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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!… 

Jan 11, 2021

SBBP Outreach Event – Register Now!

Sustainable Bioproducts in the Classroom –  An Online Event Wednesday, February 24, 10:00 – 11:30 AM (EST) North Carolina middle & high school STEM teachers! Interested in exploring sustainability based online educational content/activities for your classroom? Join us on Wednesday, February 24 as Dr. Adam Scouse (NCSU’s Dept. of Forest Biomaterials) illustrates an at-home hands-on… 

Nov 13, 2020

The Sustainable Bioproducts and Bioenergy Program (SBBP) Adapts to COVID-19

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted us all. Social distancing precautions and the elimination of many in person activities has made everyday life challenging. But our North Carolina educators have been confronted with the incredible task of educating our future leaders and scientists while simultaneously prioritizing student, family, and community safety. The question remains, how do you… 

Jul 25, 2020

SBBP Teacher, Ryan Gardner, Named Lenoir County Teacher of the Year!

Ryan Gardner, science teacher and science department chair at South Lenoir High School and SBBP teacher participant, was named Teacher of the Year for Lenoir County Public Schools. Congratulations, Ryan! Click here to read the announcement from Lenoir County Public Schools. Click here to read the announcement from 

Jul 14, 2020

SBBP Teacher, Maureen Stover, Named NC Teacher of the Year!

Maureen Stover, a science and AVID instructor at Cumberland International Early College High School and teacher participant in SBBP, was named the 2020 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year – NC’s top honor. Congratulations, Maureen! Click here to read the full press release from NC DPI. Click here to read the announcement…