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FACULTY SENATE: May meeting features faculty honors, presentations by provost and by outgoing Senate president

May 4, 2017--The Faculty Senate held its last meeting of the spring semester on Monday, May 1, immediately after the General Faculty Meeting with UD President Dennis Assanis. Highlighting the meeting were the presentation of several faculty awards, a report from Provost Domenico Grasso and a farewell from outgoing Senate President Prasad Dhurjati. In addition to the Faculty Excellence Awards announced earlier this week in UDaily, the Faculty Senate also presented Jim Morrison, professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration, with the 2017 Jon Olson Exemplary Senate Service Award.

DUAL DOCTORAL PROGRAM: Agreement promotes collaboration with National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan

Apr. 28, 2017--On April 25, Fuh-Sheng Shieu, president of the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan, visited the University of Delaware to sign an agreement for a cooperative program that encompasses teaching, research, consultation and faculty and student exchanges. The agreement is a renewal of one executed several years ago and has since been expanded through various supplemental agreements for specific programs, including the opportunity for students to earn doctoral degrees from both institutions in the areas of civil and environmental engineering and soil and environmental science.

DISCOVERY COULD TRANSFORM INDUSTRIES: Researchers invent process to make sustainable rubber, plastics

Apr. 24, 2017--Synthetic rubber and plastics – used for manufacturing tires, toys and myriad other products – are produced from butadiene, a molecule traditionally made from petroleum or natural gas. But those manmade materials could get a lot greener soon, thanks to the ingenuity of a team of scientists from three U.S. research universities. The scientific team –- from the University of Delaware, the University of Minnesota and the University of Massachusetts – has invented a process to make butadiene from renewable sources like trees, grasses and corn.

HOW MATH COULD MAKE BONES STRONGER: Models help UD researchers calculate best dosage for osteoporosis treatment

Mar. 29, 2017--They may seem rigid and set in their ways, but your bones are actually under constant construction and deconstruction. They give up their nutrient treasures (calcium) to the body and then rebuild in a constant give-and-take sort of rhythm. When that rhythm shifts with advancing age or the onset of osteoporosis, the rebuilding process decreases. Bones lose density and strength and become more prone to fracture. More than 10 million people in the United States live with osteoporosis and the resulting fractures demand more than $17 billion in related health care each year. Now two University of Delaware researchers and their students have joined forces - applying the mathematical modeling expertise of one to the biological inquiry of the other - to point the way to a promising remedy.

NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS: Twelve UD students, alumni win prestigious research support

Mar. 28, 2017--A dozen University of Delaware students (undergraduate and graduate) and alumni have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships as the prestigious competition marks its 65th year. Fourteen others received honorable mention designations. The awards -- for which more than 13,000 applicants competed this year -- include three years of funding at $34,000 per year, plus $12,000 in cost-of-education allowances to the school for study leading to a master's or doctoral degree in science and engineering. The total of these awards is almost $1.4 million -- a significant boost for the students and their research.

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