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INternational Innovation The Christina River Basin CZO was featured in the December 2011 Environment issue of International Innovation, published by Research Media Ltd. Principal investigators Don Sparks, Anthony Aufdenkampe and Lou Kaplan reveal the progress their project is making in understanding the effects of human impact on the mineral cycle and its effects on carbon sequestration in Earth's critical zone.
Thai paddy soil Graduate student Saengdao Khaokaew, a team of colleagues from the University of Delaware laboratory of Don Sparks, and scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown that the chemical structure and bioavailability of cadmium-contaminated soil changes with the flooding and drying cycles of lowland rice culture. Their results were reported in @brookhavenTODAY, the online news of Brookhaven National Lab.
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DENIN Director Don Sparks and graduate students Matt Seibecker and Shannon Carter were featured in the August 2011 issue of CSA News, the official magazine for members of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America, which focused on advanced spectroscopy techniques in soil biogeochemical research (pdf).
Scheduled for completion in 2013, the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE-Lab) will bring together teaching, learning, and research in an integrated way, with the research providing content for the curriculum and students learning through exploration of real-world problems.
ARRA report The National Science Foundation’s Science360 daily news service website has posted a video that includes a segment on the Christina River Basin CZO. The video is one in a series called “The ARRA Report” that illustrates how NSF funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are being used.
The footage was shot at the Stroud Water Research Center by University of Delaware Media Services personnel and features PI Don Sparks and several of the co-PIs in the field. The segment on the CZO begins about two-thirds of the way through the video.
How many cars By day 57 (June 15, 2010), if all the oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico had been used for fuel, it could have powered 68,000 cars, and 6,100 trucks, and 3,100 ships for a full year, according to University of Delaware Prof. James J. Corbett, who updates the numbers daily on his website.
Comcast Local Edition reporter Jill Horner speaks with Donald Sparks about key environmental challenges in Delaware and how DENIN research, education and outreach efforts will help solve them. Broadcast on  March 3, 2010.
  In this "Green Goes to School" segment on Philadelphia's WHYY, "First" reporter and producer Tom Byrne  speaks with DENIN director Donald Sparks about important environmental issues in the state and DENIN's role in addressing them. Broadcast on February 5, 2010.
 On Point Delaware has led the way in fostering efficiency and sustainable energy development through its "Sustainable Energy Utility."  During this OnPoint interview, John Byrne,  discusses the SEU's impact on Delaware's sustainability. He explains how the SEU is helping to mobilize financing from the private sector and talks about its impact on standard utilities. Broadcast on February 2, 2010.
 Climate Change TV John Byrne, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP), is interviewed by Climate- Change TV at the Copenhagen: COP15 UN Climate Change Conference, December 7-19, 2009
 Copenhagen - Leathers Dan Leathers comments that sea-level rise is the most important impact of climate change to the state of Delaware and the entire Delmarva Peninsula. "Many experts in the field expect global sea level to rise faster over the next century, as much as 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 feet in the next 100 years," Leathers said. "Whatever the rise, any increase in sea level will create more danger of significant storm surges along the coast from nor'easter or tropical weather systems. In a state that already suffers with coastal flooding issues, sea-level rise and its potential effects are a major policy issue."
 Copenhagan - Sparks Commenting on the U.N. climate conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, Donald Sparks said climate change has become a major environmental challenge, with the current decade on track to be the warmest in modern history. "This is primarily due to increases in greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide. The higher temperatures are causing the retreat of glaciers, reductions in the Arctic ice cap and the warming of Antarctica," Sparks said.


  "Monitoring Coastal Water Quality: A Closer Look at UD's New Ocean Sensor," with George Luther.
UD's "Windows on the Green," featuring a conversation with DENIN director Donald Sparks.