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12:41 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Newark Panel Okays Zoning for Data Center's Cogeneration Plant

Data Center Plans
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After a three hour hearing drawing an audience of 700 people Newark’s Board of Adjustments effectively gave the okay for the zoning decision by the city council to allow the gas-fired power plant as part of the data center planned at the old Chrysler site to go forward.

On a 3-to-1 vote the panel found that the on-site generation would not impair the neighborhood.

And they split evenly on whether it was customary for a data-center to have on-site power generation and whether the plant would primarily serve the data center.

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9:06 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Data Center Plan Takes Center Stage on Eve of Newark Mayoral Election

Credit Don Rush

On the eve of today’s Mayoral election in Newark around 350 union members rallied outside the old Chrysler plant on the University of Delaware Campus in support of construction of The Data Centers LLC data facility.

The company says the $1-billion project would bring 290 permanent full-time jobs.

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8:35 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Ten Story UD Office Building Planned for Newark

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Newark's skyline may soon be changing with a developer's plans to build a 10-story office tower for the University of Delaware's research campus.

The News Journal reports the new Science, Technology and Advanced Research Campus will be a skyscraper by Newark standards. It would be visible to motorists on the interstate more than a mile away.

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12:03 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Federal Grant Beefs Up Diversity in Solar Research at UD

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware State University is getting a $326,000 grant to provide solar energy research and education opportunities for minority students.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced the grant on Tuesday. It is part of a $60 million Energy Department initiative to lower the cost of solar electricity and support a growing solar workforce.

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8:21 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Judge Okays Road Near UD Wind Turbine on Lewes Campus


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware judge has rejected a Lewes resident's effort to halt construction of a road near a wind turbine at the University of Delaware's Lewes campus.

Gerald Lechliter filed a lawsuit last year challenging erection of the wind turbine on what he say was supposed to be open space land.

Lechliter argued this week that a road being built in the area lies within a "fall zone" surrounding the turbine, posing a potential safety risk if the 410-foot-high tower should topple.

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10:54 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Newark UD Campus Gets New Lab

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker
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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - University of Delaware officials are celebrating the school's first new laboratory in nearly 20 years.

President Patrick Harker helped cut the ribbon Thursday to open the 194,000-square-foot, $132 million Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory building. The school hopes housing many disciplines, including the humanities, under one roof will encourage innovation.

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9:19 am
Mon October 7, 2013

UD to Sell Energy Credits from Wind Turbine on Lewes Campus


LEWES, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware will start selling energy credits from a wind turbine on its Lewes campus to Delaware Municipal Electric Coop.

WMDT-TV reports that the three-year-old turbine typically creates enough energy to power 5,000 homes for an entire year. It's currently being used to power the Lewes campus.

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11:01 am
Fri October 4, 2013

A Less Popular Major Bids Goodbye the University of Delaware

Credit Don Rush

NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware is saying goodbye to one of its less popular majors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

WBEL-AM reports that the school is eliminating it agricultural education major.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Mark Rieger says the major enrolls 11 students or about 1.5 percent of the student body. All students currently enrolled in the major will be able to get their degrees.

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8:53 am
Wed September 25, 2013

More Details on I'm Shmacked Mob

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University of Delaware Police Chief Patrick Ogden says his officers were unaware of the social media website, “I’m Shmacked”, which led some 3-thousand students to show up in the streets of Newark earlier this month.

A total of 75 officers from law enforcement agencies including the university broke up a large party at round 11:30 p.m. on September 9th that included a DJ.

Many of the students had begun climbing on top of cars and blocking traffic. 

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9:25 am
Mon September 16, 2013

NASA Radar to Track Migrating Birds Over Delmarva

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NEWARK, Md. (AP) – A team of scientists is using a high-tech NASA radar to monitor the fall migration of birds over the Delmarva Peninsula.

The Wilmington News Journal reports scientists will be looking at where birds are stopping, eating and lingering as they examine the best habitats that remain for the region’s migratory son birds.

University of Delaware research Jeff Buler says the majority of birds are migrating at night. He says residents can hear their flight calls if you listen carefully.

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8:51 am
Wed September 11, 2013

UD Officials Issue Warning After Near Riot in Newark

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There was a near riot in Newark on Monday night as more than a thousand University of Delaware students flooded onto Main Street lured by the possibility to being videotaped for “I’m Shmacked”.

It’s a website and social media channel that films college students in their environments and then puts the video on the Internet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the crowd showed up at around 11:30 p.m where a DJ was set up in the backyard of a home.

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8:58 am
Tue August 20, 2013

More Names Exposed in UD Hacking Incident

Credit Don Rush

The University of Delaware says another 2-thousand individuals were exposed to a hacking operation that broke into the school’s website last month.

That means a total of 74-thousand people who have now been exposed.

University officials say that their review of the incident is now complete.

In mid-July thousands of names, Social Security numbers and university identification numbers were accessed.

The FBI has been contacted to investigate.

