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The Mid-Maine Global Forum contributes to the local community’s understanding of issues of global significance by organizing and disseminating informed public presentations and discussion.

    Our Next Events Include:

   Professor Judith Shapiro

American University

Special summer dinner program will be on Friday, August  8th at Colby College.

Professor Shapiro will talk about China and the conflict between development and the environment.

More details will be posted in the future.

September 18 Rem Center 11:45

Jennifer Wilcox

Assistant Professor of Energy Resources Engineering

School of Earth Sciences, Stanford University

Carbon Dioxide Removal and Reliable Storage for Climate Change Mitigation

 ABSTRACT: Carbon dioxide removal from the atmosphere and its permanent storage involve a portfolio of techniques, some more intrusive and more speculative than others, aimed at reducing further global warming. The scale by which CO2 must be mitigated worldwide dwarfs the existing chemical industry, making utilization of COas a chemical feedstock a minor component of the portfolio of mitigation options. Carbon capture and storage is one strategy that could potentially mitigate gigatons of COemissions per year, provided geological storage of CO2 is feasible. The scale and energy requirements associated with CO2 separation processes will be presented. Strategies based upon adsorption and catalytic membrane separation processes in particular, will be of focus, as will reliable storage.

Jennifer Wilcox is an assistant professor of Energy Resources Engineering and head of the Clean Conversion Laboratory in the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford University.  She is also an affiliate faculty member in the Emmet Interdisciplinary Program for the Environment and Resources. She received an NSF Career Award in 2005 and the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award in 2009. Her research efforts include sorbent design and testing for carbon and trace metal capture from fossil fuels, adsorption studies of CO2 on coal and gas shales, and membrane design for N2 and Hseparations. Wilcox earned a BA in mathematics from Wellesley College and an MA in physical chemistry and a PhD in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona. She recently authored the first textbook on Carbon Capture. In addition, she has served on several study groups including the American Physical Society to the National Academy of Sciences to investigate CO2 mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Lunch plans will be announced in early September.

                             October will be the  Leeke-Shaw Lecture

                  in conjunction with the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan

Details to be announced as the program is finalized.