Annual torch run to honor Gary Summerville's memory
The 2000 Delaware Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics will begin at 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 31, in Rehoboth Beach with the official send-off of the Special Olympics "Flame of Hope." The three-day series of events will conclude at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 2, with the opening ceremonies of this year's Special Olympics Summer Games at the Bob Carpenter Center.
In memory of UD Police Maj. Gary Summerville, who was killed April 25, 1999, in a motor vehicle accident, the last mile of this year's run--from the Newark Shopping Center to the Newark Municipal Building on Elkton Road--has been designated "Gary's Mile." For a runner's fee of $25, members of the University and Newark community are able to participate in the "Gary's Mile" portion of the run and receive a special T-shirt and ribbon. Those interested should call Jim Grimes or Yvonne Simpson at 831-1204 to obtain more information and registration forms.
The deadline is Wednesday, May 24.
The torch that will be carried during Gary's Mile and at the Special Olympics Summer Games opening ceremonies has been donated by the University of Delaware lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. The torch will be used in a special ceremony at 3 p.m., Friday, June 2, at the Newark Municipal Building and then will be carried to the Bob Carpenter Center for use during the opening ceremonies.
Each year, money raised during the weekend torch run event supports the Special Olympics program in the First State.
IBM manager to discuss Blue Gene Project May 19
Marc Snir, manager of the Blue Gene Project at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center in New York, will present a free, public talk about the project at 11 a.m., Friday, May 19, in 318 Gore Hall.
In 1999, IBM announced a five-year, $100 million research project aimed at developing a petaflop computer and using it for research in computational biology. Snir's talk will discuss the architectural choices involved in the design and will discuss the mapping of molecular dynamic computations onto the Blue Gene architecture. He also will outline research problems in computer science and computational biology that such a project motivates.
Snir leads the scalable parallel systems research group at IBM that was responsible for many contributions to the IBM SP scalable parallel system. He also has contributed to the design of the Message Passing Interface.
Snir received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1979. He worked at New York University on the NYU Ultracomputer project in 1980-82, and worked at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem from1982-86.
He has published numerous papers and given many presentations on computational complexity, parallel algorithms, parallel architectures, interconnection networks and parallel programming environments. He is an ACM fellow, IEEE fellow and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. He is on the
editorial board of Parallel Processing Letters and Mathematical Systems Theory.
For more information on his lecture, call the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at 831-2405.
Music chairperson to be featured organist May 21
A Hymn Festival to celebrate the music ministry of David Herman, music, will be held at 7 p.m., Sunday, May 21, at Newark United Methodist Church, 69 East Main St., where he has served as organist for eight years.
The festival will include congregational singing of familiar hymns for all ages, the church chancel choir singing Four American Folk Hymns, and Herman playing organ settings of favorite hymn tunes.
The event is free and open to the public, and a reception will follow.
Join the UD Outdoor Pool; season will open May 28
Memberships are now on sale for a summer of fun at the University of Delaware's Outdoor Pool, located near the Ice Arenas. Among recent improvements at the pool this year are new outdoor furniture and an expanded picnic area on the deck. Two six-foot-long tube slides, dubbed the "Big Blue Splash," are a special feature for kids of all ages.
Registrations are being accepted at the Gold Ice Arena from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily for the pool season that begins Sunday, May 28.
Cost for UD employees is $165 for a family membership (add $10 for each additional person after the first four) and $90 for an individual membership.
Cost for community members is $190 for a family (add $10 for each additional person after the first four) and $100 for an individual, who must be at least 13 years old.
Regular pool hours are
* Mondays-Fridays, May 29-June 9, noon-6 p.m.;
* Mondays-Fridays, June 12-Aug. 4, noon-8 p.m.;
* Mondays-Fridays, Aug. 7-Aug. 25, noon-7:30 p.m.;
* Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, May 28-Aug. 27, noon-7 p.m.; and Labor Day weekend. Sept. 2-4, noon-7 p.m.
For further information, call 831-2868, 831-6475 or visit the web site at [http://www.udel. edu/outdoorpool].
Ralph Begleiter to discuss Info Age news challenges
UD's Distinguished Journalist in Residence Ralph Begleiter will speak about "Breaking News: Challenges of the Information Age for Broadcast News Consumers" at the annual Faculty Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 6, in the Class of 1941 Lecture Room in the Morris Library. The event is sponsored by UD's Library Associates.
Begleiter will address the changes--both technological and economic--which have come to broadcast journalism in the past 20 years and which, he affirms, have diminished the quality of the news available on television.
For almost two decades, Begleiter was a CNN world affairs correspondent based in CNN's Washington Bureau. In 1994, he conceived and began hosting the CNN weekly Global View program, a public affairs discussion of international issues seen worldwide on CNN International.
During his distinguished career, Georgetown University's Graduate School of Foreign Service awarded him its Weintal Prize, one of diplomatic reporting's highest honors.
He also earned the Hood Citation for Diplomatic Correspondence from the National Press Club, the ACE award from the National Academy for Cable Programming, the Gold Award from the Houston International Film Festival, the New York Festival International Competition for Television, Film and Video Communication, and awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.
Begleiter joined UD's faculty in July 1999 and teaches courses in communication, political science and journalism.
He holds degrees from Brown University and Columbia University. Begleiter also currently serves as a program host on the History Channel.
The event is free and open to the public. To request an invitation, call 831-2231 or e-mail [UDLA@udel.edu].
Wall of Fame ceremony set in MBNA America Hall
Members of the University community are invited to attend the annual Wall of Fame induction ceremony to be held at 5 p.m., Friday, May 19, in the Chaplin Tyler Atrium of MBNA America Hall. This year's inductees include Amelia Augustus, '59 AS (philosophy); Henri L. Bertuch, '54 BE (business administration); Thomas D. Campbell, '72 BE (economics); and Frederick E. Roberts, '71M AG (ornamental horticulture).
For information call the Office of Alumni and University Relations at 831-2341.