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Bush expert to give lecture on global climate change Sept. 24

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 21, 2004) -- The director of the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program will heat up Ohio University on Friday with a lecture on the Bush administration's scientific and engineering research on global warming. The lecture, sponsored by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, will take place Sept. 24 at 4:10 p.m. in room 145 of Walter Hall on Ohio University's Athens campus.

The son of two retired Ohio University faculty members, David Conover was appointed to his post by Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham last January. He serves under the auspices of the cabinet-level committee on Climate Change Science and Technology Integration, which was established by President Bush in February 2002 and which takes technical direction from the Under Secretary for Energy, Science and Environment, U.S. Department of Energy.

As part of his visit, Conover, also a senior policy fellow at Ohio University's Voinovich Center, will tour the university's Air Quality Center and the Ohio Coal Research Center. Voinovich Fellows work with faculty, students, professional staff, and business and government leaders on university projects related to their area of expertise ? in this case, global warming.

Conover previously served as the minority staff director and chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

The Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology educates well-rounded professionals with both technical and team-project skills. The Russ College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees across the traditional engineering spectrum and in technology disciplines such as aviation, computer science, and industrial technology. Research areas currently receiving significant funding include avionics, distributed and secure computing, fuel cells, oil and gas pipeline corrosion, and environmental pipes and culverts. Named for alumnus Fritz Russ and his wife Dolores, the Russ College is home of the Russ Prize, one of the top three engineering prizes in the world. For more information, visit www.ohio.edu/engineering.

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Media Contact: Russ College Director of External Relations Colleen Girton, (740) 593-1488 or girtonc@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793

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