On fuel and fellowships

Dec 13, 2012

On this week's show, we’ll hear about changes in the ethanol industry and talk to the recipient of a prestigious science fellowship.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is an international non-profit organization that aims to advance science, engineering and innovation globally. It publishes the prestigious journal Science as well as several other scientific publications. Every year, AAAS selects fellows based on their contributions to science. This year, six faculty members from University of Missouri earned the esteemed honor. Stephen Alexander is a professor of biological sciences at MU, and was one of the recently awarded fellows. He sat down with KBIA’s Alexandra Olgin to discuss the award and his research. 

Also, the ethanol industry could face some new changes next year. According to the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renewable Fuel Standard, at least one billion gallons of ethanol must be produced from non-food plant matter in 2013. It’s a goal that the industry may be unprepared to meet. But as Harvest Public Media’s Amy Mayer reports, with several plants in the works, this type of new ethanol is poised to hit the commercial market sometime soon.