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March 8, 2011 - Conference Highlights Oklahoma Researchers’ Progress Developing Renewable Energy RSS feed

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Researchers from across the state will gather to highlight Oklahoma’s bioenergy research efforts during the Oklahoma Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) Annual State Conference Thursday, April 21 at the Thurman J. White Forum on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman.

Oklahoma EPSCoR’s central goal is to strengthen the state’s research competitiveness through strategic support of research instruments and facilities, multi-institutional research collaborations and integrated education and research programs. Through this program, more than 30 researchers from Oklahoma State University, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation and the University of Oklahoma are working together to transform native switchgrass into an efficient alternative fuel. Their research efforts will be the topic of the 2011 conference.

Breakout sessions, hosted by OK EPSCoR bioenergy researchers, will engage participants through scientific presentations and discussions that address ongoing biofuels research, as well as current state and national trends in the field of bioenergy.

Scheduled presenters include Michael Ming, Oklahoma secretary of energy; Quang A. Nguyen, Abengoa Bioenergy New Technologies program manager; Steven McKeever, Oklahoma secretary of science and technology; and Chancellor Glen D. Johnson, Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

A scientific poster session and hybrid poster/oral presentation contest will also spotlight research progress in the alternative energy field. More than 50 research posters are expected to be on display at the conference.

Bioenergy investigators from Oklahoma and nearby states, EPSCoR external advisory board members and program officers from federal granting agencies are invited to attend the event, which is hosted by Oklahoma EPSCoR, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the National Science Foundation.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required at Abstracts must be submitted via e-mail to the EPSCoR office by April 5. Online registration ends April 14.

For more information, contact Gina Miller, EPSCoR outreach coordinator, at or 405.744.7645