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For the Record, Friday, June 14, 2024

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:


Jessica Edwards, associate professor of English and the English internship coordinator at UD, and Christine Grogan, associate professor of English at the UD Associate in Arts Program (AAP), were lead facilitators of the MLA Institutes on Reading and Writing Pedagogy at Access-Oriented Institutions event from June 10-13. Held in Newark and the AAP’s Wilmington campus at the Community Education Building, the institute included a series of collaborative workshops, panel discussions and guest speakers on the teaching of reading and writing in inclusive and access-oriented educational environments, focusing on accessibility, antiracism, linguistic justice and mindful reading. In addition to UD faculty participants, attendees included graduate students, doctoral candidates and other teaching professionals from a number of colleges and universities across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, including Anne Arundel Community College, Community College of Philadelphia, Georgetown University, Howard University, Kuumba Academy Charter School, Marymount University, and many more. The institute, which also included a virtual event on June 5, was sponsored by UD’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the MLA, which was funded by a Mellon Foundation grant.


Calvin Keeler, professor of molecular virology and the former interim dean of the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was awarded the Edward H. Ralph Medal of Achievement by the Delmarva Chicken Association. The award is given to someone who shows outstanding service benefitting the Delmarva chicken community. Keeler is the former director of UD’s Avian Biosciences Center. His research focuses on avian genomics, viruses and diseases. In the 1980s, Keeler worked with Jack Gelb, the department chair for Animal and Food Sciences at the time, to develop the first PCR test for avian coronaviruses. He has worked with leaders from the Delmarva Chicken Association to develop protocols for avian disease diagnostics. 

David Wunsch, the state geologist and director of the Delaware Geological Survey, earned a Presidential Award from the Association of American State Geologists (AASG) for extraordinary service to the geosciences and to the objectives of AASG. Wunsch has held several leadership positions in geoscience organizations, including president of AASG and president of the American Geoscience Institute (AGI), and served as a member of the board of directors of the scientist and engineers division of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA). He is currently co-chairing the AASG strategic planning committee. The award was presented during the banquet at the 116th AASG Annual Meeting that was held in Park City, Utah, June 2-7.

Greg Shelnutt, professor of art, served as an Early Table Leader at the national AP / College Board Advanced Placement reading for 2024. From May 29 through June 9, Shelnutt was part of a group of over 240 high school and college arts educators who collectively score over 80,520 portfolios in the areas of drawing, 2D design and 3D design.

Lesa Griffiths, professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, was recognized by UD Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Services during spring 2024 for her work with student athletes. Griffiths was identified as an MVP (Most Valuable Professor) by UD men’s lacrosse student athletes.  


Trevor A. Dawes, the vice provost for libraries and museums and May Morris University Librarian, was elected to a second three-year term to the Board of Directors of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO). NISO’s mission is to build knowledge, foster discussion and advance authoritative standards development through collaboration among the cultural, scholarly, scientific and professional communities. Dawes’ second term will commence on July 1, 2024. 

Mark Clodfelter has begun his new role as associate dean of UD's Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS). Clodfelter was formerly director of UD's Music School, where he was a professor of trumpet. Clodfelter's career has also included lifelong work as a professional musician, and for a time he ran his own music instruction studio before becoming a professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and the University of Kentucky. At UD PCS, Clodfelter oversees a unit that is responsible for providing educational opportunities for anyone seeking to begin or complete their college career, enhance their professional skills or enrich their personal life. UD PCS also provides customized training and educational services to area businesses, organizations and professional associations. The unit also includes the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and UD’s ACCESS Center, which provides free academic advisement, career counseling and credit registration assistance for non-degree students, prospective and returning UD students and other members of the community.   


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, published “Colonial Monetary Systems” in Handbook of Cliometrics, 3rd Edition, edited by Michael J. Haupert and Claude Diebolt.

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