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UDaily: UD's EV Research Program making Mini-E vehicles available for lease
06/24/2014 -

Electric cars are available to University employees and Delaware residents for lease as part of UD’s innovative vehicle-to-grid project. The UD Electric Vehicle research and development program, working with BMW and AutoPort in New Castle, is offering a small number of Mini-E electric vehicles (EVs) for two-year lease agreements. Previously, the cars were available only to businesses and UD departments.

06/24/2014 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) has announced a new funding opportunity for doctoral students at the University of Delaware, the DENIN Environmental Fellows Program. The program will support Ph.D. students carrying out environmentally relevant, scientific research that demonstrates a clear link to societal needs and benefits.

UDaily: Ocean Currents series continues with focus on climate change, communication
06/24/2014 -

Tracking any environmental trends, including climate change, can be a long process, taking years before patterns clearly emerge. Fortunately, Jonathan Sharp has decades of information on the waters of Delaware Bay. The veteran professor of oceanography in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment has carefully examined the Delaware Estuary to create a detailed study of water conditions and biological responses. Several years ago he expanded his efforts by starting a monitoring program on the Cape May-Lewes Ferry to paint a better picture of the environmental conditions in the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The results of his work are clear.

UDaily: Eradicating invasive marsh plant can threaten endangered birds' recovery
06/24/2014 -

Efforts to eradicate invasive species increasingly occur side by side with programs focused on recovery of endangered ones, leaving resource managers to face the question of what to do when the eradication of an invasive species threatens an endangered species. In a recent study published in the journal Science, researchers at the University of Delaware and the University of California, Davis, examine that conundrum now taking place in the San Francisco Bay. The California clapper rail — a bird found only in the bay — has come to depend on an invasive salt marsh cordgrass, hybrid Spartina, for nesting habitat. Its native habitat has slowly vanished over the decades, largely due to urban development and invasion by Spartina.

06/24/2014 -

Helping farmers around the globe apply more precise amounts of fertilizer nitrogen can combat climate change. That's the conclusion of a study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the paper, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) provide an improved prediction of nitrogen fertilizer's contribution to greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural fields.

06/24/2014 -

The University of Delaware faculty senate voted 43-0 in May to recommend against a 279-megawatt, gas-fired power plant on a former Chrysler factory at the University of Delaware campus, as part of a $1 billion-plus proposal by West Chester-based Data Centers LLC -- which enjoys support from Gov. Jack Markell and UD president Patrick Harker.

UDaily: Students raise funds to protect Delaware habitat
06/24/2014 -

Four University of Delaware students spent a Saturday in May traveling up and down the state looking to identify as many species of birds as possible to raise funds for the Delmarva Ornithological Society’s Bird-a-Thon 2014. The bird-a-thon is a pledge-based fundraising effort in which individuals or teams count the number of different bird species seen or heard in a 24-hour period with proceeds going to protect habitat for migratory shorebirds and to fund migratory raptor research along the Delaware Bay.

UDaily: Engineering research is aimed at environmentally sustainable building construction
06/24/2014 -

Steel is the most recycled material in the world. But there are questions as to whether structural steel can be safely reused in buildings and, if so, under what conditions. A team of researchers at the University of Delaware has been awarded a three-year $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to address these questions and lay the foundation for a new paradigm to reuse structural steel members in contrast to recycling them.

06/24/2014 -

The city hired an environmental consultant to evaluate The Data Centers, LLC’s application for a DNREC air permit, and on Monday, Gavin L. Biebuyck, principal and owner of Liberty Environmental, Inc., weighed in on the proposed 279-megawatt power plant slated for the STAR Campus. Biebuyck presented Liberty’s findings to city council during a special meeting held Monday night in council chambers where he shared several “concerns” regarding TDC’s air permit, deeming some of the company’s claims “questionable,” “incorrect” and “misleading.”

UDaily: UD, UFLA representatives gather to discuss global challenges
06/24/2014 -

The University of Delaware held an international symposium on May 21-22 focusing on global issues and trends in agriculture, environment and bioenergy in Brazil. The Brazilian symposium brought together a large and diverse group from the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA) and UD faculty and students to share knowledge on key themes in Brazilian and U.S. agriculture that have global impacts on food security and the environment.