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Speaker Series by Semester Spring 2014 - People, Projects, and Partners

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Global at Home: An Alternative Semester AbroadGlobal at Home: An Alternative Semester Abroadglobal-at-home-an-alternative-semester-abroad<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/aprilVeness_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">April Veness</a>, Associate Professor of Geography, will discuss “Global at Home: An Alternative Semester Abroad,” in which 10 students from across the University were enrolled in anthropology, political science and Latin American studies courses taught entirely in Spanish by bilingual professors, as well as a geography course, taught in English. The students visited southern Delaware six times over the course of the semester to get a firsthand account of the social, economic and political issues faced by the largely Guatemalan residents of Georgetown.</p>2014-02-10T05:00:00Z
Math CirclesMath Circlesmath-circles<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/jonManon_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Jon Manon</a>, director of UD’s Mathematics and Science Education Resource Center, and Rakesh, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, lead the University’s chapter of the National Association of Math Circles. The Math Circles program is geared to students in grades 8-12 who understand fundamental algebraic and geometrical ideas and are open to experiencing new and challenging mathematics.</p>2014-02-17T05:00:00Z
"Art Conservation & Winterthur""Art Conservation & Winterthur"art-conservation-and-winterthur<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/vickiCassman_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Vicki Cassman</a>, director of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Art Conservation, advises Service Learning Scholars in collaborative projects with Winterthur, the New London Road Community and the UD Program in Art Conservation. Cassman has been an itinerant textile conservator and an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. </p>2014-02-24T05:00:00Z<p>​She spoke on "Art Conservation & Winterthur" </p>
"Artsbridge""Artsbridge"artsbridge-2<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/lynnetteOverby_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Lynnette Overby</a>, Professor of Theatre and Former Faculty Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Experiential Learning, will discuss ArtsBridge, a network of 31 universities that confronts the problem of the elimination of the arts from K-12 schools. One research project, “Poetry in Harmony,” explored how music can enhance both literacy and poetry curricula in an elementary school classroom. </p>2014-03-03T05:00:00Z<p>​She spoke about "Artsbridge"</p>
"Working With Clients & Students""Working With Clients & Students"working-with-clients-students<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/julesBruck_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Jules Bruck</a>, Associate Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, teaches multiple courses with diverse subject matter ranging from landscape design process and digital design technology to landscape construction materials, and always includes an outreach component. She will highlight several different projects and discuss the ups and downs of working with clients and students. </p>2014-03-10T04:00:00Z<p>​She spoke about "Working With Clients & Students" </p>
"Colored Conventions: Bringing 19th Century Black-Organizers to Digital Life""Colored Conventions: Bringing 19th Century Black-Organizers to Digital Life"colored-conventions<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/gabrielleForeman_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">P. Gabrielle Foreman</a>, Ned B. Allen Professor of English and professor of Black American studies, will discuss the “Colored Convention Project: Bringing 19th Century Black-Organizers to Digital Life” with her collaborators, Jim Casey and Sarah Patterson, who are both doctoral students in English, and Colette Gaiter, associate professor of visual communications. </p>2014-03-17T04:00:00Z
"FIRST Lego League""FIRST Lego League"first-lego-league<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/louisRossi_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Louis Rossi</a>, Professor of Mathematical Sciences, will speak about the FIRST (U.S. Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League, an international STEM competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school children that celebrates scientific investigation, problem solving skills and the practical application of math and science to contemporary problems. </p>2014-03-24T04:00:00Z
"Community Health Outreach For HIV/AIDS""Community Health Outreach For HIV/AIDS"community-health-outreach-for-hiv-aids<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/carltonCooper_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Carlton Cooper</a>, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences and of Black American Studies and health disparity and community outreach coordinator for the Center for Translational Cancer Research, will co-present with nurse Renee Beaman, the founder and executive director of the <a href="">Beautiful Gate Outreach Center</a>, about their community health outreach work as counselors and testers of primarily African-Americans for HIV/AIDS.</p>2014-03-31T04:00:00Z
"The People's Report: The Link Between Structural Violence and Crime in Wilmington, DE""The People's Report: The Link Between Structural Violence and Crime in Wilmington, DE"the-link-between-structural-violence-and-crime-in-wilmington<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/yasserPayne_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Yasser Payne</a>, Associate Professor of Black American Studies, will speak about “The People's Report: The Link Between Structural Violence and Crime in Wilmington, Delaware.” The report is an ethnographic community needs assessment of two of Wilmington's oldest and most violent neighborhoods, which organized 15 residents with experience in the streets and/or criminal justice system as participatory action researchers to empirically document the impact of community violence.</p>2014-04-07T04:00:00Z
