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Symposium unearths problems in world of energy


Krishnamoorti

UH Energy and the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics will hold an Energy Symposium Series, a set of debates during the 2013-14 school year in which experts will discuss serious issues facing the world of energy.

The symposium consists of four events: two during the fall semester and two during the spring. Each debate will tackle a different controversial topic and will bring experts from fields affected by that topic to discuss the pros and cons of each side. The first of these debates will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the UH Hilton, and will cover hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

“If you go back and look today at what’s going on in the fracking business, more than half of all frack jobs being done today are re-fracking previously worked reservoirs because they didn’t do it right the first time,” said chemical and biomedical engineering professor Ramanan Krishnamoorti, one of the event’s organizers.

“One of the important questions the business is asking right now is whether fracking is sustainable. It’s questions like those that are going to be discussed.”

The symposium is especially important to UH because so much of Houston’s business focuses on the energy industry.

Energy Communications Manager Taylor Nussbaum, who helped organize the event, said the response to the event was “very strong.”

“We have over 150 people who have RSVPed to our event,” Nussbaum said. “The response was immediate and fast. The minute we put the news up on our website and sent emails out, we had people responding. The student interest especially was very high.”

For more information on the event and biographies on the speakers, visit UH.edu/uh-energy. To RSVP for the event, visit uhenergyseries.eventbrite.com.

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