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Florida A&M undergrads conduct summer research at UD
July 18, 2014--Quincy Hardy and Prian Esquivel, undergraduates going into their senior year in Florida A&M’s College of Agriculture and Food Science, are at UD at the invitation of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and are participants in the Delaware EPSCoR Summer Scholars program.
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DENIN announces graduate fellowships
June 18, 2014--The Delaware Environmental Institute has announced a new funding opportunity for doctoral students at the University of Delaware, the DENIN Environmental Fellows Program.
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UD, UFLA discuss global challenges
May 30, 2014--The University of Delaware and the Federal University of Lavras, Brazil, held an international symposium focusing on global issues and trends in agriculture, environment, and bioenergy.
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Changing shipping routes
May 19, 2014--Rerouting ships to open up areas for offshore wind development could save billions of dollars in construction and operating costs for the renewable energy source, according to new findings by Delaware EPSCoR researcher Jeremy Firestone.
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Steve Dentel receives global outreach award
May 19, 2014--A UD professor of civil and environmental engineering was honored as the namesake and inaugural recipient of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP) Steven K. Dentel Award for Global Outreach due largely to his work with Engineers Without Borders.
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Wesley student earns national recognition
May 15, 2014--Wesley College student Gabriel Fernandez-Bueno was awarded the 2014 Undergraduate Award from the American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry, the fourth time a Wesley student has won this highly selective award.
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Lessons in ethics
May 14, 2014--In 2013, the Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy (SEPP), with support from Delaware EPSCoR, sponsored a grant competition for faculty to integrate ethics and policy into the courses. Fourteen projects have been implemented during the 2013–14 academic year.
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ISE Lab student research
May 9, 2014--Students from the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) marked Earth Day by conducting interdisciplinary environmental research on campus.
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DENIN Scholar symposium
May 8, 2014--The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) has announced that the inaugural DENIN Environmental Scholars Symposium will be held beginning at 4 p.m., Friday, May 9, in the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab) on the University of Delaware campus in Newark.
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Policy practice
April 29, 2014--Students who are interested in making sound environmental policy have an opportunity to gain direct experience this summer through a paid internship with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC).
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Calling student environmentalists
April 28, 2014--The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) invites any University of Delaware student interested in joining its Student Programs Committee for the 2014-15 academic year to submit an application by Tuesday, May 6, at 5 p.m.
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Bacteria fighting fabric
April 17, 2014--Each year in India, waterborne diseases sicken approximately 37.7 million people. One and a half million children die of diarrhea alone, according to a report by WaterAid.
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Earth Week 2014
April 16, 2014--The University of Delaware’s Earth Week Working Group of the Sustainability Task Force has announced the schedule of events for Earth Week 2014.
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Airborne wind engery
April 10, 2014--Wind turbines hovering high in the air and tethered to the ground, like kites, have the potential to generate huge amounts of electricity, based on a recent wind availability study led by the University of Delaware.
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Watershed investment
April 8, 2014--Under a grant from the William Penn Foundation, The Nature Conservancy in Delaware (TNC) and the University of Delaware’s Water Resources Agency (WRA) are conducting a feasibility study on the implementation of a “water fund” for the Brandywine-Christina watershed.
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ISE open house
April 2, 2014--The science and engineering research community in and around the University of Delaware is invited to attend an open house at the W. M. Keck Center for Advanced Microscopy and Microanalysis and the Advanced Materials Characterization Lab on Friday, April 4, from 1-5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
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Salt-tolerant crop shows promise as chicken bedding
March 19, 2014--Jack Gallagher grew up on a farm, but he never cared much for the squawking chickens pecking around. The Pennsylvania farm boy gravitated toward the coastline, where he built a career studying salt marsh vegetation as a marine scientist in the University of Delaware’s College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE).
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Provost Grasso to open spring Science Café series
March 6, 2014--University of Delaware Provost Domenico Grasso will open the spring semester Science Café series with a presentation at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 10, at the Deer Park Tavern on Main Street in Newark.
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ISE lab impact
March 4, 2014--The story of the University of Delaware’s Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory (ISE Lab), as told by those whose lives have greatly benefited from the new facility, is featured in a new video produced by University Media Services and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.
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Summer scholars
Feb. 26, 2014--Applications for the 2014 EPSCoR Summer Scholars research internship program are due by 5 p.m., Monday, March 3.
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Di Toro appointed
Feb. 24, 2014--The University of Delaware’s Dominic Di Toro has been appointed a member of the National Research Council’s Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology (BEST).
