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Kristi Kiick, deputy dean of engineering, speaks to students at Newark Charter High School about careers in engineering. See Presentations.

For the Record, Nov. 15, 2013

University community reports recent announcements, presentations


3:29 p.m., Nov. 15, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, awards, 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.


Albright College and UD’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) have finalized an agreement that offers Albright graduates streamlined admission to select SPPA master’s programs. As part of the agreement, Albright students will have a choice of three graduate programs in the SPPA at the UD’s main campus in Newark. These programs include a master of arts in urban affairs and public policy, master of public administration, and master of arts in historic preservation. Students are eligible for conditional acceptance into a program during their final year at Albright, prior to the completion of their undergraduate degrees. The application fee will be waived for prospective students who submit a required letter of intent. “Our new agreement with the School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Delaware is a great fit for Albright’s strong social science programs in particular, and offers Albright students, from a range of majors, an outstanding opportunity to continue their education in one of three master’s programs,” said Joseph Thomas, Albright College’s dean of undergraduate studies. The partnership was facilitated, in part, by Albright alumnus Danilo Yanich, associate professor and director of SPPA’s master of urban affairs and public policy graduate program.

Cheryl Wilson, an alumna who received a doctorate in English from UD and is an associate professor in the Klein Family School of Communications Design at the University of Baltimore, has been named a special assistant to UB President Robert L. Bogomolny for student success. In this role, Wilson will work collaboratively with units across the UB campus to support the success of upper-division students, focusing on such areas as academic achievement, degree completion and student advancement. She will continue to serve as the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Fellow and as director of the bachelor of arts in English program.


Vinu Krishnan, doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the 2013 graduate winner in the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering’s international student poster competition. Krishnan’s poster was on “Nanopharmaceuticals for Effective Management of Hematologic Malignancies – Formulation and Pre-clinical Validation.” The award was presented during the ISPE annual meeting held Nov. 3-6 in Washington, D.C.


Kristi Kiick, deputy dean of engineering, visited Newark Charter High School Thursday, Nov. 14, to speak with more than 100 high school freshmen about careers in engineering. Kiick, a materials scientist and biomedical engineer, shared her journey to engineering and discussed her research on the use of resilin — a natural protein found in crickets and other insects—to treat vocal fold disorders in humans. After the presentation, NCS freshman talked with UD engineering students and participated in hands-on activities that included solar cricket observations, hydrogel use and other engineering related activities provided by the UD K-12 Engineering program.

L. Rebecca Johnson Melvin, librarian, Manuscripts and Archives Department, and curator of the Joseph R. Biden Jr. Senatorial Papers, presented "The Bringhurst-Shipley-Hargraves Family Papers: Provenance Is the First Principle of Archival Management" at the Rockwood Museum, Wilmington, Del., Nov. 3, 2013.

Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, presented a paper at American University's fourth annual Feminist Art History conference in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8. Her paper, "Gertrude Käsebier: The New Woman in Black and White," emphasized the importance of the innovative work done by this turn-of-the-century American photographer, who was the subject of an exhibition earlier this year at UD's Old College Gallery.

James M. Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History, "Shades of Gray: Publishers and Censorship Regimes in Central Europe, 1800-1870," Oct. 30, American Academy in Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

Mark Samuels Lasner, senior research fellow, Special Collections Department, University of Delaware Library, was the invited speaker for the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest Award Ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 18.

Charles E. Robinson, professor emeritus in English, delivered a plenary lecture on “Byron and Hazlitt: A New Look at The Liberal” at the 39th International Byron Society Conference, King’s College London, in July 2013. Robinson also delivered a lecture on “The Digital Frankenstein Notebooks” at the New York Public Library on Oct. 31 for the launch of the “Shelley-Godwin Archive” that makes freely available digital images and transcriptions of the manuscripts of Percy and Mary Shelley and their circle. The first book to be digitized by the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is Robinson’s The Frankenstein Notebooks, 2 vols. (Garland, 1996). In addition, Robinson’s work was discussed in Jennifer Howard’s “Frankenstein's Manuscript Draws Its First Breath Online,” an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Oct. 30.


Vinu Krishnan, doctoral candidate in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and Ayyappan K. Rajasekaran, director of the Nemours Center for Childhood Cancer Research and an affiliated scientist and adjunct professor at UD, have published a paper titled “Clinical Nanomedicine: A Solution to the Chemotherapy Conundrum in Pediatric Leukemia Therapy” in Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Sept. 5, e-published ahead of print.

Two papers by faculty in the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management have been accepted for publication. “Commoditization in the U.S. Lodging Industry: Industry and Customer Perspective” co-authored by Srikanth Beldona, Brian L. Miller, Tiffany Francis and Hemant V. Kher will be published in a 2014 issue of Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. “Exploring the Promise of E-Tablet Menus” by Beldona, Miller and Nadria Buchanan will be published in a 2014 issue of the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management.

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