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Upcoming ISTC Sustainability Seminars

12 Feb

Feb. 14  noon – 1 pm CST

Sustainable Use of Algae Biomass for a Swedish Bio-based Economy — Dr. Fredrik Grondahl – Associate Professor at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

The talk will be about using algae both micro- and macroalgae cultured or collected from the Swedish coastal waters. The algae biomass may be used in a biorefinery extracting valuable ingredients for food, feed and biochemicals. The rest products from the biorefinery will be used for bioenergy production, e.g., biogas. If the algae are cultured in the sea, the project will also work as an environmental project reducing the nutrient content in coastal waters. If the ideas will work out, it may be an important part of blue growth in Sweden and Sweden’s strategy for a bio-based economy.

Dr. Grondahl is at ISTC for a 3-day visit with other colleagues to discuss research collaborations and internship opportunities at UIUC.

This webinar will be broadcast live and archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing. If you cannot attend the event at ISTC, you may view the webinar live by registering at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/996785527.

Upcoming Seminars:

Feb. 28  noon – 1 pm CST

Multiple Facets of Sustainability: Rock Island Clean Line – Bringing Wind Energy to the Eastern U.S. — Rob Martin and Hans Detweiler – Clean Line Energy Partners, LLC, Chicago, Illinois

The Rock Island Clean Line will connect 3,500 megawatts of wind power from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Minnesota to communities in Illinois and other states to the east.  The name of the Rock Island Clean Line comes from the Rock Island Railroad, which stretches across the entire state of Iowa, through the city of Rock Island and into Illinois.  Just as the Rock Island Railroad allowed farmers to move their goods to market, the Rock Island Clean Line will deliver clean, renewable energy to communities that need it, representing the new farm to market model for the 21st century.

This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing. If you cannot attend the event at ISTC, you may view the webinar live by registering at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/604829871.

Mar. 14  noon – 1 pm CST

Ecotoxicology of Antimicrobial Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products in Illinois Rivers and Streams — John Kelly – Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Loyola University Chicago

The researchers examined the potential ecological impacts of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) by focusing on triclosan, an antibacterial compound whose use has dramatically increased in recent years. The project addressed three main questions: (1) Are there detectable levels of triclosan in waters and sediments of Illinois rivers and streams? (2) Are the levels of triclosan in Illinois rivers and streams impacting the resident bacterial communities? (3) How does triclosan impact the composition and function of sediment bacterial communities? These questions were studied using a combination of field surveys and experimental work in laboratory-scale model streams. The results and conclusions of this project will be discussed during the seminar.

This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing. If you cannot attend the event at ISTC, you may view the webinar live by registering at: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/275190303 (updated 2/14/13 to correct link).

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