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For the Record, May 2, 2014

University community reports recent awards, honors, presentations


9:59 a.m., May 2, 2014--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent awards, honors 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.


Michael F. Middaugh, retired associate provost for institutional effectiveness, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Service Award from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). Middaugh served as SCUP’s international conference chair in 1999, as president of SCUP in 2005, and as executive editor of Planning for Higher Education, SCUP’s refereed journal, from 2008-11.

Alisa Litan, a master’s degree student in biological sciences, has been awarded an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation grant. The foundation is dedicated to funding pediatric oncology researchers at critical points in their careers. Student stipends range from $4,000-$6,000. Litan is in the research group of Sigrid A. Langhans of the Nemours Cancer Epigenetics Laboratory.

Dylan Audette, a doctoral student in biological sciences, has been selected as the recipient of a Bettelheim Travel Award to attend the XXI Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Eye Research to be held in July in San Francisco.


Lawrence Nees, professor and interim chair of art history, recently was inducted into the Medieval Academy of America, the oldest and largest organization in the world dedicated to medieval studies.

Nees was elected as a fellow for his numerous and notable contributions to the field. These include the edited volume Approaches to Early-Medieval Art and his published books, From Justinian to Charlemagne: European Art, A.D. 565-787 (1985), Gundohinus Gospels (1987), A Tainted Mantle: Hercules and the Classical Tradition at the Carolingian Court (1991) and Early Medieval Art (2002), as well as three forthcoming projects, Perspectives on Early Islamic Art in Jerusalem; Illuminating the Word: On the Beginnings of Medieval Book Decoration; and Frankish Manuscripts 7th-10th Centuries.

Along with his numerous publications, Nees has been honored for his professional service; he is the former president of the International Center for Medieval Art, former president of the Delaware Valley Medieval Association, and a member for several years of the editorial board of The Art Bulletin.


Dawn Elliott, professor and director of biomedical engineering, and Emily Day, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, will be among the featured speakers at the Delaware BioBreakfast at Agilent Technologies on May 14. Elliott’s talk is titled “Delaware Biomedical Engineering: The Class of 2014 Dares to be First.” Day’s talk is titled “Transforming Cancer Treatment with Engineered Nanoparticles.”

Charles Shermeyer, assistant dean of academic affairs in the College of Engineering, discussed the college application process with more than 100 female high school students from Delaware, Pennsylvania and News Jersey during an “explore engineering” event at DuPont’s Chestnut Run Plaza facility in Wilmington on May 1.

Farley Grubb, professor of economics, presented “The Continental Dollar: Initial Design and Ideal Performance” in the Cash Room of the U.S. Treasury, for the Treasury Historical Association, Washington, D.C., April 30.

James M. Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History, presented “Publishers and Censorship Regimes in Central Europe, 1800-1850: A Reappraisal” at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Central European History, Budapest, Hungary, April 30.

Carla Guerrón Montero, associate professor of anthropology and director of the Latin American and Iberian Studies Program, was a participant in a roundtable on “Endogenous Pathways to Food Sovereignty: Working with Positive Deviance in the Andes,” which was organized by Stephen Sherwood (Wageningen University, The Netherlands), Joan Gross (Oregon State University) and Myriam Paredes (FLACSO, Ecuador), at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 18-22. In addition, she organized a double session in memory of her late adviser, professor emeritus Philip D. Young, titled "Philip D. Young: Anthropologist and Mentor across Cultures," at the same meeting.  Additionally, she gave a paper, "Teaching Intercultural Education through Social Inclusion: The Case of the Cidade do Saber in Bahia, Brazil," at the Society for Latin American Studies meeting in London, United Kingdom, April 2-4.

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