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April 30: DENIN sets spring seminar on 'Climate Change and Agriculture'

Cynthia Rosenzweig, senior scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University, will give a talk entitled “Climate Change and Agriculture: Current Issues” at 1 p.m., Friday, April 30, in Room 132 Townsend Hall.

The talk is co-sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and the department of plant and soil sciences as part of the DENIN Spring Seminar Series. Rosenzweig is a member of the DENIN External Advisory Board.

Two additional DENIN seminars will take place in May.

On May 6 at 1 p.m. in Room 201 of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, Nita Sahai, a professor of aqueous geochemistry and biominerals at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will give a presentation entitled “Did Toxic Minerals Drive Bacterial Cell Wall Evolution?”

Sahai will give a second talk May 7 at 1 p.m. in Room 233 Townsend Hall, entitled “Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Carboxylic Acid, Amino-Acid and Peptide-Mediated Crystal Nucleation and Growth of Calcite and Apatite.”

On May 14 at 1 p.m. in Room 116 Gore Hall, Pedro Sanchez, director of the Tropical Agriculture & the Rural Environment program, director of the Millennium Villages Project at The Earth Institute at Columbia University and a World Food Prize laureate, will give a talk entitled “Ending Hunger in Africa through Science-Based Policies.” The talk is co-sponsored with the department of plant and soil sciences.

DENIN Dialogue Series features leading scientists

In addition to the spring seminars, DENIN will inaugurate the “DENIN Dialogue Series," a program that will bring environmental science and policy experts to campus to discuss leading environmental challenges with University participants and the community at large.

On May 10 at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and Freshwater Fellow at the National Geographic Society, will give the first lecture, entitled “Water is Life -- New Strategies for a Water Stressed World.”

In addition, Postel will meet with University of Delaware faculty and students May 11.