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Photo of Climbing PoeTree by Pable AguilarDENIN's Student Programs Committee will be kicking off the UD’s Earth Week festivities on Wednesday, April 16, by hosting a performance of the Brooklyn-based duo Climbing PoeTree.

Alixa Garcia and Naima Penniman, the women of Climbing PoeTree, interweave spoken word, hip hop, and award-winning multimedia theatre to tell powerful stories of liberation, state and personal violence, social, environmental, racial and sexual justice, women’s empowerment, love and human transcendence.

Garcia and Penniman have been touring together for more than 10 years in the U.S. and abroad, performing in concert halls, conference centers, festivals, classrooms and prisons. Their stop in Delaware will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the newly renovated West Lounge of the Perkins Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

As a prelude to the show, performances by UD’s spoken-word student group SPIT (Stimulating Prose, Ideas and Theories) will be featured beginning at 7 p.m.

Climbing PoeTree will be performing segments from their acclaimed multimedia production Hurricane Season: The Hidden Messages in Water, which uses poetry, shadow art, dance, film and animation to examine the unnatural disasters facing humanity on a daily basis through the lens of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Their production has led to a collaboration with a team of educators to translate Hurricane Season into a multimedia social justice curriculum that is currently being piloted at Susquehanna University and Global Citizenship Experience, a pioneering high school in Chicago. Through the curriculum, Garcia and Penniman are attempting to harness the power of art to build the consciousness and leadership necessary for fundamental social change.

“My fellow DENIN committee member, Amy Snelling, and I first saw Climbing PoeTree perform through a webcast at a conference we attended,” says Becky Bronstein, chair of the DENIN Student Programs Committee. “We both found them to be really inspiring and knew we wanted to help bring them to Delaware.”

Cosponsors for the event include the College of Arts and Sciences Environmental Humanities Program, the Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy, and the Earth Week Working Group of the UD Sustainability Task Force.

Photo by Pablo Aguilar

DENIN will be hosting a seminar series during the spring 2014 semester. These seminars will be held in 305 ISE Lab (instructional wing). 

March 3, 1:00 p.m.  RESCHEDULED for Wednesday, March 5, at 12:15 in 467 ISE Lab!
Biogeochemistry of Trace Metals in Floodplain Soils
Jorg Rinklebe
Professor, Institute for Soil Engineering, Water and Waste Management
University of Wuppertal, Germany

April 14, 3:00 p.m.
Feedback Processes Governing Tidal Wetland Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise
J. Patrick Megonigal
Senior Scientist & Deputy Director
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

May 12, 3:00 p.m.
Effect of Redox Transitions on Transition Metal Oxide Minerology and Reactivity
Matthew Ginder-Vogel
Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Wisconsin, Madison


The DENIN Student Programs Committee is pleased to announce its second annual environmental video competition. The theme of this year’s competition is “Dare To Be Green!”

Individuals or teams of up to five students — graduate or undergraduate — are invited to submit digital videos up to 10 minutes long in .mov format by 5:00 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2014.

A panel of judges will select three to five finalists to be screened as part of UD’s first “Lights, Camera, EARTH!” environmental film festival, Feb. 21-23, where the winners will be announced.

A $1,000 grand prize will be awarded for the top video, as well as a $500 runner-up prize. Videos will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Originality
  • Depiction of theme
  • Cinematography and production values
  • Effectiveness of environmental message (did the video inspire us?)

All entries must be accompanied by an entry form signed by the video producer or team leader that certifies that all video content is original, non-copyrighted material (or provide proof that permission to use copyrighted material was obtained). Failure to abide by copyright restrictions will result in disqualification of the entry.

Entrants must also agree to allow DENIN to screen their videos at the “Lights, Camera, EARTH!” film festival and post their videos or links to their videos via electronic media outlets, including our webpages, YouTube channel, and social media accounts.

Videos and accompanying entry forms should be submitted via UD Dropbox to Beth Chajes ( by the deadline on Feb. 12. Questions regarding the competition may be directed to Beth at (302) 831-6163.

Download a flyer about the event here.
Interactive PDF entry form is now available!

