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UDaily: CEOE students, faculty participate in Delaware Bay research dives aboard Cyclops 1
11/08/2015 -

“Daiber this is Cyclops, come in Daiber, over,” Danielle Ferraro called from below the surface of the Delaware Bay aboard Cyclops 1, a submersible designed for deep-sea research. Ferraro is a second year master’s student studying oceanography in University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Last Thursday, she was a lucky member of the UD scientific research team that dove in the OceanGate human operated submersible near the outer breakwater of the Delaware Bay. It is the first time that Cyclops 1 has been used on the East Coast of the United States.

10/21/2015 -

Down by the railroad tracks that cut through the neighborhood’s south end, water is pooled on the road even on a hot August day, remnants of a downpour the day before. The road is submerged regularly here, flooding the basements of nearby residents.

Richard King grew up in the neighborhood. “When I grew up and we got a big rain, we didn’t have to worry about it,” he said. “The only thing that flooded was right down here at the park, and that would maybe be half the day … but that would go down with the tide, and that was the end of that.”

10/16/2015 -

New federally supervised pollution investigations are planned at one of the state's oldest toxic cleanup sites, under an Environmental Protection Agency agreement with past owners of a chemical plant near Delaware City. EPA officials required the work as part of a settlement with Bayer CropScience L.P., current owner of the former Stauffer Chemical Co. plant. The site was added to the nation's national priorities list of Superfund sites in 1983, and has been under scrutiny and targeted for toxic pollution control work ever since.

UDaily: UD scientists receive federal funding to study harmful algal blooms
10/16/2015 -

University of Delaware marine scientists Kathryn Coyne and Mark Warner have received new funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to study harmful algal blooms — a scientifically complex and potentially economically damaging coastal issue. Each year, outbreaks of toxic algal blooms threaten fisheries, public water supplies and tourism in coastal communities throughout the United States.

10/15/2015 -

Emerging from the forests and wetlands that border Delaware Bay, Bennett’s Pier Road comes to an abrupt and dramatic halt. Heading northeast toward the shore, the road gives way first to sand, then to sea. Fractured slabs like stepping-stones mark a broken path to the shoreline before disappearing beneath the encroaching waves.

UDaily: International expert to address cumulative impact of humans on the landscape
10/14/2015 -

International expert James (Jai) Syvitski will address the cumulative impact of humans on the landscape at the John R. Mather Visiting Scholars Lecture Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. in the Gore Recital Hall at the Roselle Center for the Arts on the University of Delaware campus in Newark. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required by Oct. 15. 

UDaily: The deadline to apply for DENIN's annual elevator pitch competition is Oct. 23
10/13/2015 -

Applications are due on Friday, Oct. 23, for Pitch:90, the fast-paced elevator pitch competition that shines a spotlight on student research at the University of Delaware while developing students’ communication skills. Sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute, Pitch:90 is returning for its second year on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 6–8 p.m. in the atrium of the Harker Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory. The event is free and open to the public.

10/13/2015 -

A new study confirms that sea level rise isn't just a coastal problem and that thousands of residents in Delaware cities like Wilmington, Dover and New Castle are at risk.

The report is based on a study of sea level rise associated with continued increases in carbon emissions through 2100. It looks at a business-as-usual scenario where carbon emissions continue to grow, a second business-as-usual scenario that factors in the collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and scenarios where carbon emissions begin decreasing.

10/09/2015 -

Members of the University of Delaware community, as well as regional farmers and growers, gathered Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Trabant University Center Theatre to view the documentary Farmland and listen to a panel discussion from industry experts about challenges facing the agriculture industry. The panel discussion and the documentary screening were hosted by the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity with the panel discussion moderated by Weber Stibolt, a senior majoring in food science in UD’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR).  The panelists all agreed that the movie showed an accurate depiction of what it’s like to be a farmer in America and touched on the different aspects associated with farming. 

10/09/2015 -

Sea-level rise, dissipating dunes and susceptibility to storm surges are a few of the factors that contribute to a vulnerable coast. A coast at risk means an increased potential for damage to coastal communities and ecosystems in the event of tropical systems, nor'easters or other damaging weather. More than 40 experts representing state and federal agencies and regional universities gathered to discuss these and other important issues during the Coastal Flood Research, Modeling and Monitoring Workshop on Sept. 16.