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William Sullivan (second from left), managing director of Marriott's Courtyard Newark at the University of Delaware, is honored for his work in support of the city of Newark's K-9 patrol.

For the Record, Oct. 18, 2013

University community reports recent appointments, books, presentations


10:59 a.m., Oct. 18, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, appointments, awards, books, media, 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.


Two UD graduates, Andrew Hill and Todd Zartman, (MAEEE) are featured in the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s annual report. Hill, who holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from UD, is the topic of an article about his making a new film explaining the Federal Reserve. Zartman, who is a graduate of the master of arts in economics and entrepreneurship for educators program, is listed as contributor and appears in a photo near the end of the article. Zartman also appears in a group photo (far left, wine-colored shirt) in the “Promoting Financial Literacy in the Classroom” article in Bank Highlights. Hill and Zartman comprise the economic education staff of the Philly Fed, and Hill has in the past served on the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics advisory board. He also received the UD Presidential Citation for Outstand Achievement Award this past spring.


Sheldon D. Pollack, professor of law and legal studies, was recently appointed to the tax committee of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce. The committee is comprised of local tax and accounting professionals as well as representatives of the Delaware business community.


David Pong, professor emeritus of history and Asian studies, has been named Distinguished Asianist 2012 by the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Association for Asian Studies (MAR/AAS) in recognition of excellence in scholarship and contributions to the profession. The award will be given at the 42nd annual meeting of the association on Nov 2. The MAR/AAS covers the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and West Virginia, and metropolitan New York and Washington, D.C.

Chemical and biomolecular engineering alumnus Mary McDonald Staehle has received Rowan University’s Frances S. Johnson Junior Faculty Innovative Teaching Award. The award is named in honor of the former director of Rowan’s Faculty Center who passed away in 2008. It is given annually for innovative and meaningful teaching that promotes student learning. Staehle was advised at UD by Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, dean of the College of Engineering.

John L. (Jack) Gallagher, professor emeritus of marine biosciences, was inducted into the Delaware Maritime Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 as a member of its Class of 2013. Gallagher was recognized for his innovative research in understanding how salt marsh ecosystems function. He served as a UD professor for 32 years and was author or co-author of more than 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Currently, he is leading the development of salt marsh plants for sustainable agricultural lands surrounding Delaware Bay and other areas suffering salinization from tidal flooding. 

William A. Sullivan, managing director of Marriott’s Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware hotel, was presented with a proclamation at the Oct. 14 Newark City Council meeting for work he has done on behalf of the city’s Newark Police K-9 program. Sullivan was active in the guest bartender fundraising and Main Street Mile events, and was cited for his “relentless and unwavering commitment” to the city K-9 unit. The award was presented by Jerry Clifton, acting mayor.

Terrance Bowman, a UD alumnus, was presented a tribute on behalf of Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams recognizing UD’s Black Alumni Organization (BAO) on Oct. 11 during Homecoming weekend for its work to “support and connect alumni from the University of Delaware black community in conjunction with the UD Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Relations. Black alumni from all eras converged on campus this weekend to commemorate the BAO’s 33rd anniversary and celebrate Homecoming.” The tribute was presented by Ken Briscoe, city of Wilmington director of communications and cultural affairs, during the BAO’s art reception on Friday evening.


Joan L. Brown, Elias Ahuja Chair of Spanish, Approaches to Teaching the Works of Carmen Martín Gaite, published by the Modern Language Association. The book features essays by leading scholars from the United States, Spain and Great Britain on Spain’s most honored contemporary woman writer. Carmen Martín Gaite had a special relationship with Brown and with the University. She first spoke on campus in 1979 and her last talk in the United States was at UD in 1996.


Pat Tanner Nelson, Cooperative Extension family and human development specialist, was one of the expert panelists contributing to the Parent Toolkit featured on Brian William’s NBC’s Education Nation Summit, Oct. 6-8.

Burt Abrams, professor of economics, was featured in a NerdWallet interview about his book, The Terrible 10: A Century of Economic Folly

Gary G. Brannigan, who graduated from UD in 1973 with a doctorate, was interviewed in the June 2013 issue of the North American Journal of Psychology on his role in revising the Bender-Gestalt Test, one of the oldest tests in the history of psychology. In it, he recounts his early experiences with the test in college and graduate school, as well as his research on the test over the course of his career.


Margaret D. Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women's Studies and professor of humanities, presented a paper on late-Victorian authorship and publishing at the annual conference of the Midwest British Studies Association (a division of the North American British Studies Association), on Oct. 12, 2013, at DePaul University in Chicago. At the same conference, she also served as both chair and commentator for a panel titled "19th-Century Women Writers and Their Subjects" on Oct. 11.

Hannah Lee, assistant librarian, Student Multimedia Design Center, participated as a virtual panelist for the virtual panel presentation "Building a Knowledge Alliance: Diversity Recruitment Practices from the Field" at the 2013 American Library Association Virtual Conference on July 25. Additional panelists included representatives from the Federal Judicial Center in Washington, D.C., the San Jose State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Washington Talking Book. The panel presented librarians from traditionally underrepresented groups who were all part of the Discovering Librarianship Program, an initiative funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and led by the American Library Association Office for Diversity.


David Pong, professor emeritus of history and Asian studies, has published a book chapter, “From Reform to Revolution: Rebalancing the Root Causes of the 1911 Revolution” (in Chinese, Cong gaige dao geming – chongxin bijiao Xinhai Geming genben yuanyin), in Ricardo Mak, Lee Kam-Keung, eds., The Birth of the Republic – A Collection of Essays in Commemoration of the Centenary of the 1911 Revolution (Hong Kong: The City University of Hong Kong Press, 2013), pp. 19-39.

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