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UD researchers contribute to global marine biodiversity protection
11/10/2010 -

Researchers at the University of Delaware played a lead role in advancing the global marine biodiversity agenda during the 10th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP-10) in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010. The meeting was attended by 17,000 people.

Biodiversity -- the variety of life on Earth -- has taken center stage in 2010, which is designated as the International Year of Biodiversity by the United Nations. Parties to the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity, an agreement by 193 of the world's governments, gathered in Japan to assess progress in achieving global biodiversity targets and decide on actions to reduce biodiversity loss in the next decade.

Research magazine highlights UD's "eco-innovation"
11/04/2010 -

The latest issue of the award-winning UD Research magazine highlights the “eco-innovation” of University of Delaware environmental researchers. The issue includes several articles related to DENIN: a question-and-answer interview with DENIN director Don Sparks, a feature on the Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory, and an article on sea-level rise research at UD that includes several DENIN affiliates and EPSCoR-sponsored work on the ethical and policy aspects of sea-level rise.

Nov. 17: Kirchman to present Alison lecture
11/03/2010 -

David L. Kirchman, Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Biosciences, will present his Francis Alison Inaugural Lecture, “A Journey Into our Unseen World: Marine Microbes and Global Cyces,” at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the Roselle Center for the Arts.

Kirchman received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1982, and he joined the UD faculty in 1986. His research focuses on the role of microbes in the carbon cycle and in other biogeochemical processes of the oceans.

Science Café to feature talk on "Materials for the Bionic Woman"
11/03/2010 -

The Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware will continue its Science Café program with a presentation Monday, Nov. 15, on “Materials for the Bionic Woman.” The event will be held from 5-6:30 p.m., Monday, at Catherine Rooney's, 102 E. Main St., Newark. David C. Martin, Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, will be the guest speaker.

Weather conditions lead to window strikes for migrating songbirds
11/03/2010 -

A significant number of songbirds were silenced last week in Delaware when their southerly migration ran afoul of circumstantial weather conditions that led to their flying into glass windows causing mortal injuries to nearly a dozen species of thrushes and sparrows, common and rare birds alike.

10/28/2010 -

The Chesapeake Bay is a national focal point for water quality issues. New environmental regulations will require Delaware and the other five bay states -- Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New York -- and the District of Columbia to significantly reduce pollution entering the bay and its tributaries.

These rigorous federal and state program aims to restore the bay's water quality by 2025.

Because the two main pollutants that are under consideration are nitrogen and phosphorous, agricultural entities in Delaware and the other bay states have a vital role in this process.

As Arctic warms, increased shipping likely to accelerate climate change
10/26/2010 -

As the ice-capped Arctic Ocean warms, ship traffic will increase at the top of the world. And if the sea ice continues to decline, a new route connecting international trading partners may emerge -- but not without significant repercussions to climate, according to a U.S. and Canadian research team that includes a University of Delaware scientist.

Growing Arctic ship traffic will bring with it air pollution that has the potential to accelerate climate change in the world's northern reaches. And it's more than a greenhouse gas problem -- engine exhaust particles could increase warming by some 17-78 percent, the researchers say.

James J. Corbett, professor of marine science and policy at UD, is a lead author of the first geospatial approach to evaluating the potential impacts of shipping on Arctic climate. The study, “Arctic Shipping Emissions Inventories and Future Scenarios,” is published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.

Nov. 19: DENIN adds seminar to fall series
10/25/2010 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) has announced an addition to its fall seminar series lineup.

Jeanne M. VanBriesen, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Water QUEST (Water Quality in Urban Environmental Systems) Center at Carnegie Mellon University will present a seminar at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, in Room 102 of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

VanBriesen's talk is entitled, “Lumped Terms and Surrogates: PCBs, DBPs, Indicator Organisms, and the Search for Understanding Speciation to Improve Decision Making.” Her presentation is cosponsored by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

C.P. Huang honored for lifetime achievements in aquatic chemistry
10/21/2010 -

Former students paid tribute to the extraordinary accomplishments of C.P. Huang, Donald C. Phillips Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, during a career retrospective workshop held Oct. 3-4 in Taichung, Taiwan.

The event, sponsored by the National Chiao Tung University and the National Chung Hsing University in celebration of his 70th birthday, detailed Huang's achievements in aquatic chemistry and his passion for mentoring students.

Stephen Shu-Hung Shen, administrator of Taiwan's Environmental Protection Agency, opened the event calling Huang “a great master” and “a highly respected and world renowned scholar” who has “nurtured numerous elites in the area of environmental science and engineering, including 38 doctors and more than 60 masters.”

Kempton quoted in Times article on Atlantic coast wind power
10/13/2010 -

Willett Kempton, professor in the School of Marine Science and Policy and director of the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration at the University of Delaware, is quoted in a front page article in the Tuesday, Oct. 12, issue of The New York Times concerning a $5 billion wind power transmission line proposed for the Atlantic coast.

Among the investors in the project is Internet giant Google.

Kempton discussed administrative hurdles faced by the project and the value of such a “transmission spine.”