The University of Nebraska State Museum's next Sunday with a Scientist program for children and families will explore biofuels. The program will be from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at Morrill Hall, south of 14th and Vine Streets on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln City Campus.
Researchers from UNL will provide hands-on activities to help visitors understand the production of biofuels made from plants and algae. Nebraska is a major producer of corn ethanol and corn stover. Corn stover is a waste product that can be converted to cellulosic ethanol. By using farming waste products, we can avoid the conflict between food and fuel, increase the value of current crops, ensure future farm income, and provide a more sustainable alternative to Middle Eastern oil.
Presenters will include:
-Paul Blum, professor in the UNL School of Biological Sciences and director of the Nebraska Bioenergy Facilities
-Jeff Mower, assistant professor in the UNL Center for Plant Science Innovation and Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
-George Oyler, research associate professor in the UNL Department of Biochemistry
Upcoming Sunday with a Scientist Topics: Oct. 21 -- Ogallala Aquifer; Nov. 18 – Birds; Dec. 16 – Platte River Time Lapse Project. For updates on the Sunday with a Scientist schedule through the year, visit http://www.museum.unl.edu.
Sunday with a Scientist is a series of presentations that highlights the work of State Museum scientists and those from other UNL departments and institutions, while educating children and families on a variety of topics related to science and natural history. Presenters will share scientific information in a fun and informal way through demonstrations, activities, or by conducting their science on site.
The University of Nebraska State Museum in Morrill Hall is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursdays, and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Regular admission is $6 for adults (19 and over), $3 for children (5-18 years, 4 and under are free), and $13 for families (up to two adults and children). UNL staff, faculty, and students are admitted free with valid NU ID. Friends of the Museum are also free with valid membership card. There is an additional charge for planetarium shows. Parking is free. For further information, telephone the museum at 402-472-3779 or visit its website, or contact Kathy French, education coordinator, 402-472-6647 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More details at: http://go.unl.edu/v8c