New ISTC technical report on the feasibility of saline aquaculture in Illinois

TR- 051 On the Feasibility of Establishing a Saline Aquaculture Industry in Illinois / Small, Brian; Rajagopalan, Nandakishore; Quagrainie, Kwamena. — Champaign, IL : Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, 2014.

Abstract: A considerable quantity of saline water is available in Illinois to support the needs of a marine aquaculture industry. The sources vary from isolated, deep rock aquifers to industrial effluents. In the present study, synthetic saline water prepared using known concentrations of salts, without trace minerals, in the Ironton-Galesville aquifer formation was used to rear striped bass, a euryhaline species. Growth indices were measured over a 24-week period and compared to striped bass reared in saline water prepared using a commercial marine salt mixture. The results indicate no differences in any growth parameter and no effect on body composition. The only observed differences were in fish behavior and water quality. Fish appeared more excitable in the aquifer treatment; however, stress hormone levels were not affected. Ammonia concentrations in the aquifer treatment system were higher throughout the study. From these results, one can conclude that water displaced from the Ironton-Galesville formation as a result of CO2 sequestration may be suitable for growth of saline aquaculture species assuming trace mineral and contaminant levels are found to be acceptable. It is recommended that a complete analysis (trace minerals and contaminants) of the Ironton-Galesville formation water be completed prior to using this water for food-fish production, because those were not included in the synthetic saline water prepared to mimic the Ironton-Galesville ground water. Undesirable concentrations of trace minerals or contaminates would require some degree of pretreatment prior to use for aquaculture.

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Putting the “I” Back in Team: The Rise of International Teams in Science

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In this policy brief I discuss the increasing prevalence of international teams in the production of scientific knowledge. I outline several potential factors that may explain these trends and discuss recent evidence from an original survey of coauthors on scientific papers regarding their collaboration behavior. Finally, as a notable example of increased international collaboration, I discuss the increase in scientific collaboration between Russia and the US after the end of the Cold War.

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The National Map and National Atlas Merge

This year, the National Atlas will be merged into The National Map to a single online source for geospatial and cartographic information. On September 30, 2014, The National Atlas of the United States will be removed from service. Some of its products and services will continue to be available from The National Map while others will not. Everything currently available from The National Atlas will remain accessible until the end of September. Now is the time to retrieve any products from the National Atlas that are of lasting use to you. Read more about National Atlas transition.

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Computational Social Science Workshop: Methods for Data Driven Discovery

90% of the world’s data was generated over only the past 2 years. The volume of data, the variety of data available, and the velocity with which it is being generated create both challenges and opportunities for researchers. New methods of analysis are necessary to make sense of our data-rich world, and so the Scholarly Commons and I-CHASS are offering a FREE workshop for graduate students (but is open to faculty and staff as well) that gives an overview of cutting edge data analysis approaches and tools so that you can get started using these exciting new research methods in your own work.

The workshop is on Saturday, March 15th, from 9:00am to 4:30pm at the I-Hotel. Lunch, snacks, and coffee breaks will be provided. The topics that will be covered include: text analysis, network analysis, geographical information systems (GIS), data visualization, machine learning, and the locating, preparing, and managing of large datasets on and offline.

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Harriett Green at This workshop is free and open to all graduate students. Conference registration is limited, so register early at this link or by going to We can accommodate most dietary needs at lunch if you email Natalie Lambert at by March 10th.

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Elsevier launches Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry

Elsevier has launched an new environmental chemistry journal. Trends in Environmental Analytical Chemistry is devoted to publishing concise and critical overviews of the rapid changes and development in the field of environmental analytical chemistry.

For more information, visit You can view the articles from the premier issue at It appears to be included in the University of Illinois’ Elsevier package.

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ISTC Request for Proposals for FY15

To view the full RFP and learn more about ISTC’s Sponsored Research Program, visit

Program Overview

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, promotes sustainability through resource conservation, pollution prevention, and technical assistance. The Center’s current research activities are focused on industrial pollution prevention; energy conservation and new energy technologies; biofuels; waste reduction; water quality improvements; and water use and reuse.

