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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

10/04/2016 -

The University of Delaware Water Resources Center (UDWRC) Advisory Panel has selected the following students in five colleges at UD and Delaware State University for its undergraduate and graduate research program during 2016-17, it was announced recently by Gerald J. Kauffman, center director.

10/04/2016 -

It took Yogi Goswami a moment to remember that he had spoken at Montana State University in 1998. But Nicomedes Alonso, who teaches mathematics at the University of Delaware and has a keen interest in solar energy, remembered the lecture quite clearly – and he stood in line Friday, Sept. 23, to congratulate the solar pioneer after Goswami accepted the 13th Karl W. Böer Solar Energy Medal of Merit at UD. Alonso was just starting his graduate studies at Montana State when he heard Goswami speak, and he marveled at how far his research in solar thermal power and photocatalytic processes had advanced over the years.

10/04/2016 -

You don't have to be a beer lover to understand the chemistry behind new research emerging from two labs at the University of Delaware and their collaborators at White Dog Labs in New Castle, Delaware. But if you are, you might want to raise a toast to their latest brew. They're not working with hops and malt, mind you, but the same engine that produces beer – fermentation – drives the work now featured in a new article in Nature Communications.

10/04/2016 -

Life is complex and full of layers. The layers — the people we meet, the things we do, the places we go — all create the story of our lives. Imagine documenting and identifying the names of every human you encountered or passed for a whole year. It would be an enormous task, but what kind of story would it tell about you? Now imagine documenting the same types of encounters between sharks.

Overpumping in Dhaka may threaten regional groundwater resources outside the city
09/28/2016 -

A new paper by the University of Delaware’s Holly Michael and Mahfuzur Khan and colleagues, out today in Nature Communications, reveals that overpumping of groundwater in Dhaka, Bangladesh, may have unforeseen consequences for citizens living in communities outside the city center.

With a population of over 15 million people, Dhaka — the capital of Bangladesh — is considered a mega-city and shares many of the water management problems common to other major cities.

While efforts are made to sustain water quantity and quality in city water supplies, Dhaka pumping has caused groundwater levels to drop more than 200 feet over the last 50 years and these levels continue to decline at a rate of up to 9 feet per year.

UD’s Byrne participates in international forum to ponder planet’s future
09/21/2016 -

John Byrne, Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Delaware, was one of 40 environmental thought leaders from around the world who gathered in Frankfurt, Germany, this summer to discuss the future of global environmentalism.

Titled “Rethinking Environmentalism: Justice, Sustainability and Diversity,” the gathering was hosted by the Ernst Strüngmann Forum, an organization dedicated to promoting interdisciplinary communication and research in the sciences. Through its innovative communication process, the forum provides a creative environment within which top international scientists discuss themes that transcend classic disciplinary boundaries.

 Seminal paper on sediment-water interaction wins national award
09/21/2016 -

In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established the Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), in effect putting the huge body of water — along with the region’s streams, creeks and rivers — on a “pollution diet.”

Like a food diet that specifies reductions in fat, protein, and carbohydrate intake to promote weight loss, a TMDL details the reductions in such pollution sources as nitrogen, phosphorus and sediment needed to meet water quality standards.

09/20/2016 -

The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) is now accepting applications for up to 15 paid undergraduate research internships focused on environmental topics during the 2016-17 academic year. The purpose of the DENIN Environmental Scholars Program is to provide interested students with a sustained research experience over the academic year. Internships will begin Nov. 1 and will be carried out during the fall, winter and spring semesters.

09/20/2016 -

Dionisios G. Vlachos has been named the inaugural Allan and Myra Ferguson Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Delaware. He also has been appointed director of the UD Energy Institute.

09/20/2016 -

A new landscape architecture major has been established in the University of Delaware’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) for students looking to combine their technical skills with their creative ones to tackle real world issues through environmental problem-solving. Jules Bruck, associate professor of landscape design who was recently appointed to the Delaware Board of Landscape Architecture, will serve as the director of the program for the next three years. She said that adding a landscape architecture program has been talked about at CANR for quite some time.