Delaware Will Shine

There’s a new planning initiative occurring at the University of Delaware as described by Jay Panandiker, editor of the Review. In his article, “‘Delaware Will Shine’ succeeds Path to Prominence”, he explains how the university is beginning to drift apart from the previous initiative, Path to Prominence, which has been in effect for the past seven years. There are many reasons as to why a change is necessary. Most importantly, times have changed drastically since the start of the Path to Prominence initiative. Although it may seem like less, seven years is an incredibly long time in today’s society. Technology has played a huge role in the need to change as well. Since last semester, University of Delaware officials have been working on drafting this new plan, Delaware Will Shine, and hope to be complete with a final draft around the time of winter session. This new initiative hopes to increase diversity, among many other things. In hopes that this plan could remain the basis for much longer than the previous one, the officials are making sure to get all different perspectives and to be a detail-specific as possible.

End The Silence

Today, September 19th, faculty, staff, alumni and students of the University of Delaware gathered on the steps of Memorial hall to protest the school’s harassment policy following accusations that a professor offered a student an “A” in exchange for sexual favors. Over 300 students chanted, “End the silence. End the shame.” Several students also got up to express support and share personal experiences with sexual assault, lasting over 90 minutes. The rally ended with the participants marching around campus. Although much about the situation with professor Eric Tranby is hidden, it was assured by the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, Matthew J. Kinservick, that he would not be back on campus and the situation was handled in accordance with university policy and requirements of federal law. The University of Delaware stated they were proud of its students for rallying and wanting their voices to be heard.

Finkel is Coming !

Recently uploaded on UDaily is an article about David Finkel, written by Jerry Rhodes. The article “Finkel Addresses Freshman” reads that Finkel is a Pulitzer-prize winning author of the book all Freshman are expected to have read before arriving on campus, Thank You for Your Service. The book describes the challenges American soldiers face and the way it affects their families and friends. The book gives the readers an opportunity to create meaningful conversations with other peers. It opens a dialogue about the struggles of war and the serious issues relating to it. The book received the Carla Cohen Literary Prize for non fiction.  It was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Award in the non fiction category. Finkel will be speaking on Tuesday September 23rd for The 2014 First Year Common Reader Program.

Upcoming Lectures

In this article in the events section of UDaily it talks about an upcoming lecture with a prominent scientist. Carolyn Porco is the  leader of the imaging team for NASA’s Cassini mission and will be coming to the University of Delaware to give a lecture on her work with this project.  Parco is the  co-author of more than 115 scientific papers in astronomy and planetary science, and she has been involved in numerous discoveries on Saturn. She has received many awards and honors for her work and discoveries in space. The Cassini program has been taking pictures and movies of Saturn and its 62 suns for the past ten years giving us large amounts of new information and interesting photos. This lecture is held annually at the university of Delaware. This lecture honors Harcourt C. (Ace) Verno, he was one of the observatory’s founders.


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Finkel visits The University of Delaware

On the online newspaper Udaily, Jerry Rhodes discusses the visit of David Finkel to The University of Delaware. He is the author of Thank you for your service, also known as the common reader for incoming freshmen. As an attempt to unify the students of this semester The University of Delaware assigns a book for all freshmen to read. They base the semester around the common theme of the book, along with having the author come and speak. On September 23rd Finkel will speak in Memorial Hall at 5pm. This book is about the effects of war on individuals and their lives. This books hits all different types of perspectives.  Finkel is a renowned author and has been honored in receiving a Pulitzer prize. Many people on campus look forward to his presentation!

Environmental Fellows

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) recently selected four University of Delaware graduate students to their program. These four students will be Fellows of DENIN Environmental for two years. The team of four will start research pertaining to environmental science and policy until 2016. DENIN is known for addressing environmental issues and finding solutions to any type of environment-related issues. Jean Brodeur is one of the four members of the DENIN Fellows. She is currently re-attending school to learn about oceanography. She is also aware of the importance of a relationship that scientists and policy makers must have in order for a positive environmental change to exist. The second member is Audrey Gamble, who is currently studying at UD for her Ph.D. Audrey’s research is primarily focused on finding a relationship between agricultural practices and environmental implications. Another member is Mahfuzur Khan, who is a Ph.D student in geological sciences at UD. Khan’s research is focused on arsenic contamination found in groundwater and river deltas. His goal is for Bangladesh’s groundwater to be arsenic-free. The last member of the four is Kelsea Schumacher. Her Ph.D research is to find the capacity and qualities of U.S. electronic waste infrastructure. She aims to create a policy that forces companies to recycle more often. These four future leaders are aiming to create a better society for us by reducing the environment’s issues.

