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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

Scientists look at use of rice husk to reduce arsenic levels in vital grain
07/15/2016 -

A team of researchers at the University of Delaware has found that incorporating rice husk to soil can decrease toxic inorganic arsenic levels in rice grain by 25 to 50 percent without negatively affecting yield.

This research could have important implications for developing countries whose populations rely on rice as a staple of their diets and are in need of cheap, readily available material to improve soil quality and decrease arsenic levels that threaten human health.

Senior's internship with DNREC lays the groundwork for environmental health-tracking tool
07/15/2016 -

Imagine having a handy, web-based tool that would provide detailed yet easily accessible information about the health of Delaware’s water, air, wildlife or other natural resources over time.

That was the goal that University of Delaware senior Stephanie Miles kept in mind each time she reported for work at her internship with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), where she helped to lay the groundwork for the development of a tool to present “indicators” of environmental health.

UD Wildlife Society members get hands-on experience at Northeast Student Conclave
07/15/2016 -

Members of the Wildlife Society Club at the University of Delaware traveled to Camp Blue Diamond in Petersburg, Pennsylvania, last month to take part in the Wildlife Society’s Northeast Student Conclave hosted by Juniata College. The conclave provided UD participants opportunities for hands-on experiences and networking with fellow wildlife students and professionals, and they said they learned valuable skills that will help as they embark on their future career paths.

UD professors Kniel and Messer look at water reuse for irrigation and consumer response
07/15/2016 -

Two University of Delaware professors in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), Kali Kniel and Kent Messer, are members of a multidisciplinary team that is dedicating itself to developing innovative, safe and sustainable ways to irrigate food crops in variable climates. The CONSERVE team is led by Amy R. Sapkota of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health, and received a $10 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), awarded over a four-year period, to support the CONSERVE Center of Excellence.

UDaily: National experts discuss energy generation, grid modernization, security at National Lab Day
07/15/2016 -

Experts from across the United States gathered at the University of Delaware on Friday, May 13, to participate in National Lab Day. The event included a series of panel discussions related to the overall theme Clean Energy: Challenges and Opportunities on topics including security, power generation, grid modernization and storage.

UDaily: University's National Lab Day puts focus on collaborative future
07/15/2016 -

U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz toured several laboratories at the University of Delaware during UD's first National Lab Day, applauded the state's support for innovative science, and suggested many opportunities for expanded collaboration with the Department of Energy's 17 national research laboratories.

07/15/2016 -

For the last 30 years, state, local and federal officials worked to reduce nitrogen and phosphorous in Delaware's Inland Bays, but runoff from farmland -- despite better controls -- continues to be a source of pollution in the watershed. EDEN Delmarva, an organization that works with both children and businesses on renewable energy projects and the reclamation of renewable resources, is sponsoring a one-day Clean Water Forum in Rehoboth Beach on Friday to discuss solutions that range from use of oysters to filter the water to alternative technologies to handle poultry waste.

UDaily: DENIN Ambassadors to scoop free Dairy ice cream for the UD community on May 13
07/15/2016 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) Ambassadors will be scooping UDairy Creamery ice cream cones on Friday, May 13, at the north end of the Central Green near the Delaware Avenue crosswalk. Free ice cream will be provided between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. or while supplies last. The annual “Ice Cream for the Earth” event is a fun way to get students to think about the natural environment, says senior Marisa Andreazza, co-chair of the DENIN Ambassadors.

UDaily: Doctoral student studies natural radioactivity in Nubian Aquifer in Egypt
07/15/2016 -

University of Delaware doctoral student Mahmoud Sherif is studying the origin and distribution of natural radioactivity in the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System in Egypt. The Nubian Aquifer is one of the most important groundwater basins in the entire world. Located underground in the eastern end of the Sahara desert, it is considered the world’s largest aquifer, spanning four countries in northeastern Africa (Egypt, Libya, Sudan and Chad) with corresponding formations in Jordan, Syria and the Arabian Peninsula. It underlies approximately 80 percent of the total land area of Egypt.

05/06/2016 -

In 2017, the state of Delaware will be eligible to apply for a new National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research Infrastructure Improvement (EPSCoR RII) Track 1 Grant. The Delaware EPSCoR State Office will host two meetings in May to present information on the state’s EPSCoR program and on the grant application process and guidelines.