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Three DSU Students Receive the William P. Frank Scholarship

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Deborah Miller and Desiree Williams (center l-r), William P. Frank Scholarship recipients, are joined DSU President Harry L. Williams (far left) and Provost Alton Thompson (far right) at the Gridiron event where they received the awards.Krystina Muhammad, another DSU recipient, is not pictured, as she was competing that night in the MEAC Track & Field Championships.

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    Three Delaware State University mass communication students have been selected to receive the William P. Frank Scholarship, which is awarded to Delaware students for excellence in journalism and communications.                      Krystina Muhammed   The DSU winners of the William P. Frank Scholarship are:   $10,000 scholarship Deborah Miller, a junior broadcast journalism major from New Castle, Del. Her career goals include becoming a writer and publicist.   $5,000 scholarship Krystina Muhammad, a junior print journalism major from Newark, Del. Her career goals include to become a reporter/writer and to create her own magazine. Desiree Williams, a junior public relations major from Dover. Her career goals include to become a magazine writer.   The students were presented the scholarship at the May 7 First State Gridiron Dinner & Show, held at the Chase Center in Wilmington. All three will be seniors during the 2011-2012 school year.   William P. Frank (1905-1989) was one of Delaware’s best-known journalists of the 20th century. His career spanned 65 years, during which he became a prominent newspaper columnist and radio commentator. He was also a Delaware historian, a Judaic scholar, a Shakespearean actor and a social activist. Although he was listened to and read by powerful people, he made the concerns of ordinary people his concerns, according to the Gridiron event program.  

Gov. Markell Announces His Proposed $10m Investment for DSU Optics

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DSU optics graduate student Franz Delima shows Gov. Jack Markell some of the technology used by the University’s optics researchers.

 

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    (L-r) DSU Board of Trustees members Jose Echeverri, James Stewart, David Turner; Amir Mohammadi, vice president of Finance & Administration; Gov. Jack Markell; Carolyn Curry, vice president of Institutional Advancement; Provost Alton Thompson; and DSU President Harry L. Williams come together after the governor's announcement.     Delaware Gov. Jack Markell used DSU as the site May 6 from which he announced his proposal to make significant investments in the three state institutions of higher education – Delaware State University, University of Delaware and Delaware Technical & Community College.   In the media event at DSU’s Mishoe Science Center, Gov. Markell made the announcement as part of the unveiling of his “Building Delaware’s Future Now” job plan which recommends investments in early childhood and higher education to get people to work now and improve economic opportunity in the future. His plan proposes to make a $30 million one-time investment to build and expand research and training facilities at DSU, UD and Delaware Tech.    “Education can’t begin the first day a child shows up for kindergarten and, whether it’s job training or college, education can’t end the minute someone receives their high school diploma,” Gov. Markell said. “When deciding where to expand or where to locate, many businesses take a hard look at a state’s institutions of higher education, including the research those schools produce and the quality of their graduates to see if they could get right to work helping those companies grow.”   After being introduced by DSU President Harry L. Williams, Gov. Markell announced his proposal to invest $10m for an Optics Research Facility at Delaware State University.   Gov. Markell said these one-time state funds will be utilized to leverage additional federal dollars to establish a state-of-the-art, world-class Optics Research Facility. The facility will position DSU to be a national leader in establishing an Optics Institute.   DSU’s optics pursuits has developed into the most prolific research area at the University. Under the leadership of the program’s founder Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, since its beginning in 1998, DSU optics research has attracted outstanding scientists whose work along with Dr. Melikechi has inspired significant confidence from the federal government. DSU's Optics pursuits have developed into the most prolific research program at the University under the leadership of Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, vice president of research (left, being interviewed by WMDT-TV's Alyana Gomez after the governor's announcement).   That confidence has translated into federal financial support for DSU optics research endeavors. Within the last five year, DSU’s optics researchers have attracted a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (2006) and another $5 million grant from National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).   Earlier this year, the University celebrated its first-ever transfer of a DSU-research-created intellectual technology -- a optics Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy-Tag method that has been licensed to Photon Machines, Inc., to be developed into a diagnostic device to be used in hospitals and labs.   The DSU’s diverse optics research projects continue to be overseen by Dr. Melikechi, who is currently the dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology as well as the University’s vice president of research.   Dr. Williams said Delaware State University is extremely appreciative of the importance Gov. Jack Markell places on higher education in Delaware and today’s announcement is further evidence of that.   “We, like the Governor, know that higher education can be a competitive advantage, fueling a knowledge-based economy,” the DSU president said. “DSU is proud of its unique breakthroughs in optics and the STEM areas and this infrastructure funding will allow the University to further secure a niche for Delaware in research, job creation and professional workforce development.”   With representatives of UD and Delaware Tech present, Gov. Markell also announced that his proposal would provide: $10m for expanded research lab capacity at the University of Delaware – This one-time additional investment of state funds will be allocated between Allison Hall, the Animal Research Facility and Brown Lab. Allison Hall is the centerpiece of UD's Department of Education, the Animal Research Lab provides critical technology for the state's leading industries and Brown Lab will be equipped with important Nuclear Magnetic Resonance equipment. $10m for Delaware Technical and Community College to connect Delawareans with good-paying jobs in the sciences– $10 million of one-time state resources will be utilized by Delaware Technical & Community College for several projects. This funding will support the expansion of facilities in the following program areas: (1) the Aviation Power Plant Program, by helping to fund a new 10,000-square foot facility in Sussex County; (2) the Dental Hygiene program, by helping to fund renovations that will allow 500 additional patients to be served per year on the Wilmington Campus; (3) the Nursing and Science programs on both the Terry and Stanton campuses, creating additional lab space and interactive classrooms in the areas of Physics, Biology and Chemistry. “We’re going to make investments that put people to work building new research and training facilities at our colleges so they can graduate more students with the strong science backgrounds the fastest growing industries demand,” Markell said.  

