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Environmental news from Delaware and the surrounding region.

Researchers look for ways to predict response to hurricane evacuation orders
07/15/2016 -

Millions of people will likely be in harm's way as a new hurricane season unfolds in the United States. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts up to eight hurricanes in the 2016 season, and as many as four major storms with winds of 111 miles per hour or more. What people do – or don't do – to get out of harm's way is of keen interest to disaster and emergency response officials.

UD researcher works to better understand manganese in marine environment
07/15/2016 -

The St. Lawrence Seaway extends more than 2,300 miles from the Atlantic Ocean to the top of the Great Lakes, connecting Canada and the United States. It has been called the “gateway to North America,” serving as an industrial transportation corridor for commodities like iron and coal, grain, machinery and more, as well as a recreational waterway for boaters and anglers. But the St. Lawrence Seaway also is a prime ecosystem for studying changes occurring in the ocean as a result of the synergistic impacts of climate change.

Delaware Sea Grant alternative energy teacher workshop set July 29
07/15/2016 -

Delaware Sea Grant (DESG) and the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE) invite classroom and informal educators from Maryland and Delaware, grades 1-12, to register for the 2016 workshop “Sunny and Windy: A Forecast for Greener Energy Education.” Attendance is free, but registration is required due to limited seating. Click here for the application, due by Friday, July 8.

UD graduate finds career success with Massachusetts Land Court
07/15/2016 -

While an undergraduate at the University of Delaware, Courtney Simmons majored in natural resource management and agriculture and natural resources and minored in wildlife conservation and resource economics with the goal of one day becoming an attorney who could influence change happening in the environment. Now, by working with the Massachusetts Land Court, Simmons gets the opportunity to work on cases that deal directly with land in the state.

Don Sparks' pioneering work recognized by the Clay Minerals Society
07/15/2016 -

Donald L. Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Environmental Soil Chemistry at the University of Delaware and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute, has received the 2016 Pioneer in Clay Science Award from the Clay Minerals Society (CMS). The award recognizes research contributions that have led to important new directions in clay mineral science and technology. As the honoree, Sparks was invited to present a plenary lecture at the society’s 53rd annual meeting, held June 5-8 in Atlanta.

Special journal issue honors contributions of environmental engineer
07/15/2016 -

Chin-Pao Huang, Donald C. Philips Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Delaware, was recently honored with a special issue of the journal Separation and Purification Technology dedicated to his area of specialty. Focused on environmental nanotechnology and sustainability in water treatment, the issue includes 23 papers from an international slate of authors, many of whom have collaborated with Huang or been mentored by him during his 45-year career.

UD Department of Applied Economics and Statistics' new tuk tuk supports mobile research efforts
07/15/2016 -

The University of Delaware’s Kent Messer was looking for something that would allow him and his research team from the Center for Experimental and Applied Economics (CEAE) to stand out in a crowd and drum up participation when they travel to locations for their experiments, while at the same time, being able to serve all of their research needs.

07/15/2016 -

Human fingerprints are unique identifiers. The wiggles, curves and ripples cannot be copied or duplicated and provide a distinct signature that represents an individual. In the same way, strong storms — such as Superstorm Sandy — can leave a signature in the form of ripples on the seafloor.

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.