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morufey, november 3, 1975
I as I ii orce 'propos ed "Mead
for energy iristiiuts
By Sandy Mohr
Both students and professionals have
been contributing ideas and "hundreds are
involved" in a proposed Solar Energy
Research Institute (SERI), according to
Donald Edwards, UNL associate dean of
engineering and technology.
The center, with t $50 million budget,
would employ 500 professionals and 800
support personnel and be located near
Mead if it is chosen by the federal govern
ment for construction of such a plant, he
Edwards, heading a task force of univer
sity personnel,' state officials and other
professionals, is coordinating all the ideas
and will make an application by Jan. 15
to the government for the institute.
The old bunkers,' which once stored
munitions on the 9,800-acre site, could be
used to store energy, Edwards said. An NU
agriculture research center also is located
on the Mead site, he said.
-. The most recently coordinated surge
of ideas came from a group of 22 students
and professionals brainstorming for two
and one-half days last week in Architec
tural Hall. .
UNL architecture professor Homer
Puderbaugh outlined plans three weeks ago
to study the Mead ordinance plant's
feasibility as a research center.
The College of Architecture staged a
charette, which is a thorough examination
of an architectural problem, to study the
Mead site and came up with a booklet of
ideas called "SERI Charette" which will
be submitted in Edward's application to
the federal governrcsnt.
In this booklet the six research
functions of the national center required
by the government were analyzed as they
apply to Nebraska.
Biomass conversion, one of the six
functions, is collecting the sun's energy in
growing plants. Since Nebraska is an
agricultural state it would be a prime
location for this research, Edward said.
Other functions such as wind energy,
solar electric power, and solar heating and
cooling, also could be done in a plant in
Nebraska, according to Edwards.
Ocean thermal energy , conversion,
capturing the solar energy in water, is the
only research function Nebraska wouldn't
be able to provide, he said. However, the
institute could simulate the ocean with a
man-made lake, Edwards said.
Because Nebraska has the ability to
fulfill the criteria required by the govern
ment, Edwards said he thinks Mead has
a good chance of being chosen.
If not, the research institute on a
smaller scale may be built in Mead by other
means, he said.
"We're not going to do all this and then
forget everything," Edwards said.
From ail the research, voluntarily
contributed, the task force is getting an
"excellent inventory" of the resources
available for solar energy in the state, he
said. From that, a system of priorities
could be worked out to determine which
of the research functions could be develop
ed best in Nebraska, he added.
Nebraska should be concerned because
it imports 95 per cent of its energy, he
'if the state really wants to do- some
thing, it will do it," Edwards said. .
There is a possibility, he said, that the
federal research institute may establish,
sub-stations to specialize in one of the
six functions, and Nebraska may be
considered for that, he said.
The UNL Student Veter
ans are sponsoring a raffle
for tuition bonds totaling
$400. First prize $300, sec
ond prize $100. The price
per ticket is $1, and the raf
fle is limited to 1,000 tick
ets. Tickets go on sale today.
The Free Univsrsity class,
Drugs in America and Mari
and Legalization, is sched
uled to meet today at 6 pjn.'
in the Nebraska Union. The
topic for today is "How to
get stoned without going to
jail" or Marijuana and the
The NU Law College is
hosting the first Circuit
Court today at 2 pjn.in the
College of Law Bldg. Audi
torium, on East Campus.
The U.S. 8th Circuit
Court of Appeals will hear
three selected cases, ac
cording to Law College
Dean Henry Grether.
"Error Bounds on Elec
tron Density Approxima
tion" is the topic of speaker
Jerry L. Whitten, Nov. 4 at '
3:30 pjn. in Hamilton Hall
102. An Informal discussion
is planned for students from
1:30 pjm. to 2:30 pjn. in
Hamilton Hall 801 preced
ing the speech.
College Republicans are
hosting state Sen. Roland
Luedtke of Lincoln and
prisoners from the Nebraska
State Penal Complex's Gavel
Club Tuesday at 7 pjn.
They will speak on the Ne
braska penal system, it's,
problems, progress and fu
ture. Everyone is welcome.
Eckankar is sponsoring
an introductory lecture,
"Karma and the Spiritual
life," Wednesday at 7:30
pjn. at 333 N. 14th St.
The UNL Democrats will
meet Wednesday at 9 pjn..
in Anderson Bldg. 511.
Mayor Helen Boosalis will
attend the group discussion
meeting. Everyone welcome.
The Lincoln League of
Women Voters will present
a special meeting on the his
torical and political aspects
of the American presidency
at the general meeting on
Wednesday tt 8 pjn. in the
Lincoln Ccnier Bldg. The
public is invited.
10:30 a.m. Bosirwss Educa
tion 120 Nebraska Union Audi
torium. s 2 pjn. Community Involve
ment Service Union 216.
3 P.m. Free University
Study of Drugs-Union 222.
3:30 pxn.-Phi Chi Theta
6:30 p.m. Townt Club
7 pjn .-Career Planning and
7 pjn .-Table Tennis Club
Union Conference Roa n.
7 pjn.-Delta Sigmt Pi Associates-Union
7 pjn.-Mlnority Affaire tu-toring-Unlon
7 p.m.-nglish Dept.-4A
7:30 p.m.-Co)leee of Busi
ness Administration-Hicks and
Gold Key Awards-Union 202
203. 7:30 p.m. College Career
7:30 p.m.-Msth Counselors
7:30 pjn.-Delta Sisma Pi-.
9 p.m. -Kappa Alpha Psl
9:15 pjn. Kappa Psi
Union 21 6.
9:30 pjn.-Kappa Psi pled
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1:30 p.m. Discussion-Jerry
t,. Whltten-Hamilton Hall 102.
3:30 p.m. Error Bounds on
Electron Density Approximation-Jerry
L. Whitten Hamilton
7:30 p.m. Feminism and
Fertility - Germeine Greer
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