Many area students recognized by college


Students, faculty and staff of the University of Delaware College of Marine Studies were recognized for their accomplishments at Honors Day ceremonies held Friday, May 6, at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Dr. Dennis J. Suszkowski, science director of the Hudson River Foundation for Science and Environmental Research, Inc., in New York City, was the guest speaker. He received his doctorate from the college in 1978.

Now in its 35th year, the College of Marine Studies is a graduate college whose mission is to advance the knowledge, wise use and conservation of global, estuarine and coastal ocean environments through a program of excellence in research, teaching and service. Students specialize in one of four program areas — marine biology-biochemistry, marine policy, oceanography, or physical ocean science and engineering — but gain a working knowledge of each area through interdisciplinary study and hands-on research designed to prepare them for careers in academia, industry and public service. Dr. Nancy M. Targett, professor of marine biology-biochemistry, is interim dean of the college and Dr. David L. Kirchman, professor of marine biology-biochemistry, is associate dean.

The College of Marine Studies also serves as home to the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program, a partnership among the federal and state governments, universities, industry and the public, focused on the wise use, conservation and management of marine and coastal resources.

Brian T. Glazer, who received his doctorate in marine policy earlier this year, received the E. Sam Fitz Award, which recognizes the student who has displayed the greatest aptitude for professional development in marine studies.

Frances Severance Academic Council Awards for the best thesis or dissertation within a program area were awarded to the following students: Chung-Ling Chen, dissertation in marine policy; Robert M. Heitsenrether, thesis in physical ocean science and engineering; Timothy E. Proseus, dissertation in marine biology-biochemistry; and Zhongxiang Zhao, dissertation in oceanography.

Marian R. Okie Fellowships, based on academic and research excellence and demonstrated leadership abilities, were awarded to Damian C. Brady, Brian P. Boutin and Jason D. Rager, master’s students in marine biology-biochemistry; Kevin L. Stierhoff, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry; Timothy E. Proseus, who received his doctorate in marine biology-biochemistry earlier this year; Ryan D. McDermott, master’s student in marine policy; and Brian Dzwonkowski, doctoral student in oceanography. These fellowships were for the 2004-2005 academic year.

Jeremiah J. Dann and James A. Mueller, doctoral students in marine biology-biochemistry and physical ocean science and engineering, respectively, received CMS Program Fellowships, awarded on the basis of academic accomplishments, for the 2004-2005 academic year. Amanda A. Wenczel and Lindsey C. Williams, master’s student in marine policy, also received CMS Program Fellowships for fall 2004 and spring 2005, respectively.

A University Graduate Fellows Award was granted to Lide Jiang, doctoral student in oceanography, on the basis of academic and research excellence and demonstrated leadership abilities. Cindi A. Hoover, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry, received a University Graduate Scholars Award, granted on the basis of academic and research accomplishments.

Christen E. Loper, doctoral student in marine policy, received the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy Award for the best contribution by a student to the center. Functioning within CMS, the center focuses on legal, political and economic issues affecting the marine environment.

Publication awards were presented to Rex R. Malmstrom, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry, for “Contribution of SAR11 Bacteria to Dissolved Dimethylsulfoniopropionate and Amino Acid Uptake in the North Atlantic Ocean,” and Zhongxiang Zhao for “Estimating Parameters of a Two-Layer Stratified Ocean from Polarity Conversion of Internal Solitary Waves Observed in Satellite SAR Images.” Published in Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Malmstrom’s paper was co-authored by Ronald P. Kiene, professor of marine sciences at the University of South Alabama in Mobile and senior research scientist at Dauphin Island Sea Lab in Dauphin Island, Alabama; Matthew T. Cottrell, associate scientist in the college; and David L. Kirchman, professor of marine biology-biochemistry. Zhao’s paper was co-authored by Victor V. Klemas, professor of oceanography; Quanan Zheng, senior research scientist in the Department of Meteorology at the University of Maryland in College Park; Xiaofeng Li, research scientist with the National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Camp Springs, Maryland; and Xiao-Hai Yan, Mary A. S. Lighthipe Professor of Marine Studies, and published in Remote Sensing of Environment.