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Brazil symposium
Feb. 19, 2014--DENIN will co-sponsor a symposium highlighting the global impact of work by University of Delaware and Brazilian scholars, May 21-22.
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Weather watchdogs
Feb. 21, 2014--A decade ago, Delaware had only one reliable weather station delivering hourly conditions online. That meant emergency response decisions for the state’s entire 2,500 square miles depended on reports from one spot, the New Castle County Airport.
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Ag week research
Feb. 10, 2014-- UD's Kent Messer has undertaken a research project on landowner attitudes about new nutrient management practices.
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NAI member
Feb. 18, 2014--University of Delaware professor John F. Rabolt has been named a member of the National Academy of Inventors.
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Film festival showcases documentaries and student films
Jan. 13, 2014--Eleven environmental documentaries and student productions will be featured at UD's inaugural "Lights, Camera, EARTH!" film festival, scheduled for Feb. 21-23.
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Hayhoe lecture on climate change is online
Dec. 13, 2013--A recent lecture by Texas Tech University's Katharine Hayhoe on the state's changing climate is available online.
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Leathers elected AASC president
Dec. 10, 2013--Dan Leathers, UD professor of geography and Delaware state climatologist, has been elected president of the American Association of State Climatologists.
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Climate lecture
Dec. 5, 2013--Expert Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University will discuss the future of Delaware’s climate amidst global changes during a lecture on Dec. 9.
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Videos for the environment
Nov. 26, 2013--Winning videos in DENIN’s student competition will be screened in UD’s first environmental film festival in February 2014.
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Hu named 2013 Mangone Young Scholar
Nov. 21, 2013--UD's Francis Alison Society has named Juejun Hu, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, the 2013 Gerard J. Mangone Young Scholar.
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DENIN to screen acclaimed documentary
Nov. 20, 2013--The DENIN Student Programs Committee will present a free screening of "Waste Land," a documentary that chronicles life among the catadores, those who pick recyclable materials from a Brazilian garbage dump.
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Disthinguished lecturer
Nov. 18, 2013--University of Delaware marine biologist Jennifer Biddle has been named a 2013-14 Distinguished Lecturer by the U.S. Science Support Program.
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When the wind blows
Oct. 30, 2013--New research by a UD team shows that wind turbine arrangement in wind farms can increase performance by a third.
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Words of wisdom
Oct. 22, 2013--DENIN invites the UD community to a special seminar and reception saluting three outstanding young faculty who were recently appointed to environmental named chairs.
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Campus community celebrates ISE Lab grand opening
Oct. 21, 2013--Students, faculty, staff, donors and government officials gathered to celebrate the official grand opening of ISE Lab. Together they chanted “hydrogen, helium, lithium,” as dignitaries prepared to cut the ribbon.
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DENIN offers Environmental Frontier Grants
Oct. 9, 2013--DENIN invites applications from UD faculty members for Environmental Frontier Grants, a program to build research teams that will be competitive for larger, follow-on competitions for federal, state, foundation or industry funding.
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NASA funds research on carbon dynamics
Oct. 8, 2013--Working with a NASA grant, EPSCoR researcher Rodrigo Vargas is collaborating with the U.S. Forest Service and multiple institutions in Mexico to provide information to the international program on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).
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Jin receives USDA grantsOct. 7, 2013--EPSCoR researcher Yan Jin has received two awards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her studies on wetlands waters and for cross-disciplinary research on fresh produce and microbial contaminants.
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DENIN offers internships
Sept. 13, 2013--DENIN has announced that it will sponsor up to 20 paid undergraduate research internships focused on environmental topics during the 2013-14 academic year.
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D'Souza publishes book chapter
Sept. 10, 2013--Wesley College professor Malcolm D’Souza and a co-author have published a chapter on the chemistry of chloroformate and fluoroformate esters in Recent Development in Organic Chemistry.
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State leaders celebrate the power of partnership
Sept. 6, 2013--State leaders recently celebrated a National Science Foundation grant that aims to expand and enhance environmental research capability across the state.
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The ISE Lab comethSept. 5, 2013--Delaware EPSCoR has a new administrative home in the University of Delaware's Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Laboratory, designed to be a hub for 21st century research. 
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DTCC student studies tundra microbes
Alexa Bennett is spending her summer working with UD’s Tom Hanson to find microbes capable of converting atmospheric nitrogen to ammonia in tundra soils.
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Morphing manganese
Aug. 22, 2013--EPSCoR researcher George Luther reports new discovery in Science about manganese in aquatic environments.
