Faculty Accomplishments

Dec 8th, 2013 | By | 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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