January-February 2018 Newsletter

CCUR Bids Farewell to Two Staff Members, Welcomes New Program Coordinator

CCUR says goodbye to two staff members: Peggy Best, administrative specialist, is retiring Feb. 28, and Darren Jarboe, program manager, has accepted a position at the University of Maryland. Last fall, CCUR welcomed Karla Long as the new program coordinator. Read More >>

CCUR and BCRF Complete Center Review

The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) recently completed a two-day review Jan. 11-12. The review is required every seven years by the Iowa Board of Regents to help ensure that each university center or institute is still relevant and consistent with the university's mission and strategic plan. A presentation on the review team's findings and recommendations along with a group discussion on next steps will be held Feb. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in 1951 Food Sciences Building. All are welcome to attend. Read More >>

Fuyuan Jin, founder and president of VariFAS, LLC, gave a presentation of his company's technology during the November affiliates meeting at CCUR.

Iowa Corn Provides Student Support to Attend 2018 CUTC

The Iowa Corn Promotion Board has provided funding for up to 10 students to present their research at the 2018 Corn Utilization and Technology Conference (CUTC) June 4-6 in St. Louis. The CUTC brings together industry innovators from across the corn supply chain for idea exchange and discussion. Students have the opportunity to receive cash awards in the research poster competition, which has been won by an Iowa State University student the past two CUTCs. Read More >>

Working in the pilot plant

Pilot Plant Update

Wurgaft Consulting and Development worked with CCUR to run a large aqueous vegetable protein extraction project. A food science and human nutrition graduate student completed a jet cooking project designed to simulate jet cooking with backset operations in commercial corn ethanol plants. Last fall, CCUR assisted a student team with their senior capstone project. Read More >>

Safety Training at the BCRF

BioCentury Research Farm Update

The BioCentury Research Farm hosted an Iowa State University safety training day for 16 new student employees and staff as well as current BCRF users. Also, the Bioeconomy Institute published information on their latest breakthrough in thermal deconstruction of biomass into biofuels and biochemicals called autothermal pyrolysis. Read More >>


Bill Colonna, CCUR assistant scientist, gives a demonstration on how to use the 5-L benchtop fermentor during the fermentation and bioprocessing tour.

News Briefs

  • CIRAS and CCUR Host Tour of Fermentation and Bioprocessing Labs
  • CCUR Researchers Publish Study on HVACP Treatment of Yeast for Spoilage Prevention
  • CCUR and BCRF Exhibit at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit
  • Change Agent: Keith Vorst