DSU Announces its 2011 Commencement Keynote Speakers

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Hip hop artist and actress Queen Latifah will be the keynote speaker at the 3 p.m. May 22 DSU Commencement.

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  Delaware State University will hold its 119th Commencement exercises in four separate indoor ceremonies May 21-22 in which about 600 graduates will celebrate the completion of their degrees. A separate Commencement exercise for master and doctoral degree graduates will be held on Saturday, May 21, and three separate undergraduate Commencements will be held on Sunday, May 22. The Commencement will be closed to only those having tickets provided by graduates.   Headlining an outstanding trio of keynote speakers will be hip-hop artist and actress Queen Latifah, who will speak at the Sunday, 3 p.m. Commencement. In addition, journalist and activist Jeff Johnson will be the keynote speaker at the 9 a.m. and 12 noon Commencements; and DSU alumna Quincy Lucas, a domestic violence prevention advocate, will give the keynote address at the Saturday 2 p.m. Commencement for master and doctoral students. (Bio info is found on the subsequent pages of this release).   Commencement schedule is as follows:   Saturday, 2 p.m. – Education & Humanities Theatre Keynote speaker – Quincy Lucas All graduating masters and doctoral students   Sunday, 9 a.m. – Memorial Hall Gymnasium* Keynote speaker –Jeff Johnson The College of Agriculture & Related Sciences The College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology   Sunday, 12 p.m. – Memorial Hall Gymnasium* Keynote speaker – Jeff Johnson College of Business College of Education, Health and Public Policy   Sunday, 3 p.m. – Memorial Hall Gymnasium* Keynote speaker – Queen Latifah College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences   * -- Bachelor’s degree graduates only.   In addition, the Department of Nursing will hold its traditional Nurses Pinning Ceremony at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 21 in the Education & Humanities Theatre.   The Commencement Speakers   Queen Latifah As a hip-hop artist, television and film actress, recording label president, author and entrepreneur, Queen Latifah has blossomed into a one-woman entertainment conglomerate.   She is a 1994 Grammy Award-winning rapper for her hit “Go Ahead” and has also garnered six other Grammy nominations for her music works. As an actress she has starred in more than 27 feature films – including her Oscar-nominated performance in the 2002 Chicago – as well as numerous other television movies and sitcoms and dramas. A number of the movies were the result of her production company Flavor Unit Entertainment. Ms. Latifah has also authored two books: Ladies First: Revelations of a Strong Woman, as well as her latest released in 2010, Put on Your Crown: Life Lessons from the Queen.                     Jeff Johnson   She also serves as the co-chair of the Lancelot H. Owens Scholarship Foundation, Inc. which provides scholarships to students who excel scholastically, but are limited in financial resources.   Jeff Johnson As a Washington, D.C.-based award-winning investigative journalist, social activist and political commentator, Jeff Johnson’s work to inspire the next generation of leaders has established him as an authentic voice for change and a trailblazing social entrepreneur.   Mr. Johnson is a MSNBC contributor and White House correspondent for The Grio, an African-American website owned by NBC. He is the only U.S reporter to obtain a post-inauguration interview with current Liberia President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa’s first-ever elected female head of state. As a BET Network personality, he received the National Association for Black Journalists’ 2008 Salute to Excellence Award for his “Life & Death in Darfur” segment that was broadcast on his “Jeff Johnson Reports” series.   Over the last decade, Mr. Johnson has merged the worlds of politics and popular culture as he has served as a senior advisor for Media and Youth Outreach for People for the American Way, as national director of the Youth & College Division of the NAACP, as well as vice president of the Russell Simmons Hip-Hop Network Action Network. In 2009 Mr. Johnson released his first book, Everything I’m Not Made Me Everything I Am: Discovering your Personal Best.   Quincy Lucas The founder and president of Witney’s Lights, Inc. Ms. Lucas is a two-time graduate of DSU, where she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Curriculum and Instruction.   It is through her advocacy for domestic violence prevention that Ms. Lucas has made her mark on the world. The tragic 2003 domestic violence death of her sister, Witney, in Baltimore propelled Ms. Lucas into that advocacy and resulted in her establishment of the non-profit Witney’s Lights, through which she has emerged as a leader on that issue. Her domestic violence prevention work brought her in then-U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden, Jr.’s camp, as her advocacy was used to help educate Americans about his enacted Violence Against Women Act.                 Quincy Lucas   Ms. Lucas has also played a significant role in the ushering of the Obama administration. She gave the official nomination of former Sen. Biden as vice president, and later accompanied then President-elect Barack Obama on his Whistle Stop Train Tour on his way to his inauguration. During the train trip, Ms. Lucas introduced the president-elect during a stop in her home city of Baltimore, Md. She has been invited to numerous White House events and roundtable discussions and served in 2009 as the keynote speaker for National Crime Victims Rights Week sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies in Organizational Leadership at Wilmington University.    

