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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UDaily: AAAS Fellows - UD professors Riordan, White recognized for advancing science
11/26/2013 -

University of Delaware professors Charles G. Riordan and Harold (Hal) B. White III have been elected fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society. 

The association bestows the title on AAAS members who are selected by their peers for scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications. The 388 members selected this year will officially receive the distinction on Feb. 15 during the 2014 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

UDaily: Distinguished lecturer - Marine biologist Biddle awarded lectureship on deep-ocean drilling research
11/19/2013 -

From drilling rigs in the middle of the ocean, scientists have been digging deep for clues about Earth’s history and life beneath the seafloor for decades. Bringing up slices of oceanic crust has led to discoveries on prehistoric climate, a 65-million-year-old asteroid impact and plate tectonics.

“These are all things that we can get from doing this kind of experimentation,” said Jennifer Biddle, assistant professor of marine biosciences in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. “But there’s so much more to know, and I try to leave people with the idea that we’ve only just scratched the surface.”

UDaily: When the wind blows - New wind energy research focuses on turbine arrangement, wind seasonality
10/31/2013 -

Research into the best ways to arrange wind turbines has produced staggering results — quite literally. 

The University of Delaware’s Cristina Archer and her Atmosphere and Energy Research Group found that staggering and spacing out turbines in an offshore wind farm can improve performance by as much as 33 percent. 

“Staggering every other row was amazingly efficient,” said Archer, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering and geography in UD’s

UDaily: Words of wisdom  - New environmental named professors to give joint seminar Nov. 1
10/23/2013 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute invites the University of Delaware community to a special seminar and reception saluting three outstanding young faculty who were recently appointed to environmental named chairs.

Each of the honorees will present a short talk on his or her area of expertise designed for a broad, interdisciplinary audience beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1, in 104 Gore Hall.

Following the talks, a reception will be held in the Gore Hall lobby from 5-6:30 p.m.

UDaily: Campus community celebrates official ISE Lab grand opening
10/22/2013 -

As he walked the halls of the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory Thursday, the international relations major wished he could swap course schedules with his computer science major friends to score a coveted seat inside ISE Lab. “It’s really amazing how we’ve changed from our old buildings that still have so much character to them to a modern version,” he said. “I just love it.”

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.