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Three faculty members participate in biofuels,
plant products symposium
Oct. 27, 2008 --
Update, Oct. 28,
2008: Media coverage for the WPI symposium has been extensive.
The WPI Symposium and its participants have
been featured as lead articles in several online scientific
journals. See the links below for more information on Arkansas
Biosciences Institute and ASU's Dr. Hood, Doctor Cramer, and Dr. Lorence.
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News
Hydrogen Fuel Cell.Net
Medical News Today
Building Services Journal Online Co. U.K.
Three faculty members from Arkansas State
University will participate in a symposium on biofuels and
plant-produced products Monday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (Eastern) at
Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass. The symposium
is a collaborative effort between ASU’s Arkansas Biosciences Institute
and WPI’s Bioengineering Institute and Department of Biology and
Dr. Elizabeth Hood, distinguished professor of agriculture; Dr. Carole
Cramer; director of the Arkansas Biosciences Institute (ABI), and Dr.
Argelia Lorence, assistant professor of metabolic engineering, will team
with WPI faculty members Dr. Eric W. Overstrom, biology and
biotechnology department head; Dr. Reeta Prusty Rao, assistant professor
in biology and biotechnology; Dr. Alex Dilorio, director of the
bioprocess center; Dr. Pam Weathers, professor of biology and
biotechnology; and Chris McPhee, bioprocess center lab manager, to speak
on the collaborative research opportunities.
"The symposium at Worcester Polytechnic Institute was put together by
Dr. Pam Weathers who was the Judd Hill Endowed Chair Professor at
Arkansas State for the last two years," said Dr. Hood. "She has now
returned to WPI, but to ensure that collaborations continue, she put
together this symposium and invited three faculty members from ASU to
come and meet and interact with faculty and present talks."
The symposium will showcase new opportunities which have been developed
between ASU’s research in agriculture and human health, and WPI, where
engineering and biology relate to plant-produced products and biofuels.
Topics include the latest research on cellulosic ethanol, therapeutics
produced from tobacco root, and other plant-based research programs
aimed at improving human health and the environment.
The discussion topics include "The Arkansas Biosciences Institute: What
it is and its research activities," "Worcester Polytechnic Institute:
Where science and engineering meet," "Plant-produced production of small
and large molecule therapeutics," "The many reasons why plants also need
their vitamin C," "Cellulase enzymes from transgenic maize seed," "The
awesome power of yeast," and "Biofuels: fuels controversy."
A roundtable dialogue will follow the discussion agenda.