The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to host the next Sustainability@Wayne Seminar on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Wayne State University Welcome Center Auditorium, 42 W. Warren. The guest presenter will be Dr. Phil Savage, department head of chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University. He will present, "Under Pressure and in Hot Water." A reception will follow in the Welcome Center Lobby from 3:30-4:00 p.m. The seminar is free; registration is requested.
Society has been on unsustainable trajectories in the past but technological innovations emerged to render moot the perceived limits. Likewise, a modern path to environmental sustainability that is consistent with present realities (i.e., a growing global population that desires an improved standard of living) requires scientific discovery and technological innovation. This talk will discuss some key aspects of sustainability, take a look back at sustainability challenges in the past, and then shift to our present challenges. After this broad overview, the talk will focus more sharply on sustainable energy options and the role that microalgae might play in allowing society to transition from being energy hunter-gatherers to energy cultivators. In particular, we will show that processing microalgae in hot compressed water offers opportunities to make some of the materials society demands and to make liquid transportation fuels. Algal biomass is an attractive renewable feedstock because it requires less land area and has a higher photosynthetic efficiency than terrestrial biomass and it does not involve a food/feed vs. fuel competition as does corn ethanol or soy biodiesel. Microalgae grow to biomass densities of around 1 g/L in nature, so a tremendous amount of water accompanies the biomass feedstock. Conventional algal bioenergy processes first remove the water and then process the dried biomass. These dewatering and drying steps are costly and energy intensive. Thus, there is a need for algal biomass conversion processes that operate in the aqueous phase. We are helping to develop the science, engineering, and technology foundations for hydrothermal processes that can convert wet algal biomass to biofuels directly (no drying) and thereby reduce process energy demands for biofuel production. This talk will outline recent progress made in understanding and optimizing the use of hydrothermal technologies for converting wet algal biomass into liquid fuels, chemicals, and high-value products.
Lipids@Wayne and the Office of the Vice President of Research are pleased to host the Lipids@Wayne seminar on December 3, 2014 in room 1167 Biological Sciences Building. The seminar is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
The featured speaker will be Sarah Veatch, PhD from the Department of Biophysics at the University of Michigan.
The offices of the Vice President for Research, Provost, and Faculty Affairs (School of Medicine) are pleased to offer the Professional and Academic Development seminar series for WSU faculty, chairs & directors, postdoctoral trainees & graduate students, and administrators. Seminars are free, but registration is required. This seminar, Developing a Budget for Your Grant Proposals, will take place Thursday, December 4, 2014, 1-2:30 p.m. at 5057 Woodward, 6th Floor, Conference Room A.
The moderator will be Julie Thompson Klein, Professor of Humanities, English Department and Faculty Fellow for Interdisciplinary Development, Division of Research.
Topics will include:
Common problems facing interdisciplinary and team science leaders
Advice to new leaders
Stories from leaders who have encountered difficulties
Although PAD seminars will no longer be recorded due to low viewing activity, please see past seminar videos and handouts on the PAD website. If you have questions about this seminar series, please contact email@example.com. We hope to see you at this informative PAD session!