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Interim director named at South Dakota State University's Sun Grant Center

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BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - An alternative energy researcher at South Dakota State University has been named the interim director of the North Central Center of the Sun Grant Initiative.

Vance Owens will take over the post at the center from James Doolittle, who was recently appointed as SDSU's associated vice president for research.

Owens has been a member of the school's plant science faculty for 16 years.

The Sun Grant Initiative was authorized as part of the 2002 Farm Bill to develop plant materials that can be used in the production of fuels. As director of the North Central Center, Owens will oversee university research in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

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