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Penguins, robots and satellites: New blog shares Antarctic research
01/24/2011 -

A new University of Delaware blog transports readers to penguin rookeries at the bottom of the globe, where a team of scientists is using underwater robots and satellites to understand where and how the birds feed.

Based in the West Antarctic Peninsula, the scientists fit selected penguins with satellite transmitters that allow them to map the penguins' tracks. Underwater vehicles then allow the scientists to examine the foraging habits of Adélie penguins, which are experiencing significant population declines.

The Antarctic team comprises UD's Matthew Oliver, assistant professor of oceanography in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and researchers from Rutgers University, Polar Oceans Research Group, and California Polytechnic Stat University in San Luis Obispo.

01/20/2011 -

The Delaware Association for Environmental Education (DAEE) will hold the second annual DAEE Conference, which is focused on “Environmental Education in a Changing Climate,” from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 26, at St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Magnolia, Del.

Dennis Coker, chief of the Lenape Indian tribe of Delaware, will deliver the keynote address.

Lisa Tossey, marine outreach specialist in the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment, and Dorothy Abbott, renewable resources extension agent with UD Cooperative Extension, serve on the DAEE board of directors. (full article)

01/19/2011 -

Contact:  Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Water samples from wells in Sussex’s Nanticoke River Watershed needed for groundwater quality study
SUSSEX COUNTY (Jan. 19, 2011) – Water samples from domestic wells in Sussex’s Nanticoke River Watershed are needed for a groundwater quality study being completed by DNREC’s Division of Water. Property owners living in the Nanticoke River watershed, who are willing to have their well water sampled and tested, are encouraged to contact DNREC by Feb. 15.
The Nanticoke River Watershed is located on the western side of Delaware from Harrington, east to Georgetown and south to Delmar and includes lands that drain into the Nanticoke River. Attached is a map of the watershed.

Sparks details DENIN goals to retired UD faculty members
01/12/2011 -

Donald L. Sparks, director of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), highlighted the institute's goals and current research initiatives during a meeting of the University of Delaware Association of Retired Faculty held last month at Clayton Hall.

Sparks, who is also the S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, said that DENIN's multi-disciplinary approach includes partnerships with government, nonprofits, industry and the business community.

“Our main goal is to enhance interactions between faculty in science, engineering and policy, and we are interested in facilitating the development of interdisciplinary academic programs,” Sparks said. “We also have been working very diligently to forge partnerships among government agencies and a number of nonprofits.” (full article)

Chapas named state EPSCoR director
01/11/2011 -

After a nationwide search, Richard B. Chapas has been appointed the next state project director for the Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or Delaware EPSCoR.

He will succeed Steve Borleske, who has retired after more than eight years of service. Borleske had served as Delaware EPSCoR's state project director since 2002, when Delaware submitted its first successful multimillion-dollar Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grant to the National Science Foundation. (full article)

Technologies could reduce shipping pollution in Arctic by 60 percent or more
01/07/2011 -

New research led by the University of Delaware evaluates the potential cost and effect of technologies aimed at reducing emissions from marine shipping, especially when targeting the Arctic.

The multi-university effort provides the first technology assessment to directly inform policy decisions on shipping emissions and the sensitive region, which earned the focus of world leaders at the December 2010 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun.

“Evidence of global warming is in no place more obvious than in the Arctic,” Arctic Council Chair Lene Esperson told UNFCCC attendees. “Shipping activity in the region is on the rise, including tourism and exploration activities.” (full article)

01/06/2011 -

For further information, contact Joanna Wilson, Public Affairs Office, 302-739-9902.
Citizens Source Water Protection Committee to meet Jan. 26
DOVER (Jan. 5, 2011) – The Source Water Protection Citizens and Technical Advisory Committee (CTAC) of the DNREC Source Water Assessment and Protection Program will meet from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Jan. 26 in Conference Room 220 A&B of the Kent County Administrative Offices on Bay Road in Dover.
The agenda includes the following items:
·         Update on the upcoming Delaware River Basin Drinking Water Forum scheduled for March 10, 2011;
·         The groundwater section of Delaware’s 305(b) Report: the National Water Quality Report to Congress;
·         Presentation on stream restoration projects in Delaware;
·         Presentation by Betsy Reyes of the U.S. Geological Survey on the final results of the USGS sampling of public wells in the unconfined aquifer.

12/30/2010 -


Vol. 39, No. 424

Contact: Melanie Rapp or Carol Riggs, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Delaware’s Chesapeake Plan receives EPA approval

DOVER (Dec. 29, 2010) – Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Secretary Collin P. O’Mara and Department of Agriculture Secretary Ed Kee responded to today’s announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that Delaware’s Chesapeake Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP; Phase I) has received EPA’s approval for reducing pollutants from entering local waterways that lie within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

12/22/2010 -

The University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Universidade Federal de Lavras (UFLA) in Brazil are working to organize a program that will facilitate research exchanges between the two universities.

As an educational partnership agreement that began in spring 2010, UD and UFLA hope to increase internal interactions by exchanging professors, undergraduate and graduate students for research purposes.
This fall, four professors from UFLA came to UD to discuss the future of this partnership, including possible collaborations on research topics ranging from environmental sustainability to the business of agriculture. (full article)

Sparks named Einstein Professor by Chinese Academy of Sciences
12/22/2010 -

The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has awarded a 2011 Einstein Professorship to Donald L. Sparks, the S. Hallock du Pont Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute at the University of Delaware.

The honor is presented each year to 20 distinguished scientists from around the world representing a variety of disciplines and actively working at the frontiers of science and technology. Of this year's 20 awardees from the U.S. and Europe, 13 are members of either the U.S. National Academy of Sciences or the National Academy of Engineering. (full article)