DSU Receives New $3M Dept. of Defense Research Grant

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DSU’s Dr. Xiquan Shi, UD’s Dr. Chandra Kambhamettu and DSU’s Dr. Fengshan Liu, Jeff Sichina, Dr. David Pokrajac, Dr. Jinjie Liu and Dr. Jiguang Sun show some of the technology they will be working to improve to better protect U.S. troops from improvised explosive devices in conflict regions.

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    Delaware State University and its Department of Mathematical Sciences have been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Army Research Laboratory to receive a five-year $3 million research grant to establish a Center for Advanced Algorithms on campus.   The new DSU center – which will be based within DSU’s Department of Mathematics – will focus its work to assist the Department of Defense (DoD) in its effort to develop technologies that will protect U.S. troops and its allies from deadly improvised explosive devices.   U.S. Sen. Thomas R. Carper said he is pleased to see the DoD research funding coming once again to DSU.   “Federal research dollars lead to growth in new technologies, innovation and economic development, and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Army Research Lab grant to Delaware State University is no exception,” Sen. Carper said. “This award recognizes the excellent work already being done by Delaware State University and will enable the school to continue to conduct cutting-edge research and serve as an economic engine for central and southern Delaware.”   Dr. Fengshan Liu, director of the DSU Applied Mathematics Research Center and the principal investigator for the grant, said that the DSU-led Center for Advanced Algorithms will bring together an exceptional team of researchers from DSU, the University of Delaware and Penn State University.   The research grant is the result of a proposal that was a joint effort by Dr. Liu and DSU researchers Dr. Jinjie Liu, Dr. David Pokrajac, Dr. Xiquan Shi, Jeff Sichina and Dr. Jiguang Sun, along with UD’s Dr. Chandra Kambhamettu and Penn State’s Dr. Ram Narayanan. Mr. Sichina will serve as the project director for the center.   DSU President Harry L. Williams said this marks yet another new chapter in the continuing expansion of DSU research character.   “In addition to displaying the continued confidence that the federal government has in DSU researchers, this project also highlights the current era of higher education partnerships – in this case not only between DSU and the University of Delaware, but also with Penn State University,” Dr. Williams said.   The new center builds on DSU’s prior success that was achieved by its Applied Mathematics Research Center that was established by a $4 million Department of Defense grant in 2003. DSU completed the research pertaining to that grant in 2009 and has continued since then to work on several critical U.S. military-related projects.   “The funded project will enhance the research collaborations between Delaware State University and the Army Research Lab,” Dr. Liu said. “We will also involve and train our students in using mathematics to solve real-life problems and thus to prepare them to become the first choice of employers in a global market.”     The previous Department of Defense research funding support was instrumental in DSU’s 2004 establishment of a doctoral program in Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics.  

