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Honors & Achievements

David Farber, professor and Distinguished Policy Fellow of Electrical and Computer Engineering, often known as the “grandfather of the Internet,” has been inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame in Germany. While a member of the UD faculty from 1977-88, Farber helped develop CSNET, a network that linked computer science departments at academic institutions across the country and provided a bridge from the Department of Defense’s network to the modern Internet. He rejoined UD in 2011.

Tom Sims, professor of plant and soil sciences, recently served as the guest editor for a special collection of papers for the Journal of Environmental Quality titled “Nutrient Management Challenges and Progress in China,” the result of work completed after researchers from China attended an international symposium hosted by UD in 2011.

Harold B. (Hal) White III, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will receive the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s 2014 Award for Exemplary Contributions to Education, which recognizes “a scientist who encourages effective teaching and learning of biochemistry and molecular biology.”

Tara Jo Manal, director of clinical services and residency training in the Department of Physical Therapy, has received the Lucy Blair Service Award from the American Physical Therapy Association, where she is a member of the Research, Orthopaedic, and Sports Physical Therapy sections and has held several other offices.

Kelvin H. Lee, Gore Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, received the 2013 Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers—a top honor whose first recipient, 75 years ago, was UD’s Allan P. Colburn.

Deborah Allen, associate professor of biological sciences, received the 2013 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education from the American Society for Cell Biology. Also the director of UD’s Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning and an early proponent of problem-based learning, Allen has made significant contributions to faculty and K-12 teacher professional development and to curriculum development.

Victor Klemas, professor emeritus in the School of Marine Science and Policy, was presented an honorary doctorate by Klaipeda University in Lithuania for his achievements in the field of environmental remote sensing. Klemas has been working with Klaipeda University on key environmental problems of the Baltic Sea.

Gary Allison, assistant professor of special education and the coordinator of the UD statewide autism certification program, has been selected by the national chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta as one of its 10 Outstanding Faculty Members, recognizing professors who inspire their students.

Carolee Polek, associate professor of nursing, has won the 2013 Oncology Nursing Society Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection Award for her work that runs the gamut from professional activism and student mentoring to interdisciplinary research, education and community-based programs aimed at special populations.

Herbert E. Allen, professor emeritus of civil and environmental engineering and former director of UD’s Center for the Study of Metals in the Environment, has been named a 2013 American Chemical Society Fellow in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in scientific research, education and public service.

Tyler Capp, AS06, a supplemental faculty member in the Department of Music, has won a 2013 Morton Gould Young Composers Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for a wind ensemble composition that was chosen from more than 600 entries.

Salil Lachke, assistant professor of biological sciences and Pew Scholar of biomedical sciences, is one of 19 researchers across the U.S. to receive a career-starter research grant from the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, allowing him to expand his work in the identification of genes associated with cataracts to include infants born with the condition.

Jack Gillespie, director of the Center for Composite Materials at UD, is one of six people elected to the 2013 Society of Manufacturing Engineers College of Fellows, which honors those with 20 or more years of service who have made outstanding contributions to the social, technological and educational aspects of the manufacturing profession.

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