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Ken Touryan of National Renewable Energy Laboratory Speaks Thursday

Ken Touryan of National Renewable Energy Laboratory Speaks Thursday

November 8, 2005

Ken Touryan.gifNovember 8, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - Where will the people of the world get their energy in the future? How can Russian scientists be redirected from the production of weapons of mass destruction to peaceful pursuits? On Thursday, November 10, Kenell J. Touryan of the U.S Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory will discuss these issues and others. His speech, "Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention," begins at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of the Olin Biological Sciences Building.

In 1998, Dr. Touryan was elected chairman of the Inter-Laboratory Advisory Board for the Initiatives for Proliferation Prevention (IPP). The Department of Energy initiated the IPP program in 1994 to control and reduce the global threat represented by nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. IPP aims to identify and develop non-military applications for defense technologies and create jobs for weapons scientists and engineers in the high technology commercial marketplace. DOE laboratories work with industrial partners in the U.S. to help technology flow from military to commercial operations.

"IPP provides non-military, gainful employment opportunities and a means of rapid commercialization of defense technologies," Ken Touryan has stated. "It creates a win-win situation for all involved."

Thursday's presentation, sponsored by the departments of Biology and Russian Studies, is free and open to the public. Learn more by clicking here.