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An honored professor: Sparks travels 16 days, 18,621 miles to promote scientific collaboration

An honored professor:  Sparks travels 16 days, 18,621 miles to promote scientific collaboration

Donald L. Sparks, the S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Soil and Environmental Chemistry and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) at the University of Delaware, spent 16 days traveling and lecturing in China last month.

The trip was sponsored by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), which awarded Sparks a 2011 Einstein Professorship that is presented to 20 distinguished scientists from around the world each year. The program seeks to strengthen science and technology links between CAS scientists and Einstein Professorship recipients, with an overarching goal of enhancing training for future generations of scientists in China.

“There are exciting opportunities to form collaborations, and there are so many young Chinese scientists excited about what the future in scientific research holds in solving global environmental challenges,” Sparks said. “The trip was highly exciting and enjoyable — a lifetime experience that I will always remember.”  (full article)