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Unidel environmental chairs named
Aug. 14, 2013--Three UD faculty members — Kent Messer, Holly Michael, and Adam Rome — have been appointed to new chairs for environmental research through the generous support of the Unidel Foundation.
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Breathing of the forest
Aug. 2, 2013--UD faculty and undergraduates are examining forests’ roles in the carbon cycle and mitigating acid rain.
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EPSCoR Track 2
July 23, 2013--Delaware EPSCoR is a partner with Rhode Island and Vermont in a three-year, $6-million grant from the National Science Foundation through its EPSCoR Track-2 program.
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Diving into data
July 3, 2013--An international group of ocean researchers converged at UD to learn computer programming relevant to handling massive datasets in marine genomics.
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Restoring native shad
July 2, 2013--As head of UD's Water Resources Agency, Jerry Kauffman has been charged with overseeing the deconstruction of a dam that has been in existence since colonial times to help restore a native shad run.
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Algae holds potential as pollution reducer, biofuel source
June 27, 2013--The microscopic algae Heterosigma akashiwo grows rapidly on a gas mixture that has the same carbon dioxide and nitric oxide content as emissions released from a power plant, according to EPSCoR researcher Kathryn Coyne.
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Wesley students take on summer internships
June 25, 2013--Directed Research Program at Wesley College has opened career doors for undergraduate interns.
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From brown to bright
June 12, 2013--On Friday, June 7, U.S. Rep. John Carney (D-Del.) joined staff members from BrightFields and UD at the company’s site near the Port of Wilmington to learn more about PTAC’s role in helping BrightFields navigate the complex world of government contracting. PTAC is a unit of the Office of Economic Innovation and Partnerships (OEIP) at UD.
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Policy internship leads to new oil spill legislation
June 12, 2013--Thanks to the work of a University of Delaware graduate student intern whose position was co-sponsored by Delaware EPSCoR and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC), state taxpayers are protected from footing most of the bill for cleaning up catastrophic oil spills that affect the coastline.
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Active microbes found in ancient ocean sediment
June 12, 2013--Microbes are living more than 500 feet beneath the seafloor in 5 million-year-old sediment, according to new findings by researchers at the University of Delaware and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) published in the journal Nature on June 12.
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New technology holds potential for monitoring ecosystem
May 24, 2013--University of Delaware researchers are developing sensors that they hope will allow real-time, in situ detection of water and air pollutants in an inexpensive and environmentally friendly manner with the help of an EPSCoR seed grant.
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NSF awards $20 million to statewide consortium
May 24, 2013--The National Science Foundation and Delaware’s congressional delegation have announced that the Delaware EPSCoR program has been awarded a new five-year, $20-million Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) grant.
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SEPP announces grants for ethics curriculum development
May 17, 2013--The Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy (SEPP), with support from the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program, announces a grant competition to integrate considerations of science, ethics and policy into undergraduate and graduate instruction at the University of Delaware.
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Soil may harbor answer to reducing arsenic in rice
May 1, 2013--Harsh Bais and Janine Sherrier of the University of Delaware’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences are studying whether a naturally occurring soil bacterium, referred to as UD1023 because it was first characterized at the University, can create an iron barrier in rice roots that reduces arsenic uptake.
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Sustainability at DuPont
Apr. 23, 2013--In 2008, DuPont’s William F. Bailey was charged with leading an energy efficiency initiative for the company’s worldwide operations, which has reduced energy consumption by 20 percent and has saved the company more than $230 million. Bailey, a DuPont Engineering Fellow, and several other DuPont employees will be on the University of Delaware campus Thursday, May 2, to talk about DuPont sustainability efforts.
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Sparks to chair national soil science committee
Apr. 19, 2013--Donald L. Sparks, S. Hallock du Pont Chair in Soil and Environmental Chemistry at the University of Delaware, has been appointed to a three-year term as chair of the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science (USNC/SS).
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Hillel Dialogue
Apr. 15, 2013--As the population of the world soars toward 9 billion by midcentury, sustainable agriculture pioneer Daniel Hillel is "conditionally optimistic" that humanity will find a way to feed up to two billion more people in the coming decades.
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Video vote
Apr. 9, 2013--A student video competition sponsored by the Delaware Environmental lnstitute Student Programs Committee has entered its second phase with the announcement of four finalists that have been posted on Facebook for public viewing.
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Science and free will
Apr. 1, 2013--Four noted scholars will speak at a daylong conference co-sponsored by the Center for Science, Ethics, and Public Policy on Saturday, April 20, focusing on current philosophical and scientific work on the subject of free will.
