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For the Record, Friday, Feb. 9, 2024

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University of Delaware community reports new presentations, awards and publications

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

Recent presentations, awards and publications include the following:


Meredith Ray, Elias Ahuja Professor of Italian in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, was a speaker at the symposium “Galileo”s Letters: Experiments in Friendships,” organized by the Program in History and Philosophy of Science at Stanford University. Her talk, titled “Galileo’s Female Galaxy,” focused on the women in Galileo’s epistolary network.

Ruwida Alkrekshi, academic development specialist at the English Language Institute, and Erin Bastien, assistant director of international admissions, presented their lecture, “The Communicative Method, Content-Based Instruction, and Student-Centered Design: Applying Best Practices in Language Teaching to Saudi Vision 2030,” at the IDP English Language Conference on Jan. 20 in Saudi Arabia. They presented to 100 English teachers about how to develop a content-based lesson for the tourism and hospitality sector aligning with Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.


Owen White, professor of history, received the Eugen Weber Book Prize for his recent work  The Blood of the Colony: Wine and the Rise and Fall of French Algeria. The award is given by the UCLA Department of History for the best book in modern French history, and White shares the 2023 prize with Marc André, professor of history at Rouen University in France. The Blood of the Colony explores how in the late 1800s Europeans displaced Algerians from the country’s best agricultural land, resulting in Algeria becoming one of the largest wine producers in the world by the 1950s, even though the region's Muslim inhabitants didn’t drink alcohol. The book also looks at what happened to Algeria’s vineyards after independence, and how the country’s colonial history continues to impact modern France. In addition to the prestigious Eugen Weber prize, The Blood of the Colony has garnered attention from Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits magazine.     

Darryl Conway, a College of Health Sciences alumnus, will be inducted into the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) 2024 Hall of Fame. Conway, who obtained his bachelor’s degree in physical education studies in 1993 and graduated Magna Cum Laude, has been in the athletic training field for 31 years. He’s been the executive senior associate athletic director and chief health and welfare officer for University of Michigan Athletics for over a decade. Conway also co-owns Sports Medicine Emergency Management, which offers continuing education and hands-on professional development opportunities and workshops for certified athletic trainers. Conway, who received UD’s Presidential Citation Award in 2012, is one of seven people being inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame this year. He joins the late Roy Rylander, founder of UD's athletic training program and head tennis coach, who was inducted into the NATA Hall of Fame in 1986. 

Heather Milea, family nurse practitioner and adult-gerontology acute care practitioner, received a 2024 State Award for Excellence in the Nurse Practitioner category from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. As part of the Partnership for Healthy Communities, she serves as clinical lead for the HEALTH for All program, their mobile health van providing place-based care throughout New Castle County communities in partnership with 20 local agencies. Through this service, Milea provides health screenings and primary care visits for marginalized patients in places that are convenient for them – such as libraries, food pantries, and their workplace. Additionally, she aids in providing direct clinical experience to students in various disciplines across the university. Milea is also a family nurse practitioner at the University of Delaware Nurse Managed Primary Care Center located at the UD STAR Complex. Milea will be honored for her award at the 2024 AANP National Conference in Nashville on June 25 through 30.


Hillary Kativa, head of the Special Collections Department at the UD Library, Museums and Press, recently completed work as managing editor for a three-volume set of selected essays from the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to be published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. As managing editor, Kativa collaborated with volume editors on the selection of illustrations, handled licensing requests and prepared art inventories for over 300 images. All three volumes will be published in 2026 in celebration of the semiquincentennial of the United States.

Heinz-Uwe Haus, professor of theater, recently published a review of a Günther Grass biography by Günther Rüther, titled "Unruly under all circumstances.”


Jennifer Horney, professor and founding director of the Epidemiology Program in the College of Health Sciences, has been appointed to the planning committee for the Communities, Climate Change, and Health Equity Workshop Series: Exploring Flood Adaptation Strategies to Support Health Equities. The committee is part of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Environmental Health Matters Initiative, which provides leadership on challenges in environmental health to improve health for all equitably. 

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