DURANT, Okla. -- Abe Blackburn of Wapanucka represented Southeastern Oklahoma State University at Research Day at the Capitol 2013 in Oklahoma City.
This is an annual event that has one research-active student selected to represent Southeastern and to discuss his research to members of the Oklahoma legislature.
Blackburn received a certificate of commendation from both houses, signed by Senator Josh Brecheen and Representative Charles McCall.
Blackburn explained his project, titled “Duckweed: A Versatile Renewable Resource,” and also commented on the data he generated on its growth rate and energy content.
He noted that the data suggests it could be a good biomass source to add to the state’s effort to produce liquid biofuels and he also reviewed information from other sources that suggest it could also be useful as a livestock feed and to clean up polluted water.
Dr. Nancy Paiva, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Southeastern, served as Blackburn’s research mentor for the project and visit to the Capitol.