For the record, October 28, 2022

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

Recent presentations, publications and accolades include the following:


Thomas M. Powers, associate professor of philosophy and director of UD’s Center for Science, Ethics & Public Policy, gave a talk on October 21, 2022, titled “Can AIs Behave Themselves? Towards a Genuine Machine Ethics” in Rome, Italy. His presentation was part of the European and North American Workshop on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, organized by the Notre Dame Technology Ethics Center and the Peace Research Institute Oslo. This 1.5 day event, hosted at the Rome Global Gateway premises in Notre Dame, brought together a small group of leading academics and experts working on AI-related issues from a variety of disciplines and perspectives. Presenters explored the conceptual and ethical foundations as well as applications related to artificial intelligence and related technologies, including autonomous weapon systems.

Karin Grävare Silbernagel, professor of physiotherapy, was invited by Michael Kjaer, one of the world’s top tendon researchers, to participate in the Bispebjerg Matrix International Symposium on Sports Medicine at the Royal Academy of Sciences in Copenhagen, Denmark. In August, Silbernagel, associate president of the Department of Physiotherapy within the College of Health Sciences and an Achilles tendon injury expert, featured on tendinopathy and workout-related treatment. “I went to this conference as an intern and to be invited back as a speaker is a very humbling moment to share the stage with 25 of the best tendon researchers from around the world,” Silbernagel said. Silbernagel was joined by a doctoral student in biomedical engineering Ellen Bloom. The two work together, with others, on interdisciplinary tendon research, led by Principal Investigator Dawn ElliottBlue and Gold Emeritus Professor of Biomedical Engineering, who received nearly $2.4 million from the National Institutes of Health to study multiscale tendon damage and abnormal cellular responses in tendinosis.

Ana Oancea, assistant professor of French in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, gave a lecture entitled “The artist surgeon? Suzanne Noël and the broken faces in A main bare (2020)” at the Comic Strip Museum in Angoulême, France. In addition to hosting one of the largest international graphic novel festivals, the museum organizes annual meetings for researchers in the medium. Oancea’s article dealt with the representation of Suzanne Noël, an early 20th century plastic surgeon and committed feminist, in a comic strip written by Leïla Slimani and illustrated by Clément Oubrerie. She analyzed the narrative and visual techniques used by the text to build the medical expertise of the protagonist. She paid particular attention to the depiction of World War I soldiers with facial wounds. The article is based on his research specialization at the intersection of science and literature in France during the long 19th century.


UD researchers Institute of Public Administration (IPA) has produced a report on the Sussex County Vocational Technical School District’s Vocational and Technical Education (CTE) programs. This in-depth analysis of the CTE provided key lessons as well as recommendations that the district can use for strategic planning. The IPA research team analyzed data from the Occupational Information Network (ONET) on over 240 relevant occupations. This analysis will help district leaders and school board members decide on the best CTE programs to offer, help the district plan for expanded seating, and ensure that all students who attend Sussex Tech are prepared to excel in their career or path. university. This project was led by Haley Q. Burnsassociate political researcher, with major contributions from Kelly L. Sherretzpolitical scientist; Brendan Laux, a graduate scholarship holder in public administration; and Jenna DeMaio, researcher in public administration. The research team worked with Sussex Technical Superintendent Kevin Carson on this project. IPA is a research center of the UD Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration. Read the full report at UDSpace.