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Pictured at the Newark Morning Rotary Club event are (from left) William A. Sullivan, Bob Cronin, Sarah Scher and Fred Dawson.

For the Record, July 13, 2012

UD faculty and staff announce recent honors, publications, service


10:03 a.m., July 13, 2012--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, honors, press, 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 Malinak, a 2008 alumnus, was one of 50 people who swam around New York's Manhattan Island on June 23. He finished the 28.5 miles in a time of 8 hours and 8 minutes, good for ninth.


William A. Sullivan, managing director of Marriott's Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware, was presented the Newark Morning Rotary Club's Vocational Award during a recent meeting. Sullivan designated the $500 award to Sarah Scher, a senior in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Managment, for use in her education. The award was presented to Sullivan by Fred Dawson, club president, and Bob Cronin, club board member.

Brett Guralnick, a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and member of UD’s Center of Neutron Science, received a poster prize in energy at the American Conference on Neutron Scattering on June 27. The poster, entitled “In Situ Annealing Study of Organic Photovoltaic Morphology Via Non-Invasive Polarized Neutron Reflectivity,” was co-authored by Michael Mackay, UD Distinguished Professor of Materials Science, Brian Kirby and Charles Majkrzak. 

Daniel Cacciola, a graduate student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, recently earned one of 14 student scholarships nationwide from the International Association of Foundation Drilling (IAFD). IAFD is an organization of contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and engineers in the foundation drilling and anchored earth retention system industries.  Since its inception in 1986, the ADSC Industry Advancement Fund has awarded more than 275 scholarships to encourage highly qualified engineers to the industry. At UD, Cacciola is investigating construction specifications for intelligent compaction of soil involved in supporting the built environment in which people live, work and play. He is also researching design solutions to improve energy consumption associated with private and commercial heating and cooling, which U.S. Department of Energy figures estimate accounts for approximately 40 percent of primary energy usage. A University of Delaware Scholar, Cacciola is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society and UD’s Geo-Institute. 


Karl S. Booksh, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was featured in a story in the July 2 Chemical and Engineering News about his participation in an award-winning American Chemical Society video titled Chemists with Disabilities: We All Can. Booksh is chair of the society's Committee on Chemists with Disabilities.

The Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware hotel was featured in the June 2012 Delaware Bio, the newsletter of the Delaware BioScience Association. The newsletter highlighted the major lobby renovation.


Ikram Masmoudi, assistant professor of foreign languages and literatures, who is working on a book project about Iraqi war fiction, has translated the novel Beyond Love by Hadiya Hussein from Arabic. The book, Hussein's first novel translated into English, was published in May by Syracuse University Press.

A new art catalog, In the Eye of the Muses: Selections from the Clark Atlanta University Art Collection, showcasing the history of that university's annual exhibition of works by African Americans, includes two artists with University of Delaware connections. The late Edward Loper Sr., the well-known Wilmington artist who was awarded an honorary doctor of humane letters degree by UD, won the second-place award for an oil paining that was part of the first exhibition, held in 1942. James E. Newton, UD professor emeritus of Black American Studies, won two first-place awards -- one for sculpture and one for graphics -- in the final exhibition, held in 1970. The three works are included in the book, published in June by Clark Atlanta.


Suzanne L. Burton, professor of music education was, after a peer reviewed application process, appointed to the editorial review board of the Journal of Music Teacher Education.

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