LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Immersive Technologies Enterprise (LITE) will host a series of lectures for the University of Louisiana during the Spring Semester. This Thursday, February 24, 2011, the lecture series will kick-off with Dr. Donald F. Boesch presenting, The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling at 4:30 p.m.

Boesch is the President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, and also a Professor of Marine Science and Vice Chancellor for Environmental Sustainability for the University System of Maryland.

“This is the first in a series of lectures at the University Research Park to hear from leaders in research, development, and policy on those issues that can spark innovation at the university and in our region,” stated Dr. Robert Twilley, LITE Interim CEO and Vice President for Research at UL.

Boesch is a member of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.

“We hope to use this discussion with National Commission Member Dr. Don Boesch to look for opportunities in university-industry partnerships to continue the leadership of Acadiana as a hub of energy, technology and development,” Twilley stated.

Boesch is a native of Louisiana, and has assessed the long-term environmental effects of offshore energy development.

This lecture will be held in the LITE Theatre. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information on the event please contact LITE’s Public Relations Coordinator, Erin Ryan, at (337) 735-1397.

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