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On Tuesday, Christiana Care Health System hosted a Symposium on eliminating healthcare disparities.


Two scientists - Dr. Lisa Cooper and Dr. Giselle Corbie-Smith - presented research on health inequalities.

The Ministry of Caring in Wilmington has received a federal grant to support low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

The $790,298 grant given by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will fund services administered at the Ministry of Caring’s House of Joseph II, a residence for men and women with HIV and AIDS. The house provides a number of services, including dental, nutritional, and end-of-life care.

Mark Poletunow, deputy director of the Ministry of Caring said that the grant goes a long way to help bring stability to the lives of people infected by the disease.

“Often with individuals who have HIV/AIDS, a lot of issues begin to go out of whack in their lives, like diet, medications, and even issues of having a stable, supportive environment," said Poletunow.

Gary Cooke

With the discovery of the season’s first piping plover nest at Cape Henlopen’s Gordons Pond Beach, DNREC is announcing the closure of a half-mile stretch of shore at one of the state’s most popular summer destinations.

The area between Herring Point and the Observation Towers will be off limits to the public starting Wednesday, May 20th, to protect the feeding and breeding areas of the migratory shorebirds.

Delaware Sea Grant

A new campaign seeks to prevent the arrival of invasive species by asking fishermen to avoid disposing leftover bait in the ocean.

The Delaware Sea Grant, along with other Mid-Atlantic Sea Grants, have launched a campaign to raise awareness among fishermen about the potential consequences of dumping extra bait in the ocean.

By Jon Sullivan [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

A new survey of beehive colonies not only reveals major losses on a national level, it also shows that Delaware has one of the highest rates of colony loss in the country.

According to the research conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership, along with the Apiary Inspectors of America and the USDA, over 40 percent of American honeybee colonies were lost since April 2014. In Delaware, the loss in the past year was even worse, at 61 percent.

A recently released report showed that Delaware is top-ranked in publishing research nationwide.

According to academic publisher Elsevier and the Council for State Governments, Delaware had the second highest production rate of peer-reviewed publications, from 2004 to 2013. That rate was 11.4 publications per million dollars in research and development expenditure, twice the national average.

Eurico Zimbres

The Delaware Natural History Museum will be showing off its new display of minerals found in First State starting on May 11.

At the “Delaware Rocks!” exhibit, visitors will see minerals like the Iron Hill iron ore and chert that the Native Americans used to make tools. Cockeysville marble was another mineral used by farmers to fertilize fields, and is the namesake for “Limestone Road” in upstate Delaware because so much of the marble fell off the wagons, turning the road white.

Ronald Amundson

A new paper published by the head of the Delaware Environmental Institute at University of Delaware expresses concern over the rising rates of soil erosion and its potential impact on the quality of human life in the future.

The review, “Soil and human security in the 21st century,” was published in leading journal Science. In many parts of the world, soil conditions are suffering from wind and water erosion, especially in areas are facing intense drought, flood patterns and weather conditions exacerbated by climate change.

The US Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that they will give $483,333 in Affordable Care Act funding to La Red Health Center.

La Red has served a mix of immigrant and non-immigrant patients on a sliding scale basis in Georgetown since 2001. Like many rural areas, Sussex County has a high patient to doctor ratio.


Delaware State University will be receiving a $5 million dollar grant from NASA to advance research in space exploration and technology.

Spread over five years, the grant will fund four different projects to gain a better understanding of the planet Mars and the regions of space beyond Earth.

Two of these projects will be to develop lasers and sensors to understand the Martian landscape. This will build on the technology that DSU researchers have already contributed to NASA.