UMass Amherst Researcher Derek Lovley to Speak on Economic Impact of Microbes in Boston

April 4, 2013

Contact: Daniel J. Fitzgibbons 413/545-0444

AMHERST, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley, the discoverer of the multifaceted Geobacter bacterium, will speak on “Microbes: the Small Organisms Generating Big Economic Impact” on Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Massachusetts Club, 225 Franklin St., Boston.
 
Lovley will discuss his groundbreaking research and the economic implications and opportunities that exist for manufacturing, energy, environmental and consumer industries. Through Lovley’s pioneering research, the far-reaching commercial applications of microbe activity are being realized. From bioremediation of contaminated water and soil sites to the creation of bioenergy sources that feed off of carbon dioxide to produce valuable organic fuels or commodity chemical, “green power” is an emerging global market being led by research and enterprises in Massachusetts.
 
UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and William B. Bannick, chief investment officer for Cadence Capital Management, will each give a brief introduction.
 
The event is sponsored by UMass Amherst’s Boston Alumni Network and the College of Natural Sciences.
 
For more information, visit http://umassalumni.com/index.html