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                                                                                                   5 A Letter from the
                                                                                                     President
                                                     Researchers at UD’s Carvel Research
                                                     and Education Center in Georgetown            7 UD enhances
                                                     evaluate irrigation systems for their           Commitment to
                                                     ability to keep fields adequately watered       Delawareans
                                                     for growth, without becoming a strain
                                                     on local water supplies or causing ex-        8 Lewes campus tours
                                                     cessive runoff. Photo by Danielle Quigley
                                                                                                  11 Associate in Arts degree




In this issue:
                                                                                                     close to home

                                                                                                 12 UD offers advanced
                                                                                                    degree programs

                                                                                                 21 Cooperative Extension
                                                                                                    serves Southern Delaware
18 tide camp a unique opportunity            42 delaware babies driving robots
   UD’s College of Marine and Earth             Delaware’s unique variety of terrain             22 University Library offers
                                                                                                    electronic resources
   Studies offers high school students          offers an ideal testing ground for mobile
   an up-close look at the scientific           robots developed by UD scientists to             45 Distance learning
   processes of Delaware Bay at this            provide infants with special needs                  degree offered
   unique summer camp.                          opportunities to explore the world.              55 MALS offers learning
38 putting delmarva’s chickens               46 blue hen gridders stay connected                    community in Georgetown
   on a diet                                    Former Cape Henlopen High foot-                  56 IPA works with municipal
   Prof. William Saylor of UD’s College         ball players Trip DelCampo and Mark                 governments
   of Agriculture and Natural Resources         Moore were teammates on UD’s 2003
                                                                                                 63 Lifelong learning goal
   has developed a special diet for             national championship team.                         of academy
   chickens that has a positive impact
                                             68 ud plans reunion weekend                         67 Alumni Club has
   on the environment.
                                                UD is developing a variety of special               enthusiastic leader
                                                events for Reunion Weekend, which will
                                                be held June 5-7 on the Newark campus.


f e at u r e s t o r i e s
 9 Research vessel a regional asset          51 Lewes undertakes FutureScan project
13 Coast Day popular annual event            53 Indian River bridge a critical link
23 Coastal storms pose threat                59 UD center assists teachers
25 4-H offers place to grow                  61 Coastal engineer a shoreline sentinel
27 Scientist builds better lima bean         65 Citizens monitor state’s waterways, bays
29 Blue Hen Ambassadors tout UD              71 Master Gardeners plant seeds of joy
31 Defining heart, soul of Sussex            73 Broiler industry looks to solar power
33 Horseshoe crabs regional treasure         75 UD perfect fit for high-achieving students
                                                                                                 on the cover
35 College reaches out to DelDOT engineers   77 Oyster gardens bloom
                                                                                                 A gull greets dawn on the Atlantic
49 Chandler discusses quality of life        80 UD offers variety of resources                   shore. Photo by Matthew Amey


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          a p u b l i c at i o n o f t h e                                                         ♦ ♦ ♦ The University of Delaware has
         university of delaware                                                                    a strong presence in Southern Dela-
                      www.udel.edu                                                                 ware and a long tradition of service to
                           editors                                                                 its citizens.
                                                                                                      The University’s campus in Lewes
     Managing Editor                Neil Thomas
                                                                                                   houses the classrooms, research space
                   Editors          John Brennan
                                    Ann Manser                        and offices of the College of Marine and Earth Studies, as well as
     Vice President of                                                the Virden Conference Center and facilities for the Hugh R. Sharp,
     Communications                                                   UD’s 146-foot, state-of-the-art coastal research vessel. UD’s Paradee
          & Marketing               David Brond                       Center in Dover is an educational programming hub for Kent
                                                                      County’s business, government, civic and corporate institutions.
         art, design and production
                                                                         The Carvel Research and Education Center, next to the Lash-
            Art Director            Christina Jones
                                                                      er Laboratory in Georgetown, is an important facility for the
     Project Manager                Liz Ihrig                         University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and
 Staff Photographer                 Kathy Atkinson                    provides office space for Sussex County Cooperative Extension,
                                                                      Master Gardeners and 4–H. Moreover, the University operates
                       advertising
                                                                      academic centers on the Dover and Georgetown campuses of
Advertising Manager                 Eric Nelson                       Delaware Technical and Community College, where students
    Advertising Sales               Nick Biasotto                     can work toward an Associate in Arts degree before enrolling at
            Advertising                                               UD’s Newark campus.
            Coordinator             Kathy Wheatley
                                                                         Of course, UD’s reach into Southern Delaware extends beyond
                                                                      its physical presence there. The University’s research programs
             southern delaware
           magazine advisory board                                    address many issues of particular importance in Kent and Sus-
                                                                      sex counties, such as wind power and other alternative energy
                       Robin Morgan
             Dean, College of Agriculture                             sources, the health of the environment along the region’s trea-
               and Natural Resources                                  sured wetlands and inland bays, community development and the
                                                                      needs of the agricultural community.
                          Dan Rich
                            Provost                                      The University’s relationship with Southern Delaware will
                                                                      grow even stronger in the years ahead. UD’s new strategic plan,
                       Nancy Targett
                                                                      the Path to Prominence™, features as it first guiding principle
  Dean, College of Marine and Earth Studies
                                                                      “Delaware First,” an assurance that every Delawarean will have
                  Sherman Townsend                                    access to a top-quality education, and that the strengths and re-
                  UD Board of Trustees
                                                                      sources of the University will be applied to benefit the greater
                       Jackie Wilson                                  Delaware community. Underscoring UD’s commitment to the
    Assistant Professor, School of Education                          entire state is the inclusion of a key milestone: “To increase the
                                                                      University’s presence and engagement in Southern Delaware.”
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
EMPLOYER—The University of Delaware is committed to                      Clearly, this magazine—highlighting the programs and projects
assuring equal opportunity to all persons and does not discrim-
inate on the basis of race, creed, color, gender, genetic informa-
                                                                      uniting the University and the region—is a step in that direction.
tion, age, religion, national origin, veteran or disability status,   Enjoy this inaugural issue of Southern Delaware, and join us in
or sexual orientation in its educational programs, activities,
admissions or employment practices as required by Title IX
                                                                      bringing new energy, opportunity, and recognition to the First State.
of the Educational Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of
1964, and other applicable statutes. Inquiries concerning Sec-          Sincerely,
tion 504 compliance and information regarding campus acces-
sibility should be referred to the Office of Disability Support
Services (DSS), (302) 831-4643, located at 119 Alison Hall.
Inquiries concerning Title VII and Title IX should be referred
to the Office of the Assistant Vice President for Affirmative
Action, (302) 831-8735, located at 124 Hullihen Hall.                   Patrick T. Harker
                                                                        President
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Counselors learn about enhanced
UD ‘Commitment to Delawareans’
♦ ♦ ♦ Thirty guidance counselors from Southern
Delaware high schools were briefed on the enhanced
University of Delaware Commitment to Delawar-
eans during a meeting held last fall at the William
A. Carter Partnership Center on the Owens campus
of Delaware Technical and Community College in
Georgetown.
   Originally announced in 2006, the UD Commit-
ment to Delawareans is an academic roadmap de-
signed to inform students and parents throughout
the state of the courses and level of academic perfor-
mance recommended for admission onto the Newark
campus.
   Robin Morgan, dean of the University’s College of
Agriculture and Natural Resources, told the counselors
that the UD Commitment to Delawareans has been ex-
panded to include financial assistance to all Delaware
students who qualify, as well as early notification.
   For students who will be entering the University of
Delaware in fall 2009, the Commitment was expanded
to meet the full demonstrated financial need of those
who fulfill the academic roadmap, inclusive of the          Hirsh explained that while the requirements of the UD is reaching out
cost of tuition, fees, on-campus room and board and      Commitment to Delawareans are very specific, Univer- to students across
                                                                                                                 the state through
books.                                                   sity admissions officials consider each applicant on the Commitment to
   Also, UD has introduced rolling admissions de-        a case-by-case basis, keeping in mind that there are Delawareans. Photo
cisions and early notification for all Delaware ap-      many external factors that might affect a               by Kathy Atkinson
plicants who meet the requirements outlined in the       student’s performance.
Commitment to Delawareans.                                  The Commitment to Delawareans is           For details about the UD
   Discussing the Commitment in more detail, Louis       an important part of the Delaware First       Commitment to Delawareans,
Hirsh, UD director of admissions, explained that         guiding principle in the University’s Path
                                                                                                       please see the Web site, www.
Delaware high school seniors who receive early ad-       to Prominence™ strategic plan.
mission to the University of Delaware must maintain        Delaware First provides a commitment        udel.edu/commitment. The
high academic standards.                                 that UD will be the flagship of higher        site includes information on
   Hirsh said that the new rolling admissions for        education in the state, both by ensur-        high school course selec-
Delaware residents means that notifications started      ing that every Delawarean has access to
                                                                                                       tion, financial aid and early
going out after Jan. 1, and that the letters empha-      a top-quality education and by applying
sized that the individual student’s grades must re-      the strengths and resources of the com-       notification for Delaware
main high for the rest of their school year or the       munity to benefit the greater Delaware        students.
letter will be rescinded.                                community.

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                           Learn about marine science with
                           a free tour of UD’s Lewes campus




                                                                                                                                                      A regional
   The Lewes Campus,       ♦ ♦ ♦ The University of Delaware offers
   left, where tour
                           free, guided tours of its marine research
   members examine a
   horseshoe crab from a   complex in Lewes.
   specimen tank. Photos      Tours are led by trained volunteer docents who           per-heated hydrothermal vents found more than a mile




                                                                                                                                                             asset
   by Bob Bowden, Lisa     introduce the public to the research and teaching fa-       below the sea surface. Scientists’ research on local issues,
   Tossey
                           cilities of UD’s College of Marine and Earth Stud-          such as the impacts of land development on Delaware            Important research is
                           ies, which is housed at the campus. Since they began        water quality and wildlife, is also highlighted.               conducted in coastal waters
                           leading tours in 1992, docents have hosted more than           A favorite stop on the tour is a tropical reef tank,        aboard the R/V Hugh R. Sharp
                           17,000 visitors.                                            which introduces visitors to one of the most diverse
                              Tours, which typically take under two hours to           communities on Earth. With the rapid deterioration             southern delaware is home to one of the                 ratories onboard, as well as the capability to carry two
                           complete, begin with a 15-minute video highlighting         of coral reefs worldwide, the tank provides a spring-          most advanced floating coastal research laboratories    additional portable laboratories.
                           some of the work being done at the college. Follow-         board for discussions about the causes of and solu-            in the world, the University of Delaware’s Research       While one expedition is under way, scientists on
                           ing the video presentation, the docents take visitors       tions to this global crisis.                                   Vessel Hugh R. Sharp.                                   shore can prepare the portable laboratories for the next.
                           on a walking tour of the facilities. Tour content is           June tours take place each Friday at 10 a.m. July              The $18.6 million ship was christened in 2005 at       Recent research has included a project investigat-
                           suitable for ages 12 and older.                             and August tours occur each Tuesday and Friday at              the Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Washington      ing how certain types of fish larvae come to the Del-
                              Visitors see laboratories where scientists conduct       10 a.m. Reservations are required by noon of the pre-          state, where it was built, and commissioned the fol-    aware and Chesapeake estuaries after they’ve been
                           research on a variety of topics, including the ecology      ceding day. For complete tour schedules and reserva-           lowing year when it arrived at its homeport at the      spawned far offshore. A project this spring will use
                           of coastal fish, population dynamics of blue crabs and      tions, call (302) 645-4346.                                    University’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.             the University’s autonomous underwater vehicle to
                           genetics of marine organisms. The tour includes a              In addition to summer public tours, the University             The 146-foot research vessel was designed by Bay     map hard-bottom habitats of Delaware Bay.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          UD’s R/V Hugh R.
                           visit inside the college’s greenhouse, where botanists      arranges weekday tours year-round for groups of five           Marine of Barrington, R.I., and built by Dakota           The ship has a north-south range from the Gulf            Sharp plies the waters
                           are investigating new uses for marsh plants.                or more people. Schedule by calling (302) 645-4346             Creek Industries. It can carry between 14 and 20 sci-   of Maine to Florida, and can travel as far offshore as      of the Mid-Atlantic
                              Also included are a number of exhibits showing how       at least one week in advance.                                  entists on cruises up to 18 days in duration.           Bermuda.                                                    on a wide array of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          scientific research
                           scientists study extreme marine environments such as           Located at 700 Pilottown Road in Lewes, the                    The R/V Hugh R. Sharp has a modular design to          Most of its work is being done in Mid-Atlantic            missions. Photos by
                           the frigid, ice-covered seas of the Antarctic and the su-   campus is accessible to visitors with disabilities.            enhance flexibility of use and features modern labo-    coastal waters, from Long Island, N.Y., to Cape             Jon Cox


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                                                                                                                                                   University offers Associate in Arts program
                                                                                                                                                   in Kent, Sussex
                                                                                                                                                   ♦ ♦ ♦ The University of Delaware Associate in Arts
                                                                                                                                                   Program offers students opportunities to work to
                                                                                                                                                   fulfill requirements both for the associate degree it-
                                                                                                                                                   self and also general education requirements for the
                                                                                                                                                   bachelor of arts degree.
                                                                                                                                                      For students, program benefits include small class-
                                                                                                                                                   es in a small campus environment close to home;
                                                                                                                                                   close contact with University of Delaware faculty and
   The vessel spends as     Hatteras, N.C., and in the Delaware and Chesa-              quiet as possible when under way, in keeping with          academic advisers on each campus; and clear-cut aca-
   many at 200 days at      peake bays.                                                 the high standards recommended in the Interna-             demic requirements leading to the degree.
   sea each year, one of
   the heaviest sched-         When launched, the R/V Hugh R. Sharp passed a            tional Convention for Exploration of the Seas. The            Besides offering tuition that is about one-third that
   ules for a UNOLS ship.   rigorous inspection process and was found to be in          standards are based on the hearing ability of fish and     for students admitted to the main University of Del-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A moment of celebration
                            compliance with the University-National Oceano-             were adopted so that during science operations, the        aware campus in Newark, the program offers courses                                                                   during the Southern Dela-
                            graphic Laboratory System (UNOLS) safety stan-              ship itself does not influence the behavior of the fish    in summer and winter sessions to help students stay                                                                  ware Commencement.
                            dards, thus earning designation as a UNOLS vessel.          being studied.                                             on track academically.                                                                                               Photo by Kevin Quinlan
                               UNOLS is an organization of 61 academic institu-            Bill Byam, who worked as captain of College of             Students who complete the program are guaran-
                            tions and national laboratories involved in oceano-         Marine and Earth Studies vessels for nine years be-        teed a spot on the Newark campus with junior sta-                    The University and Delaware Tech
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For information about the pro-
                            graphic research and joined for the purpose of coor-        fore becoming director of marine operations, said          tus in more than two dozen majors that lead to the                signed an agreement renewing their as-
                            dinating ships’ schedules and research facilities.          that in some modes of operation, the R/V Hugh R.           bachelor of arts degree, and can compete for slots in             sociation in 2007.                           gram, call the main administra-
                               The vessel spends as many as 200 days at sea during      Sharp is quieter than the ambient noise of the ocean.      any of the other undergraduate majors offered on the                 The agreement was signed by UD Pres-      tive office (302) 831-4555 or
                            the year, one of the heaviest schedules for a UNOLS         “The ship is very quiet,” he said, explaining that or-     University’s main campus.                                         ident Patrick Harker and Delaware Tech
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  see the Web site, www.udel.
                            vessel.                                                     ganizations like the Navy seek out the ship for the           The University of Delaware Associate in Arts Pro-              President Orlando J. George Jr.
                               That, according to Nancy Targett, dean of the Col-       acoustic work it is designed to do.                        gram was initiated in 2004, replacing the former Par-                “Delaware Tech opened its doors in        edu/associateinarts.
                            lege of Marine and Earth Studies, is thanks in large           The R/V Hugh R. Sharp replaced the Research             allel Program, which has been discontinued.                       1967 and at the same time began a part-
                            measure to the can-do attitude of the ship’s captain        Vessel Cape Henlopen, the University’s first research         The program in Southern Delaware meets at Uni-                 nership with our sister institution that     For information about the

                            and crew.                                                   vessel that had been in continuous service since 1976.     versity of Delaware Academic Centers on the Dela-                 has made a difference for thousands of       program at the UD Academic
                               Researchers from other institutions, including the          Both the new research vessel and the Lewes cam-         ware Technical and Community College campuses –                   Delawareans,” George said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Center in Dover, contact Sharon
                            Virginia Institute of Marine Science, the University        pus are named for the late Hugh Rodney Sharp, Uni-         the Charles L. Terry Campus in Dover and the Jack                    “The University is pleased to offer the
                            of Maryland, the U.S. Navy and the Massachusetts            versity of Delaware trustee and benefactor.                F. Owens Campus in Georgetown.                                    Associate in Arts Program, which offers      Tucker at (302) 857-1280 or via

                            Institute of Technology, have made use of the ship,            In the early 1970s, Sharp, the great-great-grandson        The University is responsible for academic admin-              students a great option to begin a college   e-mail at stucker@udel.edu.
                            but typically University of Delaware scientists are on-     of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, the founder of the Du-        istration of the Associate in Arts Program, including             education,” Harker said. “On behalf of all
                            board on about 30 percent of its trips.                     Pont Co., helped raise money to purchase the Cape          admission of students, academic advisement and as-                my colleagues at UD, our thanks to Dr.       For information about the
                               The R/V Hugh R. Sharp is among the most ad-              Henlopen by organizing a group of private philan-          sociate degree conferral.                                         George and all of our friends at Delaware    program at the UD Academic
                            vanced coastal research vessels in the United States.       thropists known as “plank owners.”                            Delaware Tech provides classrooms, offices and oth-            Tech for making this possible. We look
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Center in Georgetown, contact
                               The diesel-electric vessel’s design allows for testing      Sharp was the founding president of Marine Asso-        er facilities, as well as ancillary services such as libraries,   forward to another four decades – and
                            and fitting to incorporate new fuel-cell technologies       ciates, a group of individuals whose mission is the sup-   bookstores and textbook orders, parking and security.             more – of cooperation between the Uni-       J. Richard Bacon at (302)
                            as they develop.                                            port and advocacy of marine research and education.        The two institutions work together on classroom sched-            versity of Delaware and Delaware Tech.”      856-8654 or via e-mail at
                               Noise Control Engineering of Billerica, Mass.,           He also helped to establish several laboratories and an    uling, setting the annual academic calendar, developing              Today, nearly 700 students are enrolled
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  jrbacon@udel.edu.
                            produced a design to ensure that the ship will be as        endowed professorship in marine biochemistry.              an annual budget and tracking student success.                    in the UD Associate in Arts Program.

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                              University offers advanced
                              degree education programs
                                  ♦ ♦ ♦ The University of Delaware offers an array of
                                  advanced degree and specialized education training
                                  programs to teachers and administrators in Southern
                                  Delaware.
                                     One of the most popular programs is the master
                                  of instruction, which both attracts the most students
                                  and meets important educational needs.
                                     “We are pleased to offer some of our signature pro-
                                  grams to educators in Southern Delaware,” Nancy
                                  Brickhouse, director of the School of Education, says.
                                  “Our master of instruction degree is designed for a




                                                                                                                                                      Coast Day
                                  wide range of teachers who are focused on improving
                                  the learning of their students.”
                                     Brickhouse says the program “is distinctive in that
                                  the culminating portfolio requirement for the pro-
                                  gram is aligned with the standards for the National
                                  Board of Professional Teaching Standards.”                                                                          UD’s College of Marine and Earth Studies and
                                                 The master of education in school                                                                    Delaware Sea Grant host a fun-filled event with
        For information on University         leadership degree is a newly revised pro-                                                               a focus on our coastal environment by elizabeth boyle
        of Delaware degree programs,
                                              gram that UD officials say they believe
                                              will become a national model for the                                                                    draped in a wizard’s gown with shiny gold                     With more than 10,000 visitors and a
        contact Jackie Wilson, assistant
                                              preparation of school leaders. It is offered                                                            stars and bright pink piping, George Luther stands in      sunny, mild day, Coast Day 2008 gave many
        professor in the School of Edu-       throughout the state via instructional                                                                  front of a packed audience, wielding a banana. “This       visitors an opportunity to do just that.
        cation with an office in George-      television (ITV).                                                                                       is a hammer,” he says with confidence.                        The magic show, presented by Luther, the
                                                 “This program was designed in col-          instruction program.                                        His statement elicits a hearty response from the many   University of Delaware’s Maxwell P. and Mildred            So much to see
        town, at 855-1621 or via e-mail                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and do at Coast
                                              laboration with school leaders through-           “With a growing number of students whose first        children in the room. “No! It’s a banana!” they yell.      H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies, was an
        at jowilson@udel.edu.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Day! clockwise from
                                              out Delaware to ensure that the program        language is not English, we recognize the needs for         Luther dips the fruit into boiling liquid nitrogen,     event that taught audience members about chemistry         left: Children learn
                                              provides the kind of expertise relevant to     teachers throughout Delaware to have expertise in        hammers two nails firmly into a piece of wood with         and oceanography.                                          about aquatic life
                                              the issues faced by today’s school leaders,”   working with English language learners,” Brickhouse      it, and one little voice in the crowd can’t help but          Several other popular events reflected the 2008         at the ever-popular
        For information on the Alterna-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     touch tanks. Young
                                              Brickhouse says.                               says. “For this reason, we have begun to offer courses   shout, “Wow, that’s cool!”                                 theme, “Coastal Challenges — Coastal Solutions.”           Coast Day visitors
        tive Routes to Certification
                                                 Given the growth in the number of           to help in this critically important area.”                 All across Coast Day 2008, which was held Sun-          Those events included an exhibit that showed visi-         participate in an
        program, contact Linda Hughes,        Spanish-speaking students in Southern             Also, in collaboration with the Delaware Depart-      day, Oct. 5, in Lewes, visitors found reasons to smile,    tors how to start their own home composting system         oyster tonging activ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ity. Tim Scalon, from
        coordinator of the Delaware           Delaware, the University offers a Pro-         ment of Education, the University is offering the        learn more and, sometimes, simply marvel out loud.         and another that demonstrated the University’s zero-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            New Cumberland,
                                              gram in Teaching English as a Second           Delaware Alternative Routes to Certification pro-           A 32-year tradition, Coast Day lets visitors learn      pollution car.                                             Pa., takes part in the
        Center for Teacher Education
                                              Language. A graduate course of study is        gram – designed for professionals interested in be-      more about the state’s ocean and coastal resources as         At the event’s kick-off ceremony, UD President          Crab Cake Cook-Off
        on the Newark campus, at              offered during the summer in Dover.            coming teachers – on the Newark campus and also          well as the work of University of Delaware College         Patrick Harker praised event organizers CMES and           event. Photos by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kathy Atkinson
        (302) 831-4598 or via e-mail at          Additionally, teachers can complete a       at the William A. Carter Partnership Center on the       of Marine and Earth Studies (CMES) researchers,            Delaware Sea Grant for their work on environmental
        hughesla@udel.edu.                    specialization in Teaching English as a        campus of Delaware Technical and Community Col-          the Delaware Sea Grant College Program and their           issues. Explaining that the coast is an area where there
                                              Second Language as part of the master of       lege in Georgetown.                                      many partners.                                             is tremendous pressure, he said we have to find ways to

