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Introducing the Newest Members of the BCN Team

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Introducing the Newest Members of the BCN Team
Network Strategic Lead - Dr. Lauren MercierLauren received her PhD in synthetic chemistry from the University of Calgary in 2011. During her doctoral studies, she was awarded a JSPS-NSERC Summer Program Fellowship and worked at the University of Nagoya, Japan. Lauren then accepted a one year postdoctoral position at the Université Laval studying polymers for solar cells. In 2013, she was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship to continue solar cell research at the University o...
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If there are aspects to UAlberta that you don’t understand, chances are you’re not alone. The university can be a complicated entity with many moving parts. University 101 was created to assist the campus community in better understanding who does what and how things get done at the university.In a concerted effort to become the nexus where traditional resource riches and expertise meets the energy future of biofuels, the University of Alberta, with the full support of the Alberta government, ...
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BCN Theme Lead Receives Young Engineer of the Year Award
Dr. Amit Kumar, Lead of the Biomass Pre-Processing Theme and Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, is being honored with the 2011 Young Engineer of the Year Award by the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE). The award recognizes outstanding engineering contributions to Canadian agricultural, food, or biological engineering made by a CSBE member under 40 years of age. Kumar will be presented with the award on July 12 during CSBE’s annual meeting in Winnipeg, Man...
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BCN will be at the 2011 World Congress on Biotechnology & Bioprocessing
The BCN is participating in the 2011 World Congress on Biotechnology & Bioprocessing in Toronto, ON (May 8-11).As an integral part of Bioeconomy Alberta, the BCN will actively support the mission to develop Alberta's bioindustrial sector by attracting new companies to the province and continuing to augment the growth of a strong research community to enhance the sustainability and competitive edge of Alberta's bioeconomy.Look for us at the Albe...
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Dr. Greg Dechaine appointed Thermal Conversions Theme Lead
Dr. Greg Dechaine, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Materials EngineeringThe BCN is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Greg Dechaine as Thermal Conversions Theme Lead. This role was previously held by Dr. Murray Gray, who will remain involved with the BCN but has resigned as Theme Lead in order to pursue sabbatical activities during 2011-12.Dr. Dechaine is an Assistant Professor in the department of Chemical & Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta. He received a Mas...
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BCN Graduate Student Wins Competition at International Conference
Sabaratnam Naguleswaran, pictured here at the 2010 BCN Strategic Retreat, won first place for his presentation at the 2010 AACC International Annual Meeting. (photo credit: Doug McFarlane, NAIT)The BCN is pleased to congratulate graduate student, Mr. Sabaratnam Naguleswaran, for winning first place in the Carbohydrate Division Best Paper Competition at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Cereal Chemists (AACC).Mr. Naguleswaran's presentation, entitled "Distr...
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BCN at the Cosmetic Industry Connects Forum

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BCN at the Cosmetic Industry Connects Forum
CEAPRO, an Alberta-based company that produces plant-based personal care products, gave a presentation at the CIC Forum (photo credit: CBC)The Cosmetic Industry Connects (CIC) Forum, sponsored by Growing Forward, was held Oct. 5 & 6 at Agri-Food Discovery Place on the University of Alberta South Campus. Specialty Cosmetic Ingredients Team Leader, Kathy Lowther (BTD), chaired this event. The CIC Forum brought together representatives from the Alberta cosmetics industry and international spea...
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BCN connects with bioenergy in the Southeastern US
BCN Director, David Bressler, spoke at the Southeast Bioenergy Conference held Aug 3-5, 2010 in Tifton, Georgia. Dr. Bressler was invited and hosted by the Consulate General of Canada (Atlanta and Miami offices). Under the theme "Building a Vibrant Renewable Energy Market for the Southeast", the conference included presentations by local and international experts from the bioenergy research and business communities. Dr. Bressler spoke about the future job market within the bioindustrial sector,...
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BCN Theme Lead interviewed for Alberta Innovates e-newsletter
 Dr. Mike Ellison, lead of the BCN Biological Conversions research theme, was interviewed for an article in the Alberta Innovates e-newsletter. Dr. Ellison discussed how synthetic biology is expanding the potential of Alberta's bioindustrial sector.To read the articleclick here. 
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Cutting-edge technologies for production of biofuels, biochemicals and industrial bioproductsOn Friday May 21st, 2010 the BCN and the Department of Biochemistry hosted four distinguished speakers from the United States and Canada for a symposium on synthetic biology and industrial biotechnology. The event also featured two University of Alberta professors: Drs. David Stuart and Mike Ellison. The symposium was attended by over 150 people including University of Alberta academic and support staff,...
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