January 29, 2009

Purdue's Sigma Xi presents talk on making U.S. cities sustainable

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The director of the environmental science, engineering and policy program at Northwestern University will talk about whether modern American cities can be made sustainable on Feb. 3 in the Deans Auditorium of Purdue University's Pfendler Hall.

The 3:30 p.m. presentation by Kimberly Gray, a Northwestern professor in the departments of civil and environmental engineering and chemical and biological engineering, is free and open to the public. It is part of the Purdue chapter of Sigma Xi's series of distinguished lectures on climate change and global sustainability. Sigma Xi is a national scientific research society.

Gray will discuss the feasibility of developing renewable energy sources and consider technology's role of in finding solutions to the challenges of sustainability.

A recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, Gray's areas of expertise are environmental catalysis and physicochemical processes in natural and engineered environmental systems with particular focus on energy and sustainability applications.

A reception will be at 3 pm. in the second floor lobby of Pfendler.

In addition to Sigma Xi, other sponsors of the talk are the Office of the Provost and Forestry and Natural Resources.

Writer: Greg McClure, (765) 494-9394, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Sources: Louis Sherman, Department of Biological Sciences (765) 494-8106, lsherman@purdue.edu

Sophie A. Lelièvre, Oncological Sciences Center, (765) 496-7793, lelievre@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

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