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DENIN field trip
Mar. 22, 2013--DENIN, Delaware Wild Lands, the state's oldest land conservation organization, and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve are sponsoring a free field trip to the St. Jones Reserve, in Kent County, Del., on Friday, April 12.
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DENIN research symposium
Feb. 28, 2013--The Delaware Environmental Institute’s (DENIN) third research symposium, titled “Coastal Consequences: Sea Level Rise in Delaware,” will take place on Tuesday, March 12, from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the University of Delaware’s Clayton Hall Conference Center in Newark.
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Fighting microbes with microbes
Jan. 24, 2013--EPSCoR seed-grant recipient Harsh Bais conducts research into how some beneficial microbes promote disease resistance in plants. His work was recently featured in an article in The Scientist.
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SEPP on Campus Voices
Dec. 10, 2012--A recent episode of the WVUD radio station's Campus Voices program featured philosophy professors Tom Powers and Mark Greene discussing the University of Delaware’s Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy (SEPP), National Science Foundation funding, ethics courses at UD, and nanotechnology and biomedical ethics.
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Climate dialogue
Nov. 16, 2012--Richard Alley, Geosciences Professor at Pennsylvania State University, appeared at the University of Delaware’s Mitchell Hall on Nov. 8 to discuss his breakthrough findings about abrupt climate changes in Earth’s past and the implications of his research for Earth’s future.
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Coastal power surveys
Oct. 19, 2012--Kent Messer leads a research team that is conducting two studies at the Delaware coast to determine how people would react to offshore energy production and how that could impact the state's economy.
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Joint Wesley-DSU publication
Oct. 19, 2012--An article co-authored by Qiquan Wang and Malcolm D'Souza describing the development of the joint Wesley-DSU biological chemistry program and the collaborative efforts at the two institutions fostered by the Delaware INBRE and EPSCoR programs appeared in the Journal of College Teaching & Learning.
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Right to science?

Oct. 2, 2012--´╗┐Philosophers, ethicists and scientists came together at the UD's Delaware Biotechnology Institute to consider the role science and engineering have in improving living conditions in the developing world as well as in the U.S. The workshop was part of a series of discussions that will be compiled by the AAAS and relayed to the international human rights community through the United Nations.
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Moral ground
Oct. 2, 2012--Although climate change is certainly a scientific and technological issue, it is fundamentally a moral issue that calls for a moral response, says philosopher Kathleen Dean Moore. Moore addresses why climate change science has elicited such indifference among the American public and how we can respond ethically and morally.
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The people pipeline
Sept. 19, 2012--Just as laboratories need pipelines for water and natural gas, they also need a “pipeline” that provides a continuous supply of people able to conduct research there. Making sure the people pipeline is full of well-trained individuals is one of the most important goals of Delaware EPSCoR.
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Symposium highlights summer undergraduate service, research projectsAug. 14, 2012--The University of Delaware hosted the third annual Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium on Thursday, Aug. 9. The symposium featured oral presentations and student poster displays. The second annual Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research in Sustainability Prize was awarded during the symposium. The first place recipient was EPSCoR-funded intern, Taylor Smith, a senior environmental engineering major.
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UD to host inaugural human, animal, environmental health symposium
July 25, 2012--The University of Delaware will host the inaugural animal, human, and environmental health symposium, Global Thinking for the Greater Good: Interdisciplinary Health Discourse and Research, in the Townsend Hall Commons on Wednesday, Aug. 22.
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HIP for STEM workshop fosters collaborations with Delaware Tech facultyJuly 9, 2012--Delaware Technical and Community College will host a workshop, “HIP (High Impact Practices) for STEM,” on Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Delaware Environmental Education Center on the Wilmington Riverfront.
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UD helps farmers manage irrigation with Delaware-specific environmental data
July 9, 2012--Watering corn, cantaloupes and other crops with industrial-sized sprinklers can be costly for farmers, but so can be fields parched by dry, hot weather. University of Delaware researchers are helping growers find the right balance between irrigation and rainfall with new online software that incorporates Delaware-specific environmental data..
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Rabolt teaches course in vibrational spectroscopy in China
July 2, 2012--John F. Rabolt, Karl W. and Renate Böer Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, presented a course on “Characterization of Materials Using Vibrational Spectroscopy,” May 27-June 8, at Donghua University, located in the Songjiang district outside Shanghai, China.
