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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

10/10/2013 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute(DENIN) invites applications from University of Delaware faculty members for the Environmental Frontier Grants Program. The purpose of the program is to build research teams that will be competitive for larger, follow-on competitions for federal, state, foundation or industry funding of environmentally focused research.

DENIN anticipates selecting up to five projects for funding this year. Applicants may request up to $50,000 in direct costs. An Environmental Frontier grant can support students or postdoctoral fellows, supplies, or travel directly related to the project. Investigators may elect to spend grant funds over a one- or two-year period.

UDaily: Protecting forests - NASA funds UD-led research on carbon dynamics in Mexico
10/09/2013 -

Working with a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant, University of Delaware researcher Rodrigo Vargas is collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and multiple institutions in Mexico to provide information to support implementation of the international program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) by improving forest management, carbon stock enhancement and conservation.

It has been estimated that greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation and forest degradation around the world may contribute up to 20 percent of global emissions. A key REDD+ goal is to make forests more valuable standing than they would be through logging by creating a financial value for carbon that is stored, or sequestered, in vegetation.

UDaily: USDA grants - UD plant and soil sciences researcher receives two USDA grants
10/08/2013 -

The University of Delaware’s Yan Jin has received two awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her studies on wetlands waters and for cross-disciplinary research on fresh produce and microbial contaminants.

The funding for both projects is being provided through the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Agriculture and Food Initiative (AFRI) Competitive Grants Program.

09/23/2013 -


In South Bethany, the tide gauge shows seas have risen over the last 14 years, and the ramifications on property have left many with serious questions about what to do about it. The evidence for sea-level rise is gathering in this southern Delaware beach community, despite skepticism from some in surrounding Sussex County, and the question now is turning from whether it is real to what to do about it.

09/12/2013 -

WILMINGTON (Sept. 12, 2013) – At the DuPont Environmental Education Center on the Wilmington Riverfront, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, EPA Region 3 Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, Delaware Nature Society Exec. Dir. Brian Winslow and Delaware Wild Lands  Exec. Dir. Kate Hackett joined with environmental organizations to announce the kick-off of Delaware’s first Sea Level Rise Awareness Week, Sept. 14 – 22. The week of activities, being sponsored by 14 Delaware environmental advocacy groups, was organized to raise awareness and encourage citizens to take actions to help reduce the potential impacts of sea level rise and climate change.

UDaily: EPSCoR kickoff -  State leaders celebrate the power of partnership
09/07/2013 -

Participants in Delaware’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) celebrated the launch of a new five-year, $24-million grant that aims to further expand and enhance environmental research capability in the state in a ceremony on Aug. 29.

EPSCoR is a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) that supports states’ efforts to increase their research competitiveness through improvements in infrastructure, including facilities, programs and personnel. There are currently 31 states and territories designated as NSF EPSCoR jurisdictions.

UDaily: Scientific cruises, fieldwork part of undergraduate experience for CEOE students
09/05/2013 -

Junior Meghan Owings spent last summer at the beach, but not sunbathing or swimming. She was studying populations of mole crabs, reef-building worms and other marine life, learning different scientific techniques along the way.

“I loved it,” said Owings, who conducted the fieldwork as a summer intern in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). “It definitely confirmed that I’m in the right field.”

UDaily: Cosmic crash in Canada may have caused global climate shift 12,900 years ago
09/05/2013 -

A dramatic global climate shift may be linked to the impact of an asteroid or comet in Quebec, according to researchers from the University of Delaware, Dartmouth College and Elizabeth City State University. The findings appear in the Sept. 2 online Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

UDaily: 21st-century science hub - Research magazine highlights Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Lab
09/05/2013 -

The latest issue of the University of Delaware’s award-winningResearch magazine takes readers on a tour of the new Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (to be celebrated in a formal ceremony this fall), to the mountains of Tajikistan in search of the elusive snow leopard.

The first new science laboratory constructed on the UD campus in more than two decades, ISE Lab marks a new direction for academic facilities. From its classes and offices designed to foster collaboration, to its living “green” rooftop, the 194,000-square-foot facility is a novel hub for the science of the future. 

UDaily: Bob Gore gift - UD announces $10 million commitment from alumnus, business leader
09/03/2013 -

The University of Delaware has received a $10 million commitment from alumnus and Delaware entrepreneur Bob Gore. The gift will benefit the University’s 194,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab), which opened with the beginning of the fall semester.  In recognition of Gore’s generosity, the research wing of this state-of-the-art facility will be called the “Bob and Jane Gore Research Laboratories.”  

“The entire UD community is grateful to Bob Gore for this landmark gift,” says UD President Patrick Harker. “Bob understands that the ISE Lab will stimulate the same kind of cross-disciplinary, problem-based approach to learning, invention and innovation that’s been so integral to his own legendary success. Through his profoundly generous gift, Bob is investing in the future discoveries of every researcher, faculty member and student who walks through the doors of the Bob and Jane Gore Research Laboratories.”