HOT TOPIC OF COLD FUSION THE FOCUS FOR FEB. 13 LECTURE
Date: Saturday, February 10, 2007 @ 16:20:04 GMT
Topic: Science


Steven Krivit writes: For Immediate Release: HOT TOPIC OF COLD FUSION THE FOCUS FOR FEB. 13 LECTURE BY UNIVERSITY OF LA VERNE ADJUNCT PROFESSOR MELVIN MILES

In 1989, low energy nuclear reactions – better known publicly as cold fusion – were hailed as a landmark scientific achievement. Two separate research groups in Utah claimed to have discovered what at the time was hailed as a potential source of virtually limitless power. But when the well-publicized breakthrough turned into a world-renowned bust, cold fusion was relegated by many to the undistinguished category of pseudo-science.


The concept and the controversy surrounding cold fusion are once again a topic of interest involving both academic and corporate researchers. University of La Verne adjunct professor Melvin Miles will provide the discussion a local forum during his lecture “Navy Research and the Future of Cold Fusion” at noon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, in the university’s Presidents Dining Room. Co-sponsored by the Faculty Research Committee and the ULV Academy, the lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

The ULV lecture is the first in a series of talks Miles will give during the next two months. He will present his paper, “Precision and Accuracy of Cold Fusion Calorimetry” at the American Physical Society’s March 5-9 meeting in Denver. He has also been invited to present at the American Chemical Society National Meeting March 25-30 in Chicago.

Miles earned a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from the University of Utah in 1966. He has been teaching chemistry at ULV since 2002, initially as a visiting professor and most recently as an adjunct professor while also doing research on thermal batteries at the Naval Weapons Center in China Lake, Calif. He has also been a visiting professor at Bates College in Maine and at Middle Tennessee State University.

Prior to teaching, Miles served 24 years as a researcher for the U.S. Navy. In 1997-98 he was the NEDO Guest Researcher at the R&D Center for New Hydrogen Energy at The Institute of Applied Energy in Sapporo, Japan. He has authored 185 scientific publications and made 125 presentations at scientific meetings.

For additional information on Miles’ lecture, contact the ULV Academic Affairs Office at (909) 593-3511 ext. 4240.

The Presidents Dining Room is in Davenport Dining Hall on the university’s main campus, located on the southwest corner of D and Third streets in La Verne. Maps of the campus and parking information are available on the Internet at www.ulv.edu.

Release No. 0607-021
CONTACT: Rusty Evans/ revans3@ulv.edu
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