In pursuit of its mission, ISTC administers the Sponsored Research Grant Program which provides funds to advance the state of knowledge/practice in areas of sustainability, pollution prevention, energy generation and conservation, and environmental issues of importance to the State. Requests for proposals are announced each year or every other year, depending on the availability of funds. Each of ISTC’s new funding cycles begins with a focused solicitation identifying issues of special interest to the State. Pre-proposals are now being requested for funding in FY15. Pre-proposals are due to ISTC by March 11, 2014. They will be screened internally based on factors such as relevance to the solicitation, project objectives, adequacy of methods and techniques to achieve them, and qualifications of participants to carry out the proposed work. Successful pre-proposal applicants will be notified by March 24, 2014, and asked to submit a full proposal by April 25, 2014. Notification of funding will be made by June 3, 2014.

For FY15, there will be approximately $225,000 available for new projects. We anticipate funding 3 – 6 projects (maximum grant amount of $75,000). Project period should be one year or less, with earliest starting date of July 1, 2014, and latest completion date of June 30, 2015.


Proposals are being requested for projects that will contribute to ISTC’s goal of conserving a total of one billion gallons of water in the state of Illinois. Projects located in northeastern Illinois, east-central Illinois, and southwestern Illinois (Metro East area) are particularly encouraged as those areas have been identified as priority water supply planning areas. Projects can be focused on methods for reducing water use; treatment of wastewater or other process water for reuse; novel recycling methods; or other significant water-saving measures. Technologies or practices that are easily transferable to other industries or businesses are preferred. Projects that target significant water savings through energy savings will also be considered.

Projects should be able to achieve real measurable water savings/conservation within the time frame of the project or be able to show a very high potential for significant water savings/conservation in the near future. Funded projects will be used as case studies by ISTC to provide information to other entities about sustainable water-saving/conservation practices and technologies.


The following section of this document provides the guidelines needed to prepare a pre-proposal in response to the FY15 solicitation. Adherence to these guidelines is required.

Eligible Applicants: Businesses, consultants, engineering firms, government/municipal agencies, non-profits, universities, and other institutes of higher education may apply.

Available Funding: Three to six grants (maximum of $75,000 each) will be awarded. Reimbursements will be made following receipt of each quarterly progress report after the first initial payment.

Pre-proposal Format

The pre-proposals for this award should contain the following information (use 11-point font or greater for the whole pre-proposal starting each section on a new page):

  • Title Page which lists (1 page):
    • Title
    • Investigators and their affiliations
    • Duration (start date July 1, 2014, or after; end date no later than June 30, 2015)
    • Total Cost, funds requested and any matching funds (matching funds are not required but cash match would be a positive factor in proposal selection).
  • Pre-proposal narrative which (3 single-spaced pages or less)
    • Outlines the problem – giving the context and specific need.
    • Describes what is being proposed and how it advances the state of knowledge and practice of water conservation. (References can be on an additional page and not counted in the narrative page limit.)
    • Provides a broad overview of the approach and timeline.
    • Discusses expected results (e.g., how many gallons of water saved), impacts, or outcomes as well as potential for transfer of practices to other industries or business sectors.
  • Preliminary budget (1 page or less): Give a brief breakdown of costs. Pre-proposals do not need to include a fully executed budget. The request for funds must include overhead as required by the institution or entity. Purchase of equipment is allowed but must not be greater than two-thirds of the budget amount.
  • Resume(s): Include a maximum 1-page resume for each investigator demonstrating sufficient expertise and a history of project completions.

Pre-proposal Evaluation Criteria

Pre-proposals will be reviewed for the following:

  • Does the work fit within the scope of the solicitation topic?
  • Is the work significant?
  • Is this project innovative?
  • Will the work be able to be completed in the stated timeframe?
  • Will the anticipated results provide positive impacts toward the goal of conserving a total of one billion gallons of water in FY15?
  • Can this project or the practices be easily used/adopted by other industries, businesses, or entities to broaden the impact?

