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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

03/15/2017 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) is accepting applications through April 7 for two paid summer internship positions at the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). Each year, DENIN works in partnership with DNREC to provide internship opportunities in environmental policy. The focus of each project is determined by DNREC based on state environmental needs, and the intern works under the mentorship of DNREC personnel. DENIN assists with intern recruitment and provides a $4,000 stipend for the 10-week experience.

03/15/2017 -

In celebration of the upcoming Earth Month, the Blue Hen Economics Club, the University of Delaware’s sustainability manager, Michelle Bennett, and the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) announce the third annual UD Environmental Case Competition. Undergraduate student teams are invited to submit proposals detailing their ideas for reducing waste on campus or otherwise making the UD campus more sustainable. Proposals will be accepted until April 6.

03/15/2017 -

University of Delaware Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners spent two days in February learning about the importance of clean water to the state’s environment and economy. Participants explored simple, low-cost tips for protecting and improving local water quality in their backyards and community and engaging on topics such as green infrastructure as part of a Water Warrior citizen advocacy workshop.

03/13/2017 -

Researchers from the University of Delaware recently hosted members of Delaware’s oyster industry to share results of studies about how to best market their products. Those studies showed that demand for their product is strong and consumers should be ready to pay good prices once the supply arrives. The results were reported at a Consumer Preferences for Delaware Oysters: An Economic Evaluation of Marketing Messages workshop held on Feb. 9 at the Cannon Laboratory on the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes.

03/13/2017 -

The University of Delaware Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy, with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, has announced a grant competition to promote integration of considerations of science, ethics and policy into undergraduate and graduate instruction at UD. Faculty of all ranks and from all colleges and departments are invited to apply. The center plans to make several awards of up to $3,000 each to support curricular development work during summer 2017.

03/13/2017 -

Bernard Amadei, professor at the University of Colorado, will deliver the 2017 Arnold D. Kerr Lecture in Engineering Mechanics and Design at the University of Delaware on April 20. The lecture, “Global Engineering for a Small Planet: A Vision of Success,” will take place at 4 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, following a reception in the DuPont Hall lobby at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Christine Murray by email at camurray@udel.edu or by phone at 302-831-2442.

03/13/2017 -

Rechargeable lithium-ion batteries are the power behind most modern portable electronics, including cell phones, tablets, laptops, fitness trackers, and smart watches. However, their energy density — that is, the amount of energy stored within a given amount of physical space, or mass — will need to be improved for these batteries to see widespread use in smart grid and electric transport applications.

03/13/2017 -

You just never know what will happen at a research symposium – what new data you'll see, what sort of questions will arise or where connections will be made that produce new studies and new knowledge. Take the University of Delaware's fifth annual Microbial Systems Symposium, held at Townsend Hall earlier this month, for example.

03/13/2017 -

University of Delaware electrical engineering graduate student Abhishek Iyer and his team are all working toward a low-cost, high-efficiency solar cell that can be processed in a lab environment. From the very beginning they were looking to find a commercial viability for the research they were doing. Their goal: scale it from their research and find a place in the current market.

03/13/2017 -

Modern society’s extensive use of fossil fuels has led to unprecedented atmospheric carbon dioxide levels with widespread climate impacts. Carbon dioxide capture and sequestration is one of the technologies under investigation to mitigate CO2 emissions associated with coal-fired power plants. However, according to the University of Delaware’s Feng Jiao, large-scale CO2 sequestration poses risks to the environment from leakage. Other disadvantages include limited efficient geological repositories and high transportation and compression costs.