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May-June, 2004 - VOLUME 3, NUMBER 3

General CAER News

The fourth grade class from Russell Cave Elementary School toured the lab during a field trip in May. This was the culmination of a year of demonstrations at the school by CAER scientists. This is the second year of the program.

Meetings and Special Presentations

Jim Hower, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Coal Geology, attended an Elsevier editors' conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 7-8.

Jim Hower taught in the Coal Combustion By-Products Workshop held at Pennsylvania State University on June 9-11.

Ari Geertsema presented a paper on "Coal Technology: Options Ahead" at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Coal Council in Kingsport, TN.

Ari Geertsema attended the annual Contractor's Meeting in Pittsburgh for PI's of DOE sponsored University Coal Research projects.

The CAER staff presented papers and exhibited at Coal Prep in May. This annual meeting is held in Lexington and attended by most of the mining industry throughout the region.

Staff/Student Accolades

B. K. Parekh received the Frank Tiller Technical Award from the American Filtration and Separations Society. This award is presented to a society member for "enhancing knowledge and applications of solid-liquid separations."

UK Connections

B. K. Parekh has been appointed as an adjunct Full Professor in the University of Kentucky, Department of Mining Engineering.

Outside Organization Interactions

CAER hosted Ms. Susan Bush, the new state Commissioner for Natural Resources together with Mr. John Davies, the Director of the state Department of Energy for a visit on June 2. There are increasing opportunities to take up the contact with the interested parties in Frankfort now that the legislative session has been completed. The Special Subcommittee on Energy has also started its activities with an initial meeting and further monthly meetings are planned until November. CAER's inputs to this committee are appreciated and the director will continue to attend the meetings.

Ari Geertsema attended the membership meeting of the Gasification Technologies council in Santa Fe. The main theme was to consider the conditions which need to be met before Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) will be competitive with coal combustion processes for power generation. A detailed study is in the final phase of preparation with DOE support.

Anne Gaffney, Senior Research Fellow of Rohm and Haas Co., presented a seminar at CAER and after discussions with a number of scientists, indicated that she will possibly pursue research collaboration between her company and CAER.

CAER hosted John Hunt, of the National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Innovation program for a short visit. This was an important opportunity to make him aware of CAER's research and capabilities. The visit was related to the proposal submitted to NSF for support for the establishment of a High Throughput Experimental Facility at CAER. Meaningful industrial support was obtained for this proposal.

A meeting was held with Bill Brundage to discuss the role of CAER in the state's New Economy initiative and this was followed with visiting Don Bowles of Charolais Coal in Madisonville regarding new energy initiatives in which he is involved.