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Branislav Nikolic and Rebecca MacInnis
Branislav Nikolic presents Rebecca MacInnis with the Department of Physics and Astronomy's 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. See HONORS.

For the Record

University community reports recent publications, honors

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

Recent publications and honors include the following:


Anne M. Boylan, professor emerita of history, is the author of "Bessie Spence Dorrell, 1875-1945," "Fannie Hopkins Hamilton, 1882-1964" and "Mary J. Johnson Woodlen, 1870-1933," in Black Women Suffragists Database, Women and Social Movements in the United States, 1600-2000 (March 2018), published online by Alexander Street Press, Alexandria, Virginia.


Anna Papafragou, professor of psychological and brain sciences, has been appointed a member of the U.S. National Committee for Psychological Science. Her nomination to the committee was approved by the president of the National Academy of Sciences. The U.S. national committee is an adhering member of the International Union of Psychological Science, which works to promote the development, representation and advancement of psychology as a basic and applied science nationally, regionally and internationally. Papafragou’s research includes how children learn language and the relationship between language and thought.

Eve E. Buckley, associate professor of history, has been awarded the 2018 Humanities Book Prize by the Brazil Section of the Latin American Studies Association, for Technocrats and the Politics of Drought and Development in Twentieth Century Brazil, published by the University of North Carolina Press. The book examines development projects in northeast Brazil’s hinterland drought zone, focusing on dam construction, irrigation for small farmers and public health initiatives. Buckley, who studies the history of science, medicine, health and environment in 20th-century Latin America, is interested in the use of science and technology to address problems of poverty and underdevelopment in postcolonial societies.

Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is one of 13 chemistry faculty members nationwide to be honored with a 2018 Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. The award is presented by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, a leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of the chemical sciences, to “exceptional young academic researchers” based on their contributions to both research and education. Grimes, who studies bacteria and the immune system, received UD’s 2017 Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholars Award, has been named a Pew Scholar and a Cottrell Scholar and has received the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development Award and a Sloan Research Fellowship.

The Department of Physics and Astronomy presented its 2018 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award to graduate student Rebecca MacInnis. The award -- a Certificate of Excellence and a check for $1,000 -- was presented by Branislav Nikolic, the department’s graduate program director, on April 25 before the department’s colloquium. The annual award was established to encourage and honor exemplary performance by a graduate student in the role of a teaching assistant. Award recipients are selected based on student evaluations and letters of support from course instructors. The high quality of MacInnis’ TA activities in a number of introductory physics courses for engineering majors and life science majors is reflected in students’ comments that praised her for her helpfulness, clear explanations and organization. MacInnis received her bachelor of arts in astronomy and physics from Boston University and a master of science in space sciences from Florida Institute of Technology. She is currently pursuing a doctorate with Veronique Petit, assistant professor of physics and astronomy.


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