Agenda

Biofuels and Plant-Produced Products Symposium

A Symposium highlighting the collaborative research and future opportunities between
Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Arkansas Bioscience Institute

Monday, October 27, 2008
9:00 AM-4:00 PM

Gateway Park
Seminar Room, 1st Floor
60 Prescott St., Worcester, MA 01609

Registration 8:30 - 9:00 am
Scientific Program 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Networking Reception 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Registration and coffee

Introductory remarks

Grant McGimpsey, PhD, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies ad interim, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Director, WPI Bioengineering Institute

Eric W. Overstrom, PhD, Professor and Department Head, Department of Biology & Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Session I                   The Institutes:

The Arkansas Bioscience Institute: What it is and its research activities
Carole Cramer, PhD, Director, Arkansas Bioscience Institute, Arkansas State University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute: Where Science and Engineering Meet
Grant McGimpsey, PhD, Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies ad interim, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Director, WPI Bioengineering Institute

Break

Session II                 Current Collaborations between the Institutes:

Plant produced production of small and large molecule therapeutics”
Pam Weathers, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology & Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

The Many Reasons Why Plants Also Need Their Vitamin C!”
Argelia Lorence, PhD, Assistant Professor of Metabolic Engineering, Arkansas Bioscience Institute, Arkansas State University

Lunch in the foyer

Session III                Biofuels: Progress and Opportunities

“Cellulase enzymes from transgenic maize seed”
Elizabeth Hood, PhD, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research & Technology Transfer, Arkansas Bioscience Institute, Arkansas State University

"The awesome power of yeast"
Reeta Prusty Rao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology & Biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Biofuels: Fuels Controversy”
Alex DiIorio, PhD, Director Bioprocess Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Roundtable on Biofuels and Plant Produced Products Collaborations
Profs. Cramer, Hood, Weathers, Prusty, DiIorio, and Lorence

Networking Reception

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