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The DENIN Ambassadors are hosting a multimedia student art show based on the theme
Environmental Activism: What On Earth Do You Stand Up For?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
7–9:00 p.m.
Harker ISE Lab Atrium

Thursday, March 16, 2017
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Harker ISE Laboratory

Planned by students for students, the symposium will include both oral presentations and a poster session with a reception. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best posters. 

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The University of Delaware's Fourth Annual Environmental Film Series

Wedensdays, February 22 through March 22, 2017
7:30 p.m. in the Trabant Theatre

Five films that focus on communities fighting back against environmental degradation in their own backyards.
Each film will be followed by a faculty led discussion.

Free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences Environmental Humanities Program and the Delaware Environmental Institute


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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
6:00–8:30 p.m.
Harker ISE Lab Atrium

Pitch:90 is a fast-paced elevator pitch contest in which student contestants showcase their research in 90 seconds or less to a panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience.

NO props, NO slides, ONLY words. 


“Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

The DENIN Ambassadors are sponsoring the fourth annual DENIN student video competition during the month of April — Earth Month at UD. This year, the competition will be a social media event.

Photo of Just Eat It filmmakersJust Eat It: A Food Waste Story

The DENIN Ambassadors student group will host a free screening of the film Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story on Monday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in the Harker ISE Lab atrium.

Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsessions with expiration dates, perfect produce, and portion sizes and reveals the core of an issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe as nearly half of our food is thrown in the trash.

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin dive into the issue of food waste from farm through retail and all the way back to their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on food that has been discarded.

Cross-Boundary Approaches in Innovating Energy and Environmental Solutions

This public lecture series, co-sponsored by DENIN and the Office of the Provost at the University of Delaware, welcomes to campus international thought leaders who are addressing the complex challenges of meeting human needs for energy and environmental security and sustainability in innovative ways.

International Year of Soils

Monday, December  7,  2105
noon - 4:00 p.m.
Trabant University Center

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host an event in celebration of the International Year of Soils from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, in the Trabant University Center.

The University of Delaware community is invited to stop by DENIN’s booth near the food court to play soil-related trivia, enter the “Pay Dirt” raffle, pot a plant to take home, and sample the special “DENIN Dirt” ice cream flavor concocted by the UDairy Creamery.

Photo of Fabio Feldmann

Friday, October 30, 2015
4–5:30 p.m.
Mitchell Hall
Free and open to the public.

Fabio 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 at Mitchell Hall by Dan Parke, director general of Agência Estado, Latin America’s largest real-time news agency, based in São Paulo, Brazil. Parke is a University of Delaware alumnus and member of DENIN’s external advisory board. A question-and-answer session with the audience will follow the interview. You can suggest questions ahead of time or during the presentation via Twitter, using the hashtag #DENINtalk.

This presentation will be available remotely via live video streaming and archived afterward.


The DENIN Ambassadors are pleased to announce their fourth annual environmental video competition. The theme of this year’s competition is “My Changing Environment.” Videos entered in the competition should reflect a personal journey by the filmmaker, including observations they've made about their environment through their lifetime.

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
4:00 p.m. lecture
5:00 p.m. reception
Gore Recital Hall, Roselle Center for the Arts
Newark, Delaware
Free and open to the public.

Follow #DENINtalk on Twitter!
A video recording of this talk is now available here!

Pamela Matson, the Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University, will be the inaugural speaker in DENIN's new Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series designed to highlight leading academic thinkers in the environmental sciences and engineering.

Her talk, entitled "Science for a Sustainability Transition: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution," will be followed by a reception in the lobby of the Roselle Center for the Arts.

To help meet the needs of a still-growing and more-consuming human population while at the same time protecting the planetary life support systems, scientists are increasingly engaging in use-inspired fundamental research that both improves understanding and supports decision making. This talk will present the results of biophysical and social science research in an intensive wheat-growing region of Mexico to illustrate how new knowledge of the coupled human-environmental system, effectively linked to decision-making, can aid in a transition to sustainability. 

In addition to the main evening event, Matson will take part in several other interactions with University of Delaware faculty and students:

Presentation to the UD Strategic Planning Committee, Thought Leader Speaker Series:
"Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainability Transition: The Role of Universities in Leading Change"
Thursday, October 30
10:00–11:45 a.m., Trabant University Center Theater
Open to the University of Delaware communityand the public; this talk will also be recorded.

