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160 - CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, September 1 - Monday, September 4, 2006 New teachers welcomed at Sussex Tech New teachers beginning the school year at Sussex Technical High School are, (standing, l-r) Leslie Williams, math, and George Hallameyer, CADD.: Seated are Valarie Day, Spanish; and Anthony Pirczhalski, electronics. Ninth graders began the school year at Sussex Tech Aug. 24 and 10th through 12th graders returned to classes Aug. 28. Epifanio named at the College of Dr. Charles Epifanio has been appointed associate dean of the University of Delaware College of Marine and Earth Studies - the former College of Marine Studies. The college was renamed in July when the Department of Geological Sciences moved from its academic base in the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of EPIFANIO Marine Studies. As associate dean, Epifanlo will be responsible for the academic programs of the college and the day-to-day activities of the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. He will work closely with Dean Nancy Targett. Epifanio succeeds Dr. David Kirchman, Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies, who served as associate dean for the past five years. Targett notes that Kirchman served the College of Marine Studies with distinction and played a significant role in laying the groundwork for the college's transition to the. College of Marine and Earth Studies. Kirchman will return to full-time teaching and continue his research at the college on the role of bacte- ria in marine environments. One of Epifanio's t'n'st tasks in his new role will be to coordinate the integration of the Department of Geological Sciences into its new home in the College of Marine and Earth Studies. "The inclusion of the Department of Geological Sciences has not only expanded the academic breadth of' the college to include the Earth sciences, but also added a differ- ent kind of academic structure," said Epifanio. to dean's post Marine Studies Epifanio explains that the col- lege now has two kinds of aca- demic programs - the non-depart- mental, focused graduate pro- grams that it has always had and a more traditional, departmental one, complete with an undergrad- uate curriculum. This added struc- ture and focus will help the col- lege better equip its students to become knowledgeable scientists in the years ahead. A member of the college's fac- ulty since 1971, Epifanio con- ducts-research on the biology of the larval and early life stages of ecologically and commercially important fish and crustaceans, such as the blue crab. He is partic- ularly interested in the physical and biological factors that drive year-to-year variations in the pop- ulations of these species. A lead- ing researcher in this area, he has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Epifanio also has a record of excellence in teaching. He has taught various courses in marine biology and biological oceanogra- phy and has, to date, advised more than 50 students in obtaining their graduate degree. In 2002, Epifanio was honored as the first recipient of the University of Delaware's Outstanding Graduate Student Mentoring and Advising Award. This award was granted on the basis of his dedication and commitment to excellence in graduate training and his contri- bution to the quality of life and professional development of his students. In addition, Epifanio serves as associate director of the University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program, which was established in 1976. As associate director, he administers the research activities of Delaware Sea Grant. He also is on the Board of Trustees of the Delaware Museum of Natural History in Wilmington. ON S'rt00q' u m