For the Record, June 21, 2013

University community reports awards, presentations, publications


9:25 a.m., June 21, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent 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.


Robert Simons, professor of psychology, has accepted the position of interim chair of the Department of Psychology, it was announced this week by George Watson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Simons succeeds Gregory Miller, who will be joining the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).


Melissa L. Blair, a UD alumna who is a teacher at the Conrad Schools of Science in Wilmington, Del., has been awarded a James Madison Fellowship by the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Va., in its 22nd annual fellowship competition. Blair, who received a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction (social studies) from the University, is one of 56 fellowship recipients. The award is intended to recognize promising and distinguished teachers, to strengthen their knowledge of the origins and development of American constitutional government, and thus to expose the nation’s secondary school students to accurate knowledge of the nation’s constitutional heritage.


Yi Zou, a doctoral student from the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, served as the co-chair for a session on glass melting and thermal processing during the 10th Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology held June 2-7 in San Diego. Zou’s research focuses on the thermal nanoimprint of chalcogenide glass photonic devices under the supervision of Juejun Hu, assistant professor.


Hannah Lee, assistant librarian in the Student Multimedia Design Center in the Morris Library, was featured in a recent Newark Post article about the work of the modern librarian. Quoted in the article were Shelly McCoy, head of the center, and Scott Duarte, an instructor in the English Language Institute.


Bahira Sherif Trask, professor of human development and family studies, has been invited to present at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association meeting in Bern, Switzerland, June 26-30. The title of her presentation is “The Continued Significance of Families: Incorporating Concepts of Globalization, Family Change, and Social Capital into Social Scientific Analyses.”

Jaehee Jung, associate professor of fashion and apparel studies, presented a paper titled “Brand Credibility in Fashion Co-Branding: Development of Propositions for Cross-Cultural Research Between the U.S. and China” at the European Marketing Association Conference (EMAC) hosted by Istanbul Technical University in Turkey, June 4-6. The EMAC 2013 conference was attended by more than 750 people from approximately 65 countries.


Robert Hampel, professor and former director of the School of Education, created and edited “If Life Were Endless, What Would You Study?” a special edition of the History of Education Quarterly (May 2013, volume 53, number 2). He asked four historians to write essays on the topics they would study if they could live forever; he also solicited five responses to those papers. In addition, Hampel wrote “Winding Down — Somewhat” as the introduction to the volume.

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