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A National Science Foundation-sponsored workshop, “Science: Becoming the Messenger,” aims to help academic scientists and engineers learn to craft responses to this ubiquitous question that are effective in reaching a broad range of audiences through a variety of media.

The workshop will be presented free of charge to faculty, graduate students and postdocs working at universities and institutions in Delaware on Thursday, July 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Clayton Hall on the University of Delaware’s Newark campus. Public information officers working on behalf of universities and institutions in Delaware are also invited to attend.

The registration deadline is July 8. More information and links to the registration form and a video about the workshop may be found on the NSF website. Questions may also be directed to the Delaware EPSCoR program at 302-831-6163.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a new start time, 7:30 p.m., and a new place, Mitchell Hall.
9:13 a.m., March 3, 2011----Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6, in Mitchell Hall.

The DENIN Dialogue Series is a semiannual lecture series sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) that brings experts of international renown in environmental research and policy to address the public at UD's Newark campus. Pachauri's appearance is cosponsored by the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, the Center for Political Communication’s Global Agenda Series, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Pachauri's talk, entitled “Knowledge Institutions and the Imperatives of Sustainable Development,” will focus on how the cumulative effects of industrialization have affected the health of our natural resources and ecosystems. Unsustainable growth is creating problems that not only affect the environment, but also, in some heavily industrialized areas, pose a serious threat to human health. (full aricle)

Editor’s Note: DENIN will be represented at the Campus Sustainability Day Showcase Event between 11:00-1:00 on October 20. Stop by our booth in the Trabant Multipurpose Room A and possibly win a prize!


The University of Delaware will celebrate Campus Sustainability Day on Wednesday, Oct. 20.

The theme of the day is “Making the Invisible Visible: Showcasing UD's Sustainability.”

The University of Delaware will host the 6th annual International Conference on Sustainable Water Environment from July 29-31 at Clayton Hall on

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.

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host Sandra Postel, director of the Global Water Policy Project and Freshwater Fellow at the National Geographic Society, at 7 p.m., Monday, May 10, in Mitchell Hall, as the first speaker in its new DENIN Dialogue Series.

Postel will give a lecture entitled “Water is Life -- New Strategies for a Water Stressed World.”

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.

The inaugural DENIN research symposium will take place from 8am-2:30pm in Clayton Hall April 9.  The event will feature opening remarks from DENIN Director Don Sparks and Mark Barteau, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Delaware.  Speakers from a range of departments at the University of Delaware will share their latest research interests.  The day will end with a poster and networking session.

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) at the University of Delaware will host its first research symposium from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Friday, April 9, in Clayton Hall on the UD campus in Newark.

The day will begin with a continental breakfast and networking session, followed by opening remarks by DENIN Director Donald L. Sparks and Mark Barteau, senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives at the University of Delaware.

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) will host seminars in March, April and May, in conjunction with several departments at the University

The Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware will bring its Science Café program back to downtown Newark this fall, for more informal monthly discussions among scientists and community members.

Gatherings will be held at Iron Hill Brewery, 147 E. Main St. in Newark, at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, Tom Hanson, associate professor of marine biosciences at the University of Delaware and the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, will present “It's a Microbial World.”

The University of Delaware will host a conference on “The Ethics of Climate Change: Intergenerational Justice and the Global Challenge” Friday and Saturday, Oct. 30-31, at the Clayton Hall Conference Center on the University's Newark campus.

Advanced registration is free for University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wesley College and Delaware Technical and Community College students and faculty and is available online. On-site registration begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 and is available throughout the conference.

The conference will include presentations and panel discussions by nationally and internationally recognized climate scientists, philosophers, economists, and ethicists on how humans should respond to climate change. 

Francois Morel, Albert G. Blanke Jr. Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University, and William H. Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, will present scientific talks during the official launch of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) at the University of Delaware's Mitchell Hall in Newark, Del., on Friday, Oct. 23.

Schlesinger will delve into the practical application of discovery research in ecosystem science and biogeochemistry in his talk, “How Can Studies of Ecosystem Science and Biogeochemistry Help Solve Environmental Problems?”

Several workshops on sustainability will be held during the University of Delaware Campus Sustainability Day, Wednesday, Oct. 21, in Rooms 209 and 211 of the Trabant University Center.

Sustainability Day will be part of a three-day celebration of the environment at UD, which will culminate in the official launch of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) on Friday, Oct. 23.