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Jeanne Murray Walker, professor of English, has received accolades for her new book "The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer's."

For the Record, Oct. 4, 2013

University community reports recent books, presentations


5:50 p.m., Oct. 4, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, appointments, books, conferences 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.


William Sullivan, managing director of Marriott’s Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware, and Jan O’Neill, manager with UD Conference Services, were named honorary mayors by Newark Mayor Vance Funk during the Taste of Newark event held Sunday, Sept. 29, at Old College. Sullivan and O’Neill were honored for their support of the annual event, which both provides a showcase for city restaurants and raises funds for a variety of programs, including UD’s Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management.

Dawn Elliot, biomedical engineering program director, has been elected to the executive committee of the Council of Chairs of Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering. She will serve as the council’s treasurer for a two-year term. This organization is devoted to promoting excellence in undergraduate bioengineering and biomedical engineering programs across the country.

Elliot was also recently elected to the executive committee of the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine, a professional society that brings together individuals throughout the world who are conducting research and clinical studies focused on the lumbar spine.

UD alumnus Michael Mikuszewski is part of a team of Boeing researchers creating rapid prototypes of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircrafts. The research is part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) X-plane competition that aims to create VTOL aircraft capable of flying with increased speed, hovering efficiency and cargo holding capabilities. “This is what we graduate college hoping to do. Having this experience and opportunity to do it is fantastic,” said Mikuszeweski, who helped design and create some of the prototype parts. Mikuszewski earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering technology in 2009. During his time at UD, he conducted research at the Center for Composite Materials with associate scientist Nicholas Shevchenko. DARPA will fund one team to create and test their design and hopes to have the aircraft fully operational by October 2018.

The Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics was cited by the Travelers Institute for serving as a host partner in the “Overdraft” series, which provided a forum for discussion of the U.S. debt crisis. The Travelers site includes photographs of the event at UD.


Samantha K. Huge, deputy director of athletics and recreation services, senior woman administrator and special assistant to the president, has been appointed to the NCAA’s Division I Women’s Basketball Issues Committee. The committee is made up of 16 voting members, including eight members appointed by and representing the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), six members appointed by and representing the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and Division I and two women's basketball student-athletes, one representing FBS and one representing Division I or FCS.


Jeanne Murray Walker, professor of English, has a new book, The Geography of Memory: A Pilgrimage through Alzheimer’s, that has been released by Hachette Press. In an advance review, Mark Noll, Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at Notre Dame, wrote, “This deeply humane memoir is at once a memorial to a mother whose memory failed before her body gave way, a poignant reflection on the sister who lived close by while the author flew in repeatedly from afar, and an insightful exposition on memory itself.” The Geography of Memory is the subject of an article in the University Research magazine. During the summer, Walker served as a guest blogger on the Psychology Today website. She has also written a guest blog for Maria Shriver’s website on senior dementia and was invited to blog on Today’s Health. Walker has been interviewed on many NPR stations, including on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC-AM.  She will give a reading from The Geography of Memory on at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, in 127 Memorial Hall.


Susan Strasser, Richards Professor of American History, served as co-convener of a conference held at the German Historical Institute, Sept. 26-28, "Obesity, Health, and the Liberal Self: Transatlantic Perspectives on the Late Nineteenth and the Late 20th Centuries."


Gary May, professor of history and author of Bending Toward Justice: The Voting Rights Act and the Transformation of American Democracy, will deliver the 2013 Joseph P. delTufo Annual Lecture on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m., at the Baby Grand Theatre, 818 North Market St., Wilmington, Del. The lecture, which is free and open to the public but requires reservations, is sponsored by the Delaware Humanities Forum and will be followed by a ticketed reception and book signing. To register or purchase reception tickets, at $40 per person, visit

Adele M. Hayes, professor of psychology, will be a featured speaker at "A Symposium on Depression," to be held Thursday, Oct. 10, from 9-11:45 a.m., at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center auditorium, 1601 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, Del. Hayes will discuss exposure-based cognitive therapy, a treatment for depression that she developed. The symposium, which coincides with National Depression Screening Day, is sponsored by the VA Delaware and Southern New Jersey Healthcare System and the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Delaware.

Edward Smith, a doctoral student in urban affairs and public policy, and Lemir Teron, a doctoral student in energy and environmental policy, will present their research at the inaugural International Black Doctoral Network Association Conference, Oct. 3-5, Philadelphia. The conference features keynote speakers Cornel West, William Julius Wilson and Julianne Malveaux. Workshop topics include: effective strategies for managing coursework, comps, and oral exams, securing and maintaining healthy mentoring relationships, choosing your dissertation committee, securing funding, and many more. Registration sponsorships were provided by the Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Office of Graduate and Professional Education.

James M. Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History, presented "Publishers, Political Communication, and Transnational Media in Germany, 1770-1870," for the conference-workshop, “Communication, the Media, and Perceptions in German and British History (18th to 20th century),” sponsored by Cambridge University and Universität Konstanz, Sept. 26-28, Konstanz Germany.

Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, was an invited speaker at Columbia University, New York City, on Sept. 25 on the subject of the "comfort women" of World War II. Her talk, which focused on the need for American students to be educated about the issue of sexual exploitation of girl children in wartime, was part of a program organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. It included a screening of the film Comfort Women Wanted by Chang-Jin Lee, a recording of testimonies by survivors of the Japanese Imperial Army's system of military sexual slavery. The event was filmed by SBS-TV (Seoul Broadcasting System), and coverage of it will be broadcast in the Republic of Korea.

Pat Tanner Nelson, Cooperative Extension family and human development specialist and professor of applied economics and statistics, and Aaron Ebata of the University of Illinois presented “Reaching a New Generation of Mobile Parents ‘Just in Time,’” Sept. 17, Galaxy IV National Extension Conference, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Dawn Elliott, biomedical engineering program director, was an invited speaker at the European Spine Journal’s Spine Sciences’ State of the Art Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, on Sept. 13 and led the biomechanics track at the Biomedical Engineering Society annual meeting in Seattle, Wash., on Sept. 26.

Philip Goldstein, professor emeritus of English, University of Delaware - Wilmington, made two presentations recently: "Toni Morrison’s A Mercy: The Critique of Patriarchy and History’s Lost Opportunities,” Sept. 27, 2013; and “Reading Race and Class in Maria Edgeworth’s Ennui and Mark Twain’s PuddnHead Wilson,” Sept. 28, 2013, both at Reception Study Society conference, Marquette University.


Cathy Matson, professor of history, has co-edited a volume of essays for Early American Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Vol. 11, No. 1, fall 2013), and in this same volume co-wrote an introduction to seven articles and wrote an article. The theme of this volume is “Ireland, America, and Mathew Carey.” In their introduction, Matson and James Green review how it brings together work about the world of print culture and political economy in the early transnational Atlantic during a revolutionary era. Mathew Carey, a renowned publisher and activist, as well as a pathbreaking political economist, was a lightning rod in Ireland and North America during the 1780s to 1820s. Matson also wrote an article for this issue of Early American Studies, titled “Mathew Carey’s Learning Experience: Commerce, Manufacturing, and the Panic of 1819,” pp. 455-485, which analyzes Carey’s political economic thought and public activity, and places him in the context of deep-going change in Philadelphia and the Atlantic world in the generation after the North American Revolution.

Philip Goldstein, professor emeritus of English, University of Delaware - Wilmington, “The Modernist Fiction of Ralph Ellison and Toni Morrison: Between Communism and Black Art,” Black Writers and the Left. Ed. Kristen Moriah. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013: 33-44.

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