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Experimental watershed provides new insights, rich educational experience
June 26, 2012--Six years and about 4,000 water samples later, an outdoor experimental watershed laboratory established by University of Delaware faculty members Shreeram Inamdar and Delphis Levia at Fair Hill, Md., is now producing valuable data and novel insights into how water and chemicals move through the forest canopy, soils and watersheds, and how future climate change may impact or alter such responses.
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Undergrad receives fellowship to study deep-sea viruses
June 22, 2012--Jessica Chopyk, a junior biological sciences major at the University of Delaware and former EPSCoR research intern, has won a $5,000 American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship.
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Grad student Jason Fischel receives NSF fellowship
May 10, 2012--Fischel, an environmental soil chemistry student in Donald Sparks' lab, is one of 10 UD students and recent alumni who have recently received NSF Graduate Research Program Fellowships.
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NECC evaluates past, plans for future
May 10, 2012--A team of research leaders from Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont came together recently for the annual North East Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (NECC) meeting. The meeting was held at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute (DBI) in Newark.
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UD's Jaisi wins ORAU Powe Award to track down nutrient pollutant in Chesapeake
May 9, 2012--Deb Jaisi, an assistant professor of plant and soil sciences at the University of Delaware, wants to seek out the sources of a key nutrient so excessive that it has become a pollutant in the Chesapeake Bay — phosphorus (P).
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Prestigious travel grants allow UD students to attend plant biology conference
Mar. 30, 2012--Two members of Harsh Bais' research group, postdoctoral researcher Venkatachalam Lakshmanan and graduate student Emily Alff, have received travel grants from the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), which will enable them to attend the society’s annual meeting this summer in Austin, Texas.
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Research ethics expert Nicholas Steneck to speak at UD
Mar. 13, 2012--The UD Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy will sponsor a lecture titled “Research Integrity: A Global Overview” by Nicholas H. Steneck on Wednesday, March 14, from 1:30–2:30 p.m. in 205 Gore Hall.
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Environmental author Terry Tempest Williams finds beauty in the midst of devastation
Mar. 8, 2012--From the devastation of disasters such as last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami or accidents such as the Gulf oil spill or human brutality such as the Rwandan genocide, beauty can emerge, environmental author and activist Terry Tempest Williams told an audience of about 250 at Mitchell Hall last week.
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Delaware EPSCoR announces 2012 seed grant recipients
Mar. 8, 2012--The Delaware EPSCoR program has awarded seven seed grants to University of Delaware faculty whose projects address current environmental issues within the state. EPSCoR, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is a federal grant program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) that helps states develop their research capabilities so that they may compete for further federal funding. This year’s funded projects are as follows:
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Holly Michael receives NSF Career Award
Mar. 1, 2012--Holly Michael, assistant professor of geological sciences in UD's College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE), is studying how seawater along the coast mixes with freshwater that flows underground, and she recently received a highly competitive Faculty Early Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further her work.
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Delaware academic scientists and engineers lead nation in published research
Feb. 23, 2012--Among university scientists and engineers, Delaware academic researchers are the most productive in the nation, far out-publishing their peers, according to a report prepared by the National Science Foundation and issued by the National Science Board.
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On the radar
Feb. 20, 2012--When the prestigious Sloan Research Fellowships broadened in scope this year to include researchers in the ocean sciences, a UD oceanographer and EPSCoR seed grant recipient was among the first in the field to be selected for the honor.
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Wesley College students publish chemistry research
Feb. 16, 2012--Two Wesley College students have had their undergraduate research in chemistry published. Jaci Knapp and Gabriel Fernandez-Bueno completed an INBRE/EPSCoR-supported organic chemistry research project under the direction of Dr. Malcolm D’Souza, professor of chemistry. This work is now published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Molecular Sciences.
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Not just for scientists
Jan. 31, 2012--Over 150 members of the University of Delaware community filled Clayton Hall on Jan. 12 for the second Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) Research Symposium, an event that brought together speakers of disparate disciplines with a shared desire to address environmental issues.
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DENIN Dialogue series
Jan. 24, 2012--Terry Tempest Williams, renowned environmental writer and the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah, will be the featured speaker in the Delaware Environmental Institute’s DENIN Dialogue Lecture Series on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Mitchell Hall at 7 p.m.
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A critical workshop
Jan. 18, 2012--International collaboration in critical zone science took a giant step forward in November when about 80 researchers from the U.S., Europe, China and Australia gathered at the University of Delaware for a three-day workshop focused on planning future joint experiments.
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Coffee and collaboration
Jan. 13, 2012--Leaders of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) spent the morning of Dec. 14 getting to know one another better at the most recent EcoCafé workshop held at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute in Newark.
