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For the Record, May 12, 2023

University community reports recent honors, publications, presentations

For the Record provides information about recent professional activities and honors of University of Delaware faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Recent honors, publications and presentations include the following:


Police Chief Patrick Ogden receives award
UD Chief of Police Patrick Ogden was honored recently with the Chief Tom Stone FBI-LEEDA Award of Excellence. See Honors.

Patrick Ogden, associate vice president and chief of police, who serves as president of the Delaware Association of Chiefs of Police, was honored earlier this month at the 31st annual Federal Bureau of Investigation—Law Enforcement Executive Development (FBI-LEEDA) Training Conference in Orlando, Florida. He was presented the Chief Tom Stone FBI-LEEDA Award of Excellence, which recognizes outstanding achievement in promoting the science and art of law enforcement management, promoting the exchange of information between police executives, expansion of police leadership training and the growth of the FBI-LEEDA organization.

UD students and alumni who are affiliated with the Appoquinimink High School Music Program were among those honored when the program took home two championship banners at the TIA Atlantic Coast championships, held May 4-7, in Wildwood, New Jersey. The Appo Jazz Band and Indoor Percussion Ensemble took home A Class championships. Percussion scored a 94.375 at finals. UD student staff members for Appoquinimink Percussion include Sam Short, William Doyle, Liz Kern, Jon Rowe and Sam Roberts. UD staff members for the Appoquinimink Colorguard include students Maya Bengston and Sophie Cronin and alumnus Jeremey Patterson.

Nicole Boylan, graduate student in the Master of Science in Human Nutrition (MSHN) program in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, received the Arlette I. Rasmussen Graduate Research Award in Nutrition and Dietetics to cover expenses for presenting her research findings at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in Washington, D.C. Boylan collaborated with Jillian Trabulsi, chair and associate professor, and Alisha Rovner, assistant professor, in the Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition, to conduct secondary data analyses from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) pertaining to milk feeding practices of infants under 12 months old. The research examined socio-demographic and household characteristics of infants by feeding type: human milk only, infant formula only, or mixed fed (both human milk and infant formula). Compared to infants fed human milk only, a higher proportion of mixed fed infants were Mexican American and non-Hispanic-Black, had an annual household income near the federal poverty line and a lower proportion of caregivers who were married/living with a partner. Feeding any human milk confers health benefits to the infant and efforts to increase the prevalence of human milk feeding should include a focus on, and provide support to, under-resourced households and underrepresented groups. Boylan cites the research experience as being valuable to her career path as a clinical dietitian.


Poetry by Margaret Stetz, Mae and Robert Carter Professor of Women’s Studies and professor of humanities, has continued to be published in  digital literary journals and also in print anthologies. Her poem “Zofi,” which originally appeared online in the journal JMWW in January 2021, has now been reprinted in The Poem Is Part of the Eye, edited by David Erdos (London: Bite-Sized Books, 2023), pp. 179-180. In addition, two new poems have been published online: “Little Bride Blue” in the April 2023 issue of StreetLit Journal and “Magic Lamp” in Kairos Literary Magazine, Vol. 7 (2022-2023). Meanwhile, her short article titled “Aubrey Beardsley, 150 Years Young,” about the 2022 Grolier Club exhibition that she curated with Mark Samuels Lasner, senior research fellow, UD Library, Museums and Press, and about the resulting catalogue, which is distributed by the University of Chicago Press, may be found in the Spring 2023 issue of Useful & Beautiful, a publication of the William Morris Society in the United States.

The Institute for Public Administration (IPA), a research and public service center in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration, recently released the Comprehensive Impact Analysis of the Freeman Arts Pavilion. Troy Mix, IPA associate director, and Reidel Vichot, a graduate of the master of public administration program and current student in the urban affairs and public policy doctoral program, conducted this research as a follow up to the 2019 Comprehensive Impact Analysis of The Freeman Stage report. Both projects were sponsored by the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation to examine the economic and cultural impacts of programming held at the Freeman Arts Pavilion—and its predecessor The Freeman Stage—since performances started in 2008. The latest analysis covered the 15-year-long impact of the Freeman Arts Pavilion, which has accumulated over $101 million in economic contributions to the Sussex County economy and now accounts for approximately $18 million in annual spending countywide. Every dollar of direct spending by the Freeman Arts Pavilion over the 2008–22 period translated to $1.82 in total contributions to output in the Sussex County economy. In 2022 alone, Freeman Arts Pavilion contributed about $3.9 million in labor income for Sussex County residents. The Freeman Arts Pavilion is a performing arts venue near Fenwick Island, Delaware, that provides access to the arts for underserved and surrounding communities by providing diversified experiences through art, including dance, music, theatre and children’s programming. More than 91% of respondent program participants  agree that Freeman Arts Pavilion has provided a space for positive community interaction and exposure to the arts in Sussex County and the region.


Annie Johnson, associate University librarian for publishing, preservation, research, and digital access, gave a presentation on "Connecting Institutional Repositories and University Presses to Open and Preserve Humanities and Social Sciences Scholarship" at the 2023 Library Publishing Forum.

UD Associate in Arts Program alumna Nadisha Downs will be a guest panelist at the “P.O.W.E.R: Stories of Success'' event on Saturday, June 17, at the Wilmington Public Library. This event for teens will feature a panel discussion with prominent Wilmington professionals and community leaders, who will be sharing their personal experiences in overcoming adversity and achieving success. Downs earned her associate degree from the AAP in 2015. She went on to major in human services, concentrating on administration in family policy and urban education, and graduated in 2017. She was a McNair Scholar during her time at UD and earned many accolades for her undergraduate research publication, "Father Involvement of Young African American Men Ages 18-25, in an Urban Context." She was selected as a UD Summer Research All-Star and was chosen as one of seven undergraduates accepted in the CAMRA Fellows Program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a case manager for former foster care youth at West End Neighborhood House in Wilmington.

Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) staff presented at the 13th National Water Quality Monitoring Conference, held April 24-28, 2023. The conference brought together professionals from a variety of backgrounds including federal, state, tribal, nonprofit, academic, consulting, industry and volunteer organizations. Presentations and discussions focused on the conference theme of Working Together for Clean Water. State Geologist and DGS Director David Wunsch presented a talk titled “The Development and Implementation of the National Groundwater Monitoring Network (NGWMN) – A Shining Example of Cooperation and Data-Sharing.” DGS is a data provider for the NGWMN.  Information about DGS involvement in the network and data are available online. Research associate Rachel McQuiggan presented on “Characterizing Impacts of Road Salt in Groundwater from Stormwater Infiltration.” Over the past 20 years, the amount of salt used for roadway deicing has doubled. This salt finds its way into our waterways, traveling to streams and rivers and infiltrating into groundwater via runoff or through a stormwater management area. Information on the work DGS is doing to study how road salt impacts groundwater resources is available online.

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