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National energy conference at Ohio State seeks to identify top challenges facing the nation

Ohio State University President Gordon Gee will welcome university leaders from across the nation, as well as leaders in industry and government, to the 2012 Public and Land-Grant University Conference on Energy Challenges. President Gee will speak to the conference at 8:30 a.m. on Monday (4/30) at the Blackwell Inn ballroom, 2012 Tuttle Park Place.

Media are welcome to cover part or all of the conference, which takes place Monday and Tuesday (4/30-5/1) at the university’s Blackwell Inn and Pfahl Hall. The full conference agenda can be found here: http://energyinnovation2012.osu.edu/conference-agenda/agenda.

At 10 a.m., presidents and chancellors from across the nation will participate in a panel on “The Next 50 Years – What is the role of the university in meeting the nation and world’s energy challenges.” The panel also takes place in the Blackwell ballroom.

The conference is hosted jointly by Ohio State, Colorado State University and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. Speakers include:
* Norm Augustine, former chairman and CEO of Lockheed Martin – at 8:45 a.m. on Monday (4/30). “The Three E’s: Energy, Education and the Environment”
*Arun Majumdar, Acting Undersecretary for Energy and Director, U.S. Dept. of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) at 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday (5/1). “Catalyzing Energy Breakthroughs for a Secure American Future
*U.S. Senator Rob Portman at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday (5/1). “Energy and Economic Growth”

Media are encouraged to attend the concluding session of the conference, “America’s Top Energy Challenges: The Next 50 Years, Public University Leadership” at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday (5/1), where the top energy challenges identified by conference attendees will be announced. Key conference speakers can be available for media upon request.

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