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UD's Burnaby Munson blows smoke rings during a Delaware Discovery Days presentation at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry table. See Delaware Discovery Days.

For the Record, July 18, 2014

University community reports recent appointments, presentations, publications


9:04 a.m., July 18, 2014--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, appointments, honors, 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.


Christine Motta, who has served as assistant director of career services for athletes at UD for the last three years, has been appointed to the new position of associate athletic director for student-athlete development and senior woman administrator, it was announced this week by Eric Ziady, director of athletics and recreation services. For details, see the article on

Rob Ellery, a former member of the UD cheerleading squad, has been named spirit coordinator and head cheerleading coach, it was announced this week by Stacey Bunting-Thompson, senior associate director of athletics for external relations. For details, see the article on


David Pong, professor emeritus of history and Asian Studies, has been appointed Overseas Senior Research Fellow at the Modern History Centre of the Hong Kong Baptist University. He will serve as an academic adviser for research and publication for the center, and participate in its academic activities for the next five years.

Delaware Discovery Days

Burnaby Munson, C. Eugene Bennett Chair of Chemistry, joined UD students Ben Lefler, Caitlyn Sarno and Lauren Genova for a special presentation at the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry table during Delaware Discovery Days on July 12. They involved prospective students by inviting them to participate in several demonstrations. First, Munson blew a ring of “smoke” using liquid nitrogen vapors. Then students could dunk cookies in liquid nitrogen until the cookies froze, then consume them as rings of vapor emerged from their mouths and nostrils. Finally, students observed dry ice (solid carbon dioxide) sublimate in a glass cylinder of water, releasing a fog in the process, and were encouraged to add dry ice to Munson’s cranberry juice, transforming it into “wizard’s punch.”


James Tilton, a UD alumnus who has taught classes in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering for nearly three decades, is one of seven DuPont employees who have been named DuPont Fellows, the highest technical professional level in the company. DuPont Fellows are scientists and engineers who define new technologies, influence research direction and mentor other scientists both inside and outside of the company. Through both personal contributions and collaboration with others, these scientific leaders have translated their technical knowledge, skill and commitment into results with significant impact for the company in a number of areas. Tilton has enabled a number of science-based laboratory innovations to be scaled-up for production, and improved performance of manufacturing operations, across several DuPont businesses. “Throughout DuPont’s history, our science and technology has been a main source of our competitive advantage, enabling us to drive innovation and transform markets for more than two centuries,” said Douglas Muzyka, DuPont senior vice president and chief science and technology officer in announced the fellows. “As our company’s most distinguished scientists and engineers, DuPont Fellows create, develop and commercialize new technologies. They explore and employ emerging science, and leverage key learnings and capabilities across the company to maximize the impact and value derived from our scientific investments.”


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, presented his paper “A New Approach to Solving the Colonial Monetary Puzzle: Evidence from New Jersey, 1709-1775,” at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Summer Institute in the Development of the American Economy Program, Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 7-10.

Pauly Iheanacho, librarian, Reference and Instructional Services Department, University of Delaware Library, presented "Market and Industry Research: Tools and Resources at the University of Delaware Library" at the Delaware Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC) and Delaware Procurement Technical Assistant Center (PTAC) Conference on May 16 in Newark, Delaware.


Farley Grubb, professor of economics, German Immigration and Servitude in America, 1709-1920, New York: Routledge, 2014 (paperback edition).

Joan DelFattore, professor emerita of English and legal studies, wrote “A Professor Emerita Seeks Her New Identity,” looking at the keys to a successful retirement, in the July 14 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Chronicle Review.

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