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: Cape Gazette SCHOOL & EDUCATION ,IAOI IWINI ILACf5 FIFTH IN S]'RWIWIDI QIOQII=DIY IEE Sarah W. Cooksey, administra- "Delaware is a microcosm for tor of the Department of Natural emerging issues and solutions Resources and Environmental related to the ocean," Cooksey Control's Delaware Coastal Pro- said, "and I am flattered and de- grams, has been named to the lighted to serve." National Academies of Sciences' Major sponsors of Ocean Stud- Division of Earth & Life Studies' ies Board include the National- Ocean Studies Board. Science Foundation, Office of Cooksey joins a board that is Scientific Research, NASA, actively engaged in many ocean NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey science issues such as a review of and other U.S. Department of the the scientific ocean drilling pro- Interior agencies. The board cur- gram, ocean acidification, and rently has studies under way on assessing the requirements for the effects of the Deepwater ocean monitoring and observa- Horizon oil spill on Gulf of Mex- tions. Cooksey's role on the ico ecosystems, stock rebuilding board will guide research into plans for federal'fisheries, ma- pressing ocean and coastal man- rine hydrokinetic energy ar/d agement needs. "Sarah is widely sea-level rise on the West Coast recognized as a riationalleader in of the United States. marine science and ocean policy. More information about the She will be the perfect ambassa- board and current activities can dor for Delaware and all of the be found at: coastal states that she represents www.dels.nas.edu/osb. on the Ocean Studies Board," The Ocean Studies Board also said DNREC Secretary Collin advises the National Research O'Mara. Council on ocean-related topics Issues that require new ap- like identifying current issues of plied science for Delaware in- interest or concern, assisting clude renewable ocean energy with the design and oversight of and economic solutions for studies, and providing a forum adaptation to sea-level rise. for the federal agencies and the ocean sciences community to discuss emerging issues. The board is also the U.S. National Committee for Scientific Com- mittee on Oceanic Research and has a representative on the U.S. Committee for the International Oceanic Committee. The OSB typically has 20 members with a staggered rotat- ing membership. Members serve three-year terms with the option to renew for a second three-year term. In 1863. President Lincoln signed the charter creating the National Academy of Sciences to honor the nation's top scientists with membership and enlist them to serve as independent ex- .pert advisers to the nation. The Division of Earth & Life Studies enlists scientists to ad- dress issues of local and national importance at the intersection of public policy and the geo-, life and chemical sciences, as well as subjects ranging from the envi- ronment to agriculture to disas- ter response. Cooksey's first meeting as an OSB member was in March. SUBMITTED PHOTO EIGHTH-GRADER JACOB EWJNG of Milton, son of Nancy and Chuck Ew- ing, proudly displays the Certificate of Excellence he was awarded for his fifth- place:finish in the state of Maryland's Geography Bee March 30. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the event took place on the campus of the Community College of Baltimore County in Catonsville, Md. Competing were 102 students in grades four to eight who had won statewide school competitions earlier in the month. Jacob's school affiliation was the Greater Wicomico County Homeschool. Jacob emerged from preliminary ano tiebreaker rounds asone of.the top 10 competitors. WBAL-TV 11's chief meteorologist Tom Tasselmeyer moderated the final double-elimination round. This was Jacob's fourth year qualifying for the state bee and his first as a fi- nalist. Winner Adam Rusak of Lakelands Park Middle School in Gaithersburg,. Md.;will compete against other state winners in May in Washington, D.C. Hicks appointed to Delaware's STEM Education Council Delaware Technical Communi- ty College recently announced that Gov, lack Markell has ap- pointed Engineering Technology q3epartment Chair Dr. Doug Hicks, from the College's Owens Campus in Georgetown, to the Oelaware STEM Education Council representing Delaware Tech. The council was created by Markell in January 2010 to lead efforts in fostering science, tech- nology, engineering and mathe- matics education in Delaware schools. "I recommended Doug for the council because of his lifelong passion for STEM education and student success," said Delaware Tech President Dr. Orlando J. George Jr. "I know he will si@cantly coi~tribute to this important effort, and that he will repre- sent the col- Dr. Doug Hicks lege extremely well." The council reports recom- mendations to the secretary of the Department of Education and proposes legislation, regulation and other policies to the gover- do design work for CHPT Manu- nor and the education commit- facturing Inc., a business he start- tees of the General Assembly in ed in 1997. the area of STEM education. He remains the lead designer Hicks received his bachelor's for CHPT and has been awarded degree in physical oceanography eight patents covering a broad from Cook College/Rutgers Uni- range of technology. versity in 1977, and his master's Hicks also serves on the and doctoral degrees in applied board of directors for the ocean science from the Universi- Delaware Manufacturing Exten- ty of Delaware in 1980 and 1985, sion Partnership and on advisQ- respectively, ry boards for the University of In addition to teachifig and Delaware Engineering Technol- managing the Engineering Tech- ogy Program and the Delmar nol0gies Department at tire High School Technology Pro- Owens Campus, he continues to gram. Quiet Resorts foundation to award two $8,000 scholarships The Quiet Resorts Charitable r gundation will be awarding two $8,000 college scholarships this spring. Applications for the scholar- l'itps are currently being accept- ed; the deadline to apply is Sun- day, April 15. Students should ob- Cfin applications online or from a school guidance counselor. The Quiet Resorts Charitable qundation believes that helping local students realize their col- lege dreams benefits the entire community. :In 2012, the foundation is awarding scholarships to local graduating seniors who reside in 12 towns of Fenwick Island, Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Millville, Clarksville, Selbyville, Frankford, Dagsboro, Millsboro and their surrounding rural ar- eas. This area encompasses the ZIP codes of 19944. 19930, 19970, 19967, 19975, 19945, 19939 and 19966. Members of the class of 2012 in these ZIP codes are en- couraged to apply. More details are available online at www.qr- cf.org. One is a merit QRCF scholar- ship; the foundation will also award the Capt. William O. Mur- ray Scholarship in honor of Mur- ray, a former chamber board president, to a student who ex- hibits a strong commitment to Civic and community service. Each recipient will be awarded $2,000 per year for four years. Both scholarships are based pri- marily on financial need but will be made available to other stu- dents if no qualified candidates Christmas, The Golf Classic, The QRCF is grateful to the aplSly. The Hair of the Dog Run, and many partners who have helped The scholarships are funded the inaugural BunnyPalooza! to make past and future scholar- through the generosity of Run on Saturday, April 7. To date, ships possible; opportunities to donors, including localbusiness- tens of thousands of dollars have contribute as a donor, sponsor es, through QRCF fundraising been awarded to deserving local or volunteer are available by vis- events including Caribbean students, itingwww.qrcf.org. @ Christian academg educate., equip empower The Eagle's Nest Summer .Camp Food Program will be participating in the 2012 Summer Food Service Program from June 14, 2012 to August 31 2012. The Summer Food Program is a federal program of the Food and Nutrition Services, United States Department of Agriculture. This program provides all children 18 years of age and under with the same free meal in accordance with a menu approved by the state agency regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a comp a nt or discrimination, wr te USDA, Director, Office of C vii Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington 20250-9410 or call . (800) 795-3272 (voice)