Social vs. Science: Finding the middle ground as pandemic restrictions loosen

DOVER — As the state begins its first phase of recovery following the three-month state of emergency, the social end and the scientific end of the pandemic may not align. While Delaware and surrounding states may begin to loosen restrictions, the pandemic is still ongoing — and isn’t likely to be declared “over” until a […]

Two Indian River schools chosen as Delaware finalists in STEM contest

MILLSBORO – Two schools in the Indian River School District are state finalists in a nationwide contest linked to STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. Sussex Central High School and Millsboro Middle School are Delaware finalists in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million competition that encourages sixth- through 12th-grade […]

Delawareans to see partial eclipse today

DOVER — Delaware will be treated to the rare sight of a solar eclipse today — an astronomical event in which the moon passes between the sun and earth and temporarily blocks part or all of its light. According to University of Delaware astronomy professor Judith Provencal, the moon will start taking a “bit” out […]

Painted Stave rolls out the barrel for art auction

SMYRNA –– The third annual Painted Stave Art Auction is just around the corner. The auction, benefiting the Delaware AeroSpace Education Foundation will support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs for young girls across the state. “It’s a perfect fit because my business partner, Mike Rasmussen, and I both have backgrounds in science and […]

Program helps students acquire math, science and tech skills

DOVER — Forty middle-school boys started a three-week summer program Monday funded by Verizon. Its goal? To expand their math and science knowledge by learning skills ranging from 3D modeling to app development. The program, known as the Verizon Innovative Learning Program, is in operation in a dozen cities nationwide. It’s open to middle school […]

COMMENTARY: New Delaware science standards turn students into thinkers

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“But Mrs. Szabo,” my sixth-grade student Jessica whined, “why can’t you just tell us what materials you’re going to give us to build the tower? That way, I can just do a Google image search and look up a picture of a design someone else made.” My students were doing online research about the design […]

Nobel-winning former UD professor dies

NEWARK — Richard Heck, a 2010 Nobel Prize winner and the Willis F. Harrington Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Delaware, died Friday, the university announced Saturday. He was 84. Dr. Heck won the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry, along with fellow scientists Akira Suzuki of Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan, and Ei-Ichi […]

Super sight

Stargazers got a double celestial treat Sunday night when a total lunar eclipse combined with a so-called supermoon. The above photo was taken from Del. 1, north of Dover. It’s the first time the events have made a twin appearance since 1982, and they won’t again until 2033. When a full moon makes its closest […]