University of Delaware

For the Record, June 15, 2012

UD faculty and staff announce recent honors, presentations, publications


10:40 a.m., June 15, 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.


Valerie Maxwell, of the Mathematics and Science Education Resource Center, has been presented with the Webber Award by the Department of Mathematical Sciences. The Webber Award is given in memory of G. Cuthbert Webber, who was professor of mathematics at the University of Delaware (1937-1981), for work in advancing mathematics education.

Margaret LeGates, project coordinator in the Department of Geography, recently won DGDC's 2012 GIS in Education Award. The awardee is chosen annually by the GeoEducation in Delaware subcommittee for furthering the use of digital spatial data, Internet mapping services or geographic information systems (GIS) in Delaware. The DGDC is a cooperative effort among state agencies, the University of Delaware, county and municipal governments, and others to build a Delaware GIS community and improve the coordination of the use of GIS and spatial data in Delaware.


Sheldon D. Pollack, professor of law and legal studies in the Department of Accounting and MIS, presented a paper titled “The First National Income Tax, 1861-1871,” at the 2012 Conference on Policy History in Richmond, Va., on June 8.

Bernard Kaplan, associate professor of English who teaches classes including an Honors colloquium on hip-hop culture, was a speaker at a June 1 symposium sponsored by the New Jersey State Library at the Rutgers Newark campus, "Shake Up Your Library: Using Hip Hop and Rap to Attract Teens and New Adults." Kaplan's talk, "The Accidental Hip-Hopologist," was part of the daylong event for youth services librarians that featured keynote speaker Chuck D of the legendary rap group Public Enemy.

Megan Gaffney, senior assistant librarian, Access Services Department, University of Delaware Library, participated in a panel discussion "Making the Case for Our Collaborative Future" during the program "Shaping a New Future for Libraries Together through Technology" sponsored by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and LYRASIS at the University of Maryland Frances King Cary School of Law on May 23 in Baltimore.

Hanna Lee, assistant librarian, and Shelly McCoy, head, both from the Student Multimedia Design Center, University of Delaware Library, presented "Multimedia Literacy: A Plan to Get Started" during the College and Research Library Division program "Digital Natives or Digitally Naive: Lessons on Digital and Media Literacy" sponsored by the Pennsylvania Library Association at Bucks County Community College on May 24 in Newtown, Pa.


Tristan Spinski, a photographer and 2001 UD alumnus, is featured in a June 15 CNN online presentation about the state of Delaware, which on June 15, 1776, declared independence from Britain. The piece features a series of black and white images from throughout the state, which on Dec. 7, 1787, became the First State, as it was the first to ratify the Constitution. Spinski, the son of retired UD art professor Victor Spinski, received a degree in English with a concentration in journalism. He went on to study journalism and receive a master's degree from the University of California Berkeley. Spinski now is with Grain Images in Denver, Colo.


Leslie F. Goldstein, Judge Hugh M. Morris Professor Emerita of Political Science, published "Constituting Politics and the Political Constitution," in the University of Tulsa Law Review 47 (summer 2011):177-183.


Mark Mankin, coordinator for Facilities and Auxiliary Services, was recently elected president of the Delaware Chapter of the International Facility Management Association for 2012-13. Founded in 1990, the Delaware Chapter of IFMA is the international association's local affiliate for the state of Delaware. The Delaware chapter provides its more than 100 members the opportunity to further their professional and personal development through education and networking around maintaining the built environment. Mankin has held the association's certified facility manager (CFM) credential since 2003. Mankin will represent the Delaware chapter at the 2012 World Workplace Conference in late October in San Antonio, Texas.

Nicole Minni, assistant policy scientist at the Institute for Public Administration, was recently named chair of the GeoEducation in Delaware subcommittee of the Delaware Geographic Data Committee (DGDC).

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