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Release: April 2, 2001

April 5 symposium to focus on U.S. energy sources

IOWA CITY, Iowa – "Future Energy Sources: Avoiding A Crisis" is the subject of the 2001 Paul D. Scholz Symposium on Technology and its Role in Society to be held from 3:30 until 6 p.m. Thursday, April 5 in the Richey Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union.

The symposium will offer the public an opportunity to participate in discussion following invited talks and an open panel debate. Invited speakers include: Jill S. Tietjen, principal, Technically Speaking, LLC, will discuss California energy problems and how they relate to the rest of the country; Floyd E. Barwig, director of the Iowa Energy Center, will speak on wind, solar and biomass renewable energy sources; and Eliot G. Protsch, president, IES Utilities for Alliant Energy Corporation, will discuss natural gas and coal. In addition, Jerry Schnoor, professor of civil and environmental engineering, co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and member of the National Academy of Engineering, will serve as a panelist.

The purpose of the annual symposium is to provide a forum to discuss advances in technology that will affect society both today and in the future.

The 2001 symposium is the 32nd annual technology symposium. The event was renamed in 1993 in honor of Paul D. Scholz, who received numerous awards for his teaching and served as advisor to Tau Beta Pi for 20 years and as associate dean of the UI College of Engineering from 1979 until his death in 1992.

The symposium, free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the University of Iowa College of Engineering chapter of Tau Beta Pi, a national engineering honor society; the UI Student Government; and the UI College of Engineering. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the College of Engineering at 319-335-5764.