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Vincent Shipman, lieutenant in the University of Delaware Police, has been promoted to captain. See Promotions.

For the Record, April 11, 2014

University community reports recent appointments, awards, presentations


1:22 p.m., April 11, 2014--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent appointments, conferences, media, presentations and promotions 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.


Vincent Shipman, lieutenant in the University of Delaware Police, has been promoted to captain, Chief Patrick Ogden has announced.

A 26-year veteran of the department, Shipman served in the U.S. Air Force and earned a master's degree in educational leadership at UD. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

Shipman will continue to serve as the support services commander. His areas of responsibility include Internal Affairs, Special Event Planning and Operations, Accreditation and Training, Newark Campus Security Services, Satellite Campus Security Services and two student programs -- Public Safety Aides and the Emergency Care Unit. 

Shipman was hired by the department in June 1988 as a patrol officer, promoted to investigator and then to rank of lieutenant. Over the years, he has served in the Community Services Unit, Investigations Unit, and as a patrol supervisor, watch commander and patrol operations manager.

He lives in Middletown, Del., with his wife, Carla, and his son Myles. An adult son, Michael, lives in New York.


Arica L. Coleman, assistant professor of Black American studies, has received a four-year appointment to serve on the Organization of American Historians ALANA Committee, which focuses on the status of African American, Latina/o American, Native American and Asian American history and historians. 

Coleman also has been elected to lead a United Negro College Fund/Mellon Foundation Summer Institute hosted by the University of New Mexico that will focus on indigenous and immigrant -- forced and voluntary -- populations in the U. S. The title of the seminar is “In Search of Home: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Shared Experiences of Indigenous and Immigrant Populations in Colonized Spaces.”


UD students Danielle Andrade and Briella Tomassetti have been named winners of $1,000 scholarships by the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia, and will be honored during a special event April 16 at the Bala Golf Club.


Mary Ann McLane, professor of medical laboratory sciences, and five juniors in the honors section of Clinical Physiological Chemistry I, MEDT401, attended the 2014 Legislative Symposium of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science on March 17-18. The annual event is an opportunity for medical laboratory professionals to advocate for the patients for whom diagnostic testing is done, as well as for the profession itself as a critical part of the health care team. About 140 laboratory professionals from 39 states attended. On the first day, the UD group obtained information about the issues Congress is considering that directly affect patient access to lab testing. On the second day, they visited the offices of senators and representatives from Delaware and New Jersey to speak with their health care aides about the issues and invite them to visit a local clinical laboratory. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 20-26.


Meredith K. Ray, associate professor of Italian, has an interview with the award-winning Algerian-born writer Amara Lakhouse featured in Full Stop magazine.

Arica L. Coleman, assistant professor of Black American studies, was featured in a New Books in Law radio interview for her work That the Blood Stay Pure.


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, has been invited to lecture at the Treasury Historical Association on April 30 in Washington, D.C. His lecture, "The Continental Dollar: Initial Design and Ideal Performance," will reinterpret the traditional story that the Continental dollar financed the American Revolution as an un-backed fiat currency driven to worthlessness by over-issuance. In a bold reinterpretation of events, Grubb overthrows this false history and instead shows how the Continental dollar was designed as a zero-interest bearer bond and regarded as such until Congress changed its terms, causing the notes to lose all value and be abandoned.

Lawrence Nees, professor and chair of art history, presented his research on March 28 at a conference in Paris titled “Charlemagne: Time, Space and People: Construction and Deconstruction of a Reign.” The interdisciplinary three-day conference, organized by the German Historical Institute, brought together specialists including historians, archaeologists, art historians and literary scholars.

In his paper, “Networks or Schools? Production of Illuminated Manuscripts and Ivories During the Reign of Charlemagne,” Nees discusses design during the reign of Charlemagne through the lens of networks created by both people and books. His paper and others presented at the conference will be published by the institute next year. In the meantime, video of the presentations is available at this website.

Also on March 28, Wendy Bellion, associate professor of art history, presented an invited paper, “Benjamin West Between Painting and Theater,” at the London symposium “In Circulation: John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West in England, France, and America.” The symposium was hosted by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art and co-sponsored by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

In her paper, Bellion addresses Benjamin West’s role in the Americanization of Shakespeare, citing West’s paintings of King Lear and Hamlet’s Ophelia (1788), made for the Boydell Shakespeare Gallery in London, which were exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts between 1807-1816. Video of the symposium streamed live during the event and is now available on the museum’s website.

Jaime L. Tomlinson and Kelvin W. Ramsey of the Delaware Geological Survey presented a poster titled "Stratigraphic, Hydrologic, and Climatic Influences on the Formation and Spatial Distribution of Carolina Bays in Central Delaware" at the 49th annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, in Lancaster Pa., on March 23-25.

Arica L. Coleman, assistant professor of Black American studies, presented a paper, “Black and Red Bodies on the Auction Block: The African American and Native American Slave Trade in Early Virginia,” March 14, at the Virginia Forum, George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. She also presented the paper “Beyond Black and White: African Americans and Native Americans in the Age of Jim Crow,” Jan. 3, American Historical Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Also, Coleman spoke at Central Connecticut State University on Feb. 7 and at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in March.

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