Vol. 17, No. 20Feb. 19, 1998

A selection of items in the national and local media about the University-its faculty, staff and students:

Midland, Texas, Reporter-Telegram, Nov. 7. Path to college degree is long. N.Y. Times News Service. "College officials say that unlike many of the Generation X-ers who sit next to them, these senior students-many of them in their 80s and even 90s-are not just older and wiser, they are eager and more focused.... 'Students over 65 are usually more interested in taking classes for fun or for the pleasure of learning more,' said Roz Hiebert, a spokeswoman for the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. Some states, like Delaware, are encouraging older students to attend by offering tuition discount and waivers at public institutions. At the University of Delaware the number of students over 60 has risen to 107 undergraduates and 68 graduate students, up from 76 and 35 five years earlier."

Productivity Digest, September. Composite World. "Just imagine that in 10 years' time, it will only take about six hours to travel from Singapore to New York in a high-speed civil transport (HSCT) supersonic plane manufactured from composite materials! So, what are composite materials, their industrial applications and special qualities? Productivity Digest interviewed Prof. Richard P. Wool, an expert in composite materials, who was in Singapore recently to speak at three seminars on composite materials and related topics... Prof. Wool obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in 1974. He is currently professor of chemical engineering in the University of Delaware and a key member of the Executive Board of Directors at the Center for Composite Materials in the University."

Journal of Academic Librarianship, September-October. Electronic Texts. Relieving Archival Gridlock: Congressional Archives on the Web.... "The University of Delaware and the University of Arizona libraries are using the web to improve access to two congressional archives collections. Electronic finding aids have been developed to provide global access to information about the contents of the collections. The aids are enhanced with navigational aids, searching capabilities, images and full text from the collections. The article covers the creation of the aid, the content and structure of the collections, the inclusion of image and radio files and the creation of links to other relevant resources."

Computer User, November. Mentoring mettle. "We all need help sometimes- especially in the computer workplace.... 'The rewards for mentors are many, including personal satisfaction and the comfort of knowing that they have guided and eased the experiences of someone following in a similar path,' says Kenneth E. Barner, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Delaware in Newark. He is director of the school's Science, Engineering and Math Mentoring Program. 'As an example, I have been mentoring a high school student for the last three years. This student had many questions regarding college, including admission policies, fields of study and campus life. I greatly enjoyed sharing my thoughts on their areas, reflecting back to my experiences as a student and drawing on my current experiences as a university professor."

Poultry Digest, November. Vaccines for breeders aid control of CAV. "The use of inactivated chick anemia virus (CAV) vaccines in breeder hens has helped in elevating maternal antibody titers and reducing mortality in progeny broilers. In a discussion about CAV, Dr. John Rosenberger, University of Delaware, (1997 PSAAAAP Symposium: Infectious Poultry Diseases, Athens, GA), noted that the key to CAV control is getting exposure in the breeders. Particularly, pullets should be exposed by 12 weeks of age."

Poultry Digest, November. Ornithobacterium isolated from broilers. "The growth and biological characteristics of isolates of Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale (OR) from broiler chickens in the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. appear to be identical to those reported previously in the literature by E.M. Odor, M. Salem, C.R. Pope, B. Sample, M. Murphy, Department of Animal and Food Science, University of Delaware...."

In Education, November. Editorial. Administrative and management strategies. "Business operations in educational institutions-which include enrollment, admission , administrative operations, fund raising, facilities management, alumni activities, etc.-depend on sophisticated integrated information technology systems.... Use of the web enables key administrative and enrollment functions to be done more efficiently. For example, students at the University of Delaware use browsers from home, dorms, labs, classrooms or kiosks to print grade reports and class schedules, drop and add classes, change addresses, access financial information and more."

Larchmont, N.Y., Genetic Engineering News, Nov. 1. Scale-up Filtration Systems Improve Through Supplier and User Collaborations. "As biotechnology companies bring more products into the scale-up manufacturing phase, suppliers are working with their customers to make filtration systems more efficient and scale-up transitions easier. ... Recently, Genentech, the University of Delaware (Newark) and Millipore Corp. have published new findings on HPTFF. This team was formed to overcome the limitation that TFF could only perform separations of solutes that differ in size by about tenfold. 'The team has achieved high yields in purification factors by optimizing buffer chemistry, membrane pore size distribution and fluid dynamics,' Van Reis says."

