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For the Record, Friday, March 15, 2024

University of Delaware community reports new presentations and awards

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

Recent presentations and awards include the following:


Trevor A. Dawes, the vice provost for libraries and museums and May Morris University Librarian, was a presenter at the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Conference in Seattle, Washington, on March 14. Dawes was on a panel discussing the Summer Institute in Japan program he co-led in 2023. The Institute was designed to help diversify the field of Japan Studies in the U.S. and brought sixteen Black and Latinx undergraduate students from across the country to Japan to expose them to the variety of career options open to them in the field. Dawes was joined on the panel by two of the students who participated in the program, as well as the Executive Director of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission (JUSFC), which also supported Dawes’ attendance at the conference. 

Farley Grubb, professor of economics, presented his research on "The Origins of the Continental Dollar, 1775-1776: Congressional Deliberations and Decisions that Shaped Monetary Structure," at Arizona State University on March 11.

Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, presented “A History of Alcohol in the Muslim Middle East” at Michigan State University on March 8. A recording of the presentation is available on YouTube.


On Feb. 24, the Lab School, housed within UD's College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), received the Delaware Association for Environmental Education's 2023 Exemplary Partnership Award for Excellence. The award recognizes a Delaware group that demonstrates an outstanding partnership in the environmental field that serves as a model and inspiration to others. The Lab School, which educates children from the age of six months to kindergarten, has partnered with CEHD’s Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood and early education providers to deliver professional development in nature-based education, offer summer camps for children on their campus and host the prestigious In Bloom Conference, a national professional learning event for educators interested in nature-based education.

Robert Weimer, a human nutrition master’s student, was awarded Poster of Distinction at the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) 2024 Nutrition Science and Practice Conference in Tampa, Florida, in March. Weimer’s research focuses on measuring muscle mass using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in patients with liver cirrhosis, who often suffer from malnutrition and muscle loss. Weimer works closely on this research with faculty mentor Carrie Earthman, a professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Nutrition Sciences in the College of Health Sciences

Thomas W. Ilvento, professor of applied economics and statistics, received the American Statistical Association (ASA) 2024 Philadelphia Chapter College Teaching Excellence Award for College or University Educator. This award is established to recognize local educators who have consistently inspired within their students a love and passion for statistics. 

The Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics has received the 2024 Inspiring Programs in Business Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Lerner College was recognized for the work of the Lerner Diversity Council. The Inspiring Programs in Business Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the field of business. Lerner College will be featured, along with 27 other recipients, in the magazine’s April 2024 issue. Read more on the Lerner College’s website.

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