Proposal Timeline

  • March 11, 2014 (by 5 pm CST) – Pre-proposals due to ISTC (with preliminary budgets)
  • March 24, 2014 – Invitations to submit full proposals. Detailed guidelines for submission of full proposals will be provided at that time and will also be available on the ISTC web site. Full proposals will undergo detailed technical reviews by external reviewers as well as internal review.
  • April 25, 2014 (by 5 pm CST) – Full proposals due to ISTC
  • June 3, 2014 – Notification of funding

Pre-proposal Submission

  • Email an attached electronic pdf copy of the pre-proposal to Nancy Holm at Please include the PI’s last name in the name of the attached file (e.g., Holm_MembraneFiltration_Preproposal.pdf).
  • Pre-proposals must be received by 5 pm CST, March 11, 2014.


All questions regarding the program should be directed via email to Nancy Holm at or call 217-244-3330. Specific technical questions should be directed via email to Dr. Kishore Rajagopalan at or call 217-244-8905.

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Call for Papers – Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: An Environmental Chemistry Challenge

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative: An Environmental Chemistry Challenge
At 248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
San Francisco, CA
August 10-14, 2014

Abstract Deadline: March 2014

The Great Lakes Research Initiative (GLRI) ( is a multi-year program envisioned by U.S. President Barack Obama. A task force of 11 federal agencies developed the GLRI to put the president’s initiative into action. The Great Lakes region encompasses about 20 percent of the fresh water in the world, and is an increasingly threatened and dynamic resource. Although significant progress has been made, legacy contaminants (PCBs, Hg, pesticides) continue to cycle through the Great Lakes ecosystem and adversely impact humans and wildlife. Chemicals of emerging concern, which include halogenated flame retardants, surfactants, pharmaceuticals and personal care product constituents, have also been detected in the Great Lakes.

The ENVR Centennial Celebration for the fall 2014 National Meeting in San Francisco will focus on the environmental stewardship of air, land and water; and caring for our Great Lakes is a key element of that stewardship. Demonstrating the importance of environmental chemistry in the understanding, monitoring, and restoration of the Great Lakes is the primary goal of this symposium. We invite your submission for oral or poster presentations that have supported the five Focus Areas of the GLRI:

  • Toxic Substances and Areas of Concern
  • Invasive Species
  • Nearshore Health and Nonpoint Source Pollution
  • Habitat and Wildlife Protection and Restoration
  • Accountability, Education, Monitoring, Evaluation, Communication and Partnerships

Please submit your abstracts using the ACS Abstract Submission System (PACS) ( Any other inquiries should be directed to the symposium organizers:

James J. Pagano, Director
Environmental Research Center
Department of Chemistry
403B Shineman Center
30 Centennial Drive
State University of New York at Oswego
Oswego, NY 13126
Voice: 315.312.2810 Fax: 315.312.5346

Dionysios (Dion) D. Dionysiou
Professor of Environmental Engineering
Center of Sustainable Urban Engineering
705 Engineering Research Center
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0012
Phone (513) 556-0724 Fax (513) 556-4162

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Identify your data with DOIs

The University Library is undertaking a pilot for assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) to data resources created by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  The pilot will take place during the spring and summer of 2014, and is open to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students, faculty, and staff.  Persistent identifiers are useful for sharing and curating data resources, and the DOI is a well established identity standard.  Examples of data resources that are eligible for the pilot include visualizations, scripts or other code, as well as datasets and databases.

A full description of the pilot service, including a link to apply to participate, can be found here:

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New Species brought to you by the Illinois Natural History Survey in 2013

 Drypetes asymmetricarpa from Levin 2013, Phytokeys, doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.29.6004

Drypetes asymmetricarpa from Levin 2013

More than 100 new species, 10 new genera and 10 new families were described in papers authored by Illinois Natural History Survey scientists in 2013.  The majority of the newly described species are insects, but fungi, a spider, a plant, a microsporidian, and a virus were also described.  It is noteworthy that new taxa were described from North America, and even from Illinois.

