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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: UD's Yan Jin receives national society's soil physics award
09/22/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Yan Jin has been presented the 2015 Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA). The award is designed to recognize a mid-career soil scientist who has made outstanding contributions in the areas of soil physics and is supported by the Don and Betty Kirkham Fund established through the Agronomic Science Foundation and administered by the society.

UDaily: Intense X-ray technology sheds new light on dynamics of how minerals, fluids interact
09/18/2015 -

It's often true that to get to the bottom of big problems or understand massive systems, you have to go deep into the details.

When those details are the size of atoms and molecules, it takes special equipment and extraordinary precision to get what you're after.

A new study by a team including University of Delaware researcher Neil Sturchio and his colleagues at the Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago has given scientists an unprecedented look at such detail, showing how minerals and fluids interact in extreme conditions.

09/11/2015 -

The wind turbine on University of Delaware’s Lewes campus has now reached its fifth anniversary. Standing at 256 feet, the wind turbine in Lewes is the only commercial-sized wind turbine in Delaware. Since 2010, it’s generated 23.57 million kilowatt hours of electricity, powering the facilities at University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean and Environment campus.

UDaily: Geography department now offers undergraduate meteorology, climatology degree
09/11/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Department of Geography has launched a new undergraduate degree program in meteorology and climatology. Courses in the new major, which started this fall, combine basic atmospheric science and climatology science with rigorous training in mathematics, physics and computer science.

09/09/2015 -

By the end of 2017, Wilmington-based Butamax Advanced Biofuels, a joint venture of BP and DuPont, hopes to replace ethanol at gas stations with a new biofuel called biobutanol. The U.S. has a long history of producing butanol, most notably as an industrial solvent in plants that manufactured explosives during the First and Second World Wars. But its potential to be used to fuel cars emerged in the last twenty years.

09/09/2015 -

Warming ocean temperatures off the North Atlantic are causing fish to move up the coast to cooler waters — raising concerns among scientists and regulators about the ocean's ecosystem, and potentially changing the experience Delaware anglers have enjoyed for generations.

09/09/2015 -

Jonathan Sharp, a professor emeritus at the University of Delaware, studied the chemistry of Delaware River and Bay for more than 30 years, watching from a front-row seat as water quality began to improve with the passage of the Clean Water Act. And while there have been many environmental changes in the estuary, a long-term shift in temperature is not one of them.

09/03/2015 -

The Delaware Geological Survey (DGS) has released a new technical report titled Simulation of Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport in Eastern Sussex County, Delaware with Emphasis on

UDaily: Four UD graduate students receive two-year fellowships from DENIN
09/03/2015 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) has announced its second cohort of DENIN Environmental Fellows. This fellowship program supports doctoral students whose research interests demonstrate a clear bridge between science and society.

The four recipients were selected based on their proposals for doctoral research that will benefit the environment in Delaware and beyond, as well as their demonstrated experience and commitment to communicating and transferring the benefits of their research to the wider world.

UDaily: UD researchers identify behaviors of nanoparticle that shows promise as nanofertilizer
09/03/2015 -

Researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered unique behaviors of hydroxyapatite nanoparticles (HANPs) that show promise as a phosphorus nanofertilizer and could be used to help slow the release of phosphorous in soils.

This would both increase phosphorous uptake efficiencies in the growing of plants and also in protecting environmentally sensitive sites, including bodies of water, by reducing nutrient loading, which is important because phosphorous is a nonrenewable resource and an essential nutrient for agricultural production.