College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment results from realignment

by Dave on July 1, 2009

From UD:

9:51 a.m., July 1, 2009—-Effective July 1, the University of Delaware College of Marine and Earth Studies becomes the College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment (CEOE). The change results from the alignment of UD’s Department of Geography with the College of Marine and Earth Studies.

The mission of the new college is to advance understanding of Earth’s natural systems and the interactions of humans with the environment through engaged interdisciplinary research, teaching and outreach.

According to Dean Nancy Targett, “the new college brings intellectual alignment with the projects among the various departments,” and fits well with the vision articulated in UD’s Path to ProminenceTM.

“We have clustered units that share expertise in policy, science and the human environment,” she said. “In doing so, we are accentuating the already strong foundation that UD has in the areas of Earth and ocean studies.”

CEOE is comprised of two departments — Geological Sciences and Geography — and a School of Marine Science and Policy. The school houses programs in marine biosciences, oceanography, physical ocean science and engineering, and marine policy.

In addition, CEOE remains the administrative base of several research centers, the Delaware Sea Grant College Program, the Delaware Geological Survey, the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research and the Joint Institute for Coastal Research and Management. The latter is in partnership with China’s Xiamen University.

“By bringing these units together into one college we have established a framework and broad unified mission that strengthens the individual units and provides synergy that will heighten visibility and prominence,” Targett remarked.

Added Provost Tom Apple, “This new college will be perfectly poised to tackle the research challenges of today’s environment from both the scientific and societal perspective. It will also educate our next generation of leaders who deal with the earth, the ocean and the environment.”

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