Spanier discusses future energy strategies on WPSU-TV/FM

December 15, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Renewable energy has become a hot topic now that the world's population is increasing and fossil fuels are declining.  More now than ever before, we are talking about alternative sources of energy – with wind, solar and hydrogen options available.  That’s the focus of Penn State President Graham Spanier’s upcoming edition of "To The Best Of My Knowledge."  The live call-in program airs at 7 p.m. on Tuesday (Dec. 16) on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM.  It also airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

President Spanier and his guests, Thomas Richard, director of the Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment, and Amy Glasmeier, director of the Penn State Center for Policy Research in Environment, Energy and Community will discuss how these other options could supplement or even replace traditional forms of energy.

Richard is an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Penn State. His research and teaching focus on applying biologically based technologies to agricultural and environmental problems. He leads a research group that uses fundamental engineering science to develop strategies for the emerging bio-based economy.

Glasmeier is a professor of Economic Geography at Penn State. As a John Whisman Scholar with the Appalachian Regional Commission, she examined the continuing challenges of distressed and at-risk counties and helped develop an energy policy in light of recent energy trends. She has spent some time researching global trends in the solar and wind energy industries as well.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling 1-800-543-8242 or e-mailing during the broadcast.
A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 10th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.


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