Theodore Braun, professor emeritus, delivers a lecture at the Academie de Montauban.

For the Record, June 1, 2012

UD faculty and staff announce recent honors, publications, service


9:37 a.m., June 1, 2012--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, honors, presentations, publications and service 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.


Sheryl Fried Kline has been appointed professor and chair of the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics effective January 2013. Kline joins the department from the University of South Carolina, where she was associate dean of the School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management in the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management. She received a doctoral degree from Temple University, a master’s degree from the University of Nevada and a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University. She is a leading authority on training and organizational development issues in the lodging industry and in crisis management preparedness. Kline has authored and co-authored numerous refereed journal articles, several book chapters and two textbooks. She is the co-founder of the International Hospitality and Tourism Virtual Conference and has presented her research at more than 30 national and international conferences. Her textbook, Hotel Front Office Simulations, is used by more than 50 colleges and universities.


Theodore Braun, professor emeritus of French and comparative literature, was recently honored in France, where he deliveredĀ the introductory speech at the Académie de Montauban on April 16 and was awarded honorary citizenship on his 79th birthday on April 18. Braun is considered one of the world’s pre-eminent scholars on the life and work of two French enlightenment figures, Voltaire and Jacques Le Franc de Pompignan, who founded the Académie de Montauban in 1730 at the age of 21.

Thomas Foster Scherr, a UD alumnus in chemical engineering, is the recipient of the Louisiana State University College of Engineering’s 2011-12 Clayton Engineering Excellence Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. During his time at UD, Scherr researched block copolymer thin films with Thomas H. Epps, III, Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, before studying solute transport in arthritic knee joints as a research technician with Liyun Wang, associate professor in UD’s Center for Biomedical Research. His research at LSU focuses on modeling the flow of biological samples in microfluidic devices.


Lian-Ping Wang and Bingqing Wei, professors of mechanical engineering, and doctoral student Xin Li, “Supercapacitors: Tailoring Electrode/Electrolyte Interfacial Properties in Flexible Supercapacitors by Applying Pressure,” Advanced Energy Materials, 2(5), 498.

Jonghwan Suhr, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, and doctoral student James Sargianis, Natural Cork Agglomerate Employed as an Environmental Friendly Solution for Quiet Sandwich Composites,” Scientific Reports, 2, article number 403.


Gerald Kauffman, director of the Institute for Public Administration's Water Resources Agency, has been re-appointed to the Science and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) for the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. The partnership's STAC includes scientists and resource managers from a variety of backgrounds and organizations whose focus is providing expert, unbiased peer-review of the many activities and research efforts undertaken by the partnership, which is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuarine Program (NEP). The STAC ensures that the partnership adheres to the NEP's broad mission to protect the waters of the nation's estuaries. Begun in 1996, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is a nonprofit organization that is responsible for helping protect the waters of the Delaware Estuary, an area of more than 6,000 square miles, comprising portions of the Delaware River Basin where fresh and salt waters mix.

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