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Wesley College posters selected for 2012 American Chemical Society showcase
Jan. 12, 2012--Wesley College faculty and students collaborated to present undergraduate research at the American Chemical Society (ACS) meeting in March 2012 in San Diego. Three of the nine posters that Wesley students and faculty will present were selected to be showcased at Sci-Mix, a large meeting-wide poster event, at the conference. These posters represent the best science and presentations that the society has to offer.
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DENIN student initiative
Jan. 9, 2012--The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) at the University of Delaware has selected nine undergraduate and graduate students to serve on its Student Programs Committee, a team charged with facilitating student involvement in DENIN’s environmental mission.
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UD hosts McNair Scholars
December 27, 2011--More than 100 students from institutions around the country attended the annual National McNair Scholars Research Conference and Graduate School Fair, recently hosted on campus by the McNair Scholars Program at the University of Delaware and co-sponsored by Delaware EPSCoR.
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Center for diversity
Dec. 8, 2011--The University of Delaware's new Center for the Study of Diversity will serve as a scholarly think tank that not only conducts research but also helps guide the University in finding the best ways to support diversity on campus.
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Community researchers
December 7, 2011--Delaware Technical & Community College in Stanton was recently featured in the article "Two-Year Colleges Are Jumping into the U.S. Research Pool," published in Science, a leading scientific journal.
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Centered on ethics
December 6, 2011--The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), in collaboration with the Delaware Environmental Institute, has launched the new Center for Science, Ethics and Public Policy (SEPP) at the University of Delaware and with it a revamped website.
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Doctoral student wins Dixon Award
November 30, 2011--Chunmei Chen, a University of Delaware doctoral student in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, was chosen to receive the Dixon Award for best graduate student presentation in soil mineralogy at the recent 2011 Soil Science Society of America meeting in San Antonio.
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Science Café fall series
October 17, 2011--The Science, Ethics and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware kicks off this year’s Science Café program with a presentation on Monday, Oct. 31, entitled “What Business Does a University Have Marketing Inventions?” The event will be held 5:30-7 p.m. at the Deer Park Tavern, 108 W. Main St., in Newark.
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Campus sustainability institute
October 13, 2011--The University of Delaware’s Sustainability Task Force has announced the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Regional Institute on Sustainability in Higher Education as part of its ongoing commitment to sustainability. The one-day institute will be held on Friday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Perkins Student Center on the University’s Newark campus.
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Summer achievement
August 24, 2011--Two EPSCoR summer research interns, Matt Fischel and Anthony McGuire, were awarded top prizes in the first-ever Undergraduate Research in Sustainability competition, held as part of the University of Delaware's annual Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium.
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The softer side of x-rays
August 23, 2011--Researchers at the University of Delaware in collaboration with scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown that the chemical structure and bioavailability of cadmium-contaminated soil changes with the flooding and drying cycles of lowland rice culture.
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Research rules
July 21, 2011--Thirty-nine undergraduate students from the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wesley College and Delaware Technical and Community College are spending the summer immersed in the nitty-gritty of environmental research with the support of the Delaware EPSCoR program.
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An ultra-bright future
July 12, 2011--Graduate students in soil and environmental chemistry at the University of Delaware have logged an unusual record of success in gaining access to some of the most advanced scientific equipment in the world at national laboratories around the country.
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Communicating science
June 27, 2011--“So, what do you do?” It’s one of the most common questions posed in everyday life, but for scientists and engineers, answering can be problematic, requiring a quick assessment of the technological savvy of the questioner, whether that person is a relative, a colleague, a reporter or perhaps even a politician. Replying in an engaging way in language the listener can understand often takes forethought and practice. A workshop on July 21 aims to make this easier.
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Bioinformatics and systems biology
June 6, 2011--More than 100 people turned out for the inaugural Research Symposium on Bioinformatics and Systems Biology at the University of Delaware on Friday, May 27.
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Aug. 21-24: Global issues in nutrient management
May 31, 2011--The fourth annual international symposium addressing global issues and trends in nutrient management will be held at the University of Delaware, Aug. 21-24.
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Congressional fellow
May 25, 2011--As a scientist, Laura Povlich believes in the need for scientific innovation. As an individual, she understands that the government plays a large role in the development of new technologies.
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Stream researchers share data in Vermont
April 27, 2011--Two Delaware high school students who participated in an EPSCoR-funded research experience as part of the Vermont Streams Project are highlighted in this article in the Burlington Free Press.
