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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

09/24/2010 -

Thomas Hanson, associate professor of marine biology and biochemistry at the University of Delaware, has received a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) German Academic Exchange Service award that will support his sabbatical visit to an institute in Braunschweig, Germany.

He has traveled to Germany to learn new techniques in understanding the role of previously un-cultured environmentally relevant microbes.

Hanson will be the guest of Prof. Jörg Overmann, the director of the Deutsche Sammlung von Mikroorganism und Zellkulturen GmbH (DSMZ) -- a world-class center for the isolation, culture and maintenance of microorganisms as pure cultures.

Turbine, composting help make Coast Day green
09/24/2010 -

It's a beloved Delaware tradition that provides educational, fun, and family-friendly activities related to the ocean and coast. And once again, Coast Day is being organized to have minimal environmental effects.

A free event now in its 34th year, Coast Day will be held Sunday, Oct. 3, rain or shine, at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. It is sponsored by the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program.

“Coast Day emphasizes the value of our coastal and marine resources and highlights how the research done in our college benefits those resources,” said Nancy Targett, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and Delaware Sea Grant director. “Making the event environmentally friendly is a great way to support those efforts and to lead by example.”

Car sharing comes to UD with Zipcar partnership
09/23/2010 -

Today the University of Delaware is launching a new partnership with Zipcar Inc., to provide the campus with access to the world's leading car-sharing service. The cost-effective and convenient transportation option is now available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to all students, faculty, and staff members, ages 18 and older.

Zipcar is an environmentally friendly transportation alternative that takes 15 to 20 privately owned vehicles off the road.

Gas, 180 miles per day, insurance, reserved parking spots and roadside assistance are included in the hourly and daily Zipcar rates. Cars can be reserved for as short as an hour or for up to four days. Rates on all University of Delaware vehicles start as low as $8 per hour and $66 per day (24 hours).

Delaware Tech receives NSF grant to support advanced technology education
09/22/2010 -

Delaware Technical and Community College has been awarded a three-year, $878,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide support for undergraduate research and faculty mentors at the college. The grant from NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program is the third in 10 years that DTCC has received to support its biotechnology program.

09/21/2010 -

Environmental pollution, an increasingly obese population and a growing number of senior citizens. This week, a special two-day conference, “Sustainable Delaware 2010,” will look at how to design walkable, healthy and sustainable communities to address these major issues facing America today.

“Sustainable Delaware 2010,” scheduled Sept. 22 at the Virden Center in Lewes and Sept. 24 at Clayton Hall in Newark, is looking at the topic of sustainability from three perspectives: land use pattern reform, renewable energy, and energy efficiency.

Sponsored by the AIA Delaware, in partnership with UD's Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, Delaware Sea Grant College Program and several other organizations, the conference is involving design professionals in a variety of areas from architecture to landscape design to historic preservation to public policy. Leading scientists, designers, planners and policy makers are expected to attend.

Grad student aboard expedition exploring Mediterranean seafloor
09/21/2010 -

Underwater landslides, deep-sea corals, ancient archaeological sites -- these are just a few of the cool phenomena that Adam Skarke, a graduate student at the University of Delaware, may get to see firsthand in the Mediterranean Sea aboard an expedition led by famed explorer Robert Ballard.

Skarke, who is working on his doctorate in geological sciences at UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, is now aboard the 211-foot expedition vessel Nautilus, doing research with Ballard's team in the eastern Mediterranean off the coast of Israel.

He is the third graduate student from the laboratory of Art Trembanis, UD assistant professor of geological sciences, to take part in the expedition, which began in June. Nicole Raineault and Stephanie Nebel participated in earlier legs of the expedition in the Aegean Sea.

Natural resource management internships sprout successful alumni
09/16/2010 -

For students with an interest in the environment, the natural resource management (NRM) major, introduced in the University of Delaware's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1997, opened up a cutting-edge program that combined science, economics, and public policy.

Now, current students and graduates in the NRM major are relaying their skills into successful internships and employment with companies such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Delaware Water Resources Center, IFC International and the Peace Corps.

Coast Day lectures cover wide variety of marine topics
09/16/2010 -

Editor’s note: If you attend Coast Day this year, be sure to stop by DENIN’s booth to test your knowledge about the environment, spin the “Wheel of Science” and win a prize.

If you love the ocean and want to learn more about it, there's no better opportunity than Coast Day, held Sunday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. The free event offers lectures on a range of topics sure to capture your interest, from oil spills to photography.

Kicking off the Focus on the Coast lecture series at noon will be Jonathan Sharp, professor of oceanography, who will present “Is Climate Change Altering the Behavior of the Delaware Bay?”

09/16/2010 -

The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) has unveiled a new version of its website. The site is designed to encourage users to explore content they wouldn't otherwise look for while allowing them to easily find specific information they need.

DGS, a state agency formed in 1951, is administratively assigned to the University of Delaware and is a research unit in UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

09/15/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control.
Vol. 40, No. 320
Contact: Lara Allison, Watershed Assessment, 302-739-9939; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Photos available by contacting: 302-739-9902