January-February, 2003 - VOLUME 2, NUMBER 1
General CAER News
The UK Task Force on Energy and the Environment, which was led by Ari Geertsema, met four times during January and finalized its report. It was presented to and discussed with Drs. Nietzel and Baldwin in February. They are now considering the recommendations, discussing the items with the Deans and deciding on further actions. Given the current budgetary constraints in the Commonwealth and at UK, a number of the recommendations are likely to be held back for possible implementation. As soon as the report has been released by Dr. Nietzel, who constituted the Task Force, the report will also be posted on the CAER web site.
Inputs were provided regarding draft Kentucky legislation concerning a proposal from Representative Jim Gooch on a Coal Development Fund under the guidance of the Kentucky Coal Council. A meeting with Representative Gooch was held to explain to him the position of CAER is this context and the draft language was modified to ensure that CAER will be part of the decision making process for awards from such a fund, should it be established and funded by the Commonwealth.
Ari attended a meeting of the Coal Utilization Research Council (CURC) on February 6 to discuss the pending federal DoE budget as it relates to coal R&D. The Council's suggestions were incorporated with those of a number of other energy interest groups and were generally accommodated in the bill for FY2003 as passed. Actions are already underway to give a next round of inputs for FY2004.
Meetings & Special Presentations
B.K. Parekh chaired two technical sessions at the 2003 Meeting of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration in Cincinnati, Ohio. The first was entitled "Mineral Processing Fundamentals" on Tuesday, Feb. 25, followed by "Closure and Reclamations of Coal Operations" on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
On Feb. 26-28, Uschi Graham attended the DoE Nanoscale Science Research Centers Workshop.
Outside Organization Interactions
Tom Robl and B.K. Parekh presented a proposal on tailings disposal elimination in coal mining to the Electric Power Research Institute/Upgraded Coal Interest Group, Feb. 16.
In February Burt Davis served on a panel review board to review new proposals to the National Science Foundation.
In January Ari began teaching a course in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering entitled Fuel Processing Technology. It is the first time that a CAER course has been presented since 1997. Nineteen students (mostly seniors) enrolled in this elective.