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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

05/02/2015 -

Delaware's air quality, while improving over the last two decades, still gets a failing grade throughout the state because of high levels of ozone on hot and sunny days. And in northern Delaware, particulates are still high enough that the state received a C on the American Lung Association's newly release State of the Air report. That's an improvement from 2014, when New Castle County was barely passing with a D, but experts say those particles still negatively impact health outcomes.

UDaily: Biology, chemistry students team up for analysis of water samples from UD farm
05/02/2015 -

-University of Delaware biology and chemistry students spent an afternoon down at the farm on Earth Day, April 22, taking water samples from three locations on the South Campus. After measuring temperature, pH and oxygen levels, they took the water and samples of plant debris back to the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) for further analysis.

UDaily: Caltech's Gray recruiting innovative 'army' of solar researchers
05/02/2015 -

Plants already are experts at this business of solar conversion, turning the sun's energy into the chemical energy they need. Humans are just starting to get better at it, developing an artificial photosynthesis that will allow them to harness the plentiful energy of the sun and convert it to fuel in cheap, efficient, sustainable ways.

UDaily: Rice paddies installed on CANR campus to aid arsenic research
04/29/2015 -

Twelve paddies have been created at the University of Delaware’s new Rice Investigation, Communication and Education (RICE) Facility, an outdoor research education laboratory on the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) campus, to assist scientist Angelia Seyfferth as she studies arsenic in rice.

The paddies were installed through a prestigious five-year $465,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Award received by Seyfferth, who is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. It was the first such award given to a CANR professor. 

UDaily: Public, private, academic partners gather for Delaware Geologic Research Symposium
04/27/2015 -

Public, private and academic partners came together on Tuesday, April 14, in the Rodney Room of the University of Delaware’s Perkins Student Center for the second biennial Delaware Geologic Research Symposium, hosted by the Delaware Geological Survey and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment.

UDaily: New report underscores importance of Delaware research to economic growth
04/27/2015 -

A new report analyzing U.S. research strengths underscores the contributions that Delaware’s higher education institutions make in generating new ideas and discoveries critical to long-term economic growth. The report, America’s Knowledge Economy: A State-by-State Review, issued by the Council of State Governments and the academic publisher Elsevier, assesses research output and impact from 2004 to 2013. The scholarly research publications produced in each state are a key barometer for innovation.

UDaily: UD campus community invited to attend White Clay Creek Fest
04/27/2015 -

The annual White Clay Creek Fest will be held from noon-4 p.m., Saturday, May 2, at the Carpenter Recreation Area of White Clay Creek State Park off Route 896 north of Newark. Members of the University of Delaware campus community are invited to attend.

UDaily: DENIN Ambassadors are accepting applications for new members
04/23/2015 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites any University of Delaware student interested in joining its ambassador program for the 2015-16 academic year to submit an application by Tuesday, May 5, at 5 p.m. Both undergraduates and graduate students are welcome to apply. Prospective members may download an application from the group’s webpage.

UDaily: DENIN invites doctoral students to apply for environmental fellowships
04/10/2015 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites science, engineering and social science doctoral students at the University of Delaware to apply for the DENIN Environmental Fellows Program.

The 2015 fellowships begin in September and will provide two years of support for three Ph.D. students to carry out environmentally relevant research that demonstrates a clear link to societal needs and benefits. 

“We’re looking for those special students with real leadership potential, who will go on to make a lasting contribution, both scientifically and societally,” says Jeanette Miller, associate director of DENIN.

UDaily: Month-long schedule of events promotes awareness of environmental concerns
04/07/2015 -

The University of Delaware’s Earth Month celebration is the culmination of work by a diverse group of students, faculty and staff that helps draw attention to issues of environmental sustainability and environmental justice. The schedule of events is available on the Earth Month 2015 webpage, compiled by the Earth Week Working Group of the University’s Sustainability Task Force.