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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

04/12/2018 -

Julian Yates, a renowned scholar of medieval and Renaissance British literature, has been appointed H. Fletcher Brown Professor of English at the University of Delaware. Yates, who specializes in literary theory, material culture studies and questions of ecology and environmental humanities, “is known for his innovative, interdisciplinary scholarship,” said John Ernest, chair of the Department of English.

04/12/2018 -

The University of Delaware’s Rodrigo Vargas is partnering with NASA and an international team of collaborators to understand carbon dynamics in soils and diverse landscapes in Mexico. Using one of the agency’s high-performance computers, the group will study massive amounts of datasets to document carbon dynamics across the country. Vargas, associate professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, is leading the three- year, $800,000 project. Vargas’ work is a continuation of a previous project that led to over 20 peer-reviewed publications and published datasets.

04/12/2018 -

Two University of Delaware students put their best foot forward at this year’s National Sustainable Design Expo, showing off a biodegradable shoe they fashioned using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste. Master’s degree student Jillian Silverman and undergraduate Wing Tang, both in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies, created a bio-composite material—renewable and sourced sustainably from common regional products—that forms the sole of their prototype shoe.

04/12/2018 -

In 2017, Hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma did $265 billion in damage, making them three of the five costliest hurricanes in United States history, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Engineers are working on strategies to mitigate these losses, such as improved systems for insurance and retrofit, but it is challenging to integrate these strategies into effective policies.

04/05/2018 -

The University of Delaware is establishing a new institute to accelerate research in data science, and a pioneer in the interdisciplinary field, tapped from UD’s faculty ranks, will lead it.

04/05/2018 -

We rely on accurate weather forecasting every day to help us determine what to wear or how to prepare for impending storms. Weather forecasting has become such a part of our lives and so common place that knowing the current weather conditions is only a click away for most of us on our phones. Researchers from 23 institutions, including the University of Delaware, are teaming up to see if the same can be made true of near-term ecological forecasting—forecasts that will allow researchers to map out plans for future environmental management, conservation and sustainability.

03/31/2018 -

University of Delaware associate professor Kathryn Coyne has been appointed director of Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) effective April 1, announced Estella Atekwana, dean of the College of Earth, Ocean,

03/31/2018 -

John Rabolt, the Karl. W. and Renate Böer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, and D. Bruce Chase, a research professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, both at the University of Delaware, have received the 2018 Award for Cooperative Research in Polymer Science and Engineering from the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials Science and Engineering. 

03/31/2018 -

The University of Delaware will host the symposium “The Earth’s Carbon Cycle in the 21st Century” on Wednesday, April 18, in honor of UD alumna Susan Trumbore, who was selected to receive the Franklin Institute’s 2018 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science. Trumbore earned her bachelor’s degree in geology at UD in 1981 and directs the prestigious Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. She will be honored with the Franklin Medal for her work helping to pioneer a technique to measure the levels of carbon in plants and soil. The symposium, set for 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Multipurpose Rooms, is free and open to the public. 

03/31/2018 -

Ag Day, an annual tradition of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at the University of Delaware, will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the campus and neighboring communities are encouraged to join the college for a day filled with music, exhibitors, great food, and fun for all ages on UD’s South Campus.