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    left to right:George       balance our needs with the health of natural resources.         Winners of the Coast Day Fifth-Grade Essay
    Luther the Magician          “That’s what this day is really about, and I invite         Contest also got some time in the spotlight at the
    takes time to meet a
    young Coast Day visi-      you to explore ways to do that in your own lives,”            ceremony. The 2008 topic, “Delaware’s Wetlands:
    tor. More than 10,000      he said.                                                      How Would I Like to Keep Them Wonderful?” drew
    people attended the          Harker also pointed to the fact that Coast Day              several hundred entries from throughout the state.       carl’s crab cakes take top prize in coast day contest
    highly anticipated
    Coast Day in 2008.
                               2008 organizers took measures to reduce the event’s           First-place winner Sydney Ostroski of Shields El-
    Children can take part     environmental impact. Plates, cups, napkins and               ementary School wrote about Bessy the Blue Heron,        ♦ ♦ ♦ Carl Zampini can lay claim to making the best               2008 Coast Day
    in many hands-on           utensils for the annual seafood cooking events were           who lives in a non-tidal wetland and struggles with      crab cakes on the Delaware coast.
    activities, including                                                                                                                                                                                               Crab Cake Cook-Off
                               converted to compost for use on campus landscap-              the large amount of algae growing there.                    Zampini, a chef on the University of Delaware
    making oyster reef
    baskets.                   ing. Other steps taken included the sale of envi-               Later in the day, the seafood competitions drew        campus in Newark, won the 2008 Coast Day Crab
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       first place
                               ronmentally friendly reusable bags, the addition of           crowds of hungry visitors, and a host of other events    Cake Cook-Off.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Carl’s Crab Cakes with a Me
                               extra bike racks for guests who chose to pedal to             helped visitors make connections with the ocean             Zampini squared off against seven other finalists in                                      yer Lemon Rémoulade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Carl Zampini
                                                                                                                                                      the event, held in October at the University of Dela-
                               Harker also pointed to the fact that Coast Day 2008 organizers took                                                    ware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. He won for                  2 pounds jumbo lump crabm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   eat           Meyer Lemon Rémoulade
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2 cups mayonnaise                                                  :
                               measures to reduce the event’s environmental impact.                                                                   “Carl’s Crab Cakes with a Meyer Lemon Rémoulade,”                                                          1 cup mayonnaise
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2 eggs
                                                                                                                                                      a recipe that begins with a traditional crab cake but has        4 tablespoons Old Bay                     2 teaspoons capers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2 teaspoons chopped gherkin
                                    the event instead of driving and the printing of the     and coast. Attendees could choose from a variety of      a special sauce to add an interesting culinary twist.            1½ tablespoons Worcestersh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ire sauce                                  s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3 drops of hot sauce                      1 teaspoon chopped parsley
                                    event program and other promotional materials us-        seminars on seafood preparation as well as lectures         “The lemon was more of a trendy way to make the                                                        ½ teaspoon anchovies
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Juice of 1½ lemons
                                    ing trees from forests managed in an environmen-         that provided information on topics such as coastal      traditional more gourmet,” he said.                             3 teaspoons fresh chopped                 Juice of 2 Meyer lemons
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                parsley
                                    tally friendly manner.                                   storms and ocean research with autonomous under-            Zampini received a $200 cash prize and a new grid-           2 cups fresh bread crumbs
                                      Also at the ceremony, Nancy Targett, dean of           water vehicles.                                          dle for his win. His recipe stood out because the taste
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Preparation Instructions:
                                    CMES and Delaware Sea Grant director, recognized            Some of the many activities for children included a   of the crab came through and the other flavors worked           Mix mayonnaise, eggs, Old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Bay, Worcestershire, hot sau
                                    Ruth Ann Minner, then governor of Delaware, for          treasure hunt that allowed them to search for answers    well together, said judge Lisa Weddig of the National          parsley. Add mix to crabmeat                               ce, lemon juice and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   , mix lightly. Add bread cru
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     into the size of cake you wa                               mbs and mix. Scoop
                                    her longtime support of Coast Day.                       to questions about the environment and Coast Day         Fisheries Institute.                                                                        nt. Sauté until brown on bot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     for 8 minutes.                                            h sides. Bake in oven
                                      Targett also congratulated the 2008 Governor’s Ma-     exhibits. Children especially enjoyed taking part in        Judging the friendly competition along with Wed-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Meyer lemon rémoulade: Mix
                                                rine and Aquatic Science Teacher of the      the crab races, where they competed against marine       dig were Scott Douglass, senior vice president and                                           together and chill.
         Coast Day 2009 will take place 11      Year, Cape Henlopen High School teacher      scientists to see who had the best bait.                 treasurer at the University of Delaware, and Darla Koff
         a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. For     William Geppert. Geppert was the seventh        Over at the ever-popular touch tanks, people felt     of Frederica, last year’s winner.
                                                recipient of the annual award, established   and learned about dogfish sharks, horseshoe crabs           It was fun to be a judge, Weddig said, but it wasn’t     mustard sauce that used sour cream, honey, Dijon
         more information about this year’s
                                                by Delaware Sea Grant and the Office of      and other marine creatures. Under one large white        an easy job. “It was a very hard decision. It was a close   mustard and lemon juice.
         event, visit the Web site www.
                                                the Governor to recognize an outstand-       tent, kids stopped to make a painting or cut and color   race. I think the top three differed by only one point.”       Winning third place and $100 was Raymond Wil-
         decoastday.org or call (302)           ing Delaware teacher who demonstrates a      their own animal-shaped hats.                               Second place and a $150 prize went to Spencer            liams of Bear, Del., with his “Delaware Crab Cakes
         831-8083.                              strong commitment to educating students         “Coast Day is such a fun way for [the kids] to        Hunt of Monkton, Md., for his “Crustacean Sensa-            with Corn Relish.” Williams’ cakes included chopped
                                                about marine and aquatic resources.          learn,” Lynnette Klopp of Lewes said.                    tion Crab Cakes.” His recipe featured a lemon-honey         green and red peppers and a chili mixture containing

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                                                                  2008 Coast Day
    mayonnaise, spicy mustard and chili sauce. In addi-           Crab Cake Cook-Off
    tion to corn, the relish included garlic, grape toma-
    toes, red onions and Old Bay seasoning.                       second place
       Other finalists in the competition included Bonnie         Crustacean Sensation Crab Cakes
    Robinson of Seaford, Shawn West of Milford, Steve             Spencer Hunt
    Ruiz of Wilmington, David Brown of North East, Md.,
                                                                  2 pounds jumbo lump crabmeat              1½ teaspoons seasoned salt
    and Jill Culbert of New York.                                 2 medium shallots, chopped fine           1 cup Panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
       The finalists set up their favorite appliances under       4 garlic cloves, chopped fine             Olive oil
    a tent to prepare their recipes in front of the judges        1/3 cup mayonnaise
                                                                  3 teaspoons Dijon mustard                 Lemon-Honey Mustard Sauce:
    and interested onlookers looking to help taste-test           3 teaspoons soy sauce                     ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
    any leftovers.                                                2 large egg whites                        ¼ cup honey
       “We had a lot of really interesting finalists this year,   1
                                                                   /3 cup fresh basil, chopped              ¼ cup Dijon mustard
                                                                  1½ teaspoons lemon pepper                 ¼ cup sour cream
    such as ‘East Meets West with Dikon Radish and Cu-
                                                                  ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper             Lemon and raspberries (for garnish)
    cumber Salad,’” said Doris Hicks, seafood specialist
    with Delaware Sea Grant and organizer of the Coast            Preparation Instructions:
    Day seafood competitions. “Another was a hickory              Sauté shallots and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until soft. In a mixing bowl,
                                                                  add mayonnaise, Dijon, soy sauce, egg whites, basil, shallot/garlic mixture, lemon
    smoked lump crab cake. We’ve been doing this for 19           pepper, red pepper, and seasoned salt and whisk together thoroughly. Next, add
    years, and you never know what’s going to win.”               the crab meat and gently fold together.
       Each finalist received a copy of the commemorative
    Coast Day Crab Cake Cookbook, which contains all the          Refrigerate the covered mixture for at least one hour. Form the mixture into 12
                                                                  cakes, and roll each cake in the Panko until coated, and refrigerate again for at
    finalists’ recipes from the first 17 years of the contest.    least 30 minutes.
    Copies are available by calling (302) 831-8083. The
    cookbook costs $6.                                            Pour olive oil into pan, and bring to medium heat. Cook the cakes for 3 minutes on
                                                                  each side until golden brown.

                                                                  Combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Sprinkle sauce
    ron brobst’s new england                                      over crab cakes or serve on the side. Garnish with lemon and raspberries.
    clam chowder wins
    ♦ ♦ ♦ Crab cakes are not the only savory treats for           2008 Chowder
    which honors are awarded during Coast Day. The an-
                                                                  Challenge
    nual event also features a Chowder Challenge, a com-
    petition that lets visitors do the judging.
                                                                  first place
       There was no shortage of taste testers during the
                                                                  New England Clam Chowder
    2008 Chowder Challenge, when nearly 1,000 visitors
                                                                  Chef Ron Brobst, Delmarva Chefs and Cooks Association
    eagerly queued up to sample and vote. In the end, the
    Delmarva Chefs and Cooks Association took first               6 ounces butter                              Add liquid ingredients to sautéed veg-
                                                                  1 tablespoon shallots, minced                etables and flour to make chowder.
    prize over the First State Chefs Association, its chow-
                                                                  1 tablespoon garlic, minced
    der standing out for its creamy texture and rich taste.       8 ounces yellow onion, minced                14 ounces Russet potatoes,
       Before Coast Day, each organization holds an in-           4 ounces celery, minced                      ¼” small dice
    ternal competition to see which recipe to enter. Both         4 ounces bacon, minced                       Cook potatoes until tender and add to
                                                                  14 ounces can chopped clams                  chowder.
    used clams donated by Seawatch International of               Melt butter and sauté above ingredi-
    Milford for the event.                                        ents until tender.                           Season* with the following:
       For the winning group, Ron Brobst’s New England                                                         ½ teaspoon Tabasco sauce
                                                                  8 ounces all purpose flour                   ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    clam chowder was the winner.
                                                                  Add flour and incorporate.                   Zest of 1 lemon
       His recipe begins with the sautéing of shallots, gar-                                                   Heat chowder thoroughly.
    lic, onion, bacon, celery and clams. Next it calls for        2 quarts milk                                *Herbs and seasonings optional.
    adding flour, milk, cream, clam stock and Chablis             1 quart heavy cream, scalded
                                                                  6 cups clam stock                            Yield 1 gallon
    wine. Seasonings include Tabasco sauce, Worcester-
                                                                  1 cup Chablis wine, reduced by ½
    shire sauce and lemon zest.

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     A rare
                                                                                                                                             he’s always had an interest in oceans, oceanography      mini versions of machines used by scientists to study        left, 2008 TIDE partici-
                                                                                                                                             and estuaries. The camp only strengthened that, he       life on the ocean floor. The students received all the       pants. right, students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   help prepare a launch
                                                                                                                                             said.                                                    materials they needed — PVC tubing, propellers and           of the University’s au-
                                                                                                                                                “The instructors gave us deeper insights on issues    motors from bilge pumps — and were asked to do               tonomous underwater




               opportunity
                                                                                                                                             like the physical and biological aspects of marine bi-   everything from constructing the vehicles to wiring          vehicle. Photos by Lisa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tossey.
                                                                                                                                             ology,” he said. “I learned how delicate the different   the motors. Once the machines were fitted with an
                                                                                                                                             marine ecosystems are.”                                  underwater video camera to help with navigation, the
                                                                                                                                                For the students, TIDE was a rare opportunity to      teams then faced off to see whose worked the best at
                                                                                                                                             get personal with the inhabitants of the world be-       doing things like retrieving objects from the bottom
                                                                                                                                             neath the waves. It also was a chance to see how sci-    of a pool.
                                                 ‘Lucky’ high schoolers experience life of
                                                                                                                                             entists study the ocean and coast.                          “Ours had trouble seeing in the water, but it moved
                                                 marine scientists in Lewes by elizabeth boyle                                                  “We wanted to make sure we touched on all the dif-    really well,” said Claire Hoelmer, of Newark. “It won
                                                                                                                                             ferent aspects of marine science,” said Frank Newton,    the mobility test.”
                      cole flynn never hoped to become a marine                   week at UD’s Newark Campus and one at its Hugh             assistant dean and one of the camp’s organizers. “So        Looking on as the students competed in the re-
                      scientist. But after a day spent mining the coastline       R. Sharp Campus in Lewes — campers got to do               the students learned about everything from mapping       search vehicle challenge was Trevor Metz, a TIDE
                      for Delaware’s most interesting marine creatures, the       things like build their own underwater research ve-        to oceanography to air-sea interaction to the ocean’s    camp adviser and seventh-grade science teacher at
                      high schooler said he hopes his future career involves      hicles, interact with faculty members, visit state-of-     connection to climate and climate change.”               Fred Fifer Middle School in Camden. Metz, a UD
                      the ocean.                                                  the-art research labs, tour marshes and study wildlife        In a seminar given by Willett Kempton, assistant      alumnus, applauded the camp for challenging stu-
                         “We got to see lots of animals, catch them and           at the beach. The camp was a great success and is now      professor of marine policy, they learned about Dela-     dents intellectually and giving them unique hands-
                      study them,” he said. “I definitely didn’t expect to find   heading into its second year.                              ware’s extensive offshore wind resources and each        on experiences.
                      a full-blown live horseshoe crab.”                             Seining, the activity that turned up Flynn’s horse-     took a ride in the electric car Kempton and his UD          “To have that type of technology, to have access to
                         Flynn, a senior at Brandywine High School in             shoe crab, had students dragging nets across the ocean     colleagues developed. A tour of the Air-Sea Inter-       all the research facilities a university has to offer, and
                      Wilmington, was one of 10 students who partici-             bottom to see what kind of critters they could find.       action Lab showed the students the importance of         to have the opportunity to experience marine science
                      pated in the first-ever College of Marine and Earth         As they got the hang of it, their nets came up heavy       understanding the physics behind the movement of         like they did,” he said. “Absolutely, they are lucky.”
above, TIDE camper    Studies TIDE Camp in July 2008. TIDE, or Taking             with horseshoe crabs, jellyfish, seahorses and all kinds   wind over water and waves.                                  In their applications, which are due in April for
Adam Barnett holds a an Interest in Delaware’s Estuary, is intended to give       of fish — silversides, lookdowns and pipefish.                Another popular event not only showcased UD           the July camp, potential TIDE students must show
ghost crab during one high schoolers an up-close look at the scientific pro-         One of the students eagerly studying the nets’ con-     scientists’ work but also tested the students’ team-     they have an interest in marine science and have solid
of the group’s beach
visits. Photo         cesses of Delaware Bay.                                     tents was Andrew Tobias, of Lebanon, Pa. Tobias,           work skills. The “build your own underwater research     math and science skills. Learn more at the Web page,
by Andrew Tobias.        And that’s just what it did. For two weeks — one         who named seining as his favorite camp activity, said      vehicle” competition let groups of campers create        www.ocean.udel.edu/TIDE.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              points of interest




      Come back to campus for a
     Dela•bration like no other!                                                                                          A guide to Cooperative Extension
                                                                                                                          in Delaware                                                                                                University of Delaware
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cooperative Extension
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Administrative Office
                                                                                                                          ♦ ♦ ♦ University of Dela-                                                                                  Janice Seitz, associate dean
                                                                                                                          ware Cooperative Extension                                                                                 and director of Cooperative
                                                                                                                          connects the public with                                                                                   Extension and Outreach
                                                                                                                          University knowledge, re-                                                                                  531 South College Avenue
                                                                                                                          search and resources to ad-                                                                                Townsend Hall
                                                                                                                          dress youth, family, commu-                                                                                Newark, DE 19716-2103
                                                                                                                          nity and agricultural needs.                                                                               Phone: (302) 831-2504
                                                                                                                             Established to help farmers                                                                             Fax: (302) 831-6758
                                                                                                                          and farm families when our                                                                                 Web: http://ag.udel.edu/




forum reunion
                                                                                                                          society was agrarian-based,                                                                                extension
                                                                                                                          Cooperative Extension is
                                                                                                                          there to serve Delaware’s agricultural community.   Cooperative Extension offers programs for people of    Kent County
                                                                                                                          Extension educators and specialists are commit-     all ages. Photo by Kathy Atkinson                      Cooperative Extension


                                              Weekend 2009                                                                ted to helping farmers improve efficiency while
                                                                                                                          being responsible stewards of the land.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Family and Consumer Sciences programs
                                                                                                                                                                              take place in county Extension offices, in work-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     University of Delaware Paradee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     69 Transportation Circle
                                                                                                                             Farmers, food processors, agri-business, seed    places, schools, community centers and other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dover, DE 19901




                                       ❪                                                                    ❫
                                                                                                                          and biotechnology companies, food distribu-         settings. FCS educators often work in collab-
                                                     DoN’t miss fRiDay Night’s                                                                                                                                                       Phone: (302) 730-4000
Mark your calendar!                                 PARTy on THe GReen
                                                                                                                          tors, power companies, feed suppliers, garden       orative partnerships to strengthen community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fax: (302) 735-8130




JUNE
                                                                                                                          centers, nurseries and sod producers all utilize    programs, based on best practices for children,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Web: http://ag.udel.edu/
                                                with Love Seed Mama Jump                                                  Extension programs.
                                                                                                                             Home and landscape horticulture is one of
                                                                                                                                                                              youth and their families.
                                                                                                                                                                                 4-H is a community of young people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     extension/kent
                                                    UD’s version of Mug Night kicks off a                                 the fastest growing areas of Cooperative Ex-        throughout Delaware who are learning lead-             Sussex County
                                                    weekend packed with festive activities.                               tension in Delaware. Extension agents in this       ership, citizenship and life skills. More than         Cooperative Extension




       5-7
                                                   Free commemorative mug for all adults!                                 program assist homeowners, landscape industry       70,000 Delaware youth take part in 4-H clubs,          Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel
                                                                                                                          professionals and others to maintain healthy        after-school programs, camps and other activi-         Research and Education Center
                                                   Other scheduled activities include*:                                   lawns, gardens and landscapes that are sustain-     ties. That’s 47 percent of all eligible youth in the   16483 County Seat Highway
                                                                                                                          able, incorporating native plants, rain gardens     state – more than twice the percentage of any          Georgetown, DE 19947-9575
                                        Saturday night All Alumni Dance Party with the Fabulous Greaseband
                                                                                                                          and composting areas.                               other state.                                           Phone: (302) 856-7303
                                                Blue Hen 5K Run/Walk • International Foods Picnic                            This program is run in large part with the as-      Although 4-H has its roots in rural areas, to-      Fax: (302) 856-1845

  For the most up-to-date schedule     Find out what’s new at UD with University Showcases & Campus Tours                 sistance of volunteer Master Gardeners in each      day it operates in cities, suburbs and towns, as       Web: www.rec.udel.edu

    of events and to register, visit     Special networking opportunities • Family-friendly events for all ages           county, who enjoy gardening, want to learn          well. All 4-H programs, clubs and sites share
                                                                                                                          more about the environment and have a desire        the fundamental 4-H ideal of “learning by do-          New Castle County
 UDconnection.com/reunionweekend        Keynote Speaker: Pat Williams, Sr. VP of the NBA’s Orlando Magic                                                                                                                             Cooperative Extension
                                                                                                                          to help others in their community.                  ing,” which encourages youth to experiment, in-
       or call (302) 831-2341.             Plus, special reunion events for the classes of ’04, ’99, ’84 & ’59                                                                                                                       461 Wyoming Road
                                                                                                                             Cooperative Extension’s Family and Con-          novate and think independently.
                                                                                        * programming subject to change                                                                                                              Newark, DE 19716
                                                                                                                          sumer Sciences educators help build skills and         4-H’s innovative programs range from ser-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Phone: (302) 831-2506
                                                                                                                          confidence through outreach focusing on fi-         vice-learning camps to obesity prevention proj-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fax: (302) 831-8934
                                                                                                                          nances, food and nutrition, community safety,       ects. Many initiatives focus on helping Dela-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Web: http://ag.udel.edu/
                                                                                                                          personal development and family well-being          ware youth develop the skills necessary to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     extension/ncc
                                                                                                                          across the lifespan.                                marketable in tomorrow’s workplace.
                        www.UDconnection.com/ReunionWeekend                                                               southern delaware                                                                                                                           21
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                                        UD Library offers electronic
                                        resources to Southern Delaware
                               ♦ ♦ ♦ A rich array of University of Delaware Library
                               electronic resources is available to residents of South-
                               ern Delaware through the library’s Web page, which
                               is at www.udel.edu/library.
   The Digital Collections        Southern Delaware users are invited to use the link la-
   of the University of        beled For Alumni and Friends, found on the upper right
   Delaware Library
   provide free and open
                               hand side of the page.                                                                                                   Increasing coastal flood
   access to digital              For Alumni and Friends, which is available 24                                                                         and storm awareness
   versions of selected        hours a day and for which there is no charge, is the                                                                     by wendy carey
   materials. Image, right, place to start your search from Southern Delaware




                                                                                                                                                         Be
   is from the University
   of Delaware Library         for online resources and services available from the
   Digital Collections.        University of Delaware Library.
                                              These resources include DELCAT,               based content and services via the library’s Web page.
      Join the University of               Subjects A-Z, Frequently Asked Ques-             WorldCat Local encompasses the holdings of more




