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For the Record, March 21, 2014

University community reports recent honors, publications


9:55 a.m., March 21, 2014--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent honors, publications, reviews and research 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.


Joseph Jakubowski, a UD graduate with a bachelor of science degree in civil and environmental engineering who is with Duffield Associates, has been named the 2014 Young Engineer of the Year by the Delaware Engineering Society. Jakubowski started as an intern at Duffield Associates and after graduation he returned to the firm as a geotechnical and construction review project engineer. He was promoted to the position of project manager in 2009 and has served as the geotechnical section manager since 2012. Notable experience includes UD’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab), East Campus Utility Plant and residence hall, and additions at the Carpenter Sports Building and Bob Carpenter Center. Jakubowski previously served as Duffield Associates’ concrete laboratory supervisor and currently administers a Delaware Economic Development Office-sponsored professional development program.


Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Professor of History, published "Die Beziehungen des Irans zu Europa in der Safawidenzeit: Diplomaten, Missionare, Kaufleute und Reisen," in Sehnsucht Persien Austausch und Rezeption in der Kunst Persiens und Europas im 17. Jahrhundert & Gegenwartskunst aus Teheran (Zurich: Rietberg Museum, 2013), 6-39; also available as “Iran’s Relations with Europe in the Safavid Period: Diplomats, Missionaries, Merchants and Travel,” The Fascination of Persia Persian-European Dialogue in Seventeenth-Century Art & Contemporary Art of Teheran (Zurich: Museum Rietberg, 2013), pp. 6-39.


Sigma Xi, the scientific research honor society recently awarded a grant to Vinu Krishnan in support of his research proposal to target conventional chemotherapy specifically to leukemia cells by applying nanotechnology. Krishnan is a fifth year doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and is advised by A.K. Rajasekaran, director of the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research and adjunct professor, and Xinqiao Jia, associate professor. The program has a highly competitive application process and only approximately 20 percent of applicants receive any level of funding. The award will support studies on leukemia cell-specific targeting of chemotherapy to minimize side effects in blood cancer therapy. This is Krishnan’s second research grant, and closely follows a Pediatric Oncology Student Training Grant from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer that was awarded to support his research proposal last fall. 


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, reviewed Marc Shell’s Wampum and the Origins of American Money (University of Illinois Press, 2013) for, March 2014.

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