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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

01/25/2017 -

University of Delaware graduate student Lauren Knapp will get a first-hand look at marine policy decision-making when she heads to Washington, D.C., in February to begin her Dean John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. Sponsored by the National Sea Grant College Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience for students interested in the national policy decisions that affect the ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources. It also affords unmatched access and opportunities for career development for graduate students interested in marine science and policy at the federal level.

UD’s Jaisi wins NSF Career Award for research on sources, fate of phytate in soils
01/25/2017 -

Much like criminal forensic scientists use fingerprints to identify guilty parties at crime scenes, the University of Delaware’s Deb Jaisi utilizes isotopic fingerprinting technology to locate the sources of phosphorus compounds and studies the degraded products they leave behind in soil and water.

Jaisi, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), recently received a highly prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Award, and said that he will use the five-year, $570,000 grant to further his source tracking research, looking specifically at the sources and fate of phytate, the most common organic phosphorus in soils.

Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program cites Moline, Sturchio
01/19/2017 -

Mark A. Moline and Neil C. Sturchio of the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment have received project of the year awards from the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP).

SERDP is the environmental science and technology program of the Department of Defense, planned and executed in partnership with the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

01/11/2017 -

The University of Delaware’s Cathy Wu has been named a 2016 Highly Cited Researcher by Thomson Reuters. The designation, which she also received in 2014 and 2015, places her among the top one percent of researchers most cited for their subject field and year of publication in Reuters’ academic citation indexing and search service, Web of Knowledge.

12/21/2016 -

From antibiotics to food security, the soil underneath our feet has been the source of solutions to some of humanity’s most serious challenges. However, the health of the soil itself is increasingly threatened by a host of problems, ranging from erosion that washes away productive soil to urbanization that paves over it. Building appreciation for soil as the foundation of life and as a critical resource in need of protection was the goal of a recent one-day workshop hosted by the National Academies of Science and co-sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) in Washington, D.C.

12/21/2016 -

The pathway to zero-emission vehicles has taken two forks, one toward battery electric cars like the Tesla and the other toward fuel-cell-powered automobiles like the Toyota Mirai. The University of Delaware’s Yushan Yan believes that fuel cell vehicles are the way to go, because they best preserve the advantages of gasoline automobiles: low upfront cost, long driving range and fast refueling. But he also believes that a new fuel cell technology may be necessary.

12/21/2016 -

University of Delaware students enrolled in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment’s interdisciplinary course “Offshore Wind Power: Science, Engineering and Policy” got an early look at the first U.S. offshore wind installation off the coast of Rhode Island this month. The visit to the offshore wind project, which began generating clean, renewable power just this week, was sponsored by the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration (CCPI).

12/21/2016 -

Fulbright Foreign Student Sergio Cabrera-Cruz discovered the University of Delaware through the published works of Jeff Buler, UD associate professor of wildlife ecology. Cabrera-Cruz had first taken up an interest in migration during his undergraduate career and later spent significant time monitoring bird migration related to wind farm development during his master’s program at the Instituto de Ecología A.C. in his home country of Mexico. “I wanted to keep delving deeper into the methods of understanding bird migration,” he said. “Dr. Buler was not applying the same exact method or using the same tools that I had previously used.”

UD doctoral student develops tool to monitor water and energy use by hotel chain
12/21/2016 -

A University of Delaware graduate student, participating in a highly selective Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) program, has been recognized for his work in designing a tool to monitor and compare energy and water use at various hotel and resort properties.

Joseph Nyangon, a doctoral candidate in the Energy and Environmental Policy Program in UD’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP), was chosen as an EDF Climate Corps fellow in 2015.

Undergrad garners top prize in annual scientific elevator pitch competition
12/05/2016 -

Jill Harland, a University of Delaware senior majoring in chemistry, was awarded the top prize at the third annual Pitch:90 competition on Nov. 12 in the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory.

Harland was one of 35 contestants, both graduate and undergraduate students, who attempted to impress a panel of 20 judges with their “elevator pitches” — short speeches about their research delivered without notes or props in 90 seconds or less.