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October 19, 2016, Core Facilities Open House.: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm MLK Student Center, Parlor A , OSCAR Center. Flyer   Nomination: Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR) center, which housed DSU-INBRE program, is nominated for 2016-best HBCU research center.    MSc Defense: Mr. Abdullah-AL-Zubaer Imran, who is supported under INBRE Pilot project (Dr. Pokrajac), defended successfully his M.Sc thesis on 06/30/2016. Thesis Title:  Estimation of breast anatomical descriptors from mastectomy CT images.

Melissa A Harrington

Melissa A Harrington, PhD  Melissa A Harrington, PhD

  Professor of Biology

  Director, Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research




Research Centers/Institutes

CIBER Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program EPSCoR INBRE ​OSCAR Office of Sponsored Programs

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program is a subscription service providing research ethics education to all members of the research community. To participate fully, learners must be affiliated with Delaware State University. CITI Program offers The Basic and Refresher Courses in the Protection of Human Research Subjects. Biomedical research focus Social and behavioral research focus  The Good Clinical Practice and ICH Course. 15 module course for investigators conducting studies with investigational drugs and devices.  The Health Information Privacy and Security (HIPS) Course. The Course can be customized for: Clinicians Clinical investigators Students Fundraisers Marketers  Laboratory Animal Welfare Course And    The Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Course Responsible Conduct of Research Training and Oversight Plan I. Statement of Intent – The National Science Foundation, in its Grantee Standards states: The responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence, as well as public trust, in science and engineering. Consequently, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers. Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science (COMPETES) Act (42 U.S.C. 1862o–1) requires that ‘‘each institution that applies for financial assistance from the [National Science] Foundation for science and engineering research or education describe in its grant proposal a plan to provide appropriate training and oversight in the responsible and ethical conduct of research to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers participating in the proposed research project.”  1 a. All faculty, staff, students and volunteers working on NSF-supported research projects will be required to successfully complete the RCR training modules with a score of 80% or more before their employment contracts will be approved. Evidence of approval in the form of a CITI certificate will be required. II. Oversight a. The Office of Sponsored Programs will be responsible for oversight of the implementation of this plan and enforcing compliance with completion of the CITI RCR training modules before approving employment contracts on NSF-funded projects. b. All claims of research misconduct will be handled by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, pursuant to the policy on Standards for the Conduct of Scholarly Research. The Office of Sponsored Programs will receive periodic reports from the training provider, CITI.  These reports will be maintained as official University records.   1National Science Foundation, Award Administration Standards effective January 1, 2010, Chapter VI.B., downloaded December 14, 2009 from

Office of Sponsored Programs - Forms Library

  Faculty Proposal Submission Response Form (MS Explorer friendly only) Webpage   Avoiding Common Errors on NIH proposal Submissions Webpage   Types of Award Instruments PDF File   Conflict of Interest Policy and Disclosure Form (MS Explorer friendly only) Webpage   Allegations of Research Misconduct PDF File   Internal Processing Form PDF File   PRIDE 2020 Strategic Plan Goals and KPIs PDF File   Proposal Process PDF File   Proposal Checklist PDF File Word Document Institutional Fact Sheet PDF File   How to write an effective letter of support and cover letter PDF File   University Travel Policy   Word Document Fly America Act Checklist for Federal Funds Form PDF   Processing and Managing Grant Accounts PDF File   Participant Cost Definition PDF File   Time and Effort Reporting System PDF File   Time and Effort Forms PDF File   Time and Effort Due Dates PDF File   Faculty/Professional Staff PDF File Word File Part-time Hourly Staff PDF File Word File After - Hours PDF File Word File OMB Uniform Guidance (Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards) Webpage   OMB Circulars Webpage   Code of Federal Regulations Webpage   Federal Register Webpage     Material Transfer Agreement Documents Materials Agreement Process PDF   DSU Materials Agreement PDF File   MTA  Questionnaire (Incoming) PDF   MTA  Questionnaire (Outgoing) PDF   Contracts Consultant Contract PDF File Word Document Sub-Award Request Form PDF File Word Document Sub-Award Procedures PDF File   Sub-Award Questionnaire PDF File     Budget Development NSF 1030A Budget Form PDF File Word Document Sample 1030A Budget Form and Sample Justification PDF File Word Document   Institutional Review Board (IRB) - Human Subjects Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program Webpage   Human Subjects in Research Policy PDF File   Human Subjects Exemption Form PDF File   Human Subjects Application for Approval PDF File Word Document IRB Application Deadlines and Meeting Dates Webpage   Final Study Report Form PDF File Word Document IRB Continuation Form PDF File Word Document Human Subjects Presentation PDF File PowerPoint Guidelines for Writing Informed Consent PDF File Word Document Sample Informed Consent Form PDF File Word Document Sample Collaborative IRB Approval PDF File Word Document   Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program Webpage   Approval Application PDF File Word Document  

