Congratulations to all of the winners and participants of this year’s Pitch:90!

First Place: Austin Morgan (PhD Student) – Department of Chemical Engineering
Creation of a Biological Timer to Enable Environmental Synthetic Biology

Second Place: Naznin Nahar Sultana (PhD Student) – Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences
Development of Fruit Rot Tolerance in Strawberry through Genome Editing  

Third Place: Rachel Warthen (MS Student) – Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
Microbes and Roots: Mapping Our Way to a Food Secure Future  

Fan Favorite: Manan Sarupria (PhD Student) – Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences – Our Coastal Landscapes through the Eyes of a Satellite

Join us!

Join us for a free screening of the award-winning short film, Salted Earth, exploring the effects of climate change, sea level rise, and salinization on the Delmarva Peninsula. After the film, a panel of experts from DENIN will engage with the audience, answer questions, and offer insights into the local work underway to protect and improve our coastal lands.

This event is a collaboration between the Lewes Public Library and the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) at the University of Delaware.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm Eastern Time
Location: Large Meeting Room, Lewes Public Library, 111 Adams Ave, Lewes, DE 19958

Register for the event here. 

Students in Action

Environmental News @ UD

The DENIN Network in the News

man standing in front of a wall of photographs

Jon Cox, associate professor of art and design, recently returned from Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, where he spent three weeks as a Fulbright Specialist leading workshops for Ukrainian refugees, members of Roma communities and other displaced people, empowering them to tell their stories through photography.

Watch Salted Earth, our documentary on the effects of sea level rise on the mid-Atlantic coast.

Faculty Cluster Hire

  • An interdisciplinary team of faculty from five University of Delaware colleges will be conducting a Coastal Water Security cluster hire focused on water quality, toxicological assessment and restoration of contaminated environments, and impacts on human and ecosystem health arising from increased stressors in the coastal environment. To learn more, click link above.

Help Make a Difference

With the help of valued partners who share our vision, DENIN is advancing its mission to find solutions to safeguard the environment we all share. Your gift to DENIN expands what is possible to achieve in our work with academia, government, and the private sector.

Since 2009, DENIN’s interdisciplinary network of researchers on the University of Delaware campus and beyond has been investigating pressing environmental challenges facing our communities, nation and world.

The collective knowledge we gain through our donors’ foresight and generosity resonates around the planet. We inform policies that safeguard people and protect prosperity as sea-level rise threatens the drinkability of our water and the health of our soil. We help coastal communities to plan resiliency. We prepare the next generation of leaders through paid fellowships for doctoral students and research internships for undergraduates.

Their positive impact on our planet starts at DENIN. Your positive impact starts with a donation to support our mission to make the world a more sustainable place.

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