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AHB Newsletter – Volume 4, No. 3 [Fall 2015]

Editor’s Notes

The purpose-grown poplar tree is getting a lot of attention! More and more people are discovering the benefits of poplar-for-bioenergy as awareness of the AHB project continues to grow.

In this Fall edition of the AHB newsletter read how high school science teachers are learning more about bioenergy, how they can integrate lessons into their curriculum, and stimulate young mind’s by Bringing Bioenergy Into the Classroom.

Teens are also showing an avid interest in discovering what biofuel can do and how they can make a difference in their environment. Read Teens Learn How to Make Biofuel to find out more.

It’s All About the Sugars – The AHB conversion team explains how sugars from poplar feedstock can be processed to make many high value chemicals we use every day.

Meet Miku Lenentine in our latest Graduate Student Spotlight and learn how her work in assessing the social impacts of biofuels in the Pacific Northwest is instrumental to the AHB project.

And, our Extension team has a new video to share on Acetic Acid. This brief visual explanation shows how poplars can be used for another beneficial purpose.

Betsy Fradd
Washington State University

A teacher participating in the Bioenergy Workshop

Bringing Bioenergy into the Classroom

Workshop for high school teachers provides insight and instruction By Betsy Fradd, Washington State University Jack McLeod wants to make sure his students know there are many alternatives to fossil fuels. As a science teacher [...]
Dr. Patricia Townsend, from WSU Extension, making biofuel with students

Teens Learn How to Make Biofuel

Class attracts both environmentalists and Zombie enthusiasts By Betsy Fradd, WSU Extension Tapping into environmental awareness and the trending Zombie craze, 17-year-old Travis Gylling and two dozen other high school students discovered how relatively simple [...]
Shannon Ewanick giving a tour of the UW conversion facility

Conversion Team

It's all about the sugars By Betsy Fradd, Washington State University For the Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB) conversion team, sugars and how they are treated are pivotal to producing several vital products from poplars. [...]
Miku Lenentine, graduate student

Graduate Student Spotlight: Miku Lenentine

Miku Lenentine is a predoctoral research associate at the University of Washington. She works with Professor Stanley Asah in the School of Environmental and Forest Science’s Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management Lab. Miku is [...]
Washington State University