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At the Trofimenko Memorial Prize award ceremony are, from left, Christopher Cummins; Eric Sirianni; and John Burmeister, Alumni Distinguished Professor, and Svilen Bobev, associate professor, both of chemistry and biochemistry. Photo by Evan Krape

For the Record, March 1, 2013

University community reports recent awards, publications, service


11:01 a.m., March 1, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent awards, books, 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.


Eric Sirianni, a graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been awarded the sixth annual Trofimenko Memorial Prize for distinguished performance in creative inorganic synthesis. Sirianni, who conducts research in the laboratory of Klaus Theopold, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, was presented the award by Christopher Cummins of MIT during the department's inorganic seminar on Feb. 13. The annual award honors the late Swiatoslaw (Jerry) Trofimenko, who was a visiting scholar associated with Theopold's research group from 1996 until his death in 2007.

Sujata Bhatia, who earned bachelor's degrees in biology, biochemistry and chemical engineering and a master's degree in chemical engineering at UD, all in 1999, is the 2013 winner of the Capers and Marion McDonald Award in Mentoring and Advising at Harvard University, the highest award for engineering advising in the nation. Established in 2008, the award recognizes leaders in engineering and applied sciences “who, as exemplary mentors and advisors, have significantly and consistently supported the personal and professional development of others.” Bhatia, a physician, bioengineer and professionally licensed chemical engineer, is a member of the teaching faculty of biomedical engineering at Harvard. She also is the assistant director for undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering, the assistant dean of the Harvard Summer School and, effective Jan. 1, an associate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. After graduating from UD, she completed the MD/Ph.D. combined degree program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, graduating in 2003. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2011, she was a principal investigator with DuPont.


Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, professor of psychology, has co-authored, with Niall Bolger of Columbia University, Intensive Longitudinal Methods: An Introduction to Diary and Experience Sampling Research, published by Guilford Press as part of the Methodology in the Social Sciences Series. The book is described as a complete, practical guide to planning and executing an intensive longitudinal study. Such studies involve many repeated measurements and include diary and experience sampling studies. Laurenceau's research focuses on understanding the processes by which partners in marital and romantic relationships develop and maintain intimacy in everyday life. He is an appointed member of the Social, Personality and Interpersonal Processes grant review panel of the National Institutes of Health.


Robert L. Hampel, professor, School of Education, published “Curiosity, Conversation and Patience: Three Legacies of Theodore Sizer,” in the online Teachers College Record, Feb. 8.

Philip Goldstein, professor emeritus of English, Associate in Arts Program Wilmington, has had the essay “Reader-Response Criticism” reprinted in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory, edited by Michael Groden and others, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 2012, pages 436-41.


Richard G. Brody, a 1983 alumnus in accounting and Douglas Minge Brown Professor of Accounting at the University of New Mexico and a Daniels Fund Business Ethics Fellow, has been elected to the board of regents of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. A prolific author and an expert on fraud, Brody was honored as the ACFE’s 2012 educator of the year. He began his term at the board of regents meeting Feb. 19-20 in Austin, Texas. Brody has authored or co-authored more than 80 refereed publications and has made more than 100 presentations at national and international conferences and seminars. He served on a panel, “It May be Legal, but is it Ethical?” at the 23rd annual ACFE Fraud Conference and Exhibition, and has been on the editorial advisory committee for Fraud Magazine since 2007.

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