"Undergraduate Field Experience: Sharing Expertise to Strengthen Expertise and ‘Soft’ Skills (and promote the major!)""Undergraduate Field Experience: Sharing Expertise to Strengthen Expertise and ‘Soft’ Skills (and promote the major!)"undergraduate-field-experience-sharing-expertise-to-strengthen-expertise<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/loriPollock_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Lori Pollock</a>, Professor, and <a href="">Terry Harvey</a>, Associate Professor, both of Computer and Information Sciences, will discuss “Undergraduate Field Experience: Sharing Expertise to Strengthen Expertise and ‘Soft’ Skills (and promote the major!).” They have been sending computer science students into local schools since 2009, where they have developed projects collaboratively with teachers, delivered lessons to classes and worked as class assistants.</p>2014-04-14T04:00:00Z
"Domestic Violence Prevention and Services Program""Domestic Violence Prevention and Services Program"domestic-violence-prevention-and-services-program<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/jenniferNaccarelli_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Jennifer Naccarelli</a>, Academic Coordinator of the Domestic Violence Prevention and Services Program and an Instructor of Women and Gender Studies, will speak about the program. The only one of its kind available to undergraduates in the United States, the program trains students to become advocates for domestic violence survivors, combining coursework with practical experience by partnering with local domestic violence service agencies.</p>2014-04-21T04:00:00Z
"Imani Energy""Imani Energy"imani-energy<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/jeffreyRichardson_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Jeffrey Richardson</a>, an Adjunct Professor of Black American Studies and the Interim Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program, will discuss the work of Imani Energy in addressing imperatives for environmental, economic and racial justice. Richardson is the president and CEO of Imani, a solar-power installation company formed in Los Angeles, which leverages solar installations to increase the participation of low-income and people of color communities in the solar, energy and energy efficiency sectors. He has over 25 years of experience in organizational management, fundraising/resource acquisition and strategy development with a focus on building effective and equitable partnerships between businesses, nonprofits, communities and government. </p>2014-04-28T04:00:00Z
"Leadership and Social Innovation""Leadership and Social Innovation"leadership-and-social-innovation<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/tonyMiddlebrooks_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Tony Middlebrooks</a>, Associate Professor of Organizational and Community Leadership in the School of Public Policy and Administration, will speak on “Leadership and Social Innovation,” highlighting courses and projects that both cross disciplines and engage community organizations to help students learn leadership and innovation by doing. He is a former camp counselor and director, school-age program developer, nonprofit director, doctoral program developer, consultant, workshop facilitator, strategic planner, designer and professor of leadership, innovation and research methods. In 2012, Middlebrooks and Jules Bruck, associate professor of plant and soil sciences at UD, delivered a TEDx talk.</p>2014-05-04T04:00:00Z
"Dorobo Fund for Tanzania""Dorobo Fund for Tanzania"dorobo-fund-for-tanzania<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/jonCox_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Jon Cox</a>, assistant professor of art, will discuss the Dorobo Fund, a nonprofit organization fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples of Tanzania. The Dorobo Fund supports its vision for a sustainable future by a variety of means, including helping indigenous and local communities to secure rights to their land and natural resources; facilitating sustainable resource management by communities directly dependent on land resources; and promoting wilderness as an economic option for communities but also for its inherent value.</p>2014-05-12T04:00:00Z
"Perry Initiative / Mechanical Engineering Squad""Perry Initiative / Mechanical Engineering Squad"perry-initiative-mechanical-engineering-squad<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/jenniBuckley_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Jenni Buckley</a>, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will speak about two of her projects. The Perry Initiative is a nonprofit organization that conducts hands-on, daylong outreach programs for high school women to encourage them to pursue careers in underrepresented subfields of engineering and medicine. The Mechanical Engineering Student Squad is a student-faculty partnership in the Department of Mechanical Engineering with the mission to recruit, retain and advance students in mechanical engineering in the UD community.</p>2014-05-19T04:00:00Z
"UD Center for Community Research - Partnership with Community Legal Aid Society""UD Center for Community Research - Partnership with Community Legal Aid Society"ud-center-for-community-research-partnership<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/stevePeuquet_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Steve Peuquet</a>, director of UD’s Center for Community Research and Service and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Administration, will talk about the center’s partnership with the Community Legal Aid Society, a public interest law firm in Delaware focused on matched-pair testing for purposes of enforcing federal, state and local (city of Wilmington) fair housing laws to reduce discrimination. Since 2007, the two organizations have been carrying out a variety of studies to uncover discriminatory behavior in Delaware’s housing industry. Research findings, which confirm that housing discrimination continues to exist in the state, are being used to take legal action against those violating the law, including a major insurance company.</p>2014-05-26T04:00:00Z
