"I was sitting in the audience at the National Academy of Science when President Obama indicated that the EFRC grants would be announced. I was delighted to learn that both the Danforth Plant Science Center and Washington University proposals were awarded. These awards validate the tremendous strength of research related to algae, photosynthesis and biofuels that is underway in the St. Louis region. The breadth of the DOE support for fundamental and applied science is encouraging and we look forward to contributing to our nation's long term solutions for energy independence," said Roger N. Beachy, president, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center.
Altogether there are five WUSTL principal investigators in PARC. Besides Blankenship and Holten, there are Pratim Biswas, Ph.D., the Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science and director of the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environmental partnership Cynthia Lo, Ph.D., assistant professor of energy, environmental and chemical engineering; and Himadri B. Pakrasi, Ph.D., the George William and Irene Koechig Freiberg Professor of Biology and director of I-CARES.
''We are delighted that DOE has chosen Washington U as the site of one of the EFRC centers," Blankenship said. "We look forward to the exciting research that will be carried out in the center, which will contribute to the effort to provide clean energy resources to the world. We also are pleased that the Danforth Plant Science Center was selected for an EFRC grant and look forward to working with them to make St.
|Contact: Tony Fitzpatrick|
Washington University in St. Louis