Department of Restricted Funds Accounting

Name Title Phone Number Email Address Jadeen Notice Director 302.857.6208 Hope Jackson Financial Administrator II 302.857.7475 Alleesa Stewart Financial Administrator II 302.857.7370 Linda Moody-Brown Financial Administrator I 302.857.7011 Brianna Thompson Financial Administrator I 302.857.6210  

Current Research in Herbs

    The herb and essential oil research at Delaware State University is the first federally or state-supported project of this kind for the dried product and/or essential oil in the last five decades. It was initiated in 1978 with a grant from the Cooperative State Research Service. Because of this early initiative and our on-going work, we possess a solid basis for developing a centralized research support system by the following criteria. Delaware State University is a source of germplasm for herbs and essential oil plants. We have selected commercially important cultivars for the dozen plants under consideration in our existing research (catnip, lavandin, hardy sweet marjoram, Greek oregano, damask rose, rosemary, saffron, clary sage, Dalmatian sage, savory, French tarragon, and valerian). The selection (or rejection) of these cultivars was based upon botanical/agronomic characteristics (leaf size, flowering size, hardiness, disease resistance) and chemical analysis by gas chromatography/ infrared spectroscopy/ mass spectrometry (GC/IR/MS). We also maintain about 300 clones of Mentha (mint), which supplements the mint collection at the national Clonal Germplasm Repository in Corvallis (1/3 of the primary mint germplasm at Corvallis originated from the Project Leader). These herbs were initially gathered from around the world and are always readily distributed to growers in the U.S. In addition, we have collected, propagated, and published on new ethnic herbs from the Asian and Hispanic communities for commercial exploitation. Preliminary agronomic management techniques have been documented for most of the dozen plants: spacing, soil, fertilizers, mulching, and potential pesticides. We have been periodically contacted to advise on growing these herbs from a variety of federal, state, and private organizations, domestically and internationally. We maintain a comprehensive literature file on flavor, fragrance, and medicinal plants encompassing approximately 20,500 reprints backed by approximately 6,700 books and 150,000 bibliographic reference cards. This continually growing collection has been periodically contacted by federal agencies (U.S.D.A.), academia (Oregon State University, Purdue), industry (McCormick; R. J. Reynolds; Rodale Press; Interweave Press; Norfolk Lavender, England; Richter's, Canada; Earthworks; Well Sweep Herb Farm), and private organizations (American Herbal Products Association, American Horticultural Society, Herb Society of America, Herb Research Foundation, International Herb Growers & Marketers Association/International Herb Association) to provide information. We have published widely on flavor, fragrance, and medicinal plants, often co-authoring with scientists from academia (Rutgers University, Arizona State University, Baylor University), botanic gardens (Longwood Gardens; Jardin Botanico Nacional, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic), private groups (Ozark Resources Center), and industry (R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Earthworks). This information has been disseminated in the form of meetings (scientists, growers, and marketers), scientific publications, popular publications, book chapters, and conference proceedings (for published information, see list of publications). We are considered national experts in the identification of herbs. We thus do taxonomic consulting work with the major importers of herbs and spices (e.g., Baltimore Spice, McCormick, Lebermuth, Tone Brothers) and herb research foundations (American Herbal Products Association, Herb Research Foundation). Our research complements the Claude E. Phillips Herbarium at DSU, which contains approximately 110,000 specimens. This is considered a larger medium-sized herbarium by national standards (87th out of 525 herbaria in the US) and the largest herbarium at an HBCU. It is particularly rich in European, Asiatic, and American specimens from the Lamiaceae and Apiaceae. We have established the methodologies for essential oil analysis by GC/MS, backed by a computerized matching library of our own creation. We have cooperated with academia (Oregon State University, Baylor University, Cornell University, University of Gronigen) and industry (Crompton & Knowles, Laurent) in establishing this database and trading information. Our existing Hewlett-Packard 5980 gas chromatograph/5970 mass spectrometer has handled most of our work for documentation of the quality and quantity of both the dried product and essential oils. We have developed both electrically and solar heated pilot dryers to handle up to a few acres. DSU and Southern university are the only HBCU's to have sponsored an international conference in this area (International Herb Growers & Marketers Conference/Internation Herb Association). DSU, in cooperation with the University of Delaware, has organized a Delaware Herb Growers and Marketers Association. The Project Leader is on the editorial board for the Journal of Essential Oil Research, Economic Botany, and Herbs for Health. The Project Leader is on the review panel for the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA), the Advisory Board of the American Botanical Council (ABC), the Scientific Panel and Program Committee of the International Herb Association (IHA), and Botany and Horticulture Committee of The Herb Society of America (HSA). The expertise of the Project Leader in flavor, fragrance, and medicinal plants has been recognized by the first faculty research achievement award at DSU in 1988, the Helen de Conway Little Medal of Honor from the HSA in 1990, the Otto Richter Memorial Lecture Award from IHGMA in 1993, the R. D. Morrison and F. E. Evans Outstanding Scientist Award from the Association of Research Directors in 1994, Distinguished Research Award from National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO) in 1994, Scientific Award from the American Horticulture Society (AHS) in 1996, and the Industry Achievement Award from Texas Herb Growers and Marketers Association (THGMA) in 1996. We have established tissue cultures of both Mentha and Salvia to investigate somaclonal variation and somatic fusion to create new flavors and fragrances. This has been accomplished with graduate students through the Department of Biology at DSU. Delaware State University is in close geographical proximity to the National Herb Garden at the US National Arboretum. The National Arboretum is exactly two hours from DSU, so we have worked with both the former curator, Ms. Holly Shimizu, and the present curator, Ms. Janet Walker. Future Plans for Research in Herbs at Delaware State University We see the need for our research on herbs and essential oils at Delaware State University to expand into the following areas to strengthen our goal of developing an agricultural industry in Delaware. We are currently constructing a demonstration area in conjunction with the aquaculture research group directed by Dr. Bernard Petrosky. This area will encompass demonstration plots, driers, etc. for public education. While we have sought economically important natural chemicals from various sources (Florasynth, Commodity Services International, Aromatics Inc., Freshworld of DuPont), we think that a consortium of academia and industry would allow us to better assess the needs of the marketplace. A consortium is being developed with the University of Mississippi and C.S.R.S. for natural products; affiliation would greatly benefit our research. While we have emphasized flavor and fragrance plants, expansion into some medicinals may be advantageous at this time in view of the changing federal legislation and marketplace trends. We rely upon our own subjective evaluation of public needs of research, but we think that we need more public input, which in turn would engender greater public support.  