"Engineers Without Borders: Partnering With Communities Around the Globe""Engineers Without Borders: Partnering With Communities Around the Globe"engineers-without-borders-partnering-with-communities-around-the-globe<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/steveDentel_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Steve Dentel</a>, Professor, and <a href="" target="_blank">Abigail Clarke-Sather </a>, Adjunct Professor, both of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will speak on “Engineers Without Borders: Partnering With Communities Around the Globe," discussing their collaborative work with the international group. Dentel works with sustainable and appropriate water and sanitation technologies for the developing world. He is team teaching with Clarke-Sather, an independent consultant who focuses on “operationalizing sustainability.” Her international experience includes studying rural household energy use in China, at the Scientific Information Center for Resources and Environment of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and wastewater treatment in Bolivia, with the International Sustainable Development Engineering Research Program.</p>2014-06-02T04:00:00Z
"Marvelous Microbes Summer Camps""Marvelous Microbes Summer Camps"marvelous-microbes-summer-camps<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/janineSherrier_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Janine Sherrier</a>, Professor of Plant and Soil Sciences and of Biological Sciences, will speak about the “Marvelous Microbes” summer camps taught by her lab to Delaware children ages 7-14. In collaboration with the 4-H program, the camps reach all three Delaware counties, with particular focus on at-risk children. The camp curriculum is designed to introduce basic microbiology through active learning exercises and to challenge common stereotypes about science and scientists. Sherrier says the participants gain self-confidence through their successes doing their own experiments, learn that science can be fun and are introduced to the idea that all kinds of people — people just like themselves — are scientists.</p>2014-06-09T04:00:00Z
"Museum Studies Program""Museum Studies Program"museum-studies-program<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/kaseyGrier_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Katherine C. (Kasey) Grier</a>, professor of history and director of the Museum Studies Program, will explain how that program has made outreach and service to small museums a core value of its curriculum. She will discuss service projects embedded into courses, the annual "Collections SWAT Team" service project in which students assist small museums, and the activities of the Sustaining Places project, funded by a 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, an agency of the federal government.</p>2014-06-16T04:00:00Z
"The Many Faces of Healthcare Theatre""The Many Faces of Healthcare Theatre"the-many-faces-of-healthcare-theatre<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/allanCarlsen_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Allan Carlsen</a>, Assistant Professor of Theatre, and <a href="">Amy Cowperthwait</a>, Instructor in Nursing, will speak about “The Many Faces of Healthcare Theatre,” a UD partnership founded by Carlsen and Cowperthwait in 2009. The program helps current and prospective health care professionals develop communication skills through interactive scenarios presented by theatre students. The program has enhanced UD’s Healthcare Communications course as well as delivering an educational experience to practicing healthcare providers. Healthcare Theatre has collaborated with state health agencies, hospitals and other colleges and universities.</p>2014-06-23T04:00:00Z
"Coast Day""Coast Day"coast-day<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/christopherPetrone_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">Christopher Petrone</a>, Marine Education Specialist with Delaware Sea Grant and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, will talk about Coast Day, a popular annual event and a southern Delaware tradition now in its 38th year. He will discuss the emphasis on visitor engagement, family-friendly activities, community partnerships and social-media engagement and describe how Coast Day provides a showcase for the work of UD scientists, staff and students as they seek to better understand coastal resources and the ocean environment.</p>2014-06-30T04:00:00Z
"Delaware Museum of Natural History""Delaware Museum of Natural History"delaware-museum-of-natural-history<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/aprilKloxin_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">April M. Kloxin</a>, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, is involved in a number of education, outreach and diversity activities with elementary and middle schools. She will speak about her work with the Delaware Museum of Natural History, where she is building an interactive biomaterials and bioengineering kiosk. Kloxin also is collaborating with Melissa Jurist, UD’s K-12 engineering program manager, to create a mini-camp for students in grades five through seven, to encourage careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.</p>2014-07-07T04:00:00Z
"Go Baby Go""Go Baby Go"go-baby-go-2<img alt="" src="/SpeakerSeriesFiles/pics/2014%20Spring/coleGalloway_small.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /><p>​<a href="">James C. (Cole) Galloway</a>, Professor of Physical Therapy and Co-Director of the Pediatric Mobility Lab and Design Studio at UD, is an infant behavior expert whose lab has a very clear mission: to provide mobility to children with cognitive or physical disabilities. He will discuss his “Go Baby Go” project, in which he has collaborated with engineers and fashion designers, parents and grandparents, to provide mobility to kids who have trouble moving on their own. He started with custom robot-driven devices and later began modifying off-the-shelf toy racecars to empower children to be part of the action at home, in the daycare center and on the playground.</p>2014-07-14T04:00:00Z

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