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Bush administration's climate change expert to lecture on global climate change

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 16, 2006) -- The director of the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program will heat up Ohio University on with a free, public lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 21, from 1:10 to 2 p.m. in Stocker Center 103 on Ohio University's Athens campus. The lecture is sponsored by the Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and the George V. Voinovich Center for Leadership and Public Affairs.

An Athens native and the son of two retired Ohio University faculty members, David Conover is currently the principal deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy's policy and international affairs office. The office is the primary policy advisor to the secretary, deputy secretary and under secretary on domestic policy development and implementation. It addresses all aspects of U.S. energy, including energy availability and reliability, and the economic efficiency of the nation's energy sector.

Conover was appointed to his Climate Change Technology Program 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.

Also a senior policy fellow at Ohio University's Voinovich Center, 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 at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, 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. Strategic research areas include bioengineering, energy and the environment, and smart civil infrastructure. 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 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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