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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

08/14/2015 -

In a world where a growing number of people lack food, water and sources of energy, providing these resources has become a challenge. To find new answers, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has funded 17 grants, totaling $1.2 million, to support workshops on the interactions of food, energy and water, or FEW. Additionally, $6.4 million will supplement existing grants, enabling scientists to conduct additional research.

UDaily: UD professor, students educate public about roots and soil at US Botanic Garden
08/13/2015 -

Representatives from the University of Delaware spent a recent Saturday at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., educating visitors about the important roles that healthy soils and soil microbes play in ensuring robust plants during a “Roots Festival” held in conjunction with the garden’s exhibit “Exposed: The Secret Life of Roots.”

Janine Sherrier, professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), led the team that included Cherish Warner, a doctoral student in biological sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences who works in Sherrier’s laboratory, and Simone Jimenez, a visiting undergraduate student in the laboratory from Florida International University (FIU) who is taking part in the CANR Summer Institute

UDaily: UD researchers deploy weather station on Petermann Glacier in Greenland
08/13/2015 -

University of Delaware oceanographer Andreas Muenchow and doctoral student Peter Washam are part of an international research team that successfully drilled through a floating Greenland glacier this week and deployed the first UD ocean sensors underneath. 

The UD researchers are part of a U.S.-Swedish expedition working to document changes in the grounded Petermann Glacier, which connects the great Greenland ice sheet directly with the ocean. 

UDaily: UD's Buler recognized for work with radar ornithology
08/12/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Jeff Buler has been presented the 2015 H.R. Painton Award from the Cooper Ornithological Society for his paper “Radar Analysis of Fall Bird Migration Stopover Sites in the Northeastern U.S.,” which was published in the society’s journal The Condor: Ornithological Applications. The award is named for Harry R. Painton, one of the four founders of the Cooper Ornithological Club in 1893, who bequeathed funds to establish an award that recognized original and significant ornithological research.

UDaily: Expedition to drill through floating Greenland glacier, transmit first ocean data from underneath
08/11/2015 -

University of Delaware researchers are part of an international research team that plans to drill through a floating Greenland glacier to capture the first-ever measurements of the ocean conditions underneath. Petermann Glacier is one of the two largest remaining glaciers in Greenland that terminate in floating shelves. The glacier connects the great Greenland ice sheet directly with the ocean.

08/11/2015 -

They’re boxy Big Apple castoffs – and just passing through. Sixty or more times a day, heavy black trucks carry 20-ton enclosed containers out of the CSX rail yard off Centerville Road near Boxwood Road and turn south toward Interstate 95. The trucks are part of a little-noticed floating and rolling virtual pipeline connecting New York City wastebaskets to a Chester, Pennsylvania, trash-to-electricity generator. Delaware became part of the connection earlier this year, when New York ramped up new trash disposal options that will send an estimated 400,000 tons of city trash a year to the Covanta Delaware Valley incinerator.

UDaily: Young coastal scientists and engineers share research with peers
08/07/2015 -

More than 60 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career professionals shared their research at the Young Coastal Scientists and Engineers Conference-North America on the University of Delaware campus from July 27-29. Gov. Jack Markell, who welcomed the participants, said the First State was the perfect place for the event.

UDaily: "Green Light" symposium illuminates connections between art and science
08/06/2015 -

The University of Delaware will host a daylong symposium on Friday, Sept. 25, bringing together industry leaders, artists, designers and scholars to explore the future of artificial lighting. “Green Light: Prospects in Lighting Design and Technology” will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Clayton Hall on the University’s Newark campus. Registration, at $55 per person or $25 for full-time students with ID from any institution, is now available at this website.

UDaily: DENIN announces its first graduate student research symposium
08/05/2015 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host its first research symposium for graduate students on Thursday, Oct. 8. The symposium will take place from 3-7 p.m. in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory and will include both oral presentations and a poster session. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top presenters in each category.

08/04/2015 -

While Delaware has been ahead of most of the country in curbing power plant carbon dioxide emissions blamed for rising global temperatures, new rules announced Monday by President Obama likely will prove tougher and more costly. The new standards come amid concerns that progress in meeting carbon dioxide reductions has been too slow nationwide and globally to meet a United Nations goal of holding the world's temperature increase below about 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit by the turn of the century, according to many scientists.