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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: DENIN Ambassadors to scoop free Dairy ice cream for the UD community on May 13
07/15/2016 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) Ambassadors will be scooping UDairy Creamery ice cream cones on Friday, May 13, at the north end of the Central Green near the Delaware Avenue crosswalk. Free ice cream will be provided between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or while supplies last. The annual “Ice Cream for the Earth” event is a fun way to get students to think about the natural environment, says senior Marisa Andreazza, co-chair of the DENIN Ambassadors.

UDaily: Doctoral student studies natural radioactivity in Nubian Aquifer in Egypt
07/15/2016 -

University of Delaware doctoral student Mahmoud Sherif is studying the origin and distribution of natural radioactivity in the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System in Egypt. The Nubian Aquifer is one of the most important groundwater basins in the entire world. Located underground in the eastern end of the Sahara desert, it is considered the world’s largest aquifer, spanning four countries in northeastern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Chad) with corresponding formations in Jordan, Syria and the Arabian Peninsula. It underlies approximately 80 percent of the total land area of Egypt.

05/06/2016 -

In 2017, the state of Delaware will be eligible to apply for a new National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Infrastructure Improvement (EPSCoR RII) Track 1 Grant. The Delaware EPSCoR State Office will host two meetings in May to present information on the state’s EPSCoR program and on the grant application process and guidelines.

UDaily: DENIN Ambassadors accepting applications for new members
04/25/2016 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites any University of Delaware student interested in joining its ambassador program for the 2016–17 academic year to submit an application by Monday, May 2, at 5 p.m. Prospective members may download an application from the group’s webpage.

UDaily: Amount of plastic in marine environment may be greater than previously thought
04/22/2016 -

Plastics are all around us. They are found in containers and packing materials, children’s toys, medical devices and electronics.

Unfortunately, plastics are also found in the ocean.

2015 paper published in Science estimates that anywhere from 4.8 million to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic were dumped into the ocean in 2010 alone. One metric ton equals approximately 2,200 pounds.

UDaily: Field experiment aims to uncover new clues about how oil, other pollutants move in ocean
04/20/2016 -

It’s been six years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill occurred in the Gulf of Mexico and scientists are still working to understand how oil and other pollutants move in the ocean. The incident, which occurred in April 2010, is considered the largest accidental marine oil spill in history. 

The University of Delaware’s Helga Huntley is among more than 40 scientists studying this problem as a member of the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE). 

UDaily: Historian reflects on how 1970 event empowered a generation
04/19/2016 -

Adam Rome, an environmental historian at the University of Delaware, wrote the book on Earth Day.

His The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-In Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation, published in 2013, tells the story of what he calls “the most famous little-known event in modern American history.” 

Everyone has heard of Earth Day, celebrated annually since 1970 on April 22, but many people today are unfamiliar with its origins and impact.

UDaily: Institute for Global Studies invites campus to cool down with Arctic-themed programs during April
04/06/2016 -

Throughout the month of April, the University of Delaware will discover the science, history and culture of Arctic communities and landscapes while honoring UD’s commitment to research and impact in this, the vast northernmost region of the world. Arctic Month, hosted by the Institute for Global Studies, will feature more than a dozen lectures, programs and events on topics ranging from marine biosciences in the depths of the Arctic Ocean to modern-day Inuit interpretations of long-passed traditions.

UDaily: UD faculty to lead international conference on impacts of extreme climate events
04/05/2016 -

An international conference on the impacts of extreme climate events on aquatic biogeochemical cycles and fluxes will be convened by a group that includes two faculty members in the University of Delaware’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences from Jan. 22-27, 2017, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

The special meeting -- which is being organized in part by Shreeram Inamdar, professor of plant and soil sciences, and Thomas Parr, a postdoctoral scientist in the department -- has been selected as an American Geophysical Union (AGU) Chapman Conference. 

UDaily: UD's Earth Month celebration features festival, films, talks, Green Expo
04/04/2016 -

After months of planning by students, faculty and staff, this is what it all comes down to: The University of Delaware’s Earth Month celebration aims to draw attention to issues of environmental sustainability and environmental justice. The schedule of events is available on the Earth Month 2016 webpage, compiled by the Earth Month Working Group of the University’s Sustainability Task Force.

Officially, Earth Day is Friday, April 22, but events are planned throughout the month.

“This year we had the added bonus of working with staff from the Institute for Global Studies, who had designated April as Arctic Month,” said Katie Morrison, assistant director in Residence Life and Housing and co-chair of the Sustainability Task Force. “The two observances dovetail nicely and our coordination has resulted in an especially rich schedule of Earth-related events throughout the month.”

Highlights include the third annual Lights, Camera, EARTH! film festival, which begins at 3 p.m., Friday, April 8, and continues through Sunday evening, April 10. The festival features six films on the theme of climate change, each followed by a faculty-led discussion.