College of Ag's Dr. Ozbay Receives Research Award

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Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay (center), assoc. professor in the DSU Department of Ag & Natural Resources, shows off her Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award forSustained Outstanding Achievement in Research” with (l-r) DSU Provost Alton Thompson; Dr. Albert Essel, DSU Cooperative Extension assoc. dean; Dr. Dahlia Jackson-O’Brien, asst. professor in Ag & Natural Resources; and Dr. Dyremple Marsh, dean of the College of Ag & Related Sciences.

 

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   A faculty member and three students of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences at Delaware State University were honored for their research work at the April 9-13 Association of Research Directors (ARD) 16th Biennial Symposium in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, associate professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award for “Sustained Outstanding Achievement in Research.” The award is the highest honor given to an 1890 scientist by the Association of Research Directors, Inc., and carries a cash prize of $1,000. Dr. Dyremple Marsh, 1890 research director and dean of the College of Agriculture and Related Sciences, nominated Dr. Ozbay for the award. Her research includes seeking ways in which to preserve oyster habitats, which works as a filter to preserve water quality. Brian Reckenbeil (l), a Natural Resources graduate student,  shows his 1st place oral presentation award with his mentor, Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay.   The following DSU students also won awards for poster and oral research presentations at the Symposium:     Graduate Awardees   Brian Reckenbeil, a graduate student in the Natural Resources Program, took 1st Place in the Renewable Resources, Bioenergy and Environmental Stewardship category. His oral presentation was on "Oyster Gardening – Where in Delaware's Inland Bays to Focus Shoreline Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) Rehabilitation Efforts?"   Melissa Schutte, a graduate student in Natural Resources Program, took 2nd place in the Renewable Resources, Bioenergy and Environmental Stewardship category with her oral presentation on "Natural Succession: Examining Vegetative Composition and Structure Progression on Restored Agricultural Land."     Undergraduate Awardee   Ashley Draper, a senior Textiles and Apparel Studies major, won 2nd place for her undergraduate oral presentation in the Renewable Resources, Bioenergy and Environmental Stewardship category on the topic of "Fiber Comparison of Lyocell, Rayon and Cotton."     More than 700 people attended the event representing the 18 universities in the 1890 land grant system.   The Association of Research Directors (ARD), Inc. is the federation of the eighteen (18) autonomous 1890 land grant universities that provides coordination of research initiatives among member 1890 Institutions in cooperation with federal, state and private partners. It provides visionary and enlightened leadership to member institutions as they continuously address issues impacting their ability to overcome the food and agricultural research challenges facing the state, nation and world-at-large.  

DSU Celebrates Earth Day; Go Green Work Noted in two National Reports

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DSU President Harry L. Williams celebrates Earth Day with children from the University's Child Development Lab.

