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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 9, 2004

Electric Power Blackouts Will Be Subject Of Sept. 24 Lecture

Electric power blackouts will be the subject of the annual Kurtz Lecture, titled "Blackouts," at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in Lecture Room 1 of Van Allen Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the UI College of Engineering Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the lecture will be delivered by James S. Thorp, Hugh P. and Ethel C. Kelly Professor and head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

A member of the National Academy of Engineering, Thorp joined the faculty of Virginia Tech in 2004 after directing the Cornell University School of Electrical Engineering from 1994 to 2001. Thorp was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1989 for his contributions to the development of digital techniques for power system protection. In 2001, he received the Power Engineering Society Career Service Award.

The annual Kurtz Lecture is named for the late Edwin B. Kurtz, professor and head of the UI electrical engineering department between 1929 and 1960. He was the architect of the world's first educational television station and directed the operation of the experimental station W9xk in Iowa City during the 1930s.

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 department of electrical and computer engineering in advance at 335-5197.

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