For the Record, May 20, 2011

Honors, publications, presentations reported by alumni and faculty


9:14 a.m., May 20, 2011--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Honors, publications 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.

Patrick Thaddeus, a 1953 graduate of the University of Delaware, has been elected a resident member of the American Philosophical Society in the mathematical and physical sciences. Thaddeus is the Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy and professor of applied physics at Harvard University; senior space scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory; and staff member of the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.”


Dannagal Young, assistant professor of communication, has co-authored with Sarah E. Esralew a chapter in an edited volume on political satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The chapter, "Jon Stewart a Heretic? Surely You Jest: Political Participation and Discussion Among Viewers of Late-Night Comedy Programming," is in the book The Stewart/Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impact of Fake News, edited by Amarnath Amarasingam, McFarland and Co., 2011.

Cathy Matson, professor of history, has published three articles recently. "Permeable Empires: Commercial Exchanges between New York and Spanish Possessions before 1800" was a chapter in Nueva York: 1613-1945, a volume of essays on the presence of Spanish language communities in New York City over time, which was in turn the outgrowth of a special exhibition of art and artifacts at the Museo del Barrio in New York City this year. "Markets and Morality: Intersections of Economy, Ethics, and Religion in Early North America," the entire fall issue of Early American Studies, in which Matson wrote the introduction to a volume of seven additional articles, edited the volume and organized the conference from which the articles emerged. She also published a review essay of Lorena Walsh's Motives of Honor, Pleasure and Profit, a prize-winning new book about the origins and rise of the Chesapeake plantation system, which appeared in the fall issue of Maryland Historical Magazine.

Matson also recently organized and hosted the 10th annual conference of the Program in Early American Economy and Society in Philadelphia, a program she directs.  This year's April 15 conference, attended by some 85 people, was on Walsh's book and featured talks by experts in the slave and plantation regime of the early Chesapeake.  


David Pong, professor of history, presented the paper "From Reform to Revolution: Rebalancing the Root Causes of the 1911 Revolution," International Conference commemorating the Centenary of the 1911 Revolution, Modern History Society of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong History Museum, May 6-7, Hong Kong.

Peter P. McLaughlin Jr., of the Delaware Geological Survey, presented "Stratigraphic Architecture of Shallow-Marine Siliciclastic Sequences in an Updip Passive-Margin Setting: Insights into the Miocene Aquifers of the Central Delmarva Peninsula," at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and Society for Sedimentary Geology, April 12, Houston. The presentation was coauthored with graduate student Paul Martin (geological sciences) and with Kenneth G. Miller and James V. Browning (Rutgers University).

Scott Andres of the Delaware Geological Survey made a presentation titled "Results of Field and Lab Experiments on High Rate Land Application of Wastewater -- RIBS -- Update on Current Research," at the Center for the Inland Bays, Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee, May 6, Lewes, Del.

Scott Andres of the Delaware Geological Survey and Holly Michael, assistant professor of geological sciences, participated in 2011 National Ground Water Association (NGWA) Groundwater Summit and were co-organizers of the session titled "Submarine Discharge of Groundwater and Nutrients into Estuaries and Oceans," May 3, Baltimore.

Other presenters at the NGWA Groundwater Summit were:

Andres and Michael, and Paul S. McCreary (Delaware Geological Survey), Chris Russoniello (geological sciences graduate student), Cristina Fernandez (geological sciences graduate student), Kevin Myers (environmental sciences undergraduate student), and Andrew Musetto (geological sciences undergraduate student), “Case Study of Using Offshore Wells for Monitoring Submarine Groundwater Discharge, Indian River Bay, Delaware,” May 3.

Michael, Russoniello, Fernandez, Musetto, Myers, John Bratton (NOAA), Kevin Kroger (U.S. Geological Survey) and Andres, “Spatial Patterns of Subsurface Salinity and Submarine Groundwater Discharge into Indian River Bay, Delaware,” May 3.

Fernandez, Russoniello, Musetto, Michael, Kroger, Bratton and Andres, “Porewater Salinity Distribution and Geochemical Characterization Beneath Indian River Bay, Delaware,” May 3.

Russoniello, Michael, Andres and Leonard Konikow (U.S. Geological Survey), “Construction of a Watershed-Scale Model to Assess Submarine Groundwater Discharge to Indian River Bay, Delaware,” May 3.

Maryam Akhavan (civil and environmental engineering doctoral student), Paul Imhoff (associate professor of civil and environmental engineering), Andres and Stefan Finsterle (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), “Minimizing Contaminant Transport to Groundwater from Rapid Infiltration Basins: Model Evaluation of Soil Heterogeneity,” May 4.

News Media Contact

University of Delaware
Communications and Public Affairs

UDaily is produced by
Communications and Public Affairs

The Academy Building
105 East Main Street
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716 | USA
Phone: (302) 831-2792