Tampa Tribune, Nov. 4./St. Petersburg, Fla.,Times, Nov. 4. Study gives police high marks for integrity. "A police officer investigating a burglary takes a watch from a smashed display case. At the station, he reports it as stolen during the crime. That would not happen in the St. Petersburg Police Department, according to results of a survey by a team of criminologists at the University of Delaware. And if it did, officers would report the misconduct. 'Not only do officers say they believe misconduct is wrong, but they're willing to report they endorse severe discipline,' said Carl B. Klockars, the professor who coordinated the survey answered by 3,235 police officers from 30 departments around the country."

Toronto Star, Nov. 5. SkateWeb dishes up figure skating details. "Figure skating fans have a lot to be thankful for this weekend-Skate Canada, Elvis Stojko and Sandra Loosemore.... Loosemore is a skating fan from Boston who has saved the rest of the world a whole lot of work by pulling together a one-stop-shopping emporium for online figure skating information, called SkateWeb.... To subscribe to the list, which is hosted on a computer at the University of Delaware, E-mail Majordomo@udel.edu with the text 'subscribe skatefans-l' in the body of your message."

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 8. Garden Gate swings open to one and all. "The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Service gives the following recipe for painting landscape evergreens temporarily with an 'ugly mix.' This will make the trees unattractive to folks looking to poach a free Christmas tree from someone else's property."

Education Week, Nov. 10. "Blessed by its small size, Delaware has taken an active role in upgrading school technology, wiring schools and promoting business involvement. State officials are in the process of building an 'education data network' that will provide all of Delaware's 7,000 classrooms access to various types of technology.... About 20 percent of the teachers in buildings that have received wiring have completed training to use the technology and better understand the Internet, according to state estimates, and the University of Delaware has offered free classes to train teachers on using technology to improve instruction."

Delmarva Farmer, Nov. 11. Nutrient management group accelerates efforts. "The link between nutrient management and water quality protection is not new, but in light of recent pfiesteria outbreaks and other problems of water degradation, it is receiving increased attention. In an effort to meet the challenge at every level, Dr. John C. Nye, dean of the University of Delaware's College of Agricultural Sciences, has formed a Nutrient Management and Water Quality Task Force. The five member group was established in September, and is being chaired by Dr. Tom Sim, soil scientist in the University's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences."

Philadelphia Tribune, Nov. 11. WHYY documentary details history of African-Americans in Delaware from 1693-1865. "Freedom's Edge: African-Americans in Delaware, 1693-1865, will be broadcast as five-minute segments through Friday, Nov. 14. Freedom's Edge' is the first thorough television treatment of African-American history in Delaware. It is a documentary that follows the African-American story from the arrival of an enslaved African in 1639 to the legacies of thousands of freed Blacks who settled in Delaware during the Civil War years.... The film puts the talents of many local people to work. Among those hired for the production, we find inspiring vocals from Valerie Petty Boyer of Wilmington, historical interpretations from Thomas Coglan of Arden and actors from the Ebony Moments Theater Troupe, under the direction of Don Blakey of Dover. Also included are the contributions of many Delaware writers and scholars, including the University of Delaware's Dr. James Newton, Dr. William Willams and Dr. Carole Marks."

Washington Post, Nov. 12. Dry Cleaning: 'PERC' + Water Does the Trick. "The stories range from a lovers' quarrel to a Frenchman spilling kerosene on his jacket, but the result in all versions is the same: A petroleum-based fluid is spilled on a greasy fabric and-presto-it's clean. That was the beginning of 'dry' cleaning.... If it's a greasy stain, water won't help, but PERC will. It dissolves grease. The action, says Klaus Theopold, an inorganic chemist at the University of Delaware, is similar to what happens to a sugar cube in water. The attractions between sugar molecules are not as strong as those between molecules of sugar and of water. So the water effectively removes sugar from the cube, dissolving it. Similarly, PERC pulls greasy stain out of fabric."

Elyria, Ohio, Chronicle-Telegram, Nov. 13. Geraniums can be saved over winter. "Q. Our daughter works in an area hospital and she likes plants. She wants to know if there is proof of therapeutic benefit from hospital gardens. Indeed, there is plenty of proof. Architects are designing gardens for health and healing. There are all kinds of research findings: At the University of California, 95 percent of people interviewed (patients, staff and visitors) at 24 hospitals, reported therapeutic benefit from their spending time in hospital gardens. At the University of Delaware, it was found there is a direct correlation between stress reduction and visits to public gardens. Violent incidents at a Vancouver residence decreased 19 percent over a two year period after a special garden was installed."

-Compiled by Barbara Garrison