                                                                                                                                                        prepared
      Delaware Library Associates          tions, Ask a Librarian, Online Exhibi-           than 10,000 libraries around the world. It can provide
                                           tions, Internet Resources, Special Col-          online search results by ZIP code so a user can find
      The University of Delaware           lections Finding Aids, WorldCat Local, a         out what is available at a local library.
      Library Associates, the “friends
                                           Virtual Reference Desk and more.                    Available at no charge is a Subject Guides feature,
      group” of the University of Dela-
                                              DELCAT, the University of Delaware            found on the library home page, that provides online
      ware Library, raises
                                                 Library online catalog, contains in-       links to important Internet resources by subject and
      funds to support
      the library to aid in
                                                 formation about the collection and         which have been verified by library staff to be reliable.   the dynamic nature of delaware’s shoreline                flood and wind damage from coastal storms.
      building the research                     also provides links to other electronic        The University of Delaware Library has estab-            exposes communities, properties and people to a unique       Currently, Carey is working with the Delaware
      collections and to                        resources. Once library users find ma-      lished an Institutional Repository, which uses open         set of hazards. The coastal landscape changes dramati-    Department of Natural Resources and Environment
      make those collec-                       terials via DELCAT that are in the           source DSpace software to capture, store, index,            cally and rapidly in response to winds, tides and waves   Control and others to help communities identify
      tions better known                       circulating collection of the University     preserve and redistribute the non-copyrighted intel-        generated by coastal storms.                              specific threats, assess risks and reduce vulnerabilities
      to the public.                          of Delaware Library, they have access         lectual output of the original research of UD faculty          As the population along Delaware’s coasts continues    to coastal hazards. This program’s goal is to enhance
                                              to those resources through their local        and staff in digital form, including technical reports,     to increase, residents and structures become more vul-    a community’s capability to prepare for, endure, re-
      The Library Asso-                       public library.                               working papers, conference papers, images and more.         nerable to coastal hazards such as wind, waves, erosion   spond to and recover from a significant coastal haz-
      ciates organization                        The University of Delaware Library            Library Digital Collections provide interesting re-      and flooding of low-lying areas.                          ard event with minimal disruption and damage to
      welcomes new members of the          lends books and provides copies of arti-         sources including the Digital Bibliography of Dela-            To help coastal citizens prepare for these threats,    public health and property.
      general public. Membership
                                           cles to all Delaware public libraries at no      ware, the American Civil War Digital Collections at         the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, which is             In all her outreach efforts, Carey wants residents
      information is available at the
                                           charge through a smoothly operating and          the University of Delaware Library, the Historic Map        housed at the University of Delaware’s College of         to understand the forces at work along Delaware’s
      University of Delaware Library
                                           highly efficient Interlibrary Loan service.      Collection, the Willard Stewart Photographs for the         Marine and Earth Studies, engages residents in vari-      coastline. With that knowledge, individuals and
      Web page, or a printed mem-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Damaging storms are
      bership brochure is obtainable
                                           Southern Delaware residents may request          WPA & Historic American Buildings Survey, the               ous educational outreach initiatives.                     communities can begin to make informed decisions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a fact of life along the
      by sending an e-mail message         their local public library to place an Inter-    Delaware Post Card Collection and other materials.             Spearheaded by coastal processes and hazards spe-      about how to mitigate potential dangers and sustain         Delaware coast. The
      to UDLA@udel.edu or calling          library Loan request.                               Exhibitions of the University of Delaware Library,       cialist Wendy Carey, those efforts include seminars       healthy and thriving populations, infrastructure and        photos above depict
                                              The University of Delaware Library            available online, feature thematic and intellectu-          and workshops for homeowners, community groups,           economies.                                                  ’62 storm damage.
      Library Administration at (302)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photo, left, by Nor-
      831-2231.                            also offers access to WorldCat Local,            ally stimulating displays of rare and unique materials      elected officials and building code officials to help        The first things for residents to know are their storm   mann Rossiter, right,
                                           the world’s largest network of library-          from Special Collections.                                   them understand the steps they can take to reduce         and flood risks – residents should learn how a coastal      by Don Wiedmann


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b e p r e pa r e d



         Protect yourself: Plan ahead
         Carey suggests these tips for keeping
         you, your family and your property safe
         during a storm.
                                                                                                                                                      A place to grow
         •  Know the coastal storm and flood                                                                                                                                                                                                Georgetown 4-H clubs give
         risks in your area.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            recent immigrants a place to
         •  Develop a family emergency plan and 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fit in by margo mcdonough
         disaster supply kit. Be sure to include
         a first aid kit, prescription medication,
         flashlights, batteries, and a battery-
         powered weather radio.
         •  Have enough non-perishable food and 
         water supplies on hand for three days.
         •  Stay alert to storm advisories – learn 
         your community’s warning system and
         follow all instructions from local emer-        storm and associated wind, rain A May 12, 2008, storm caused flooding along Delaware’s
                                                         and floods can affect their fam- coast. Photo by Wendy Carey
         gency management officials.
                                                         ily and property. Two types of
         •  Learn safe routes inland, including the 
                                                         coastal storms affect Delaware Winds can lift large objects and blow them through the
         safest evacuation route to the closest          beaches: tropical systems and air, hurling projectiles and causing additional destruc-
         shelter.                                        northeasters. Hurricanes, a type tion. Torrential rainfall (6 inches or more of accumula-
         •  Make your home more disaster resis-          of tropical system, are unques- tion) often results in overtopping of creeks, streams and
         tant – be prepared to board up windows          tionably the more powerful of rivers, as well as flooding of roadways and floodplains.
         and glass doors; be sure to anchor loose        the coastal storms. While the High waves, tides and storm surges result in extensive
                                                         state has never experienced a di- flooding of low-lying coastal areas. Structural debris
         yard objects; clear loose and clogged
                                                         rect hurricane hit since records that ends up in the water can act as battering rams, fur-
         rain gutters and downspouts; keep trees
                                                         have been collected, tropical ther affecting buildings, particularly foundations.
         and shrubbery trimmed.                          storm systems have passed over       Delaware’s most damaging coastal storm on record        “this is better than recess,” enthused one                   “I thought it would be fun to introduce these chil-       4-H educators Mary
         •  Determine in advance what to do with         and near Delaware annually.       was a northeaster that occurred over a three-day pe-       dark-eyed 6-year-old, as she began painting a pump-       dren to U.S. Halloween customs and traditions,” says         Argo and Ernie Lopez
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             reach out to the Latin
         your pet and where to move your boat in            Northeasters are a year-round riod and five extremely high tidal cycles from March        kin at La Casita Community Center in Georgetown.          Argo. “They are eager to learn everything they can           American population
         an emergency.                                   threat to coastal Delaware. They 6-8, 1962. The storm eroded the state’s coastline, de-      She and 35 other first- and second-graders gather         about their new country.”                                    of Southern Delaware.
                                                         occur more frequently here, last molished buildings and claimed several lives. Winds         there every Friday for a 4-H after-school club led by        A few months later, the winter winds howled at the        Photos courtesy of
         •  Protect important documents such as                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Cooperative Extension
                                                         longer and are likely to impact reached speeds of 70 miles per hour. Offshore waves          Sussex County 4-H educator Mary Argo.                     windowpanes of La Casita one Friday afternoon as
         passports, wills, contracts, deeds, tax in-
                                                         larger areas. Named for the di- were recorded at higher than 40 feet, while waves in            Most of the children have been in this country only    another 4-H educator, Ernie Lopez, arrived to lead a
         formation, and insurance papers. Place in
                                                         rection from which their winds the surf zone were reportedly 20-30 feet high. The            a few years, or in some cases, just a few months. Their   4-H club geared to older children, aged 8 to 13.
         a safe deposit box or other safe, dry place.    blow, these intense storms storm tide associated with this historic northeast-               parents brought them here from Guatemala and oth-            “Hey, Mr. Lopez!” “Que pasa?” “He’s here!” Thirty
         •  Review your insurance policies and           move along the coast with er was 9.5 feet – the highest tide ever recorded in                er Latin American countries to make a new life in         kids swarmed out of their meeting room, where La
         coverage, especially for flood damage           winds blowing directly from the Breakwater Harbor, at the mouth of Delaware Bay.             Sussex County’s agricultural community.                   Casita volunteers were serving them snacks, to greet
         insurance.                                      northeast, right off the Atlantic    Carey cautioned that even though the ’62 storm             Club activities range from science experiments         their 4-H leader.
                                                         Ocean onto the shoreline.         occurred decades ago, a severe coastal storm like it       to service projects, cooking to crafts. This particular      Lopez acknowledges that it’s flattering to be greeted
                                   “Although the origins of these storms differ,” Carey could hit any time, and it’s best to be prepared.             Friday, just a week before Halloween, the children        like a rock star but he says it’s the educational opportu-
                                 said, “tropical systems and northeasters share many          “I try to highlight the fact that a powerful storm      decorated pumpkins with paint, glitter and felt. In       nities – not him – that get the 4-H’ers cheering.
                                 characteristics, and their impacts on the coast can be will hit Delaware again,” she said. “The next time a          Guatemala, it’s kites, not pumpkins, that take center        “Even though these kids have been in school all
                                 similar.”                                                 coastal storm strikes, you may not have much time to       stage this time of year. Children go trick-or-treating    week long, they come here on Friday afternoon eager
                                   Both types of storms are characterized by strong act. Learn how to protect yourself and how to cope                on Oct. 31, but the main event is Day of the Dead, on     to learn more – about everything from environmental
                                 winds, high waves and extreme tides. Gusty winds can with winds, rain, storm surge and flooding by plan-             Nov. 1, when Guatemalans fly kites into the heavens,      science to public speaking.”
                                 blow shingles off roofs and down trees and power lines. ning ahead.”                                                 carrying messages to deceased ancestors.                     Lopez, who is fluent in Spanish, stresses to the

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                                                                                                                                             Building a
                                                                                                                                               better bean
                                                                                                                                             UD researcher is working to
                                                                                                                                             improve upon lima bean
                                                                                                                                             by margo mcdonough



                                                                                                                                             scientific research is usually conducted
                                                                                                                                             in high-tech and climate-controlled laboratories
                                                                                                                                             but it also can take place in hot, dusty farm fields.
                                                                                                                                             Just ask Emmalea Ernest, who frequently spends
                                                                                                                                             her work days in the fields of Sussex County,
4-H participants        Lopez has developed an environment of mutual respect that allows these                                               driven by her quest to build a better lima bean.
enjoy one of the many                                                                                                                          A UD Cooperative Extension associate for
activities offered in   tweens and teens to open up and talk about their struggles to assimilate,                                            vegetable crops, Ernest is seeking to develop new
Southern Delaware.
                        ranging from language gaffes to homesickness.                                                                        varieties of lima beans that are flavorful, produce
                                                                                                                                             consistently high yields and are resistant to disease.
                        children the importance of English language fluency       represent the human head – and then showed what              She is the only researcher in Delaware work-
                        for success in school and daily life, as well as later    happened to that egg upon impact with and without          ing on lima bean breeding and genetics and one
                        career success.                                           a helmet-like protective covering.                         of perhaps a half-dozen nationwide. “Lima bean
                           “It’s not enough to get by in English,” says Lopez.       “If I wasn’t at 4-H club, I’d been sitting at home      research is lonely work,” says Ernest. But her re-
                        “I want these kids to speak English as flawlessly as      watching TV after school,” acknowledged one bright-        search is vitally important to Delaware agricul-
                        if they were native born speakers. I use fun, interac-    eyed teen whom Lopez has affectionately dubbed “the        ture.
                        tive activities to help them work on their pronun-        Governor” because of the boy’s strong leadership skills.     Grown primarily for processing, lima beans
                        ciation skills and comprehension.”                            “The ‘Governor’ and every child here knows             are planted on more acres in Delaware than
                           Most importantly, Lopez has developed an envi-         that I expect them to use the skills they are learn-       any other vegetable crop. Baby limas and Ford-
                        ronment of mutual respect that allows these tweens        ing today to do one of three things when they              hook varieties are used in processing; the small
                        and teens to open up and talk about their struggles       graduate from high school – go to college, get a           amounts of pole lima beans grown in the state
                        to assimilate, ranging from language gaffes to home-      good job or go in the military,” says Lopez. “What         are strictly for the fresh market.
                        sickness.                                                 I want most is to see 4-H be the pipeline to UD.             Lima beans can be double cropped, thus offer-
                           “Every week is different, but the one constant is      I’d love to seem every one of them apply and be            ing growers maximum utilization of their land.
                        that we always start each club meeting with a time to     accepted to UD.”                                           Limas are often planted in June or July after a
                        share and connect about the week’s high points and           “Through the breadth and depth of activities of-        pea or small grain crop. And the same harvesting          Fordhooks aren’t just mature versions of baby limas        Emmalea Ernest is
                        low points,” says Lopez.                                  fered, these 4-H clubs are a window to the outside         equipment is used for peas and limas, which makes         but a totally different bean.                              working to develop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  new varieties of lima
                           Sometimes the acculturation process can be as          world for young people of limited means,” says Jan         this double-cropping even more advantageous.                Known as butter beans in the southern U.S., Ford-        beans. Photos by
                        simple as learning about U.S. law regarding things        Seitz, associate dean of the University of Delaware’s        However, lima bean growers face many challenges,        hooks are larger, lighter in color and have a stronger     Danielle Quigley
                        like bicycle helmets and seat belt use. Extension safe-   College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and           the biggest of which is called downy mildew. This         taste than the baby lima varieties.
                        ty educator Mike Love has visited both 4-H clubs to       director of UD Cooperative Extension. “Mary and            fungus disease can cause heavy losses when weather          “Industry research indicates that consumers are
                        demonstrate why these laws are vitally important. For     Ernie are doing incredible things with these kids. I       conditions favor its development. Ernest is working on    more receptive to increasing their consumption of
                        the older children, he set up a bike rodeo where they     look forward to growing this type of 4-H outreach          baby lima varieties that are resistant to downy mildew.   Fordhooks than baby limas,” says Ernest.
                        could test and improve their bike-riding skills on a      in Sussex County, and throughout the state, in the           She also is working on varieties of Fordhook limas        More Fordhook limas are grown in coastal Califor-
                        closed course. With the little ones, he used an egg to    years ahead.”                                              that are well-suited to Delaware growing conditions.      nia than any other area of the country, not only because

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                                                     When she’s not focused on improving lima beans,
                                                     Ernest conducts research on watermelons, peas,
                                                     pickling cucumbers and other vegetable crops
                                                     that are important to Delaware.

                                                       of the long season         The seeds of these plants will then be advanced a
                                                       but because tem-        generation in the greenhouse as Ernest continues her
                                                       peratures are never     trial-and-error process of bean breeding.
                                                       excessively high.          Plant breeding is a slow, tedious process. Cultivars
                                                         Ernest’s goal is to   should be evaluated for multiple years prior to release.
                                                       create high-quality,    Last summer, after four years of research, Ernest was
                 heat-tolerant Fordhook limas that will flourish de-           finally ready to test 12 of her inbred lines of limas
                 spite Delaware’s hot and humid summers.                       against proven industry varieties. And unlike con-
                    When Ernest joined UD Extension in 2004, her               ventional research laboratories, where conditions can
                 first order of business was considering which germ-           be carefully controlled, lots can go wrong in Ernest’s
                 plasms would form the basis of her breeding program.          “outdoor laboratory.”
                 She accessed the USDA’s germplasm repository and                 “My biggest ‘Oh, no’ moment was the summer of
                 considered 219 different lines of limas from North            2006 when we had seven inches of rainfall in a short        Blue Hen Ambassadors discuss UD experiences by jon bleiweis



                                                                                                                                           The face of UD
                 and South America. Then, she crossed her initial se-          amount of time,” she says. “Half of my research plots
                 lections in a greenhouse.                                     were flooded and I lost a number of plants. It really
                    That first spring (and every spring since), she has        set my research back that year.”
                 planted the results from these crosses in research plots         Ernest, who is native of Lancaster County, Pa., re-
                 located at the University of Delaware’s Research and          ceived a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Penn
                 Education Center in Georgetown.                               State University and a master’s in plant breeding and
                    All summer long, Ernest conducts visual inspections        genetics from Michigan State University.
                 of her lima crosses and tracks a number of variables,            She joined the staff of UD Cooperative Extension         the blue hen ambassador program at the                        Richardson said she decided to become a Blue Hen
                 such as each plant’s size and habit, the number of pods       after meeting Ed Kee at a gathering of the Bean Im-         University of Delaware features some of UD’s most          Ambassador because she thought it would be a great
                 and the plant’s resistance to disease and insects.            provement Cooperative, an international association         spirited students who help the University with its re-     way to showcase her deep affection for the University
                    There is a science to such visual inspection, but          of bean breeders from both the public and private           cruitment and admission processes.                         of Delaware.
                 there’s an art to it, too. “I’ll randomly open some pods      sectors.                                                       Blue Hen Ambassadors perform a number of tasks             “Being the face of the University and showing it to
                 and look at the beans and ask myself if I would want             Kee, who retired from UD Extension last year and         at the University, including giving tours and assisting    people,” Richardson said. “That’s how I would show
                 to eat them,” says Ernest.                                    is now the Delaware secretary of agriculture, was im-       with Delaware Discovery Days in the summer, Blue           how I love UD, by being a Blue Hen Ambassador.”
                    If the beans are speckled, she rejects the plant.          pressed with Ernest and encouraged her to apply for         and Golden Saturdays in the fall and Delaware Deci-           Richardson said the University was involved in pro-
                 “Older and exotic cultivars of limas often are white or       an open position as an assistant researcher.                sion Days in the spring.                                   grams within her high school, and she and many of
                 speckled. Limas can come in a range of colors, includ-           When she’s not focused on improving lima beans,             Several current Blue Hen Ambassadors hail from          her high school peers became aware of UD through
                 ing red, purple, brown and almost black,” says Ernest.        Ernest conducts research on watermelons, peas, pick-        Southern Delaware, and three discussed their experi-       its Associate in Arts program offered throughout the
                 “But consumers expect to see a pale green bean.”              ling cucumbers and other vegetable crops that are           ences at UD and the impact the University has had          state.
                    A few of these rejects get dried and added to a large      important to Delaware.                                      on them and other students in their hometowns.                Another popular program for high-school students
                 jar of colored and speckled beans that Ernest keeps              The Ellendale resident says she loves living in Sussex      Victoria Richardson, 19, is a freshman from Do-         is the UD Summer College program, which lets high
                 in her office. “They aren’t any good for research, but I      County and enjoys being outside as much as possible,        ver studying pre-veterinary medicine at UD. She has        school sophomores and juniors live and learn on the
                 just like the look of them,” she says.                        though she saves her beach outings for winter, when         called Dover home for all her life, and attended Cae-      Newark campus during the summer.
                    In September she virtually lives in the fields. That’s     the crowds are gone. She also likes knowing that her        sar Rodney High School.                                       When asked to give advice to prospective students       Southern Delaware
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 students have found
                 when she must select a handful of plants out of thou-         work makes a difference to her farming neighbors.              Richardson considered going to six other universi-      from Southern Delaware, Richardson said students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 being a Blue Hen
                 sands to save for cross-breeding in the greenhouse.              “I’ve always been fascinated by plant genetics – it’s    ties but ultimately chose Delaware because of its in-      should make sure they keep up their grades during          Ambassador a great
                    Each morning, she sets out for the fields with a ball      rewarding to be able to change plants for the benefit of    state tuition and close proximity to home, about 45        senior year, stay involved in school activities and par-   way to showcase
                 of red yarn tucked under her arm. Crawling between            humans,” says Ernest. “I hope my research may some-         minutes away.                                              ticipate in community service.                             their affection for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 University of Dela-
                 the rows of lima plants, she makes her selections and         day improve lima beans for growers here in Delaware            “It’s far enough away but still close to home,” Rich-      Sophomore Komal Pandya, 19, is a biological sci-        ware. Photos by Kathy
                 ties a bit of yarn around the “keepers.”                      and nationwide.”                                            ardson said. “It’s a good distance.”                       ences major from Millsboro, about an hour and a half       Atkinson


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                                                                                                                                                Building
                                                                                     ‘As I started visiting the schools,
                                                                                     I realized Delaware was the place
                                                                                     I wanted to be.’



                                                                                                                                                 connections
                                                                                                      — Komal Pandya, sophomore

                                                                                     ware, it would help UD,” Pandya said. “Seeing more
                                                                                     students from Southern Delaware would bring a lot
                                                                                     of diversity to the University.”
                                                                                        Brittany Jackson, 21, is a senior biological sciences
                                                                                     major from Lewes. She has lived in the Lewes area          Three UD colleges
                                                                                     her entire life and attended Cape Henlopen High            help residents define
                                                                                     School.                                                    the Heart and Soul
                                                                                        Jackson said she was “almost positive” that she
                                                                                     wanted to go to UD from the beginning of her col-
                                                                                                                                                of Sussex County
                                                                                                                                                by michele walfred
                                                                                     lege search. She said she was impressed with the
                                                                                     study abroad program and the undergraduate re-
                                                                                     search program, and has been able to participate in        southern delaware – historic-
                                                                                     both of these programs while attending UD.                 cally isolated by the Chesapeake
                                                                                        Jackson also said she wanted to distance herself        Bay, Delaware River and Bay,
    Among this year’s      away from the Newark campus. She has lived there          from home but also be able get back quickly if she         Atlantic Ocean and inland bays –
    Blue Hen Ambas-        for four years and attended Sussex Central High           needed to. She pointed out the differences between         always enjoyed a protected rural,
    sadors are three
    Southern Delaware      School.                                                   the environments of Sussex and New Castle coun-            small-town lifestyle until the mid-
    students, from left,      Like Richardson, Pandya said she decided to go to      ties, saying New Castle County is more crowded             20th century, when an explosion of
    Victoria Richardson,   UD because it was convenient for her to be in state       and dense, industrial and influenced by Philadelphia,      modern infrastructure, such as the
    Komal Pandya and
                           and close to home. She said she absolutely loves the      while Sussex County contains many farms, crop fields       construction of the Chesapeake
    Brittany Jackson.
                           University’s campus and atmosphere.                       and beaches. “It’s nothing like up north,” she said.       Bay Bridge in 1952, brought sud-
                              “As I started visiting the schools, I realized Dela-      Jackson said the University was involved during her     den changes to the region.
                           ware was the place I wanted to be,” Pandya said.          high school days by providing the pre-collegiate Aca-         Generations of Delmarva resi-
                              Pandya said she decided to become a Blue Hen           demic Challenge program, which enabled students in         dents, who practiced an agrarian-
                           Ambassador because she was impressed by the way           the Sussex County school districts to take advanced        based culture and enjoyed the folksy quiet of their      University of Delaware colleges: College of Agricul-      UD’s Bill McGowan
                           her tour guide portrayed the University when she          English and math classes so that by the time they          hometowns, were faced with a new reality – that their    ture and Natural Resources, College of Marine and         developed a project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to define the Heart
                           went on a tour as a prospective student. She thought      reached their junior and senior years in high school,      way of life was in transition. Balancing old-fashioned   Earth Studies, and College of Human Services, Edu-        and Soul of Sussex
                           that becoming a Blue Hen Ambassador would be a            they would be able to take UD classes at the Dela-         traditions against a new influx of curiosity and cul-    cation and Public Policy.                                 County.
                           great way to show pride in UD.                            ware Technical campuses.                                   ture from tourists and new homeowners was, and              In the summer of 2008, McGowan launched the
                              At Sussex Central High, Pandya said she learned           During her sophomore year at UD, Jackson helped         remains, a challenge. Once easily defined, Southern      Heart & Soul of Sussex County project, an attempt
                           about the University through college fairs and from       put together a video trying to reach out to Delaware’s     Delaware, and in particular Sussex County, became a      to identify the tangible and intangible characteristics
                           representatives who visited to talk about the advan-      middle school and high school students in conjunc-         complex region to describe.                              that comprise southern Delaware communities.
                           tages of coming to UD.                                    tion with the University’s Commitment to Delawar-             Rediscovering and redefining that communal iden-         McGowan traversed the county, visiting schools,
                              She also said the University promoted the Asso-        eans, a program that provides a roadmap for students       tity is a goal Bill McGowan relishes. A Wilmington       businesses, garden clubs and church groups, where
                           ciate in Arts program, offered on Delaware Tech-          as they prepare themselves to apply for college.           native, McGowan has lived in Laurel for 30 years and     he encouraged the public to participate in sharing
                           nical and Community College campuses in Dover                Jackson said the program helps steer Delawareans        appreciates challenges that are presented from mul-      their definitions of Sussex County. Aided by news-
                           and Georgetown, and the state Student Excellence          on the right path to gain acceptance to UD.                tiple perspectives.                                      paper advertising, a new Web site and response boxes
                           Equals Degree (SEED) scholarship program.                    As a Blue Hen Ambassador, Jackson has been in-             McGowan is the University of Delaware Sussex          placed throughout the county, McGowan collected
                              Pandya, who has lived in all parts of Delaware,        volved in a Just for Delawareans panel that helps pro-     County Cooperative Extension agent for community         more than 1,000 heart-felt impressions: the perfect
                           said increased student representation from Southern       mote the school to younger Delaware students.              development and director of UD’s Coastal Commu-          penmanship of a retired schoolteacher, the quick jot-
                           Delaware would be significant for the University as it       She said students can have a great time and receive     nity Enhancement Initiative (CCEI).                      tings of someone on the go, carefully composed pho-
                           seeks diversity on campus.                                a great education at the University of Delaware.              Created in 2006 with state appropriations, CCEI       tographs of special places, even an original song. All
                              “If there were more students from Southern Dela-                                                                  is a partnership among public service arms of three      were definitions that needed to be synthesized into

