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Cumberlands graduate holds seminar on alternative energy


WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – Dr. James Gover, a graduate of Cumberlands and professor at Kettering University, presented a seminar on alternative energy on Friday at University of the Cumberlands’ Hutton School of Business.

The seminar, an hour-long summary of an eight hour course that Gover teaches at international conferences, covered the pros and cons of several energy alternatives.

Gover discussed transportation by hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. “When gas gets to $4.50 to $5 per gallon, these alternatives will get competitive,” he said.

Other energy sources discussed were coal, natural gas, wind, solar, wave and tidal, geothermal and nuclear power.

According to Gover, the United States has 200 to 400 years of coal available, so the alternatives discussed will not be viable until they become cheaper than coal.

Gover believes that the public needs to be concerned about global warming. “The only way to get the public’s attention is in the wallet,” he said. Because of this, Gover is an advocate of a carbon tax.

Gover is a native of Pulaski County, and earned a degree in pre-engineering from Cumberlands. He also holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from University of New Mexico. He retired from Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1998 and joined Kettering University in Flint, Mich. At Kettering, formerly General Motors Institute, he is professor of electrical engineering. The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers presented him with the Fellow Award for his work on radiation effects in nuclear systems and the Citation of Honor for his policy research.

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, graduate degrees and certifications in education as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.