Switch: What Is the Future of Energy? Documentary & Discussion

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Date/Time:Wednesday, 03 Apr 2013 at 7:00 pm
Location:Great Hall, Memorial Union
Channel:Lectures Program
Categories:Lectures, Live Green
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Switch explores the way we use energy, from coal to solar, oil to biofuels. The film removes politics from the discussion, makes the technical accessible and documents our likely path of transition to new energy sources. A discussion will immediately follow the 98-min film.

The following Iowa State faculty and employees will participate in the post-film discussion, which will be moderated by Bill Simpkins a professor in the Department of Geological and Atmospheric Science.

Iver Anderson, faculty scientist, Ames Lab; adjunct professor, Materials Science and Engineering
Robert Brown, Iowa Farm Bureau Director, Bioeconomy Institute; Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering; Director, Center for Sustainable Environmental Technologies
Bill Gutowski, professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Franek Hasiuk, assistant professor, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Matt Liebman, professor, Henry A. Wallace Chair for Sustainable Agriculture
John Miranowski, professor, Department of Economics
Merry Rankin, Director, Office of Sustainability
Gene Takle, professor, Agronomy Department and Climate Science Program
Jeff Witt, Director, Iowa State University Utility Services (Power Plant)
Switch is an Arcos Films production. It was produced and directed by Harry Lynch and is presented by the Geological Society of America in conjunction with the American Geosciences Institute.

Writer and producer Scott Tinker talks to the people driving energy research and production today, including national and international government officials, industry leaders and academics. Tinker is the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the State Geologist of Texas. He is also the acting associate dean for research, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

Director Harry Lynch has been directing, producing and writing documentary films for sixteen years. He has also worked as a photographer, screenwriter, ad writer and producer, audio engineer and record company intern. Switch is his sixth film. Others include: Unconventional (2008 NBC regional), Recapturing Cuba (2007 PBS), Ride Around the World (2006 IMAX), Making the Modern (2003 PBS), Bullriders (1997 theatrical, DirecTV).