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Read more and check out the great photos.   DSU celebrated Earth Day a little early on April 20 with a series of activities that celebrated the University’s commitment to be an institutional example in its “Going Green” efforts (see the below photo slide show).   The day began with a “Green Eggs and Ham” breakfast followed by a program, both in the Martin Luther King Student Center. The Program featured addresses from DSU President Harry L. Williams, Dover Mayor Carleton Carey and DSU SGA President Kathleen Charlot. Encouraging words also came from Jack Tarburton, state USDA director, Scott Lynch, Delaware Energy Office director, William Neaton, director of economic development for the city of Dover, and Amir Mohammadi, DSU vice president of Finance & Administration.   The program also featured a song and poem performance by the DSU Early Childhood Care Lab School children. A number of environmentally conscious entities set up tables in the MLK Student Center as well. Later in the afternoon, the SGA sponsored a “Campus Clean-up” and the Green Ambassadors student group promoted recycling.   Delaware State University’s Go Green Initiative has been highlighted in the annual report of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) as well as in the Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Green Report. DSU was among nine that were chosen to be featured out of 660 institutions that have committed to reducing their carbon footprint and aggressively pursue sound environmental practices.   Identified by the ACUPCC as an institution in “good standing,” DSU is noted in the organization’s recently release annual report for being a leading institution in sustainability initiatives. The report highlights the diverse DSU Go Green agenda, including the establishment of a strong steering committee as well as a student Green Ambassador organization on campus.   The report recognized DSU Go Green initiative for being highlighted in articles in Jet Magazine and Black College Today, for having two students selected to be EPA OnCampus Ambassadors to promote environmentally conscientious initiatives on campus, as well as for participating in a side event hosted by the United Negro College Fund and Second Nature during the United Nations’ climate negotiations in December 2010 in Cancun, Mexico.   The recently released MSI report also recognizes DSU as being a charter member of the Sustainability Tracking and Assessment Rating System, as well as being the only HBCU with a representative on the advisory board. The report also notes the University’s distribution of reusable mugs to freshmen, the dissemination of green tips in the campus newsletter,the campus composting of pre- and post-consumer food scraps, as well as a green-office competition.   “We are pleased that DSU’s efforts to do its part to preserve the environment and set an example for other institutions of higher education has been recognized in these two reports,” said DSU President Harry L. Williams. “The University takes it commitment to reduce its carbon footprint seriously and will continue to do so.”   DSU launched its environmental agenda in August 2009 when the institution joined the ACUPCC and soon thereafter established its Go Green Steering Committee.            The DSU Go Green Committee is led by its chair, Vita Pickrum, associate vice president of Development at DSU. You can access a YouTube clip featuring an interview of Ms. Pickrum about the DSU Go Green initiative by visiting: http://www.youtube.com/secondnatureboston#p/c/DC8ECC2654538112/3/9ZNF8YwF5HA. Upon reaching that webpage, click on Ms. Pickrum's photo on the right next to the title "Resources and Support in Fulfilling..."  

Three DSU Alumni Inducted into Del. Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame

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DSU President Harry L. Williams (2nd from right) celebrates with DSU's latest inductees into the Del. Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame: (l-r) James Solomon, Norman Oliver and Jimmy Strong.

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           Jimmy Strong     Three alumni of Delaware State University were among the 2011 inductee class of the Delaware Afro-America Sports Hall of Fame (DAASHF) during a ceremony on April 16 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover.   Among the DSU inductees were:   Former Hornet football star Jimmy Strong, class of ’66 – The DAASHF recognized him for his stellar years as an All-Conference (CIAA) honoree at two positions: punter (1962-64) and defensive back (1961,1964). He finished his Delaware State College career with 28 interceptions and a 43-yard punting average. After playing football for the Wilmington Clippers (1966-1967), Mr. Strong returned to DSC in   James H. Solomon, Jr. 1968 where he served over the next 11 years as a Hornet assistant football coach. The resident of Ellenwood, Ga., was inducted in the DSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988.     James Solomon, class of 1990 and 2007, was inducted for the athletics mark he has made as a boys and girls track coach for 24 years at Dover High School. During that time, he has coached his teams to five state championships and six times as runner-up. At the conference level, his teams have won eight dual meets and 10 conference meets. During Coach Solomon’s tenure, he coached high school athletes who were ranked nationally and some of whom would go on to intercollegiate career where they were nationally ranked as well. The Dover resident was named as state Coach of the Year five times, conference Coach of the Year three times and in 2000 he as named as the National Girls Coach representing Delaware.         Norman Oliver     Norman “Stormin” Oliver, class of 1985, was inducted for his work as an athletics administrator through his founding of the Stormin’ Classic Basketball Summer League, which ran from 1980 (the year in which he founded it at age 18) to 2000. Beginning with 54 youth participants in its inaugural year, by the summer league’s 20th year there were 3,000 participants. It is the only summer basketball league in Delaware operating statewide. Many of the students who have participated in the Oliver’s summer league – of which education was the most important component – went on to successful careers and thriving lives. Mr. Oliver resides in Wilmington.   DSU's Ricki Ellison served as the event's mistress of ceremonies. Ricki Ellison, DSU women’s bowling coach, served as the mistress of ceremonies for the 13th annual DAASHF ceremony.  

