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Honors & Achievements

Christophe Boorse, professor of philosophy, who is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work in developing concepts of health and disease, was the focus of three conferences in Germany, France and the United Kingdom last fall, all held to honor his contributions to the philosophy of medicine and to bring him together with other prominent scholars.

L. Pamela Cook-Ioannidis, professor of mathematical sciences and associate dean of engineering, and Blake C. Meyers, chair of the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences and the Edward F. and Elizabeth Goodman Rosenberg Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. An applied mathematician, Cook-Ioannidis was recognized for her contributions to the mathematical modeling of fluid mechanics, and Meyers was cited for his contributions to bioinformatics and plant functional genomics of model and crop plants.

Thomas H. Epps, III, Thomas and Kipp Gutshall Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named one of six Martin Luther King Jr. visiting professors/scholars at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he will collaborate on research projects.

Marianna Safronova, associate professor of physics and astronomy, was among those honored last year as a Woman Physicist of the Month by the American Physical Society, which called her a “dynamic [and] spectacularly productive” researcher, publishing a paper every five weeks since 2010, and an effective mentor of women students.

George W. Luther III, the Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Oceanography, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Geochemistry Division Medal from the American Chemical Society for his wide-ranging contributions to aqueous geochemistry, the highest honor awarded by the society’s geochemistry division to recognize outstanding achievements in the field.

John W. Gillespie Jr., director of the Center for Composite Materials at UD, who also is the Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in materials science and engineering, has been named an American Society for Composites Fellow, selected for making “genuinely outstanding contributions to the composites community.”

Kateryna Samoteskul, a master’s degree student in marine policy, was awarded a highly competitive Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant College Program, which is enabling her to spend a year working in NOAA’s Climate Program Office.

Jianguo Chen, associate professor of Chinese and director of the Confucius Institute at UD, and Ivan Sun, professor of sociology and criminal justice, were among 50 leaders from five continents selected to take part in the Salzburg Global Seminar in December, focusing on the topic, “China in the 21st Century: What Kind of World Power?” Salzburg Seminars invite “imaginative thinkers” from around the globe to engage in candid discussions of important issues.

Robyn Phillips-Pendleton, associate professor of art, was one of three artists commissioned by the Air Force Art Program of the Pentagon to document events related to the Jan. 21 inauguration of President Obama and to create a series of paintings for future display.

University President Patrick T. Harker has received the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) Fellows Award in recognition of outstanding lifetime achievement in operations research and the management sciences. INFORMS is the leading professional association for advanced analytics professionals.

Steven Eidelman, the H. Rodney Sharp Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, was honored by the National Inclusion Project for his work in promoting equal access for people with disabilities, including his work in helping to organize the National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities.

Marsha Dickson, professor and chair of the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, presented an invited lecture in South Korea in December as part of the 2012 Eco-Design Marketing Symposium organized by the Korean Scholars of Marketing Science, where her paper won the Best Paper Excellence Award.

Chad Forbes, assistant professor of psychology, has been named a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science for his social neuroscience research on how negative stereotypes affect our perceptions as well as the targets of those prejudices.

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