Thursday, May 2, 2013
4:00 p.m.
Room 102, Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Photo of Bill BaileyIf you’ve ever wondered how a commitment to sustainability and the corporate bottom line could coexist, come hear what DuPont’s Bill Bailey has to say. He's an engineering fellow with DuPont's Energy Engineering Group.

Bill is going to talk about the DuPont Company’s broad sustainability efforts and an initiative in energy efficiency that he led, which has saved $230 million since 2008.

If you’re a student going on the job market soon, the event will be a good opportunity to meet Bill and other DuPont employees who are joining the event, who have contributed to sustainable practices. They want to meet you—come network! 

Free of charge and refreshments served. Plus a free DENIN swag bag for every audience member! 
Click here to register!

Friday, April 12
12:30-4:30 p.m.

Participants will meet at 12:30 at the St. Jones Reserve, 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, DE (directions)
Registration is limited to about 20 participants. To make a reservation, contact Delaware Wild Lands at 302-378-2736 or

DENIN will partner with Delaware Wild Lands, the state’s largest land conservation organization, to co-sponsor a field trip to the St. Jones Reserve, a component of the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve. This event is part of the Challenges & Choices series of educational events that DENIN is holding throughout 2013 to focus attention on major environmental challenges facing the state, including sea level rise, food and water security, land use, and energy.

Aerial photo of the St. Jones Reserve by Eric CrossanParticipants in the field trip will learn about the natural, human and ecological systems affected by the St. Jones River near Dover and what factors are impacting the river, including patterns of historic use and climate change. The group will travel in vans from the headwaters to the mouth of the river, meeting experts in the field to view special resources along the river, discuss impacts to the river and discover how the watershed is being enhanced and restored.

About the St. Jones Reserve

The St. Jones Reserve features tidal brackish-water and salt marshes dominated by saltmarsh cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora), salt hay (Spartina patens) and open water of creek, river and bay areas, buffered by freshwater wooded fringe, farmlands and meadows. This low-lying area is a prime example of habitat that is threatened by rising sea levels expected to occur over the next century.

The St. Jones River watershed drains a portion of the coastal plain in central Kent County, DE, including the city of Dover, the surrounding suburbs, industrial areas, agricultural areas and Dover Air Force Base. The upper St. Jones is impounded by a dam 10.5 miles upstream from the bay to form Silver Lake, a municipal recreation area. Some other headwater streams are also impounded. Much of the eastern portion (bayward) of the watershed consists of wetlands and forests, including lands and waters managed for waterfowl, wild turkey, deer and other wildlife.

The St. Jones Reserve is about 1518 hectares (3750 acres) in designated size, distributed along 8.8 km (5.5 mi) of medium-salinity tidal river situated at the lower end of the St. Jones River watershed, with the river discharging into mid-Delaware Bay.

(Photo by Eric Crossan)

Photo of Daniel HillelThursday, April 4, 2013
7:00 p.m.
Mitchell Hall, Newark, DE
Free and open to the public

Download a PDF flyer for the event here.

Watch a video of the event here.

Daniel Hillel, winner of the 2012 World Food Prize, the “Nobel Prize of Agriculture,” will be the featured guest in the DENIN Dialogue Series on Thursday, April 4, in Mitchell Hall at 7 p.m.

This series engages experts from around the world in conversation with a knowledgeable host and with the public through an on-stage interview format and audience question and answer session. Robin Morgan, professor of animal and food sciences and former dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, will lead the dialogue with Hillel.

In addition to the main evening event, Hillel will take part in several other interactions with University of Delaware faculty and students. No reservations are needed for these events:

Seminar: "The Challenge of Managing the Environment Sustainably in a Changing World"
Wednesday, April 3
1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 102 Delaware Biotechnology Institute

Student Breakfast Q&A Session
Friday, April 5
9:00-10:30 a.m., Collins Room, Perkins Student Center
Bagels, pastries, fruit, juice and coffee will be provided

About Daniel Hillel
Hillel was born in the United States but was taken to Israel as a young child and raised on a kibbutz in a farming environment. Educated at both American and Israeli universities as a soil scientist, he went on to develop micro-irrigation techniques that dramatically improved water efficiency and agricultural output in arid regions.

