Education & Outreach Newsletter: February 2015
Research Experience for Teachers Program: Recruiting for Summer 2015

We're now accepting applications for the 2015 GLBRC Research Experience for Teachers (RET) Program in WI and MI. Participants spend 7 weeks (June 22-August 7) assisting with cutting-edge biofuels research in the lab and in the field and develop curriculum to bring back to their classes. Includes $7000 stipend. Project areas span full breadth of current biofuels research, including fermentation, engine research and ecosystems ecology.   Read more and apply � 

2014 Bioenergy Institute for Educators

Join us for a fun, intensive 5-day program (June 22-26) to learn about the latest developments in biofuels research and effective approaches to engaging students in relevant content areas across the science curriculum. Participating educators explore core areas of GLBRC research with our scientists, get hands-on experience with our education materials, and are supported in incorporating new lessons in their classes. Includes $500 stipend. Read more and apply� 

GLBRC is partnering with the Wisconsin Energy Institute to offer the Energy Institute for Educators, August 10-13. This program provides the opportunity for educators to engage with cutting-edge energy research at UW-Madison, and gain practical tools and materials for teaching students fundamentals of energy and sustainable energy systems. Includes $300 stipend.  Read more and apply�
New Research Stories for Students: The Science of Farming, Fermentation
Research stories give students a window into the work of professional scientists and engineers at GLBRC. This allows students to see how the processes of school science are reflected in the real world while building literacy skills with science-specific content. Our two newest stories feature the science of farming bioenergy crops and the interplay between science and engineering in the world of modern fermentation research. Read the stories and instructional materials: The Science of Farming and A Modern Scientist-Engineer in the World of Fermentation 
Marin Dobson Teaches Biology and Biofuels with GLBRC Activities
Whether deconstructing plant material in his own Fort Atkinson High School classroom, or collecting biofuel conversion data in coordination with colleagues in his district, biology teacher Marin Dobson has led the way in integrating his experiences with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) into a compelling scientific curriculum reaching every student in his department. Read more�
Research Highlights:

Moving Toward Ecological Intensification One Prairie Grass at at Time 

By now most of us are accustomed to filling our cars with fuels that are part ethanol, and we know that corn is not only in our tortillas but also in our gas tanks. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) researchers, however, are moving beyond corn and other first-generation biofuel feedstocks in an attempt to fill our tanks with environmentally sustainable biofuels. Read more�  


Chris Todd Hittinger is Motivated by Missing Links in Yeast Evolution  

Many people appreciate the benefits of yeast fermentation when they sip a glass of cold beer or bite into a freshly baked baguette. But for Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) researcher and University of Wisconsin-Madison assistant professor of genetics Chris Todd Hittinger, the benefits of yeast extend much far, in fact, that his yeast research could help scientists cure cancer as well as design the clean-burning "superfuels" of the future. Read more�


GLBRC Celebrates 100th Patent application 

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application. Read more� 


Visit the GLBRC News page more additional research highlights.  

Upcoming Events:

Michigan Science Teacher Association (MSTA) Conference

Biofuels - The Dance Between Science and Engineering

Friday, February 27, 2015

3:00pm to 3:45pm

Grand Rapids, MI


Wisconsin Society for Science Teachers (WSST) Conference

Designing Next-Generation Biofuels in the Chemistry Classroom

Friday, March 6, 2015

4:00pm - 4:50pm

Kalahari Resort, Wisconsin Dells, WI

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference

Fields of Fuel: A Video Game to Support Student Reasoning about Sustainability

Sunday, March 14, 2015

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL


University of Wisconsin - Madison Science Expeditions

Thursday, March 19 - Saturday, March 21, 2015

University of Wisconsin - Madison Campus

 Please visit the Education & Outreach Event Blog for a look at more upcoming events.

Related News & Announcements:

KEEP Celebrates 20th Anniversary

KEEP, Wisconsin's K-12 Energy Education Program just turned 20! Since 1995, KEEP has worked with more than 6,000 educators enhancing the education of more than 3 million Wisconsin students. Educators across the state have had access to quality professional development experiences, resources, student involvement activities, funding opportunities to help integrate energy into curricula, and networking events to help connect with others who are advancing their energy education. Read more�


BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge

Join the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) BioenergizeME  Infographic Challenge, where 9th through 12th-grade student teams use technology to learn about bioenergy.  In this challenge, student teams research, interpret, apply, and then design an infographic that responds to one of four bioenergy topics. Read more�
Upcoming MOOCs at UW-Madison on Energy, Climate Change, Aldo Leopold
UW-Madision is offering 6 Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to lifelong learners in Wisconsin and around the world! MOOCs are free online learning opportunities available as non-credit experiences to anyone interested in participating. Topics include Climate Change, Energy, Aldo Leoppold's Land Ethic. Read more