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Welcome to DENIN: A Network of Discovery and Solutions

 

Cover of DENIN's brochureOur planet is surrounded by a thin shell of atmosphere, water, and rocky crust, referred to by scientists as the critical zone. This shell, which is reflected in DENIN's logo, extends roughly from the tops of the trees to bedrock, where groundwater no longer penetrates. All life as we know it resides within this narrow band — where land, water, and sky meet and interact.

Much the way many life-sustaining processes take place at the interfaces of soil and water or water and air, at DENIN we believe that we discover more about our environment when we work on problems at the intersection of different disciplines. And when it comes to solving environmental problems, we embrace the social sciences and humanities as well. We humans are shaping our world as never before, and any actions we take or solutions we employ will affect both the natural world and our social and economic systems.

The Institute focuses on core research areas relevant to some of the grand challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world. DENIN research informs decision makers by providing the knowledge that helps create sound environmental policies. By working together with our local and international partners, we are bringing socially acceptable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable solutions to life.

We invite you take a look at our recently published brochure to learn more about our activities and accomplishments and to get a sense of where we're headed in the future. You can access an electronic version of the brochure by clicking on the image above.

— Donald L. Sparks, Director


 

Fall Spotlight

DENIN Scholars Applications Due Oct. 23
The DENIN Scholars undergraduate research internship program is now accepting applications. Bring your questions about the program to an interest meeting on Thursday, October 5, at 2:30 p.m. in 467 Harker ISE Lab, or see the Scholars' webapge for more information.

Energy & Environment Seminar Series Begins Oct. 3
Check out our new weekly seminar series hosted in conjunction with the Delaware Energy Institute focusing on University of Delaware research in areas of shared interest: energy, water, food, and climate. Seminars will take place most Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. in the Center for Composite Materials seminar room — see the full schedule of speakers here. Attend in person or via video conference.

Pitch:90 Is Back
Calling student researchers in the STEM fields! Your chance to make your research shine is coming up once again on November 16 at DENIN's annual elevator pitch competition, Pitch:90. Let the world know why your research matters in 90 seconds or less! The first step is to fill out our online registration form by October 23 — and check out the Pitch:90 webpage for more information.

 


 

DENIN Co-Sponsorship
Faculty, students, and partners who would like to request co-sponsorship of events and programs from DENIN may fill out our online request form. We are currently accepting requests for the spring 2017 semester.


 

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