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For the Record, Feb. 14, 2014

University community reports recent publications, presentations


12:21 p.m., Feb. 14, 2014--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, appointments, books, presentations 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.


Erik Thostenson, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding McNair Faculty Mentor Award for his work with McNair Scholar Rossiny Beaucejour. The award is presented to a faculty member of has helped a McNair Scholar better understand the importance and process of undergraduate research, who has enhanced the academic and personal growth toward pursuit of a graduate degree, who was enthusiastic, supportive and accessible, and who has gone above and beyond in support of the McNair Scholars Program.

Farley Grubb, professor of economics, was appointed North American editor for the Financial History Series published by Pickering and Chatto, effective February 2014. See Financial History.


Arica L. Coleman, assistant professor of Black American studies, has been selected to serve a four-year term as a member of the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Committee on the Status of African American, Latino/a, Asian American and Native American Historians (ALANA). She will serve as chair of the committee beginning in May 2016.


Donald Lehman, associate professor in the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, is co-editor of The Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology. The fifth edition will be published this spring by Elsevier. The following is the publisher’s description: “Providing a reader-friendly ‘building-block’ approach to the essentials of diagnostic microbiology, this accessible, full-color text helps you develop the problem-solving skills necessary for success in the clinical setting. This updated edition has new content on nanomedicine and HIV/AIDS and the immunocompromised patient, including the latest information on prevention, treatment modalities, and CDC guidelines. Updated photos offer new examples of automated lab instruments, while case studies, review questions, and learning objectives present information in an easy-to-learn way.”


Martha Carothers, professor of art, presented a paper, "Archive Process and Production Research in Book Arts," at the College Book Arts Association bi-annual conference in Salt Lake City, Jan. 2-4.


Ann C. Mulé, associate director, and Charles M. Elson, director, of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, have recently published an article in the first quarter 2014 edition of Directors and Boards magazine. The article is about the importance of independent director industry expertise on a public company board and the dangers of a “management knowledge-captured board.”

Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, is the author of an article published in The Space Between, an interdisciplinary journal of Modernist studies. Her essay, “‘Sideways’ Feminism: Rebecca West and the Saturday Evening Post, 1928,” which appears in Vol. 9. No. 1, discusses how Rebecca West, the 20th-century British writer, created a new sort of feminist fiction that would allow her to maintain her political stance while writing for mainstream American magazines.

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