David Morrow, Ph.D. from the UAB Department of Philosophy discussed the twin challenges of global poverty and climate change and how solving one problem makes the other one worse. He emphasized how cheap clean energy sources can break this cycle and will address both the issues of climate change and global poverty simultaneously.
The forum concluded with a talk by Renato Camata, Ph.D. of the UAB Department of Physics entitled, “Fuel Cells for Clean Energy Applications”. Dr. Camata addressed the need of micro-power plants that have a smaller carbon foot print than the conventional power production. Specifically, he pointed out developments in his laboratory of new ceramic electrolytes for fuel cells that can operate at lower temperatures and with high efficiency.
The forum was a resounding success with over 85 UAB faculty members, staff, and graduate students in attendance from across UAB disciplines and there was a vigorous discussion and question and answer session after each presentation. Associate Dean Vohra believes that these forums will enable attendees to learn about new advances in interdisciplinary research areas and promote collaborations across UAB campus. Some of the ideas discussed at these forums will result in entrepreneurial/commercialization opportunities that can be exploited by partnering with UAB Research Foundation and Birmingham Business Alliance. For more information about upcoming forums contact Allison Crotwell, Director of Communications for the College at email@example.com.
|Robin Miles, Ph.D. |
National Lab, CA
|Renato Camata, Ph.D.|
UAB Department of Physics
|David Morrow, Ph.D.|
UAB Department of Philosophy