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Wind Power Expert to Give UW’s Annual Mulloy Lecture

April 22, 2015
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Willett Kempton

A national expert in wind power, Willett Kempton, will discuss “Wind Power: Technology, Policy and Social-technical Movements” during the University of Wyoming Department of Anthropology’s annual Mulloy Lecture Thursday, April 30, at 3:10 p.m. in the College of Business auditorium.

Kempton, director of research and external affairs at the Center for Carbon-free Power Integration and professor in the College of Earth, Ocean and Enivronment at the University of Delaware, will be at UW for two days. In addition to presenting the Mulloy Lecture, Kempton will take part in a variety of events with students, faculty and community members, including an informal brownbag talk on “Electrical Vehicles and the Grid” Friday, May 1, at noon in Room 140 of the Anthropology Building.

Kempton examines energy systems, especially wind power, from resource, engineering, policy and sociocultural perspectives.

“Given current conditions and the costs of new energy sources, wind stands out as a major, cost-effective resource -- especially given its rapidly evolving technology and steeply declining cost curve,” Kempton says. “In the United States, two areas with great immediate potential for wind energy are the Great Plains and the shallow offshore areas of the East Coast.”

In his presentation, he will analyze the technology and policy of wind resources and describe a social movement in Delaware to launch large-scale offshore wind power.

The annual Mulloy Lecture is sponsored by the UW Department of Anthropology in memory of the university's first professional anthropologist, William Mulloy. Starting in 1948, he fostered, at UW, what is usually called the "four field approach," integrating archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology into a unified program.

For more information, call Keith Kanbe in the UW Department of Anthropology at (307) 766-5136.

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