For the Record
February 28, 2020
University community reports recent presentations, publications, grants, honors
For the Record provides information about recent professional activities and honors of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.
Recent presentations, publications, grants and honors include the following:
Jia-Rey Chang, assistant professor of art and design, received a grant from Maker (IDEA) Network for $25,000 to build up a large-scale projection/VR/AR facilitated immersive space, "Sensorium Space," in Room 208 of the Studio Art Building. The space will eventually open to the public within the MakerGym Network on the UD campus.
Farley Grubb, professor of economics, gave an invited guest lecture on “Money and Monetary Performance in Colonial America” from 4:30 to 5:50 p.m., Feb. 20, 2020, in Old College Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. The lecture was presented to a senior undergraduate course on “The Political Economy of Early America,” taught by Jesus Fernandez-Villaverde. The course uses guest lecturers on various topics who are renowned in their filed on that topic.
Bill Deering, assistant professor of art and design, gave a talk at La Schola Cantorum in Paris in conjunction with his January 2020 exhibition "Cimetière du Père Lachaise: Behind The Wall" at the Paris American Academy Gallery. The show moves to the Art Workers Guild Gallery in London, on June 22, 2020.
Numerous art history students, faculty and alumni attended and presented at the 108th annual College Art Association Conference, held Feb. 12-15, in Chicago. Their topics ranged from New York’s historic gardens to better methods to handle, house, display, store and ship artwork to black artists in early modern America. Presenters and their topics are highlighted on the department's website.
Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, is the author of a chapter in a newly published volume, Fashion and Authorship: Literary Production and Cultural Style from the 18th to the 21st Century, edited by Gerald Egan (Palgrave Macmillan/Springer, 2020). Her essay, titled "Fashioning Modern and Modernist Authorship: Rebecca West in the 1920s and 1930s" (pp. 255-272), analyzes the complicated and sometimes bumpy relationship of British author Dame Rebecca West (1892-1983) to Modernist aesthetics in both literature and design. This was a relationship that played out not only in her novels of the 1920s and 1930s, but in her uses of and attitudes toward dress--including her own‚ as a gendered public figure in the literary marketplace. Stetz's other new publication is on the related topic of the politics of celebrity during an earlier age. It is a review of Critics, Coteries, and Pre-Raphaelite Celebrity by Wendy Graham, for the journal English Literature in Transition, 1880–1920 63:2 (2020), pp. 272-75.
Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, published “Capitalism in Iran: Exceptionalism and Delayed Development,” in Dilip M. Menon and Kaveh Yazdani, eds., Historical Capitalisms: towards a Global Perspective (Delhi: Oxford University Press), pp. 349-80.
Nicole Long, executive director for planning and strategy in the Division of Student Life, and coauthor Stephanie Smith Budhai of Neumann University have a chapter in Online and Engaged: Innovative Student Affairs Practices for Online Learner Success (NASPA, 2020). The chapter, “Assessing Online Student Affairs Programs and Services for Online Learners,” provides an overview of common types of assessment, offers approaches to conducting assessment and provides applications and examples of assessment in a variety of student affairs functional areas that occur in online learning environments.
Nature's Best Hope, a new book from Doug Tallamy, professor of entomology and wildlife ecology, has risen to No. 14 on The New York Times Best Seller list for nonfiction, widely considered the preeminent list of best-selling books in the nation. Tallamy sparks a national conversation about the link between healthy local ecosystems and human wellbeing.
David Brinley, associate professor of art and design, had two gallery pieces selected for 3x3 Annual #16 book. Merit winners from the Professional Show will be reproduced in the 3x3 Illustration Annual No.16.
The Investor Protection Unit of the Delaware Department of Justice invited Bruce Weber, dean of the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, to its Fintech Sandbox Working Group to research and discuss the desirability of creating a fintech regulatory sandbox in Delaware. Regulatory sandboxes help Fintech businesses test products’ market viability while ensuring that public interests are adequately protected. Arizona set up the first sandbox in 2018. It allows participants to ‘test-drive’ their products and start financial service activities under regulatory supervision but without the costs of securing traditional licenses prior to operation. Weber joined fellow members from state government, academia and industry.
Christine Perndorfer, a doctoral student in psychology/clinical psychology, received a student travel award from the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition to support her presenting her research at the Society for Behavioral Medicine annual meeting in San Francisco this April. DBCC is the only organization in the state of Delaware focused solely on breast health issues as they affect the women and men who live here. Her faculty adviser is Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, Unidel A. Gilbert Sparks III Chair in the Social Science and professor of psychological and brain sciences.
Kevin Bielicki, who earned his BFA at UD in 2011 and is the recipient of a 2018 Delaware Division of the Arts Emerging Artists Fellowship, completed a commission for a sculpture created in memory of the late Robert M. Stark (PhD '65), University of Delaware professor emeritus. The sculpture was dedicated in the Morris Library on Dec. 13, 2019.
The University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS) Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy was honored with the 2019 University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) Mid-Atlantic Region Outstanding Program Award. Established in March 2018, the Professional Drone Pilot Training Academy has served more than 200 students in less than two years. Presented for an effective, innovative and exceptional credit or noncredit program, the award-winning program must have been offered by an UPCEA member institution within the last two years and have completed one cycle. It is required to demonstrate a contribution to the field of continuing education and must be able to be replicated by other institutions of higher education, be original and innovative to the continuing education field and/or to the institution, exhibit quality and effectiveness, and be cost-effective in a manner consistent with the stated program objectives.
Jon Cox, assistant professor of art and design, was named president of the ACEER Foundation, whose mission is to promote conservation of the Peruvian Amazon by fostering awareness, understanding, action and transformation by initiating environmental education programs, supporting basic and applied research, and protecting unique tracts of land.
Ken Biedler, a second-year MFA student, received a scholarship to attend a 2020 session of the prestigious Penland School of Crafts in the North Carolina Mountains.
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