He has been consulted on sustainable agriculture techniques by more than 30 countries and has written or edited 26 books on the roles of soil and water in healthy agro-ecosystems. Recently he has been working on ways to adjust agricultural techniques to adapt to increasing water stress resulting from climate change.

He divides his time between the Center for Environmental Studies in Israel and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. He is also a professor emeritus at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Read Hillel's World Food Prize citation.
View a video about Hillel's work.


Coastal Consequences: Sea Level Rise in Delaware

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Clayton Hall, Newark, DE (directions)

Delaware was lucky and dodged the worst of Hurricane Sandy, giving us a chance to continue studying and planning for a future that will be marked by the need to adapt to rising sea levels. Join your colleagues for presentations and discussions of the scientific, engineering, and policy lessons learned from recent events and prospects for the future. The agenda below provides an outline of presentations but may still be subject to minor changes.

PowerPoint presentations of speakers are available for review as PDFs through the links below.


8:00 – 8:30  Registration and continental breakfast; all-day poster session in the lobby
8:30 – 9:00  Welcoming remarks — DENIN Director Don Sparks and Vice Provost for Research Charlie Riordan
9:00 – 9:30  Presentation about "broader impacts" criteria, grant opportunities, and other topics — NSF EPSCoR Program Director Sean Kennan (presentation pdf)
9:30 – 10:15  Presentation of Delaware Sea Level Rise Vulnerability Assessment Report — Susan Love, DNREC Coastal Programs (presentation pdf)
10:15 – 10:30 Networking break
10:30 – 11:45 Panel discussion moderated by David Ledford, managing editor, The News Journal:  "And Now a Word from Delaware Coastal Stakeholders" with Collin O'Mara, DNREC Secretary; George H. Bunting, Jr., former Delaware legislator and State Farm agent, Rehoboth Beach; David Carter, conservation chair, Delaware Audubon; and Richard Allan, property owner, Prime Hook, Delaware
11:45 – 12:45  Keynote address — Cynthia Rosenzweig (presentation pdf)
12:45 – 1:45  Lunch and video presentation of recent EPSCoR seed grant projects
1:45– 2:45  Session I: Environmental Justice and Sea Level Rise — Tom Powers, director, Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy (presentation pdf); Kevin Adkin, recent Ph.D. graduate (presentation pdf); and Barbara Bates-Hopkins, Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, Johns Hopkins University (presentation pdf)
2:45 – 3:00 Networking break
3:00 – 4:00  Session II: Lessons from Sandy and Other Recent Storms for Delaware — James Kendra, director, Disaster Research Center; Rob McCleary, DelDOT (presentation pdf); and Daniel Leathers, state climatologist and director, Delaware Environmental Observing System (DEOS) (presentation pdf)
4:00 – 5:30 Reception and poster session

About Cynthia Rosenzweig
Photo of Cynthia RosenzweigCynthia Rosenzweig is a senior research scientist at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies at Columbia University. At Goddard, she leads the Climate Impacts Group, whose mission is to investigate the interactions of climate (both variability and change) on systems and sectors important to human well-being.

She was the lead scientist on the New York City Department of Environmental Protection Climate Change Task Force, which has advised the mayor about possible impacts from climate change and actions that may be needed to adapt. She also co-led the Metropolitan East Coast Regional Assessment of the U.S. National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change, sponsored by the U.S. Global Change Research Program. For the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, she was a coordinating lead author on the Assessment of Observed Changes and Responses in Natural and Managed Systems.

Dr. Rosenzweig received her Ph.D. in plant, soil, and environmental sciences from the University of Massachusetts in 1991. She earned an M.S. in soils and crops from Rutgers University and a B.A. in agricultural sciences from Cook College. She is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The DENIN Student Programs Committee announces its first environmental video competition to raise awareness of environmental issues. The theme for the video competition is “Challenges and Choices: Preparing for a Sustainable Future in Delaware.”

The DENIN SPC invites individuals or groups of students to submit a funny, creative or serious video reflecting the theme of the contest. Video clips should be between two and five minutes long. Topics may include but are not limited to sea level rise and extreme weather, food security, water quality, energy conservation, recycling, composting, pollution, consumption and environmental footprint.