Many students were the recipients of awards and fellowships from various local and national organizations. Jill R. Brown, master’s student in marine biology-biochemistry, received the Center for the Inland Bays Award. Brian Dzwonkowski received a Delaware Sea Grant Student award in recognition of research excellence in the Delaware Sea Grant College Program. Letise T. Houser, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry, was a recipient of a P.E.O. Scholar Award.

Skye Schmidt, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry, received the Elizabeth K. Tunnell Memorial Fellowship from the Beneath the Sea organization. Christen Loper was a recipient of the Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship in the National Sea Grant Federal Fellows Program. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded a “Greater Research Opportunities” Fellowship to Letise Houser and a “Science to Achieve Results (STAR)” Fellowship to Mia K. Steinberg, master’s student in marine biology-biochemistry. Brian P. Boutin and Jill Brown were awarded graduate research fellowships from NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System; and Susan Park, who graduated with a doctorate in oceanography last year, was a recipient of a coastal management fellowship from NOAA’s Coastal Services Center.

In addition, students were recognized for exemplary presentations and honors in other areas. Zhongxiang Zhao was selected to speak at the Physical Oceanography Dissertations Symposium, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), NOAA and NASA. Letise Houser received a poster presentation scholarship at the fifth annual student research conference sponsored by the Minority Graduate Education at Mountain States Alliance/Western Alliance to Expand Minority Opportunities. Karen N. Pelletreau, doctoral student in marine biology-biochemistry, received the Wilce Prize at the 43rd Northeast Algal Symposium in recognition of her research. Damian Brady received an award for best oral presentation at the Sixth International Congress on the Biology of Fish, and Kevin Stierhoff received a merit-based student travel award to attend the congress and present a paper on his research.

The Lighted Boat Parade at the annual Boast the Coast Festival in Lewes provides a unique opportunity for the college to showcase its creative skills. On October 2, 2004, the team of Brian Boutin, Jill Brown, Paul R. Jones, Lisa S. Krimsky, Michael T. League and Jennifer D. Robison, master’s students in marine biology-biochemistry; Amanda Jo Waite, master’s student in oceanography; Matilda L. Madden, who graduated last year with a master’s in marine biology-biochemistry; and Arthur J. Sundberg, assistant director of Marine Operations, received first prize for boats over 25 feet.

Faculty also were recognized for their teaching and research. Lee G. Anderson, professor of marine policy, was appointed to serve at NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Services under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act for a term of one year. A special acknowledgement was made to Melbourne R. Carriker, professor emeritus, in celebration of his 90th birthday and in recognition of his active scholarship and his dedication to marine science education. Thomas E. Hanson, assistant professor of marine biology-biochemistry, received the Faculty Early Career Development Award from NSF. Vic Klemas was appointed to the NOAA Coastal Ocean Applications and Science Team. Gerard J. Mangone, University Research Professor of International and Maritime Law, published the 14th book in his edited series International Straits of the World. George Parsons, professor of marine policy, was appointed director of the Marine Policy Program. Jonathan H. Sharp, professor of oceanography, served as co-chair to the annual winter meeting of the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography. Carolyn A. Thoroughgood, professor of marine studies, was appointed vice provost of research at the University and to the NOAA Science Advisory Board. Xiao-Hai Yan was appointed the Mary A. S. Lighthipe Professor of Marine Studies in honor of his notable record as a scholar and educator and for his service to the University.

The Marine Public Education team consisting of David A. Barczak, art director; Tracey L. Bryant, director; Pamela L. Donnelly, production manager; and Kari K. Gulbrandsen, marine outreach specialist, were the recipients of two awards in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2004 Communication Contest for Extreme 2003; To the Depths of Discovery Multimedia Educational Program and press releases. They also received 12 awards in the Delaware Press Association’s 2005 First State Communications Contest for the following projects: Special Articles, Athos 1 Oil Spill Web Site, Horseshoe Crab Web Site, Extreme 2004 Web Site, At Sea E-Newsletter, Coast Day 2004 Poster, University of Delaware Sea Grant Reporter 2004 Annual Report, Marine and Aquatic Science Literacy Four-Color Brochure, Extreme 2004 Resource Guide and Web Site, Public Service Campaign for Improving the Accessibility of Fishing and Boating Facilities, and News or Feature Releases. The team of Barczak, Bryant and Donnelly also received the 2004-2005 Golden Apple Recognition Award from the Chester County, Pennsylvania, Chamber of Commerce for the Extreme deep-sea educational program.