Researchers from Carnegie-Mellon University, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and N.C. State University highlight the schedule for the Department of Biology’s spring seminars.
The series begins next week on Wednesday, January 30, with Dr. Teresa L. Leavens, Research Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, speaking on the development of physiologically based pharmacokinetic models for drug delivery toward specific diseases.
The weekly seminars are held on Wednesdays in Barnes Hall, Room 224, from noon to 1 p.m.
Click here for the full schedule.
Some government agencies and businesses aren’t waiting for the energy industry to start delivering on the promise of biofuels. Increasingly, in North Carolina and other states, they’re moving ahead on their own.
Their progress will be the subject of the second annual statewide conference on civic and small-scale biofuel projects, to be held next month at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.
The event is organized by the Biofuels Center of North Carolina and is hosted by N.C. A&T and the Joint School. It will feature talks and case studies on smaller-scale biofuel and biomass production projects operating in North Carolina (including Charlotte, Hickory, and Raleigh), Florida, and Alabama.
Speakers will include officials of state and local government agencies, the private sector, and universities.
The conference will be held Thursday December 13, beginning at 10 a.m. It will conclude with a 3 p.m. tour of biofuel and bioproduct research and development projects at the JSNN. There is no fee to attend. Registration information and the full agenda are at the conference website.
The full title of the event is “Civic and Small-scale Biofuels Statewide: A Second Annual Convening of Civic, Production, and Agency Parties.”
Worth noting: Some places aren’t quite ready to move on such opportunities. A local case in point is reported in today’s edition of the News & Record.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University has launched a five-year, $5 million project to make the production of advanced biofuels more efficient and affordable.
The NSF CREST Bioenergy Center’s goal is to make biomass a more viable source of renewable energy by developing the basic science and technology that will make energy conversions more efficient and costs more affordable.
The center is conducting fundamental research toward the development of advanced thermochemical biomass conversion technology to produce liquid transportation fuels and hydrogen.
The project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program.
The center’s research will specifically target the production of high quality synthesis gas from biomass gasification, nanocatalysts for the conversion of syngas to bioethanol, and the production of high purity hydrogen for fuel cell applications.
Heads up, researchers using recombinant DNA technology or genetic engineering.
Also anyone who ships or receives regulated plant biological material, those involved in field releases of plant biotechnology, regulators, and interested health and safety professionals.
The Department of Animal Sciences is hosting a free Biotechnology Summer Workshop next Monday and Tuesday.
And today (Thursday July 5) is the last day to register.
The two-day workshop is a collaboration between Dr. M Worku and the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Biotechnology Regulatory Services (BRS).
Details from the organizers:
Day 1 is presented by Dr. Worku. Day 2 is presented by USDA APHIS BRS.
There will also be an opportunity for workshop participants to have their USDA Level 2 Authentication accounts validated during Day 2 of the workshop.
Individuals interested in attending the workshop must register by July 5, 2012, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate which days you will be attending (Day 1 and/or Day 2). There is no fee to attend.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Worku at email@example.com or 336 334-7615, extension 202.
Triad Drug Discovery Discussion Group at A&T, May 17: The group’s next meeting will be held at N.C. A&T, Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. It will be joint meeting with Central NC ACS. Topic: Ethics in Scientific Practice. Speaker: Dr. Daniel Vallero of the EPA, an environmental engineer who conducts research in chemical fate and transport of pollutants, especially those that are persistent and accumulate in the food chain. The meeting will be held in the New Science Building.
Genome browser webinar, May 17: The UCSC Bioinformatics Group will hold two free webinars on the UCSC Genome Browser. The webinars will be conducted by OpenHelix, which provides training on free, publicly accessible bioinformatics and genomics resources. The 75-minute webinar will cover the topics needed to effectively use the browser. Thursday, May 17, 1 p.m. ET. Details here.
Grant writing webinar, May 24: “Creating Successful Research Proposals: Tips from the Trenches,” a short, free presentation followed by Q&A with Celia Elliott, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. How to get started writing a proposal, strategies that will increase your chances for success, common mistakes that kill proposals, and other topics. Thursday, May 24, 2 p.m.-3 p.m. ET. Part of the ACS Webinar series.
Abstract deadline, STEM conference, May 31: Bridging the Gap: Uniting K–16 STEM Education, October 23-24 in Raleigh, will bring together education, industry, government and informal science groups to strengthen K–12 and college STEM education throughout North Carolina. Presented by the N.C. Association for Biomedical Research.
Click on the image for the application packet.
Future bioengineers will have a chance to get started while still in high school at the weeklong Summer Bioengineering Institute at N.C. A&T.
The program is open to rising 10th through 12th graders who are academically motivated and eager to practice engineering by turning new ideas into reality.
The institute will begin with a half-day orientation on Friday July 27 and continue from Monday July 30 through Friday August 3. The fee is $75. Registration is limited to just 20 students. The deadline to apply is May 15.
In addition, promising rising 11th and 12th graders may apply for the six-week Young Scholars Program, a paid research experience, which will begin Monday June 25 and include the Bioengineering Institute.
The institute is an outreach program of the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, which is based at N.C. A&T. The center is developing biodegradable, biocompatible metal alloys for use in implantable medical devices for rehabilitation and regeneration.
The application is available at http://ncat.gosignmeup.com/documents/Y966g_2012Bioengineering%20Camp%20Package.pdf.
What: A forum presented by the N.C. Biotechnology Center, titled, “Identification and Development of Novel Biomarkers as Tools for New Diagnostics: Applications for Personalized Medicine.”
Details: “This Biotech Forum … will bring together many of the region’s top experts in the life sciences to discuss new diagnostical techniques and their application to personalized medicine.”
When and where: Wednesday, April 11, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., North Carolina Biotechnology Center, 15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park.
Cost, registration, etc: See the Biotech Center’s website.