University of Delaware

For the Record, June 8, 2012

UD faculty and staff announce recent exhibits, honors, presentations


11:08 a.m., June 8, 2012--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent exhibits, honors 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.

Art exhibit

A painting by Robert Straight, professor of art, will be exhibited in "Natural Constructed Spaces" at the Painting Center in New York City from June 19-July 14.


Two graduate students in the Department of Psychology, Stefanie LoSavio and Brendt Parrish, won a Distinguished Contribution Award for a poster they presented at a recent Association for Psychological Science convention. The poster, "Daily Cognitive Reactivity Is a Negative Prospective Predictor of Depressive Symptoms," was presented during a session of the Society for the Science of Clinical Psychology. The students worked with the late Lawrence H. Cohen, professor of psychology, who died in April.


Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, delivered a paper titled “‘To live on in the minds of men’: Sewell Stokes and the Shaping of Wilde’s Gay Legacy” at the “Who Owns the Legacy of Oscar Wilde?” conference, which was sponsored by Drew University in Madison, N.J., June 2.

Farley Grubb, professor of economics, "Chronic Specie Scarcity and Efficient Barter: The Problem of Maintaining an Outside Money Supply in British Colonial America," in the Pro-Seminar on Re-Theorizing Liquidity at Harvard Law School's Institute for Global Law and Policy, Cambridge, Mass., June 2.

Carla Guerrón Montero, associate professor of anthropology, taught the graduate seminar entitled, “Una Visión Latinoamericana de las Antropologías Mundiales y la Educación” at the Universidade Regional do Noroeste do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (UNIJUI) in Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), May 28-29. In addition, she presented the lecture “Explorando la Industria de la Identidad, el Turismo y el Patrimonio Cultural en América Latina y el Caribe” at the Laboratorio de Antropologia e História-Museu Nacional, of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), June 4.

Members of the Delaware Positive Behavior Support program (DE-PBS) at the Center for Disabilities Studies (CDS) presented at the 2012 Northeast PBIS Network Leadership Forum, May 17-18. CDS staff members Debby Boyer, DE-PBS co-project director, and Sarah Hearn, research associate, along with George Bear, professor in the School of Education and consultant for DE-PBS, and Chunyan Yang, a doctoral student in the school psychology program at UD, led a poster presentation titled, “A Longitudinal Investigation of School-wide Positive Behavior Support (SWPBS).” Bear, Boyer, Hearn and Linda Smith, DE-PBS co-project director from the Delaware Department of Education, led a breakout session on “School Climate and SWPBS: Assessing Needs and Outcomes.” The conference was held at the Center for Behavioral Education and Research at the University of Connecticut's Neag School of Education.

Brian Freedman, director of the Transition, Education and Employment Model (TEEM) unit at the Center for Disabilities Studies, participated in a series of poster presentations at the International Meeting for Autism Research, held May 17-20 in Toronto. The first presentation was “Agreement Between Parents and Clinicians Regarding the Presence of Clinical Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.” He also presented “Increased Emergency Department Use for Mental Health Problems among Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Population-Based Study.” Finally, Freedman collaborated with others for a presentation called “Initial Psychometric Properties of the Autism Impact Measure (AIM).”

Members of the Transition, Education and Employment Model (TEEM) unit at the Center for Disabilities Studies presented at the 2012 National Transition Conference in Washington, D.C., held May 30-June 1. The conference theme was "College and Careers for Youth with Disabilities." Wendy Claiser, Brian Freedman, Max Kursh and Debbie Bain led a presentation titled “Developing Successful Internship Programs and Community-based Career Exploration Experiences.” In this talk, they described TEEM’s process for developing, implementing and evaluating a continuum of internships and community-based experiences for transition-age students with disabilities.


Karen Zalewski, project coordinator in the Health and Wellness unit at the Center for Disabilities Studies, was quoted in an article in the News Journal on May 14. The article, “Does Your Child measure Up? New, Free Online Tool for Screening Development,” described a new developmental screening tool called Parents' Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS). PEDS is designed to help parents and their pediatricians assess whether a child is meeting developmental milestones.

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