For the record, September 24, 2021

Lauren Genova, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is co-editor of Teach gradually: practical pedagogy and classroom strategies for graduate students by graduate students, published by Stylus Publishing, LLC. It is the first book of its kind to be written exclusively by graduate students themselves. Written for graduate student instructors and early career faculty members, it features the voices and perspectives of 51 graduate student instructors across the United States and Canada, sharing their experiences of teaching in higher education. They discuss their favorite strategies for reaching diverse students and share personal anecdotes surrounding the college classroom. The common thread of diversity and inclusion runs throughout the book, along with strategies for applying many of the topics to online classrooms. In addition to being a co-editor, Genova, who received an Honors BA in Chemistry from UD in 2015, is co-author with Kacie Armstrong of a chapter on “Teaching Undergraduates How to Read Critically primary literature “. Another chapter of the book, “Making My Classroom Accessible for Me: Digital Practice as Inclusive Pedagogy,” was written by a UD alumnus. Andy Jenks, who obtained his doctorate. in Political Science and International Relations earlier this year and is now a member of the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) at UD.


André Tepliakov, professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Joshua Zide, professor of materials science and engineering, were recognized for their research and “outstanding scientific and technical contributions” by being named 2021 AVS Fellows. Teplyakov’s work focuses on the functionalization of surfaces, in which he and his team alter the chemical and physical properties of surfaces. Zide’s research has focused on new materials, namely the fabrication of thin films of new materials by a technique called molecular beam epitaxy. AVS is an international organization which promotes research in the fields of surfaces, interfaces, vacuum and thin film technology. Membership honor is a permanent title, as long as Teplyakov and Zide are members of AVS.

Jennifer biddle, a professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Joanne Simpson Medal from the American Geophysical Union. The medal is presented annually to two or three mid-career laureates in recognition of their significant contributions to earth and space sciences. Biddle studies the microbial ecology of marine systems, life in the deep biosphere, benthic archaea and bacteria, and geobiology. She is a valuable mentor to students and, in 2014, she launched the MicroSeminar series, an online microbiology seminar series that brings together microbiologists from around the world via Zoom to share their research and ideas. The medal is named in honor of Joanne Simpson, the first woman to earn a doctorate. in Meteorology who, during his career, has made fundamental contributions to modern research on tropical clouds and hurricanes.

Alexander Selimov, professor of Spanish, Iberian and Latin American studies, received the Certificate of Distinction in Creative Writing at the International Literary Festival 2021 Διεθνές Φεστιβάλ Διανοούμενων και Καλλιτεχνών “στις Μούσες” (Greece), Crete, Crete (Greece).

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