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

Recent presentations, publications and honors include the following:


Carla Guerrón Montero, professor of anthropology with joint appointments in Africana studies, Latin American and Iberian studies, and women and gender studies, presented the paper “Is Practicing Anthropology in Latin America a Political Act?” at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meetings in Portland (March 19-23, 2019). At the meetings, she also participated in the roundtable “Dialogues between AAA and SfAA.” In April, she was invited by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU) and the University of Ljubljana ( Slovenia) to present the guest lecture “Touring Brazilian Quilombolas: At the Intersection of Sustainable Tourism and Ethnic Resistance” and to run the grant writing workshop “Essential Skills for Writing Fundable Proposals.”   

Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, was a presenter on April 17, 2019, at the American Culture Association/Popular Culture Association conference held in Washington, D.C. Her paper, titled "“The Long Aftermath: ‘Comfort Women’ Issues in Recent South Korean Films," examined three Korean-made feature films from 2015-17 that dramatize both the World War II-era war crimes committed by the Japanese Imperial Army and the redress movement on behalf of the now elderly Asian survivors of military sexual slavery. This paper was part of a panel organized by the "Armed Conflict" area of the ACA/PCA.

Farley Grubb, professor of economics, presented his research paper, “Colonial North Carolina’s Paper Money Regime, 1712-1774: Reconstructing the Evidence,” at the North Carolina Association of Historians annual conference, March 22, 2019, Durham, North Carolina. This was research he co-authored with Cory Cutsail, graduate student in the economics department.

Colette Gaiter, professor of art and visual design, was a visiting scholar at Rowan University Art Gallery in Glassboro, New Jersey, where she led a conversation at a reception for the exhibit "If We Must Die...," with the artist Ebony G. Patterson on March 27, 2019.


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, is the author of two recently published articles, “Colonial Paper Money and the Quantity Theory of Money: An Extension,” Social Science History, 43, no. 1, (Spring 2019), pp. 185-207, and “Creating Maryland’s Paper Money Economy, 1720-1740: The Confluence of Political Constituencies, Economic Forces, Transatlantic Markets and Law,” Journal of Early American History, 9, no. 1, (2019), pp. 34-58.

Heinz-Uwe Haus, professor of theatre, published in the two last editions of the New York quarterly magazine Review of Romanian Spirituality and Culture Lumina Lina - An XXX/Nr.4/October - December 2018 and An XXIV/Nr.1/January - March 2019, eight drawings of his series Anagnorisis. Haus' work as a painter, as well as his dramatic texts and poetry (partly under the pseudonym Jean Bodin), have only recently been made known to a wider international audience.


Sebastian Cioaba, associate professor of mathematical sciences, was awarded a 2018 JSPS Invitational Fellowship for Research in Japan during the First Recruitment for Short Term. The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) carries out programs that provide overseas researchers who have an excellent record of research achievements with an opportunity to conduct collaborative research, discussions and opinion exchanges with researchers in Japan. This fellowship will support Cioaba for a research visit of 60 days to Japan to conduct research with his collaborator, Hiroshi Nozaki, at Aichi University of Education and other researchers at Tohoku University, Nagoya University, Kyoto University  and Hiroshima University.

A team of undergraduate students from the Department of Mathematical Sciences has earned an honorable mention in the international 2019 Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Diana Li, Chunxu Ji and Dong Liang placed in the top 25% of the more than 14,000 teams that competed worldwide. Students were given three open modeling problems to consider and permitted four days to write a report describing their solution to one of them. The UD team chose to tackle a problem involving optimal deployment of drone assets following a massive natural disaster.  

Seniors Max Gold and Dan Hughes, both in the visual communication program in the Department of Art and Design, were accepted to the Design Nation Conference, held March 8, 2019, in New York City.

Camilo CárdenasNatalie Hutchings, Moon Rodriguez-Decker, and Mafe Valero, all MFA candidates in the Department of Art and Design, exhibited work during March in Phase IV, Performances + Video + Film, Vox Populi, Black Box Performance Space, Philadelphia. The exhibition was curated by Aaron Terry, assistant professor of art at UD .

Alumnus Morgan Hamilton, who earned his MFA at UD in 2016, has entered the Ph.D. program in museum education and visitor-centered curation at Florida State University. Hamilton was awarded a fellowship at The Delaware Contemporary during his second year of UD's MFA program, and in June of 2017 he became it associate curator. He is currently the assistant director at Florida State University's Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement.

Ed Michelson, senior bartender at the Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware, was recently selected by the readers of the Newark Post as the “favorite bartender” in Newark for the third consecutive year. Michelson joined the hotel in 2005 after retiring from a senior executive position with a prominent New York bank. Bill Sullivan, managing director of the Courtyard Newark, said, “Ed is a favorite of not only Newark residents but also many fine guests of the hotel, business and UD family.”


Alumnus Ian Passmore, who completed his master of music degree in 2014, has been named by the Omaha Symphony as its associate conductor, beginning in the 2019-20 season. He is currently the symphony’s assistant conductor, joining the organization in fall 2017.


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