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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

UD researcher battles rice blast disease to protect food supply
03/04/2010 -

A University of Delaware scientist is waging an important battle to help protect a major resource in the world's food supply from a devastating fungal disease known as rice blast.

Nicole Donofrio, assistant professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Delaware, said rice blast disease affects foods that many developing countries depend on, such as rice, as well as other members of the grass family including rye, wheat and barley.

Donofrio explained that this disease is particularly destructive, saying, “The general statistic is that rice blast kills enough rice each year to feed 60 million people -- a number we definitely cannot afford, particularly in the face of the rapidly expanding world population.”

UD's V2G technology takes national stage
02/23/2010 -

The University of Delaware's vehicle-to-grid technology drove onto the world's stage at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on Friday, Feb. 19, in San Diego, offering a mode of mobility that's “green” in more ways than one.

Non-polluting V2G cars would help the environment, reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil, and also put potentially thousands of dollars a year back in their owner's pocket, according to Willett Kempton, professor in UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment and director of UD's Center for Carbon-free Power Integration.

Barteau appointed co-chair of national roundtable, named fellow of AIChE
02/19/2010 -

Mark Barteau, Robert L. Pigford Chair of Chemical Engineering and senior vice provost for research and strategic initiatives at the University of Delaware, has been appointed co-chair of the Chemical Sciences Roundtable of the National Research Council (NRC).

(Note: Mark Barteau has since retired from the University of Delaware.)

A forum of leaders in the chemical sciences, the roundtable initiates and hosts meetings and workshops to discuss issues of importance throughout the chemical enterprise, such as green chemistry, high school chemistry education, and research teams and partnerships. The group advances study concepts to the NRC's Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, which provides scientific and technical advice to inform national decision makers.

UD scientists featured in top environmental science journal
01/29/2010 -

Research performed by Matthew Ginder-Vogel, associate scientist in the Delaware Environmental Institute, Gautier Landrot, a graduate student in environmental soil chemistry at the University of Delaware, and Donald L. Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Soil and Environmental Chemistry and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute, is featured in this month's special issue of Environmental Science and Technology, the premier environmental science and engineering journal in the world.

Ginder-Vogel, who recently accepted a position as analytical manager at Calera Corp., a carbon sequestration start-up company in California, is also a guest editor of the issue, which is focused on biogeochemical redox processes and their impact on the fate and transport of environmental contaminants.

01/20/2010 -

Water Conference

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

Chin-Pao Huang, Donald C. Phillips Professor in UD's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is serving as chairperson of the international organizing committee, which includes other members from the U.S. as well as representatives from Taiwan, Korea, Japan and Singapore.

With a focus on strategy and technology needs for sustainable water in a time of climate change, the conference will provide an open forum in which academicians, engineers and public policy-makers can exchange information on recent advances in sustainable water research and practices among countries at various stages of economic development.

AutoPort to roll out first cars equipped with UD's V2G technology
01/19/2010 -

A University of Delaware technology that could change the energy world is now on a roll.

The University of Delaware has signed the first license for its vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology with AutoPort, Inc., a major vehicle processing and modification facility in New Castle, Del. Under the terms of the licensing agreement, AutoPort has been granted non-exclusive rights in the area of commercial fleet vehicles.

The licensing agreement launches the first large-scale demonstration of the UD-developed V2G technology, which enables electric car owners to plug in their vehicles and send electricity back to electrical utilities. The system is designed to generate cash for the driver, while strengthening the nation's power supply and reducing dependence on fossil fuels.

01/14/2010 -

Editor’s note: Video from the news conference is available online.

The state of Delaware is the first in the country to use a new “green energy savings bond” model invented at the University of Delaware Center for Environmental and Energy Policy (CEEP) to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for public buildings.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced the new initiative Jan. 6, in partnership with Delaware's Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU).

The SEU, a unique nonprofit organization created to foster a sustainable energy future for the state, was developed in part by John Byrne, Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and CEEP director, along with several UD graduate students and policy fellows.

$1.1 million NSF project to study Delaware Estuary mud
01/13/2010 -

If you've ever stepped a bare foot on the bottom of the Delaware River, you've discovered what scientists already know -- there's gooey, gray muck down there, and lots of it. Each year, more than a million tons of sediment washes into the Delaware River estuary, which winds 134 miles from Trenton, N.J., to the mouth of the bay.

Not only is the sediment plentiful, it's crucially important in maintaining the natural balance of the estuary's ecosystem. Some of the sediment settles to the river bottom, where it adds to its stability and helps deter erosion. Some of it is deposited in neighboring marshes, where it helps maintain the marsh above sea level and provides nutrients that allow plants and animals to survive there.

But there's a lot that scientists are still learning about all that mud.

Dentel elected to environmental organization board
01/11/2010 -

Steve Dentel, professor in the University of Delaware's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP).

Founded in 1963 as a private nonprofit organization, AEESP has grown to more than 700 members in universities throughout the world. The association assists its members in improving education and research programs, encourages graduate education, and serves the profession by providing information to government agencies and the public.

EPSCoR seed grants awarded for environmental research
01/07/2010 -

The Delaware EPSCoR office has awarded three seed grants to investigators whose projects address environmental challenges in Delaware.

EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is a federal program that helps states develop their research initiatives and academic institutions.

The National Science Foundation's EPSCoR is the largest and locally includes the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wesley College and Delaware Technical and Community College.