October 2020 North America Analysis

This October 2020 edition of North America Analysis includes insight into the emerging bioeconomy by Michael Berube, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy

Here, we learn about the importance of developing technologies for producing advanced biofuels and bioproducts from non-food biomass resources, a key part of “a thriving bioeconomy”.

A strong science focus includes the welcome return of contributor Denise Caldwell, Director of the Division of Physics within the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). In her article, she sheds light on research that addresses the most fundamental questions surrounding the structure and inner workings of our world. I commend this piece to you and the undoubted expertise offered by Jim Siegrist from the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy, who charts how future machines will explore new frontiers in particle physics.

A really important and topical piece comes from Andre Laperriere, Executive Director of Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition, who shares his thoughts on battling a locust infestation during the time of a global pandemic. You might also like to discover the thoughts of David Green from the U.S. Sustainability Alliance about the role of technology and innovation in helping farmers overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and meeting future demand.

Elsewhere, Open Access Government probes how the National Science Foundation in the U.S. supports extending intellectual frontiers in the atmospheric and geospace sciences. Specifically, we cover the work of the Division of Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences and their mission to support research in the field. Or perhaps you would like to read a comment from our regular contributor Cecilia Van Cauwenberghe from Frost & Sullivan’s TechVision Group, who discusses the potential implications of microplastics in human health and biodiversity.

I hope you find this edition intellectually stimulating, and that will join us for further volumes in 2021 and beyond.


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