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For the Record

University community reports recent publications, presentations and honors

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

Recent publications, presentations and honors include the following:


Sheldon D. Pollack, professor of law in the Lerner College of Business & Economics with a joint appointment in political science in the College of Arts and Sciences, is the author of War, Revenue and State Building: Financing the Development of the American State.  Published by Cornell University Press in 2010, the book is considered the authoritative account of the role of “revenue extraction” in the development of the American state, employing a comparative model of state building based on the European experience to explicate a new model for the unique and peculiarly structured development of the modern American state. When first published, the book was proclaimed by reviewers as “a must read for students of American political development” that “reconstructs the political history of the national revenue state from the beginning to the present, enmeshing it in a rich tapestry of theoretical and comparative observations.” War, Revenue and State Building has now been published in Chinese translation by the academic press of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, world renowned and ranked as one of the top universities in China for research in finance and economics. The translation took more than three years to complete.


Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, spoke, via Zoom and in Persian, about drugs and stimulants in Iranian history for Kanoon, the Iranian Cultural Association of the Washington, D.C., area, on Dec. 21, 2020.

On Dec. 17, 2020, John Callahan, associate scientist at the Delaware Geological Survey, presented to the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) Advisory Committee on Climate Change (ACCC) on how the state of Delaware determined future sea-level rise scenarios and the appropriate perspectives to view future projections of climate change. Last spring, Callahan was selected to serve on the DRBC ACC committee. Each the 18 members of the ACCC maintains relevant climate expertise, representing various government, watershed, academic, business and water user perspectives throughout the Delaware River Basin within the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. 


Adam Wallace, associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Earth, Ocean and Environment, has been named the 2021 program chair for the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Geochemistry Division. Wallace is beginning to program the Fall 2021 ACS National Meeting, scheduled Aug. 22-26 in Atlanta. He is looking for individuals from UD to organize sessions for the meeting, which will have its theme “Resilience of Chemistry.” Symposium topics can be organized in areas of broad interest to the geochemistry community, as well as topics aligned with the meeting theme. Anyone interested in organizing a symposium should email Wallace at afw@udel.edu, with the title of the proposed symposium; a brief description; name, affiliation and contact information; and potential co-sponsoring divisions or programs.  

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