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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UD graduate finds career success with Massachusetts Land Court
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While an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, Courtney Simmons majored in natural resource management and agriculture and natural resources and minored in wildlife conservation and resource economics with the goal of one day becoming an attorney who could influence change happening in the environment. Now, by working with the Massachusetts Land Court, Simmons gets the opportunity to work on cases that deal directly with land in the state.

Don Sparks' pioneering work recognized by the Clay Minerals Society
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Donald L. Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Environmental Soil Chemistry at the University of Delaware and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute, has received the 2016 Pioneer in Clay Science Award from the Clay Minerals Society (CMS). The award recognizes research contributions that have led to important new directions in clay mineral science and technology. As the honoree, Sparks was invited to present a plenary lecture at the society’s 53rd annual meeting, held June 5-8 in Atlanta.

Special journal issue honors contributions of environmental engineer
07/15/2016 -

Chin-Pao Huang, Donald C. Philips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, was recently honored with a special issue of the journal Separation and Purification Technology dedicated to his area of specialty. Focused on environmental nanotechnology and sustainability in water treatment, the issue includes 23 papers from an international slate of authors, many of whom have collaborated with Huang or been mentored by him during his 45-year career.

UD Department of Applied Economics and Statistics' new tuk tuk supports mobile research efforts
07/15/2016 -

The University of Delaware’s Kent Messer was looking for something that would allow him and his research team from the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics (CEAE) to stand out in a crowd and drum up participation when they travel to locations for their experiments, while at the same time, being able to serve all of their research needs.

07/15/2016 -

Human fingerprints are unique identifiers. The wiggles, curves and ripples cannot be copied or duplicated and provide a distinct signature that represents an individual. In the same way, strong storms — such as Superstorm Sandy — can leave a signature in the form of ripples on the seafloor.

Scientists look at use of rice husk to reduce arsenic levels in vital grain
07/15/2016 -

A team of researchers at the University of Delaware has found that incorporating rice husk to soil can decrease toxic inorganic arsenic levels in rice grain by 25 to 50 percent without negatively affecting yield.

This research could have important implications for developing countries whose populations rely on rice as a staple of their diets and are in need of cheap, readily available material to improve soil quality and decrease arsenic levels that threaten human health.

Senior's internship with DNREC lays the groundwork for environmental health-tracking tool
07/15/2016 -

Imagine having a handy, web-based tool that would provide detailed yet easily accessible information about the health of Delaware’s water, air, wildlife or other natural resources over time.

That was the goal that University of Delaware senior Stephanie Miles kept in mind each time she reported for work at her internship with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), where she helped to lay the groundwork for the development of a tool to present “indicators” of environmental health.

UD Wildlife Society members get hands-on experience at Northeast Student Conclave
07/15/2016 -

Members of the Wildlife Society Club at the University of Delaware traveled to Camp Blue Diamond in Petersburg, Pennsylvania, last month to take part in the Wildlife Society’s Northeast Student Conclave hosted by Juniata College. The conclave provided UD participants opportunities for hands-on experiences and networking with fellow wildlife students and professionals, and they said they learned valuable skills that will help as they embark on their future career paths.

UD professors Kniel and Messer look at water reuse for irrigation and consumer response
07/15/2016 -

Two University of Delaware professors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Kali Kniel and Kent Messer, are members of a multidisciplinary team that is dedicating itself to developing innovative, safe and sustainable ways to irrigate food crops in variable climates. The CONSERVE team is led by Amy R. Sapkota of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, and received a $10 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), awarded over a four-year period, to support the CONSERVE Center of Excellence.

UDaily: National experts discuss energy generation, grid modernization, security at National Lab Day
07/15/2016 -

Experts from across the United States gathered at the University of Delaware on Friday, May 13, to participate in National Lab Day. The event included a series of panel discussions related to the overall theme Clean Energy: Challenges and Opportunities on topics including security, power generation, grid modernization and storage.