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NARA students provide supply chain data for the Olympic Peninsula

IDX students observe collection and processing equipment for post-harvest forest residual in the Olympic Peninsula.
IDX students observe collection and processing equipment for post-harvest forest residual in the Olympic Peninsula.

Students enrolled in the Integrated Design Experience (IDX) course at Washington State University are showing people what a wood-to-bio-jet fuel supply chain might look like.

The IDX students are working on behalf of NARA …more

The benefits of single vs. tandem trailers to haul post harvest forest residuals

Single trailer chip truck loading post-harvest forest residuals
Single trailer chip truck loading post-harvest forest residuals

Using post-harvest forest residuals, or slash, to make biojet fuel and co-products is an economic challenge. A significant cost in the supply chain is transportation associated with hauling the processed slash material to a conversion facility. To supply slash material to a conversion facility or processing depot, trucks need …more

Wood to biofuel webinar series offered

The Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) will provide a Wood-to Biofuel webinar series that presents recent findings relating to the use of post harvest forest residuals (material left in slash piles) to produce alternative biofuels for jet aircraft and other co-products.

Five webinars are set for the month of October to celebrate National Bioenergy Day on October 21st. Additional seminars will be scheduled and posted within the following months.

Participants may register and learn more at https://nararenewables.org/features/webinar-series

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The McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) receives international Innovative Education Award for STEM education

MOSS Students learning about trees. MOSS photo credit
MOSS Students learning about trees. MOSS photo credit

NARA affiliate, The University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS), received the prestigious Underwriters Laboratories Innovative Education Award for their work to advance STEM learning through projects involving real environmental problems.

MOSS, a program of the College of Natural Resources at the historic McCall Field Campus, …more

Bioenergy lessons for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades

 

Front cover of Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use; grades 3-5
Front cover of Fueling Our Future: Exploring Sustainable Energy Use; grades 3-5

Facing the Future (FTF) recently published a lesson plans that introduce energy concepts to elementary students in grades 3-5. These lesson plans were vertically aligned to the middle and high school curricula previously published by FTF. The lesson plans …more

Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA) Wood-To-Biofuels Webinar Series

To disseminate NARA research findings,  a Wood-To-Biofuel Webinar series will be offered summarizing the research and results of converting slash to fuel and of the sustainability analyses.

The webinar series will start in October which is the month of National Bioenergy Day on October 21. Following are five webinars hosted in the month of October.

Estimating Forest Residue for Biomass Production

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 1pm (PDT) & 4pm (EDT)

By Kevin Boston, Associate Professor, Oregon State University

The webinar will begin by describing …more

Graduate student awarded best overall oral presentation at research symposium

NARA graduate student Adrian Gallo
NARA graduate student Adrian Gallo

Adrian Gallo was awarded “best overall oral presentation” at the Western Forestry Graduate Research Symposium at Oregon State University April 27-28.

Adrian is a graduate student completing his master’s degree in sustainable forest management at Oregon State University. His supervisor is NARA researcher Jeff Hatten.

For the NARA project, Adrian is conducting experiments at …more

Graduate student poster wins 3rd place at international convention

NARA graduate student Jinxue Jiang
NARA graduate student Jinxue Jiang

Jinxue Jiang won 3rd place recognition for his poster at the Society of Wood Science and Technology 2015 International Conference held June 7-12.

Jinxue is a graduate student working towards his doctoral degree in material science and engineering at Washington State University’s Material Science and Engineering Program. His poster titled Multi-Technique Characterization of …more

NARA researcher is recognized for excellence in graduate education

Daniel Schwartz
Daniel Schwartz

Daniel SchwartzBoeing-Sutter Professor and chairman of chemical engineering at the University of Washington, was awarded the 2015 Marsha L. Landolt Distinguished Mentor AwardThe award recognizes a University of Washington faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to the education and guidance of graduate students.

Dr. Schwartz leads the NARA Tribal Partnerships Program (TPP). This program provides undergraduate and …more