The contest runs from March 1 to April 3, 2013. From April 4 to April 11, videos will be posted on DENIN’s Facebook page. The number of likes or votes each video receives will be factored into the scoring. The DENIN SPC will also judge the videos based on originality, creativity, and adherence to the theme.

The first place winner and runner up will be announced on April 12, 2013. Two cash prizes will be awarded: $500 for first prize and a $250 runner up. Prizes will be awarded and the top videos will be screened publicly during the University’s Earth Week celebration.

Please submit your video via dropbox to SPC chair Amelia Snelling by 5:00 p.m. on April 3. All submissions should include the name of the video, the name(s) of the individual or team members and an email and phone number where the team can be reached. Only one person’s contact information is required.

The video competition is part of the “Challenges and Choices” series of events being sponsored by DENIN in 2013 to focus attention on four major environmental challenges facing Delaware: sea level rise and extreme weather events, food and water security, land use and energy.


RESEARCH FORUM: Extreme Event Impacts on Air Quality and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate
Open to the Public

Date: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 from 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 from 9:00am-3:30pm

Location: EPA Potomac Yard South (2777 Crystal Dr., Arlington, Virginia)
First Floor Conference Center

Background: EPA's Office of Research and Development is pleased to present 14 newly awarded grantee projects on climate-induced changes in extreme events in the context of air and water quality management. A goal of this research funding is to seek a better understanding of the hazards (the extreme events) and to establish ways for climate scientists, impact assessment modelers, air and water quality managers, and other stakeholders to produce information necessary to form sound policy in relation to extreme events and their impact on air and water quality under a changing climate. Researchers from across the country will present their research plans and early results. More details can be found at the event's web page, including an agenda which will be released in the coming weeks.

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure
to do so would betray our children and future generations.”

President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, January 21, 2013

Registration: Anyone who plans to attend this event in-person should email Whitney Beck ( no later than Friday, February 15, 2013. Please provide the name, email address, and affiliation of each person planning to attend.

Webinar: For those unable to attend in person, the presentations will be broadcast via webinar. Register for the webinar by visiting and clicking on the "Register Now" link.

Thursday, November 8, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Mitchell Hall, Newark, DE
Free and open to the public

Download a PDF flyer for the event here

Watch the recorded presentation here

Photo of Richard AlleyDENIN welcomes the fifth speaker in our DENIN Dialogue Lecture Series, renowned scientist Richard Alley, Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at The Pennsylvania State University. Alley is best known for his research on ice sheets in the polar regions. His studies of the prehistoric climate record preserved in layers of ice deep beneath the surface of the great ice sheets have revealed that relatively sudden shifts in Earth's climate have occurred in the past.

Alley has been compared to a cross between Carl Sagan and Woody Allen for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of science to everyone. To that end, he hosted the recent PBS television series Earth: The Operator's Manual and authored the companion book.

In this presentation, Alley will be engaged in an on-stage dialogue with University of Delaware history professor Adam Rome. The main presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience. We encourage the submission of questions ahead of time via email or the DENIN Facebook page. The person submitting the best question (based on originality and relevance) will be invited to the pre-event dinner with Alley and to begin the Q&A session with the winning question.

About Richard Alley
Dr. Richard Alley is Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences and an associate of the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute at The Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in 1987 in geology from the University of Wisconsin. He studies the great ice sheets to aid in prediction of future changes in climate and sea level and has conducted three field seasons in Antarctica, eight in Greenland, and three in Alaska. Alley has published over 225 refereed papers.

He has been honored for his research with numerous awards, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, the Heinz Prize, the Revelle Medal of the American Geophysical Union, the Seligman Crystal of the International Glaciological Society, and others. His teaching has also been recognized for teaching with four awards at Penn State and for service, including the Public Service Award of the Geological Society of America, the American Geological Institute Award For Outstanding Contribution To Public Understanding of the Geosciences, and the Schneider Award for Science Communication. 

Alley is committed to making science accessible to the public. In addition to his work on Earth: The Operators’ Manual, his popular account of climate change and ice cores, The Two-Mile Time Machine, was Phi Beta Kappa’s science book of the year in 2001.

Alley has served on many advisory panels, including chairing the National Research Council’s Panel on Abrupt Climate Change and participating in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He has provided requested advice to numerous government officials in multiple administrations including a U.S. vice president, the president's science adviser, and various committees and individual members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives. 

