UD in the News, Dec. 22, 2006
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9:08 a.m., Dec. 22, 2006--A roundup of recent news items about UD, its faculty, students, staff and alumni.
Charles Elson, Edgar S. Woolard Jr. Chair and director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, was quoted in a front page story in the Dec. 21 Wall Street Journal and in a Dec. 22 Bloomberg News story concerning a decision by IBM to end stock options for directors. Elson also was quoted in a Dec. 22 Bloomberg News story about a top Coca-Cola executive, in a widely distributed Dec. 22 Associated Press story about a $180 million retirement package for the former chief executive of Pfizer Inc., in a Dec. 20 Los Angeles Times story about a record bonus for the Goldman Sachs Group chief executive, in a Dec. 19 Sacramento Bee story about a raise and bonus for the McClatchy Co. chief executive and in a Dec. 16 New York Times story about efforts to increase confidence in corporations.
Muqtedar Khan, assistant professor of political science and international relations, had an opinion piece on Islamophobia published in the Dec. 22 Arab News. Khan wrote about a recent meeting between the U.S. government and American Muslims to address the issue, and said additional meetings are needed “to help define the term and come to a common understanding about the extent of anti-Muslim prejudice in America and how the government and the community can jointly address it.”
Caroline Nam-Laufer, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemical Engineering, was quoted in a Dec. 20 New York Times story about women in science.
Willett Kempton, associate professor of marine policy, was quoted in a Dec. 20 Cape Gazette story about wind power.
Dominic Di Toro, Edward Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, was cited in a Dec. 20 United Press International story about research that has found that the toxicity of weathered oil decreases over time following a spill.
Shelley Provost-Craig, associate professor of health, nutrition and exercise sciences, and Linda Smith, program coordinator in the UD Employee Wellness Center, were quoted in a Dec. 19 News Journal story about dance as a workout. "A lot of people think they have to do this sophisticated exercise plan. But the best physical activity is the one that people will actually do. And dancing is fun,” Smith said.
David Weir, director of the Delaware Biotechnology Center, was quoted in a Dec. 19 News Journal story about UD plans to use solar energy in poultry houses. "The cost of energy has gone up so much, it's affecting the profitability of the poultry industry," Weir said. "We decided to put a pilot project together to test the economics of using photovoltaic energy as a source for poultry houses."
Patrick Harker, who has been elected the 26th president of the University of Delaware, was featured in a Dec. 17 News Journal story.
Marvin Zuckerman, professor emeritus of psychology, was quoted in a Dec. 16 Dallas Morning News story about the climbers on Mount Hood. Zuckerman is an expert on thrill-seeking behaviors.