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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


Winter Spotlight

Photo of former Energy Secretary Ernest MonizErnest Moniz Talk and Reception To Be Rescheduled
The visit by former U.S. Secretary of Energy first announced for Feb. 6 is being rescheduled but for an exciting reason: we now hope that former Vice President Joe Biden will also be able to participate! The event is being co-hosted by DENIN, the Delaware Energy Institute, and the Biden Institute. Since serving as energy secretary, Moniz has gone on to lead the Energy Futures Initiative, a new nonprofit dedicated to driving innovation in energy technology, policy, and business models, and the Nuclear Threat Initiative, a nonprofit working to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction. Watch this space for updates about this event!

Register for the Graduate Research Symposium
We are now accepting registrations for our annual environmental research symposium for graduate students, to be held on March 15. Students in any field who are doing environmentally relevant research are welcome to participate. Register to present a 5- or 10-minute talk or research poster by February 23 via this online form. For more information see the symposium webpage.

Lights, Camera, Earth! Film Series Kicks Off on Feb. 21
Our annual environmental film series is back for its fifth season with free weekly screenings of documentaries highlighting challenges to the health of our oceans and coasts, including films on coral bleaching, ocean acidification, plastic and noise pollution, overfishing, and sea level rise. Co-sponsored this year with the University of Delaware Library and the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, the series kicks off with a screening of A Plastic Ocean at 7:00 p.m. in the Trabant University Center Theater. See the film series webpage for the full schedule.



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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