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Saturn Images at Harcourt Vernon Memorial Lecture

Published by UDaily on Friday, the article “Saturn Images” tells of some amazing research and imaging done on Saturn’s moons by Carolyn Porco and her team. She will be speaking at an upcoming lecture at UD on October 15, as part of the annual Harcourt Vernon Memorial Lecture, writes the author. He goes on to say that the team’s imaging system, the Cassini, has taken hundreds of pictures over the span of 10 years. He writes that Cassini uses 2 different cameras, a wide angle and a highly magnified narrow angle, in order to observe Saturn and its 62 moons. The author goes on to remark upon Porco’s favorite images they have captured, and also notes her discovery of cold geysers on the surface of one of Saturn’s moons that suggest a possible inhabitable environment. The author concludes the article with talk about the various awards Porco has one, and how she was named one of Time magazine’s 25 mos influential people in space.

“I want to ride my bicycle, I want to ride it where I like…” – Queen

In an article published by The News Journal entitled “After fatal crash, bicycle commuters talk of dangers”, authors Esteban Parra and Cris Barrish detail the dangers of riding a bicycle in the state of Delaware. Front and center in their argument is the recent hit-and-run death of Phillip A. Bishop, which occurred along Brackenville Road in Hockessin, DE on the night of September 12, 2014. Bishop was coming from his job in Greenville, DE, when he was struck and killed less than a mile from his home. The authors of this article point out the fact that there has been a recent surge in the number of cyclists all over America, citing “economics, health and the environment” as the main factors. They argue that while there are a multitude of trails and paths for recreational cyclists, there is a lack of safe routes for cyclists who must commute along the roads of Delaware, either due to necessity or lifestyle choice. This problem is more prevalent in rural areas such as Hockessin and Christiana than it is in the bustling city of Wilmington. Bishop made all the necessary precautions before heading towards Hockessin from his job in Greenville, and was lawfully riding his bicycle along the road. Many people, like Bishop, utilize their bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. After Bishop’s death, many people are joining together to make the roads of Delaware more hospitable to commuting cyclists.

David Finkel and First Year Common Reader Program

In the Article “Finkel to address Freshman” by Jerry Rhodes, we learn that David Finkel will visit the University of Delaware on September 23rd, at 5 p.m. in Mitchell Hall. Rhodes tells us that Finkel, who is the author of Thank You for Your Service, will discuss his book with the freshman class. The book talks about the problems that American soldiers and their families have to face after the war. Before this assembly happens, the First Year Common Reader Program gave freshman a few books in which they were to have had read and will be able to go over in their Freshman Year Experience course. The First Year Common Reader Program gives incoming freshman a book about a certain topic in which they will be able to read and then go over with classmates. Rhodes tells us that there are many different events around campus throughout the year that have to do with the theme of the book that freshman can go to. Now that students are able to talk about it with other students they are also able to get Finkel’s input on his own piece.

Finkel to address freshmen

In his article, “Finkel to address freshmen” Jerry Rhodes states that author David Finkel will visit the University of Delaware on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 5 p.m. in Mitchell Hall. Rhodes explains that Finkel, Pulitzer-Prize winner, is the author of the novel Thank You for Your Service, which was part of this year’s First Year Common Reader Program here at UD. The program selects books that students are to have read before entering school, and will be able to discuss in their First Year Experience classes. The common reader is used to have freshmen students connect with each other while discussing the novel, and attend events on campus involving the ideas of the novel. Thank You for Your Service portrays the lives of “U.S. Army’s 16th Infantry 2nd Battalion (2-16) during the harrowing experiences of the 2007 Iraq surge” that were first introduced in Finkel’s earlier novel For the Good Soldiers. Many freshmen will be attending Finkel’s discussion about the cost of war, and how veterans cope with illnesses such as PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.


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