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Research advances energy savings for oil, gas industries
February 27, 2017

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University research team has improved an important catalytic reaction commonly used in the oil and gas industries that could lead to dramatic energy savings and reduced pollution.

Sept. 20: Politics, religion in American West’s age of oil
August 29, 2016

Darren-DochukPULLMAN, Wash. – Award winning historian Darren Dochuk will discuss “Crude Awakenings: A Sacred History of Oil in the Early 20th-Century American West” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the CUB junior ballroom at Washington State University.

Rock Doc column: The complete costs of crude oil
March 18, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Even if I walked to work each day, I would still be indebted for my daily bread to cars and trucks. The many goods we buy in stores arrive at their destinations courtesy of the internal combustion engine.

Rock Doc column: New lessons in petroleum access
January 14, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When I was young geology student, I learned the basics of petroleum production as they were then understood. Deep layers of sedimentary rocks, including shale, were the “source rocks” for hydrocarbons.

LaCrosse farmer fuels equipment with his crop
August 9, 2010





LACROSSE, Wash. – When LaCrosse area farmer Steve Camp takes stock of his harvest later this year, he’ll measure at least part of it in gallons instead of bushels.


For the past three years, the fifth generation wheat and barley farmer has dedicated part of his operation to camelina, an oilseed crop as old as the pharaohs and one of the newest possibilities for sustainable biofuels production.


Last year, he grew camelina, had it crushed commercially and used it to run his Kubota tractor and Dodge pick-up. This past winter, he pressed some more of what he’d grown using … » More …

‘Innovators’ series to feature noted biofuels researcher Norman Lewis
November 7, 2008

PULLMAN – Norman Lewis, regents professor and director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry at WSU, will give a far-reaching futuristic perspective of our growing energy needs, with an emphasis on biofuels, in Seattle this month as part of WSU’s “Innovators” luncheon.


In a world once again confronted with volatility in oil prices, with perceptions of a dwindling supply of fossil fuels, and with concerns that biofuels will negatively impact our food supply, Lewis believes solving the growing energy crisis with a sustainable domestic solution represents a “Grand Challenge” for both the nation and humanity.


Motivated by soaring oil prices and our … » More …

Scientist part of initiative to break oil dependence
July 3, 2007

PULLMAN — Norman G. Lewis, director of Washington State University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, will play a role in the multi-million-dollar bioenergy initiative recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy.DOE last week announced it will invest up to $375 million in three new Bioenergy Research centers as part of President Bush’s initiative to reduce reliance on foreign petroleum by 20 percent in 10 years. Lewis will work with centers organized by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory at Golden, Colo. Each center’s goal is aimed at establishing technologies to ease cellulose-to-ethanol production by overcoming obstacles using … » More …

Water: Oil of the Future?
March 17, 2006

“Water: Oil of the Future?” is the topic of the annual Lanning Lecture by James H. Clark at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, March 23, in Carpenter 102. Sponsored by the College of Engineering and Architecture, the lecture is funded by alumnus Jack Dillon in honor of his late wife, Frances Lanning Dillon.Clark is the Los Angeles-based vice president and project director of the engineering/construction firm Black & Veatch Corporation. He has managed numerous environmental and water-quality improvement projects, including the City of Los Angeles Hyperion Treatment Plant, named by the American Public Works Association as one of the 10 most outstanding public works of the 20th … » More …

Middle East society, issues topic of scholar’s speech
February 4, 2005

Changes to European social structure and economy that occurred after Arab oil replaced coal will be discussed by professor Ellis Jay Goldberg, director of the Middle East Center at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington, at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in Smith CUE 202. The lecture, “United States’ Hegemony, Arab Oil and the Making of Democratic Europe,” is free to the public.“Professor Goldberg’s speech grants WSU students a world view of the issues affecting the United States and the Middle East,” said Robert Staab, senior instructor and coordinator of WSU’s Asia 301 class, “East Meets West.”Goldberg’s books and essays have focused … » More …