(JACKSON, Miss.) – Jackson State University biology professor and environmental science master’s program director Huey-Min Hwang has been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Energy and the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture to the U.S. Department of Energy-U.S Department of Agriculture Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee.
The committee is an independent body that provides input to agencies regarding the technical focus and direction of the Biomass Research and Development Initiative. The federal initiative funds feedstocks development; biofuels and biobased products development; and biofuels development analysis.
“Jackson State is very happy to have one of its own playing this significant role,” said JSU vice president for research and federal relations Felix Okojie, who nominated Hwang for the committee. “He’s going to make a meaningful contribution to the national discourse.”
Hwang has been affiliated with Jackson State since 1990. His research interests include aquatic microbial ecology, environmental toxicology, bioremediation, aquatic photochemistry, and photoinduced toxicity and degradation. He has authored or coauthored 90 publications in peer-reviewed journals or books and brought in more than $6.5 million in external funding. His recent and on-going research projects received support from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.
“During his tenure at JSU, Dr. Hwang has become one of the most productive researchers and dedicated educators I have known,” said Mark Hardy, dean of JSU’s College of Science, Engineering and Technology. “The list of his professional accomplishments is long. However, his greatest achievement is elevating JSU’s role in renewable energy research from obscurity to a powerhouse in immobilized enzyme technique.”
Hwang also has offered extensive services to the local and a variety of professional communities. He served in the editorial board of journals such as Quintessence© and Chemosphere and also serves as an external reviewer for numerous journals. Since 2009, he has served as a member of the Mississippi Energy Policy Institute to provide recommendations to Gov. Haley Barbour regarding energy policy. In 2010, he joined Mississippi’s Nutrient Technical Advisory Group to help finalize the nutrient criteria for the water bodies in Mississippi.
In the past eight years, Hwang has been promoting ecological sustainability by lecturing on environmental remediation, renewable energy, and nanotoxicology in the International Symposia on Green Chemistry in China. In 2008, as the local organizer in Jackson, he joined the nationwide education effort initiated by Focus The Nation to hold a town hall meeting to highlight the urgency of action and the solutions to the global warming issue.