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9:15 am
Tue July 9, 2013

UD Tuition Hike, Lowest in Decade

Credit Don Rush

There will be another increase in tuition this fall for students at the University of Delaware.

But for in-state undergraduate students…the hike of 3.7 percent or around $430 will be the lowest in a decade.

Last year the increase amounted for 4.4 percent.

Out-of-state students will see an increase of $1,150.

UD President Patrick Harker said the university was trying to keep higher education affordable for in-state students.

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8:30 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Settlement in Student University of Delaware Logo Suit

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Two University of Delaware students who got into hot water after creating T-shirts and other products bearing a lewd slogan incorporating the school's initials have settled a federal lawsuit.

Adam Bloom and Benjamin Goodman sued the university last year after being told they were infringing on UD's trademarks and would face disciplinary proceedings if they sold their T-shirts, sunglasses and can cozies.

Attorneys filed a stipulation of dismissal in the case Monday. No details were provided.

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11:26 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Hazmat Incident at University of Delaware Campus


NEWARK, Del. (AP) - University of Delaware officials say one person was taken to a hospital after a hazardous materials incident in a campus lab.

Emergency crews were called to the Sharp Laboratory on Tuesday morning and the building was evacuated. Officials say one person was transported to an area hospital and another was treated on the scene as a precaution.

Drew Bowerson, deputy chief of the Aetna Hose, Hook & Ladder Company, says crews found no hazardous issues and turned the scene over to the university's hazardous materials team.

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9:13 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Reclycling Student Furniture in Newark

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The University of Delaware and the City of Newark are joining together to recycle furniture from students moving out of the school.

Students can start dropping off unwanted furnishings and home goods on Monday at the former Curtis Paper Mill site at 225 Paper Mill Road. Donations can include furniture, appliances, lamps, fans, clothing, televisions, bed frames and unopened toiletries.

The goods will be given free to local charities. Any items that remain after charities take their pick will be sold to the general public.

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8:46 am
Mon May 13, 2013

UD President's Salary Drops in Nationwide Ranking

University of Delaware President Patrick Harker
Credit UD Website

The president of the University of Delaware has dropped to 14th in the nation when it comes to compensation.

That’s the ranking he received by a 2011-2012 survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education

UD President Patrick Harker earns just over o$735-thousand a year.

Last year, his compensation package was nearly $700-thousand a year.

In 2010 it was at $810-thousand.

The UD board of trustees sets his salary.

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9:04 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Newark Signs Longterm Power Deal With UD


The city of Newark has been able to lock in long-term electric rates for its largest long term consumer of electricity.

The town council has approved a 15-year contract with the University of Delaware.

WDEL reports that the city expects to get at least $300-thousand a year in sub-inventory funding from the school which will go into the town’s general fund.

That money will be credited to UD’s delivery charges which are expected to be a minimum of $2.6 million a year under the agreement. 

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12:20 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Federal Funding of Brain Research in Delaware

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Delaware State University is getting a $10.5 million grants for a Delaware Center for Neuroscience Research on its Dover campus.

The funds will come in over the next five years from the National Institutes of Health.

And the research center will be housed at DSU and operated in collaboration with the University of Delaware to study brain development. 

DSU will get $7.3 million while UD will receive $3.2 million.

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8:45 am
Fri August 24, 2012

New Offshore Wind Power Project Proposed for Delaware

Wind Turbine,

There could be another offshore wind power project in Delaware.

Researchers at the University of Delaware in collaboration with the National Renewable Energy Lab in Colorado has a proposal for a test project in the Atlantic Ocean.

Delaware’s congressional delegation announced their application with the US Department of Energy yesterday along with a letter of support by Secretary Steven Chu.

The Energy Department has offered $180 million for demonstration projects.

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8:30 am
Wed August 22, 2012

DuPont Provides Biggest Corp. Donation To UD Lab

The DuPont Company is donating $5 million to the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.

It is the largest corporate contribution the lab has seen.

In exchange the facility will be called the DuPont Science Learning Center.

In addition, Monica Taylor, vice president for development and alumni relations, said another $10 million contribution will come from a UD graduate.

That would be the largest from an individual who wished not to be identified. 

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8:31 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Special Olympics Gets Underway in Newark

 NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Hundreds of people are gathering in Newark this weekend for this year's edition of Special Olympics Delaware's Summer Games.

The annual two-day event will be held Friday and Saturday at the University of Delaware.

The Games offer athletes with intellectual disabilities the chance to compete in six different sports: aquatics, bocce, power lifting, softball, tennis and track & field.

The grand opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m. Friday at the Bob Carpenter Center. It is free and open to the public.

9:07 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Delaware University Students Plan Protest of Sallie Mae


NEWARK, Del. (AP) - A group of college students and recent graduates is planning to protest at the annual shareholders meeting of student loan company Sallie Mae.

The students say they should not be forced to pay back loans they took out for their education, and that Sallie Mae should forgive their student debt.

They plan to protest at Sallie Mae's annual meeting Thursday at the company's Newark headquarters.

About three dozen people were arrested in March at similar protest at Sallie Mae's Washington, D.C. offices.