Conversations in Science Series
A program conceived and organized by the Wisconsin Initiative for Science Literacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with the collaboration of the Madison Metropolitan School District and the Edgewood Sonderegger Science Center.

Thursday, January 8, 2009 at 4:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Sonderegger Science Center (Click here for parking information)
1000 Edgewood College Drive Madison, Wisconsin

Professor Tim Donohue
Great Lakes Bioenergy Resource Center

“Building the Next Generation of Biofuels”

The Conversations in Science series brings together UW-Madison science researchers and Dane County science teachers. Designed to stimulate discussion between scientists and science educators at all levels, these conversations connect high-, middle-, and elementary school classrooms with the University's cutting-edge research. Questions and ideas are freely exchanged between expert and an audience of K-12 educators.


The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) is an emerging leader in using interdisciplinary, genomics-based methods to build a biofuels economy. The GLBRC is housed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; working with university, national laboratory and corporate partners. The GLBRC goals are to:

To function as a center of excellence, the GLBRC will develop programs to bring bioenergy breakthroughs to members of the agricultural and private sector; stakeholders in the scientific, business, or academic community; and the public.


Tim Donohue is a Professor of Bacteriology, who has been a faculty member at UW-Madison for over 20 years. During this time his research program has focused on solar energy utilization by photosynthetic bacteria, studying the process and control of photosynthesis and how cells divert the energy captured from sunlight into different pathways. He has been a member of various federal research panels, has served on several editorial boards and advisory committees in microbiology, and helped author reports for the Department of Energy on solar energy generation and the conversion of plant biomass into biofuels. He has experience in leading cross-disciplinary research programs like the NIGMS Biotechnology Training Program. More recently he has been named head of the Wisconsin Bioenergy Initiative and the new DOE-funded Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. Click here to visit his website.

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