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Jan. 31, 2006

UI To Host Des Moines Talk On Renewable Energy Feb. 2

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) and the UI College of Engineering will host a 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, presentation titled "Iowa -- The Renewable Energy Capital of the World?" at the Des Moines Higher Education Collaborative, John and Mary Pappajohn Education Center, Room 301, 1200 Grand Ave., Des Moines, Iowa.

Craig Just, adjunct assistant professor in the UI Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will be the featured speaker at the free, public event.

A part of the UI Alumni Association's Lifelong Learning series, the talk will focus on the fact that despite current energy price and supply instability, Iowa has the potential to be a leading source of renewable energy. Generating power from Iowa wind, sun and biomass (in the form of soybeans, corn, poplar trees, and switch grass) could yield increased local control over energy prices, reduced reliance on fossil fuels that impact global climate and greater energy security. Just will also discuss how the choice of energy sources can impact the quality of life.

Just, who earned his doctorate from the UI in 2001, is also vice president for research and development at the Iowa-based engineering firm, Ecolotree, Inc. and faculty adviser to the UI student chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW). Consisting mostly of engineering students, the environmental group's 25 members have won national recognition and currently are adapting an Iowa Department of Natural Resources pollution prevention internship program to make it an exchange program with students in Mexico.

Lifelong Learning is an educational outreach program sponsored by UIAA and developed in partnership with UI colleges and departments. Each year, UI faculty and staff share their knowledge and experience with alumni and friends of the university at events held in cities across Iowa.

Additional information about the talk can be found at http://www.iowalum.com/lifelonglearning/ or by calling 1-800-IOWALUM.

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, call 319-335-3294.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu