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  • Summer 2014 NEWBio Graduate Bioenergy Scholarship Program Opens
    Scholarships are available for two online courses will be offered this summer:
    -ABE 884: Bioenergy Systems
    -ABE 885: Bioenergy Harvest & Logistics
    The courses are 3 credits each, and scholarships are available that cover all tuition and fees for taking one course (except the $35 registration fee). More information and the application form are available here. The deadline for applying is March 20, 2014.
  • Summer 2014 Educator Training Program Applications Available Bioenergy and Bioproducts Education Teaching Workshops will be held this summer at West Virginia University and Penn State. The workshops will be held from July 21-25, 2014 in both Morgantown, WVand University Park, PA. The workshop provides professional development and hands-on teaching tools for educators (grades 6-16, in-service and pre-service teachers and extension educators) who want to learn and teach about Bioenergy systems currently in use and under development in the U.S. Funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides scholarships for ten accepted applicants per site. The scholarships include a full waiver of the workshop registration fees and a full set of program kits to bring back to your classroom, and more. Full program description, and application information.
  • U.S. DOE's BETO Bioenergy KDF Legislative Library Available
    DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office announced the release of a new Knowledge Discovery Framework (KDF) resource, a Legislative Library database where users can track federal legislation releveant to the production and use of biofuels in the U.S. Users can choose from a variety of search options to learn about specific members and committees to advance the U.S. biofuels industry. Links to full-text versions of bills and other relevant websites are provided. BETO Legislative Library.

In the Spotlight

Developments in Switchgrass Breeding
Stacy Bonos (Rutgers University) offered an update on her switchgrass research during a recent NEWBio webinar (recorded here). "Switchgrass breeding is in its infancy," says Bonos, and "the big question is economics." Read more.

New Markets for Bioenergy Crops
2014 Bioenergy Short Course Offering
This year's Bioenergy Short Course series will start with the NEW MARKETS workshop on May 21st in State College, followed by "Biomass and Natural Gas Synergies" in September and "Willow to Heat and Power" in November.

New Markets will explore the many opportunities that exist for utilizing cellulosic bioenergy crops in a variety of markets. The short course will take place in State College, PA and cover these topics:

  • Bioenergy Crop Resources in the Northeast
  • Bedding Markets for Bioenergy Crops
  • Mulch Markets for Bioenergy Crops
  • Bioenergy Crops as Sorbents
  • Building Materials from Biomass
  • Packaging and Paper Products from Biomass
  • Marketing and Business Development
  • Opportunities for Lignin
  • Biomass in the Mushroom Industry
The course will also include an optional welcome event on the evening of May 20: a barbecue dinner and tour of the switchgrass operation at Shale Acres Switchgrass Farm in Julian, PA. Full workshop schedule and registration information.

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