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UDaily: Anderson named fellow of International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade
06/24/2014 -

Lee G. Anderson, retired Maxwell P. and Mildred H. Harrington Professor of Marine Studies in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, has been named a fellow of the International Institute of Fisheries Economics and Trade (IIFET) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of fisheries economics. He is one of the first four IIFET fellows named and will deliver an address at the organization’s conference in Australia in July.

UDaily: Special Initiative for Offshore Wind convenes industry, government in D.C.
06/17/2014 -

In Europe, offshore wind turbines support 58,000 jobs and generate enough electricity to power 6 million homes. Experts from the offshore wind industry gathered at the Capitol Thursday, June 12, to share lessons learned that could help produce similar results stateside.

Organized by the University of Delaware’s Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, which fosters collaboration among offshore wind energy industry, policy makers, non-government organizations and academics, the symposium focused on reducing costs and creating jobs.

UDaily: UD-developed 'eco-leather' earns 2014 World Green Design Award
06/17/2014 -

The World Green Design Organization has selected University of Delaware Professor Richard Wool’s innovative “Eco-leather” for the 2014 World Green Design Award.

Developed in Wool’s laboratory at UD, eco-leather is an environmentally friendly, bio-based material that can be produced without the traditional leather tanning process. 

Instead, natural materials such as flax and cotton are combined with plant oils from palm, corn or soybeans under high pressure, then laminated together in layers to create a product that acts and feels like leather, according to Wool, director of the Affordable Composites from Renewable Resources (ACRES) program at UD.

UDaily: Altering shipping routes for offshore wind development could save billions
06/02/2014 -

Rerouting ships to open up areas for offshore wind development could save billions of dollars in construction and operating costs for the renewable energy source, according to new findings by the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). The savings come at a relatively small expense for sending commercial ships slightly farther out to sea when traveling between Mid-Atlantic ports, the research shows. The analysis was part of an economic study on societal costs and benefits of allocating ocean space off the coast for wind energy development.

UDaily: UD's Dentel receives global outreach award in his honor
06/02/2014 -

Steven K. Dentel, University of Delaware professor of civil and environmental engineering, was honored as the namesake and inaugural recipient of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Steven K. Dentel Award for Global Outreach. This prestigious award recognizes Dentel for his “outstanding contributions and leadership through involvement in environmental engineering and science outreach activities to the global community” and will be presented to future recipients who display similar exemplary activities.

UDaily: "UDon't Need It/" student move-out program begins May 21 at STAR Campus
06/02/2014 -

The University of Delaware and the city of Newark have joined forces once again to offer the eighth consecutive year of the "UDon't Need It?" student move-out program, now at its new location at the Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus at 540 S. College Ave. The program was originally developed to take control of the overwhelming amount of household goods disposed of each spring by departing university students. It has also become a charitable event.

UDaily: UD students attend UN negotiations on marine areas beyond national jurisdiction
05/27/2014 -

Nearly two-thirds of the world’s oceans lack national jurisdiction, representing one of the world’s last global commons. Rich in biodiversity, these areas play a crucial role in the functioning of marine ecosystems. Students from the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment recently attended United Nations negotiations in New York on the management of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ). Discussions focused on the scope, parameters and feasibility of potential international policy for the conservation of marine biodiversity.

UDaily: ISE Lab students mark Earth Day with environmental research on campus
05/27/2014 -

Students from the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) marked Earth Day by conducting interdisciplinary environmental research on campus.

“It was a very nice change in scenery to be out of the lab room for once,” said Andre Freligh, a freshman biological sciences major. “It was so great to actually physically be out in the field collecting data for a lab that doesn’t have predetermined answers.”

UDaily: Delaware Sea Grant helps town balance environment, development along riverfront
05/21/2014 -

During the 1800s, the southern Delaware community of Laurel exemplified small-town life in America: The economy centered around grain and lumber mills along the river running through town, and the surrounding tree-lined streets of Victorian houses provided family homes for generations. Quaint charm remains in the many historical landmarks in Laurel today, but the downtown area experienced decline over time. Businesses and housing development gradually shifted east toward Route 13, the main transportation artery, and industrial operations along Broad Creek took an environmental toll.

UDaily: Award-winning exhibit enhances public tours offered at UD's Lewes campus
05/15/2014 -

Vivid underwater images of diving penguins and deep-sea tubeworms capture the dynamic nature of the world’s oceans in a new exhibit open to the public at the University of Delaware’s Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes. Visitors can view the award-winning, 200-footlong display, which highlights research conducted by scientists in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) and the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, on free tours offered this summer from June 6 through Sept. 5.