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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

Rio+20 conference: UD marine policy researchers organize "The Oceans Day" at global summit
09/05/2012 -

University of Delaware researchers participated in the Rio+20 global summit conference in June and organized “The Oceans Day” at the international event to chart next steps in global action on oceans. Biliana Cicin-Sain, professor of marine policy, and Miriam Balgos, Gwénaëlle Hamon, Joseph Appiott, C. Ryan Ono and Marisa Van Hoeven from UD’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment joined more than 45,000 others from around the world for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from June 20-22.

08/27/2012 -

 DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is reassuring Delaware residents and hunters that an insect-borne disease that has been killing white-tailed deer throughout North America does not affect humans, does not affect livestock and has minimal long-range ramifications for the viability of the state’s deer herd.

News Journal: Periscopes up on Navy plan to expand training area
08/27/2012 -

With its eye on likely future threats, the Navy wants to increase mine warfare and anti-submarine training and gain approval for all training across a wide stretch of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Delaware’s environmental officials and special interest groups say the jury’s still out on whether that’s a good idea.

TIDE Camp: High school students experience marine science at a two-week summer camp at UD
08/27/2012 -

Summer is the perfect time to watch the waves roll in at the beach – or at a 137-footlong research tank with slow-motion video replay.

High school students had the opportunity to do both recently as part of TIDE Camp, a two-week overnight program at the University of Delaware exploring the scientific processes at work along the coast.

DuPont gives $5 million to UD: University announces $5 million commitment from DuPont for laboratory
08/27/2012 -

The University of Delaware has received a $5 million gift from DuPont to support the construction of the 197,000-square-foot Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE-Lab) on the University’s Newark campus.  In recognition of the company’s leadership support, an instructional wing of the new facility will be known as the “DuPont Science Learning Center.”

The gift is the latest chapter in a strong relationship between UD and DuPont that has spanned over a century and in which DuPont has supported academic, programmatic and capital building initiatives throughout the University.

Space and Sea: Delaware Tech grads intern at UD through Space Grant program
08/27/2012 -

Three 2012 graduates of the electronics and engineering technologies departments at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown are spending the summer at the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) working on projects funded through grants from the Delaware Space Grant Consortium.

The program, established in 1991, is funded by NASA in order to train students and researchers in the state of Delaware in the areas of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography.

Summer Achievements: Symposium highlights summer undergraduate service, research projects
08/27/2012 -

The University of Delaware hosted the third annual Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium on Thursday, Aug. 9, in Clayton Hall.

The capstone event showcased the accomplishments of more than 330 undergraduate students who participated in summer research and service projects with faculty advisers and community partners.

On the front lines:  UD scientist sees Arctic ice loss firsthand
08/26/2012 -

The extent of sea ice in the Arctic has reached a record low, according to data released Aug. 26 by the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC).

A University of Delaware marine scientist can confirm some of that ice loss firsthand. In a short video he produced, Andreas Muenchow, aboard the Canadian icebreaker Henry Larsen, shows the ice-free sea off Petermann Fjord that he and his colleagues were sailing in — an area that for ages had been covered by floating ice shelves.

NSF Career Award:  Geomicrobiologist receives prestigious NSF award for work on iron-microbe interactions
08/24/2012 -

Patches of orange slime with an oily sheen are not uncommon to see along stream banks, often mistaken for pollution or decomposing leaves. In fact, the substance is made by metal-eating bacteria that create oxidized iron, or rust, naturally in the environment.

University of Delaware geomicrobiologist Clara Chan studies the role of these rust-producing bacteria in water flowing both above and below ground, and she recently received a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to expand her research.

“Microbial iron cycling is important to understanding the chemistry of our waters,” said Chan, assistant professor of geological sciences in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).

One World, One Health:  University of Delaware holds inaugural One World, One Health symposium
08/24/2012 -

The University of Delaware held its inaugural One World, One Health animal, human and environmental health symposium, titled “Global Thinking for the Greater Good: Interdisciplinary Health Discourse and Research,” in the Townsend Hall Commons on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The event was sponsored by the UD College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), the College of Health Sciences (CHS) and the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS).

The day started off with two concurrent morning sessions running from 9-11:30 a.m. The first, titled “Plugging In,” dealt with regional interdisciplinary health efforts and outlined ways in which University departments and individual researchers can “plug in” to ongoing and future projects.