Vol. 17, No. 26April 2, 1998

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

Positive Futures, January-March 1998. Storm Warnings: There are signs that global weather patterns have already begun to shift ... Killer heat waves "More than 700 people were killed in 1995 as severe heat waves racked Chicago. The University of Delaware's Center for Climatic Research predicts that deaths in U.S. cities from extreme hot weather will climb over the next 25 years."

Federal Geographic Data Committee Newsletter, Winter 1997. Clearing house at UD. "A recently completed 1996 Cooperative Agreements Program project involved building a national geospatial data clearinghouse node at the University of Delaware to serve the university's needs, as well as those of a variety of other organizations. The node, developed by Research Data Management Services and the Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research, is up and running at http://www.rdms.udel.edu/fgdc/gateway/. The node is a rallying point for Delaware framework activities. According to Dick Sacher, one of the project's principals, 'The single most important result of having a working node-with a customized web front end and real Delaware framework data- is that we have a high impact tool for our demonstrations and discussions about the relevance to Delaware of clearinghouse and framework concepts.' Sacher is manager of research data management services in information technologies at the University of Delaware"

Choice, January. A book review. Everyday architecture of the Mid-Atlantic: Looking at buildings and landscapes, by Gabrielle M. Lanier and Bernard L. Herman. "'Reading the building' is increasingly becoming a buzz phrase in architectural fields. Lanier and Herman (University of Delaware) have developed their book as a regional field guide that interprets its title as the study of a structure stratigraphically and within a spatial context to create patterns of social interaction over time. The authors' goals are to give readers the tools to interpret and appreciate the landscape."

News Journal, Jan. 2. From a letter to the editor by Floyd E. McDowell. Let's house homeless and feed the hungry. "Our governor and both political parties in the Legislature are discussing how much of a tax break we should get from our state's surplus funds. I believe I speak for the vast majority of Delawareans when I urge our elected representatives to give priority to using part of the funds to house our state's homeless and feed our hungry. ... A study completed in 1995 by the Center for Community Development (in the University of Delaware's College of Urban Affairs and Public Policy) showed that 29 percent of all homeless in Delaware are children. During the 1985-95 period the number of homeless children in Delaware increased 189 percent."

News Journal, Jan. 3. UD's "student diplomat." "University of Delaware student Douglas Mauro de Lorenzo looked down the narrow dirt road leading to the Liberian border. A crater marked the spot where a land mine had blown up a truck full of white paint. Nearby forest leaves had a ghostly pallor. De Lorenzo was traveling in Liberia with the Refugee Policy Group just days after the fatal explosion, heading for villages no one had visited in years to give returning refugees a voice in their government. He had chosen a dangerous road, far from the safety of the UD campus. But to de Lorenzo, working with refugees in war-torn countries is a natural extension of what he is learning in the classroom. One of his professors calls him 'the student diplomat.' His intellect, abilities and international experience led him to become the ninth Rhodes scholar in UD's history and one of only 32 chosen from a group of 990 applicants from 314 U.S. institutions this year."

Tarentum, Pa., Valley News Dispatch, Jan. 4/Palm Springs, Calif., Desert Sun, Jan. 7. Get rid of those mysteries in the back of the 'fridge.' ..."Why is it that our refrigerators sometimes turn into museums of food monstrosities? Sue Snider, a food and nutrition specialist in the University of Delaware's College of Agricultural Sciences Cooperative Extension, says it could be the way the appliance is structured. 'I don't think they're designed the best. Things get shoved in the back. But, Snider says that people need to consider how-and if-they will use leftover food before saving it. 'You get these good intentions,' she says. 'Then you get in the back of the refrigerator and find something that is green and red and all sorts of unusual colors.' ... The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension recommends storing foods in foil, plastic bags and airtight containers."

News Journal, Jan. 4. Gunman gave off signals. "Gregory Delp's family knew something was wrong. He had quit a well-paying job. He was becoming a loner. He showed signs of depression. But mental health experts and criminologists say family and friends could never have predicted the 32-year-old Newark man would kill his father-in-law last week, barricade himself in his mother's home, and, finally, take his own life in Delaware's third armed standoff with police in 1997. ...Experts say there is no certain 'type' of person who resorts to violence. 'The reason this kind of event can come about are enormously varied,' said Carl B. Klockars, a criminal justice professor at the University of Delaware. 'There are people whose lives collapse around them who take this type of stance, people involved in domestic disputes, [and] people who have mental illness who search for publicity.'"

-Compiled by Barbara Garrison