Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center Newsletter: July 2014
Note From GLBRC Director, Tim Donohue:
Tim Donohue
Tim Donohue

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) had the pleasure of hosting and participating in our 7th Annual Retreat in South Bend, Indiana from May 20-22nd. Chaired by Scientific Director Ken Keegstra and co-organized by a committee of graduate students, postdocs, staff and junior faculty, our retreat drew roughly 250 attendees from inside and outside GLBRC, including industry leaders such as Iogen and Elanco and staff from two U.S. Department of Energy national labs, Argonne and the National Renewable Energy Lab. The program encompassed 100 poster presentations, many plenary lectures and breakout sessions, as well as plenty of time for informal or small group discussions of recent findings, new opportunities, and new collaborations.

 

The annual retreat continues to be a highlight of the year for the Center, and many thanks are due to this year's retreat committee as well as its many participants. I look forward to seeing you at next year's retreat, and to a continued spirit of collaboration and cooperation across GLBRC.
Fieldwork Season Nets Insects, Explores Bioenergy Crop Impacts

On a lightly overcast morning in early June, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) and UW-Madison entomologist Claudio Gratton's team of researchers and technicians file into a passenger van and head out for another day of gathering insects from the twenty native grassland sites that make up the team's outdoor summer laboratory. Read more

Corn Field

Helping farmers around the globe apply more-precise amounts of nitrogen-based fertilizer can help combat climate change. Read more

Traveling across the American Midwest, where corn is both a major commodity and a prominent feature of the rural landscape, it's easy to take the corn plant for granted. Spend five minutes on the receiving end of plant breeder and geneticist Natalia de Leon's enthusiasm for corn, however, and you'll find yourself taking a closer look, absorbed in the complexities of a genetically diverse and high-yielding plant. Read more
Take a Closer Look: Biofuels Can Support Environmental, Economic and Social Goals
Biofuels can be managed either sustainably or unsustainably. In contrast, it is difficult to imagine how fossil energy systems can ever achieve desirable environmental outcomes. A Perspective piece in Environmental Science and Technology, co-authored by several GLBRC researchers and their collaborators, outlines how biofuel systems can be sustainably managed to provide important social, economic, and environmental benefits. Read more
Building Better Teachers at the Bioenergy Institute for Educators
The week of June 16 marked the annual Bioenergy Institute for Educators program at the Wisconsin Energy Institute. Hosted by the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center's (GLBRC) education and outreach staff, the Institute welcomed educators to learn about the latest bioenergy breakthroughs and how to bring contemporary energy content into their classrooms. Read more
Geology alum returns to campus as GLBRC Associate Director
The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) has hired Tina Nielsen, 2008 geology Ph.D. graduate, as Associate Director to help elevate the Center's efforts. Her combined experience in research, scientific instruction and university-industry relations makes her a promising addition to the GLBRC. She joins the only DOE-funded bioenergy research center led by a university at its base of operations at the University of Wisconsin-Madison - a campus with which Nielsen is already familiar. Read more

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