Student and Faculty Discussion Sessions & Luncheon
Friday, October 31
467 ISE Lab
9:00–10:00 a.m., undergraduates
10:00–11:00 a.m., graduate students
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., luncheon with students (invitation only)
1:30–2:30 p.m., faculty

Join us for some refreshments and informal conversation with Dr. Matson. Seating is limited, so please contact Amy Slocum (graduate students and faculty) or Beth Chajes (undergraduates) if you are interested in meeting with Dr. Matson on Friday.


In January 2014, DENIN awarded its first-ever Environmental Frontier Grants to four teams of UD faculty who proposed interdisciplinary environmental research projects designed to lay the groundwork for future proposals to outside granting agencies. In this seminar series, we've asked the principal investigators on each grant to share their progress with the DENIN community as well as others interested in their research topics. Seminars are free and open to the public. Each will take place from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in 302 ISE Lab.

Photo of Climbing PoeTree by Pable AguilarDENIN's Student Programs Committee will be kicking off the UD’s Earth Week festivities on Wednesday, April 16, by hosting a performance of the Brooklyn-based duo Climbing PoeTree.

Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, the women of Climbing PoeTree, interweave spoken word, hip hop, and award-winning multimedia theatre to tell powerful stories of liberation, state and personal violence, social, environmental, racial and sexual justice, women’s empowerment, love and human transcendence.

Garcia and Penniman have been touring together for more than 10 years in the U.S. and abroad, performing in concert halls, conference centers, festivals, classrooms and prisons. Their stop in Delaware will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated West Lounge of the Perkins Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

As a prelude to the show, performances by UD’s spoken-word student group SPIT (Stimulating Prose, Ideas and Theories) will be featured beginning at 7 p.m.

Climbing PoeTree will be performing segments from their acclaimed multimedia production Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water, which uses poetry, shadow art, dance, film and animation to examine the unnatural disasters facing humanity on a daily basis through the lens of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Their production has led to a collaboration with a team of educators to translate Hurricane Season into a multimedia social justice curriculum that is currently being piloted at Susquehanna University and Global Citizenship Experience, a pioneering high school in Chicago. Through the curriculum, Garcia and Penniman are attempting to harness the power of art to build the consciousness and leadership necessary for fundamental social change.

“My fellow DENIN committee member, Amy Snelling, and I first saw Climbing PoeTree perform through a webcast at a conference we attended,” says Becky Bronstein, chair of the DENIN Student Programs Committee. “We both found them to be really inspiring and knew we wanted to help bring them to Delaware.”

Cosponsors for the event include the College of Arts and Sciences Environmental Humanities Program, the Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy, and the Earth Week Working Group of the UD Sustainability Task Force.

Photo by Pablo Aguilar

DENIN will be hosting a seminar series during the spring 2014 semester. These seminars will be held in 305 ISE Lab (instructional wing). 

March 3, 1:00 p.m.  RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, March 5, at 12:15 in 467 ISE Lab!
Biogeochemistry of Trace Metals in Floodplain Soils
Jorg Rinklebe
Professor, Institute for Soil Engineering, Water and Waste Management
University of Wuppertal, Germany

April 14, 3:00 p.m.
Feedback Processes Governing Tidal Wetland Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise
J. Patrick Megonigal
Senior Scientist & Deputy Director
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

May 12, 3:00 p.m.
Effect of Redox Transitions on Transition Metal Oxide Minerology and Reactivity
Matthew Ginder-Vogel
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin, Madison


The DENIN Student Programs Committee is pleased to announce its second annual environmental video competition. The theme of this year’s competition is “Dare To Be Green!”

Individuals or teams of up to five students — graduate or undergraduate — are invited to submit digital videos up to 10 minutes long in .mov format by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2014.

A panel of judges will select three to five finalists to be screened as part of UD’s first “Lights, Camera, EARTH!” environmental film festival, Feb. 21-23, where the winners will be announced.

A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded for the top video, as well as a $500 runner-up prize. Videos will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Depiction of theme
  • Cinematography and production values
  • Effectiveness of environmental message (did the video inspire us?)

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form signed by the video producer or team leader that certifies that all video content is original, non-copyrighted material (or provide proof that permission to use copyrighted material was obtained). Failure to abide by copyright restrictions will result in disqualification of the entry.

Entrants must also agree to allow DENIN to screen their videos at the “Lights, Camera, EARTH!” film festival and post their videos or links to their videos via electronic media outlets, including our webpages, YouTube channel, and social media accounts.

Videos and accompanying entry forms should be submitted via UD Dropbox to Beth Chajes ( by the deadline on Feb. 12. Questions regarding the competition may be directed to Beth at (302) 831-6163.

Download a flyer about the event here.
Interactive PDF entry form is now available!