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March 5: DENIN spring seminars begin

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host seminars in March, April and May, in conjunction with several departments at the University of Delaware. The talks will take place at various locations around the Newark campus, all beginning at 1 p.m.

On Friday, March 5, in Room 116 Gore Hall, Susan Hubbard, a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, will give the Geological Society of America Birdsall-Dreiss 2010 Distinguished Lecture, entitled "Toward X-Ray Vision: Geophysical Signatures of Complex Subsurface Processes." Hubbard's lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Geological Sciences.

On April 30, in Room 132 Townsend Hall, Cynthia Rosenzweig, senior scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University and a member of the DENIN External Advisory Board, will give a talk entitled “Climate Change and Agriculture: Current Issues.” The talk is co-sponsored with the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

On May 6, 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, 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, in Room 116 Gore Hall, Pedro Sanchez, director of the Tropical Agriculture and Rural Environment programs and director of the Millennium Villages Project at The Earth Institute at Columbia University, and also a World Food Prize laureate, will give a talk entitled “Ending Hunger in Africa through Science-Based Policies.” The talk is co-sponsored by 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 on May 11.