Julia O’Hanlon (middle row, second from left) represented IPA as part of the House Joint Resolution 18 Committee that was honored with a tribute from the House of Representatives on March 28.

For the Record, April 26, 2013

University community reports honors, presentations, publications


9:47 a.m., April 26, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent honors, presentations and research 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.


Thomas M. DiLorenzo, former chair of UD’s Department of Psychology and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1999-2001, has been named next provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of North Dakota, effective May 1. He is associate vice president for innovation, commercialization and entrepreneurship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


As part of a larger project group, the School of Public Policy and Administration’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA) was recently honored by the Delaware General Assembly. Julia O’Hanlon, associate policy scientist, represented IPA at the ceremony on March 28 at Legislative Hall in Dover, during which members of the House Joint Resolution (HJR) 18 Committee received a tribute from the House of Representatives. On behalf of the Policy Working Group of the Delaware Youth Opportunities Initiative (DYOI), the HJR 18 Committee was recognized for leading in recent research and recommendations related to Ready by 21 services for young adults who have experienced foster care in the state. O’Hanlon, who was appointed by the governor as co-chair of DYOI’s Policy Working Group, was part of IPA’s DYOI research project team that included associate policy scientists James Flynn, Lisa Moreland and Kelly Sherretz. IPA has been a leading research partner DYOI’s efforts, including the Delaware Environmental Scan report, an issue brief titled “Aging Out” of Foster Care, and most recently Beyond 18:  Ready by 21 Services for Delaware’s Youth Who Have Experienced Foster Care. For additional information about DYOI, visit the website.

John B. Bishop, professor of human development and family studies, was honored by the International Association of Counseling Services for "distinguished service to the association and the university and college counseling community."

Chrystalla Mouza, associate professor of education, Rachel Karchmer-Klein, associate professor of education, and Joseph Glutting, professor of education, along with graduate students Valerie Shinas and Sule Yilmaz-Ozden, were awarded best paper by AERA SIG in Technology as an Agent of Change in Teaching and Learning for “Examining Domains of Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge Using Factor Analysis.”

International honors

James M. Brophy, Francis H. Squire Professor of History, has recently been elected a member of the Prussian Historical Commission in Berlin, Germany. This learned society works closely with Berlin’s state archive and the Endowment for Prussian Cultural Heritage (Stiftung preußischer Kulturbesitz) regarding the research of Prussian history. In addition, it publishes a series of monographs and source materials as well as the journal, Forschungen zur Brandenburgischen und Preußischen Geshichte. Brophy is one of three foreign scholars to be elected to the Commission.


A project that makes Shakespeare's The Tempest available as an iPad app, complete with expert commentary and video and audio of performances, has been reviewed in The Times Literary Supplement, which says, "The ability to call up critics to illuminate and explore the text is a key feature, and perhaps the thing that really demonstrates how The Tempest for iPad offers more than just accessibility and practical enrichment." Shakespeare scholar Kristen Poole, professor of English at UD, contributed expert commentary to the app and is involved in bringing other works by Shakespeare to the iPad. More about the project is available in a recent issue of the UD Messenger.


Susan Strasser, Richards Professor of American History, presented a paper, "Snake Oil Revisited," at the Organization of American Historians annual meeting in San Francisco, April 14. She appeared on a panel with three historians of pharmaceuticals, "When the World of Goods Goes Bad: Drugs as Intolerable Commodities."

Two seniors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry presented papers recently at the 77th Intercollegiate Student Chemists Convention (ISCC), the oldest meeting of its type in the nation, held this year at Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. Hilary Kerchner presented "Bromo-Alkynylation of Dihydropyran via Oxocarbenium Intermediates," based on her work in the laboratory of Mary Watson, assistant professor. Justin Teesdale presented "Rhenium Platforms Supporting Ancillary BODIPY Chromophores for Conversion of Carbon Dioxide to Fuels," describing work done in the laboratory of Joel Rosenthal, assistant professor. Teesdale received the second place prize in the Inorganic II Division, the second consecutive year that he has won an ISCC award. The UD students were accompanied by John L. Burmeister, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, who was attending his 48th consecutive ISCC convention.

Center for Disabilities (CDS) staff members and program participants presented at the Delaware Community of Practice Transition/Self-Determination Conference in Dover, April 15-16. The conference is for students ages 14-21 receiving special education services, their parents, educators and professionals. Dan Fendler, assistive technology coordinator, Beth Mineo, CDS director, and Marvin Williams, assistive technology coordinator, presented “Assistive Technology: Considering Tools for School and Beyond.” This session focused on the process of determining what type of assistive technology (AT) might best meets each student’s needs, as well as how to make sure students will have access to AT during the school years and beyond. In their presentation, “Maximizing Access to Higher Education for Students with Intellectual Disabilities,” students in the Career and Life Studies Certificate (CLSC) program, along with CDS staff members Laura Eisenman, associate professor of education, and Brian Freedman, CDS unit director, provided a summary of the program and described their experiences participating in campus activities. CLSC is a two-year certificate program at the University of Delaware for students with intellectual disabilities. Student presenters from the CLSC program included Lazyra Cornish, Devon Dant, Oliver Dynes, William Edwards, Sara Giles, Trey Howell, Matt Kuliszewski, Andrew Netta, Ira Shepard and Geoffrey Steggel.


Wendy Smith and Olga Gorbachev, assistant professors in the Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, have received grants through UD’s 2013 General University Research program. Smith, of the Department of Business Administration, will explore how leaders and organizations effectively manage the competing demands of social missions and financial outcomes through her project, “Managing a Global Social Enterprise: A Longitudinal Study of Attending to Social Missions and Financial Outcomes Simultaneously.” Her research seeks to provide practical insight that can impact the success of social enterprises and contribute theoretical insight to the growing academic literature on social enterprises and strategic management more broadly. Gorbachev, of the Department of Economics, has found the occurrence of default during the Great Recession to be uneven across neighborhood and borrower characteristics with a disproportionately large impact on black and Hispanic borrowers, as well as borrowers (of all types) living in largely black and Hispanic neighborhoods. She will examine the consequences of this disparate impact on household wealth in her project, “Wealth Consequences of Foreclosure.”

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