DSU Professor Recounts His Experience In Japan During Earthquake

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Dr. Gabriel D. Gwanmesia, DSU professor of physics, took this photo of some damage that resulted from the March 11 earthquake in Japan, where he was doing sabbatical research.

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    Dr. Gabriel Gwanmesia and his host, Professor Toru Inoue stand in front of a high pressure press at Ehime University     Dr. Gabriel D. Gwanmesia, professor of physics, left for a two-month research sabbatical in Japan on Jan. 29, looking forward to sharing his expertise on high pressure physics with the scientists of that country and utilizing the geodynamic technology there.   Little did he know that he would be witness to the greatest earthquake to ever hit Japan.   Dr. Gwanmesia – who is also a DSU alumnus – was on a 60-day research fellowship funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science on March 11 and was just leaving a dedication ceremony for a new high pressure neutron lab in the village of Tokai-Mura in Japan’s Ibaraki Prefecture.   The DSU physics professor said he knows almost the exact time he first felt the 9.0 magnitude earthquake – 2:48 p.m. Japan time – because he almost instinctually pointed his camera at a wall clock and took a picture of its hands position.   Just before that he was in an elevator, which the earthquake caused to hit against the shaft wall surrounding it.   “The elevator stopped at the 2nd floor and when the doors opened, I dove out,” Dr. Gwanmesia said.   He said Tokai-Mura – just north of Tokyo in the central part of the country – was about 150 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. And while that Japanese village was out of harm’s way from the raging tsunami that ravaged northern Japan, it still suffered significant damage from the powerful quake tremors.   The above photo taken by Dr. Gwanmesia shows the damage to roads wrought by the earthquake. Dr. Gwanmesia said he and the other people who were in the lab all poured outside, where the damage was already apparent.   “The vibrations were very severe, causing significant damage to buildings and creating cracks and breaks in the road pavement,” Dr. Gwanmesia said.   During his two-month fellowship, the DSU physics professor was residing mostly on the Japanese island of Matsuyama on the southern end of the country – which was not directly impacted by the earthquake. As fate would have it, he and his host had flown to Tokyo to get to the neutron lab dedication on the same day as the quake.   Their plan to return to Matsuyama that day was delayed. That night Dr. Gwanmesia spent the night with 50 other people in an emergency shelter.   He said the Japanese people were clearly shaken by the quake and resulting damage, but were not frantic or disorderly.   “There was no electricity or running water, but when resources like blankets and other things were made available, there was no fighting or rushing to get them,” Dr. Gwanmesia said. “People just patiently waited their turn.”   The following day, the DSU professor’s host managed to get him back to Tokyo where he was able to catch a plane to return to Matsuyama. Once back there, he proceeded to complete the rest of his fellowship research at Ehime University, located on that island. During his trip, Dr. Gwanmesia observed the process by which a high pressure press converted graphite into the above diamonds.   In the days following the initial quake, Dr. Gwanmesia said he received “tons” of email from worried friends and family urging him to get out of the country.   “I just laughed because (in Matsuyama) we were so far away from the area that was really hit by the earthquake,” he said.   Dr. Gwanmesia said it is a Japanese health custom for people to wear face masks when they have a cold to prevent its spread. He laughingly recalled that one of his nieces saw a Japanese man wearing a mask during the news coverage of the quake, prompting her to write her uncle and tell him to wear a mask to protect him from the danger of radiation.   “Matsuyama was far from the radiation danger area,” Dr. Gwanmesia said. “And even if we were in the danger area, radiation passes through the body. A face mask would provide no protection.”   Far removed from the danger, Dr. Gwanmesia continued his research work that involved utilizing Ehime University’s geophysics facility to produce synthetic minerals he could bring back to DSU and continue his study of materials that exist deep in the earth.   Because those minerals deep in the earth cannot be accessed, scientists have to create synthetic versions of the same minerals to study.   Professor Hitoshi Yusa (l) shows Dr. Gwanmesia a lab during a visit to Japan's National Institute for Material Science. “Such studies allow us to understand the causes of earthquakes,” Dr. Gwanmesia said.   The physics professor said his research interests in mineral physics are dedicated to understanding the behavior of sound waves as they travel through different materials. In addition to gaining a better understanding concerning how the earth has evolved, data from such study can yield valuable information in evaluating the causes of earthquakes, hurricanes or other natural disasters.   In addition to creating synthetic material for his future research, Dr. Gwanmesia also observed the high pressure conversion of graphite into diamonds at the Geodynamic Research Center at Ehime University.   Dr. Gwanmesia earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and Mathematics from then-Delaware State College in 1985, and went on to obtain a Ph.D. in Geophysics (Mineral Physics) from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. A native of Cameroon, West Africa, Dr. Gwanmesia has been a DSU faculty member since 1991.  

