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Mar 17, 2023

Interdisciplinary grant collaboration helps K-12 students gain exposure to biomanufacturing research and STEM pathways

An interdisciplinary group of NC State scientists, engineers, and educators hosted field trips on campus for 61 high school students and 14 middle school students on Friday, March 3, and Friday, March 10, 2023. The students visited from Vance Charter School, Douglas Byrd High School, Sampson Early College High School, and Salem Middle School. Similar visits… 

Dec 12, 2022

Interdisciplinary grant collaboration provides high school students with exposure to bioeconomy research and STEM pathways

An interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and educators hosted a field trip for 85 high school students from Eastern North Carolina including Vance Charter School (Henderson NC), Washington High School (Washington NC), and Sallie B Howard School (Wilson NC) on Friday, November 18, 2022. The field trip aimed to give students exposure to a variety of… 

Dec 12, 2022

Promoting Students’ Awareness of the Bioeconomy and Careers 

Eighteen high school students and thirteen middle school students participated in two outreach events with the Department of Forest Biomaterials on NC State campus Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 5, 2022. Read more about the events here. 

Oct 28, 2022

Dr. Meg Blanchard is Co-PI of Project Funded by New Grant

Dr. Meg Blanchard was recently appointed as co-principal investigator of the “Sargassum and Hurricane Waste Biomass for Aviation Fuel and Graphite (SWAG)” project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Read this article to learn more about the grant. 

Jul 6, 2022

SBBP PI Dr. Venditti Receives 2021 Outstanding Engagement Award

Dr. Richard Venditti, Principal Investigator for the USDA-funded Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program, has received the 2021 Outstanding Engagement Award, which is awarded to those nominated by “respective colleagues, schools or units on campus for their outstanding contributions to extension and engagement.” Read more here to learn more about the award and Dr. Venditti’s achievements. 

Jul 6, 2022

Engineering Camp for High School Students Promotes Sustainable Material Development

The College of Natural Resources hosted twenty-four high school students on campus for the Paper Science and Engineering (PSE) Camp on Thursday, June 23rd. Throughout the week, the students engaged in hands-on lab activities about sustainable biomaterials. This was exemplified through their participation in the Packing Peanuts lab, where students focused on the development of… 

Jun 22, 2022

Field Trip to New Bern Sparks Interest in Soft Biodegradable Electronics

A field trip focused on bio-based flexible electronics was hosted for high school science teachers and NCSU and UNC researchers in New Bern NC, June 10-11, 2022. The experience included seven science teachers and eleven university faculty, staff, and students and was co-sponsored by a USDA educational grant and NSF grant. The USDA PI Richard… 

Oct 12, 2021

$3 Million NSF Grant to Bring Eco-manufacturing Research & Career Connections to Classrooms

SBBP’s PI and Co-PI, Dr. Richard Venditti and Dr. Margaret Blanchard, are part of a team of NC State researchers who were recently awarded a $3 million Future Manufacturing Research Grant from the National Science Foundation to focus on five areas: materials development, eco-manufacturing, biodegradation/recycling, environmental and economic life-cycle assessment, and education and workforce development. Read the… 

Apr 1, 2021

SBBP Alumni, Emily Piner, Wins Poster Competition at CNR Graduate Research Symposium

Emily Piner, a teacher alumni of SBBP, now a Master’s student in the Department of Forest Biomaterials, participated in the Fourth Annual CNR Graduate Research Symposium on March 17th, 2021.  Piner won the Sustainable Materials Innovation poster category with her poster “Mechanical Properties of Bacterial Cellulose Composite Films for use in Aseptic Packaging”. Read the… 

Jan 27, 2021

Maureen Stover: Finalist for 2021 National Teacher of the Year!

Maureen Stover, a science and AVID instructor at Cumberland International Early College High School and teacher participant in SBBP, has been selected as one of four finalists for the 2021 National Teacher of the Year! Maureen was also named the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year – NC’s top honor. Congratulations, Maureen!…