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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

03/24/2017 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites current and newly admitted science, engineering and social science doctoral students who are advised by one of its 200 faculty affiliates to apply for the DENIN Environmental Fellowship Program. The 2017–19 fellowships begin in September and will provide two years of support for up to five Ph.D. students carrying out environmentally relevant research that demonstrates a clear link to societal needs and benefits.

03/24/2017 -

It takes about an hour and a half to descend the 1.7 miles to the ocean floor along the East Pacific Rise in the deep-sea submersible Alvin. Travel conditions are a bit cramped since the submarine is only 8 feet in diameter and seats just three people. It’s dark, there is no bathroom, air conditioning or heat and the farther below the surface you go, the colder it gets (down to about 35 degrees Fahrenheit).

International research team warns of mineral supply constraints as demand increases for green technologies
03/16/2017 -

An international team of researchers, led by the University of Delaware’s Saleem Ali, says global resource governance and sharing of geoscience data is needed to address challenges facing future mineral supply.

Specifically of concern are a range of technology minerals, which are an essential ingredient in everything from laptops and cell phones to hybrid or electric cars to solar panels and copper wiring for homes. However, base metals like copper are also a matter of immense concern.

03/15/2017 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) is accepting applications through April 7 for two paid summer internship positions at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Each year, DENIN works in partnership with DNREC to provide internship opportunities in environmental policy. The focus of each project is determined by DNREC based on state environmental needs, and the intern works under the mentorship of DNREC personnel. DENIN assists with intern recruitment and provides a $4,000 stipend for the 10-week experience.

03/15/2017 -

In celebration of the upcoming Earth Month, the Blue Hen Economics Club, the University of Delaware’s sustainability manager, Michelle Bennett, and the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) announce the third annual UD Environmental Case Competition. Undergraduate student teams are invited to submit proposals detailing their ideas for reducing waste on campus or otherwise making the UD campus more sustainable. Proposals will be accepted until April 6.

03/15/2017 -

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners spent two days in February learning about the importance of clean water to the state’s environment and economy. Participants explored simple, low-cost tips for protecting and improving local water quality in their backyards and community and engaging on topics such as green infrastructure as part of a Water Warrior citizen advocacy workshop.

03/13/2017 -

Researchers from the University of Delaware recently hosted members of Delaware’s oyster industry to share results of studies about how to best market their products. Those studies showed that demand for their product is strong and consumers should be ready to pay good prices once the supply arrives. The results were reported at a Consumer Preferences for Delaware Oysters: An Economic Evaluation of Marketing Messages workshop held on Feb. 9 at the Cannon Laboratory on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

03/13/2017 -

The University of Delaware Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, has announced a grant competition to promote integration of considerations of science, ethics and policy into undergraduate and graduate instruction at UD. Faculty of all ranks and from all colleges and departments are invited to apply. The center plans to make several awards of up to $3,000 each to support curricular development work during summer 2017.

03/13/2017 -

Bernard Amadei, professor at the University of Colorado, will deliver the 2017 Arnold D. Kerr Lecture in Engineering Mechanics and Design at the University of Delaware on April 20. The lecture, “Global Engineering for a Small Planet: A Vision of Success,” will take place at 4 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, following a reception in the DuPont Hall lobby at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Christine Murray by email at camurray@udel.edu or by phone at 302-831-2442.

03/13/2017 -

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the power behind most modern portable electronics, including cell phones, tablets, laptops, fitness trackers, and smart watches. However, their energy density — that is, the amount of energy stored within a given amount of physical space, or mass — will need to be improved for these batteries to see widespread use in smart grid and electric transport applications.