Participants in the DENIN Environmental Scholars Winter Retreat, held Feb. 7 at Killens Pond State Park in Felton, Delaware.  

May 9: DENIN symposium

Inaugural DENIN Environmental Scholars Symposium to be held at ISE Lab


3:51 p.m., 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.

DENIN Environmental Scholars are undergraduates who have carried out environmentally focused research throughout the academic year, and who will now showcase their work through talks and posters.

Research Stories

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Tsu-Wei Chou, Pierre S. du Pont Chair of Engineering at the University of Delaware, is part of an international team of researchers that is examining the feasibility of using additive manufacturing to produce 3D preforms.

Learning from leeches

In order to get a better grasp on the biodiversity of mammals in Sumatra, University of Delaware graduate student Sarah Weiskopf spent two weeks collecting leeches in Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park and conducting genetic analyses of their blood meals.

At 4 p.m., two talks will be held in 205 ISE Lab.

Cellular and molecular biology major Joshua Barnett will present his biogeochemistry research at Cape Henlopen, Delaware, titled “Interplay Between Iron- and Sulfur-Cycling Microbial Communities and Geochemistry in the Intertidal Mixing Zone of a Coastal Aquifer.”

Danielle Eldracher, a sociology and criminal justice major, will present “Community Perceptions of Residential Buyout Options in Southbridge.”

Barnett carried out his research project under the mentorship of Clara Chan, assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Eldracher was mentored by Joanne Nigg, professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. Both Barnett and Eldracher are Honors Program students.

At 5 p.m., 20 DENIN Scholars will present posters on the ground floor of ISE Lab. Student research projects span environmental challenges requiring perspectives from natural and physical sciences, social sciences and humanities. 

Refreshments will be served.

Photo by Rebekah Helton

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