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Alternative energy focus of Palm Desert talk

UCR’s Environmental Research Institute Director to Speak on Ways To Achieve Energy Independence

Joseph Norbeck’s March 1 Palm Desert talk will highlight sustainable energy sources

(February 22, 2006)

Joe Norbeck

Joe Norbeck

PALM DESERT, Calif. ( — UCR’s Environmental Research Institute Director and Yeager Families Professor of Engineering Joseph M. Norbeck will discuss how to reduce our dependence on foreign oil in a talk titled “A sustainable pathway to U.S. independence of foreign oil” at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, at UCR Palm Desert.

The public talk is part of the “Imagining the Future” lecture series offered at UCR Palm Desert, 75-080 Frank Sinatra Drive. Admission is free but reservations are suggested and can be made by calling (760) 834-0597.

The UCR Environmental Research Institute is a newly formed multi-disciplinary research organization that integrates much of the environmental research and technology efforts at the UCR campus. Prior to accepting this appointment, Professor Norbeck was the Founding Director of the Bourns College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT). CE-CERT is a cooperative research center within the College of Engineering and the largest research center at UCR. The Center’s research agenda includes development of future emission control technology, advanced vehicle technology and systems, renewable and alternative fuels, atmospheric processes and modeling, and environmental policy.

Norbeck was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1998. He received the Clean Air Award from the South Coast Air Quality Management District in 1995, the Valley Group Award for Excellence in Environmental Research, and the Riverside Regional Leader of the Year Award in 1998. He is a member of several national and international committees and has published over 100 papers on the topics of air quality, renewable fuels and vehicle emissions.

UCR Palm Desert is a satellite campus of the University of California, Riverside. UCR Palm Desert sits at the heart of the Coachella Valley offering a Master’s of Business Administration program in Entrepreneurial Management through its Richard J. Heckmann International Center for Entrepreneurial Management. The Educational Center offers a Master’s of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts. Visit www.palmdesert.ucr.eduor call 760-834-0800 for more information.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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