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Despommier will be the guest speaker at the Mission Award Dinner

| March 6, 2012

Tuesday, AZ: The University of Arizona’s Controlled Environment Agriculture Center (CEAC) presents the 2012 Crop Production & Engineering Design Short Course on April 8-12, 2012 at the Westward Look resort. It was just announced that Dr. Dickson D. Despommier will be the Guest Speaker at the Mission Award Dinner on Wednesday Evening, April 11, 2012 at the Westward Look Resort.

Dr. Despommier was born in New Orleans in 1940, and grew up in California before moving to the New York area, where he now lives and work. He earned his Ph.D. degree in microbiology from the University of Notre Dame, and for 27 years conducted laboratory-based biomedical research with NIH-sponsored support at Columbia University. He is now Emeritus Professor. Dr. Despommier has always been interested in the environment and the damage we have caused by the simple act of encroachment. At present, he is engaged in a project whose mission is to produce significant amounts of food crops in tall buildings situated in densely populated urban centers. This initiative has grown in acceptance over the last few years to the point of stimulating planners and developers around the world to incorporate them into their vision for the future city. It is very likely that some form of the vertical farming will soon become part of the skyline of the built environment. There are now five vertical farms up and running: Korea, Japan, Holland and two in the U.S.A).

Dr. Despommier has received numerous teaching awards, including the national American Medical Student Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence in 2003. He has published three books, over 70 peer-reviewed scientific papers, and numerous review articles on a wide variety of subjects. He has been on the Colbert Report, and given a TED talk, PopTech, PINC, Ars Electronica, and five TEDx talks (Washington, D.C., Chicago, New York, and Bermuda). He lives with his wife Marlene Bloom in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

For more Short Course details and information, visit our website at http://ag.arizona.edu/ceac.

 

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