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President Dunn joins in regional energy discussions

Aug. 6, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Two officials from Western Michigan University will take part in a discussion of energy issues with U.S. Secretary of Energy Samuel Bodman during a visit to southwest Michigan by the secretary Tuesday, Aug. 7, arranged by U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-St. Joseph).

Dr. John M. Dunn, WMU president, and Dr. G. Michael Grammer, director of the Michigan Geological Repository for Research and Education at WMU, will be among the region's leading energy players who will be participating in the discussion.

While in Southwest Michigan, Bodman will see firsthand the region's leadership in developing new technologies to fulfill the nation's future energy needs. The day will include a tour of Whirlpool research and development sites and a trip to the Cook nuclear plant as well as a news conference at 1:45 p.m. in Whirlpool's St. Joseph Technology Center in St. Joseph, Mich.

In addition to Dunn and Grammer, those participating in the discussion with Bodman, which is not open to the media, will include Dr. Marilyn Schlack, president of Kalamazoo Valley Community College; the chief executive officers of Whirlpool, AEP (Cook Nuclear Plant), Bangor Bio Diesel and CMS Energy; and officials from DTE, Entergy (Palisades Nuclear), and Eaton Corp.

For more information, contact Sean C. Bonyun in Upton's office at (202) 225-3761.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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