June 2018
NCERC Enjoys a Fantastic and Active FEW
The 34th annual International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo was a great conference for NCERC and featured great visibility for the Center team. NCERC Director, John Caupert, presented at Ethanol 101 on the opportunity for corn in the bioeconomy. He also moderated two panels as well as Specialist of Commercialization, Jackie Pohlman, who moderated a panel in the Advanced Biofuels Conference.

Dr. Kevin Tucker, NCERC Faculty Fellow, presented on employee job skills through digital badging and continued education. Dr. Yan Zhang, Director of Research presented twice at the Production & Operations panel on identification and quantification of nutritional compounds and representative sampling.

NCERC also enjoyed a variety of industry events and catching up with former clients, former employees, and friends.
Ethanol 101
NCERC Director John Caupert presents at Ethanol 101 on Monday, June 11th on the opportunity for corn in the bioeconomy.

John was featured in the afternoon programming which also included industry experts, Geoff Cooper of the Renewable Fuels Association, Mark Palmer of National Corn Growers Association, Kristi Moore of KM Consulting, and Nathaniel Doddridge of Casey's General Stores.
American Chopper Watch Party
NCERC enjoyed a variety of industry events including the one pictured here featuring the new American Ethanol bike, which was built by Paul Tuetels Jr. of American Chopper (pictured on bike). The watch party was hosted by the Renewable Fuels Association.
Projects
NCERC provided analytical data related to composite sampling and internal standard for in situ fermentation at a Renewable Fuel Production Facility to government and industry, and continues to work on the analytical method development on quantification of cellulose in before and after conversion samples from corn to ethanol production.
"This isn't goodbye, but rather see you later!"
Friday, June 29th was the final day for key staff members of the Building Illinois Bioeconomy Consortium: Diana Nastasia who assisted in the project management of the grant, and Ron Simpson, case manager.

Both BIB team members were stationed at the NCERC and helped in completing all final report requirements once the grant ended in March 2018.

Pictured here is BIB Consortium Project Manager and NCERC Assistant Director of Communications, Courtney Breckenridge with Simpson and Nastasia.
Proposals
Letter of Intent for USDA NIFA $10M
Unearthing the Midwest’s Rich Fiber and Protein Resources for Sustainable Biorenewables Production
This project focuses on converting the nutrients and energy carried in various types of biomass feedstocks into food and fuel products, unlocking each feedstock’s full potential throughout its lifecycle, from planting to industrial production to waste.
This project has the potential for significant impact on food and agriculture systems. Specifically, benefits to these systems include: 1. Enhanced food, feed, and fiber production systems to meet human and animal nutrition needs while providing critical bioenergy sources for fuel and products; 2. Evidence-based nutrient use reduction strategies that maintain production volume; 3. Investment in rural communities, creating jobs and new economic growth; 4. Increased public understanding and adoption of food and agricultural systems; 5. A job-ready workforce to meet the needs of food and agricultural industries.

BIOWIRe at SIUE: A Student Science News Wire for the Bioeconomy
Submitted to the Innovation Fund at SIUE, July 1
The NCERC at SIUE, Department of Mass Communications, and a network of trade organizations representing biofuels, agriculture, and renewable energy technologies have partnered to propose the launch of “BIOWIRe: A Student Science News Wire for the Bioeconomy.”
BIOWIRe will be structured as a two-semester Special Topics Science Communication course, and is proposed to serve 15-18 students each year, per Mass Comm’s AEJMC accreditation requirements for practical courses. The students will come from multiple departments on campus - primarily Mass Communications, but also Applied Communications Studies, Chemistry, Biology, or Engineering – and work in interdisciplinary teams to produce content that tells critical stories in the bioeconomy at SIUE and beyond.
Connections & Visits
Ethanol Process Demo @ SLPS Day Camp
On Friday, June 15, over 150 students from the St. Louis Public School District experienced an ethanol process demonstration given by Dr. Bob Dixon of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Department of Chemistry.

Materials for the ethanol process demonstration were funded through an internal SIUE grant from the Meridian Society.

Pictured to the left is Dr. Bob Dixon and Krista Russell, NCERC Marketing and Administrative Intern and senior in the Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Agriculture.
Corn Utilization & Technology Conference
St. Louis, MO
June 4-6

International Fuel Ethanol Workshop
Omaha, NE
June 11 - 13

Southern Illinois University Field Day
Carbondale, IL
June 12

St. Louis Public School District Day Camp
High Ridge, MO
June 15

St. Louis Regional Economic Briefing - St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank
St. Louis, MO
June 20

Siemens Automation Summit
Marco Island, FL
June 25 - 28

ASTM Meeting
Phoenix, AZ
June 26-27

BioSTL Quarterly Meeting
St. Louis, MO
June 26
Upcoming Meetings
BIO World Congress
Philadelphia, PA
July 16-19

National Corn Growers Association Board Meeting
Washington, DC
July 16-18

Southern Illinois University Field Day
Belleville, IL
July 12
National Corn-to-Ethanol Research Center
400 University Park Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62025
618-659-6737 | EthanolResearch.com