March-April 2019 Newsletter
There's Still Time to Register for the Industrial Fermentation and Downstream Processing Workshop
The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) is offering the Industrial Fermentation and Downstream Processing Workshop, a three-day workshop that will cover the basics of bench- and pilot-scale fermentation and downstream processing. It will be held May 14-16 at CCUR and the BioCentury Research Farm.
The workshop will provide participants with real-world industrial fermentation experiences ranging from fermentation scale up to downstream processing. Participants will take part in hands-on bench- and pilot-scale activities led by Iowa State's fermentation and downstream processing experts.
More information, including an agenda and registration details, is available at https://pages.e2ma.net/pages/1769659/7193.
Sneak Peek: CCUR is Celebrating 35 Years
This year marks CCUR's 35th anniversary. Beginning in July, CCUR will be commemorating the occasion with special events and online features showcasing our history. Stay tuned for more announcements about CCUR's yearlong anniversary celebration.
If you have memories or photos of your time working with CCUR that you would like to share with us, please contact Jeni Maiers at firstname.lastname@example.org or share on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #CCUR35.
Iowa State University-based Distillers Grains Technology Council to Host Research Symposium
“Our goal is to bring together industry leaders to discuss the latest technologies, ingredients, processes and approaches to utilizing cereal grains for fermentation into alcohol, and ultimately on the properties, value and uses of the nonfermentable co-products, known as distillers grains,” said Kurt Rosentrater, executive director of the Distillers Grains Technology Council, associate professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering (ABE) and CCUR affiliate.
The symposium is scheduled for May 15 and 16 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington, Minn.
Wang Leaving Iowa State University
CCUR says goodbye to faculty affiliate member Tong Wang, professor of food science and human nutrition. She will be leaving Iowa State University in May and joining the food science department at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. During her time at Iowa State, Wang developed new uses for crops including biodegradable waxes and coatings from soybean oil.
Maier Leads Consortium to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, The Rockefeller Foundation and Iowa State University launched the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction at the 2019 Iowa International Outreach Symposium, on April 17.
Dirk Maier, professor of ABE and CCUR affiliate, is director of the new consortium. Food loss and waste thought leaders and experts from across the globe will work in tandem with industry and nonprofit organizations to address social, economic and environmental impacts from food loss and waste.
Koziel Selected for Fulbright Program in Uzbekistan
Jacek Koziel, professor of ABE and CCUR affiliate, has been selected to participate in a Fulbright Specialist Program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. He will be leaving in April for Urgench State University in Uzbekistan to work on the “Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Aral Sea Basin” project. The Aral Sea Basin is recognized for man-made ecological crisis resulting in the collapse of eco-systems, deterioration of health and livelihood of the population, and threat to further sustainable development of the region.
SAFI-Tech Receives Innovation Funding from IEDA
SAFI-Tech was awarded a $100,000 Demonstration Fund loan from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) that will go towards market planning and growing their team. SAFI-Tech is a startup company with a patent-pending technology that uses supercooled liquid metal particles to solder electronic components without heat. SAFI-Tech is a member of CCUR's industry incubator program.