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                                                                                                 The assembled group, many of them strangers before
                                                                                                 the meeting, began to think of themselves as a singu-
                                                                                                 lar community.
                                                                                                    Expressive, respectful and different in many ways,
                                                                                                 what came to the surface was that all of them had a
                                                                                                 common affection for Sussex County.
                                                                                                    As its name implies, that is what Coastal Com-
                                                                                                 munity Enhancement Initiative is all about. Jim Falk,
                                                                                                 director of the Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service
                                                                                                 and CCEI partner, feels UD’s commitment to the
                                                                                                 region can make a difference using the University’s
                                                                                                 educational and outreach expertise.
                                                                                                    “Coastal communities across the country are fac-
                                                                                                 ing rapid growth in population,” says Falk.  “This
                                   preliminary concepts offered as discussion topics.            is changing the face of many of these communities
                                      Ultimately, when residents were asked the ques-            as they work to find ways to address the inflow of
                                   tions “what do you cherish most?” and “what would             new residents (many of them retirees) and deal with
                                   you regret losing?,” McGowan observed recurring               increased traffic congestion and the ever-changing
                                   themes in the responses. He couldn’t help notice              landscape due to both residential and commercial
                                   that while there were distinct differences among              development.”
                                   answers, the similarities shared among diverse                   Bernie Dworsky, CCEI member and policy scien-




                                                                                                                                                          Every crab
                                   groups who call themselves Sussex Countians were              tist with UD’s Institute for Public Administration,
                                   far more significant.                                         agrees that changes for Southern Delaware have been
                                      “Heart & Soul is who we are.  It’s what makes us           substantial. “CCEI is an opportunity to marshal the
                                   special. It’s our people, places, events, those beauti-       resources of the University of Delaware and work




                                                                                                                                                            counts
                                   ful and quirky things that make Sussex what it is,”           with various governments and community organiza-
                                   McGowan says. “It’s the stuff you don’t think about           tions throughout Sussex County in addressing issues                                                                                               University helps protect
                                   on a daily basis, but if it goes away, we lose a little bit   related to the changes,” Dworsky says. “All three col-                                                                                            regional treasure: horseshoe
                                   of who we are.”                                               leges participating in CCEI have had a long history
                                      McGowan assembled those characteristics into               of individual involvements in Southern Delaware.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   crabs by elizabeth boyle
                                   value statements and presented them to a cross sec-           CCEI offers a way to collaborate and coordinate
                                   tion of residents, business owners and community              those efforts.”                                          horseshoe crabs are among the world’s oldest               ognizing the great importance of these creatures, the
                                   leaders to consider the collective results.                      The Heart & Soul project is one of several public     and most fascinating creatures. The earliest horseshoe     state of Delaware named the horseshoe crab its of-
                                      Using audience response technology at work-                issues CCEI hopes to bring before communities, pro-      crabs were crawling around Earth’s shallow coastal         ficial marine animal in 2002.
                                   shops, participants voted in degrees on how much              viding the tools, venues and opportunities to think of   seas for at least 100 million years before the dinosaurs      Of the four species of horseshoe crabs that exist
                                   they agreed or disagreed with the presented state-            the larger picture.                                      even arrived, about 200 million years ago. Since that      in the world, three are found in the western Pacific,
                                   ments. Survey results were instantaneous, dis-                   By becoming a catalytic organization in Southern      time, Earth’s land masses have shifted dramatically        from Japan to Vietnam. One species, Limulus poly-
                                   played in graduated colorful bar graphs. Then the             Delaware, CCEI works across existing lines of divi-      and thousands of other species have come and gone,         phemus, is found along the western Atlantic coast
                                   audience was asked to deliberate further, and they            sion, geography and other boundaries that in the past    but horseshoe crabs have survived and today remain         from Maine to the Yucatán Peninsula, with the cen-
                                   were challenged to examine what had been missed               have traditionally kept people apart. CCEI strives to    much as they were those millions of years ago.             ter of the population in Delaware Bay.
                                                in the mix.                                      engage communities to build resources, capacity and         The animals — which are actually more closely              Concern about recent declines in Delaware Bay’s
        For more information about the             After an hour of friendly, kitchen-ta-        political will for change.                               related to spiders and scorpions than crabs — are a        horseshoe crab population due to overharvesting and
        University of Delaware Coastal          ble style conversations, they were asked            There will be much to discuss. Land use, heritage     vital part of the ecosystem. Horseshoe crab eggs are       deterioration of spawning grounds has spurred research    Recent declines in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               the horseshoe crab
        Communities Enhancement                 the same questions again. In the second          tourism, farm and forest preservation, broadband         an important food source for fish, gulls and migratory     to ease pressure on the animal. The University of Dela-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               population have
                                                round, their points of views had evolved         availability, appreciating the cost and benefit of       shorebirds. A significant connection has been identi-      ware and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program           spurred research
        Initiative, visit the Web site at
                                                significantly.                                   growth, community planning and visioning and us-         fied between the arrival of spawning horseshoe crabs       have multiple efforts under way to help ensure these      desiged to ease
        www.ccei.udel.edu/index.                   And this fact was perhaps more impor-         ing new technologies such as Future Scan and Com-        on Delaware Bay beaches and the spring migration           important animals are around for many years to come.      pressure on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ancient creature.
        html.                                   tant than the actual answers. The com-           munity Viz all fall under what will be CCEI’s very       of many species of shorebirds that stop along those           One project is aimed at stemming overharvesting        Photo by Lisa
                                                munal process in action was noteworthy.          large umbrella.                                          shores to rest and feast on horseshoe crab eggs. Rec-      of the animal, which is used as bait in the eel and       Tossey


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                                                                                                                                                                    Keeping
                                                                                                                                     Despite its threatening
         Make your own horseshoe                   conch fisheries. A common                                                         appearance, the horseshoe
                                                   practice has been to col-                                                         crab is harmless. Photo by                                                                                    DelDOT employees continue
         crab model                                                                                                                  Kathy Atkinson
                                                   lect the females when they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   learning through Engineering


                                                                                                                                                                      on
         When people see for the first             come ashore to spawn in
         time this strange creature with           the spring and then quar-                                                                                                                                                                       Outreach by diane kukich
         an armored shell and spiked
                                                   ter them for bait for eel
                                                   and conch pots.                                                                   Each spring since 1990,




                                                                                                                                                                    track
         tail, it is often with trepida-
                                                      College of Marine and                                                       volunteers working with
         tion, along with the question,            Earth Studies Dean and                                                         Delaware Sea Grant and
         “What is that thing?” Meet the            Delaware Sea Grant Col-                                                        other partners have come
                                                   lege Program Director                                                          out to count the animals on
         remarkable horseshoe crab!
                                                   Nancy Targett is working                                                       Delaware Bay beaches. Dur-
         To help people learn more                 with her students and in                                                       ing peak spawning periods
         about these amazing animals,              partnership with the state of Delaware                — especially at high tide during the months of April,      jonathan tice, joseph natale and
         Delaware Sea Grant offers a
                                                   and DuPont scientists to create a viable,             May and June — female horseshoe crabs crawl out of         Javier Torrijos all have engineering de-
                                                   cost-effective artificial bait that mimics            bay waters to lay eggs in shallow nests dug into upper     grees, but they can still be found in Uni-
         full-color, three-dimensional
                                                   the chemical attractant in the horseshoe              beach sand. The small green eggs hatch when high           versity of Delaware classrooms, learning
         model of the animal, which                crab.                                                 tides reach them again in four to eight weeks.             about topics such as culvert and bridge de-
         children or adults can assemble              This research also could benefit the                  It is during this spawning time that the horseshoe      sign. The three DelDOT engineers are all
                                                   mid-Atlantic region’s multi-million dol-              crab census takes place. The results of the survey show    continuing their education through UD’s
         in approximately 15 minutes. To
                                                   lar eel and conch industries.                         a peak in 1990, when 900,000 adults were counted.          Engineering Outreach (EO) Program.
         order your own horseshoe crab                Another effort is helping resource                 Recent surveys suggest a stable but much lower pop-           “The UD Engineering Outreach pro-
         model, call (302) 831-8083.               managers looking to track horseshoe crab              ulation of mature adults and a growing population of       gram provides our staff with many edu-
                                                   numbers.                                              juveniles.                                                 cational opportunities that we could not
                                                                                                                                                                    get without extensive travel,” says Den-
                                                                                                                                                                    nis O’Shea, assistant director for design                  to learning and applying new software. DelDOT is          UD provides training
                                       Ocean Currents Lecture Series focuses on marine                                                                              in DelDOT’s Division of Transportation Solutions.          very supportive of our doing this – I get periodic e-     for Delaware Depart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ment of Transporta-
                                       environment                                                                                                                  “Their instructors are well qualified in the fields of
                                                                                                                                                                    discussion; many times, they’re the national experts.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               mails from my supervisor to alert me when relevant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               courses are being offered.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tion engineers. Photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         by Ambre Alexander
                                           Are you curious about issues that affect the marine                                                                      According to Kathy Werrell, assistant dean in UD’s            “The courses have really helped me get up to speed
                                       environment?                                                                                                                 College of Engineering and director of EO, the pro-        in the field,” adds Tice, who is also a 2008 graduate
                                                                                                                                                                    gram is designed to help engineering professionals         of UD’s civil engineering program. “I’ve already taken
                                           Then you’re invited to join the College of Marine and Earth
                                                                                                                                                                    keep their skills current or develop new engineering       four of them since I graduated in May.”
                                       Studies for the annual Ocean Currents Public Lecture Series at                                                               and business competencies. Outreach offers a variety          Torrijos finds that he benefits from not only the
                                       the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.                                                                  of resources to make such technical renewal conve-         expertise of the instructors but also the knowledge
                                           The Ocean Currents Lectures cover a wide variety of                                                                      nient and accessible, including short courses, distance    of others in the class, who represent a wide range of
                                                                                                                                                                    learning and even company worksite courses tailored        sectors from design to fabrication to professional as-
                                       topics related to the ocean and coast. 2008 topics ranged
                                                                                                                                                                    to customer needs.                                         sociations. “I also really enjoy the mix of instruction
                                       from the natural history of the osprey to rescue programs for                                                                   DelDOT has taken advantage of the latter op-            by professors and practitioners from outside the Uni-
                                       stranded marine mammals.                                                                                                     portunity, with Outreach offering basic mathematics        versity,” he says.
                                                                                                                                                                    refresher courses to its technicians. The courses are         A course Torrijos recently completed, covering
                                           The lectures, which are free and open to the public, take     tions are suggested.
                                                                                                                                                                    taught at a central location in Dover to facilitate at-    the design of mechanically stabilized earth walls,
                                       place once a month from May through August. Talks begin at          Be sure to check out the College of Marine and Earth     tendance by DelDOT employees from throughout               was co-taught by Dov Leshchinsky, professor in
                                       7 p.m. in Room 104 of Cannon Lab at the Lewes campus on           Studies Web pages this spring to see lecture dates and     the state.                                                 UD’s Department of Civil and Environmental En-
                                       Pilottown Road.                                                   times as they become available.                               “I’ve taken just about every structures-related short   gineering, and Jim Collin, a professional engineer
                                                                                                                                                                    course offered by Engineering Outreach since I grad-       who has been involved with the design and con-
                                           The hour-long talks are followed by light refreshments.         Visit the college’s Web site at www.ocean.udel.edu and
                                                                                                                                                                    uated,” says Natale, who earned a bachelor’s degree        struction of hundreds of reinforced soil slopes and
                                       While the lectures are free, seating is limited and reserva-      click on Workshop, Seminar, Lecture and Event Schedules.   in civil engineering at UD in 2008. “The courses are       retaining walls. Leshchinsky brings to the class-
                                                                                                                                                                    really practical and especially valuable when it comes     room not only vast knowledge of geosynthetic rein-

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keeping on track



                              forced slopes and walls but also perspectives gained          a master’s in applied science through Outreach in
                              in the courtroom, where he is frequently called as            2008. He credits the program with keeping him on
                              an expert witness.                                            track and DelDOT with encouraging him to con-
                                Many of the short courses assist DelDOT engi-               tinue his education.
                              neers with implementation of codes developed by                  “Outreach provides courses directly related to the
                              the American Association of State Highway and                 work we do,” he says. “That experience is invaluable
                              Transportation Officials. Other offerings address             for both young and seasoned engineers alike. The
                              a broad range of topics from technical writing to             field is constantly changing, and we need a reliable
                              project management and engineering economics.                 resource to keep us up to speed.
                                Outreach also offers professionals the opportunity             “For a young engineer, the structure and course se-
                              to earn graduate degrees part-time through evening            lection provide a sure path to passing the P.E. [pro-
                              classes and courses offered on CD-ROM and the                 fessional engineer] exam. I really can’t say enough
                              Web. DelDOT engineer Steve Sisson completed                   good things about the program.”



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                              directly to you through technology
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                                 as their on-campus counterparts, and there is no           e-mail, or by phone. A small number of courses re-
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                                    Distance learning capitalizes on available technol-     pletely self-directed.
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                                             wherever needed, at home, in the work-         Online students are getting exactly the same version
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                                                                                                                                           a weighty
                                                                                                                                             Problem
                                                                                                                                           Chickens dieting to help Delaware’s waterways by tracey bryant

                                                                                                                                              According to recent analyses by David Hansen,          culture’s Initiatives for Future Agriculture and Food
                                                                                                                                           UD assistant professor of soil and environmental          Systems.
                                                                                                                                           quality, there are now about 19 pounds of phospho-           The scientific team included poultry nutritionists
                                                                                                                                           rus in a ton of Delaware poultry litter compared to       Roselina Angel from the University of Maryland and
                                                                                                                                           25 to 30 pounds of phosphorus per ton of litter just      Todd Applegate from Purdue University; and Wen-
                                                                                                                                           five years ago. The 30-40 percent reduction is credited   dy Powers, a swine nutritionist who formerly was at
                                                                                                                                           to phytase-modified diets and other nutrient man-         Iowa State University and now is at Michigan State
                                                                                                                                           agement practices adopted by poultry farmers under        University.
                                                                                                                                           Delaware’s Nutrient Management Law of 1999. That             At UD, Saylor and his students formulated vari-
                                                                                                                                           reduction means that the phosphorus load to the en-       ous phytase-modified diets for a series of studies in-
                                                                                                                                           vironment has been reduced by some 2 million to 3         volving thousands of broiler chickens. The birds were
                                                                                                                                           million pounds per year.                                  examined for bone health and growth, as well as the
                                                                                                                                              “Phosphorus is essential to all life,” Saylor said.    phosphorus content of their manure, beginning as
                                                                                                                                           “Livestock, particularly poultry and swine, are fed a     chicks up to market-size birds.
                                                                                                                                           diet of seeds and grains. However, two-thirds of the         The painstaking research defined the boundary at




                     D
                                                                                                                                           phosphorus in this food is phytic acid or phytate,        which the total phosphorus levels in a broiler chick-
                                      ieting to lose weight and improve            So now when poultry litter is used to fertilize a       which is a form of phosphorus that poultry and pigs       en’s corn-soybean meal diet can be reduced without
                                        your health?                            farm field, a lot less phosphorus is available to po-      can’t digest, so it goes right through them.              detriment to the birds’ health, as well as the percent-
                                          Millions of chickens in Southern      tentially leach from the soil or be carried off in storm      “Phytase is an enzyme that is added to poultry feed    age of phytase that can be added to the feed to allow
                                        Delaware – one of the nation’s top      water to a river or bay.                                   at the mill that helps broilers and other poultry uti-    the birds to digest more phosphorus, leaving less to
                                       poultry producers – have been on a          And that’s good news for waterways like Dela-           lize more indigestible phosphorus.”                       literally “go to waste.”
                       diet to reduce their impact on the environment and       ware’s Inland Bays, where overloads of nutrients, par-        Over the past several years, Saylor and colleague         The data have been shared with a nutrient manage-
                       improve the health of the state’s waterways, and it      ticularly phosphorus and nitrogen, have contributed        J. Thomas Sims, the Thomas A. Baker Professor of          ment partnership involving the poultry industry, en-
                       appears to be working.                                   to serious water-quality problems, such as massive         Plant and Soil Sciences and associate dean of UD’s        vironmental regulators and the academic community.
                         Extensive research led by William Saylor, profes-      blooms of algae and fish kills.                            College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, have           “It certainly factors into our decision-making pro-
                       sor of animal and food sciences at the University of        To put it in perspective, in 2006, Delaware farm-       led a team of experts in analyzing the nutritional re-    cess,” Dr. Ted Miller, director of nutrition and re-
William Saylor, a UD
professor, has found   Delaware, has confirmed that Delaware chickens now       ers produced over 269 million broiler chickens – 1.8       quirements of poultry and swine and the effects of        search at Mountaire Farms Inc., in Selbyville, said of
that special diets for digest more of the phosphorus, an essential nutrient,    billion pounds of poultry – valued at more than $739       phytase-modified diets on the livestock and the envi-     UD’s phytase research.
chickens can improve in their feed, thanks to the addition of a natural en-     million, according to the Delmarva Poultry Industry.       ronment as part of a “feed-to-field” approach to nu-         The company has 600 growers across the Eastern
the health of the
environment. Photo by zyme called phytase. As a result, about 23 percent less   Those chickens produced more than 280,000 tons of          trient management. The research was funded by an          Shore, who produce 150 million broiler chickens a
Kathy Atkinson         phosphorus is output in chicken manure.                  waste.                                                     $821,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agri-          year.

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a weighty problem



                                 Miller serves on an advisory committee in UD’s                 liam Rohrer Jr., administrator of the Delaware Nutri-
                               College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and                 ent Management Program, said. “It has significantly
                               meets regularly with UD and Maryland scientists as               reduced the phosphorus going into our waterways.
                               an industry cooperator.                                             “The University’s phytase research has provided
                                 “Phytase has been at the nucleus of industry coop-             two critical things. It’s brought the science to the
                               eration and regulations to deal with nutrients,” Wil-            table and helped industry take advantage of the en-
                                                                                                zyme. It’s also helped us to quantify the reduction of
                                                                                                phosphorus to the environment.”
       Nutrient management and UD:                                                                 William Vanderwende, chairperson of the state’s
                                                                                                Nutrient Management Commission, said he has been
       More than 30 years of cooperation                                                        contacted by several states that want to model their
         For more than 30 years, the University of Delaware has conducted basic and ap-         nutrient management programs after Delaware’s.

       plied research about nutrient management. Over the past 10 years, UD has worked
                                                                                                ‘Our poultry industry in Delaware
       extensively with the Delaware Nutrient Management Commission and its partners to
                                                                                                is basically surrounded by water,
       implement research based recommendations for Delaware agriculture.
                                                                                                and because of its size and
         Faculty and staff conduct research and demonstration projects on nutrient
                                                                                                concentration, environmental
       management practices, provide technical recommendations to the Delaware Nutrient
                                                                                                issues are of great concern.’
       Management Commission, and provide certification training for nutrient generators,
                                                                                                                                  — William Saylor
       private and commercial handlers, and consultants.
                                                                                                   While he does not raise poultry, Vanderwende op-
         Research scientists conduct field evaluations of improved nutrient management
                                                                                                erates a dairy farm near Bridgeville, with 700 dairy
       practices that can reduce nutrient loss and improve crop production efficiency; many     cows and 3,000 acres of crops.
       have been conducted under “on-farm” conditions with cooperating farmers.                    “All in all, these phytase diets are doing the job,”
         Environmental “fate and transport” studies examine the effect of nutrient manage-      Vanderwende said. “And I know these scientists are
                                                                                                working to see if they can get the phosphorus num-
       ment practices on soil and water quality and the safety of our food chain.
                                                                                                bers even lower.”
         Watershed scale projects that have a more holistic perspective, attempt to inte-          Saylor has been interested in animal nutrition since
       grate socio-economic factors into the nutrient management planning process.              he was a boy growing up in Butler County, Pa. He
                                                                                                “always had animals,” including rabbits, sheep and
         Scientists also investigate the basic chemical and physical reactions that control
                                                                                                chickens.
       nutrient availability and losses to air and waters. These studies have had the goal         After high school, he headed to Penn State, where
       of providing the fundamental understanding of nutrient interactions with soils and       he received his bachelor’s degree in dairy science,
       waters that must underlie any truly effective “best management practices.”               master’s degree in animal nutrition and then a doc-
                                                                                                torate in poultry nutrition.
         University of Delaware Cooperative Extension is responsible for offering the major-
                                                                                                   “There are a lot of good people working in poultry
       ity of initial certification and continuing education classes for the Nutrient Manage-   to address the phosphorus issue,” Saylor said. “Our
       ment Commission.                                                                         poultry industry in Delaware is basically surrounded
                                                                                                by water, and because of its size and concentration,
         Cooperative Extension began offering nutrient management certification classes in
                                                                                                environmental issues are of great concern.”
       January of 2001. These courses address topics ranging from water quality and nutri-         “Phytase is definitely a positive piece of the water-
       ent cycling to the specifics of the Delaware Nutrient Management Act.                    quality puzzle,” John Schneider, manager of the Wa-
         Since 2001, more than 2,600 individuals have attended nutrient management              tershed Assessment Section in the Division of Water
                                                                                                Resources at the Delaware Department of Natural
       certification classes. Maintaining certification requires continuing education. Since
                                                                                                Resources and Environmental Control, said.
       February 2004, there have been more than 260 different continuing education pro-            “We are seeing less phosphorus in water samples
       grams offering more than 700 credits.                                                    from all over the state,” Schneider noted. “Clearly,
                                                                                                we’re doing a lot of things right.”

