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Pictured at the Society of Rheology meeting are (from left) Mariana Kontopoulou, president of the Canadian Society of Rheology; UD's Amanda Kate Guron, who won first prize in the graduate student poster competition; Folarin Latinwo of the University of Illinois, third prize; Brendan Blackwell, University of Illinois, second prize; and Patrick Underhill, session chair.

For the Record, Nov. 1, 2013

University community reports recent honors, presentations, leadership activities


11:25 a.m., Nov. 1, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent honors, presentations and leadership activities 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.


Two graduate students in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering earned top honors at the 85th annual Society of Rheology meeting held in Montréal, Oct. 13-17. Fifth year graduate student Amanda Kate Gurnon’s poster, titled “Spatiotemporal Structure Evolution and Metastable States in Shear Banding Wormlike Micelles Probed Using LAOS and Small Angle Neutron Scattering,” took first place in the graduate student poster competition. Gurnon’s research at UD focuses on understanding the dynamic response of shear thickening fluids, a fluid which increases its durability when experiencing stress. Simon Rogers is a post-doctoral researcher studying the micro-structural responses of soft matter to macroscopic deformations. His entry “The Sequencing of Dynamic Rheological Measurements” earned second place in the post-doc poster competition. The competition featured more than 100 posters from top research groups worldwide. Gurnon and Rogers are both advised by Norman J. Wagner, Alvin B. and Julia O. Stiles Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, a world-renowned expert in the field of rheology and fluid particle systems.


Gerald Kauffman, project director of the Water Resources Agency (WRA), a unit of the School of Public Policy and Administration's Institute for Public Administration, was the keynote speaker at the Delaware River Watershed Forum in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Kauffman's presentation was titled "The Delaware River Redux." Martha Narvaez, WRA associate policy scientist, led a session titled "Local Perspective — Outcomes from Collaborative Planning and Implementation by Communities, Stakeholders, and Governments for Inter-jurisdictional Water Quality Improvement." The William Penn Foundation hosted the event.

Alice Ba, director of Asian Studies and associate professor of political science and international relations, gave an invited presentation on “The United States and East Asia’s Transitioning System: The Significance of the Rebalance,” at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, Sept. 23.

Program leadership

Cathy Matson, professor of history, organized and hosted “Ligaments: Everyday Connections of Colonial Economies,” a conference which was held Oct. 24-25 at the Library Company of Philadelphia. This was the 13th annual conference for which Matson invited speakers, organized proceedings and hosted the event as the director of the Program in Early American Economy and Society.  More than 150 registered conference participants and presenters discussed how ordinary colonial people produced and exchanged goods in the 18th century, how they outfitted ships, obtained commercial insurance, became obligated to each other, visited shops and small town auctions, and lived many other economic experiences in the Atlantic world. Matson opened the conference with remarks about the “ligaments” of early modern people’s ideas and practices, including how they judged the value of everyday objects, used bills of exchange and business letters, made interpersonal obligations of credit and debt, shared skills and special knowledge, and disputed the deceits and misunderstandings among people in local economies.

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