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Sept. 10, 2007

Biofuels expert to deliver annual Kurtz Lecture Sept. 20

Biofuels expert Bruce E. Dale (photo, left), professor in the Michigan State University Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, will deliver 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 free, public lecture is titled: "Fuels from Cellulosic Biomass: Energy Security, Environmental Improvement & Rural Economic Opportunities."

Dale's 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. He 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 published in 2000. Dale holds 14 U.S. and foreign patents.

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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