Current Research in Tissue Culture / Biotechnology

Hypericum perforatum L. tissues were extracted in collaborative research with USDA Plant Biochemist at the Plant protection and Nutrition Laboratory at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. Hypericin and pseudohypericin were characterized using thin layer chromatography and spectrophotometric analyses. The abundance of hypericin in Hypericum was confirmed, and new work to focus on productivity of these compounds in vivo and in vitro is imminent.  

Aquatic Ecology / Aquaculture Research Projects

  Aquaculture Research Projects Aquaculture Development in Delaware Although the aquaculture industry in Delaware is currently limited in scale, there is a large potential for growth.  A lack of knowledge about growing aquatic species, which species to grow and how to market the products once they are produced, and the lack of a model that fits into the existing farm infrastructure, may in part, be responsible for the limited industry.  At Delaware State University we are addressing these issues.  Our efforts have largely been aimed at identifying suitable aquaculture species for use in DE and low input methods to raise them profitably.  Baitfish Aquaculture in the Mid-Atlantic Baitfish aquaculture represents a strong growth area for industry in the Northeast.  The necessary technology to culture species such as golden shiners and fathead minnow is well established, and these two species supply much of the freshwater bait market nationally.  Conversely, in coastal areas much of the saltwater bait is wild caught.  Development of culture technologies for locally popular, saltwater bait species such as mummichogs, Fundulus heteroclitus, can ensure consistent supplies and help avoid over exploitation of the resource.  For the last few years we have been working to optimize culture methods for mummichogs.  Temperature and Salinity Dependent Growth of Weakfish Weakfish, Cynoscion regalis, once supported an important sport and commercial fishery.  Within the last twenty years, however, stock assessments and commercial catch of weakfish have steadily declined and have reached an all-time low.  Coupled with the plummeting biomass of these fish, global warming poses a significant threat to not only weakfish, but also the entire marine ecosystem.  Using aquaculture methods we are studying the effects of water temperature on weakfish.