August 2013

DSU Archives Awarded $145,194 Grant

8/23/13 DSU’s Archives and Special Collections in the William C. Jason Library has been awarded a two-year, $145,194 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Museum Grants for African-American History and Culture program. Emily Cottle, University archivist, says the grant will provide her with intern assistance to help maintain the archive and collections rooms such as the Delaware Room in this photo. Emily R. Cottle, University archivist and special collections librarian, is the project director for this grant. She was hired as the University’s first-ever archivist in June 2012. The funds will be used to establish an archival fellowship program. Two nine-month archival fellows as well as two summer interns will be hired during the project. The program will provide recent graduates with valuable hands-on experience in a wide range of archival responsibilities. Collection materials will be arranged, described, and made available for use by faculty, students, alumni, and the general public. The second year of the project will culminate in the creation of a historic campus walking tour. The project will commence on October 1, 2013 and run through 2015. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Its mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Its grant making, policy development and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive.

DSU Welcomes New Leadership Appointees

8/23/13 DSU welcomes the following new appointees to leadership posts:   Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder Dr. Saundra F. DeLauder – dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. DeLauder comes to DSU after serving in a variety of faculty, research and administrator posts at North Carolina Central University from 1996 to 2013, including associate dean of the College of Science and Technology and interim dean of Graduate Studies. She has a BS in Chemistry, an MS in Physical Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Howard University.        Dr. Stacy L. Downing Dr. Stacy L. Downing – associate vice president of Student Affairs. Dr. Downing comes to DSU after serving from 2011 to 2012 as the vice president for Student Affairs at Philander Smith College in Arkansas. She also served in several director posts at the University of Cincinnati from 1999-2011. She has a BS in Psychology, an MS in Criminal Justice and an Ed.D. in Urban Education Leadership from the University of Cincinnati.   Dr. Marsha T. Horton, interim dean of the College of Education, Health & Public Policy. Dr. Horton most recently served one year as a dean and associate professor at Virginia Union University’s School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Her 39-year education career has included leadership posts at Wilmington University, the Delaware Department of Education and the South Carolina Department of Education. Dr. Horton has a BA in Psychology from Sweet Briar College in Virginia and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois.     Dr. Marshá T. Horton           Ebony M. Ramsey   Ebony M. Ramsey – director of Student Leadership and Activities. Ms. Ramsey comes to DSU after serving in a variety of posts at Winston-Salem State University, N.C., from 2002-2012, including director of Student Activities from 2010-2012. She has a BA in Theatre and an MS in Adult Education/Higher Education from North Carolina A&T University.     Dr. Adenike M. Davidson   Dr. Adenike M. Davidson -- chair of the Department of English and Foreign Languages. She arrives at DSU after serving as a faculty member at Fisk University in Nashville from 2005-2013, where she rose to the rank of professor of English. Prior to that she was a professor of English at the University of Central Florida. Dr. Davidson has a BA in English from the College of Holy Cross, Worcester, Mass., an MA in Afro-American Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.        Alankato D. Cobb, Sr.   Alankato D. Cobb, Sr. – assistant vice president of Facilities Management.  He comes to DSU after serving during the last year as a facilities planning engineer at Lincoln University (Pa.). His 16-year engineering career includes work as a senior project manager for Delaware Engineering and Design Corp. He has a 1995 BS in Electrical Engineering from Florida Institute of Technology in Orlando, Fla.                  Erin Hill Erin Hill – newly promoted assistant vice president of Enrollment Management. Ms. Hill arrived at DSU after serving in Admissions at Appalachian State University from 2002-2009. She has been a part of Enrollment Management from 2009 to present, include serving as executive director of Admissions since 2010. She has a 2001 BA in Communication and a 2006 MS in Higher Education Administration, both from Appalachian State University.       Dr. Michael A. Boone Dr. Michael A. Boone – interim assistant vice president for Distance Education. He arrived at DSU in April 2013 after serving the previous eight months as the academic program manager at Post University in Connecticut; he also was the lead instructor for that institution’s MBA program. He was the director of Business Process Engineering at Florida A&M University from 2009-2001; he also held various director posts with the North Carolina Department of Revenue.        Rev. Pamela Adams     Pamela Adams – new director of Spiritual Life and University chaplain. Prior to her arrival at DSU, Rev. Adams was a chaplain and family advocate for three years in the Clinical Pastoral Care Department at The John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. She is a 9½-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Theology from the Amora Deliverance Theological Institute in Fayetteville, N.C. She also completed a two-year Clinical Pastoral Care Residency Program at Durham (N.C.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center and The John Hopkins Hospital.        Jordin N. Williams Jordin N. Williams – new director of the Department of Wellness & Recreation. Ms. Williams served as the interim director of the department from August 2010 to August 2013. She has been with the department (formerly assistant director) since 2009. Prior to that, she was the club sport coordinator at Temple University in Philadelphia (2006-2009). Ms. Williams has a BS in Business Management and an MS in Sports Management.          Kerri M. Scroope   Kerri M. Scroope, head coach of women’s soccer. Coach Scroope arrives at DSU after serving as the head coach for both women’s soccer and softball at Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I. There she guided the soccer team to three consecutive double-digit winning seasons and four Commonwealth Coast Conference Championship Tournament appearances. She has a BS in Social Science from Stony Brook University, N.Y., where she played on the soccer and basketball teams.     Kisya Killingsworth-Putney Kisya Killingsworth-Putney, head coach of women’s volleyball. Prior to accepting the DSU post, she was an assistant volleyball coach at Bethune-Cookman University. Coach Killingsworth-Putney was a standout volleyball athlete at the University of Florida, where she earned a 2008 bachelor’s degree in Family, Youth and Community Science.  