Zealeuctra ukayodi from Grubbs et al. 2013, Zookeys, doi: 10.3897/zookeys.344.5912

Zealeuctra ukayodi from Grubbs et al. 2013

Biotic surveys have always been an important component of the work of the Illinois Natural History Survey, and the collections of biological specimens held at INHS serve as a record Illinois, North American, and worldwide biodiversity, current and historical.   They are used by researchers on this campus and around the world.

2013 papers in which new taxa were described
(INHS authors are indicated with an asterisk*):

Agindotan, B.O., J.R. Prasifka, M.E. Gray, C.H. Dietrich*, and C.A. Bradley. 2013. Transmission of switchgrass mosaic virus by Graminella aureovittata. Canadian Journal of Plant Pathology 35(3): 384-389.

Balhoff, J.P., I. Mikó, M.J. Yoder*, P.L. Mullins, and A.R. Deans. 2013. A semantic model for species description, applied to the ensign wasps (Hymenoptera: Evaniidae) of New Caledonia. Systematic Biology 62(5): 639-59.

Barling, N., S.W. Heads*, and D.M. Martill. 2013. A new parasitoid wasp (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea) from the Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of Brazil: The first Mesozoic Pteromalidae. Cretaceous Research 45: 258-264.

Bond, J., and S.J. Taylor*. 2013. A new species of Tarsonops (Araneae, Caponiidae) from southern Belize, with a key to the genera of the subfamily Nopinae. Zookeys 289: 57-64.

Catalano, M.I., S. Paradell, and C.H. Dietrich*. 2013. Three new species of Neozygina Dietrich & Dmitriev (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae, Typhlocybinae) from Argentina, with a key to south American species. Zootaxa 3652(1): 156-62

Catalano, M.I., S.L. PARADELL, and C.H. Dietrich*. 2013. Four new species of genus Parallaxis McAtee (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae: Dikraneurini) from Argentina, with a key to known species. Zootaxa 3737(3): 241–250.

Catalano, M., S. Paradell, and C.H. Dietrich*. 2013. First report on the leafhopper genus Balera Young (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae, Typhlocybinae, Alebrini) from Argentina, and description of a new species. Zookeys 352: 1-7.

Catanach, T.A., C.H. Dietrich*, and J.B. Woolley. 2013. A revision of the New World sharpshooter genus Xyphon Hamilton (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Cicadellinae). Zootaxa 3741(4): 490-510.

Dietrich*, C.H. 2013. South American leafhoppers of the tribe Typhlocybini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Typhlocybinae). Zoologia (Curitiba) 30: 519-568.

Grubbs, S., B. Kondratieff, B.P. Stark, and R.E. DeWalt*. 2013. A review of the Nearctic genus Zealeuctra Ricker (Plecoptera, Leuctridae), with the description of a new species from the Cumberland Plateau region of eastern North America. Zookeys 344(0): 17-47.

Hyde, K., E.B.G. Jones, J. Liu, H. Ariyawansa, E. Boehm, S. Boonmee, U. Braun, P. Chomnunti, P. Crous, D. Dai, P. Diederich, A. Dissanayake, M. Doilom, F. Doveri, S. Hongsanan, R. Jayawardena, J. Lawrey, Y. Li, Y. Liu, R. L√ºcking, J. Monkai, L. Muggia, M. Nelsen, K. Pang, R. Phookamsak, I. Senanayake, C. Shearer, S. Suetrong, K. Tanaka, K. Thambugala, N. Wijayawardene, S. Wikee, H. Wu, Y. Zhang, B. Aguirre-Hudson, S.A. Alias, A. Aptroot, A. Bahkali, J. Bezerra, D.J. Bhat, E. Camporesi, E. Chukeatirote, C. Gueidan, D. Hawksworth, K. Hirayama, S. Hoog, J. Kang, K. Knudsen, W. Li, X. Li, Z. Liu, A. Mapook, E.C. McKenzie, A.N. Miller*, P. Mortimer, A.L. Phillips, H. Raja, C. Scheuer, F. Schumm, J. Taylor, Q. Tian, S. Tibpromma, D. Wanasinghe, Y. Wang, J. Xu, S. Yacharoen, J. Yan, and M. Zhang. 2013. Families of Dothideomycetes. Fungal Diversity 63(1): 1-313.

