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Ground broken for Indian River’s new Howard T. Ennis School

The Indian River School District this week broke ground on the new Howard T. Ennis School, which will serve Sussex County students with special needs and those on the autism spectrum. The district intends the school to be ready to accept students in September 2022.

The arms of a researcher, covered in a lab coat and protective gloves, hover over several racks of test tubes. The right hand squeezes an eye dropper to add liquid into a test tube.
Vaccine expert: Once a Covid vaccine is available, ‘don’t overthink it. Don’t wait’

In light of announcements from multiple pharmaceutical companies about better-than-expected results in Covid-19 vaccine trials, the co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development has urged the public not to hold out for a particular company’s product. The co-director says the vaccines act in similar ways, so people should use whatever vaccine is available – so long as it has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Emergency funds help thousands of Delaware SNAP recipients

More than 35,000 Delaware households that get help affording food through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will receive extra money through federal coronavirus emergency funding. While the federal legislation does not increase the maximum amount of money a SNAP client can receive, it authorizes states to give every client the maximum amount. Normally, SNAP benefits decrease as household income increases.

Fatimah Conley, the interim Chief Diversity Officer, smiles at the camera
UD diversity, equity efforts coordinated in central office: Fatimah Conley to lead Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

UD has grouped several diversity-related offices and centers across campus into a new Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, which will be led by Interim Chief Diversity Officer Fatimah Conley. The new Office will include the Office of Disability Support Services; the Vice Provost for Diversity; the Division of Student Life’s Student Diversity and Inclusion initiative; the Center for Black Culture; and the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

A man uses an experimental powered wheelchair while a team of engineers and researchers watch.
Cybathlon tournament showcases life-changing tech for people with disabilities

Fifty teams of people with disabilities and researchers who have been developing assistive devices competed last week in the second Cybathlon, a global event organized to showcase advances in technology for those with disabilities. This year, participants included a team that had developed a wheelchair that can be controlled by eye movements and a prosthetic arm that can provide sensory feedback about certain textures.