October 2009


DSU TV production students work NASCAR

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DSU television production students Anthony Edwards, John Haynesworth, Salihah Wilson, Kevin Davis and Nicole will assist ESPN and ABC-TV with the broadcasts of this weekend NASCAR races in Dover.

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  September 25, 2009 When ESPN and ABC-TV crews broadcast the Sept. 26-27 NASCAR races in Dover, five DSU mass communication majors will be assisting them in televising both races to worldwide audiences. The five television production students – Anthony Edwards, John Haynesworth, Salihah Wilson, Kevin Davis and Nicole Brown – will work as production assistants for both networks. They will be doing everything from helping with monitors, transporting equipment and anything else is needed.   “It gives us real world experience on how a live production is done,” said Kevin Davis, a junior who has also been selected to work as a production intern for NBC-TV at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.   The opportunities to work with the major networks at this year’s NASCAR races in Dover were facilitated by Vince “Chelli” Ciammaichelli, broadcast studio manager/instructor. “A lot of my efforts are geared to get my students in the broadcast arena,” Mr. Ciammaichelli said. “Anytime I can get the students out of the classroom and into the studio or the field with the broadcast professionals, it is great for their overall experience and growth.”   John Haynesworth, a senior mass communication major, said Mr. Chelli’s efforts are appreciated. “Opportunities like this allow us to see what goes on behind that scenes and gives us a better outlook on what we want to do,” he said. “It allows use to see and be a part of the professionalism that is involved.”  

DSU Receives $5 million NASA research grant

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  September 30, 2009 Delaware State University has been awarded a $5 million research grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to establish a NASA-URC Center for Applied Optics for Space Science (CAOSS) on campus. Graduate optics student Alissa Mezzacappa speaks about her excitement about being involved with the research the NASA grant will fund. Standing with her are doctoral optics student Maurice Smith and Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, the principal investigator of the research grant.             Photo by Sarah Robertson The grant was announced today during a media event on campus in which DSU Acting President Claibourne D. Smith was joined by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell and Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, the research grant’s principal investigator, in celebrating the achievement. CAOSS will foster new NASA-related developments based on optical sciences and technology as well as enhance the national aerospace science and technology workforce. The new center will also develop partnerships with industry, NASA research centers, federal laboratories, and minority and non minority-serving colleges and universities. The CAOSS will also inspire and engage students from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. The research center will work in conjunction with an established optics research center, the Center for Research and Education in Optical Sciences and Applications (CREOSA), which will be funded through the National Science Foundation-Center for Research Excellence in Science and Technology program. The two centers will be merged within one year to become the Optical Science Center for Applied Research (OSCAR). “Since 1997, the University’s optics faculty has been steadily developing the capability and infrastructure to take on more and more complex research projects,” said Dr. Smith said. “Today’s announcement of another $5 million research grant reflects that America has a sound confidence in our optics scientists.” The principal investigator is Dr. Noureddine Melikechi, interim dean of the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, as well as the chair of the Department of Physics. Dr. Melikechi, who first arrived at DSU in 1995, was the founder and director of both the University’s first Applied Optics Center in 1997 and later CREOSA in 2006. The newly established research center will initiate research programs in Planetary Science, Space Communications & Navigation, and Astrobiology. The proposed projects will support the goals of NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, the Science Mission Directorate and the Space Operations Mission Directorate. The projects will include the development of optical instrumentations for space operations infrastructure, such as space atomic clock and optical gyroscope, polarimetric laser detection and ranging, and an augmented reality visor interface for human-robot interactions and emergency medical support of astronauts. “CAOSS will also be involved with Mars exploration through its research and development of the ChemCam Mars Rover LIBS instrument and a remotely-operated laser scanning confocal microscope for analysis of extraterrestrial environment,” said Dr. Melikechi.” The center will collaborate with Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA/NSSTC Astrobiology Laboratory, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Northwestern University, Juxtopia®, Vassar College and the Delaware Aerospace Education Foundation on various projects.  

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