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Podcasts of DENIN seminars, interviews and research videos can now be found on iTunes U.


Pamela Matson seminar Pamela A. Matson presented the inaugural lecture in the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series sponsored by the Delaware Environmental Institute on October 30, 2014, at Gore Recital Hall on the University of Delaware campus. Her talk was titled "Science for a Sustainability Transition: Lessons from the Birthplace of the Green Revolution."
Delaware's Future Climate To get a sense of Delaware’s weather 75 years from now, check the conditions in Georgia today.
“Delaware will feel like a state much further south does,” said Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University.
Hayhoe outlined the warming temperatures and precipitation trends that can be expected over the next century in her presentation, “Delaware’s Future Climate: Connecting Global Change to Local Impacts” on December 9, 2013.
Daniel Hillel DENIN Dialogue Lecture Series: April 4, 2013. Daniel Hillel, winner of the 2012 World Food Prize, the “Nobel Prize of Agriculture,” was the featured guest in the DENIN Dialogue Series. Robin Morgan, professor of animal and food sciences and former dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, led the dialogue with Hillel.
DENIN Dialogue Lecture Series: Richard Alley DENIN Dialogue Lecture Series: Nov. 8, 2012
Dr. Richard Alley, the Evan Pugh Professor of Geosciences at Penn State University, has traveled from Antarctica to Greenland to study the planet’s great ice sheets and learn the history of Earth’s climate. With over 225 scientific publications, he has been asked to provide advice to the highest levels of government and has been recognized with numerous awards including election to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. He hosted the recent PBS miniseries Earth: The Operator’s Manual and has been compared to a cross between Woody Allen and Carl Sagan for his enthusiastic efforts to communicate the excitement and importance of science to everyone.
Scientific publishing from the inside out DENIN and the Dept. of Geological Sciences co-sponsored a seminar by Nick Wigginton, Associate Editor at Science Magazine "Scientific Publishing from the Inside Out" on October 4, 2012.
(Note: audio is very low, so speaker volume may need to be maximized.)
DENIN Symposium Intro The second annual DENIN Resarch Symposium was held on January 12, 2012 in Clayton Hall on the UD campus. Opening remarks were presented by Donald Sparks, DENIN Director and Tom Apple, Provost.
Christina Archer Symposium presentations by four new DENIN clusters hires. Angelia Seyffreth, Assistant Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences. Rodrigo Vargas,Assistant Professor, Plant and Soil Sciences. Cristina Archer, Assistant Professor, Marine Science and Policy. Andrea Sarzynski, Assistant Professor, Public Policy and Administration.
McKay Jenkins Keynote address at the DENIN Research Symposium was presented by McKay Jenkins, Cornelius Tilghman Professor, English entitled "What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World"
Panel discussion The symposium  conluded  with a panel discussion adressing "Getting to Know You: Why Envirnomental Scientists, Humanists, and Social Scientists Need Each Other and How They Can Join Forces to Save the Planet," moderated by Tom Powers, Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy. Panelists were McKay Jenkins, English; Adam Rome, History; Victor Perez, Sociology and Criminal Justice; Andrea Sarzynski, Public Policy & Administration; Holly Michael, Geological Sciences.
Jeffrey J. McDonnell, the 2011 Birdsall-Dreiss Lecturer of the Geological Society of America,  discussed his new ideas conceptualizing runoff processes in headwater catchments on May 3, 2011.
Silliman seminar
Stephen E. Silliman, the 2011 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecturer, discussed his work in developing groundwater resources in Benin, West Africa, on May 2, 2011.
Rajendra Pachauri
Nobel Peace Prize winner Rajendra Pachauri focused on how the cumulative effects of industrialization affected the health of our natural resources and ecosystems in a talk entitled "Knowledge Institutions and the Imperatives of Sustainable Development" on April 6, 2011.
Heather Allen, Professor of Chemistry, Ohio State University, candidate for the Howard E. Cosgrove Chair in the Environment, presented “Molecular Organization at Marine Interfaces: The Ocean Surface to Atmospheric Aerosols” on March 9, 2011.
Patrick Hatcher presented "A Tale of N Reactivity with Natural Organic Matter in the Environment as Told by Modern NMR and Mass Spectrometric Methods"  on January 24, 2011.
Thomas S. Bianchi presented "Anthropogenic Effects on Carbon Cycling in Large River Deltas"  on January 10, 2011.
Water IN An Uncertain Future Michael P. Totten, chief adviser on energy, climate and green technology at the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business of Conservation International, delivered the 2010 DENIN Dialogue lecture on Nov. 30, 2010 in Mitchell Hall, speaking on the topic “Water in an Uncertain Climate Future.” (download slides here)
jeanne vanbreisen The DENIN seminar on Nov. 19, 2010 was co-sponsed by the Dept. of Civil and Environmnetal Engineering and featured Jeanne VanBreisen of Carnegie Mellon University presenting "Lumped Terms and Surrogates: PCBs, DBPs, Indicator Organisms, and the Search for Understanding Speciation to Improve Decision Making."
Colleen Hansel seminar Colleen Hansel of Harvard University presented "New Microbial Players and Pathways in the Biomineralization of Mn Oxides: Implications for Bioremediation" on October 28, 2010.
Jeffrey Catalano of Washington University presented "Mineral-Water Interface Processes Affecting Contaminant Fate and Iron Redox Cycling" on October 15, 2010.
Michelle Scherer Michelle Scherer of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Iowa presented "Towards a New Conceptual Model for Heterogeneous Iron Redox Chemistry" on September 28, 2010.
Fahana Sultana On September 23, 2010, Farhana Sultana, Asistant Professor of Geography at Syracuse University presented "Poisoned Waters: The Making and Unmaking of a Public Health Success Story in Bangladesh.
Environmental Career Day event, July 8, 2010. Undergraduate students from Delaware colleges and universities and Lincoln University, Pennsylvania, were invited to learn from the experiences of assistant professors Clara Chan and Holly Michael, Department of Geological Sciences; and assistant professor Nicole Donofrio, and postdoctoral researcher Shawn Polson, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.
DENIN Spring Seminar presented by Pedro Sanchez on May 14, 2010, entitled “Ending Hunger in Africa through Science-Based Policies.”
  Inaugural DENIN Dialogue Series seminar presented by Sandra Postel on May 10, 2010, entitled "Water is Life - New Strategies for a Water-Stressed World."
DENIN Spring Seminar presented by Nita Sahai on May 6, 2010, entitled "Did Mineral Toxicity Drive Evolution of Bacterial Extra-Cellular Polymeric Substances?"
Slideshow from the first DENIN Research Symposium, April 9, 2010. The speakers, all University of Delaware faculty or affiliates, included Donald Sparks, Mark Barteau, John Byrne, Murray Johnston, Dominic DiToro, Jerry Kaufmann, Holly Michael, Eric Wommack, Jennifer Biddle, Anthony Aufdenkampe, and Pei Chiu. Photos by Kathleen Atkinson. Music, "Lost in Your Eyes" by Antoine Dufour in the public domain.
  DENIN Opening Event, October 23, 2009. Speakers included William Early, Acting Administrator of EPA Region 3; Francois Morel, Albert G. Blanke Jr. Professor of Geosciences at Princeton University; and William H. Schlesinger, president of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.