Our planet is surrounded by a thin shell of atmosphere, water, and rocky crust, referred to by scientists as the critical zone. This shell, which is reflected in DENIN's logo, extends roughly from the tops of the trees to bedrock, where groundwater no longer penetrates. All life as we know it resides within this narrow band — where land, water, and sky meet and interact.
Much the way many life-sustaining processes take place at the interfaces of soil and water or water and air, at DENIN we believe that we discover more about our environment when we work on problems at the intersection of different disciplines. And when it comes to solving environmental problems, we embrace the social sciences and humanities as well. We humans are shaping our world as never before, and any actions we take or solutions we employ will affect both the natural world and our social and economic systems.
The Institute focuses on core research areas relevant to some of the grand challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. DENIN research informs decision makers by providing the knowledge that helps create sound environmental policies. By working together with our local and international partners, we are bringing socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable solutions to life.
We invite you take a look at our recently published brochure to learn more about our activities and accomplishments and to get a sense of where we're headed in the future. You can access an electronic version of the brochure by clicking on the image above.
— Donald L. Sparks, Director
Registration for Pitch:90 opens on September 12!
Pitch:90 is back for another entertaining, educational, and eye-opening evening of elocution as 50 student researchers present their research in 90 seconds and vie for the $500 grand prize. See the Pitch:90 page for a full description of this event, links to the registration form and the video of last year's winner, and information about our fundraisers to support the event. Registration closes on October 9.
DENIN Dialogue with Fabio Feldmann, October 30
We are pleased to announce that Fabio Feldmann of São Paulo, Brazil, will be joining us for a DENIN Dialogue event this fall! Feldmann has devoted his life to protecting and improving the environmental sustainability of his native Brazil, a goal he has pursued relentlessly in every possible arena, from business to politics to NGOs. His visionary leadership has left its mark on Brazilian law and society and on the world stage. He is a winner of the United Nations' Global 500 award, which recognizes the environmental achievements of individuals and organizations around the world. Feldmann will be interviewed onstage by UD alumnus Dan Parke, director general of Agência Estado, Latin America’s largest real-time news agency, based in São Paulo. We hope you'll join in the conversation at 4:00 p.m. in Mitchell Hall.