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UD alumna Christine E. Sears, a member of the faculty at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, has written a book based on her UD dissertation. See Books.

For the Record, Dec. 13, 2013

University community reports recent books, honors, presentations


10:33 a.m., Dec. 13, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, books, honors, media and presentations 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 University of Delaware-based American Philosophical Association has announced that John Heil, professor of philosophy at Washington University in St. Louis and an honorary research associate at Monash University, working primarily on topics in metaphysics and philosophy of mind, is the inaugural editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Philosophical Association.

APA also has announced that it is accepting proposals for diversity and inclusiveness grants aimed at increasing the presence and participation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT people, people with disabilities, people of low socioeconomic status, and other underrepresented groups in philosophy. APA members are invited to submit proposals for funding to be disbursed in the first half of calendar year 2015. For more information and to download the application form, see the full RFP on the APA website.


Joan L. Brown, Elias Ahuja Chair of Spanish in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, is the editor of the book Approaches to Teaching the Works of Carmen Martin Gaite, published by the Modern Language Association. The book includes contributions from a diverse group of scholars, as well as the only autobiography of Carmen Martin Gaite, who is one of the most important Spanish writers of the 20th century, with work that included fiction, poetry, drama, screenplays, essays and books of literary and cultural analysis.

Christine E. Sears, a University of Delaware alumna who is associate professor of history at the University of Alabama, Huntsville, is the author of the book American Slaves and African Masters: Algiers and the Western Sahara, 1776-1820, published by Palgrave Macmillan, which grew from her doctoral thesis at UD. The book looks at sailors who were shipwrecked or captured and enslaved by Algerian privateers.


Vinu Krishnan, a doctoral student in materials science and engineering, won the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering’s (ISPE) international student research poster competition for his research entitled, "Nanopharmaceuticals for Effective Management of Hematologic Malignancies - Formulation and Preclinical Validation." The competition annually recognizes the best in student research on topics of interest to the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry. As part of the award, Krishnan will have the opportunity to publish an article in ISPE’s technical magazine, Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Michael McCamley and Christine Cucciarre, both assistant professors of English, have been appointed officers of the Council of Writing Program Administrators, the scholarly organization for directors of writing programs. Beginning this spring. McCamley will serve as the organization's secretary and Cucciarre as its treasurer. Also, UD will be the council's institutional home for the next three years, which, Department of English chairperson John Ernest said, will be important in "further raising our visibility in writing studies and providing professionalization and networking opportunities for our graduate students."


Eric Furst, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and director of the Center for Molecular and Engineering Thermodynamics, was featured in a Nov. 27 NASA Science News article about “genius materials” aboard the International Space Station.

The Wall Street Journal included the popular UD “sharkducken” image in its Year in Photos 2013 compilation, in the Planet Earth category.


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, presented his paper “Estimating the Liquidity Premium of a Local Inside Money: Colonial New Jersey’s Paper Pound, 1709-1775” at a conference on the “Quality of Money” held at the Paris School of Economics, Paris, France, Dec. 6, sponsored by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in association with Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociale and the Paris School of Economics.

Chandra L. Reedy, professor in the Center for Historic Architecture and Design, gave an invited paper at the Materials Research Society fall meeting in Boston, on "Quantitative Porosity Studies of Archaeological Ceramics by Petrographic Image Analysis," on Dec. 4. The presentation was part of a special session dedicated to Materials Issues in Art and Archeology.

Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Professor of History presented three papers in Japan between Nov. 21 and Dec. 3. He spoke on “The Dutch East India Company and Asian Raw Silk: From Iran to India via China and Vietnam,” at Osaka University. He presented “The Ottoman-Safavid War of 1578-1590: Origins and Causes,” at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and delivered a paper titled “Relations between the Center and the Periphery in Late Safavid Iran,” at a conference on “Mapping Safavid Iran,” held at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.

Maureen Cech, senior assistant librarian, and Jaime Margalotti, senior assistant librarian, both of the Manuscripts and Archives Department, University of Delaware Library, co-presented "We Live and Breathe Words: Book Arts from Archives" at the fall meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) on Nov. 8 in Philadelphia.

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