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Delaware Research Engages Teachers and Undergraduate Students

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Delaware Research Infrastructure Improvement Program  (University of Delaware)

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An NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) award to the University of Delaware and Delaware Biotechnology Institute resulted in the development of a Center for Critical Zone Research that explores the complex chemical, biological, and physical processes in land and water ecosystems.  The research presents opportunities to engage teachers, undergraduate students, and K-12 students in an exciting learning environment.  Students have studied the fate of manufactured nanoparticles in water environments and how natural systems of plants and aquatic organisms may be used to maximize the improvement of water quality.


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Recent Award Highlights

a researcher holds rice plants sampled from a cambodian rice paddy

Minimizing arsenic in Cambodian rice edit

Soil's oxygen content plays a role in arsenic uptake

Research Areas: Biology Locations: Delaware International
scientists use box cores to collect sediment in the saint lawrence estuary

Marine sediments contain a missing chemical link in global ocean processes

Soluble manganese, an essential life element, is more abundant than once thought

Research Areas: Earth & Environment Locations: Delaware Oregon International