Pimentel to speak on biofuel, energy issues at Ginn Lecture Series

Published: Sep 8, 2008 7:30:10 AM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334.844.3447

David Pimentel, professor of ecology and agricultural sciences at Cornell University, will present, "Biofuel Issues: Energy, Environment and Economics," on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in 1103 Shelby Center. His lecture is part of the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering's Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series.

Pimentel will discuss the potential of biofuels, such as crops, forests and grasses which capture energy from the sun through photosynthesis, as alternative sources of energy. He will offer current and projected demands for energy and compare biofuels to fossil fuels and other energy sources.

Pimentel has published more than 600 scientific papers and 25 books. He has served on national and government committees, including those for the National Academy of Sciences; President's Science Advisory Council; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S Department of Agriculture; U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare; Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress; and the U.S. State Department.

The Samuel Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series was founded in 2005 to bring distinguished leaders from academic and business communities to Auburn University's campus to interact with faculty and students. The lectures cover subjects such as engineering, education, entrepreneurship, global engineering issues, and engineering and business leadership.

For more on the Samuel Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series please visit http://eng.auburn.edu/admin/marketing/seminars/sg-lectures/index.html.