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University community reports recent awards, honors, presentations

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

Recent awards, honors and presentations include the following:


Heather Doty, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, Robin Andreasen, associate professor of linguistics and cognitive science, and Dandan Chen, a doctoral candidate studying evaluation, measurement and statistics, have been recognized by the The Women in Engineering Division (WIED) of the American Society for Engineering Education. WIED presented the trio with the Denise Denton Best Paper award for their study “Gender Differences in Pathways to Faculty Career Satisfaction.” Doty and Andreasen are co-principal investigators on UD’s National Science Foundation ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant, which aims to recruit, retain and advance women STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) faculty at UD. The grant supported the study, which elucidates pathways to job satisfaction for men and women faculty at a research-intensive ADVANCE institution.


Adweek selected UD alumna Lisa Murray, executive vice president and CMO of Octagon Sports and Entertainment Network, for its list, "The Most Powerful Women in Sports: 35 Executives and Influencers Winning Over the Next Generation of Fans."

"Landing an A-list client like Mastercard is a feat in itself, but keeping the financial services company in the fold for more than two decades, building its sponsorships and experiential marketing programs around the world, is next-level customer care — exactly the type that Murray specializes in at Octagon," Adweek wrote. "An avid golfer and 28-year veteran of the IPG-owned firm, she also works with Johnson & Johnson, Allstate and Cisco on high-profile, big-tent sports events like the Olympics." Murray is also a member of UD's Hospitality Business Management Leadership Advisory Board.

Earlier this month, UD MBA students Gervan Williams and Kristen Abernethy were both members of teams that were selected as finalists of the X-Culture Project. Now, X-Culture has selected their instructor, UD management instructor Amanda Bullough, as a 2017-1 Best X-Culture Educator. Bullough received these accolades this past fall semester as well. “My UD students continue to make me look good," Bullough said of the awards. "I feel proud.”


Mohsen Badiey, acting dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and professor of physical ocean science and engineering (POSE) in the School of Marine Science and Policy, delivered an invited lecture on June 26 at the third joint meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the European Acoustics Association in Boston, Massachusetts. His talk was titled “Broadband Acoustic Wave Propagation in Three-Dimensional Shallow Waveguide with Variable Sound Speed Profile and Boundary Roughness.”

An expert in ocean acoustics and acoustical oceanography, Badiey’s research group is actively studying how oceanography affects sound propagation on the continental shelf of the United States, particularly in shallow-water or nearshore coastal environments. Through recent fieldwork off the New England shelf, the research group also is exploring how sound propagation is affected when it spreads over muddy seafloor sediments with application in geoacoustic inversion and autonomous underwater vehicle mapping.

Troy Mix, policy scientist with the Institute for Public Administration, gave an invited presentation on June 14 at the 57th annual conference of the Council for Community and Economic Research. Held in Denver, Colorado, from June 12-16, the event is the primary national conference for economic development and labor market information analysts. Mix presented "Five Ways Economic Diversity Can Help You Monitor Regional Transformation" as part of a session focused on economic data and analysis techniques useful for monitoring regional change. The presentation summarized longitudinal research on economic diversity across the U.S. and highlighted potential applications of this work for economic development practitioners.

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