For the record, November 19, 2021


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

Recent publications and accolades include the following:


Patrick ogden, Assistant Vice President and Chief of Police, is featured in the Fall 2021 edition of Campus Law Enforcement Journal, published by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA). Ogden, who is president of IACLEA, is the author of the issue’s president’s post, which discusses the results of a strategic planning meeting of the association’s board of directors held on campus in October. of the UD. Another article in the publication also highlights the meeting at UD. Additionally, Ogden is quoted in an article on National Faith and Blue Weekend and an article reflecting the evolution of campus policing in the 20 years since 9/11.


A special symposium to honor the career of Donald sparks, the Unidel S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Plant and Soil Sciences and Director of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), was held November 8-9, 2021 in Salt Lake City at the meeting of the Soil Science Society of America. The symposium was organized by alumni of UD Scott Fendorf (Stanford), Dan Straw (University of Idaho), Pic Derek (University of Saskatchewan, Canada), Audrey Gambell (Auburn University) and Tyler Sowers (US Environmental Protection Agency). Former post-doctoral fellow Asher Bar-Tal (Volcani Center) from Israel.

Anjana bhat, associate professor of physiotherapy, received the Chattanooga Research Award from the American Physical Therapy Association in recognition of her article determining the prevalence of motor impairment in children with autism spectrum disorders. The Chattanooga Research Award identifies an author with a study published in the Physiotherapy Journal which introduces innovative research and discussion for its global impact on clinical practice or physiotherapy research in the future.

Ashwini Sansare, graduate student-researcher at Biomechanics and Movement Sciences Program, was the recipient of the Society for Neuroscience Trainee Professional Development Award. The award is presented annually to doctoral students demonstrating excellence in neuroscience research and sponsors other research expenditures. In addition, the award covers expenses related to the presentation of research at the annual conference and professional development training for one year. The goal of Sansare’s research is to determine how children with cerebral palsy use sensory information to control balance while walking. Using virtual reality and sensory tracking technology, she aims to find out whether these participants can effectively assess movements using visual information. The goal is to identify ways to help improve the rehabilitation of children with cerebral palsy.

The Roundtable MBA, an association of graduate business schools, selected a project led by professors from the University of Delaware Marc Serva, Amanda convery and Amanda bullough to Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics, as one of the two winners of the Innovator Award 2021. With the support of the Senior Associate Dean of University Programs Jack Baroudi, they redesigned the way Lerner College assesses graduate management students by creating an innovative Multilevel Motivation Assessment (MTA). Under the MTA, students can only achieve higher grades if they exhibit higher levels of intrinsic motivation, as students choose the amount (and difficulty) of work they do. The MBA Roundtable Innovator Award was established in 2011 to promote educational initiatives that advance innovation in higher management education and recognize institutions that drive change in the field. The Innovator Award raises awareness of continuous curriculum and program improvements and educates employers, business school leaders, and faculty about the innovative practices of top MBA and specialized masters programs.

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