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Barret Michalec has been named one of five Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation's 2019 Macy Faculty Scholars. See Honors.

For the Record

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University community reports presentations, publications, honors

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

Recent new presentations, publications and honors include the following:


Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, presented “The Idea of Iran in the Safavid Period: Dynastic Preeminence and Urban Pride,” at a one-day seminar on Iranian history held in Alicante, Spain, on June 13, 2019. The seminar, in which Iranian and European scholars participated, was organized as part of an exhibition titled Irán: Cuna de Civilizationes (Iran: Cradle of Civilization), held in the city’s MARQ Museum.  On June 26, 2019, Dr Matthee spoke in London on “Shah ‘Abbas I and His Silk Policies” at another one-day symposium, titled “Carpets in Iran, 1400-1700: New Perspectives,” organized by the Hali Organization in conjunction with the Courtault Institute of Art on the occasion of the 200th issue of Hali Magazine.


Victor Perez, associate professor of sociology, served on an American Sociological Association (ASA) task force that has released a report on contingent faculty. The task force report, entitled “Contingent Faculty Employment in Sociology,” details the changing employment structure and the ways in which it affects faculty members, student and the character of higher education. The report includes a recommended series of fundamental principles and also provides recommendations to the ASA itself.

"Effects of Adult Health Interventions at Scale on Children's Schooling: Evidence from Antiretroviral Therapy in Zambia," a paper by Adrienne Lucas, associate professor of economics , was published online in the Economics of Education Review. Publication in the print edition is forthcoming.


Barret Michalec, associate dean of Interprofessional Education for the College of Health Sciences and associate professor of sociology, was named one of five Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation’s 2019 Macy Faculty Scholars. The Scholars program, open to educators in medicine and nursing schools nationwide, aims to identify innovators in medicine and nursing education and give them the resources to establish new programs at their respective institutions. Michalec was selected from more than 70 applicants for the prestigious award. As a Macy Scholar, Michalec will spotlight the value of teaching empathy in an interprofessional education setting through his new program, Interprofessional Training in Empathy, Affect and Mindfulness (I-TEAM). The hybrid course combines online lectures and in-person small group activities that are developmentally progressive “workouts” to stretch and strengthen students’ empathy “muscles” and potentially promote “empathic resilience.” More than 200 students from graduate-level health profession programs, as well as undergraduate nursing students, will participate in I-TEAM when it begins in fall 2019.


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