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Don’t think that just because it’s summer, we’re taking it easy at CEHD. Students, alumni, faculty and staff are all finding interesting and educational ways to help make a difference in the world.

Here are just a few of initiatives we’ve undertaken:

Susan Hall was appointed  Interim Chair of HDFS. Susan is Professor of Kinesiology & Applied Physiology and currently serves as the deputy dean of the College of Health Sciences.  The search for the next HDFS department chair is underway.  Anyone having nominations for the search committee to consider should send the information to Carol Vukelich.

Our faculty shared their knowledge in person and online.

Bahira Trask, professor HDFS, presented at the Congress of the Swiss Sociological Association meeting in Bern, Switzerland.

Nancy Jordan, professor School of Education, presented at the Center for Improving Learning of Fractions Summer Leadership Meeting in Long Beach, Calif.and was featured in Education Week.

Roberta Golinkoff was a co-author on a paper titled Teaching Styles Affect Early Math Learning

Brian Freedman, CDS was quoted in Psychology Today discussing the impact autism can have on family dynamics.


Our students have taken classes and engaged in research that will prepare them for their careers

Students in Melva Ware’s Public Policy and Leadership in Education course (pictured above) created a program to help rising seniors in Newark High School’s ASPIRE program apply for college.

Rachel Gettinger, a human services major, worked with SOE faculty member Laura Eisenman and the Center for Disabilities Studies to present a research project, “Designing On-Campus Living for Students with Intellectual Disabilities,

Autism Delaware presented the Daniel and Lois Gray Memorial Scholarship to 5 UD students, recognizing their efforts supporting the autism community.

Three ETE students were selected to attend NASA’s Pre-service Teacher Institute (in Florida and Texas) to help them integrate science into middle school curriculum.

A number of our students participated in the  UD’s fourth annual Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium on Aug. 8, demonstrating the wide range of subjects our field services.

  • Alexander Reichl, ETE – Predicting the use of acoustic correlates of prominence: Arabic, Finnish, Turkish and Spanish.
  • Rachel Gettinger, HS – Designing on-campus living for students with intellectual disabilities
  • Akilah Alleyne, HS – Specialized court analysis (mental health and prostitution courts)
  • Kristen Loomis, HS – A blind experience of race
  • Camille Fontenelle, ETE – Examination of the On Track for Success program
  • Kelsey Scharmberg, Sophie Bandlow, Jennifer Ryan and Amanda Boccardi – ETE  students who conducted research to improve math curriculum in the classroom, through dance, music, guided discovery and representations.
  • Natalie Cook, CEHD – Engaging stakeholders in evaluating Just in Time Parenting, an eXtension resource.
  • Oluwatimilehin Adeyemo, HS – Understanding barriers to care: A review of disability services in Delaware.


Our centers have helped to advance education and human services in Delaware

DASL kicked off their Executive Leadership Academy for new and aspiring school administrators

CDS sponsored Junior Partners in Policymaking, a week-long program aimed at helping young adults — both with and without disabilities — get involved in disability advocacy at the local, state and national levels.

DCTE conducted three summer institutes to provide educators training on the Common Core State Standards.

Kids of all ages and interests participated in camps this summer, held on our Children’s Campus.  They learned about robotics, forensic science, nature, art, reading, computers, iPads and engineering. The Laboratory Preschool documented their children’s adventures.

CDS unveiled a collaborative statewide strategic plan addressing autism, called the Blueprint for Collective Action.


Our alumni initiated a program benefiting children

Several CEHD alums created a summer camp to accompany their Chinese Immersion Program.