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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

09/20/2016 -

The University of Delaware has been awarded $1.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) through its new IONICS (Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids) program. IONICS project teams are paving the way for technologies that overcome the limitations of current battery and fuel cell products.

09/20/2016 -

Late at night, neighbors of the University of Delaware’s Doug Tallamy might notice a mercury vapor lamp glowing in his back yard and the unusual sight of a bedsheet draped over a rope hanging from a tree, the purpose of which is to attract moths in order to catalog them. Much like birding, mothing has taken off across the United States as a hobby for enthusiasts and in order to expose students interested in entomology to the many aspects of mothing and the many interesting qualities of moths, Tallamy took a group of four undergraduates to the most recent Mothapalooza, held in early August at the Shawnee Lodge and Conference Center in West Portsmouth, Ohio.

09/20/2016 -

The University of Delaware’s Institute of Energy Conversion (IEC) has been awarded $2.1 million from the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative for two research projects aiming to improve the performance of solar cells while reducing their manufacturing cost. Senior scientist Steven Hegedus will lead a three-year, $1.25 million project for work on the most efficient silicon solar cell to date, known as the interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cell. All the metal contacts are on the non-illuminated (back) side of this silicon cell. This allows more light to be harvested in the cell because any shadowing from front-side grid lines, found in conventional solar cells, is eliminated.

Ali joins UD as Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment
09/08/2016 -

Saleem H. Ali joined the University of Delaware as Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor of Energy and the Environment on Sept. 1.

He will have responsibilities in the Department of Geography, which is housed in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), and in the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“We are delighted to have Saleem join UD as a Blue and Gold Distinguished Professor,” said Provost Domenico Grasso. “We chose from a strong pool of applicants, but Saleem stood out as a visionary and big thinker — one who will engage in the grand challenges and great debates of our time. He will be a tremendous asset to the University and our students.”

09/01/2016 -

With tropical storms starting to rev up in the Atlantic Ocean, the timing of the University of Delaware's Autonomous Systems Bootcamp was ideal and experts from UD and around the world converged at the Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes to make the most of it. The mission of the weeklong deployment was straightforward: Develop a detailed, baseline profile of a 5-square-kilometer area of Broadkill Beach, focusing on a recent U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging and replenishment program where scientists could see – in close proximity – both a natural beach and a replenished beach.

09/01/2016 -

The Delaware Sea Grant College Program (DESG) invites graduate students studying environmental science, engineering and social science to apply for research fellowships. The fellowships, offered in partnership with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve (DNERR), will begin as early as January 2017 and will provide up to one year of support for two graduate students to conduct environmentally relevant research in DNERR. Deadline to apply is Oct. 3.

09/01/2016 -

Sea sponges are benthic organisms that reside on the sea floor, fixed in one place. Known for their presence on coral reefs, these animals also can be found from the shallow to the deep waters of the ocean. In a new paper out in Scientific Reports, a Nature journal, University of Delaware postdoctoral researcher Eva Ternon and colleagues at several international universities report new evidence that the Mediterranean encrusting sponge Crambe crambe (C. crambe) emits chemical cues from its tissues to generate a chemical shield, most likely for defense and communication purposes.

09/01/2016 -

With oyster production in the Delaware Bay having decreased by about 90 percent when compared to historical levels, there is a need to understand consumer preferences with regard to local versus non-local oysters and how to best market the product in order for the industry to rebound. A comeback is important because scientists believe that a healthy bay oyster population will offer important ecological benefits, including habitat creation and water filtration.

09/01/2016 -

Two University of Delaware researchers have won support for projects to improve and protect water quality in the Delaware River watershed, part of $4 million in grant awards announced by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, which administers the funds. In all, 10 research teams – including federal, state, private and university researchers – are part of the three-year effort.

08/15/2016 -

The Maryland and Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment and Research (MADE CLEAR) program has awarded funding to nine programs with initiatives aimed at improving sustainable climate change education on participant campuses. The funding is an outcome of the MADE CLEAR Higher Education Summit held earlier this year. Each awardee received a $5,000 mini-grant to initiate a project.