For the record, September 30, 2022

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

Recent new assignments, presentations, publications and accolades include:

New assignments

Weisong Shi, former acting chair of the computer science department at Wayne State University, has been named chair of the computer and information science department at the College of Engineering. An internationally renowned expert in advanced computing, autonomous driving, and connected health, he joined the UD faculty in 2022 after serving in teaching and leadership positions at Wayne State University in Detroit.


On September 27, 2022, Sheng Lu, an associate professor of fashion and apparel studies, was a speaker at the 2022 World Trade Organization (WTO) Public Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. During the session “Resilient and Sustainable Fashion Apparel Supply Chain: Trade and Trade Policy”, Lu shared his latest research on fashion sustainability and apparel sourcing trends. The Public Forum is the WTO’s largest annual outreach event, providing participants with a platform to discuss the latest developments in world trade. The 2022 Public Forum brought together over 3,000 representatives from governments, the private sector, civil society, academia and consumers to discuss how the trading system can help support and sustain an inclusive economic recovery.


Rudi Matheeprofessor emeritus of history John and Dorothy Munroe, had his The politics of trade in Safavid Iran: silk for silver, 1600-1730 (1999) translated into Persian by Siyasat-e tejarat dar Iran-e Safavi. Abrisham dar barabar-e noqreh 1600-1730, trans. Mani Salehi ‘Allameh (Tehran: Farhang-e Javid, 1401/2022).

Hamed Mahmoudiassistant professor of finance at Lerner College, will have his co-authored research paper, “Why Are Bidder Termination Provisions Include in Takeovers,” published in the November 2022 issue of Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. In this paper, Mahmudi and his fellow researchers examine bidder termination provisions and their effect on bidders’ and targets’ joint takeover gains. The article was first published online in August 2021.

Darryl Flaherty, associate professor of history, is the author of a book chapter written in Japanese analyzing the 250th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration (1868) in the world historical context. The chapter argues that the Meiji Restoration should be understood not just in a Japanese historical context, but as a global event that emerged and cast a shadow over the long course of world history. His chapter, “Learning from Meiji: Past, Present, and Future Globalizations (Meiji ni manabu, kako, genzai, shōrai no gurōbaru-ka),” is part of Meiji History Lectures: Global Research Edition, edited by Takii Kazuhiro (Meiji-shi kōgi: gurōbaru kenkyū-hen), Tokyo: Chikuma Shobō, 2022.

Farley Grubbprofessor of economics and research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, is the author of “‘Theft of Oneself’: Runaway Servants in Early Maryland: Deterrence, Punishment and Apprehension,” Standard of Living: Essays on Economics, History, and Religion in Honor of John E. Murray,edited by Patrick Gray, Joshua Hall, Ruth Wallis Herndon and Javier Silvestre, (Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2022), pp. 167-183.

Daniel Lee, assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Lerner College, recently co-authored an online research paper that addresses the phenomenon of MBA students who collectively deny their grades to recruiters. Lee was recently featured in The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo News for his work. The article, “Making the grade (but not disclosing it): How grade withholding affects student behavior and employment,” discusses grade nondisclosure (GND) policies and how grades students from the best schools in the country are banding together not to say it. employers their grades until they are hired. In it, Lee and his fellow researchers discuss the pros and cons of this practice.


The University of Delaware Division of Professional and Continuing Studies (UD PCS)/Graduate College marketing and communications team has received 18 Delaware Press Association (DPA) awards and five National Federation of Press awards Women (NFPW) for her work in 2021. Based on a points system taking into account the number of entries per category, Adam S. Kamrascommunications specialist and Cindy Dolan, artistic director, finished second and third respectively in the general DPA communication competition, which had around 120 participants. In the statewide DPA competition, Kamras received eight awards for his writing, while Dolan won five accolades for his works. Additionally, five of the 18 awards in the annual DPA Communications Competition went to the entire UD PCS/Graduate College marketing and communications team, led by Steven M. Kendus, former director, marketing and communications; and – with Kamras and Dolan – includes Sherrie Fauvelledata analyst; Tim Nelsonproject coordinator, communications; Eric Tomer, digital media specialist; and Nora Zellukcommunications specialist.

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