Ohio Wesleyan to Hold Environmental, Natural Resource Symposium

Free Feb. 27 Panel Discussion to Examine Innovations in Energy Sources

Gordon Aubrecht (left) and Paul Centolella (right)

DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will host its first Environmental and Natural Resource Symposium at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 to discuss recent innovations in conventional and alternative energy sources.

The free symposium—sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Economics and its Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship—will be held in the Benes Rooms inside Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

“The first Environmental and Natural Resource Symposium will feature a panel of three distinguished speakers,” said Andrew Meyer, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, who will serve as the panel moderator. “The purpose of the event is to engage the Ohio Wesleyan Campus and Central Ohio Community in current issues concerning conventional and alternative sources of energy.”

Scheduled panelists include Gordon Aubrecht, Ph.D., physics professor for The Ohio State University at Marion Campus; Sean Kinghorn, Ohio Wesleyan’s energy conservation and sustainability coordinator; and Paul Centolella, J.D., commissioner for the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Aubrecht will provide a scientific viewpoint on recent innovations in the energy sector, Kinghorn will discuss issues surrounding energy use on the Ohio Wesleyan campus, and Centolella will examine electricity market topics such as smart grids and environmental regulation.

Following a short presentation from each speaker, the panel will react to each other’s ideas and take questions from the audience. The panel discussion also will be streamed live online and archived at StreamOWU.

Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier small, private universities, with more than 90 undergraduate majors, sequences, and courses of study, and 23 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Located in Delaware, Ohio, just minutes north of Ohio’s capital and largest city, Columbus, the university combines a globally focused curriculum with off-campus learning and leadership opportunities that translate classroom theory into real-world practice. OWU’s close-knit community of 1,850 students represents 47 states and 57 countries. Ohio Wesleyan was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction, is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” and is included on the “best colleges” lists of U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Learn more at www.owu.edu.

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