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For the Record, Friday, May 10, 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:


Debbie Hess Norris, interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, chair of the Department of Art Conservation, and Unidel Henry Francis DuPont Chair of Fine Arts, presented the talk “Here, There and Everywhere: The Beatles and Cultural Memory” at the Chrysler Museum of Art earlier this spring. The lecture was part of the public programming for the blockbuster exhibition Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-1964: Eyes of the Storm, which featured more than 250 photos McCartney took during the time the band rose to international superstardom. The photos were rediscovered in his personal archive in 2020. Hess Norris spoke about photograph preservation, her 50-plus year love for the Beatles and how the exhibit demonstrated how photography has the capacity to document history and capture joy as part of our cultural memory. She described the lecture as the dream of a lifetime as her passion for the Beatles collided with her passion and profession of photograph conservation.

Farley Grubb, professor of economics, presented “The Origins of the Continental Dollar, 1775-1776: Congressional Deliberations and Decisions that Shaped Monetary Structure” at the Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) Symposium in Schaumburg, Illinois, on May 2 via Zoom.

On April 12, the management area faculty in the Lerner College’s Department of Business Administration hosted 37 faculty and doctoral students from UD and 14 other universities at the Lerner Management Research Summit held at the FinTech Innovation Hub. This year’s theme was “Trailblazing Paths in Management Research.” The day was filled with research, connection and conversation with interactive presentations from top management scholars, rapid research presentations from junior faculty and doctoral students, and networking. Dean Oliver Yao opened the summit by urging all attendees to think about how AI might shape management research in the future. Yao’s remarks were followed by four prominent management scholars who gave talks on a variety of topics related to the summit theme. The event wrapped up with a fireside chat with Jean Bartunek of Boston College and UD’s Wendy Smith, Dana J. Johnson Professor of Management. The event was organized by UD’s assistant professors of management Stacy Astrove and Beth Schinoff

The Annual Hospitality Career Fair, hosted by the Lerner College’s Department of Hospitality and Sport Business Management, took place on March 19 at the Perkins Student Center. The event featured 40 companies and over 100 UD students, as well as students from the Delaware County Community College Hospitality Program. Among the companies, Aramark, Great American Restaurants, Harry’s Hospitality, DuPont Country Club, Hotel DuPont, Great Wolf Lodge, Hyatt and Marriott were represented. Ten of the companies featured UD alumni returning to campus. Additionally, Hyatt conducted in-person interviews following the career fair.

This spring, the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance at the Lerner College brought in leading academics from around the country and the world to UD to share the latest corporate governance research. The annual Corporate Governance Symposium offered several $10,000 prizes, and subjects ran the gamut from ESG, to artificial intelligence, CEO compensation and much more. Read the full article on the Lerner College website.

In March, more than 600 eighth to 12th grade students and teachers from around the state convened in the Bob Carpenter Center for the largest Siegfried Youth Leadership Program (SYLP) to date. The Siegfried Group, an entrepreneurial leadership advisory organization founded by Lerner College alumnus Rob Siegfried, sponsors the annual event in partnership with Junior Achievement of Delaware and Lerner’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) and Horn Entrepreneurship. SYLP’s higher purpose is to help young people transform themselves into better individual leaders to enrich their lives and inspire positive change in their communities. Read the full article on the Lerner College website.

UD’s Applied Sport Event Management class, with support from the Blue Hen Sport Management Club, UD Athletics and the Lerner College, held the first annual Blue Hen Sport Summit and Career Fair on April 25 in the Trabant University Center. More than 300 students registered for the event, which featured four panels followed by a job fair. Instructor of Sport Management John Allgood II, who teaches the event management course, said the event will be held annually in the spring. Read the full article on the Lerner College website.


Laure Kayser, assistant professor in the College of Engineering’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will receive the 2024 Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering (PMSE) Early Investigator Award. Kayser has earned this distinction through her research in developing new synthetic approaches and designs for polymeric materials that can address issues in human health and sustainability. One facet of the Kayser Lab’s research investigates how to make electronic materials with bio-inspired properties to interface seamlessly with biological systems. PMSE is a Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and its Early Investigator Award is bestowed to early career researchers who are making an impact in the field of polymer science and engineering. Kayser will be honored at the joint reception during the 2024 Fall ACS meeting, which will be held in Denver, Colorado, from Aug. 18-22, along with 23 other recipients. 

The Fund for Women (FFW) at Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) selected Lynn Evans, director of the Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Lerner College, as the recipient of the 2024 Driving Force Award. This award is presented annually to a founder or group who has gone above and beyond in moving FFW forward to achieve its mission. Evans is a founder of the Fund for Women, past treasurer of the Board of Trustees and current member of the finance committee. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Delaware Community Foundation (DCF) and chairs DCF’s investment committee.

Greg Shelnutt, professor of art (sculpture area) in the Department of Art and Design, has been selected as an artist-in-residence this summer at Atelierhaus Hilmsen in Hilmsen, Germany, where he will take part in the exhibition Alchemy and Sculpture at the Mönchskirche in Salzwedel. Shelnutt will also participate in the 2024 International Symposium, Cast Iron and 3D Printing this summer. Art Netzwerk, an innovative, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides fiduciary oversight and acts as a Fiscal Sponsor for the Atelierhaus Hilmsen Residency. Through partnerships with American and international institutions, Atelierhaus Hilmsen supports the education and professional development of artists and scholars from around the world with an emphasis in the arts and humanities. Residents come together to create and research in complete freedom, unmediated by external distractions. In 2015, Atelierhaus Hilmsen became a Local Action Group supported by the European Union LEADER structure fund. Shelnutt’s participation in these projects is supported, in part, by a successful 2024 Artist Opportunity Grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on DelawareScene.com.

