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<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/News/2020-08-03/david_e_sheppard.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />In Memoriam: David Sheppard<div>David Elson Sheppard, retired associate professor of biological sciences at the University of Delaware, passed away July 28, 2020, in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania.<br></div>
<img alt="" src="/news/PublishingImages/News/2020-06-29/1593206248904.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Academic and Running Star<div></div><div>For the fifth time in program history and the first time since 2014, the University of Delaware women’s track and field/cross country program has an Academic All-America honoree, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).</div><div><br></div><div>Abby Bolt, who is a graduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences, studying molecular biology, was named Third-Team Academic All-America, marking the first time since Lindsay Prettyman in 2014 that a Blue Hens women’s track and field/cross country athlete had earned the distinction.</div><div><br></div><div>“This is a tremendous honor and something that Abby has put in a lot of work to achieve,” head coach Wendy McFarlane-Smith said. “She is a great example of what our entire program is striving for and exercising with the ‘student first’ model. We’re extremely proud of Abby and earning this recognition.”</div><div><br></div><div>In the classroom, Bolt posted a 3.88 grade point average in molecular biology and genetics. On the cross country course and in the track, she helped the Blue Hens earn the highest-ever finish at the 2019 Colonial Athletic Association Cross Country Championships, earned individual All-CAA honors at the meet and was a qualifier for the 2020 Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Indoor Championships.</div><div><br></div><div>Bolt, who is from Reno, Nevada, completed her undergraduate degree at Saint Mary's College of California. She had athletic eligibility remaining, so she competed for the Blue Hens in 2019-2020 while starting graduate school at UD.<br></div>
<img alt="" src="/news/college/PublishingImages/plastino-scholars-2020.jpg" style="BORDER:px solid;" />Pursuing their passion<p>​<span aria-hidden="true"></span>The 2020 Plastino Scholars, undergraduate students who are each pursuing an expanded academic interest, will travel to Malaysia, Jordan and Costa Rica.<span aria-hidden="true"></span></p>








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