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For the Record, Nov. 2, 2012

Campus community reports awards, conferences, presentations, publications


9:10 a.m., Nov. 2, 2012--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent awards, conferences, presentations, projects 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.


Frank B. Murray, H. Rodney Sharp Professor in the School of Education, was presented with a 2012 Award of Merit by St. John's College on Sept. 29 in Annapolis, Md. Murray was recognized for his achievements in the field of education, especially as it regards the reform of teacher education and accreditation and involvement of the liberal arts in these fields.

Qi An, a third-year doctoral student in materials science and engineering, received the first overall (“grand”) prize in the student poster competition at the SAMPE Technical Conference held in Charleston, S.C., from Oct. 22-25. An, who is affiliated with UD’s Center for Composite Materials and is advised by Erik Thostenson, assistant professor, is conducting research on processing and characterization of nanotube/fiber hybrid composites. The SAMPE competition, which was held this fall for the first time, included 32 posters from 20 universities around the country. Posters were judged based on the depth of technical content, relevance to composite materials and their processing, and effective presentation.

Two chemical and biomolecular engineering students received noteworthy honors at the 2012 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting. UD doctoral student Jung Min Kim received the 2012 Doh Wonsuk Memorial Award, which is given annually to up to two Korean students studying chemical engineering in doctoral programs in the United States. Given since 2004 by the U.S. Chapter of Korean Institute of Chemical Engineering, the award includes a certificate and a $1,000 honorarium. Alexandra Bayles, a senior chemical engineering student, was awarded first place in the undergraduate student research poster session at AIChE annual meeting for her poster entitled, “Micromechanics of Anisotropic Partially Crystalline Emulsions.” Earlier this year, Bayles received the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. She is advised by Eric M. Furst, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. 


Cathy Matson recently chaired and hosted the 12th annual conference of the Program in Early American Economy and Society, “Foreign Confidence: International Investment in North America, 1700-1860.” As the director of the program, she organized the gathering of international scholars from five countries, which took place Oct. 11-12 in Philadelphia. The scholars presented research papers on a wide range of topics related to the resources, credit, and knowledge that flowed from abroad into the North American economy, and representing years of travel to dozens of international archives.

Fourteen students from the Department of Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) attended the 2012 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Oct. 3-6 in Baltimore. This celebration is the largest convening event of technical women in the world and includes leading experts from industry, academia and government as conference presenters. UD students and faculty networked and attended conference sessions focused on current industry research, as well as special sessions on the role of women in computer science, information technology, research and engineering. UD students in attendance included Moumita Bhattacharya, Shriya Chintada, Julie Cowart, Archana Garikapati, Brittany Gradel, Nadia Kiamilev, Priscilla Moraes, Ramya Narayanaswamy, Juilee Patankar, Gowri Somanath, Rekha Sundaramoorthy, Amrutha Thotakura, Lauren Wang and Boyu Zhang. The College of Engineering dean’s office and the CIS department sponsored the group as a part of an effort to retain women in computer science. CIS professors Lori Pollock and Hagit Shatkay, and CIS post-doctoral researcher Trilce Estrada, served as the group’s advisers.


Chandra L. Reedy, professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration and of art history and Asian studies, presented a paper, "Image Analysis in Thin-Section Studies of Archaeological Ceramics," at the 2012 International Symposium on Ancient Ceramics: Its Scientific and Technological Insights, sponsored by the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Jingdezhen Ceramic Institute, held in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi, China, Oct. 23-27.

Gabriele Bauer, associate director, Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning, presented a session titled “Pixels for Future Faculty: The Role of the Academic ePortfolio” at the annual conference of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, Seattle, Wash., October 2012.


Journalism students have been engaging in outreach and community involvement through the development of two new real-time, real-world websites. Students in the Newswriting and Editing class taught by Ben Yagoda, professor of English, have created UD-Election, an election news site with a UD perspective, which can be read at this website. Students working with Dawn Fallik, assistant professor of English and director of journalism, compiled a Storify project on Hurricane Sandy, assembling a timeline of photos, videos, text and dispatches from social media, at this website.


Gabriele Bauer, associate director, Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning, authored a chapter “Effects of Classroom Environments” in Practically Speaking: A Sourcebook for Instructional Consultants in Higher Education (second edition) edited by K. Brinko, New Forums Press, 2012.

Longxi Xiao, a graduate student in the materials science and engineering, under the guidance of Xinqiao Jia, associate professor of materials science and engineering and biomedical engineering, published one of the top 10 most-read Soft Matter articles in September, “Mechano-Responsive Hydrogels Crosslinked by Block Copolymer Micelles,” Soft Matter, 2012, 8, 10233-10237.

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