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Former CIA Director to Speak at SUNY-ESF Conference


SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The former director of United States Central Intelligence will speak April 10 during a conference sponsored by the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF).

R. James Woolsey, who held the nation's top intelligence position from 1993 to 1995, will speak at 9 a.m. Monday, April 10, at the Sheraton University Hotel. In a presentation titled, "The Future of Biomass in the World Energy Balance," Woolsey will discuss the use of wood product-based alternatives to imported petroleum as a source of energy.

partnership logoAs the director of central intelligence under President Bill Clinton, Woolsey headed the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and led the nation's intelligence community. He will speak during the opening plenary session of a conference that will focus on developing partnerships for environmental improvement and economic development. The goal is to find ways to bring technology into local businesses that can use it to support sound economic development.

Also speaking Monday will be Dan W. Reicher, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Reicher's presentation, also on the subject of using biologically based materials as alternatives to petroleum, will be during the noon luncheon.

The conference, titled "Wood and Cellulose: Building Blocks for Chemicals, Fuels and Advanced Materials," will run April 9 through 11 at the Sheraton University Hotel. The gathering is expected to draw about 100 scientists and representatives of industry, government agencies and non-governmental organizations.

They will discuss opportunities to expand the use of renewable wood and cellulose fiber to produce economically and environmentally competitive chemicals, fuels and high-tech products. The aim is to unite scientists and organizations pursuing innovative ideas with the entities that can move those ideas toward commercial success.

Speakers at the conference will include Helena Chum of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; Inder Saxena of the University of Texas at Austin; Chris Demeter of Antares Group consulting firm in Washington, D.C.; Stephen Fitzpatrick of Biofine; George Proakis, consultant to Syracuse Research Corporation; and John Irving of McNeil Generating Station, Burlington, Vt.