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UDaily: Dozens of students compete in UD's first research 'elevator pitch' contest
11/25/2014 -

Alexander Soroka, a master’s student in the interdisciplinaryWater Science and Policy Graduate Program, was awarded the top prize at the University of Delaware’s first Pitch:90 competition on Nov. 12.

Soroka was one of 38 contestants, both graduate and undergraduate students, who attempted to impress the panel of judges with their “elevator pitches” — short speeches about their research delivered in 90 seconds or less.

“This competition really accomplished two goals,” said Don Sparks, director of the Delaware Environmental Institute, the primary sponsor of the competition. “One was that it provided incentive and means for students to hone their communication skills. And the second was to provide a showcase for some of the wonderful work that our students are doing here at UD.”

UDaily: Opportunities for student conservation advocates topic of Green Liaisons lecture
11/18/2014 -

All Green Liaisons at the University of Delaware are invited to the second Green Liaisons Sustainability Lecture for the fall semester, featuring Takeya Meggett, a student recruiting coordinator from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) representing the Great Lakes region.

The lecture will be held from noon-1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Collins Room of the Perkins Student Center.

The SCA is a national nonprofit organization offering individuals numerous opportunities to do meaningful and rewarding work with more than 50 different agency partners, including the National Park Service.

WDDE: Pitch contest teaches UD science students the value of brevity
11/17/2014 -

Student researchers competed last week at the University of Delaware’s first elevator pitch contest. Participants had a short amount of time to explain why their scientific research matters.

Ninety seconds, said Josh LeMonte, a third year PhD student at UD. That’s all you get.

“If you decide that your presentation deserves more than 90 seconds, I will remind that it doesn’t,” LeMonte said.

LeMonte organized the university’s first-ever Pitch:90 competition. He brought the idea to UD after hearing about a similar competition at Rice University, and enlisted a communications coach to help students organize their presentations.

UDaily: Stanford dean touts 'use-inspired research' to solve environmental problems
11/12/2014 -

Scientists have a good understanding of what’s happening to our planet’s life support systems and why, according to Pamela A. Matson, dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University. But they haven’t done nearly as well in directing research toward finding solutions to the problems they’ve uncovered.

“We look around the world right now and see that it’s not going so well. We have a lot of reasons to be concerned,” she said. “So what should we do if we as a university community say we are concerned about this?”

UDaily: New DENIN-sponsored Pitch:90 event spotlights student research
11/07/2014 -

It was an a-ha moment for University of Delaware graduate student Josh LeMonte as he listened to a friend in Houston describe how he had just won Rice University’s annual student “elevator pitch” competition.

“I just knew that this was something that we needed here at UD,” he said. “We’ve got so much great student research going on, but we needed a new way to tell everyone about it.”

UDaily: First fall Green Liaisons Sustainability Lecture to feature student speaker
10/28/2014 -

The first University of Delaware Green Liaisons Sustainability Lecture of the fall semester will be held from noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Ewing Room of the Perkins Student Center.

Rebecca Bronstein, a senior student pursuing a degree in environmental science with a concentration in sustainable energy technology, will lead a talk about her team’s efforts to establish and implement a sustainability office at UD.

As an Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Summer Scholar, Bronstein has conducted research on the public perception of offshore wind power and the implementation of a sustainability studies program at the University. 

UDaily: UD, Vermont Law School announce articulation agreement
10/20/2014 -

The University of Delaware and the Vermont Law School, which have strengths in environmental studies, have announced an articulation agreement to smooth the transition for UD graduates seeking to enroll at Vermont Law. Vermont Law is a private, independent institution that has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report.

10/20/2014 -

Pollution investigators have found toxic compounds in groundwater below the Delaware Air National Guard base matching those that prompted shutdowns this summer of the city of New Castle's entire three-well public supply network and two Artesian Water Co. wells. Although levels of perfluorinated compounds, or PFCs, detected at the base were up to 40 times higher than recommended drinking water limits and up to triple those found in public supplies, officials cautioned that the search is continuing and has yet to label the Guard facility as the source of the problem.

10/20/2014 -

Arctic sea ice coverage continued its below-average trend this year as the ice declined to its annual minimum on Sept. 17, according to the NASA-supported National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Over the 2014 summer, Arctic sea ice melted back from its maximum extent reached in March to a coverage area of 1.94 million square miles (5.02 million square kilometers), according to analysis from NASA and NSIDC scientists. This year’s minimum extent is similar to last year’s and below the 1981-2010 average of 2.40 million square miles (6.22 million square km).

UDaily: UD's Sparks named 2015 American Chemical Society medalist
10/16/2014 -

The University of Delaware’s Donald Sparks has been selected as the 2015 medalist for the Geochemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS), a congressionally chartered independent membership organization that represents professionals at all degree levels and in all fields of chemistry and sciences that involve chemistry.

Sparks, the S. Hallock du Pont Chair in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, Francis Alison Professor, director of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and a leader of the University’s Environmental Soil Chemistry Group, is the first soil scientist to receive the prestigious award. Sparks also holds joint appointments in the departments of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemistry and Biochemistry, and the School of Marine Science and Policy.