Faculty Accomplishments

Dec 8th, 2013 | By admin | Category: Highlights

Dr. Anthony M. Arm­strong, pro­fes­sor of polit­i­cal sci­ence, has pub­lished his book, “Edu­cat­ing Angels: Teach­ing for the Pur­suit of Hap­pi­ness.” Arm­strong presents a full-range cur­ricu­lum and ped­a­gogy that would result in hap­pier peo­ple and bet­ter soci­eties. He paints an inspir­ing pic­ture of an edu­ca­tion wor­thy of angels and a future wor­thy of human­ity, show­ing how meth­ods of well-being based on hap­pi­ness research – mind­ful­ness, grat­i­tude, per­spec­tive – can greatly improve kids’ chances to feel bet­ter in the present and to live hap­pier lives in the future.

Susan Red­ing­ton Bobby, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish, was asked by Nora Cor­bett Adams, owner and designer of the com­pany Mirabilia, to pro­duce adver­tis­ing copy for her. Adams is one of the most famous needle­work design­ers in the world with a huge fol­low­ing, and Bobby has admired and stitched her work for 20 years. Every other month, Adams releases a very large design, and each piece requires a name and a descrip­tion. Bobby has writ­ten a descrip­tion for the designs “Red,” and “Perse­phone.” She also has two recent pub­li­ca­tions. The first is a peer-reviewed essay, “Besides, there’s no such thing as poets any­more’: Poetic Rel­e­vance in Neil LaBute’s Pos­ses­sion,” in the anthol­ogy “Verse, Voice, and Vision: Poetry and the Cin­ema,” ed. Marlisa San­tos, Lex­ing­ton, 2013. The sec­ond is “The Teller’s Tale: Lives of the Clas­sic Fairy Tale Writ­ers,” ed. by Sophie Ray­nard (review)”, in “Children’s Lit­er­a­ture Asso­ci­a­tion Quar­terly,” Vol­ume 38, Num­ber 3, Fall 2013, pub­lished by The Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity Press.

Dr. Krai­wi­nee Bun­yaratavej and Dr.William Kroen took seven stu­dents from BA310G Inter­na­tional Busi­ness Expe­ri­ence and BI120/325 Caribbean Stud­ies classes to con­duct research in Bar­ba­dos. The stu­dents vis­ited dif­fer­ent places such as a sugar fac­tory, trop­i­cal forests, rocky shores, and the Cen­tral Bank of Bar­ba­dos where they gath­ered related infor­ma­tion for their research.

Dr. Mal­colm J. D’Souza, pro­fes­sor of chem­istry, is co-author of a chap­ter that appeared in Recent Devel­op­ments in Organic Chem­istry 2013, pub­lished by Transworld Research Net­work. This review chap­ter details the mech­a­nisms of reac­tions and ben­e­fi­cial aspects of chem­i­cal com­pounds that were orig­i­nally employed as war gases. D’Souza also authored two peer-reviewed pub­li­ca­tions: one cor­re­lat­ing can­cer drug struc­ture and sol­u­bil­ity that was pub­lished in the Amer­i­can Jour­nal of Health Sci­ences, and a sec­ond in the Inter­na­tional Jour­nal of Mol­e­c­u­lar Sci­ences that eval­u­ated a study of vinyl chlo­ro­for­mate, a chem­i­cal com­pound that is found in a num­ber of com­mer­cial prod­ucts. D’Souza and Dr. Patri­cia Dwyer, vice pres­i­dent and provost, received a $1.8M grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion EPSCoR program.

Dr. Teresa Grif­fin, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of media arts, was a fea­tured reader at Sec­ond Sat­ur­day Poets on Sept. 14. Sec­ond Sat­ur­day has only two fea­tured read­ers each month.

Dr. Steven Groc­cia, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of phys­i­cal edu­ca­tion, has received notices of accep­tance for two pre­sen­ta­tions: “An Intro­duc­tion to the Coop­er­a­tive Learn­ing Model: How Task Struc­tures Are Used for Account­abil­ity” at the Delaware Asso­ci­a­tion for Health, Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion, Recre­ation and Dance Con­fer­ence at Delaware State Uni­ver­sity, and “The Coop­er­a­tive Learn­ing Model in Mid­dle School Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion” at the Amer­i­can Alliance for Health, Phys­i­cal Edu­ca­tion, Recre­ation, and Dance Con­fer­ence in St. Louis, Missouri.

