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Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Inspire Collegiate Clean Energy Entrepreneurs (Energy.gov, February 11, 2015)
The Energy Department today announced $2.5 million in available funding for the Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP), which aims to inspire the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs.
Robert Langer: Creating things that could change the world
Robert Langer is the David H. Koch Institute Professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, one of only 11 Institute Professors, MIT’s highest honor for a faculty member. He has authored more than 1250 articles and is the most-cited engineer in history, with more than 163,000 citations, for an h-index of 203. At 43, he became the youngest person ever elected to all three American science academies.
View all the shortlisted companies by category on the Agrow Awards 2014 Shortlist page here
OSU research aims to boost manufacturing jobs (Gazette-Times)
Oregon State University researchers are hoping to restore some lost U.S. manufacturing jobs by developing improved injection molding techniques using a $590,000 grant from Wal-Mart. more
Oregon agricultural production sets record; top 10 crops include nursery plants, cattle and hay (OregonLive)
Oregon's agricultural production was worth a record $5.4 billion in 2012, according to preliminary figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistics service and Oregon State University.
The fuel cell was developed by professor Hong Liu and researcher Yanzhen Fan in Oregon State University’s Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. They’ve been working on it for years, but the Widmer pilot fuel cell will be the first one they’ve ever tested in the field. If it works and can be scaled up, it could save $400,000 a year.
Grafted tomatoes become super producers (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Jim Myers, an Oregon State University horticulture professor who specializes in developing plants that can thrive in the Pacific Northwest, created a purple tomato high in anti-oxidants called the Indigo. Last year, he and graduate assistants tested grafted vs. non-grafted Indigos, and the grafted plants produced three times more.
10 Steps for Innovators (Terra Magazine blog)
Follow the progress of an Oregon State idea that is making the wood-products industry more sustainable.
America’s most innovative cities (24/7 Wall Street)
#4: Corvallis, Oregon, has one of the most educated populations in the country. It has the fourth-highest proportion of adults with a bachelor’s degree at 48.5%, compared to the U.S. average of 28.5%. The region’s productivity has exploded in the past two decades, increasing by an average of 2.6% each year between 1980 and 2010. Corvallis is built around Oregon State University, which is one of its largest employers.