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     Baby
                 ROBOTS
                 From sandy beaches to urban environments, Delaware
                 offers a variety of terrain and an ideal testing ground
                 for mobile robots developed by University of Delaware
                 researchers to provide infants with special needs new
                 opportunities to explore their world. by neil thomas

                    he notion of babies driving ro-            chairs,” Galloway said. “Currently, children with sig-     wheelchair, until the child can follow adult com-          need together to remove barriers for movement in          Quickly learning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               to drive a robot by
                    bots sounds like it came fresh from a      nificant mobility impairments are not offered power        mands,” Galloway said. “Your parents didn’t wait until     the environment,” Agrawal said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               using a joystick, an
              cartoon series but it is actually the focus of   mobility until they are 5-6 years of age, or older. This   you followed their every command before they let you          Galloway said no one had ever tried using robots       infant at the University
              important and innovative research being con-     delay in mobility is particularly disturbing when you      walk – they held your hand, they required you to stay      with babies – early experiments show that seven-          of Delaware’s Early
              ducted at the University of Delaware that        consider the rapid brain development during infancy.       near them and alerted you to obstacles in your way.        month-olds can learn to operate the simple joystick       Learning Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               happily explores his
              could have significant repercussions for the     Their actions, feelings and thinking all shape their       This is the way infants learn real world navigation,       controls – and he is passionate about the possible        world. Photos by
      cognitive development of infants with special needs.     own brain’s development. Babies literally build their      and it is exactly these safety features that are being     benefits to children with special needs of even young-    Kathy Atkinson
        Two UD researchers – James C. (Cole) Galloway,         own brains through their exploration and learning in       built into our mobile robot. Our goal from the start       er ages.
      associate professor of physical therapy, and Sunil       the complex world.”                                        has been to design devices with robotics specifically to      “Infants with limited mobility play in one location
      Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering – have         When a baby starts crawling and walking, every-         increase safety as well as aid learning – so babies can    while their peers or siblings go off for adventures all
      outfitted kid-size robots to provide mobility to chil-   thing changes for everyone involved. “Now consider         get on the go.”                                            over the room or playground,” Galloway said. “With
      dren who are unable to fully explore the world on        the negative impact of a half decade of immobility for        “Our first prototype, affectionately called UD1,        the robot, they become the center of attention be-
      their own.                                               an infant with already delayed development,” Galloway      was designed with smart technology that addresses          cause their classmates want to try it. We predict that
        The work is important because much of infant de-       said. “When a baby doesn’t crawl or walk, everything       each of these safety issues so that infants have the op-   this increased social interaction alone will provide an
      velopment, both of the brain and behavior, emerges       also changes. Immobility changes the infant, and the       portunity to be a part of the real world environment,”     important boost in their cognitive development.”
      from the thousands of experiences each day that          family. Given the need, you would think that the barri-    Agrawal said.                                                 The idea sprang from a parking lot conversation in
      arise as babies independently move and explore           ers to providing power mobility must be insurmount-           The tiny robot is ringed with sensors that can de-      which Agrawal approached Galloway, who he knew
      their world. This is the concept of “embodied devel-     able. In fact, the primary barriers are safety, and the    termine the obstacle-free roaming space, and will          worked with babies with special needs, and said he
      opment,” Galloway said.                                  lack of a baby-sized mobility device.” Therapists and      either allow infants to bump obstacles or will take        might have developed something of interest. Agrawal
        Infants with spina bifida, Down Syndrome, cere-        parents fear a young child in a power wheelchair might     control from the infant and drive around the obstacle      is a robotics expert who had been developing a fleet
      bral palsy, autism and other neurological and ortho-     mistakenly go the wrong way, drive over the family pet     itself.                                                    of ‘rehabilitation robots’ for many years including the
      pedic disorders can have mobility limitations that       or destroy the living room.                                   The next prototype, UD2, will build on the current      small round ones that would eventually become UD1.
      disconnect them from the ongoing exploration that           “This is, of course, understandable. As a parent of     technology to provide additional control to a parent,         Galloway knew of Agrawal’s successes with reha-
      their peers enjoy.                                       young kids myself, it is same fear that every parent has   teacher or other supervising adult. The team also is       bilitation robotics for adults but admitted to being
        “If these infants were adults, therapists would have   with a newly walking infant faces. The current clinical    working with power wheelchairs.                            anti-robot for pediatric rehabilitation at first. Gal-
      options of assistive technology such as power wheel-     practice is to avoid power mobility, such as a power          “In this way, we can bind technology and human          loway was convinced otherwise within minutes of

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baby robots                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               points of interest



                                                                                      world mobility device to emerge, we have to build
                                                                                      it for exploring the real world experienced by infants
                                                                                      and their families, and then rigorously study its per-
                                                                                      formance in that world. These devices must be light
                                                                                      and small but tough and ready to safely go indoors
                                                                                      and outdoors. These will be kid-tested and mom-ap-
                                                                                      proved by partnering with Delaware kids and fami-
                                                                                                                                                  Associate in Arts degree available
                                                                                      lies in Delaware communities,” Galloway said.
                                                                                         In addition to providing special needs infants
                                                                                                                                                  through distance learning                                          by nora riehl zelluk

                                                                                      with mobility, this project will significantly expand
                                                                                      researchers understanding of young infants’ learning        ♦ ♦ ♦ The University of Delaware’s Associate in Arts       courses, and are listed on a college transcript with no
                                                                                      capacity and provide a model for tracking the de-           degree is now available through UD Online distance         distinction from on-campus courses, except that they
                                                                                      velopment of real world exploration with laboratory         learning, with courses delivered via the Web, CD-          have been adapted for a distance learning format.
                                                                                      quality data.                                               ROM and DVD. This program gives returning adult               The University of Delaware has been offering dis-
                                                                                         They believe the training, robot design and new          students the freedom to pursue a University of Dela-       tance learning courses since 1988 and is a national
                                                                                      technology derived from the project will provide the        ware degree even if their schedules or geographic lo-      leader in the use of educational technology. More
                                                                                      foundation for the first generation of safe, smart ve-      cation prevent them from attending class on campus.        than 150 University courses are already available
                                                                                      hicles for infants born with mobility impairments.             This degree program is a great way to get started       through distance learning.
                                                                                         Galloway emphasized that “the custom UD2 de-             toward earning a bachelor’s degree, resulting in a            Two specific courses were developed recently which
  UD1 robot develop-       his first visit to Agrawal’s laboratory. “When I saw       vices must be light enough for moms to stow in a            resume-building University credential.                     enable the Associate in Arts to be offered completely
  ers, from left, Sunil    his little robots, it was easy to envision a baby driv-    car trunk, and robust enough for babies to use in              The Associate in Arts Online is based on the cur-       online. UD Online teamed up with the University’s
  Agrawal, professor of
  mechanical engineer-     ing one,” he said. “We knew from our previous work         the home, yard and playground, and maybe even the           riculum of the University of Delaware’s Associate          Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
  ing, James (Cole)        that newly reaching infants could use a joystick to        beach. Although they may look fun, with a Barbie            in Arts degree, a two-year liberal arts program. The       to develop online Spanish courses with a
  Galloway, associate      control a distant toy. This and other research strongly    or Batman or NASCAR outer shell, UD2 must be a              curriculum builds enhanced communication skills,           live Web-based lab component. In addi-          Associate in Arts Online
  professor of physical
  therapy, and Ji-Chul
                           suggested that very young infants could be trained in      rough and tough member of the family able to stand          including such broad skills as the ability to analyze      tion to online learning activities and in-      www.pcs.udel.edu/udonline/aa/
  Ryu, a doctoral candi-   real world navigation. It was a special feeling to see a   up to how families with kids live, that is, in constant     issues and think critically – traits valued by any em-     dependent course assignments, a weekly
  date in UD’s Depart-     potential solution to a really serious health-care gap     motion!”                                                    ployer and useful in pursuing further education in         online meeting time enables students and        •  A great building block toward 
  ment of Mechanical
                           for young kids. There was and still is a special tingle       This interdisciplinary project is bringing together      any field.                                                 instructor to meet in real time for discus-     earning a UD bachelor’s degree
  Engineering.
                           when we think of the not so distant future. “              students and researchers from fields that have had little      Previously earned college credits may be eligible for   sion and pronunciation practice. Com-           •  Previous college coursework 
                              Thus, UD1 was born. The researchers and graduate        or no interaction: engineering, early childhood educa-      transfer into the Associate in Arts Online program. Par-   puter speakers, microphone and special          may be transferrable
                           students took UD1 to the UD Early Learning Cen-            tion and pediatric therapy.                                 ticipants do not need to be admitted into the program      online communication software create a          •  Begin taking courses before 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             applying to the program
                           ter, which has a wide range of infants, a gymnasium           “The research, educational and health care impact        in order to begin taking courses. In fact, taking a few    virtual online language lab which can be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             •  Take advantage of free 
                           for initial training on the robot and a varied outdoor     is particularly exciting, given the critical nature of      courses before applying for admission is often a benefi-   accessed from anywhere.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             advisement services
                           landscape to use as a test track.                          early development, the relatively short time to pre-        cial way to determine if the program is a good fit.           To make a science class with lab avail-
                              “It was a relief when we saw that the children          pare special needs infants to enter mainstream educa-          This online program is a result of cooperation be-      able to distance learning students, the         This program may be of interest to:
                           quickly learned to use the joystick,” Agrawal said. “If    tion and the complete lack of power mobility early in       tween UD Online distance learning and the Univer-          Department of Geology offers GEOL               •  Those interested in beginning 
                           they had just sat there or cried, it would have been       life,” Galloway said. “This project has so many posi-       sity’s academic departments to develop the courses         105 Geological Hazards and Their Hu-            a degree which may be applied
                           back to the drawing board. But over time we have           tives, and is of interest to so many in the community.      needed for this degree. On-campus lectures have            man Impact and its accompanying lab as a        toward a bachelor’s degree
                           seen them gradually increase their time with the ro-       We are encouraging everyone interested in special           been filmed in specially equipped studio classrooms,       Web-based course.                               •  Any student who needs a 
                           bot and the amount of distance they cover.”                needs infants to get involved – from parents to poli-       and students in the UD Online sections will see and           To begin the Associate in Arts On-           flexible course structure that
                              The current goal is to produce a small fleet of cus-    cymakers. We are thinking locally and globally at the       hear actual faculty lectures, review class notes and       line, students should seek academic ad-         will fit into a busy schedule
                           tom-built robots (UD2) and then place them with            same time. We still have plenty of barriers that must       link to related resources online.                          visement through the ACCESS Center,             •  Returning adult students with 
                           special needs infants in communities throughout            be eliminated before all special needs infants have the        Other Web-based classes are developed and de-           so that their curriculum can be tailored        previous college credits
                           Delaware and to gather data to analyze how they are        opportunity for full mobility. In addition to engineer-     livered entirely on the Internet through text, guided      to their own academic goals. However,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Contact information:
                           used and what the children learn so that the research      ing and training barriers, there are financial, political   readings, interactive Web activities, online research      students can begin taking classes before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Continuing Studies Information
                           team can continue to make modifications.                   and social barriers. We are inviting all Delawareans to     projects and online threaded class discussion. E-mail,     applying for formal admission. Academic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Tel. 302/831-7600 or
                              Both researchers note that Delaware, with its mix       help us shape the future of special needs infants and       discussion forums and telephone office hours keep          and career counseling, and evaluation of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1-800-597-1444
                           of urban, rural and suburban communities, is a model       their families.”                                            professors and students in touch.                          any previous college coursework, are free       E-mail: continuing-ed@udel.edu
                           state for a clinical project such as this. “For a real                                                                    UD Online courses are regular University credit         services of the ACCESS Center.

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                                                                   D
                                                                                   uring its ncaa division           DelCampo, who was named third team All-Atlan-
                                                                                    I-AA national champi-         tic 10 Conference, said playing for the 2003 national
                                                                                     onship football season       championship team was a great experience that also
                                                                                     in 2003, the University      shaped the way he looks at life beyond the gridiron
                                                                                   of Delaware Fightin’ Blue      and the college campus.
                                                                   Hens enjoyed stellar performances on both         “I had a wonderful experience at UD, and I owe a
                                                                   sides of the ball from two former team-        lot of that to football,” DelCampo says. “That 2003
                                                                   mates at Cape Henlopen High School.            season shaped my outlook on life. I’m convinced that
                                                                      Helping the Hens finish 15-1 with a         no team in the nation worked harder than we did,
                                                                   resounding 40-0 win over Colgate in the        both during the off-season and the regular season. To
                                                                   national championship game at Chat-            put in the effort and be rewarded for it, that is really
                                                                   tanooga, Tenn., were offensive left tackle     something.”
                                                                   Nicholas Pasquale “Trip” DelCampo, of             Currently a third-year student at the University of
                                                                   Rehoboth Beach, and linebacker Mark            Bridgeport (Conn.) College of Chiropractic, Del-
                                                                   Moore, of Lewes.                               Campo says he eventually hopes to set up a practice
                                                                      An exercise physiology major with a mi-     in the Lewes-Rehoboth area, where he says the Blue         general, seemed to provide more and more support          DelCampo (72) blocks
                                                                   nor in economics, DelCampo was a foot-         Hen connection in Southern Delaware remains strong.        academically while I was there.”                          a player from South-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ern Illinois during a
                                                                   ball and track standout for the Cape Hen-         “On any given Saturday during football season, you         As a biology education major, Moore said his fa-       2003 NCAA tourna-
                                                                   lopen Vikings, where he started for two        will see cars with Blue Hen stickers heading from          vorite class was taught by David Smith, a professor       ment win. Photo by
                                                                   years as a two-way lineman for coaches         down state up to Newark,” DelCampo says. “There            of biology who “could make even microbial ecology         Eric Crossan
                                                                   George Glenn and Brian Donahue.                has always been strong support for UD teams among          seem really interesting.”
                                                                      “My dad, Nick DelCampo, is an alum          the Sussex County community.”                                 Like many Blue Hen alums, family and friends
                                                                   who played football at UD, and he also            While DelCampo was busy anchoring the left side         from Southern Delaware, it was with a family mem-
                                                                   took me up to Newark to watch the Blue         of the offensive line, Lewes native Mark Moore was         ber that Moore saw his first football game at Dela-
                                                                   Hens,” DelCampo says. “With these              a first-year starter at outside linebacker and part of a   ware Stadium.
                                                                   memories of coming to the games as a kid       defensive unit that held the opposition to 15.4 points        “My uncle Paul Jones played for UD in the early
                                                                   and playing football in high school, I al-     per game.                                                  1970s, and his brother Rick took me to a game when
                                                                   ways wanted to play at Delaware.”                 “It was just a really cool thing to be part of a team   I was in junior high school,” Moore says. “I was in
     Trip DelCampo and                                                Before playing for UD Head Football         that had that type of chemistry and with the leader-       awe of the whole atmosphere.”
     Mark Moore were                                               Coach K.C. Keeler, DelCampo started his        ship of people like Mike Adams,” Moore says. “Ev-             Moore says that the connection between Blue
     teammates at Cape
                                                                   football career as a Blue Hen under Col-       erybody held each other accountable, and the chem-         Hen football and UD alums in Southern Delaware
     Henlopen High and
     on the University of                                          lege Football Hall of Fame member Har-         istry that existed was something that you really can’t     remains strong, as evidenced in March 2006 by the
     Delaware’s 2003                                               old “Tubby” Raymond as a backup offen-         explain.”                                                  number of fans who turned out for UD’s first-ever
     national champion-                                            sive tackle during the 2001 season.               Games that stand out for Moore during the 2003          Sussex County Blue-White spring scrimmage at
     ship team. Photo by
     Kathy Atkinson                                                   One of the major differences between        season include wins over Navy and the University of        Cape Henlopen High.
                                                                   high school and college football is the        Massachusetts, and a loss on the road against North-          “Rep. Joseph Booth (Republican-37th District)
                            Blue Hen football champs               amount of time and effort required, Del-       eastern.                                                   held an event where he invited Coach K.C. Keeler to
                                                                   Campo says. “The level of commitment is           “To beat Navy in a thriller and see all of the his-     speak,” Moore says. “Things like this and the fact that
                            stay connected to UD by jerry rhodes




 A Close
                                                                   intense, especially in the summer, where       tory in Annapolis was great, and to get that triple-       the scrimmage was held at Cape Henlopen shows
                                                                   practices and meetings can run from six in     overtime win over UMass was really something,”             that UD football has tried to maintain its close con-
                                                                   the morning until nine at night. Also the      Moore says. “Losing the away game against North-           nection with the people in Southern Delaware.”
                                                                   competition is much greater, because when      eastern late in the season (Nov. 8) really humbled us.        Having a lot of former Blue Hens living in South-
                                                                   you get to college, you find the players are   It brought us back to reality and made us realize we       ern Delaware also helps maintain the popularity of
                                                                   all fast and they are all strong.”             weren’t invincible. We just went to work from there.”      what many consider to be one of the top sporting




CONNECTION
                                                                                                                     Moore says that being a student-athlete at UD in-       experiences in the First State, Moore says.
                                                                                                                  volves as much commitment in the classroom as it              “People rally around the Blue Hens like people
                                                                                                                  does on the practice and playing fields.                   from Philly rally around the Eagles,” Moore says.
                                                                                                                     “At UD they stress academics first,” Moore says.        “For sports fans, UD football is probably the biggest
                                                                                                                  “The football program in particular, and athletics in      thing going on in Delaware.”

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Focus on
     quality
UD alumnus Chandler
says Sussex County is
special to him by martin mbugua

university of delaware alumnus
William B. Chandler III, the chancel-
lor of the Delaware Court of Chancery,
grew up and still lives in Dagsboro.
   Chandler was appointed chancellor
of the Delaware Court of Chancery
in 1997, where he had served as vice
chancellor since 1989. He also served
as resident judge of the Delaware Su-
perior Court from 1985 to 1989.
   Chandler received his law degrees
from the University of South Caro-
lina School of Law and the Yale Law
School and his undergraduate degree
from the University of Delaware in
1973.
   Before his appointment to the court,
Chancellor Chandler was an associate
with the firm of Morris, Nichols, Ar-
sht & Tunnell and he served as legal
counsel to former Gov. Pete du Pont.
   Chandler also taught commercial
law, legislative process and remedies
for two years at the University of Ala-
bama School of Law. He is presently
a member of the American Law In-
stitute and the Delaware Bar Associa-
tion.
   In addition, Chandler is a trustee of
the John L. Weinberg Center for Cor-
porate Governance in the University
                                           Chancellor William
of Delaware’s Lerner College of Busi-      B. Chandler III, a
ness and Economics, a board member         UD alumnus from
of the Yale Law School Corporate           Dagsboro, discusses
                                           the quality of life of
Governance Center and a member             Southern Delaware
of the National Academy of Business        during a 2008 confer-
Court Judges.                              ence at the University.
                                           Photo by Kathy
   Chandler’s wife, Gayle, received her
                                           Atkinson
bachelor’s degree from UD in 1973.

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                   Their two children also are UD alumni, with their son,
                   Will, graduating magna cum laude in December 2006
                   and their daughter, Melody, graduating in May 2009.
                                                                              shopping centers and billboards,” he said.
                                                                                 “L.P. Hartly, in his novel ‘The Go-Between,’ fa-
                                                                              mously wrote that ‘[t]he past is a foreign country.’          Envisioning
                                                                                                                                                 the future
                     While delivering the keynote speech during a day-        Well, the Delaware I grew up in is a foreign coun-
                   long conference, “Creating a Livable Delaware: Path-       try to today’s world of urban planning, skyrocketing
                   ways for Enhancing Prosperity and Quality of Life,”        property values, and conferences like this one, where
                   in March, 2008, at the University’s Newark campus,         strategies to manage growth and to preserve our cul-
                   Chandler described the rapid population growth in          tural heritage are the challenges to be addressed,”
                   Sussex County, which he said was “a special place” to      Chandler said.
                   him, as an example of the challenges facing the state.        “Over the past ten years, even the Dagsboro town
                     “Since 1950, when the population of Sussex Coun-         council, like that of many other small towns, has

                   Rapid population growth is a problem being faced by Sussex County,
                   where even small towns like Dagsboro are coping with issues of
                   housing density, worsening traffic congestion, noise and air pollution.
                   ty was 61,336 people –that’s half the land area of the     wrestled with issues of housing density, residential
                   state for just 60,000 folks – life in Sussex County        planned communities and open space set aside for
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sea Grant helps Lewes keep
                   and in all of Delaware has fundamentally changed           new developments, as well as worsening traffic con-                                                                            ‘friendly Mid-Atlantic vibe’
                   and, in many ways, not for the better. The fields and      gestion, noise and air pollution.”                                                                                             despite a growing population
                   woods across which I tramped and the open space I             Chandler said solutions include continued efforts
                   savored have fallen to tract housing, as a huge influx     by the state to purchase and preserve open spaces, the
                   of retirees and tax refugees have sought a place ‘in the   purchase of development rights, stricter zoning laws          in a september 2007 new york times travel                      The FutureScan project began in 2007 with in- The FutureScan
                   country’ or ‘at the beach.’                                and a moratorium on new developments until infra-             article about Lewes, journalist Fred Bierman wrote          terviews of community leaders, such as city officials, project provided
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     an opportunity to
                      “The Delaware I was born into had a population of       structure needs are satisfied.                                that the town “has so far resisted touristy kitsch,         business owners, and key service providers, such as consider the future
                   just slightly over 300,000 people: More than 100,000          Chandler said the current credit freeze and hous-          somehow retaining its easy charm and friendly Mid-          the library and local post office.                           of Lewes. Photo by
                   in Wilmington, around 100,000 in the rest of New           ing market slowdown in Delaware acts as a de facto            Atlantic vibe, complete with long vowels, rustling             Then, in early 2008, a group of more than 50 com- Lisa Tossey
                   Castle [County] and less than 100,000 in all of Kent       moratorium on development, which offers state and             corn fields, and a dreamy slow pace.”                       munity leaders from government, housing, transpor-
                   and Sussex counties combined,” Chandler said.              local officials a perfect opportunity to implement               But how can Lewes, which saw a 36 percent popu-          tation, education and the environmental sectors got
                      “The population of the three counties today…is          some of his suggestions, “if they are truly serious           lation increase between 1990 and 2005, ensure this          together to discuss the critical issues facing Lewes.
                   quickly approaching 800,000, a near threefold in-          about preserving the quality of life in this small state.”    idyllic description fits 10 years from now?                    Next, the FutureScan team turned to Lewes resi-
                   crease in my lifetime alone. A state cannot experience        Chandler also recommended reassessment of prop-               Delaware Sea Grant and the Greater Lewes Foun-           dents for their opinions. The team held public meet-
                   such dramatic growth in such a short period of time        erty values for tax purposes to close the “tax vacuum,”       dation recently teamed up to help Lewes envision its        ings in April and June of 2008. The more than 140
                   without feeling some growing pains,” Chandler said.        as well as pooling some or all transfer tax revenue           future, with hopes the city can help not only maintain      residents who attended the meetings had the oppor-
                      “This in-migration has driven the cost of housing,      into a trust fund for the preservation of open spaces         its character but also the quality of life residents have   tunity to react to a series of questions using hand-
                   even in a slowed real estate market, beyond the ca-        through the purchase of development rights.                   come to expect.                                             held polling system devices to record their responses.
                   pacity of many local people, including my own chil-           He said that new developments should require the ap-          Through a project known as FutureScan, the                  On the table during discussions with community
                   dren,” Chandler said “The average cost of a house in       proval of local, county and state authorities to ensure the   groups talked to stakeholders across the city to get        leaders as well as citizens were issues such as trans-
                   Sussex is now $260,000, while incomes average less         involvement of all parties that would be affected. New        their opinions on the challenges and opportunities          portation, adequacy and access to services such as the
                   than $30,000 annually.                                     developments, he said, should either be approved based        that Lewes and the region will face through 2017.           local hospital, affordable housing and jobs. People
                      “Traditional communities, particularly the small        on the capacity of the infrastructure or on condition that    The result of the project was to develop action items       also had a chance to give their opinions on issues re-
                   African American waterfront communities that once          the developer meets the cost of improving the same.           the city can undertake to help preserve its core values,    lated to annexation, population growth and taxes.
                   existed throughout the eastern part of the county, have       Chandler also suggested that the responsibility of         things like its historic relationship with the sea and         “The Lewes community is fortunate to
                   been uprooted. Middle class children, whose middle         developing and maintaining roads should be trans-             its busy days and quiet nights.                             have many natural and historic features
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For the full FutureScan report
                   class parents owned homes in towns like Lewes or           ferred from the state Department of Transportation               “We are going from here, what we have today, to          that make it a place of distinction,” Falk
                   Rehoboth, are unable to afford such properties them-       to local authorities in order to make local authorities       what we want in the future,” says Jim Falk, director of     says. “The local residents who enjoy the        or more on Delaware Sea Grant,
                   selves. And sadly, many beautiful flatland vistas across   more accountable for their development decisions,             Delaware Sea Grant’s Marine Advisory Service and            small town quality of life and the visiting     visit the Web site
                   long fields of beans and corn fringed by marshland         while traffic from nearby states should be made to            the project’s coordinator. “It’s difficult to do that un-   tourists who help maintain the economy          www.deseagrant.org.
                   or pine grove are obscured by rows of houses, bulky        pay through electronic toll collection.                       less you know what people are thinking today.”              all appreciate these important assets and

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                 no doubt consider them crucial to the communities’                 Those action items together with the report will in-
                 long term vitality.”                                            fluence the next planning step for Lewes. That phase
                    Since gathering information from stakeholders, Falk          will involve working with a community planning firm
                 and his collaborators have created a final report that          that will recommend the housing units, commercial
                 synthesizes factual information they gathered along             square footage, jobs, basic services, road network,
                 with the community input. Based on that informa-                open space, and other amenities needed for the city’s
                 tion the report names nine action items and issues that         growing population.
                 should be addressed for public and private action.                 FutureScan was supported by the Delaware River
                    Among those projects are protecting open space, im-          and Bay Authority, and additional support has been
                 proving transportation and creating a plan to address           provided from Delaware Sea Grant and the Univer-
                 the city’s ability to conserve resources and improve en-        sity of Delaware’s Coastal Community Enhancement
                 vironmental well-being with regard to climate change.           Initiative.


