February 2014


Guest Lecture on Bio-Based Materials for Chemistry, March 6

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DSU’s 2014 Sustainable Chemistry Seminar Series will feature guest speaker Dr. Rich Chapas who will give a presentation on “Bio-based Materials for Chemical and Fuels” at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 6 in room 323, Mishoe Science Center (south) on campus. The guest lecture is free and open to the public. Dr. Chapas currently runs a consulting business, through which he has worked with startup companies such as H2OPE Biofuels, for which he served as chief executive officer. He is also an educator whose teaching experience includes strategy, technology transfer, innovation, entrepreneurship, sustainability and green business, which he teaches at the University of Delaware. He has a breadth of experience in developing and commercializing new products. His patent portfolio includes products that are generating over $30 million in sales. His technical and business expertise includes bio-based materials, polymer chemistry, nonwovens, composites, adhesives, and absorbent materials.

DSU Resident Director Authors MACUHO article on Positivity

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The article "The Power of Positivity" by DSU's Brandy Garlic -- printed in its entirety below as it appears in MACUHO Magazine -- is a message of great value for everyone on campus and beyond.

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Brandy Garlic, the resident director of University Village Apartment, authored the below article on page 32 in the Winter Issue of MACUHO Magazine, a publication of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College & University Housing Officers. At first, the plan for this webpage was to simply mention her authorship of the piece and summarize its message. However, after reading it, it became clear that it was a message that every member of the DSU community – students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni and anyone else who takes the time to read it – could and would benefit from it. So the article has been reproduced below in its entirety. The University Village Residential Education staff appears on the front cover of the Winter Issue of MACHUHO THE POWER OF POSITIVITY Brandy Garlic, Resident Director University Village Apartments, Delaware State University             Let’s be honest. Working in housing and residential education is a lot of work! There is so much emphasis on customer service, office hours, on call, late nights, policies and procedures that sometimes we forget the bare essentials that we need to get to the meat of the job done. I am a firm believer (and I preach this to my students and staff) that, “your attitude determines the outcome.” If you approach the Resident Assistant position  and a career in general with a negative attitude, then you will have  negative results. If you approach an irate student with negativity, you had better believe that you will get negative results. There truly is power in positivity.            Brandy Garlic             This may seem like mere words to you, but it has become a movement on Delaware State University’s campus specifically in the Department of Housing and Residential Education. While planning for fall training this year, I brainstormed a great deal trying to find a theme. Just like most of my “great ideas,” it came to me at 2 a.m. while trying to fall asleep. Positivity!             During my welcome and expectations sessions, I told the RAs, “I do not do well with negativity because I am a positive person. So, if you are having a bad day, and I encounter you, I will sprinkle you with positivity. Smiles are contagious and so is a positive attitude and aura.” To support my thinking and my way of living I showed a TED Talk, “The Happy Secret to Better Work” by Shawn Achor. Shawn’s talk is about positive psychology. He challenges listeners to not allow their external world to determine their happiness.             “If you raise someone’s level of positivity in the present then their brain experiences what we call a happiness advantage,” says Achor. He does a fantastic job of exuding the positivity and energy he discusses in his talk. The feedback from the RAs after hearing this was filled with positivity.             Because of this new way of approaching training, this positive movement, you could see the difference in the way the RAs bonded with their staffs, the way they learned new policies and procedures, and the way they accepted the challenges of training. This may sound like something small, not anything new to professionals or even Chief Housing Officers, but it is something that we as humans sometimes take for granted. Reintroducing positivity to the RAs during training produced powerful results and provided an amazing atmosphere. Anytime they are faced with adversity in life or in the job I challenge them to “sprinkle it with positivity.” I tell them that I don’t care if it’s a salt shaker filled with positivity or a bucket. Sprinkle it with positivity because your attitude in just about any situation can determine the outcome.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" Comes to Life at DSU Mar. 5

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The critically acclaimed nonfiction book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will come to life at Delaware State University where members of the Lacks Family will discuss the issues raised in the book during a guest speaker event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 5 in the Education and Humanities Theater on campus. The event – which is part of the DSU Division of Student Affairs’ Make Your Mark Speaker Series – is free and open to the public. Henrietta Lacks’ daughter-in-law Shirley Lacks and her great-granddaughter Victoria Baptiste will speak at the event about the Lacks Family’s story and Henrietta Lacks’ legacy. The book by Rebecca Skloot tells the story of Henrietta Lacks (1920-1951), an African-American woman born in Roanoke, Va. and later an adult resident of Maryland.  After being diagnosed with cancer, without her knowledge she became the source of cells from her cancerous tumor that were cultured to create the first known human immortal cell line. Known as the HeLa cell line, since the 1950s it has been used for a wide variety of medical research, such as to test the first polio vaccine, numerous virus and cancer studies, the use of novel heptamethine dyes and many other projects. The book – which was selected to be DSU’s One Book, One Campus feature selection for the 2013-2014 school year – has been acclaimed for its accessible science writing and for dealing with the ethical issues of race and class in medical research.

DSU Hosts 2014 KC Science Fair --- Photo Slideshow and Info

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More than 94 students from among five different Central Delaware middle schools participated in the 3rd annual Kent County Science Fair held in the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center at Delaware State University.

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For the third consecutive year, Delaware State University was host site for the annual Kent County Science Fair, which featured 90 projects from students from five Central Delaware middle Schools.   For images from the Kent County Science Fair, click on the below photo slideshow, followed by more information about the event as well as a list of the winners: There were 94 students who submitted projects in the following categories: natural sciences, engineering, physics, health, behavioral & social sciences, and chemistry. Held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Center on the DSU campus, there were five Kent County middle schools that participated in the science fair – Central (of Dover), William Henry, Fred Fifer III, Milford Center Academy, and Postlethwaite. The 2014 Kent County Science Fair's winning projects and students included: Chemistry 1st – Mixing Liquid with water -Logan Schad- William Henry Middle School 2nd – Does the salt content have any effect on the boiling point of water-Matthew Leager- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Tie: (a) Oxygen & Fire – Nikolas Mandalas- William Henry Middle School (b) Fresh vs salt -Riley McQuaide-William Henry Middle School   Engineering 1st – Helpful Hovercrafts- Noah Mills & Ryan Adkins, Fred Fifer III Middle School 2nd – Soil Bearing Capacity: The pressure is on!-Hashir Cheema- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Effect of Fridge Temperature on Extending Battery Life- Ashish D'Souza- Postlewait Middle School   Health, Behavioral and Social Sciences 1st – How does the Genre of Music Affect Heart Rate -Tierney Bowen William Henry Middle School 2nd – Does No-Name Stain Remover Work Just as Well as Name Brand-Brianna Reed- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Got that subject style- Taylor Mazanek – William Henry Middle School   Natural Sciences 1st – “Rising” Above the rest only what you “knead” -Skylar Campanicki, William Henry Middle School 2nd – Ph of Fruit and How it affects flavor-Abby Haisworth- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Tie: (a) Bacterial Growth: The Truth May Surprise You – Sarah Larose- William Henry Middle School (b) The influence of worms -Taylor Lipski-William Henry Middle School Physics 1st – Magnetic Levitation – Samuel Mackey & Bryant Craig- Fred Fifer III Middle School 2nd – Hot vs Cold Tennis Ball Experiment- Kylee Victory- William Henry Middle School 3rd – Drum and Pitch- Oscar “Henry” Gonzales – William Henry Middle School

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