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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: Wind initiative - Offshore wind initiative will work at intersections of government, industry, NGOs
02/26/2014 -

The University of Delaware will steer the way toward making offshore wind turbines a reality in the United States through a new initiative announced today at a major industry conference. 

The Special Initiative on Offshore Wind, housed at the University’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, will serve as an independent catalyst for offshore wind development and add momentum to a promising industry that is at a critical juncture.

UDaily: Di Toro appointed - National Research Council names Di Toro to environmental studies board
02/25/2014 -

The University of Delaware’s Dominic Di Toro has been appointed a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST).

Di Toro, Edward C. Davis Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering with a joint appointment in oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, will serve a three-year term in this role.

A part of the National Academies’ Division on Earth and Life Studies, BEST is the principal study unit on pollution problems affecting human health and the environment. The 23-member BEST board advises the federal government about science and technology matters affecting public policy on important environmental and ecological problems.

UDaily: Brazil symposium - UD sets symposium on global challenges in agriculture, environment, energy
02/20/2014 -

symposium highlighting the global impact of work by University of Delaware and Brazilian faculty, graduate students and undergraduate interns will be held May 21-22 at the Trabant University Center on the UD campus in Newark.

Widely considered one of the world’s most important emerging and developing countries, Brazil has one of the largest and fastest growing agricultural economies in the world and is a major U.S. trade partner.

UDaily: EV charging station expansion - UD, state partner to create electric vehicle charging station network
02/20/2014 -

Charging stations for electric vehicles will be strategically placed at key locations in Delaware to enable long trips in the state by next year, through a new collaborative research agreement between the University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).

UD researchers are in the process of determining the most effective locations for charging stations, and they will assist in equipment installation and analyze station usage when the stations become operational. This new infrastructure will support greater use of electric vehicles, which do not release air pollution or carbon dioxide, unlike their gasoline-fueled counterparts. 

02/19/2014 -

A federal energy-efficiency program has signaled support for the type of cogeneration technology proposed for the data center at the former Chrysler site in Newark, saying that the project's waste-heat recovery features could help the plant produce energy with less pollution than conventional operations. An official with the Environmental Protection Agency's Combined Heat and Power Partnership said in a letter that the plan has the potential to significantly reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur and carbon dioxides, compared with traditional power plants.

UDaily: NAI member - National Academy of Inventors selects Rabolt for membership
02/19/2014 -

University of Delaware professor John F. Rabolt has been named a member of the National Academy of Inventors.

Election to NAI membership is a professional distinction that honors academic inventors for their creative thinking and innovative spirit.

Rabolt, the Karl W. and Renate Boër Professor of Materials Science and Engineering (MSEG) and professor of biomedical engineering, was selected for groundbreaking infrared technology developed in his laboratory called planar array infrared (PA-IR) spectroscopy.

02/06/2014 -

Water resource management involves numerous and often distinct areas, such as hydrology, engineering, economics, public policy, chemistry, ecology and agriculture, among others. It is a multi-disciplinary field, each with its own set of challenges and, in turn, its own set of computer models.

02/06/2014 -

Have you looked closely at a local pond, meadow or forest--or at nature in your suburb or city--and observed changes in it over time? That's exactly what scientists are trying to do on a larger, regional to continental scale--a macrosystems biology scale. Macrosystems biology might be called "biological sciences writ large."Scientists funded by the National Science Foundation's (NSF) MacroSystems Biology Program are working to better detect, understand and predict the effects of climate and land-use change on organisms and ecosystems at regional to continental scales.

02/06/2014 -

Put predator and prey bacteria together in a petri dish and their numbers will rise and fall as the predators eat themselves out of food.

Pour certain chemicals into a beaker and keep it well shaken, and the mixture will alternate colors because of a repeating chemical reaction.

A spring with a weight on the end of it will bounce up and down, but it will also sway back and forth, and each force will affect the other.

These experiments encompass three different fields: biology, chemistry and physics. But there’s one mathematical concept behind all three, called “coupled oscillation.” And once a student dives into that concept, the walls between those experiences and the fields they represent grow thin.

“We’re breaking down the silos,” said Rich Lynch, a math teacher at Concord High School. “As a math teacher, I know we need to show our students what they’re doing looks like in the real world. And this is a good way for us to do that.”

Lynch was one of 59 teachers from across the state who performed experiments like those at a training session Friday and Tuesday at the University of Delaware.

UDaily: Delaware Sea Grant promotes interest in marine science among high schoolers
02/06/2014 -

Budding marine scientists demonstrated an ocean of knowledge at the annual Chesapeake Bay Bowl in Lewes, Del., on Feb. 1, vying for a spot at the national competition in Seattle this spring. Held at the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus, the regional quiz bowl brought together 60 top science students from 12 high schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Students answered questions spanning oceanography, geology, biology, geography, social science, marine policy and chemistry. Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va., took first place after an intense day of tackling multiple choice, short answer and written questions in rapid response.