USDA Announces Grants to Boost Sustainable Bioenergy Education
US Department of Agriculture
WASHINGTON, Jan. 18, 2011 – USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced today two grants that will create educational opportunities in math and science for students interested in bioenergy and bio-based products.
"Bioenergy and bio-based products hold vast potential as the foundation for new technologies and opportunities that could have a large impact on rural economies, but these innovations require a trained and skilled workforce to meet the needs of new 'bio-economies,'" said Roger Beachy, director of NIFA. "These two significant investments will help jumpstart the U.S. education system towards ensuring that we have enough workers with the multi-disciplinary and problem-solving skill sets to help America address its energy challenges."
NIFA awarded Corinne Rutzke at Cornell University $4,999,940 to provide teachers from grades 8 through the undergraduate level with a strong footing in multi-disciplinary content and research-based training materials and activities linked to the Northeast's projected feedstock systems. Information will be shared to help teachers prepare students for the various career options available in the bioenergy and bio-based products field. Rutzke will partner with researchers at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, Delaware State University, Pace Law School and Ohio State University.
Richard Amasino from the University of Wisconsin received $4,671,847 from NIFA to strengthen the regional K-16 education system, especially at underserved schools, by supporting teacher learning in matter, energy and ecosystem concepts. The project will also create opportunities for students to lead their own bio-energy research, focusing on a range of topics from sustainability to the chemistry of carbon cycles. Partner schools include College of the Menominee Nation and Michigan State University.
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