Alley is happily married with two daughters, two cats, a bicycle, and a pair of soccer cleats.

About Adam Rome
Adam Rome is an environmental historian of the United States. His first book, The Bulldozer in the Countryside: Suburban Sprawl and the Rise of American Environmentalism, won the Organization of American Historians’ Frederick Jackson Turner award. His history of the first Earth Day in 1970 is forthcoming from Hill and Wang. He also has written about environmental reform in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era – the period when Americans first tried to stop pollution, conserve natural resources, and preserve wild places and wild creatures. From 2002 through 2005, he edited Environmental History, the leading journal in the field. He also is a member of the English Department at UD, where he teaches courses on environmental nonfiction, and he is co-director of the College of Arts and Sciences Environmental Humanities Initiative. He earned his B.A. from Yale and his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas.

Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 24, will be a daylong celebration that showcases sustainable actions, provides networking opportunities and encourages sustainability at all levels of involvement at the University of Delaware and college campuses across the country. All of the events are free and open to the public.

The day will begin with a no-waste breakfast and short presentation in the Gallery of the Perkins Student Center, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. Peter Krawchyk, the University architect and campus planner, will be present to discuss green initiatives in new buildings and infrastructure around campus.

McKay Jenkins, Tilghman Professor of English, will provide the keynote address, “What’s Gotten Into Us: Toxic Chemicals, Our Health, and the Environment,” from 11:15 a.m.-noon in 004 Kirkbride Hall.

Photo of Terry Tempest Williams by Louis GakumbaTuesday, February 28, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Mitchell Hall, Newark, DE
Free and open to the public

Download a PDF flyer for the event here

Join DENIN for an intimate evening with renowned environmental writer Terry Tempest Williams as she is interviewed on stage by the University of Delaware's own McKay Jenkins, Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English. Audience members will be invited to join the conversation by submitting questions electronically ahead of time or during the question and answer session following the interview. To submit a question for Terry Tempest Williams in advance, please post your question on DENIN's Facebook or Twitter accounts or via email. A book-signing opportunity will also follow the lecture.

About Terry Tempest Williams
Terry Tempest Williams has been called "a citizen writer," a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as "a barefoot artist" in Rwanda.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; and The Open Space of Democracy. Her book, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, was published in October 2008 by Pantheon Books. Her next book, When Women Were Birds, will be published in Spring 2012 by Farrar Straus & Giroux. She is also a columnist for the magazine The Progressive.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction.

Terry Tempest Williams is currently the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change. She and her husband, Brooke Williams, divide their time between Castle Valley, Utah and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

About McKay Jenkins
McKay Jenkins has been writing about people and the natural world for 25 years. His most recent work is What’s Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World (Random House, 2011), which chronicles his investigation into the myriad synthetic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives and the growing body of evidence about the harm these chemicals do to our bodies and the environment. He is also the author of Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands; The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler’s Europe; and The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone. Jenkins is also the editor of The Peter Matthiessen Reader, an anthology of the American nature writer’s finest and most enduring nonfiction work.

Jenkins holds degrees from Amherst, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Princeton, where he received a PhD in English. A former staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution, he has also written for Outside, Orion, The New Republic, and many other publications. Jenkins is currently the director of the journalism program and co-director of the environmental humanities program at the University of Delaware, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award. He lives in Baltimore with his family.

Co-sponsors of this DENIN Dialogue Lecture include the College of Arts & Sciences, the CAS Environmental Humanities Initiative, the Department of English, and the UD Honors Program.

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities Forum, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Photo of McKay JenkinsThursday, January 12, 2012
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Clayton Hall, Newark, DE

This free symposium is open to the entire Delaware environmental
research community.

The program will focus on introducing faculty who are new to the
University of Delaware and DENIN.