Jepson, J.E., S.W. Heads*, V.N. Makarkin, and D. Ren. 2013. New fossil mantidflies (Insecta: Neuroptera: Mantispidae) from the Mesozoic of north-eastern China. Palaeontology 56(3): 603-13.

Levin*, G.A. 2013. A synopsis of the New World species of Drypetes section Drypetes (Putranjivaceae) with asymmetrical fruits, including description of a new species. Phytokeys 29(0): 75-87.

Lu, L., C.H. Dietrich*, and Y. Zhang. 2013. Review of the leafhopper genus Evinus Dlabola (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae). Zootaxa 3701(4): 421-36.

Raja, H.A., N.H. Oberlies, T. El-Elimat, A.N. Miller*, S.E. Zelski, and C.A. Shearer. 2013. Lindgomyces angustiascus, (Lindgomycetaceae, Pleosporales, Dothideomycetes), a new lignicolous species from freshwater habitats in the USA. Mycoscience 54(5): 353–361.

Raja, H.A., K. Tanaka, K. Hirayama, A. Hashimoto, N. Oberlies, M. Figueroa, A.N. Miller*, S. Zelski, and C.A. Shearer. 2013. Freshwater Ascomycetes: Minutisphaera (Dothideomycetes) revisited, including one new species from Japan. Mycologia 105(4): 959-976.

Soto-Adames*, F.N., R. Giordano*, and K. Christiansen. 2013. Bellisotoma, a new genus of Isotomidae from North America (Hexapoda, Collembola). Zookeys 283: 7-13

Soto-Adames*, F.N., and S.J. Taylor*. 2013. The dorsal chaetotaxy of Trogolaphysa (Collembola, Paronellidae), with descriptions of two new species from caves in Belize. Zookeys 323: 35-74.

Soto-Adames*, F.N., and S.J. Taylor*. 2013. New species and new records of springtails (Hexapoda: Collembola) from caves in the Salem Plateau of Illinois, USA. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 79(2): 145-77.

Takiya, D.M., C.H. Dietrich*, and C. Viraktamath. 2013. The unusual Afrotropical and Oriental leafhopper subfamily Signoretiinae (Hemiptera, Cicadellidae): taxonomic notes, new distributional records, and description of two new Signoretia species. Zookeys 319: 303-23.

Wang, T.-., Y.-. Nai, C.-. Wang, L.F. Solter*, H.-. Hsu, C.-. Wang, and C.-. Lo. 2013. A new microsporidium, Triwangia caridinae gen. nov., sp. nov. parasitizing fresh water shrimp, Caridina formosae (Decapoda: Atyidae) in Taiwan. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 112(3): 281-93.

Zahniser*, J.N. 2013. A new genus and species of Vartini (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae: Deltocephalinae) from Africa. Zootaxa 3750(3): 295-300.

Zahniser*, J.N., and C.H. Dietrich*. 2013. A review of the tribes of Deltocephalinae (Hemiptera: Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadellidae). European Journal of Taxonomy no. 45

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Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States

Originally published in 1932, the Atlas of the Historical Geography of the United States is now available digitally. All of the nearly 700 maps from the atlas are georeferenced and georectified so that they can be overlaid consistently within a digital mapping environment. Read more about the history and development of the original and newly produced digital atlas.

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