Award-Winning Caltech Scientist to Launch Environmental Lecture Series at UMass Amherst

AMHERST, Mass. – The Environmental Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will kick off its Fall 2006 Environmental Lecture Series, “Energy for the Future,” on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union. The lecture is free and open to all, with a reception to follow.

Nathan Lewis of the California Institute of Technology will begin the series with his presentation, “Energy for the Future: Challenges and Opportunities.”

Lewis is the George L. Argyros Professor of Chemistry at Caltech, where he has been a professor since 1991. A recipient of a Ph. D. in chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lewis received the Orton Memorial Lecture Award and the Princeton Environmental Award in 2003 as well as the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry in 1991. His research interests include light-induced electron transfer reactions, surface chemistry, and novel uses of conducting organic polymers and polymer/conductor composites. His lecture will address the challenges associated with renewable energy sources, such as their cost effectiveness and the investments needed to support the global demand for carbon-free power.

The other three featured speakers in the lecture series will be:

Lee R. Lynd, professor of engineering and adjunct professor of biological sciences at Dartmouth College, on Tuesday, Oct 17.

Greg Watson, a leader in the Offshore Wind Collaboration who is working with the U.S. Department of Energy and GE, on Monday, Oct 30.

Richard Newell, a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Committee on National Science Foundation Innovation Inducement Prizes and the editorial board of the journal Energy Economics, on Monday, Nov 13.