                                                                                                                                                 UD engineers help to
                   Circus theme a winner in Lewes Lighted Boat Parade                                                                            monitor Indian River Inlet
                                                                                                                                                 Bridge, educate public
                     A mouse, a fortune teller, and even a ringmaster were       Coast Day, sponsored by CMES and Delaware Sea Grant.            by diane kukich

                   part of the University of Delaware College of Marine and        The parade traditionally takes place on the first Saturday

                   Earth Studies’ winning entry in the Lewes Lighted Boat        evening of October, and Coast Day, a celebration of Dela-
                                                                                                                                                 university of delaware bridge en-
                   Parade held Oct. 4, 2008, on the Lewes Canal front.           ware’s coastal resources, is held the next day at UD’s Hugh




                                                                                                                                                                                                    A
                                                                                                                                                 gineers and educators will have a unique
                     The parade was sponsored by the Lewes Chamber of            R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.                                       opportunity to implement new sensing
                   Commerce and was part of its annual Boast the Coast             The 2008 CMES team, which dressed up the University           technologies and inform the public about
                   Festival. Each year, the Lewes Chamber and the College of     of Delaware’s 30-foot Research Vessel Donna M as “CMES
                                                                                                                                                 engineering when construction begins on
                                                                                                                                                 a new bridge over the Indian River Inlet




                                                                                                                                                                                                    critical
                   Marine and Earth Studies (CMES) team up to hold Maritime      Under the Big Top,” took first place in the 25-foot and over
                                                                                                                                                 in Sussex County later this year.
                   Festival Weekend, which includes Boast the Coast as well as   powerboat class. A team of circus elephants (toys strung           Crossed by hundreds of thousands of
                                                                                 along the bow) led the ship down the canal as circus music      vehicles every year, the Indian River In-
                                                                                                                                                 let Bridge (IRIB) is a critical link between
                                                                                 played and each character on board played his or her part
                                                                                                                                                 Delaware’s northern and southern beach-




                                                                                                                                                                                                        link
                                                                                 — a weight lifter pumped iron and a dancer shook her hips.      es. What many beach-goers don’t realize,
                                                                                   The college has participated in the parade each year          however, is that while the inlet is a haven
                                                                                                                                                 for fishermen and a corridor from the bay
                                                                                 since its inception in 1996 and has had great success. The
                                                                                                                                                 to the ocean for boaters, it is a hostile en-
                                                                                 2007 entry won first in the same class, with students aboard    vironment for a bridge.
                                                                                 the 26-foot R/V Captain White dressed as 1920s-style               According to Dennis O’Shea, assis-
                                                                                                                                                 tant director of design for the Delaware
                                                                                 gangsters and flappers.
                                                                                                                                                 Department of Transportation (DelDOT), the new             will be 2,600 feet long, including a 900-foot clear      By the end of 2011,
                                                                                   Other themes have included a haunted pirate ship and          bridge is needed because severe scouring of the inlet      span over the inlet, with 1,700 feet of bridge decking   residents and tourists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     traveling Coastal
                                                                                 the Dutch ship De Walvis in celebration of Lewes’ 375th         over the years has increased its depth from less than      over the land.                                           Highway will be using
                                                                                                                                                 30 feet when the current bridge was built in 1965 to          The bridge will be outfitted with a long-term         a new bridge at Indian
                                                                                 anniversary. In 2005, CMES Dean Nancy Targett was the
                                                                                                                                                 more than 100 feet today.                                  structural health monitoring (SHM) system, which         River Inlet. Photos by
                                                                                 parade’s grand marshal.                                                                                                                                                             Eric Crossan
                                                                                                                                                    By the end of 2011, residents and tourists traveling    will be installed by a research team affiliated with
                                                                                   “(The parade) is in keeping with the town spirit,” said As-   back and forth on Delaware’s Coastal Highway will          the University of Delaware’s Center for Innovative
                   “CMES Under the Big Top” was the theme of the College                                                                         be traversing the new bridge. The cable-stayed struc-      Bridge Engineering (CIBrE) in collaboration with
                                                                                 sistant Director of Marine Operations Captain Art Sundberg,
                   of Marine and Earth Studies entry in the 2008 parade.                                                                         ture was designed to thwart Mother Nature by hav-          DelDOT.
                   Photo by Brandon Bourque                                      who competes with CMES students.                                ing all of its piers on dry land, safe from the abrasive      Michael Chajes, dean of UD’s College of Engi-
                                                                                                                                                 currents that rush through the inlet. The new bridge       neering and professor of civil and environmental en-

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a critical link                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            points of interest



                                                                                                                    learned both in instrumenting
                                                                                                                    the bridge and in analyzing
                                                                                                                    the data collected will help to
                                                                                                                    expand fundamental knowl-
                                                                                                                    edge of bridge behavior and of
                                                                                                                    SHM systems.
                                                                                                                       “Data from the system will
                                                                                                                                                         MALS offers ‘learning community’
                                                                                                                    become part of the mainte-
                                                                                                                    nance and inspection records
                                                                                                                                                         at Georgetown center                                   by sue moncure

                                                                                                                    for the bridge,” he says, “which
                                                                                                                    will enable DelDOT to better
                                                                                                                    maintain and operate it. The            The University of Delaware’s Master of Arts in          Staunton, Va.
                                                                                                                    structural health monitoring         Liberal Studies, or MALS program, could just as eas-         It was a “page and stage” col-
                                                                                                                    system will include a variety        ily stand for Mature Adults Learning Society because       laboration, the professors said.
                                                                                                                    of embedded and surface-             it is centered on graduate students of all ages and in-      The class did far more than
                                                                                                                    mounted sensors distributed          terests who seriously want to further their education      read the Bard’s plays – they
                                                                                                                    throughout the bridge. Our           and knowledge in a variety of disciplines.                 were immersed in them. Col-
                                                                                                                    hope is that this new technol-          Classes are offered in the University of Delaware’s     well gave lectures and the his-
                                                                                                                    ogy will enable us to improve        Academic Center in Georgetown, as well as in New-          torical background and signifi-
                                                                                                                    the safety and longevity of the      ark and Wilmington.                                        cance of the plays, and Keegan
                                                                                                                    Indian River Bridge as well as          “MALS students are truly a learning community,”         focused on acting and theatre.
                                                                                                                                                         says Joan DelFattore, director of MALS and professor       Since Keegan was performing
   A view of the cur-                                                                                                                                    of English. “The students are a joy to teach because       in four plays – as King Lear,
   rent Indian River
                              The new bridge over the Indian River Inlet will be outfitted with a long-
                                                                                                                                                         they are interested and engaged and enrolled in the        Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth
   Inlet Bridge from the      term structural health monitoring system, which will be installed by a                                                     program because they want to be there. In fact, there      Night, the Duke of York in Richard II and Pompey Jim Keegan is a
   Atlantic Ocean. The
   new bridge, to be          University of Delaware research team.                                                                                      is list of faculty who have asked to teach in the MALS     in Measure for Measure – the class focused on these resident actor at the
   located just west of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     American Shake-
                                                                                                                                                         program because it is stimulating, gratifying and fun.”    plays, studying them in depth.                          speare Center in
   the current span, will
                                  gineering, and Harry (“Tripp”) Shenton, chairperson        others throughout the U.S.”                                    The students are of all ages, from their 20s to their     After the lectures in Georgetown, the class traveled Staunton, Va., who
   not have piers in the
   water.                         of UD’s Department of Civil and Environmental                 The University of Delaware will also participate in      70s and older, and come from a variety of back-            to attend performances of the play at the American offered an innova-
                                  Engineering, will lead the project, which will also        DelDOT’s plan to use the IRIB project in enhancing          grounds, according to DelFattore, who has been             Shakespeare Center in Virginia. The theatre has a tive MALS program in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Georgetown. Photo by
                                  include several other faculty, graduate students, and      the public’s appreciation for bridges and in attract-       teaching MALS students for many years.                     modern exterior, but the interior is a replica of the Michael Bailey
                                  professional staff.                                        ing K-12 students to the field of engineering. “Once           Some are retirees pursuing new interests and some       Black Friars Theatre, constructed in consultation
                                     “The Indian River Inlet Bridge has a minimum 100-       major construction begins, the project area will see        are in professions, such as teaching, where a master’s     with the Globe Theatre in London, giving the audi-
                                  year design life,” says Chajes. “Inspection and main-      significant activity in terms of workers and equip-         degree furthers their careers.                             ence a feeling of how the plays were performed in
                                  tenance of the bridge during that time will require a      ment,” O’Shea says. “The process of building bridges           After finishing their coursework, MALS students         Shakespeare’s time, Keegan said.
                                  substantial investment in time and resources. By in-       is fascinating to the general public as well as to spe-     complete the program by writing a thesis or doing a          The MALS students also had behind-the-scenes
                                  stalling a monitoring system, DelDOT and CIBrE             cific education groups.”                                    project on topics that are meaningful to them, Del-        tours, workshops, talks with the actors and attended
                                  will be able to monitor the bridge during construction        While the public waits for the elegant new struc-        Fattore says. The topics are wide-ranging, from a          actors’ classes.
                                                                 to ensure safety, under-    ture to rise over the inlet, DelDOT continues to            book for children by a pediatric nurse, a documen-           Seth and Samantha Buford, high school teachers
                                                                 stand the initial bridge    monitor the existing 43-year-old twin spans. Re-            tary on women in a shelter, the environmental impact       in Sussex County, had praise for the MALS program
        A project page on DelDOT’s web site www.deldot.
                                                                 condition and use it        searchers at the University of Delaware have contrib-       of White Clay Creek, the social impact of African          and the Shakespeare course. Noting that
        gov/information/projects/indian_river_bridge/            as a baseline for future    uted their efforts substantially as well, working with      American churches, and the history and detailed            the MALS program is an excellent choice        To learn more about the
        index.shtml serves as a source of information related    evaluations, and moni-      DelDOT in 2007 to install pier sensors on the bridge        analysis of a World War II plane.                          for students in Sussex County, the Bu-         University of Delaware
        to the bridge design and public involvement process. The tor changes in condi-       and, more recently, to install sonar devices to further        An example of a MALS course is the innovative           fords say MALS is “flexible, exciting” and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MALS program, call
                                                                 tion over time to aid in    monitor the scour progression.                              class offered in Georgetown last semester, “Shake-         “challenging,” adding the director “strives
        site features a live Webcam of the area, a photo gallery                                                                                                                                                                                                   (302) 831-6075 or visit
                                                                 ongoing management.”           “This is the most monitored bridge in the state,” says   speare in Performance,” team taught by Anne Col-           to create a community of learners whose
        of ongoing work, news stories, and information about the    According to Shen-       O’Shea, “and all of the information we have gathered        well, associate professor of English, and Jim Keegan,      needs and desires are met” and the profes-     the Web site at
        design of the bridge.                                    ton, the researchers an-    indicates that the existing bridge is structurally sound    assistant professor of English, who also is a resi-        sors “design courses that are exercises in     www.udel.edu/mals/.
                                                                 ticipate that the lessons   and safe for the traveling public’s use.”                   dent actor at the American Shakespeare Center in           intellect.”

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                             IPA provides planning services to
                             local governments

                               an array of planning services, in-
                               cluding assistance in the development
                               of comprehensive plans, are provided to
                               Southern Delaware municipalities by the
                               University of Delaware’s Institute for Public
                               Administration (IPA) in the College of Hu-
                               man Services, Education and Public Policy.
                                  During the past decade, IPA has assisted
                               many towns in Southern Delaware develop
                               or update their comprehensive plans, includ-
                               ing Lewes, Henlopen Acres, Dewey Beach,
                               Millsboro, Bethany Beach, Frankford, Dags-
                               boro, Blades, Georgetown and Bridgeville.                   system (GIS) development.
                                  Additionally, IPA has provided other planning ser-          Services include the development of comprehen-
                               vices, including the development of planning maps, to       sive plans for municipalities, assistance with trans-
                               Milton, Rehoboth, Millville, Ocean View and Delmar.         portation planning, help with the resolution of water
                                  In 2008, IPA worked with the Greater Georgetown          and wastewater issues, training on the comprehensive
                               Chamber of Commerce and the town of Georgetown,             planning process and the administration of land-use
                               along with the staff of the UD’s Small Business Devel-      regulations, reviews of government services and map-
                               opment Center in Georgetown, to develop the “Greater        ping assistant with the use of GIS for the purposes of
                               Georgetown Area Comprehensive Market Analysis.”             local government planning
                                  The report should provide the Chamber and the               IPA planning partners include state agencies such
                               town a tool to enhance the economic vitality of this        as the Department of Transportation, the Depart-
                               area in Southern Delaware.                                  ment of Natural Resources and Environmental Con-
                                  The IPA Planning Services Team combines the              trol and the State Office of Management and Budget.
                               professional planning experience and research skills           Southern Delaware municipalities interested in
                               of its staff with the resources of the University of        working with the IPA Planning Services Team can
                               Delaware to provide services to municipalities.             contact the office in Newark at (302) 831-8971 or the
                                  Having served at all levels of state, county and local   office in Lewes at (302) 645-4353.
                               government, the Planning Services Team members                 “Most towns in Delaware do not have personnel
                               offer an impressive list of credentials, a variety of ex-   with land-use planning experience,” Martin Wol-
                               periences and the skills required to address the needs      laston, IPA planning services manager, says. “IPA
                                            of the state’s municipalities.                 has delivered direct staff assistance to many of these
                                              Complementing the group’s work is            towns to address their current needs for town plans
        More information is available       the contribution of the Water Resources        or ordinance revisions. Additionally, IPA continues
        on the Web site at www.ipa.         Agency, a unit of the IPA, which offers        to provide professional training opportunities to
        udel.edu.                           expertise in watershed planning, comput-       strengthen the planning knowledge of the elected
                                            er mapping and geographic information          and appointed leaders in these towns.”

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                               King Crop Insurance, Inc.                                                                                 Teaching
                               40 Years of a Family Business
                                  “A family tradition since 1967”                                                                              teachers
K      ing Crop Insurance began in
       1967 when Reese King learned
of an opportunity with the Federal
                                                                                       2006, Jackie invited her sister Nancy
                                                                                       to join her in the family business. Over
                                                                                       the years the crop insurance program
Crop Insurance Corporation out of                                                      has added more insurable crops,
Washington, DC. He and his wife                                                        additional plans, and levels of coverage.
Catherine decided to open the first crop                                               With the financial uncertainties and
insurance agency in Sussex County.                                                     volatilities facing today’s farmer, crop
It started in an office on a 100 acre                                                  insurance is more important than ever.
farm they owned in Laurel, DE. Reese                                                   The USDA’s federal crop insurance
began the business serving neighbors                                                   program continues to offer a risk
and a network of farmers he knew                                                       management tool to farmers which
in the county with a strong belief in the future of crop             can be specifically tailored to the farmer’s individual
insurance. In 1972 Reese died and Catherine decided to               needs. Crop insurance enables farmers to borrow money
continue with the business. She often brought her two                to expand and improve their businesses by providing
youngest daughters along with her when visiting area                 lenders the assurance that farmers will have sufficient
farms. Jackie learned the business from the ground up                economic security to repay loans. It also provides
                                                                                                                                         University center provides
answering phones, stuffing envelopes, filing and eagerly             the security that enables farmers to forward market                 experts in education by neil thomas
doing any task delegated. Jackie knew she wanted                     their crops to take advantage of market opportunities.
to stay involved in farming. She graduated from the                  Without a strong crop insurance program, uncontrollable
University of Delaware majoring in Agriculture. After                changes in weather could undermine the financial
graduation Jackie worked for a regional crop insurance               security of individual farmers and place the entire farm            the university of delaware’s southern                     grams with the Milford and Smyrna districts, as well.      The Southern
office in Winston-Salem, NC. In 1987 she returned to                 economy in jeopardy. King Crop Insurance started in                 Delaware Professional Development Center is pro-             “We have been getting a very positive reception         Delaware Professional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Development Center
Delaware and entered the family business as a partner                1967 with a strong belief in the future of crop insurance           viding public school districts and charter schools in     from teachers and administrators,” Hudson says.            provides schools
with Catherine. Catherine retired in 2003 after 36 years             and continues to believe in the value of the program                Kent and Sussex counties with the services of experts        The center’s team of specialists is based at the Uni-   in Kent and Sussex
of working with crop insurance. King Crop Insurance,                 as it serves neighbors and the network of farmers on                in teaching specific content areas.                       versity of Delaware Carvel Research and Education          counties with the
Inc. has expanded and now serves the entire state of                 Delmarva.                                                              The center, which opened in 2007 in partnership        Center in Georgetown, and programs are offered in          services of experts in
Delaware and several counties in Maryland. In April                                                                                      with the Delaware Department of Education, makes          close collaboration with the Mathematics and Sci-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              specific content areas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Photos by Duane Perry
                                                                                                                                         it possible to coordinate common professional goals       ence Education Resource Center, the Delaware Cen-
                                            King Crop Insurance, Inc.                                                                    across multiple districts and helps to create partner-    ter for Teacher Education and Delaware Academy
                                               600 E. Market Street                                                                      ships for specific goals, such as implementing the        of School Leadership, all in the University of Dela-
                                              Georgetown, DE 19947                                                                       new science curriculum.                                   ware’s College of Human Services, Education and
                                  302-855-0800 - 800-823-7750 - Fax: 302-855-0885                                                           “The districts are very excited to have the services   Public Policy.
                                                 agking@rcis.com                                                                         of the University of Delaware in Kent and Sussex             The center itself is part of the UD College of Arts
                                                                                                         Jackie L. King, Agent           counties,” says Tracy Hudson, coordinator and liter-      and Sciences’ Center for Secondary Teacher Education.
   GPS Mapping Available                                                                                  Nancy L. King, Agent           acy specialist at the Southern Delaware Professional         The student teaching specialists at the center are
                                                                                                                                         Development Center.                                       Hudson, former supervisor of instruction in the In-
                                                                                                                                            Hudson said the center, based in Georgetown, is        dian River School District and former adjunct pro-
                                                          Promoting Agriculture
King Crop Insurance is involved in the following: Mid-Atlantic Soybean Association–National Corn Growers Association-Vegetable Growers   working with middle and high schools in the Caesar        fessor at Wilmington University; Michael Buoni, a
 Association-Gold Sponsor of DE 4H Foundation-Delaware Farm Bureau-Maryland Farm Bureau-Maryland Crop Insurance Advisory Board-          Rodney, Delmar, Indian River, Laurel, Lake Forest,        former Cape Henlopen teacher and adjunct profes-
 RCIS Advisory Board-National Association of Crop Insurance Agents-FFA Sponsor for Maryland and Delaware-Delmarva Poultry Industry-      Seaford and Woodbridge school districts, and has pro-     sor of biology, microbiology and biotechnology at
                         Delmarva Ag Scholarship-Maryland and Delaware LEAD Program-Delaware Ag Museum

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                Delaware Technical and Community College and                        ficials and individualize professional development
                secondary science teaching specialist; Tim Young,                   programs based on their specific needs.                        Coastal engineer gets
                former Delaware Teacher of the Year and an adjunct                     It is then able to provide consistent and continuing        creative in monitoring
                instructor at Delaware State University and second-                 support by being close at hand to the districts served.
                ary social studies teaching specialist; and Molli M.                   The center also provides opportunities for multi-
                                                                                                                                                   beach processes
                                                                                                                                                   by diane kukich
                Carter, a veteran middle and high school teacher and                district events in such areas as using technology in
                secondary mathematics teaching specialist.                          the classroom and analyzing standardized test data
                   The center’s programs are designed to benefit                    and assessment.
                teachers and students in the four principal content                    Further, Hudson said she has found that the cen-
                areas: math, science, English and social studies.                   ter has become an informal network through which
                   Partnerships with districts enable the staff to work             teachers and administrators from various districts can
                with teachers on a sustained basis, an improvement                  make connections, share information and “learn from
                over typical professional development sessions that                 each other.”
                last only a few hours. Specialists visit the schools on                Also, the center hopes to stimulate interest among
                a regular basis, form relationships of trust with the               Southern Delaware students in becoming second-
                teachers, and are able to suggest ways to improve in-               ary teachers in Delaware, filling a void. “Prior to the
                struction in a non-threatening context.                             opening of the center, there had never been much




                                                                                                                                                   Shoreline
                   Hudson said the professional development center                  in the way of services for student teachers,” Hudson
                enables the specialists to sit down with district of-               said.



