For the Record, July 19, 2013

University community reports recent awards, honors, presentations


2:22 p.m., July 19, 2013--For the Record provides information about recent professional activities of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent announcements, awards, honors 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.


Zoubeida Dagher, professor of science education in the School of Education, has been appointed a faculty fellow for the Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy and was chosen as president-elect of the International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (IHPST) Group. She will serve a two-year term as president beginning in July 2015.


The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, led by Steven Eidelman, H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Services Policy and Leadership, and Nancy Weiss, instructor in human development and family studies, has been awarded $200,000 over two years to establish the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disability and Inclusion. Funded by the Ruderman Family Foundation, this grant will help leaders in the Jewish service community increase inclusion for individuals with disabilities. 

Nancy Jordan, professor, Roberta Golinkoff, Unidel H. Rodney Sharp Chair in Human Services, Education and Public Policy, and Henry May, associate professor, all faculty members in the College of Education and Human Development, have received a Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Grant from the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education, on “Bridging Cognitive Science and Education: Products and Processes in Mathematics, Language and Cognition.”


Joshua Hertz, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received the best poster award at the 19th International Conference on Solid State Ionics held in Kyoto, Japan, early this June. The conference, held once every two years, provides scientists and engineers from around the globe a forum to exchange ideas, discuss fundamentals, and collaborate in the field of ion transportation in solids. The poster was titled “Impedance of Polycrystals with Normally Distributed Grain Boundary Conductives,” and was co-authored by doctoral student Ben McNealy. The poster, which Hertz said “received a lot of interest at the international conference,” focused on understanding the different conductive properties that pieces of an individual atom boast. Hertz said about his research, “Understanding this behavior is important to the future of engineering better fuel cells, batteries and chemical sensors.”


Dana Herbert, UD alumnus and winner of the first season of TLC’s Cake Boss: Next Great Baker in 2011, was featured in a June 21 JustLuxe feature about his work fighting cancer by creating the world’s largest wedding cake.

Dannagal Young, assistant professor of communication and research fellow in the Center for Political Communication, was interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio on July 18, discussing her recent article in the Columbia Journalism Review, "Lighten up: How satire will make American politics relevant again."


Nancy Jordan, professor in the School of Education, presented at the Center for Improving Learning of Fractions Summer Leadership Meeting in Long Beach, Calif., on July 16. Her talk was titled “Predictors of Fraction Concepts and Procedures: Results from our Longitudinal Study from Third to Fifth Grade.”

Bahira Trask, professor of human development and family studies, presented at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association meeting on “The Continued Significance of Families: Incorporating Concepts of Globalization, Family Change and Social Capital into Social Scientific Analyses.”

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