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AHB Newsletter – Volume 5, No. 2 [Summer 2016]

Editor’s Notes

Happy June! It’s a great month for bioenergy. In this edition of AHB News, learn from speakers at our Poplar/Willow Forum how bringing over 50 people from the U.S. and Ireland could impact the way biomass is grown and utilized in the coming years.

Read how 3rd grade students in Oregon are discovering poplar genetics and how bioenergy may be playing a role in their futures.

Renewables? Alternative? Carbon cycles? Educating young students on their role in energy use and research is the focus of trainings in Washington State.

Meet graduate student Chang Dou and learn about how he plans to help shape an emerging bioenergy economy.

You can also hear from AHB team members about why they care so much about the field of bioenergy.

Finally, I have recently left the AHB project and a new editor will be taking over the next edition.

Thank you for all of the great stories!
Betsy Fradd

Attendees of the Poplar Willow Forum walking through the poplar trees at the tour of the Woodburn Wastewater Treatment Facility

Poplar and Willow Take Center Stage at National Working Forum

Discussions on utilizing poplar and willow for phytoremediation, wastewater treatment, and nutrient contaminant buffers outlined how multiple environmental uses are currently applied in municipalities and businesses.

Brian Stanton teaches a captivated group of young students about poplar phenotypes.

Inspired Young Students Research Poplar Phenotypes

Nearly 100 third grade scientists gathered to present their findings to researchers at GreenWood Resources in Westport, Oregon after studying hybrid poplar phenotypes. The field trip was the finale of a genetics unit that began nine weeks earlier at Jackson Elementary School in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Students holding their solar cars, one of the activities in the energy literacy lesson.

Solar, Bio, or Thermal? Energy Lessons for Young Learners Spark Interest and Possibilities

Sarah Lane, WSU Extension Energy Intern and member of the AHB Extension team, taught 700 students about different types of energy and the role it plays in their lives.

Chang Dou, our graduate student spotlight for summer 2016.

Graduate Student Spotlight: Chang Dou

Meet Chang Dou, a Ph.D. candidate in Bioresource Science and Engineering at the University of Washington.

The AHB team came together at the UW Center of Urban Horticulture for the 2015 Annual Meetiing

What Excites You Most About Bioenergy?

Collaborators working on the AHB project talk about the potential of bioenergy.
Washington State University