DSU Presents First-Ever Innovation Grants to Selected Faculty Members


(L-r) Dr.  Mohammad A. Khan, Dr. Mukti Rana and Dr. Nandita Das, are one of five faculty teams that have won DSU's first-ever Innovation Grant awards. Each team received $20,000 to develop their creative ideas that advance the priorities and goals of the University's Strategic Plan.

8/27/13 Five faculty-driven projects have been named to receive funding as part of the University’s first-ever PRIDE 2020 – Innovation Grants awards. The five projects were selected from among 29 submitted proposals by DSU faculty. The selected projects – awarded $20,000 each – were determined to be the top proposals that advance the priorities and goals of the institution’s strategic plan. Dr. Gary Holness, shown with one of his robots. The following faculty members and their projects have been awarded Innovation Grants: Dr. Mohammed Khan, assistant professor of physics (PI); Dr. Mukti Rana, assistant professor of physics (co-PI); and Dr. Nandita Das, associate professor of business (co-PI) – “Next-Generation Sensors for Improving Human Health and Urban Air Quality: A Technology-Driven Business Model for Young Entrepreneurs.” The project entails a prototype greenhouse gas sensor technology for environmental applications, developed indigenously at DSU’s engineering laboratories. It will be transformed into a marketable product through a model business plan developed by DSU’s College of Business team. The goal of the project is to expose students to the critical stages of research conducted in the laboratories and to the aspects of commercialization of such technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration in a unique academic setting.    Dr. Gary Holness, assistant professor of computer science (PI) -- “Managing Indoor/Outdoor Transitions in Autonomous Robot Wheelchairs.” A number of efforts in the robotics and machine perception research communities have pursued the idea of an autonomous wheelchair as a mobility solution for those with both physical and perceptuo-cognitive impairments. The research project will aim to address issues concerning the development of autonomous wheelchairs that transition between outdoor-to-indoor and indoor-to-outdoor navigation. It will involve the assembling of a multidisciplinary team comprised of students from computer science, engineering and business who will design, develop, manage and advertise the project during a one year period of performance.   Dr. Ladji Sacko, associate professor of foreign languages (PI); and Dr. Raymond Tutu, assistant professor of history and political science (co-PI) -- “Using Study-Abroad Exchanges to Enhance Global Learning at DSU.” This project’s primary objective is to implement best (L-r) Dr. Raymond Tutu and Dr. Ladji Sacko. practices for integrating study abroad opportunities for students and faculty, with specific courses and coursework, into a more comprehensive and structured globalization of the DSU campus.   Dr. Daniela R. Radu, assistant professor of chemistry (PI); Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai, associate professor of chemistry (co-PI); Dr. Yuri Markushin, senior research scientist (co-PI);  Dr. Chaoying Ni (co-PI, University of Delaware) -- “Affordable Solar Thin-Film Technologies Based on Sustainable (L-r) Dr. Daniela R. Radu, Dr. Cheng-Yu Lai and Dr. Yuri Markushin. Materials.” The  project will contribute to establishing the foundation for a strong solar program at DSU by demonstrating novel nanoparticles precursors to thin film photovoltaics (PV). The project’s ultimate goal is to create a prototype of roll-to-roll printed solar cells on flexible substrates. The nanoparticle technology  provides the advantages of fast, atmospheric pressure deposition, a lightweight substrate and a thin, inexpensive absorber layer, each of which decreases the cost and the weight of the final solar cell or module. Dr. Hacene Boukari, associate professor of physics (PI); Dr. Essaid Zerrad, professor of physics (co-PI) – “Interdisciplinary Computational Laboratory (ICL).” This lab will be established to engage DSU undergraduate and graduate students in diverse STEM disciplines through computational, physical and mathematical modeling.  ICL will be used (L-r) Dr. Hacene Boukari and Dr. Essaid Zerrad. to assemble appropriate scientific codes and media-oriented software for STEM teaching and to develop computational capabilities for interdisciplinary research.  ICL will emerge as a resource for teaching the basic principles of physical sciences, the foundations of engineering and their applications in other scientific disciplines such as biological sciences.  It will increase participation of STEM students who will be trained in job-oriented computational and analytical skills, allowing them to be well-positioned to enter a competing multidisciplinary job market.  Moreover, the efforts that will ensue will promote research collaborations among DSU researchers.