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Sept. 23-Oct. 28: Speakers for DENIN's fall seminar series announced

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), the University of Delaware's interdisciplinary environmental science, engineering and policy research institute, will host a number of free seminars for the UD community and the general public this fall.

DENIN's fall seminar series includes experts from around the country in the general area of environmental geochemistry. All seminars take place at 1 p.m. in the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, Room 102, unless otherwise noted. A podcast of each talk will be available on iTunes U following the presentation.

Sept. 23 -- Farhana Sultana, assistant professor of geography at Syracuse University, will present “Poisoned Waters: The Making and Unmaking of a Public Health Success Story in Bangladesh.” She has conducted research in Bangladesh for several years on a variety of environmental and development topics and served as a programme officer at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangladesh between 1998-2001. This talk is co-sponsored by the Departments of Geography, Women's Studies, and Geology and will take place at 3:30 p.m. in 006 Kirkbride Hall.

Sept. 28 -- Michelle Scherer, professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, will present a talk titled, “Towards a New Conceptual Model for Heterogeneous Iron Redox Chemistry.” Her research program focuses on chemical reactions at the mineral-water interface. She is currently interested in electron transfer reactions on iron and manganese oxides and uranium reduction by green rusts.

Oct. 15 -- Jeffrey G. Catalano, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., will speak on “Mineral-Water Interface Processes Affecting Contaminant Fate and Iron Redox Cycling.” He investigates the processes that control the distribution and cycling of major and trace elements in the environment, including chemical interactions between aqueous solutions and minerals, organic matter and living organisms.

Oct. 28 -- Colleen Hansel, assistant professor of environmental microbiology at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will discuss “Microbial and Chemical Cooperation in Manganese Oxide Formation.” Her research straddles the disciplines of environmental geochemistry and microbial ecology to address chemical and microbiological controls on the fate and transport of metals that have an adverse effect on both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.


For a printable flyer of the seminar schedule, visit the DENIN website.

Article by Beth Chajes