Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May Cafe next week; June Talk added

After a one-month hiatus, the Rochester Science Cafe returns next week at our regularly scheduled time for a talk by Dr. Thomas Trabold of RIT's Golisano Institute for Sustainability and the New York State Pollution Prevention Insititute:

Sustainable Mobility: Path to Energy Security and Lower Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Dr. Thomas Trabold,
Research Associate Professor, Golisano Institute for Sustainability
Rochester Institute of Technology

May 24, 7:00pm, Pittsford Plaza Barnes and Noble

Personal mobility presently accounts for about 30% of greenhouse gas emissions in New York State, and represents enormous wealth transfer outside of the State. Despite our century-old dependence on a single fuel feedstock (petroleum) coupled with a single propulsion technology (internal combustion), we are now witnessing the convergence of major societal trends that will permanently change the transportation industry. These trends include executive orders to achieve 80% reduction in 1990 greenhouse gas (GHG) emission levels by 2050, and implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), which mandates use of 36 billion gallons of renewable transportation fuel per year by 2022. Sustainable mobility technologies that are undergoing rapid development on a global scale include bio-fuels, fuel cells and batteries. The implementation of these technologies within New York State is explored in the context of our local energy resources and economic conditions.


On June 28th, we will be having a talk and book signing by Dr. John Adam of Old Dominion University about "Mathematics in nature: Modeling patterns in the natural world".

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