Education and outreach
Alternative Energy: A new sprout on the STEM
|Click here to learn Shane Robinson, associate professor of agricultural education at OSU, was assisted by Jim Wicksted, Associate Director of the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR); and the National Science Foundation to guide a first-year offering of an alternative energy track for the ninth annual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Institute Training.|
Research Focus Articles
The following articles feature researchers that contribute their efforts to the OSU Biobased Products and Energy Center and this EPSCoR bioenergy initiative.
Raman Sunkar - The inner workings of switchgrass production for biomass – There are several reasons for which switchgrass has been chosen as a source of biofuel production in the United States. It can grow on wastelands and tolerate drought and extreme heat, to name a few.
Million Tadege - Researcher tries to crack leaf lamina development code – The leaves of plants are “the best solar panels ever built.” Why, you ask? Because, the leaves of plants are where carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and light energy from the sun are used to produce sugars, which has rightfully given leaves their claim to fame.
Ajay Kumar - Understanding the gasification process to create sustainable biomass production - Fossil fuels such as petroleum fuels are non-renewable resources and cannot be used on a sustainable basis. Combustion of fossil fuels release trapped underground carbon in the atmosphere in the form of CO2, which is a greenhouse gas.
Please use this link to view our EPSCoR Bioenergy Focus 2010: Researchers videos.
Please use this link to view our video highlights from the 2010 annual state EPSCoR conference.
Please use this link to view our video highlighting basic cellulosic bioenergy research happening at Oklahoma’s three largest research facilities. This research is funded by NSF EPSCoR. The research focuses on using switchgrass, a plant that shows much promise for Oklahomans.
OSU researchers featured for bioenergy research in OSU Research Week promotional videos: EPSCoR bioenergy researchers from OSU are highlighted in the OSU Research Week promotional video. The researchers include Mostafa Elshahed, Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics; Ajay Kumar, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; Stephen Marek, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology; and Yanqi Wu, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Click here to view the promotional video for Research Week 2011.
Several OSU faculty members, including Raymond Huhnke, Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering; discuss the various energy research that's taking place on the OSU campus. Huhnke is featured at approximately 2 minutes and 25 seconds into the video. Click here to view the Energy Research video.
Glossary of Terms
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Please view the Oklahoma EPSCoR website for information about Education and Human Resources Outreach programs.