A 2019 Journal of Marketing Research (JMR) article co-authored by Michal Herzenstein, associate professor of marketing in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, received the 2024 Weitz-Winer-O'Dell Award for long-term impact. The award honors “JMR articles published five years earlier that have made the most significant long-term contribution to marketing theory, methodology, and/or practice.” Since its publication, the article "When Words Sweat: Identifying Signals for Loan Default in the Text of Loan Applications" has garnered over 230 citations and nearly 6,000 downloads and was even featured in the bestselling book Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz. The selection committee noted that “the paper has broad appeal, with 63% of its citations coming from outside the field of marketing. Furthermore, the paper has been presented at numerous industry conferences, such as the JP Morgan Chase Conference (2016) and The New York Society of Security Analysts (2020). The researchers have been collaborating with both Moody’s and the FDIC to incorporate text data into their models of company default and bank failure, respectively. This level of dual impact — on both research and practice — is rare.”

Amy Hicks, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, was selected for a competitive artist residency at Interlude Artist Residency, mentioned as "the first of its kind in the United States" by Hyperallergic. Awarding only 18 artists out of 500 applicants, Hicks will be in residence in Livingston, New York, this spring working on a new video installation using collected and melted plastics, archival footage and rotoscoping. Hicks is also in her 10th year as a primary artist member of Grizzly Grizzly, a Philadelphia-based artist collective. She initiated a co-production with Past Present Projects, a curatorial and publishing collaborative dedicated to contemporary art practices that intersect with historic spaces, material collections and cultural histories. Together they will present an exhibition by artist and public historian Aislinn Pentecost-Farren that will run through the end of July.

In April, UD graduate student Fardin Sabahat Khan, who is earning a master’s in business analytics and information management, received first place in the Graduate Student Paper Competition at the 5th African Industrial Engineering and Operations Management Conference. Khan co-authored “ID 222 Enhancement Study on Lumen Depreciation & Thermal Management System in Commercial LEDs Bulb from a Product Lifecycle Perspective.” The event was sponsored by Eaton and hosted by the University of South Africa. 

The Lerner College of Business and Economics presented the following awards to its faculty and staff: Outstanding Junior Faculty, Jackie Silverman, assistant professor of marketing; Outstanding Teacher, Kathryn Bender, assistant professor of economics; Outstanding Faculty Scholar, John D’Arcy, Professor of MIS; Outstanding Faculty Service, Suresh Sundaram, assistant professor of marketing; Staff Excellence in Service, Sarah Dix, academic program coordinator; Staff Innovation, Greg Stewart, computer support specialist; Leon and Margaret Slocomb Professional Excellence Award, Bishakha Choudhuri, admissions specialist; Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member, Dan Alia, adjunct faculty, business administration; MBA Teaching Award, Michal Herzenstein, associate professor of marketing, with honorable mention for Fei Xie, Chaplin Tyler Professor of Finance, Iannaccone Faculty Fellow; and Students’ Choice Excellence in Teaching Award, Roger Coffin, director of corporate affairs, professor of practice.

The Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center and the Paul R. Jones Initiative congratulate grant award winners for the 2024-2025 academic year. The projects awarded for the academic year, curricular and public-facing, engage diverse field practitioners and deploy innovative pedagogies for humanities teaching and learning. 

  • Jessica L. Horton, associate professor, Department of Art History, for the project Woven Vessels, Pomo Futures.

  • Davy Knittle, assistant professor, Department of English, for the project Delaware’s Queer History: Public Humanities and the Documentation of Local LGBTQ+ Life.

  • Belinda T. Orzada, professor, Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, for the project 1920s Fashion: History and Design.

  • Valerie Marlowe, assistant director, Archives and Collections, Disaster Research Center, and Lu Ann De Cunzo, professor, Department of Anthropology and Interim Director of Museum Studies and Public Engagement, for their collaborative project Artivism and the Experiences of Black Women Under Court Supervision During COVID-19: A Re-Exhibit of Felicia Henry’s “I’m Literally Taking It Out the Mud” (ILITIOM).

  • Lawrence Livingston, assistant professor, Africana Studies and Co-Chair, Equity and Inclusion Committee, Associate in Arts Program, Wilmington, received a spring 2024 IHRC grant award for Perspectives on Race in Society, funded by the IHRC AAP Community Engaged Experiences and the Humanities grant initiative.


Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, is the co-author with Professor Jie Hu, Southwest University of Science and Technology, China, of an article in the spring 2024 issue of The Henry James Review. Their essay, "A Real New Woman: Covert Progression and Character in Henry James's 'Paste,'" offers a fresh interpretation of an 1899 short story — one that recognizes the overlooked endorsement that Henry James gave, in this fictional work, to women who broke radically with conventional notions of modesty, morality and sexual purity. In making this argument, the authors link James more closely to the political project of the late-19th-century "New Woman" movement. Stetz also continues to publish poetry. Two poems, "The Lesson" and "Independence," appeared this month in the print volume On Rules: An Anthology, edited by Ashley Holloway and Jen Knox. In addition, two more poems, "Fugit-ives" and "Special Persecutor," have been published in the  spring/summer 2024 issue of the online journal Magnets and Ladders. On May 9, Stetz was also a "Featured Artist" and read four of her poems ("Heat/Light," "Dirt," "Talkin' 'Bout My (Re)Generation" and "For Frida Kahlo") at the "Poetry as Activism" event held at UD's Morris Library. 

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