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For Immediate Release: September 14, 2007
Contact: Gina Hebert, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Ian Bowles
Ian Bowles, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Controversial Wind Farm in Nantucket Sound Among Topics to be Addressed at MBL Ecosystems Center Fall Seminar Series

MBL, WOODS HOLE, MA—On November 16th, Ian Bowles, Massachusetts Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, will return to his hometown of Woods Hole to discuss the state’s energy policies as part of the 2007 Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series presented by the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory.

In March, Bowles approved the final environmental impact statement submitted by Cape Wind to construct a wind-turbine farm in Nantucket Sound. This action advanced Cape Wind’s proposal to the state permitting process. Bowles’ lecture, “Science, Public Policy and Economics of Clean Energy in the Commonwealth,” will address his stance on the controversial wind-farm project, as well as other energy initiatives in the state.

Bowles’ talk will cap off a series of lectures by some of the top practitioners of environmental science in the world. These lectures are organized by the Semester in Environmental Science program at the MBL Ecosystems Center, which gives undergraduate students from around the country the opportunity to spend their fall semester studying and performing research with leading-edge scientists in the field.

The schedule for the 2007 Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series is below. All talks are given on Fridays at 3 PM in Speck Auditorium, Rowe Laboratory, MBL Street, Woods Hole. The public is invited to attend.

September 14: Mike Behrenfeld, Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Oregon State University. “New Insights Into Global Ocean Primary Production”

September 28: Tim Fahey, Department of Natural Resources, Cornell University.
“Energy Supply for the Below-Ground Community”

November 2: Kristina Sundbäck, Department of Marine Ecology, Göteborg University. “Role of Benthic Microalgae in Nutrient Cycling and Resilience in Shallow Water Sediment Systems”

November 16: Ian Bowles, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. “Science, Public Policy and Economics of Clean Energy in the Commonwealth”

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