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For the Record, April 12, 2013

University community reports awards, presentations, publications


3:03 p.m., April 12, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, awards, presentations and publications 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 UD Chorale, which won second place last summer at the Béla Bartók International Choir Competition in Debrecen, Hungary, has released its first CD in nine years, The Road to Debrecen. It includes recordings of songs that were sung at the competition and is available on iTunes.


Elizabeth Quartararo, a UD junior, and Jacqueline Schechter, a student at Harvard, have been awarded a $10,000 McKinley Family Grant for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Leadership in a Social Enterprise for a project in which they will bring journalism workshops and a "school newspaper starter kit" to underserved middle schools. The grant for their proposed Project Lede was awarded through the Harvard College Innovation Challenge, in which students competed for funding. Quartararo and Schechter plan to pilot their project this summer in their Connecticut hometown.


Cara Barbato, a junior majoring in dietetics, was featured in a Projects Abroad article about her work on a nutrition project in the town of Urubamba in the Peruvian Andes.


Marsha Dickson, chair of the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, was a panelist on an interactive Department of Labor webcast April 11 on “Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor: Best Practices for Responsible Businesses.” The presentation will be archived at this website.

David Shearer, professor of history, gave an invited lecture and a seminar at Notre Dame University, April 4-5. On April 4, he gave a public lecture, "Constructing Central Asia: Russian, Soviet, and Other Foreign Explorers in Mongolia and Tibet, 1870 to the 1930s." On Friday, April 5, he conducted a seminar sponsored by the Nanovic Center for European Studies on "State Violence and Social Governance in the Soviet Union from the 1920s to the 1950s."

Leslie F. Goldstein, Morris Professor of Political Science Emerita, presented two papers recently. The first, on Feb. 22, was at the annual University of Maryland Law School Constitutional Law Symposium and was titled “How Equal Protection Did and Did Not Come to the USA and the Executive Branch Role Therein.” The second was at a Fordham University Law School Symposium on the New Originalism and was titled “Precedent vs. Popular Sovereignty? Or Whittington et al. vs. Lincoln et al.”


Based on the responses of its reviewers, the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Dalton Transactions has designated a paper by a research group in the laboratory of Klaus H. Theopold, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, as a "Dalton Transactions Hot Article." The paper, "A well-defined model system for the chromium-catalyzed selective oligomerization of ethylene," was authored by Wesley H. Monillas, John F. Young, Glenn P. A. Yap and Theopold. Monillas and Young are former graduate students in Theopold's lab, and the study made use of single crystal X-ray diffraction, an experiment that was carried out in the X-ray diffraction lab headed by UD research associate Yap.

A. Scott Andres, senior scientist with the Delaware Geological Survey (DGS), and J. Thomas Sims, T.A. Baker Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences and deputy dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, have had a paper, “Assessing Potential Impacts of a Wastewater Rapid Infiltration Basin System on Groundwater Quality: A Delaware Case Study,” published in the Journal of Environmental Quality. The paper is the latest technical report from a DGS-led project “Evaluation of Rapid Infiltration Basin Systems (RIBS).” Four additional reports on this project are nearing release in the DGS bulletin series. Information about this project can be found at this website.

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