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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

Grad student wins prestigious EPA fellowship
09/03/2010 -

Camille Jones, a second-year master's student in plant and soil sciences, has been awarded a prestigious STAR Graduate Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The STAR (Science to Achieve Results) fellowship program is the only federally funded, nationally competitive graduate fellowship focusing specifically on environmental research. It is designed to support excellent research that advances protection of human health and the environment and to encourage promising and committed students to obtain advanced degrees and pursue careers that will serve the future needs of the country as environmental professionals in academia and business.

Researchers study declining bobwhite quail populations
09/03/2010 -

With populations of bobwhite quail declining drastically across the country, Chris Williams, assistant professor of wildlife ecology at the University of Delaware, is turning his attention to saving grasslands and 'edge habitats' -- unkempt, overgrown areas often found on the edges of fields. Both are disappearing due to suburban development and increased efficiency in farming, Williams says.

“The farms themselves have switched so much from this small family farm to this extreme commercialized, 'clean' agriculture, farming every inch of the field you can possibly get,” Williams says. “The habitat is disappearing fast. We have to be very careful about how much land we're losing and converting away from these edge habitats.”

09/01/2010 -

News from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Vol. 40, No. 303
Contact: Jennifer Volk, Division of Water, 302-739-9939; or Melanie Rapp, Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Public comments requested by Oct. 30; educational meetings offered to organizations

Faculty, students work with UN to study sustainable watershed management
09/01/2010 -

Providing safe, nutritious food for growing world populations can take its toll on natural resources, especially in developing countries.

Led by Shreeram Inamdar, associate professor of bioresources engineering, three faculty members and four students in UD's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) are using the U.S. and India to look at ways in which sustainable management practices can help boost agricultural production with the environment in mind.

Over the summer, the team embarked on a 10-day study visit to India as part of a project funded by the International Science and Education program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

New satellite receiving stations provide real-time environmental data
08/17/2010 -

It's a process that begins 22,000 miles above our heads -- satellites collect information about our planet and transmit it back to Earth.

Thanks to two satellite receiving stations installed last month on the Newark campus, University of Delaware researchers will be among the few who can access that data as it streams in from space.

The equipment, located on the roof of the Willard Hall Education Building, benefits faculty and others who study changes in the mid-Atlantic environment. It will support a wide range of research projects, including ones that monitor coastal flooding; observe coastal waters for harmful algal blooms, which can deprive waters of oxygen; and track changes in ocean circulation that could be related to climate change.

Standard Solar brings solar energy deployment to UD
08/15/2010 -

Standard Solar, Inc., the East Coast's premier full-service developer, integrator and installer of solar electric systems, today announced that it will install solar power at the University of Delaware (UD). The array will be installed by Standard Solar and jointly developed, owned and operated with its joint venture partner Perpetual Energy Systems LLC (PES), a comprehensive financier of solar powered renewable energy systems.

UD's initial solar array will include more than 2,000 panels to yield an 850-kilowatt solar electric system. Once completed, UD's system is expected to generate approximately 1,035,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year and result in 1,323,433 fewer pounds of carbon dioxide being emitted annually. The avoided emissions will be the equivalent of reducing the use of 68,216 gallons of gasoline each year.

Greenland glacier calves island 4 times the size of Manhattan, UD scientist reports
08/05/2010 -

A University of Delaware researcher reports that an “ice island” four times the size of Manhattan has calved from Greenland's Petermann Glacier. The last time the Arctic lost such a large chunk of ice was in 1962.

“In the early morning hours of August 5, 2010, an ice island four times the size of Manhattan was born in northern Greenland,” said Andreas Muenchow, associate professor of physical ocean science and engineering at the University of Delaware's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Muenchow's research in Nares Strait, between Greenland and Canada, is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

International conference examines water resources in a changing climate
08/04/2010 -

The Sixth International Conference on Sustainable Water Environment opened at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall on Thursday morning, July 29, with nearly 200 participants from six continents in attendance.

The conference continued through Saturday morning, during which time 130 technical papers and 60 posters were presented, as well as two sessions on future research needs in both natural and built systems to ensure water security and sustainability.

“Water is the most important natural resource,” said C. P. Huang, Donald C. Phillips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and chair of the international organizing committee for the conference. “It is a necessary substance for life and there is no substitute for it. This conference is focusing on strategies and technologies for ensuring the sustainability of water resources around the world in a time of climate change.”

UD partners to restore American shad to National Wild and Scenic River
07/09/2010 -

A team of scientists and students from the Institute for Public Administration's (IPA) Water Resources Agency (WRA) at the University of Delaware have partnered with biologists from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife and the Brandywine Conservancy to help restore American shad and hickory shad to the White Clay Creek, a National Wild and Scenic River near Newark, Del.

07/02/2010 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute’s website, along with the University of Delaware’s environmental portal, received a first place award in the National Federation of Press Women’s 2010 NFPW Communications Contest. For their work on the website, Molly Chappell, senior art director in the UD Office of Communications and Marketing, with David Barczak, senior art director, and Martin Mbugua, former senior news editor, received the top award in the communications programs and campaigns category for a marketing program or campaign for a service or product.