DSU, UD, Delaware Tech Reaffirm Partnership Commitment

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UD President Patrick T. Harker, DSU President Harry L. Williams, Gov. Jack Markell and Delaware Tech President Orlando J. George Jr. display the Partnership Proclamation they each signed reaffirming their commitment to collaborate as public institutions of higher education partners to strengthen the First State. 

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    Delaware State University, along with the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical & Community College, joined with Gov. Jack Markell to emphasize the unique partnership among the public institutions of higher education in the First State.   DSU President Harry L. Williams, UD President Patrick T. Harker and Delaware Tech President Orlando J. George Jr. along with Gov. Markell signed a proclamation that reaffirms the three institutions’ commitment to partner in ways that will support, enhance and protect the future of the state of Delaware. DSU President Harry L. Williams -- flanked by (l-r) Gov. Jack Markell, UD President Patrick T. Harker and Delaware Tech President Orlando J. George Jr. -- noted that Delaware is a great environment for such higher education partnerships.   “This collaboration plays out in two ways – one is for students…, and the other has to do with faculty,” Gov. Markell said. He noted that students will benefit by the connective collaboration between Delaware Tech and the two four-year institutions in ways that will facilitate the continuation of their academic journey. The governor added that the partnership of faculty members in research will make a powerful case that federal funding would be effectively used in Delaware.   Dr. Williams said Delaware provides a great environment for such partnerships.   “We are fortunate to be in Delaware; elsewhere there are states that are cutting funding to higher education,” Dr. Williams said. “We want the governor to know that we appreciate his support and that we are working together and will continue to do so.”   Dr. George used the example of math education to show how the institutions are collaborating toward the academic success of students.   “At DelawareTech, math students take courses up to calculus, and they are ready to be junior at either of the institutions and continue working towards a math education degree,” Dr. George said. “We have been doing (such collaborations) for some time now; this was an opportunity today to tell this story in a very public setting.”   Dr. Harker said such higher education partnerships are the standard in Delaware.   “If we can’t work together in this small state, we’re in trouble,” Dr. Harker said.  

DSU Equestrian Team Selected for National Tourney

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The DSU equestrian team has been selected for the fourth straight year to compete in the national tourney. For the first time, both the english and western DSU riders have chosen for the April 14-16 tournament in Waco, Tx.

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    Alicia Maynard will compete in the Western category of the national tourney.     For the first time in its five-year history, the Delaware State equestrian team will send its English and Western squads to the 2011 Varsity Equestrian National Championship April 14-16 in Waco, Texas.   The Hornet equestrian team has been to the national tournament in the previous three years, but this is the first year that both the English and the Western squads have been selected.   “This is the result of five years of hard work,” said Jennifer Ridgely,  who is in her fifth year as the DSU equestrian head coach. “We have seven seniors on the team this year. What a way for them to go out!”   Delaware State is seeded 11th in the 12-team field for the national English (Hunter Seat) championship. This is the third tournament selection for the Hornets' English squad, which also competed in the 2008 and '09 competition. Amanda Holtz, western rider   Delaware State is the No. 12 seed in this year's Western tournament. The Hornets are in the championship field for the second straight year after earning its first selection in 2010.   DSU's case for the national championship tournament was strengthened by team wins over perennial powers South Carolina and New Mexico State. South Carolina is the No. 5 seed in this year's VENC Western field and No. 6 in the English competition. New Mexico State's Western and English teams were also selected for the 2011 national tournament.             Kayla Blair, english rider “The idea of going out and competing against the big teams has really paid off, because the tournament officials look hard at the strength of the schedule,” Coach Ridgely said. “This was our most successful year against bigger schools.”     DSU also had strong showings against tournament qualifiers Baylor and Tennessee Martin this season.      The Hornet equestrians will face South Carolina in the tourney's opening round.            

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