8:00 – 8:30  Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 – 8:45  Opening remarks — Don Sparks and Provost Tom Apple
8:45 – 10:05  Research presentations by new "environmental cluster hire" faculty:
      Angelia Seyfferth, Plant & Soil Sciences
      Rodrigo Vargas, Plant & Soil Sciences
      Cristina Archer, Marine Science & Policy
      Andrea Sarzynski, Public Policy & Administration

10:05 – 10:30 Networking break
10:30 – 11:15 Keynote speaker — "What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World,"
      McKay jenkins (pictured)

11:15 – 12:15  Panel discussion:
     "Getting to Know You: Why Environmental Scientists, Humanists, and Social Scientists Need Each Other and How
     They Can Join Forces to Save the Planet,"
moderated by Tom Powers, Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy. Panelists include:
      McKay Jenkins, English
      Adam Rome, History
      Victor Perez, Sociology
      Andrea Sarzynski, Public Policy & Administration
      Holly Michael, Geological Sciences

12:30 – 2:00
Lunch and poster session

All DENIN-affiliated faculty and students are welcome to submit a research poster for the poster session. Please indicate the title of your poster on the registration form.

Register using the online form by Friday, January 6, 2012.

For more information, contact Amy Broadhurst at or 302-831-4335.

About McKay Jenkins
McKay Jenkins has been writing about people and the natural world for 25 years. He is the author of What’s Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World (Random House, 2011), which chronicles his investigation into the myriad synthetic chemicals we encounter in our daily lives, and the growing body of evidence about the harm these chemicals do to our bodies and the environment.

His other books include Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness and Murder in the Arctic Barren Lands (Random House, 2005), the true tale of a pair of French Catholic missionaries who were murdered in the Arctic by a pair of Inuit hunters, and the trial and troubling cultural consequencs of this strange and fascinating event. His book The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler’s Europe (Random House, 2003) tells the story of America’s most famous mountain soldiers. It recounts the division’s exploits training at high altitudes in Colorado and its heroic missions in the mountains of Italy during World War Two.

The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone (Random House, 2000) is the true story of five young mountaineers who, after setting out to make the first winter ascent of the highest peak in Montana’s Glacier National Park, were killed in a massive avalanche that led to one of the country’s largest search and rescue missions. The South in Black and White: Race, Sex, and Literature in the 1940s (Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1999) explores the influence of racial history and sexual mores on the literature of the American South in the decades immediately preceding the Civil Rights Movement.

Jenkins is also the editor of The Peter Matthiessen Reader (Vintage, 2000), an anthology of the American nature writer’s finest and most enduring nonfiction work.

Jenkins holds degrees from Amherst, Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism, and Princeton, where he received a Ph.D. in English. A former staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution, he has also written for Outside, Orion, The New Republic, and many other publications. Jenkins is currently the Cornelius Tilghman Professor of English and Director of Journalism at the University of Delaware, where he has won the Excellence in Teaching Award.

Masthead for the Regional Sustainability Institute

The first annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Institute on Sustainability in Higher Education will be held on Friday, November 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Perkins Student Center at UD's Newark campus.

This conference has been organized by the University of Delaware's Sustainability Task Force. Dr. Debra Rowe, president of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development, will be attending as the keynote speaker. Institutions of higher ed from throughout the mid-Atlantic region are invited to participate in the conference.

The Delaware Environmental Institute and Delaware EPSCoR are co-sponsors of the institute. Students, faculty, and staff affiliated with DENIN and EPSCoR can register for a limited number of reserved seats at the conference by emailing Amy Broadhurst as soon as possible. The registration deadline is October 28.

Faculty, staff, and students at all levels tare encouraged o attend and present their ideas and projects at the breakout and poster sessions. Presentations and posters must address initiatives that impact sustainability in higher education and should include a description of how these initiatives have been or will be implemented. Some examples of breakout session topics include

* Sustainable campus dining and catering,
* Responsible waste management,
* Sustainability implications of campus finances and investments,
* Integrating sustainability into curricula,
* Sustainable initiatives by facilities management departments, and
* Public policy impacts on campus sustainability initiatives.

To submit a program for consideration, or to learn more about the institute, please visit this website.

The Science, Ethics and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware kicks off this year’s Science Café program with a presentation on Monday, Oct. 31, entitled “What Business Does a University Have Marketing Inventions?”

Konrad Kmetz, a consultant for the Technology Transfer Center, and Gary Simon, a business analyst for the Delaware Small Business and Technology Development Center, both part of UD’s Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships, will speak at the event. >> more