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May 14: World Food Prize laureate Pedro Sanchez to give seminar

Pedro Sanchez, director of the Tropical Agriculture and 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” at 1 p.m., Friday, May 14, in Room 116 Gore Hall.

"Pedro Sanchez is a distinguished soil scientist who has spent his career conducting research on ways to enhance food production in less developed countries using sustainable practices,” said Donald L. Sparks, director of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN). “We are indeed honored to have him visit the University of Delaware.”

The talk is co-sponsored by the Delaware Environment Institute (DENIN) and the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources as part of the DENIN Spring Seminar Series.

Two additional DENIN events will take place in May.

On Thursday, 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 on Friday, 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 Monday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, 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. 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.”

Postel will meet with University of Delaware faculty and students on Monday and Tuesday, May 10-11. To get involved, email DENIN assistant director Amy Broadhurst at [als@udel.edu].