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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

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
09/04/2013 -

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.”

UDaily: Liquid calcium carbonate - Geologist Adam Wallace reports in 'Science' that calcium carbonate has a dense liquid phase
08/23/2013 -

Computer simulations could help scientists make sense of a recently observed and puzzling wrinkle in one of nature’s most important chemical processes. It turns out that calcium carbonate — the ubiquitous compound that is a major component of seashells, limestone, concrete, antacids and other naturally and industrially produced substances — may momentarily exist in liquid form as it crystallizes from solution. 

“Our simulations suggest the existence of a dense liquid form of calcium carbonate,” said co-corresponding author Adam Wallace, an assistant professor of geological sciences in UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment who conducted the research while a postdoctoral researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. “This is important because it is an as-yet unappreciated component of the carbon cycle.”

UDaily: Morphing manganese - UD researchers report new discovery in 'Science' about manganese in aquatic environments
08/23/2013 -

An often-overlooked form of manganese, an element critical to many life processes, is far more prevalent in ocean environments than previously known, according to a study led by University of Delaware researchers that was published this week in Science.

The discovery alters understanding of the chemistry that moves manganese and other elements, like oxygen and carbon, through the natural world. Manganese is an essential nutrient for most organisms and helps plants produce oxygen during photosynthesis.

08/16/2013 -

Debate over the Delaware City refinery revealed problems with the state’s Coastal Zone Act, but there’s little chance of changes to the landmark conservation law despite complaints from supporters and critics alike who agree that it’s flawed.

Delaware enacted the law in 1971 to block attempts to build a second refinery along the lower Delaware River, a move certain to bring in other new heavy industries. The measure banned all new heavy industries from a 275,000 acre buffer along the river, Delaware Bay, Atlantic Coast and Chesapeake & Delaware Canal, but regulations to manage the law were not approved until the late 1990s and remain incomplete.

UDaily: Environmental chairs - Three faculty members named Unidel environmental chairs
08/15/2013 -

Three University of Delaware faculty members have been appointed to new chairs for environmental research through the generous support of the Unidel Foundation. Kent Messer has been named the Unidel Howard Cosgrove Chair for the Environment, Holly Michael has been named the Unidel Fraser Russell Chair for the Environment, and Adam Rome has been named the Unidel Helen Gouldner Chair for the Environment. 

Interim Provost Nancy Brickhouse announced the positions, all of which are five-year career development chairs, today. The positions are effective Sept. 1.

UDaily: Breathing of the forest - UD undergraduates examining forests' roles in managing carbon and acid rain
08/03/2013 -

Traversing through the woods can be quite an adventure, especially when your adventuring includes high-tech scientific equipment. 

That’s exactly what three University of Delaware students, environmental science majors Katie Junghenn and Alexey Shiklomanov from the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and environmental engineering major Kelsey McWilliams of the College of Engineering, are finding this summer. The trio is conducting field research at the Fair Hill (Md.) Natural Resource Management Area to help improve understanding of how forests cycle carbon through the environment and how certain species of trees interact with acid rain.