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Sept. 8, 2008

Biofuels expert to deliver annual Kurtz Lecture Sept. 18

Biofuels expert Bruce E. Dale, professor in the Michigan State University Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, will deliver the 40th annual Kurtz Lecture at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in Room C20 of the Pomerantz Center on the University of Iowa Campus.

The free, public lecture is titled: "Fuels from Cellulosic Biomass: Energy Security, Environmental Improvement & Rural Economic Opportunities."

Dale is a nationally known leader in exploring alternatives to fossil fuels and an expert in research aimed at converting agricultural crops, such as corn, into fuel. His research interests include the environmentally sustainable conversion of plant matter to industrial products -- including fuels, chemicals and materials -- while meeting human and animal needs for food and feed.

Dale, who has developed a patented process called ammonia fiber expansion to make the breakdown of cellulose more efficient, also serves as associate director of the MSU Office of Biobased Technology, an organization aimed at promoting all aspects of the bioeconomy.

He has authored more than 100 papers published in refereed journals and led a National Research Council Report on biobased industrial products which was published in 2000. He has received 13 U.S. and international patents and has filed eight patent disclosures during the past two years.

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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