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The ethics of the very small
April 26, 2011--Two UD professors, Ismat Shah and Tom Powers, will host two international conferences on nanoethics in November, stopping first in Lahore, Pakistan, and then in Dubai.
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Delaware EPSCoR annual meeting
April 25, 2011--Delaware EPSCoR, the statewide network that links higher education institutions with the public and private sectors to develop Delaware's research infrastructure and capacity, held its annual meeting on April 14 at the Delaware Technical and Community College campus in Dover.
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Science Cafe series continues April 19
April 18, 2011--The Science, Ethics and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware will continue its Science Café program with a presentation on Tuesday, April 19, entitled “What Happens in the Forest When It Rains, and Why Is It Important?”
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Delaware presidents join forces in Dover
April 8, 2011--April 5, 2011, was a landmark day in Delaware -- Higher Education Day. The presidents of the state’s three publicly supported institutions of higher education joined forces and brought their message of collaboration for academic, as well as economic, benefit to Legislative Hall in Dover.
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So you want to be an inventor?
April 5, 2011--Delaware EPSCoR and the Delaware Small Business and Technology Development Center (DSBTDC) are cosponsoring a free workshop titled “The Innovation Process: Science to Commercialization” on April 18–19, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute in Newark.
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Two Graduate Research Assistant Positions Are Open in Program Evaluation
April 4, 2011--Two graduate research assistant positions working on the internal program evaluation of two large federally funded science grants are available.
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DSU, Wesley professors share grant funds
February 8, 2011--Three professors, two from Delaware State University, and one from Wesley College, will begin an interdisciplinary research project in February after they were recently awarded with a $30,000 seed grant from the National Science Foundation Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR).
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Chapas named state EPSCoR director
January 11, 2011--After a nationwide search, Richard B. Chapas has been appointed the next state project director for the Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or Delaware EPSCoR.
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Nov. 15: Science Café to feature "Materials for the Bionic Woman"
November 1, 2010--The Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware will continue its Science Café program with a presentation Monday, Nov. 15, on “Materials for the Bionic Woman.”
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Nov. 19: DENIN adds seminar to fall series
October 25, 2010--The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) is pleased to announce an addition to its fall seminar series lineup.
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Delaware EPSCoR receives cyber-infrastructure improvement grant
October 18, 2010--The Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) has been awarded a $1.18 million dollar grant by the National Science Foundation through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding to upgrade the cyber-infrastructure linking higher education institutions throughout the state.
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Conservation International expert continues DENIN Dialogue Series
September 29, 2010--Michael P. Totten, chief adviser on energy, climate and green technology at the Center for Environmental Leadership in Business (CELB) of Conservation International, will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series on Nov. 30 at 7:00 p.m. in Mitchell Hall.
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Delaware Tech receives NSF grant to support advanced technology education
September 23, 2010--Delaware Technical and Community College has been awarded a three-year, $878,000 grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide support for undergraduate research and faculty mentors at the college.
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Speakers for DENIN’s fall seminar series announced
September 23, 2010--The Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), the University of Delaware’s interdisciplinary environmental science, engineering and policy research institute, will host a number of free seminars for the UD community and the general public this fall.
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EPSCoR sponsors undergrads’ summer research
August 27, 2010--Thirty-eight undergraduates representing the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Wesley College, Delaware Technical and Community College and Lincoln University took part in summer research internships sponsored by the Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a program funded jointly by the National Science Foundation and the state of Delaware.
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Delaware EPSCoR co-sponsors summer research symposium at DSU
July 22, 2010--Students engaged in summer research activities at Delaware State University will showcase their research at the 2010 Summer Research Symposium on Thursday, July 29, from 9:00­ a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Student Center on the DSU campus in Dover.
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Researchers offer solutions to poisonous well-water crisis in southern Asia
June 1, 2010----Over 100 million people in rural southern Asia are exposed every day to unsafe levels of arsenic from the well-water they drink.
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First DENIN Dialogue Series speaker addresses strategies for a water-stressed world
Sandra Postel visited UD May 11.
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EPSCoR partner institution Wesley College earns accolades
Wesley excels in environmental and health sciences
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DENIN holds first research symposium
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DENIN spring seminars March 5-May 14
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EPSCoR seed grants awarded for environmental research
The Delaware EPSCoR office has awarded three seed grants to investigators whose projects address environmental challenges in Delaware.
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UD undergrads get hooked on fish research
EPSCoR interns Brittany Schieler and Kevin Crum, juniors at the University of Delaware, conducted summer research on Delaware Bay fish under the direction of Timothy Targett, professor of marine biosciences at UD.
