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February 2012

Faculty Spotlight: Frank O'Connor

Dr. Frank O’Connor is professor of Economics at Eastern Kentucky University and has been doing economic analyses for CRAFT since its initiation in 2009. His primary role in CRAFT is to answer various economic questions related to the feasibility of the biodiesel industry in central Kentucky.

Student Spotlight: Luiz Reis

Luiz Reis, 23, is a senior undergraduate student doing research at the Center for Renewable & Alternative Fuel Technologies (CRAFT) at Eastern Kentucky University.  He attends the University of Engineering and Architecture’s Foundation in Brazil and became involved with CRAFT through an internship program offered through his university.

Switchgrass Establishment Research Project

In late Spring of 2010, CRAFT Program Director, Dr. Bruce Pratt and CRAFT researcher, Gary Selby, began a research project on Switchgrass Establishment. The project entailed two main focuses:

1.  Cultivation and establishment methods for plowed vs. non-tilled ground

2.  Variety differences between two types of switchgrass: Kanlow and Alamo

EKU's New Science Building: Further Opportunities for CRAFT to Grow

A revolution in science education at EKU began this Fall (2011) when Phase I of the New Science Building welcomed the Departments of Chemistry and Physics & Astronomy. Supported by $1.2 million in federal funds for scientific equipment, the project promotes dynamic, collaborative, experience-based teaching.

EKU Student Takes First Place at KAS Conference for Chemistry Oral Presentation

Chunfen Jin, an Eastern Kentucky University graduate student, placed first in her category at the 97th annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Sciences at Murray State University, Nov. 4-6. She performs under Dr. Buchang Shi, doing various types of research, including CRAFT (Center for Renewable and Alternative Fuel Technology) related projects.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. Considering a Career in Renewable Energy?

Choosing the right career has always been and will continue to be one of the most difficult and important decisions a person has to make — especially when choosing a path to take in one’s education. 80% of college-bound freshmen have yet to choose a major, according to Dr. Fritz Grupe, creator of

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