University of Delaware

For the Record, Jan. 6, 2012

Faculty, staff report recent honors, presentations, publications


10:07 a.m., Jan. 6, 2012--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent honors, presentations, publications and service include the following:

Campus Stories

From graduates, faculty

As it neared time for the processional to open the University of Delaware Commencement ceremonies, graduating students and faculty members shared their feelings about what the event means to them.

Doctoral hooding

It was a day of triumph, cheers and collective relief as more than 160 students from 21 nations participated in the University of Delaware's Doctoral Hooding Convocation held Friday morning on The Green.


The Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies has been ranked No. 2 in a list of the top 10 programs committed to sustainability by Source4Style, a leading website on fashion and design. Marsha Dickson, department chair, said UD was recognized for its graduate certificate program in socially responsible and sustainable apparel business, which “addresses labor and environmental issues in the global supply chains of the apparel, textile and footwear industries.”


Beth Mineo, director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, gave a presentation Oct. 27 at the Crime Victims with Disabilities Conference in Dover. She highlighted the considerations needed when communicating with individuals who have disabilities when investigating crime or working with individuals who have been the victim of crimes.


James Brophy, professor of history, et al., eds. Perspectives from the Past: Primary Sources in Western Civilizations, two volumes, New York: W.W. Norton, 1998, 5th edition, 2011.

Pam Cook, professor of mathematical sciences and associate dean in the College of Engineering for faculty development, has been appointed vice president for publications of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM). SIAM is the representative society for applied mathematics, whose members include applied and computational mathematicians, computer scientists, numerical analysts, engineers, statisticians, mathematics educators and students. The organization has more than 13,000 individual members and 500 institutional members, which include colleges, universities, corporations and research organizations. In addition to holding an annual meeting, specialized conferences, short courses and workshops, SIAM publishes 15 peer-reviewed research journals and approximately 25 books annually.


Jamie Wolfe, disabilities specialist at the Center for Disabilities Studies, has been appointed as chair of the Legislative Committee of the State Human Relations Commission. The goal of the commission is to assure minorities within Delaware freedom from discrimination and equal access to the community of their choice. In addition, the Human Relations Commission is responsible for enforcing the Fair Housing Act. The Legislative Committee reviews state legislation related to equal access and suggests legislation that will facilitate the commission's goals. Committee members represent the commission at legislative events.

Brian Freedman, Transition, Education and Employment Model (TEEM) unit director at the Center for Disabilities Studies, attended the Assessing Special Education Students State Collaboratives on Assessment and Student Standards Summit in December. The topic was Students with Disabilities and Common Core Standards for College and Career Readiness. Freedman was a member of a delegation representing Delaware that included individuals from the Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services and the Parent Information Center.

The Delaware Division of Vocational Rehabilitation recently awarded the Center for Disabilities Studies' Transition, Education and Employment Model (TEEM) unit a new contract to provide Functional Behavior Assessments and Applied Behavior Analysis services to adults with disabilities. CDS staff member Chris Barthold, a board-certified behavior analyst, will be leading the delivery of these services. Other members of TEEM's Employment Services program, overseen by Wendy Claiser, will be assisting Barthold. Under this contract, they will be collecting data from individuals and families about each individual's adaptive and maladaptive behavior, analyzing the data and using it to create and implement a behavior support plan. The support plan will be designed to help an individual decrease challenging behaviors and learn the new behaviors that are necessary for getting a job or sustaining current employment.  In total, TEEM Employment Services received contracts for six different services, many of which represent a continuation of services currently being provided. These services are conducted in the context of model demonstration programs through which research can be conducted on the most effective methods for supporting adults with disabilities in successfully attaining and maintaining employment.

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