                    Delaware alumni stay in touch
                    through UDconnection.com
                                    The University of Delaware has launched its

                                      newest service to help alumni keep in touch
                                                                                      “We are very excited to offer alums the opportunity to

                                                                                    stay connected with each other and the University through
                                                                                                                                                        sentinel
                                                                                                                                                   southern delaware is home to 24 miles of                  based remote sensing system installed on the roof of
                                       with their fellow Blue Hens and their alma   UDconnection.com,” said Lauren Murray Simione, assistant       coastline along the Atlantic Ocean, which attracts        the Henlopen Hotel, a jet ski loaded with high-tech
                                                                                                                                                   more than 5 million visitors every year. The beaches      equipment, and, soon, a blimp that may be equipped
                                        mater – UDconnection.com, a social          director of alumni relations.
                                                                                                                                                   not only play a tremendous role in the State’s tour-      with LIDAR (LIght Detection And Ranging) equip-
                                        networking site just for Delaware alumni.     “The alumni office gets requests daily from alumni looking   ism industry but also serve as a vital physical barrier   ment.
                                          Sponsored by the UD Alumni Associa-       for UD friends and classmates and our new online community     between the sea and developed areas.                         Known as SANDCAM (Surf And Nearshore
                                                                                                                                                      Agencies such as Delaware’s Department of Natu-        Dynamics CAMera), the surveillance equipment on
                                     tion, this online community allows alumni to   is a great way to reconnect. It’s a way for alumni to stay
                                                                                                                                                   ral Resources and Environmental Control (DN-              the hotel roof is based on pioneering technology de-
                                make connections with one another, get in touch     connected with each other and UD – through class notes,        REC) employ a variety of monitoring and mitigation        veloped by Prof. Rob Holman at Oregon State Uni-
                    with old friends and classmates, keep up with the news,         personal profile pages and information posted on the chapter   strategies to protect this valuable but fragile natural   versity, who advised Puleo’s master’s thesis. Similar
                    network with other alums and generally stay involved, no        and affinity pages within UDconnection.com,” Simione said.     resource.                                                 equipment is in place at Bethany Beach and is used
                                                                                                                                                      Jack Puleo, assistant professor in the Department      by Prof. James Kirby to monitor rip currents.
                    matter where they live or travel.                                 The service is just the latest among numerous ways
                                                                                                                                                   of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Uni-           The approach uses a set of cameras, which are posi-
                      UDconnection allows each alum the opportunity to update       available for alumni to stay connected. These include the      versity of Delaware, is contributing to this effort by    tioned on a tower or other high point and connected
                    contact information and control what is displayed in the        University of Delaware Messenger magazine, the UDaily          conducting research on nearshore processes—includ-        to a computer. The cameras take snapshots, time
                                                                                                                                                   ing wave dynamics, current dynamics, and sediment         exposures, and variance images that are sent to the
                    directory on his or her personal profile page. Alumni can       for Alumni e-newsletter, alumni clubs that meet around the
                                                                                                                                                   transport—all of which can contribute to such detri-      computer for storage in a database and further pro-
                    also view class notes and photos from other alums and send      country and reunion events that are held on campus each        mental phenomena as beach erosion, scour, and the         cessing. The pictures can be rectified and rotated so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      University of Delaware
                    e-mails to old friends and classmates using blind e-mail,       year for various class years and affinity groups.              formation of rip currents.                                that the image appears to have been taken from above     researchers are using
                    which does not reveal others’ e-mail addresses. This is all       For more information about registering for the online           Puleo uses an array of advanced imaging tech-          and then merged to create a panorama.                    a variety of equipment
                                                                                                                                                   niques that enable changes in the beach over time            “Together, these images enable us to quickly see      to keep watch on the
                    done through a password-protected site only for Blue Hens.      community, visit the Web page www.UDconnection.com.                                                                                                                               Delaware beaches,
                                                                                                                                                   to be quantified. He is employing some unconven-          what is happening at any point in the day over six       including this rooftop
                                                                                                                                                   tional means to collect the images, including a video-    kilometers of shoreline,” Puleo says. “The work is       array.


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                                                                                       lution imaging equipment has shown the progression
                                                                                       of scour holes. “But,” he says, “it’s not clear whether
                                                                                       the changes occurred gradually or abruptly, possibly
                                                                                       as the result of storms. The equipment we’re install-
                                                                                       ing now will enable us to see what happens on short
                                                                                       time scales.”
                                                                                          Another tool that Puleo is using in this effort with
                                                                                                                                                  SDALL offers learning opportunities                                                                           Southern Delaware Academy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of Lifelong Learning
                                                                                       graduate student Jesse Hayden is a personal water-
                                                                                       craft equipped with a real-time kinematic GPS, a tilt
                                                                                                                                                  in retirement                     by nora riehl zelluk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Web site: www.academy.udel.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                edu/sdall/
                                                                                       sensor, an acoustic altimeter to determine depth, a
                                                                                       monitor, and a keypad with “hot keys” to control data                                                                                                                    The Southern Delaware Acad-
                                                                                       acquisition. All sensors are connected to an onboard       the southern delaware academy of                      Past and Future” with Gordon Blizard Jr., a vol-        emy of Lifelong Learning will
                                                                                       computer and powered by a marine cell battery lo-          Lifelong Learning was established in 1989 by          unteer water monitor for Delaware Inland Bays           be of interest to:
                                                                                       cated on the craft stern.                                  the University of Delaware as an opportunity for      and docent at the University of Delaware Col-
                                                                                          The little vessel, which looks like a jet ski on ste-   people of retirement age to create and participate    lege of Marine and Earth Studies, whose back-           All adults 50 years of age or
                                                                                       roids, is actually a low-cost rapid-response survey        in a unique continuing education experience in        ground includes degrees in physics, math and            older (and the spouses/partners
                                                                                       system for shallow water environments.                     the southern part of the state. The organization is   engineering science.                                    of members at any age), who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                are interested in an enriching
   A new University of      helping to answer such questions as ‘How much us-             “If we know a big storm is coming,” Puleo says, “we     celebrating it 20th year in spring 2009.                 In “Music of the 20th Century and Beyond”
   Delaware airship will                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        educational experience. There
                            able beach is there?’ ‘Are we losing usable beach from     can get in there quickly, take measurements, get out,         The Southern Delaware Academy of Life-             members can listen to and learn about music
   soon be taking flight                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        are no academic prerequisites.
   to monitor the state’s   one season to the next? and ‘How does the shoreline        and then come back in after the storm has passed to        long Learning is open to all participants 50          from Jon Newsom, a current Southern Dela-
   beaches. Photo by        respond throughout the year?’                              measure the effects.”                                      years of age or older, and the spouses and part-      ware Academy of Lifelong Learning member
   Michael O’Neal                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               A sampling of courses
                               Puleo is also leading a DelDOT-funded project              “DelDOT wants to know as much as they can               ners of members at any age. Classes are held at       who retired in 2005 from the Library of Con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •    arth’s Climate: Past and 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   E
                            to conduct scour monitoring of the Indian River In-        about the bridge and the bottom so that they can           the Lewes School and other locations in Lewes         gress as chief of its music division. He has writ-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Future
                            let. Scour occurs when sediment, including sand and        make informed decisions,” he continues. “For us,           and Rehoboth Beach. There are no academic re-         ten articles on jazz, post-Wagnerian opera, 19th
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •  Pottery for Fun and Friends
                            mud, is washed away from the bottom of a body of           the project is producing data that will enable us to       quirements for enrollment.                            century brass band music, and the invention of          •  Digital Darkroom
                            water. It can have serious effects on bridges when the     explore such questions as ‘Why did the scour holes            Member-created programs are the key in-            the phonograph. His current course delves into             D
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                •    elaware History: Five Topics 
                            bridge supports rest in or near scoured areas.             develop where they did?’ and ‘Why are they growing         gredient. The Southern Delaware Academy               musicals, ballets and film scores.                         of Social History
                               Construction on a new bridge over the Indian Riv-       the way they are?’”                                        of Lifelong Learning enables its members to              “I joined SDALL in early 1995 to take a              •    he Role of Religion in the 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   T
                            er Inlet is slated to begin this year; the new structure      This spring, Puleo will join a group of researchers     further their intellectual curiosity, to express      foreign policy seminar and was immediately                 World
                            will be a cable-stayed bridge with all of its piers out    using UD’s new airship to monitor the shoreline and        themselves, and to enjoy these experiences in         impressed with not only the variety and depth           •  Conversational German
                            of the water, eliminating the scour concerns of the        other natural resources in Delaware.                       a friendly, cooperative atmosphere among con-         of experience of the members, but also how              •  Victorian Women
                            existing span.                                                “The airship will offer us a wonderful opportunity      temporaries. Members are encouraged to offer          pleasant and committed they were,” says out-            •  Italian Opera
                               In the meantime, DelDOT has installed monitor-          to fly over large sections of the coast every six months   new course ideas, design and teach courses in         going Southern Delaware Academy of Lifelong             •  The Tango Experience
                            ing equipment on the existing bridge, and the agency       or so and note changes, at a much lower cost than          their areas of interest, and serve as committee       Learning program coordinator Bill Sharkey.              •  Recorder Ensemble Playing
                            conducts regular safety checks of the span and its         renting a small plane each time,” Puleo says.              members. Or members can simply enroll for the         “Later on I joined the staff as program coor-
                            support structure.                                            He hopes to equip the blimp with LIDAR to gen-          semester, taking as many courses as they wish.        dinator. I have been able to see the Academy            Location
                               “We know that over time, the depth of the inlet         erate topographic maps of Delaware’s coastline so             Instructors are all fellow Academy members         grow to 430 members, with an average offering           The Southern Delaware
                            has changed,” Puleo says. “Its typical depth is about      that he can assess dune height variability and beach       and include both active and retired profession-       of about 50 courses per semester.”                      Academy of Lifelong Learning
                            40 feet, but there are scour holes exceeding 100 feet.     erosion.                                                   als in their fields, and expert hobbyists.               In addition to enrolling in an unlimited number      is located in Lewes, with some
                            We’re developing and installing tools now that will           Like the state itself, the beaches in Delaware are         In the “Great Decisions” course, participants      of Academy courses each semester, members may           art classes held at Rehoboth Art
                            enable us to monitor the area in near-real time.”          small in size but big in impact.                           can discuss and learn about international affairs     also audit one University of Delaware credit course     League in Rehoboth.
                               These tools include sensors to locate the bottom of        The beaches bring tremendous value to the tiny          topics with fellow Southern Delaware Acad-            per semester, participate in Academy-sponsored
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Contact information:
                            the inlet and measure currents. Computers control          state in terms of tourism revenues, real estate value,     emy of Lifelong Learning member Robert                trips, obtain dial-up access to e-mail and Inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Southern Delaware Academy of
                            data acquisition from the sensors, and, once the net-      taxes, and jobs.                                           Duncan, whose background includes a master’s          net via the University at no cost, and participate in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lifelong Learning
                            work connections are in place, the data will be avail-        Puleo and other researchers at the University of        of public administration degree from the John         Academy computer user group meetings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                820A Savannah Road
                            able to the UD team on campus, almost 100 miles            Delaware are working to develop a fundamental un-          F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard               The Southern Delaware Academy of Life-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lewes, DE 19958
                            from the inlet.                                            derstanding of coastal processes—an understanding          University and more than 33 years’ experience         long Learning is located in Lewes. Some art
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phone: 302/645-4111
                                Puleo explains that data collected by the Army         that will have long-term implications for the effective    as a U.S. Foreign Service officer.                    classes are offered at the Rehoboth Art League
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                E-mail: sd-all@udel.edu
                            Corps of Engineers every few years with high-reso-         stewardship of this valuable resource.                        Members can learn about “Earth’s Climate:          in Rehoboth.

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                                                                                          Volunteers in the
                                                                                          University of Delaware’s
                                                                                          Citizens Monitoring
                                                                                          Program keep watch on
                                                                                          the quality of Southern
                                                                                          Delaware waterways.
                                                                                          Photos by Joe Farrell




A true                                                   Citizens, UD team up for
                                                         clean water by ron ohrel


   partnership
they fan out, young and old, traveling by                needed to understand and manage the ecosystem.
foot, car and boat to bays, beaches and marshes             The program is based in Lewes and managed by
throughout Sussex County.                                the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, which falls
   They’re driven by different motives – wanting         under the administrative umbrella of the University’s
safe water in which to swim, clean shellfish to eat,     College of Marine and Earth Studies (CMES). The
a healthy environment for their kids and grandkids,      college provides the Citizen Monitoring Program
even an explanation for a persistent stench near a       with its own laboratory space and access to sample
backyard pier.                                           processing and analytic equipment.
   Unpolluted beaches, safe seafood, and healthy eco-       Over the years, the volunteers also have developed
systems have something in common: clean water. The       close working relationships with college faculty, lab
volunteers participating in the University of Dela-      coordinators, research associates and students who,
ware’s Citizen Monitoring Program not only recog-        despite their own commitments, are regularly willing
nize the need for clean water; they’re working for it.   to lend a hand, offer seminars on proper data collec-
   Since 1991, citizen volunteers throughout Southern    tion and share research results on related topics.
Delaware’s coastal region have been visiting assigned       The college benefits as well. Since the primary pur-
monitoring sites and collecting data on important        pose of the program is to develop well-rounded marine
water quality characteristics. Their measurements give   research scientists, educators and managers, the oppor-
scientists and resource managers a clearer picture of    tunity to be involved with the Citizen Monitoring Pro-
the health of coastal waters and the trend information   gram has enriched student education and experiences.

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         Citizen monitors take pride
                                               In addition to the college and Dela-
                                            ware Sea Grant, the program is supported
                                                                                                      turn, it’s reasonable to assume that state agencies will
                                                                                                      continue to supplement their own water quality moni-
                                                                                                                                                                             Phytoplankton growing in great numbers, known
                                                                                                                                                                           as blooms, can be of concern depending on the spe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Southern Delaware
         in knowing that their efforts
         are helping to improve the
                                            by several organizations, including the
                                            Center for the Inland Bays, U.S. Envi-
                                                                                                      toring efforts with those of volunteer programs.
                                                                                                         “Our citizen monitors are key components in the
                                                                                                                                                                           cies involved. For example, blooms of one particular
                                                                                                                                                                           Karenia species, Karenia brevis, have been associated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       alumni club has
         health of one of Delaware’s
                                            ronmental Protection Agency, Delaware
                                            Estuary Program, National Fish and
                                                                                                      state’s water quality monitoring program,” says pro-
                                                                                                      gram manager Joe Farrell. “Government and univer-
                                                                                                                                                                           with shellfish toxicity, massive fish kills, and human
                                                                                                                                                                           respiratory irritation from aerosolized toxins.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       enthusiastic leader
         most treasured resources           Wildlife Foundation, local communities,                   sity scientists can’t be everywhere. The volunteers al-                Program coordinator Ed Whereat notified DNREC,
         – its coastal waterways.           and the Delaware Department of Natural                    low us to collect more data, more frequently, and over               and the Citizen Monitoring Program – with DN-               ♦ ♦ ♦ The newly revitalized Kent & Sussex Counties
         For more information about         Resources and Environmental Control                       a broader area.”                                                     REC support – continued to monitor the blooms over          Alumni Club has a lot of things going for it – the large num-
                                            (DNREC). DNREC is the program’s                              As a result, scientists and resource managers are                 the next two weeks. Working with regional colleagues,       ber of UD alumni living and working in southern Delaware,
         the University of Delaware’s
                                            primary data user and funder.                             better able to identify and respond to potential water               they confirmed the presence of two Karenia species,         for example, and their proximity to the Newark campus. It
         Citizen Monitoring Program,           Volunteer water quality data has become                quality problems.                                                    including K. brevis, but detected very low or no levels                               also has Steven Waidley.
         visit the Web site http://         an important part in assessing the health of                 In 2007, for example, Citizen Monitoring Program                  of toxin.                                                                                Waidley, a 1999 University grad-
                                            our nation’s streams, lakes, rivers and coastal           staff and volunteers detected phytoplankton resem-                                                                                                         uate who recently was named the
         citizen-monitoring.udel.
                                            waters. The state of Delaware was one of                  bling the Florida red tide dinoflagellate, Karenia spp.,             ‘Government and university                                                            club’s president, has high hopes for
         edu or call (302) 645-4250.        the first to fully embrace the idea of having             in water samples collected just inside Indian River                                                                                                        the group, and he believes his own
                                            trained volunteers help government agen-                  Inlet. While Karenia is fairly common on Florida’s
                                                                                                                                                                           scientists can’t be everywhere.                                                       enthusiasm and experience will
                                cies keep tabs on the safety of its waterways. Others                 Gulf Coast, this was the first time it had been de-                  The volunteers allow us to collect                                                    inspire other alumni to reconnect
                                have followed suit and with the latest economic down-                 tected north of Cape Hatteras, N.C.                                  more data, more frequently, and                                                       with UD.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Growing up in an Air Force fam-
                                                                                                                                                                           over a broader area.’ — Joe Farrell                         Steven Waidley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ily, Waidley lived all over the world
                                 Giving disadvantaged high schoolers a hand                                                                                                                                                            before moving to Dover, where he finished high school and
                                                                                                                                                                              “This was an example of how our excellent work-          now has settled. He says he feels a commitment to the com-
                                    As a resource management specialist focusing on water             Lewes, explained that the programs’ success is due to his            ing relationship with DNREC benefits Delawareans            munity and to his alma mater.
                                 quality issues with the Delaware Sea Grant College Program,          ability to utilize his contacts in the community and university,     and beach visitors,” says Farrell. “We were able to give       “As soon as I got to UD as a student, I got so much encour-
                                                                                                                                                                           DNREC program managers timely information so                agement and did so well,” Waidley says. “I’ve always wanted to
                                 Joe Farrell never imagined he would end up working with              including his Delaware Sea Grant colleagues.
                                                                                                                                                                           that they could provide the public with appropriate         stay involved and to give back, so when I saw that the Kent &
                                 high school students. But he’ll be the first to tell you that           “These kids are looking for some guidance in career op-
                                                                                                                                                                           health advisories.”                                         Sussex club was becoming active again, I volunteered to help.”
                                 sometimes the best opportunities are those you don’t expect.         portunities and there was an opportunity for me to serve as              Besides serving as water watchdogs, volunteers             Like other UD alumni clubs, the group has been restruc-
                                    Ten years ago, when the chance to work with Delaware              a connection to our college’s resources and our community’s          play another important role in the community – they         tured with the establishment of a board, which supports the
                                                                                                                                                                           gain greater awareness and understanding of the is-         president and includes such positions as vice president and
                                 Technical and Community College TRIO programs presented              resources that I work with on a regular basis,” he says.
                                                                                                                                                                           sues facing coastal resources. As a result, they become     chairpersons for special events, young alumni and commu-
                                 itself, Farrell decided to give it a try. Today he has a long list      Making those connections has benefitted everyone involved.        more involved in supporting and protecting the state’s      nications.
                                 of environmental programs developed to help support TRIO             For Farrell and the volunteer mentors who have helped him            waterways. They also share their knowledge with their          “Everyone has been excited that we’re getting this club
                                                                                                                                                                           families, friends, and neighbors.                           active again, and they’re eager to reconnect,” he says. “Our
                                 and its students, who are traditionally underrepresented on          with the programs, there has been fulfillment in working with
                                                                                                                                                                              To date, the program has trained more than 250           plans are to meet regularly, and to alternate our meetings
                                 college campuses and in need of extra support and mentor-            the students and helping them see their potential.
                                                                                                                                                                           citizen volunteers. Farrell says that anyone can be         between the two counties so that no one has to drive very
                                 ing in order to reach their college goals.                              “The students have made a difference in my life and in            a good citizen monitor. In fact, program volunteers         far each time, and to get involved in
                                    In 2008, Delaware State TRIO Organization, the profes-            the lives of many of the UD and community volunteers who             come from all walks of life. Their one shared charac-       some community activities so that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    For more information about
                                                                                                                                                                           teristic is an interest in helping to protect Delaware’s    we’re doing more than just getting
                                 sional organization for the statewide federally funded TRIO          have had a chance to know them as well,” he says.                                                                                                                             the club and its activities, or
                                                                                                                                                                           rivers, bays and beaches.                                   together to have a good time.”
                                 programs, recognized Farrell’s contributions by presenting              For the students, there has been the invaluable encour-              No special background or experience is required,            Waidley, who works in the financial       to volunteer for a position on
                                 him the Friends of TRIO Award. Farrell was honored for his           agement and support of adults who care.                              although participation in certain parts of the pro-         services business, says his own vol-         the board, see the Web site
                                                                                                                                                                           gram are more challenging and require a higher level        unteer work for various community
                                 work developing programs as well as mentoring students,                 “The TRIO programs mean a great deal to many students as                                                                                                                   www.UDconnection.com/
                                                                                                                                                                           of training, dedication, and patience. Between spring       agencies has been meaningful to him,
                                 including one who interned with Delaware Sea Grant and               well as myself,” one alum wrote to Farrell in a letter of support,                                                                                                            Kent-Sussex or call UD’s
                                                                                                                                                                           and early fall, volunteers devote less than one hour per    and he believes other alumni will be
                                 helped assist with the award presentation.                           “and it is the constant encouragement and support that you and       week to water testing at their assigned sites, usually at   interested in helping the club choose        Office of Alumni Relations,
                                    Farrell, who is based at UD’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in             others like yourself give that make our dreams become realities.”    or near their homes. During the remainder of the year,      some service projects in which mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (302) 831-2341.
                                                                                                                                                                           testing is done at less frequent intervals.                 bers can participate.

