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Sept. 19, 2007

UI's Schnoor, head of climate change council, delivers Kurtz Lecture Sept. 20

Jerry Schnoor, professor of civil and environmental engineering in the University of Iowa College of Engineering and newly appointed chair of the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, will speak on "Water Implications of Biofuels Production in the United States" at the annual Kurtz Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Room C20 of the Pomerantz Center on the University of Iowa Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The previously scheduled speaker, Bruce Dale of Michigan State University, was forced to cancel his visit to the UI because of a family emergency.

Schnoor, who co-directs the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research and was appointed last week by Gov. Chet Culver to head the new 27-member advisory council, says that Iowa and other states are already moving ahead in pursuing energy-saving activities. He notes that Iowans are increasingly conserving energy, improving energy efficiency, building wind turbines and investing in biofuels. "We are on the verge of a radical transformation of our economy that will create jobs and prosperity for the future while protecting the environment," he says.

Administered by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the advisory council is charged with developing short-, medium- and long-range plans to reduce statewide greenhouse gas emissions -- including one that would cut emissions in half by 2050 -- for presentation to the governor and general assembly by Jan. 1, 2008. The department will submit annual reports each September detailing greenhouse gas emissions across the state during the previous year.

Schnoor, who also serves as Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering and research engineer at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, has extensive environmental research experience. In July, Schnoor, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, chaired a U.S. biofuels production colloquium for the National Research Council (NRC) at The National Academy of Sciences Building in Washington, D.C.

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. The Kurtz Lecture series is funded by an endowment from the Iowa power industry.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-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 319-335-5197.

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