for the children's market, and has been made to serve a variety of ideological purposes.

Trevor A. Dawes, vice provost for libraries and museums and May Morris University Librarian, participated in the closing panel discussion at the Access Services Conference on Nov. 17, at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center in Atlanta. Dawes and his fellow panelists reflected on the contributions of library access service operations (such as circulation, interlibrary loan and stacks management) to their libraries and overall success of their universities.

Rudolph Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, presented “The Dutch East India Company and Asian Raw Silk: From Iran to Bengal via China and Vietnam” at Leiden University, The Netherlands, Nov. 24. ​He also attended a dissertation defense at the same university as a member of the committee. ​


The International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management has accepted the paper “Does technology adoption at home influence guest-technology evaluations?” by Sri Beldona and Zvi Schwartz, both professors of hospitality business management,  and  master of science in HBM alumna Xia Zhang. The paper will be published in 2018.

John G. McNutt and Jonathan B. Justice, both professors in the School of Public Policy and Administration, are coauthors of the paper “Changing Communities through Technology Led Voluntary Action:  Civic Hackathons and the Future of the Sector,” prepared for the 2017 ARNOVA (Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action) annual conference, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, has had two new essays published in edited volumes, both issued in November 2017 by Palgrave Macmillan. Her chapter titled "Greater Than the Mystery of Death: Rewriting Oscar Wilde for Young Audiences," in Oscar Wilde and the Cultures of Childhood, edited by Joseph Bristow, is a study of some late-20th and early-20th-century versions of Wilde's work that have been targeted either to audiences of children or of young adults. In this essay, she considers the politics that have led to censorship for these markets, not only of certain aspects of Wilde's original texts, but of the details of his life. The essay is based on an invited lecture that she delivered at a symposium on Oscar Wilde, hosted by Prof. Bristow in May 2015 at UCLA.  Another chapter, titled "'To Amuse Intelligently and Cleverly': Carolyn Wells and Literary Parody," has appeared in the volume Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers, edited by Sabrina Fuchs Abrams. This essay reconsiders the largely forgotten and unjustly neglected American poet, editor, novelist and humorist Carolyn Wells (1862–1942), focusing especially on her wickedly funny parodies of contemporary male writers' works, particularly those associated with transatlantic literary Modernism.  

Peter Weil, associate professor emeritus of anthropology, is the author of “Typewriters at the Exposition — Part 2:  Writing Machines at The Pan,” ETCetera, no. 119, fall, 2017, pp. 10-14.


A paper by Sheng Lu, assistant professor of fashion and apparel studies, on “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP): Impact on the Integration of Textile and Apparel Supply Chain in the Asia-Pacific Region” received the Paper of Distinction – International Track award at the 2017 International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) annual conference in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jacob Bowman
Jacob Bowman

Jacob Bowman, chairperson of the Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology, was accepted for the fall 2017 Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI), an executive leadership development program for academia, industry and government. The FSLI enhances personal and professional development by emphasizing leadership competencies, skills for organizational change and a broad, interdisciplinary perspective of food systems. It prepares scholars for upper-level leadership roles in food system programs and to assume broader leadership responsibilities within their organizations. “I am honored to have the opportunity to attend the institute and I’m looking forward to implementing what I learn here at UD,” said Bowman. “The thing I look forward to most is being able to network with other people in similar positions from around the country and hearing different perspectives on issues related to our food systems in North America.” During the FSLI program, scholars work with expert instructors, leadership development coaches and an upper-level mentor to help increase their leadership abilities. They will meet with leaders of universities, political leaders, industry leaders and others who have advanced to the highest levels of leadership. Leadership theory is combined with practical experience, often in the context of food systems and higher education.

James Corbett, professor of marine science and policy in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award from the California Maritime Academy based on his significant contributions to the maritime industry. Corbett has spent more than 17 years working to improve environmental policy on global shipping, work he began as a graduate student at Cal Maritime. Focusing mainly on international shipping and coastal marine policy, he has more than 20 years’ experience providing engineering, technology and policy studies to industry, government, and other organizations. Additionally, Corbett was a lead author of seminal studies evaluating international shipping’s role in use of technology to meet stewardship goals.

Wei-Jun Cai, who is the Mary A.S. Lighthipe Professor in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, was named to the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography’s 2017 Class of Fellows. Designation as an ASLO fellow honors members whose contributions have advanced the aquatic sciences through publications, meetings and other activities. He will receive the award at an upcoming ceremony in 2018.

New appointments

Vincent Di Felice
Vincent Di Felice

Vincent Di Felice, manager of Venture Support at Horn Entrepreneurship has been awarded a secondary appointment as assistant professor of practice in the Department of Business Administration of the Lerner College of Business and Economics. Before joining Horn Entrepreneurship, Di Felice had a 30-year entrepreneurial career, which included co-founding an industry leading cybersecurity company, Probaris Technologies, and co-founding a thriving $800 million social impact fund, The Reinvestment Fund, both of which operate today employing many, generating profit, creating value and social impact. He also co-founded three ventures, one of which operated for 25 years. After launching The Reinvestment Fund and before starting Probaris, he worked as an associate in a venture capital fund and later helped the University of Pennsylvania create startups. As a venture capitalist, he launched six additional companies. And working for the University of Pennsylvania, he spun out 24 more companies. "I care most about helping other people succeed,” Di Felice said. “I did so as an entrepreneur and learned that's the key to success for all involved in any venture. I've learned teaching allows me to do that as well. If I could spend the rest of my working days teaching -- helping students succeed through learning entrepreneurship -- that'd be a real privilege."


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