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For the Record, July 15, 2011

Faculty, staff report recent appointments, publications, presentations


10:10 a.m., July 15, 2011--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Appointments, publications and presentations 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.


Margaret D. Stetz, the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, has been appointed to the editorial board of The Journal of Neo-Victorian Studies, a scholarly journal based at the University of Swansea in the United Kingdom.

Carla Guerron Montero, associate professor of anthropology and interim chair of the Department of Women's Studies, has been elected a member of the Committee on World Anthropologies at the American Anthropological Association (AAA). The AAA is the largest national professional organization of anthropologists, and one of the largest in the world.


Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of History, published "The Imaginary Realm: Europe's Enlightenment Image of Early Modern Iran," Comparative Studies in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, 30:3 (2010), pp. 449-462.

Margaret D. Stetz, the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, published a book review of “New Grub Street: The Revised Text by George Gissing” in Philological Review, edited by Paul Delany, 344-347, 2010. 


Carla Guerron Montero, associate professor of anthropology and interim chair of the Department of Women's Studies, presented the paper "Sharing Culture in Intangible Ways" at the second International Conference on Sharing Cultures, in Tomar, Portugal, July 3-6. Her paper was published in the Proceedings of the Conference, edited by Sérgio Lira, Rogério Amoêda and Cristina Pinheiro (pp. 413-419), Green Lines Institute.

Marsha Dickson, chair of the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, and Huantian Cao, associate professor in the department, conducted a workshop on social and environmental issues in the apparel and textile industries for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C., June 28-29. The workshop was attended by the Inter-American Development Bank's environmental scientists and their colleagues with the International Finance Corp.

Rudi Matthee, Distinguished Professor of History, spoke on "From the Battlefield to the Harem: The Position of Women in the Safavid Period," at a meeting of the Association of Iranian American Professionals, San Diego, May 25.

Margaret D. Stetz, the Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, organized and moderated a panel entitled “Wilde Family Values” at the Northeast Modern Language Association (NEMLA) conference at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., April 9.

Also, Stetz presented a paper entitled “The Last of the Victorians: John S. Goodall and the Politics of the Artist’s Book as Children’s Book,” during the SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) Conference at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, D.C., July 17. The conference theme was “The Book as Art and Science.”

In addition, Stetz presented an invited lecture on “The Aesthetic Woman,” delivered at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, June 7 and June 9. The lecture is part of the museum’s adult education program titled “In Pursuit of Beauty,” and organized in conjunction with the exhibition “The Cult of Beauty,” on the British aesthetic movement of the late 19th century. 

Margaret Grotti, assistant librarian, Reference Department, University of Delaware Library, co-presented "Teaching with WorldCat Local: What's Different?" with Karen Sobel of the University of Colorado-Denver, Library Orientation Exchange (LOEX) Conference, May 7, Fort Worth, Texas.

Jaime Margalotti, senior assistant librarian, Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, presented "Outbreak! Public Health, Private Despair and the Business of Death" during the Sensational Archives and Collections: A "Pecha Kucha," Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC), May 7, Alexandria, Va.

Beth Mineo, director of the Center for Disabilities Studies, participated in the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities research conference in June in Atlanta. Mineo led a discussion for the" Augmentative and Alternative Communication Interventions" session. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the conference, titled "Research Challenges and Future Directions in Evidence-Based Communication Interventions for Individuals with Severe Disabilities," featured many leaders in research and intervention.

Chris Barthold, who coordinates the Stepping Stones project of the Center for Disabilities Studies, attended the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI) in Denver in May. Barthold was a presenter on a panel about teaching behavior analysis and facilitated a workshop on B.F. Skinner's analysis of verbal behavior with A. Charles Catania, a student of both B.F. Skinner and Fred Keller. Barthold is the chair of the Teaching Behavior Analysis Special Interest Group (SIG), which with more than 500 members is ABAI's second largest SIG.

Three people affiliated with UD's new Transition and Postsecondary Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (TPSID) model demonstration grant attended the first national project directors meeting in St. Paul, Minn. Linda Grusenmeyer, evaluation/research coordinator; Max Kursh, job developer; and Laura Eisenman, associate professor of education and grant principal investigator, presented a poster about Delaware's initiative at a session with other model demonstration projects from around the U.S., and they attended workshops on topics such as using coaches to facilitate campus integration and federal financial aid for participating students.

Brian Freedman, director of the Transition, Education and Employment Model Unit of the Center for Disabilities Studies, gave a presentation at the Autism Society of America National Conference in July entitled, "From Research to Real Life: Autism, Divorce and Married Life." He co-presented with renowned author and speaker Robert Naseef on his research on marriage and divorce rates among families of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and strategies for helping parents navigate the challenges of maintaining a strong marital relationship while raising a child with an ASD.

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