Dr. Kath­leen C. Jacobs, pro­fes­sor of busi­ness man­age­ment, recently pub­lished an arti­cle enti­tled “Gen­der­spe­cific jobs keep hold­ing back the econ­omy” in the News Jour­nal on Labor Day, Sept. 2. The arti­cle focuses on women’s under­rep­re­sen­ta­tion in blue-collar jobs and offers insight for a solu­tion in light of the fact that state leg­is­la­tors have formed a statewide Blue Col­lar Task Force to focus on bring­ing jobs to Delaware in order toim­prove the state’s econ­omy. Jacobs also attended the Annual Kent County Eco­nomic Sum­mit held Sept. 24, at Delaware Tech­ni­cal Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Dover, Del., where she assisted two other com­mis­sion­ers in brief­ing atten­dees at the Sum­mit on the state of the econ­omy using a poster exhibit on Eco­nomic Equity. The three com­mis­sion­ers, who are guber­na­to­r­ial appointees, shared numer­ous research pub­li­ca­tions on the national econ­omy and Delaware econ­omy with the attendees.

Chris Jar­rell, nurs­ing lab­o­ra­tory man­ager, received hon­or­able men­tion recog­ni­tion as a Top Nurse in Delaware for 2013 by the Delaware Nurses Asso­ci­a­tion. The recog­ni­tion was for Excel­lence in Nurs­ing in the cat­e­gory of Clin­i­cal Nurse Specialist.

Dr. Abi­gail Martinez-Sotelo, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of Span­ish, gave three pre­sen­ta­tions this past aca­d­e­mic year: “The Recre­ation of the Fig­ure of the Dic­ta­tor on The Feast of the Goat of Mario Var­gas Llosa” dur­ing the Moun­tain Inter­state For­eign Lan­guage Con­fer­ence (MIFLC) at Wake For­est Uni­ver­sity in North Car­olina; “Witches, Nuns and Artists: the Lit­er­ary Cre­ation Dur­ing the Inqui­si­tion in Colo­nial Mex­ico” dur­ing the Nine­teenth Annual Car­olina Con­fer­ence on Romance Lit­er­a­tures at The Uni­ver­sity of North Car­olina at Chapel Hill in North Car­olina; and “¡De pan­zazo! and the Prob­lem with Edu­ca­tion in Mex­ico and its Rela­tion­ship with Tele­visa” dur­ing the XXXI Inter­na­tional Con­gress of the Latin Amer­i­can Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion (LASA) in Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Dr. Cyn­thia New­ton, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of polit­i­cal sci­ence, gave a talk on July 6 at the Delaware Pub­lic Archives on the legacy of the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion of 1800 to a packed house of about 80 peo­ple. In addi­tion, the exec­u­tive offi­cers of the Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion and New­ton (as advi­sor) attended the national Amer­i­can Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Asso­ci­a­tion annual con­fer­ence in early Octo­ber in D.C., where the stu­dents had the oppor­tu­nity to meet and net­work with other stu­dent gov­ern­ment offi­cers and mem­bers from around the country.

Dr. Nancy Rubino, pro­fes­sor of nurs­ing, received hon­or­able men­tion recog­ni­tion as a Top Nurse in Delaware for 2013 by the Delaware Nurses Asso­ci­a­tion. The recog­ni­tion was for Excel­lence in Nurs­ing in the cat­e­gory of Aca­d­e­mic Educator.

Dr. Alban W. Urbanas, pro­fes­sor of phi­los­o­phy and French, has pub­lished his Eng­lish trans­la­tion of “Beckett’s Generic Writ­ing,” authored by the con­tem­po­rary French philoso­pher Alain Badiou, in “The Beck­ett Crit­i­cal Reader,” edited by S.E. Gontarski, Edin­burgh Uni­ver­sity Press, 2012.

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