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For the Record, Sept. 13, 2013

University community reports recent articles, awards, presentations


1:55 p.m., Sept. 13, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent articles, 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.


Theodore E.D. Braun, professor emeritus of French and comparative literatures, "La Crise existentielle de Le Franc de Pompignan au début des années 1750," Recueil de l'Académie de Montauban, Nouvelle Série, Tome XIII (2013), p. 79-87.


Theodore E.D. Braun, professor emeritus of French and comparative literatures, remise de la médaille de Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Château de Caïx, June 1.

Sharon Brittingham, a development coach at the Delaware Academy for School Leadership (DASL), has been nominated as a finalist for the iEducate Delaware Award. The award is given by the Rodel Foundation to promote and support the champions of excellent education. Brittingham is a graduate of UD’s doctor of education in educational leadership program and has been a Delaware educator for more than 40 years. She has been Delaware’s National Distinguished Elementary Principal and was recognized by Education Trust for leading students of poverty to high academic achievement. At DASL, Brittingham supervises eight coaches who work with teachers to implement the Delaware Performance Appraisal System II to improve the quality of teaching. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Alternative Routes to Certification (ARTC) program. Awardees will be selected in September and recognized at this year’s Vision 2015 conference on Oct. 9.


Gerald J. Kauffman, director of the Water Resources Agency in the Institute for Public Administration, and Daniel J. Leathers, professor of geography, and state climatologist, were quoted in a Sept. 9 News Journal article about summer weather in the state.


Theodore E.D. Braun, professor emeritus of French and comparative literatures, "Friends and/or Foes? Voltaire and Le Franc de Pompignan," Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Charleston, S.C., Feb. 28-March 2 and "For Love or Money or Honor: Sword Duels and Word Duels in French Fiction and Life," American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cleveland, April 3-7. Also, "Jean-Jacques Le Franc, le Bienfaiteur de Pompignan,"Association des Membres de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Château de Caïx (Lot), France, June 1.

Eric Benson, associate professor, and Robert Alphin, instructor, both of the Department of Animal and Food Sciences, recently hosted an emergency animal management response course for U.S. Department of Agriculture sponsored contractors on Aug. 28-29. The contractors learned about experimental procedures and equipment use.


Theodore E.D. Braun, professor emeritus of French and comparative literatures, edited and introduced a special feature on the Catholic Enlightenment in 1650-1850: Ideas, Aesthetics, and Inquiries in the Early Modern Era, vol. 19 (2012), pp. 249-326.

David Shearer, professor of history, contributed a chapter to a recently published volume of essays on repression and state violence in the Soviet Union. The chapter, “Stalinist Mass Repression, Modernity, and the Social Engineering Argument,” appears in Anatomy of Terror: Political Violence under Stalin, ed. James Harris (Oxford University Press: London, 2013), 105-122.

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