UD in the News, April 11, 2008

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11:08 a.m., April 11, 2008--A roundup of recent news items about UD, its faculty, students, staff and alumni.

Joe Flacco, Fightin' Blue Hens quarterback, is featured in the April 14 Sports Illustrated, which has a story on “NFL Draft Wild-Card Quarterbacks.” The story says Flacco could be the first NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision quarterback selected in the first round of the NFL draft since Steve McNair of Alcorn State University in 1995.

Patrick Harker, UD president, and John Byrne, director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, were quoted in an April 11 News Journal story about plans by the University to undertake a study of the institution's carbon “footprint,” about the Senior Class Gift that will support it, and about a new sustainability Web site [www.udel.edu/sustainability].

David Pong, professor of history and director of the East Asian Studies Program, discussed the controversy concerning the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics on April 10 on WHYY-TV's Delaware Tonight news program.

John Antil, associate professor of business administration, was quoted in an April 9 CNN Money story about how continuing political demonstrations could be bad for corporate sponsors of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. “The sponsors' real concern should be about what's going to happen if this carries into the Olympics,” Antil said.

Debra Hess Norris, chairperson of the Department of Art Conservation and Henry Francis du Pont Chair in Fine Arts, Mark Barteau, Robert L. Pigford Professor of Chemical Engineering, and Patrick Harker, UD president, were quoted in an April 8 News Journal story about the new strategic plan.

Charles Elson, Edgar S. Woolard Jr. Chair and director of the John L. Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance, was quoted in an April 8 Chicago Tribune story and the DealBook blog on The New York Times Web site about how this is shaping up as a boom year for proxy battles. He appeared April 8 on the American Public Media Marketplace program, discussing that same topic.

Elson also was quoted in two stories in an April 6 New York Times special report on executive salaries, an April 7 Conde Nast Portfolio story about Yahoo and Microsoft, an April 6 Toledo Blade story about La-Z-Boy's forthcoming shareholders meeting, and an April 3 News Journal story and an April 2 Wall Street Journal story about Bear Stearns.

William Saylor, professor of animal and food sciences, and David Hansen, associate professor of plant and soil sciences, were quoted in an April 8 News Journal story about efforts to ease poultry waste through a feed additive. Associated Press and the FeedInfo News Service also distributed a story on the research.

Dot Abbott, an agent with the Cooperative Extension Service, was quoted in an April 8 American Farm story about a meeting of the Northeast Regional Biomass Program.

Ed Ratledge, director of the Center for Applied Demography and Survey Research, was quoted in an April 7 Cape Gazette story about demographic trends in Sussex County. He discussed those trends as part of the University's annual Land and Sea lecture series in Lewes and Milford.

David E. Schrader, executive director of the American Philosophical Association, which is housed at UD, was quoted in an April 6 story in The New York Times about a growing number of college students interested in taking philosophy courses. “It's a major that helps them become quick learners and gives them strong skills in writing, analysis and critical thinking,” he told the Times.

Jeffrey Harris, professor of finance who is serving as chief economist for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, was quoted in April 3 stories by Reuters, Bloomberg News and the Business News Network after testifying before Congress about crude oil prices.

James Corbett, associate professor of marine and Earth studies, was quoted in an April 2 Christian Science Monitor story about the use of sails by cargo ships. Corbett, who is an expert in ship emissions, told the newspaper, “The problem is not simply to choose the best technology or practice, because there isn't a single solution. Industry and regulators are going to have to look at a variety of solutions and demonstrate the will to take effective action.”

John Ewart, aquaculture and fisheries specialist for the UD Sea Grant Marine Advisory Services, was cited in an April 2 Washington Post food section story offering tips for cooking clams.

Grey Elam, a UD graduate who now serves as a district liaison for New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, was cited in an April 2 story in The New York Times as she read a statement on Quinn's behalf before the Landmarks Preservation Commission concerning a development proposal for St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. She also was featured in a photograph of a women's safety awareness and self-defense course that appeared in The Villager.

Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy, was featured in the April issue of Orthopedics Today for her work in knee stability and bracing.

Yan Jin, professor of plant and soil sciences, and Pei Chui, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, were featured in the Tech Beat column in the April issue of Tribology and Lubrication Technology for their work in removing microbes from water.