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Grow Bioplastics Wins Vol Court Pitch Competition

A student startup company focused on developing innovative high-performance plastic and rubber materials has won this semester’s Vol Court competition.

Grow Bioplastics and its lignin-based plastic and rubber products took first place at the fall 2014 Vol Court Pitch Competition this week, beating out four other potential startups for the top prize. The company uses lignin, a waste stream from the pulp and paper industry, as opposed to petroleum, which is typically used in the manufacturing of plastics and rubber.

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Funding Opportunities Roundup: Oct. 27-31

Facebook Fellowship Program

Facebook has announced a two year fellowship program for 2015-2016. Fellowship recipients will have tuition and fees covered for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 academic years, a $37,000 yearly grant, paid visit to the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, CA, and an opportunity for a paid internship at Facebook.
Deadline: Applications are due January 5, 2015.
Details: Information and link to application

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UT Study Finds Saving Lonely Species Is Important for the Environment

Endemic eucalyptus found on Tasmania has evolved to live in a variety of conditions that exist from sea level to tree line. These include hot, cold, wet, and dry habitats. Photo Credit: Joe Bailey

Endemic eucalyptus found on Tasmania has evolved to live in a variety of conditions that exist from sea level to tree line. These include hot, cold, wet, and dry habitats. Photo Credit: Joe Bailey

The lemur, Javan rhino, and Santa Cruz kangaroo rat are all lonesome animals. As endemic species, they live in habitats restricted to a particular area due to climate change, urban development, or other occurrences.

Endemic species are often endangered, and a UT study finds that saving them is more important to biodiversity than previously thought.

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