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Four University of Delaware professors have been selected as 2015 Salzburg Fellows. Martha Buell, Rena Hallam, Barret Michalec and Michael O’Neal will travel to Salzburg, Austria, where they will participate in a Salzburg Global Seminar.

Founded in 1947 by three innovative students from Harvard University as an international forum for those seeking a better future for Europe and the world after World War II, the Salzburg Global Seminar is designed to challenge current and future leaders to solve issues of global concern.

Buell, professor, and Hallam, associate professor, both in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, were invited by Salzburg Global Seminar organizers to attend — a first for UD faculty — as national early childhood development experts.

The invitation came in response to Buell’s participation in a 2014 Salzburg Global Seminar focused on philanthropy as a catalyst for change.

Buell, who is director of the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC), noted that she was the only participant whose field was early childhood development and the only fellow focused solely on children as a philanthropic goal.

“I started a conversation with organizers about what a Salzburg experience would be for early childhood development and education (ECDE), and the fault-lines in the field that could benefit from a Salzburg Experience,” says Buell.

With that suggestion the first ECDE-focused session at the Salzburg Global Seminar was borne, and an invitation for Buell and Hallam, interim chair of the department, to attend.

“We are very fortunate, that the University of Delaware has such a strong relationship with the Salzburg Fellowship Program and that they support faculty in participating — it is really a gift,” says Buell.

Additional faculty selected for attendance, include Michalec, assistant professor in theDepartment of Sociology and Criminal Justice and assistant director of health research at UD’s Center for Drug and Health Studies, and Michael O’Neal, associate professor in theDepartment of Geological Sciences.


Read the full UDaily article here.