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For the Record, March 30, 2012

Faculty and staff announce recent honors, presentations, publications


11:45 a.m., March 30, 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.


Andrew Homsey, associate policy scientist with the School of Public Policy and Administration’s Institute for Public Administration, recently received the 2011 Volunteer Recognition Award from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife. Homsey was recognized for working with state arborist William McAvoy in designing and constructing the Flora of Delaware online database -- a valuable web-based reference that contains a wealth of information on the status, habitat and distribution of plants in Delaware. An avid birder, Homsey says he didn’t know much about plants before helping turn The Flora of Delaware into an online database. After four months of inputting the flowering period, seasonality, habitat and distribution area of 2,500 taxa, he picked up quite a bit. He says has a new appreciation for plants, in particular ferns and mosses. “When I’m running or hiking or birding, I find myself on the look out for ferns, which are an ancient and fascinating group of plants,” says Homsey. For more information, see the UDaily article on Flora of Delaware online database.


Gregg Silvis, assistant director for Library Computing Systems, University of Delaware Library, was a panelist for the webinar "Your Library at Webscale: How Radical Collaboration Is Redefining Library Management Services" sponsored by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and Library Journal, Feb. 21.

Fran Fletcher, assistant policy scientist with the Institute for Public Administration's Conflict Resolution Program, was interviewed recently by the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education.  In an interview posted on the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) website, she shares strategies, her advice, typical mistakes made and lessons she's learned from facilitating Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. The interview took place during the Fifth National Symposium on Dispute Resolution in Special Education, with support from the JAMS Foundation. CADRE's director conducted interviews with Fletcher and nine other nationwide representatives from the field of dispute resolution and special education.


Irving Morris, a UD alumnus, is author of the book The Rape Case: A Young Lawyer's Struggle for Justice in the 1950s, which was published by the University of Delaware Press and reviewed recently by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in the New York Review of Books. Stevens hailed the book as a memoir "well worth reading."


David L. Kirchman, Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Biosciences, has published Processes in Microbial Ecology with Oxford University Press. The comprehensive textbook addresses microbial biology principles in both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, with a focus on biogeochemical processes.

Ronald Martin, professor of paleobiology, has published Earth’s Evolving Systems: The History of Planet Earth, with Jones and Bartlett Learning. The textbook examines Earth’s evolution and interactions between the atmosphere, biosphere, lithosphere and other systems. 


Heather A. Kelly, director of the Office of Institutional Research, has been elected an at-large member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) board of directors and will serve a three-year term. Also, Allison M. Walters, assistant director of the office, has been elected to a two-year term on the AIR Nominations and Elections Committee and to serve as recording secretary for the North East Association for Institutional Research.

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