Center for Nature and Society- Bill Goldner Lecture
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When: Wednesday - April 2nd, 2014
4:15 p.m.
Where: Hiram College Campus
Kennedy Center Ballroom
Contact: Zachary Ott '12

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Dr. William (Bill) Goldner '80 is a National Program Leader (NPL) in the Division of Sustainable Bioenergy of the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment, in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) of the USDA.


Dr. Goldner will return to campus for two presentations.  


Wednesday - April 2, 2014


4:15 p.m. technical talk about his work running a USDA sustainable bioenergy program 
Location: Library


7:00 p.m. Fireside Chat about innovation
Location: East Hall


Bill is involved in the shared leadership of NIFAs bioenergy and biobased products portfolio including:
  • Team Lead for the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge, Regional Bioenergy Coordinated Agricultural Project (CAP) Program. The competitive Regional Bioenergy CAP Program is investing, currently ~ $49 M annually for projects developing sustainable regional systems for the production of advanced biofuels, biopower, and biobased products from dedicated energy feedstocks through the facilitation of regional academic, industry, and government partnerships integrating research, development, demonstration, Extension, and education
  • NPL for the USDA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Plant Production, and Protection  Engineering and Biofuels and Biobased Products programs
  • Team member of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative Joint USDA/DOE Competitive Research Grant Program (Feedstock Development and Production, Conversion, Analysis, Sustainability).

Bill also represents NIFA and the Research, Education, and Economics (REE) Mission Area on intradepartmental and interagency bioenergy and biobased product working groups.

Prior to joining the USDA in 1999, Bill's experience includes:

  • Technical Strategy Manager for Applied Genetics for the Biotechnology Development Group at American Cyanamid Company, Princeton, NJ (now BASF)
  • Research Scientist and project manager for Union Camp Corporations (forest products and specialty chemicals) Research and Development Division in Princeton, NJ (now International Paper)
  • Associate Professor on the off-campus faculty of the Graduate Program in Plant Biology at Rutgers University.  He has a Ph.D. from the Inter-College Program in Plant Physiology from The Pennsylvania State University.

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