U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack noted the importance of developing a deeper understanding of agriculture's role in the future of energy, innovation and economic growth during his talk on September 4, 2014 at Arizona State University. Secretary Vilsack expressed the need to reduce U.S. reliance on fossil fuels and further research and development of biofuels and other renewable energies. The lecture was a part of the Sustainability Series at ASU's Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability .
Arizona State University has long taken action in shaping Arizona’s energy future. In the next iteration of this endeavor, Gary Dirks, director of LightWorks, the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability and the Algae Testbed Public-Private Partnership (ATP3) at Arizona State University, has been named a member of the Governor’s State Energy Advisory Board.
Next week the White House will host the first Africa Leaders' Summit. The summit will focus on expanding U.S. support for Africa's democratic development and solidify America's commitment to the African people. The summit is a good opportunity for U.S. government aid agencies like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to integrate new innovative solutions to water, energy, transportation and livelihood issues into their foreign aid programs.
The Algae Testbed Public Private Partnership (ATP3) was recently highlighted in an Algae Industry Magazine article for their series of specialized industry workshops. The ATP3 workshops welcome professionals, students and other interested individuals to learn about an array of algae-related topics by hands-on activities that links theory to practice. The workshops are organized to provide educational, training, and networking opportunities to push the algae industry forward.
Dennis McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy (Energy, Installations and Environment), will be the keynote speaker at the the 8th Annual Algae Biomass Summit—the largest algae conference in the world, being held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 in San Diego, California. In May, McGinn visited the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI) and announced support for ASU's algae-based biofuels.
Gregg Zachary, professor of practice at ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, wrote a profile piece for IEEE Spectrum magazine that examines the history of breakthrough engineers and their impact on humanity. Zachary explores the criterion of what makes an “engineering hero” and encourages society to seek and celebrate the visionary leaders of our times.