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A New                                                            University plans Forum &
                                                                 Reunion Weekend June 5-7




trAdition
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                   tay up late talking with your               could relive them—plan to return to campus for the
                    friends. Join the party at Mug Night.      2009 Forum & Reunion Weekend, June 5-7.
                    Go for a morning run. Attend a show on       That’s when the University hosts its first-ever
                    campus. Oh, and learn a few things, too.   “Dela-bration,” a one-of-a-kind party for alumni
                      If these sound like some of your fa-     and friends to celebrate the things that make UD
     vorite memories from your student years at the Uni-       distinctive and engender such loyalty among Blue           end is designed to offer a variety of exciting and fun ac-   leges, University Libraries, Athletics and
     versity of Delaware—and if you’ve ever wished you         Hens. And if you haven’t been back for a while, you        tivities for our alumni, faculty and friends,” says Cindy    Admissions.                                     For information about lodg-
                                                               may be surprised to see how much the University has        Campanella, director of alumni relations. “We think             The showcases are designed to highlight      ing, updates to the schedule
                                                               changed since your student days, even if they were         everyone who attends will enjoy this unique opportu-         some of the University’s and faculty mem-       or to register to attend, visit
                                                               only a few years ago.                                      nity to stay in touch, get involved and be inspired.”        bers’ areas of expertise, while providing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       UDconnection.com/
                                                                 From Friday evening through Sunday morning,                 As planning for the weekend’s complete program            entertaining and useful information. Top-
                                                               the weekend will be an occasion to reconnect with          continues, many events already have been scheduled.          ics include caring for family photos, con-      ReunionWeekend, or call
                                                               old friends and faculty members, to revisit the cam-       These include a Dela-bration Mug Night on The                ducting your own genealogical research,         (302) 831-2341.
                                                               pus and the town and to enjoy a full slate of activities   Green—featuring live music, food, drink and a com-           an insider’s look at the college admissions
                                                               and class reunions.                                        memorative mug—and family-friendly “ghost tours”             process, retirement planning, health assessments and
                                                                 A variety of special programs and events will com-       of campus exploring UD’s haunted history.                    sustainable home landscaping.
                                                               bine intellectual discovery with entertainment, rec-          Outstanding alumni awards ceremonies will be                 In other showcases, visitors can take part in an in-
                                                               reation and fun. The weekend will provide alumni           held by the Lerner College of Business and Econom-           teractive game testing their environmental knowledge,
                                                               with the chance to talk with their former professors,      ics and the College of Human Services, Education             take a guided tour of campus history or “trade” stocks
                                                               network with one another and learn firsthand about         and Public Policy.                                           in the Exelon Trading Center, a high-tech simulated
                                                               some of the changes on campus. It will include fami-          Saturday will kick off with a Blue Hen 5K run/walk        trading floor used as a lab by UD business students.
                                                               ly-friendly activities and will coincide with a commu-     and 1K fun run for kids, followed by distinguished              Saturday will conclude with gatherings of the re-
                                                               nity festival, Newark Night on Main Street, Saturday       speakers, a town hall meeting with UD President Pat          union classes of 1959, 1984, 1999 and 2004, as well
                                                               evening, June 6.                                           Harker, an international foods picnic and a series of        entertainment and an all-alumni tent party on The
                                                                 “All of our planning for Forum & Reunion Week-           engaging UD showcases presented by the seven col-            Green.

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A
                  Extension offers Master
                  Gardener programs in Kent,



perennial
                  Sussex by margo mcdonough




  favorite


accessible gardening for those with limited              terms of our activities,” says Wootten.                    Kent and Sussex
mobility. Farm tours that reach 1,800 schoolchildren        The Master Gardeners are volunteers from all            Master Gardeners
                                                                                                                    reach out to enthu-
during a two-day period. How-to-garden-in-Sussex         walks of life who share a common interest in horti-        siasts of all ages.
classes, which are a boon to those who relocate from     culture and environmental topics. After an intensive,      Photos by Tracy
other regions. A Plant a Row for the Hungry pro-         research-based training period, they commit to vol-        Wootten
gram that distributes fresh produce to soup kitchens     unteering a minimum of 30 hours a year.
and emergency food pantries.                                Many Master Gardeners far exceed that, which is
   The Kent and Sussex Master Gardeners are many         borne out by the statistics – the Kent and Sussex groups
things to many people, and that’s just the way that      combined contributed 11,744 volunteer hours in 2008.
Maggie Moor-Orth likes it.                                  Horticulture is their passion but so, too, is educa-
   A Delaware State University Cooperative Exten-        tion and outreach. “Some of our Master Gardeners
sion horticulture agent, she is the coordinator of the   gravitate to working with kids and there are a lot of
Kent and Sussex Master Gardener groups, which each       avenues for doing that,” notes Wootten. She reels off
has about 60 active members. Tracy Wootten, the UD       a long list that includes 4-H youth leader training;
Cooperative Extension horticulture agent, assists with   tours of a woodland classroom, participation in Safe
day-to-day activities, many of which occur at UD’s Co-   Kids Day, Coast Day and other community events.
operative Extension office in Georgetown.                   Those who prefer adult education also have a lot
   “A lot of Southern Delawareans are familiar with      of avenues for making a difference. The Kent County
the Master Gardeners’ garden helpline, which serves      Master Gardeners have been running a gardening
more than 500 people every year. The hotline is a        program at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover
fantastic resource for identifying a garden pest or      for the last six years, says Moor-Orth. The program
plant disease, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg in   focuses on helping older gardeners continue to do

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                                                                                                                                                                     Solar for
                                            what they love, thanks to raised beds and               other formats, such as self-guided tours of the dem-
          For more information about
                                            special tools, such as long-reach trowels               onstration garden, which is located at the UD Exten-
          the Kent and Sussex County        and hoes.                                               sion office in Georgetown.




                                                                                                                                                                         savings
          Master Gardeners, call the Sus-      A perennial favorite with the public are                The garden, which includes perennial flowers, an-
                                            the free or low-cost gardening workshops                nual flowers, vegetables, trees and shrubs, is rede-
          sex Count Extension office at
                                            that are presented each spring and fall.                signed each year. And in 2008, the Master Gardeners
          (302) 856-7303 or call Master     Topics run the gamut; recent ones have                  added a children’s garden.
          Gardener coordinator Maggie       included rain gardens, backyard habitats,                  An open house at the demonstration garden draws
          Moor-Orth at Delaware State
                                            composting, and landscape design.                       more than 350 visitors each year. “The Master Gar-
                                               Although the workshops are offered                   deners are a true asset to Delaware Cooperative Ex-              UD looks toward the sun to help the broiler chicken industry
          University at (302) 857-6426.
                                            at convenient times, the Master Garden-                 tension,” says Moor-Orth. “I have been advising the
                                            ers recognize that work and home com-                   Kent and Sussex groups for more than 20 years and
                                  mitments can make class participation difficult, says             they just keep getting better and better in terms of             for homeowners and farmers alike, the cost          concern. Poultry producers, who grow and sell over
                                  Wootten. So they also offer horticulture education in             the programs and services they offer.”                           of energy from traditional sources and the impact   250 million broiler chickens each year, must address
                                                                                                                                                                     of these sources on the environment are a growing   rising feed prices, environmental compatibility is-

                                   Heritage tourism offers new avenues for economic                                                                                                                                                 sues, and global export challenges. Poultry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    producers must look for new ways to keep
                                   development in Sussex County                                               by beth chajes                                                                                                        their costs at a minimum.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       With energy costs seen as one of the
                                       Sussex County’s tourism industry has long been centered      College of Human Services, Education and Public Policy, the                                                                     biggest challenges facing poultry pro-
                                   on the beaches and resort towns of the coast. However, recent    study recommended that Sussex County tourism efforts be                                                                         ducers today, in 2007 the University of
                                   population, real estate and tourism trends have resulted in      organized along thematic “trails” that can direct tourists to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Delaware – in conjunction with numerous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    project partners – installed a 42 kilowatt
                                   new development burgeoning toward the west, more tourists,       sites across the county that match their interests.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    solar energy collection system on an Allen
                                   and more year-around residents and off-season visitors.            For example, a maritime history trail could connect                                                                           Family Foods poultry farm near Laurel.
                                       Taking advantage of these trends, while controlling the      coastal Lewes with the historic shipbuilding center of Bethel,                                                                  The project will determine the economics
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of installing, operating, and maintaining
                                   potential damage to the cultural character and environment       and the Nanticoke River town of Seaford. Printed guides
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    solar cells as a source of power for poultry
                                   of Sussex posed by increased tourism, is the focus of a          would map out routes between destinations and showcase                                                                          houses and will define and guide legisla-
                                   movement toward heritage tourism among Sussex County’s           historic sites and stops that could be worked into itineraries                                                                  tion that may be necessary to make this
                                   historical societies and tourism organizations, facilitated by   for interested travelers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    technology practical and viable.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Poultry houses are highly energy de-
                                   the University of Delaware.                                        Other potential themes include agricultural history,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pendent in that chickens must be kept
                                       Heritage tourism has dual goals -- to protect and sustain    coastal defense, and wildlife viewing.                                                                                          at carefully controlled temperatures with
                                   delicate and threatened cultural, historical and natural           “Protecting fragile resources while promoting tourism                                                                         appropriate ventilation. Energy costs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are generally borne by the growers, who
                                   resources, while enhancing the regional economy.                 may seem incompatible at times,” says David L. Ames,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    are independent operators contracted by
                                       In 2007, UD’s Coastal Community Enhancement Initiative,      professor of urban affairs and public policy and director                                                                       poultry companies to raise day-old chicks
                                   a cooperative partnership among the colleges of Marine and       of CHAD. “Heritage tourism, however, views the cultural,                                                                        to maturity.
                                   Earth Studies, Agriculture and Natural Resources, and Hu-        historic and natural contexts of a place as the reason for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Charles C. “Chick” Allen III, chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    executive officer of Allen Family Foods
                                   man Services, Education and Public Policy, funded a study to     the development of a tourism industry in the first place, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and a UD alumnus, offered the use of a
                                   determine the feasibility of heritage tourism as an economic     it would be counterproductive not to protect those assets                                                                       company-owned farm in Laurel for the           Chick Allen, chief
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   executive officer of
                                   development strategy in Sussex County.                           that form the ‘raw material’ for the industry. As a county                                                                      pilot study. “We work with 550 indepen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Allen Family Foods
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    dent contractors on Delmarva who raise         and a University of
                                       Conducted jointly by the Center for Historic Architecture    rich in these assets, and with a long tradition of openness
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    our chicks,” Allen said. “I was happy to       Delaware alumnus,
                                   and Design (CHAD) and the Institute for Public Administra-       to tourists, Sussex is well placed to take advantage of this                                                                    have the opportunity to collaborate on a       is working with UD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   researchers on a solar
                                   tion (IPA), two research and service centers housed in the       economic development strategy.”                                                                                                 research project that has the potential to     power project. Photo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    reduce costs for these growers. I want to      by Kathy Atkinson


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                                                                                                                                                            A perfect fit
                                                                                                                                                            Delaware proves great
                                                                                                                                                            place for high-achieving
                                                                                                                                                            Sussex students
                                                                                                                                                            by ann manser



                                                                                                                                                            for sussex county residents kathryn
                                                                                                                                                            (Kate) LaPrad and Bruce Aldred, choos-
                                                                                                                                                            ing a college was an especially big decision.
                                                                                                                                                            High-achieving students with ambitious
                                                                                                                                                            academic plans, they had plenty of options,
                                                                                                          rected to a back-up battery bank and to           but both ended up selecting the University
                                                                                                          the grid via net metering. Delmarva Power         of Delaware. And, they say, they’re certain
                                                                                                          gives credit for energy sent to its grid at the   it was the right choice.
                                                                                                          current market rate. Inverters in the system         “The University was the first school
                                                                                                          automatically decide whether to buy from          I looked at, and it really stood out a lot
                                                                                                          or sell to Delmarva Power depending on            for the value it had to offer, especially for
     Solar panels help             do anything I can to maintain the economic viability       the amount of solar energy being captured and the             Delaware residents,” says Aldred, a fresh-
     provide power to              of the Delmarva poultry industry.”                         power needs of the poultry facility.                          man biological sciences major from Lewes
     support broiler
     chicken production               “The University of Delaware is well known for its          Costs to install a system are expected to range from       and a graduate of Cape Henlopen High                          each class so honored for their strong interests and       Kate LaPrad and Bruce
     in Southern Dela-             poultry research programs and is a leader in solar         $6,000 to $10,000 per kilowatt depending on civil             School, who’s considering going on to either medical          abilities in liberal arts.                                 Aldred are among the
     ware. Photos cour-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              top students at the
                                   technology,” says Robin Morgan, dean of the College        works, code requirements, transportation costs, and           school or a career in research.                                 When she graduated in 2007, she received the
     tesy of the College                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             University of Delaware.
     of Agriculture and            of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Putting these       site conditions. This seems expensive, but economic              “I found that it’s on a par with a lot of extremely good   Emalea Pusey Warner Award as the outstanding se-           Both earned Eugene
     Natural Resources             two strengths together has the potential to help the       incentives have made solar power worth considering.           schools, and then the opportunity to apply for the Hon-       nior woman, then spent a year working at the Pli-          duPont scholarships.
                                   state’s economy by strengthening one of our largest        Incentives that were used to fund the UD Poultry PV           ors Program convinced me it was right for me. When I          moth Plantation museum in Massachusetts before             Photos by Kathy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Atkinson
                                   and most important industries as well as stimulating       project inlude the Delaware Green Energy Fund, the            got the scholarship, it really became unbeatable.”            returning to the University to enroll in the graduate
                                   a newly emerging one.”                                     Federal Investment Tax Credit (30 percent) in the                Aldred won a Eugene duPont Memorial Distin-                Winterthur Program in American Material Culture.
                                      Determining if solar power makes economic               Federal Energy Policy Act, renewable energy cred-             guished Scholars award from UD, a highly selective,             “One of the reasons I came to the University of
                                   sense to the poultry industry will be rigorously           its (RECs), and savings on energy payments. Poultry           academic scholarship covering the cost of tuition,            Delaware was that I was interested in the material
                                   evaluated during the three years of study at the pi-       growers are eligible for the same incentives as the UD        room, board and textbooks, as well as providing a             culture studies program,” she says. “I saw all the op-
                                   lot, solar-powered poultry house. A research team          Poultry PV project and may be eligible for special            one-time grant for an enrichment activity. In addi-           portunities and the resources, like Winterthur [Mu-
                                   comprised of University of Delaware faculty, stu-          loans and loan guarantees from USDA.                          tion to receiving full financial support, duPont Schol-       seum and Country Estate], that were available even
                                   dents and professionals is monitoring the house               UD and its project partners have recently com-             ars participate in a variety of events on campus, en-         to undergraduates, and I saw a lot of excitement
                                   to assess the system’s efficiency in collecting and        pleted “An Investment and Cost Guide for Delaware             courage intellectual thought by organizing an annual          among professors and students here.”
                                   using solar power. Weather data at the project site        Poultry Growers,” which evaluates the initial invest-         lecture series and plan monthly social and cultural             Today, as LaPrad explores possible topics for her
                                   is also monitored.                                         ment, annual revenue or savings, and the investment           activities to foster a sense of community.                    master’s degree thesis -- it will focus on some aspect
                                                  During hours of daylight on sunny           pay period for solar energy systems mounted on                   LaPrad, of Seaford, says she was accepted by 10            of Southern Delaware, she says -- she is planning for
          To learn more about Harnessing       and even cloudy days, the solar radiation      poultry houses. The guide has been sent to growers            colleges after graduating from Seaford High School            an eventual career in the business of arts institutions.
                                               is converted to electricity. This is used to   in Delaware and beyond who are looking for ways to            and turned down such prestigious universities as                At Plimoth Plantation, she says, she gained some
          Solar Energy for Broiler Chicken
                                               power the poultry house, and any addi-         “green” their poultry operations.                             Harvard to come to UD. “And I’ve never regretted              experience in grant-writing and would like to focus
          Production, visit the Web site       tional power that is required is drawn from       With no end in sight for rising energy costs               it,” she says.                                                on that aspect of museum work.
          http://ag.udel.edu/anfs/solar/       Delmarva Power’s grid. At times when the       and a focus on alternative energy, poultry produc-               As an undergraduate with a double major in art               “The Winterthur Program usually trains curators,
          index.html.                          photovoltaic system produces more power        ers are primed to tap into solar energy for broiler           and art history, LaPrad also was a duPont Scholar,            so the career path I’m looking at is a bit unusual,”
                                               than the loads require, excess power is di-    production.                                                   as well as an Alison Scholar—one of 10 students in            says LaPrad, who is considering a second master’s

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                degree, in business administration, in the future. “But                Seaford public schools,” she says. “The community
                I wanted to get that first-class arts education before I               was very good to me.”
                go on to pursue the business side.”                                       Aldred says he also encourages Southern Delaware
                  While an undergraduate, she worked as a peer                         students to think of UD as “a unique opportunity” to
                mentor for freshmen in the University’s Associate in                   live away from the immediate area where they attend-
                Arts Degree Program at the Georgetown campus of                        ed high school but still have the advantage of in-state
                Delaware Technical and Community College. The                          tuition rates. On top of that, he says, the University
                program offers Delaware high school graduates the                      offers top-quality academics and such other oppor-
                opportunity to complete two years of coursework at                     tunities as study abroad and undergraduate research.
                a UD Academic Center on a Delaware Tech campus,                           “New Castle County is definitely different from
                positioning them to complete their bachelor’s degree                   Sussex—different geography, much less rural—so
                in two more years.                                                     you do feel that you’re ‘going away to college,’ which
                  LaPrad says she was happy to be an ambassador                        is the experience that a lot of my friends in high
                for UD in Sussex County and to encourage students                      school wanted,” Aldred says. “And because there are
                there to finish their studies on the Newark campus.                    more people in northern Delaware, you get more cul-
                She also sometimes felt like an ambassador for Sus-                    tural opportunities on campus and nearby, so that was
                sex County to northern Delaware students, explain-                     a nice change for me also.
                ing how much the southern part of the state has to                        “At the same time, you’re not too far away from
                offer. “I spent my whole life in Seaford and in the                    home. It’s really the best of both worlds.”



                  UD certificate builds business savvy
                    For almost any job today, successful candidates will be ex-        schedule, geographic location, or personal responsibilities




                                                                                                                                                         Natural filters
                  pected to know the fundamentals of accounting, finance, eco-         make attending classes the “traditional way” difficult.

                  nomics and management. Being a highly effective employee               Online study means the class is accessible to students

                  requires conversance in the basic disciplines of business.           whenever and wherever needed -- at home, in the workplace,

                    Increasingly, employers expect their hires to hit the ground       even while traveling. Internet and communications technology
                                                                                                                                                         Oyster gardens grow, boost bay health
                  running, and this means a knowledge of economic concepts,            allows real-time communication between faculty and students

                  familiarity with the vocabulary and standard procedures of           via e-mail and chatrooms. Countless study resources and

                  business transactions, and financial and budgeting savvy.            online library materials can be available 24 hours a day.         from the earliest times, inhabitants of dela-             Delaware Sea Grant College Program and its part-
                  People who have studied, or are studying, in fields other than          The required courses are: Economic Issues and Policies         ware’s estuaries have realized the value of the oys-      ners are working to restore this vital resource to the
                  business may be missing the fundamental knowledge needed             (ECON 100); Survey of Accounting (ACCT 200); Introduction to      ter fishery here. The Lenape Indians enjoyed eating       estuary.
                                                                                                                                                         oysters, leaving vast shell middens along the shore.         Since 2003, Delaware Sea Grant, the Delaware
                  to get jobs they want or move ahead in their chosen fields.          Business (BUAD 100); and Fundamentals of Finance (FINC 200).
                                                                                                                                                         European settlers also depended on oysters for food.      Center for the Inland Bays and Delaware State Uni-
                    The University of Delaware’s Certificate of Business Es-             At least one course in the certificate will be scheduled each   The shells provided building material for homes and       versity have been working with citizen volunteers to
                  sentials provides a solution by helping people become familiar       semester, including summer and winter sessions. The Certifi-      roads and fertilizer for farms.                           raise baby oysters.
                                                                                                                                                           In the 1800s, Delaware’s oyster industry began to          The volunteers put the young oysters, or “spat,” in
                  with the fundamentals of business. Not only do students in the       cate of Business Essentials can be completed in one year.
                                                                                                                                                         thrive.                                                   floating baskets attached to their backyard docks in
                  certificate build a valuable toolbox of business skills, they earn     View upcoming course offerings at the Web site, www.              By 1878, more than 80 Delaware vessels with their       the maze of lagoons that empty into the state’s inland
                  a resume-boosting University of Delaware credential.                 pcs.udel.edu/credit/search.html.                                  hardworking crews sailed the bay from fall to early       bays. The volunteers keep the oyster spat clean and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Volunteers are helping
                    To earn the certificate, candidates complete four                    For more information about the certificate, contact Con-        spring, staying out for a week at a time to harvest the   protected from predators such as crabs that like to      rebuild the oyster
                                                                                                                                                         much-savored “Delaware salts” for market.                 have them for lunch.                                     population, which in
                  UD courses, which are all available via distance learn-              tinuing Studies Information at 1-866-820-0238 (toll-free),                                                                                                                           turn has a positive
                                                                                                                                                           Unfortunately, by the 1950s, oysters succumbed             The program now has 120 sites and 170 gardeners,
                  ing through UD Online. Online study offers a solution for            send e-mail to continuing-ed@udel.edu or visit the Web                                                                                                                               impact on the water
                                                                                                                                                         to overharvesting, habitat destruction and disease.       all in Sussex County.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            quality of Delaware’s
                  students who wish to continue their education but whose              site, www.pcs.udel.edu/essentials.                                Although the region’s oyster populations today are           Delaware Sea Grant Aquaculture Specialist John        Inland Bays. Photos by
                                                                                                                                                         down to less than 1 percent of historic levels, the       Ewart said the project is helping to further develop     Lisa Tossey


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                                    useful oyster restoration methods. One shining ex-
                                    ample: Last summer, participants found evidence for
                                                                                                   and once they’ve grown to an appropriate size, the
                                                                                                   oysters are moved to new homes in the Inland Bays
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                                    the first time since the program’s inception of new            — Rehoboth, Indian River and Little Assawoman.
                                    oysters occurring naturally in the lagoons — some-                There, the oysters make an invaluable contribution
                                    thing Ewart attributes to the decision to let the oys-
                                    ters mature in the safety of the lagoon for longer than
                                                                                                   toward creating a healthier ecosystem. Their filter-
                                                                                                   feeding action can be seen — an adult oyster can fil-                                                               DELAWARE
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                                       Ewart added that the program helps to educate the
                                                                                                   ter more than 30 gallons of water a day. But also the
                                                                                                   oysters and the shell clusters they form as they grow                                                                EYE CARE
                                    volunteers, who learn that one great benefit of oysters        on each other provide habitat that attracts commu-
                                    is that they feed by filtering bay water to remove phy-
                                    toplankton and other particles floating in the water.
                                                                                                   nities of small bottom-dwelling organisms like grass
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                                                 biological filters and help maintain water           For Buzz Henifin, a former naval submarine com-
          To learn more about Delaware
                                                 clarity and quality.                              mander who served 29 years before retiring to the Sus-
          oyster gardening and the                  “Volunteers learn about the important          sex County coast, it’s that increased water quality that
          ecological contributions of            ecological role of oysters as filter feeders      helps motivate his involvement. Henifin collects water
          oysters to the health of coastal       and the diversity of marine organisms at-         quality data for the UD Citizen Monitoring Program
                                                 tracted to the floating habitats,” Ewart          (for more on that initiative, see page 65) and raises oys-
          estuaries, visit the Inland Bays

          Oyster Gardening Web site at

          darc.cms.udel.edu/ibog.
                                                 says. “It’s a wonderful service that the
                                                 gardeners provide.”
                                                    After spending their vulnerable years
                                                                                                   ters for the Oyster Gardening Program.
                                                                                                      “I may not live to see cleaner water here,” Henifin
                                                                                                   says. “But I hope to leave it cleaner for my grand-
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                                                 under the care of the fastidious gardeners,       children.”                                                      •  Comprehensive Eye Exams and                        •  Glaucoma Evaluation and Treatment
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