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Former NSF sustainability director to speak at KU Energy Conference

Thu, 04/11/2013

LAWRENCE — The challenges posed by the changing dynamics in the energy industry will be among the highlights of the third annual University of Kansas Energy Conference, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Oread Hotel, 1200 Oread Ave.

KU Energy Club, which organizes the event, plans to bring together a diverse group of top energy industry executives, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators who will share their outlook on energy strategies and solutions that can shape their respective industries. Two panel discussions are planned. One will focus on innovation in energy; the other on the water/energy nexus. The keynote address will come from Greg Rorrer, a professor of chemical engineering at Oregon State University and former director of sustainability for the National Science Foundation.

“This conference will feature global leaders in the energy industry and will help provide insight to how we can solve our energy challenges,” said David Gelvin, a KU Energy Club member and freshman double majoring in mechanical engineering and business. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for students and the public to learn more about this critical issue and work toward a common solution.”

ONEOK and Black & Veatch are among the sponsors for the conference. It is free for KU students, but registration is required. The deadline is Thursday, April 18. To register, or for more information on the energy conference and the KU Energy Club, visit their website.  The cost to attend for community members or those from industry is $50. 

 

 



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Lauded race and class historian becomes KU Foundation Professor David Roediger’s award-winning research and writing has already transformed how historians view the growth of social freedoms in America though the intersection of race, class, ethnicity, and labor. Now Roediger, as KU’s first Foundation Distinguished Professor of History (http://bit.ly/1AbAqYw), will continue to break new ground in those fields as he leads KU’s departments of American Studies and History. Roediger likes to study historical flash points — where one particular change brings a cascade of wider cultural changes. His latest book, “Seizing Freedom, Slave Emancipation and Liberty for All,” makes the point that as slaves began freeing themselves across the South during the Civil War, their emancipation inspired and ignited other cultural movements for freedom — such as the women’s movement for suffrage and the labor movement for better working conditions and an eight-hour day. Understanding the individual stories of average people who wanted to make their lives better, including slaves or factory workers, is important to understanding the wider political movements and elections, Roediger said. “It's tempting to think that all the important political questions have been decided,” he said, “but actually people are constantly thinking about what freedom would mean for them.”


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