Release Date: March 1, 2010
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Physicist to speak at University of Regina about reducing energy consumption

A particle physicist from Indiana will be speaking at the University of Regina on the physics of sustainable energies. Dr. Alex Dzierba will address concerns about climate change, global warming, depleting fossil fuels, and will comment on energy reliance, security and sustainability, while using simple equations and numbers, not just adjectives. He will be speaking at the University of Regina in room 119 of the Research and Innovation Centre on Thursday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend. After the lecture, refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to meet and talk to Dr. Dzierba.

"In looking at strategies to use energy more efficiently and to develop alternative sources of energy, it is essential to quantify how we use energy. The basic laws of physics constrain what we realistically can and cannot do," says Dzierba.

Dzierba earned his PhD in experimental particle physics from the University of Notre Dame. He taught physics and did research at Indiana University in Bloomington for 35 years, until his retirement in 2008. He has been involved in major research projects involving particle physics, including a two-year appointment as Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia. He was the founding project leader for the GlueX project at Jefferson Lab, which will test theories about how matter binds together.

The U of R Physics Department is part of the GlueX international research project. Dr. George Lolos is deputy spokesman of the experiment and Dr. Zisis Papandreou is Chair of the Collaboration Board. Last year, it was announced there will be a combined investment of $1.8 million for the Regina portion of the project, which will cover equipment and salaries of researchers and students for a three-year period. About $600,000 came from the Natural Sciences and Energy Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the federal funding agency for university-based research and student training. The other $1.2 million came from the U.S. Department of Energy.