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UD computing teams take top spots in national competition
The National Science Foundation's Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, or EPSCoR, assisted with travel costs for 11 UD students who served as volunteers at the conference.
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UD hosts first-ever Geospatial Research Day
The University of Delaware's first Geospatial Research Day took place in the Trabant University Center on Thursday, Nov. 19. The free event highlighted the geospatial research being conducted at the University of Delaware and the ways in which UD community members are using geospatial technology.
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Science Cafe returns to Newark
The Science, Ethics, and Public Policy Program (SEPP) at the University of Delaware will bring its Science Cafe program back to downtown Newark this fall, for more informal monthly discussions among scientists and community members.
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University hosts conference on ethics of climate change
Climate scientists, philosophers, economists, ethicists and students gathered at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall on Friday, Oct. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 31 to discuss the ways in which humans should respond to climate change, as part of a conference titled, "The Ethics of Climate Change: Intergenerational Justice and the Global Challenge."
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UD start-up company prepares to commercialize novel detector for medical, military applications
PAIR Technologies, a start-up company established by University of Delaware researchers and a former DuPont scientist, is preparing to commercialize a high-precision detector -- a planar array infrared spectrograph -- that can identify biological and chemical agents in solids, liquids, and gases, present at low levels, and in less than a second.
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UD launches Delaware Environmental Institute
More than 200 people attended the official debut of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN) on Friday, Oct. 23, including a cadre of elementary and high school students who contributed posters on topics ranging from the benefits of trees to the problems associated with invasive species.
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Oh, brother, it's true: Plants can recognize their siblings and now we know how
Plants may not have eyes and ears, but they can recognize their siblings, and researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered how.
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Two engineering professors win Department of Defense EPSCoR research grants
Two University of Delaware engineering professors -- Dennis Prather, Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Eleftherios Papoutsakis, the Eugene du Pont Chair of Chemical Engineering and a faculty fellow at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute -- have been awarded research grants from the U.S. Department of Defense's 2009 Defense Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR).
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New X-ray technique illuminates reactivity of environmental contaminants
Thanks to a new analytical method employed by researchers at the University of Delaware, scientists can now pinpoint, at the millisecond level, what happens as harmful environmental contaminants such as arsenic begin to react with soil and water under various conditions.
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EPSCoR annual meeting addresses environmental challenges
The Delaware Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant program dedicated to improving Delaware's environment and economy through research and education, held its annual meeting on June 10 at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute in Newark.
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Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) Launches at Delaware State University
The Center for Integrated Biological and Environmental Research (CIBER) celebrated its opening day on May 27 at Delaware State University, with leaders from its partner institutions in attendance.
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Undergraduate interns conduct real-world scientific research
Fifty undergraduate students and their faculty mentors, representing the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical & Community College and Wesley College, gathered at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute in Newark on June 8 to begin their summer research.
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EPSCoR seed grants awarded to environmental researchers
With a focus on environmental issues important to the state, the Delaware National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (NSF EPSCoR) office has awarded five seed grants to investigators whose projects aim to solve environmental problems in Delaware.
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Delaware teachers participate in biotechnology weekend workshop
Fifteen Delaware public school teachers met at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute and the University of Delaware's Hugh R. Sharp Campus in Lewes Feb. 20-22 for a "biotechnology weekend."
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UD alumnus wins Presidential Early Career Award
University of Delaware alumnus David McNear has won the prestigious Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor the federal government gives to scientists and engineers beginning their independent research careers.
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Environmental sensors meeting talks available online
Copies of talks from the environmental sensors meeting are now available.
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Environmental Sensors Workshop unites geoscientists
The Environmental Sensors Workshop, held Jan. 9 at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute, brought together the leaders of major monitoring and sensing initiatives across the state to describe their organizations' current capabilities, discuss emerging needs and explore partnerships.
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Maynard discusses perceptions of nanotechnology research, risk
Internationally recognized research leader and lecturer Andrew Maynard, chief science adviser to the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, clarified the public perception of research and risk surrounding nanotechnology at the "Environmental Nanoparticles: Science, Ethics, and Policy" conference held Nov. 10-11 at the University of Delaware.
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NSF awards UD, partners $15 million for environmental research, education
The presidents of the University of Delaware, Delaware State University, Delaware Technical & Community College and Wesley College joined with state officials at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute on Nov. 7 to announce that they had been awarded $15 million by the National Science Foundation as part of NSF's Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).
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