For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

Georgian Court to Host Lecture on the “Hydrogen Economy”

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 29, 2007—Are you ready for the “Hydrogen Economy?” According to Dr. George S. Howard, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, it’s coming. On Wednesday, April 18, 2007, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on Georgian Court’s Lakewood campus, Dr. Howard will discuss the implications of the coming economic shift as GCU presents the Father Theodore M. Hesburgh Lecture Series in conjunction with the Jersey Shore Alumni Club of the University of Notre Dame.

Dr. Howard recently published Stan Ovshinsky and the Hydrogen Economy: Creating a Better World. In this latest work, a biography, he writes of Stan and Iris Ovshinsky, whom he believes began the movement toward the hydrogen economy.

“Almost five decades ago, Stan and Iris Ovshinsky proposed a radical idea, the hydrogen loop, to fully utilize the benefits of hydrogen, the universe’s ultimate energy source. What started as this couple’s inspiring commitment to make the world a better place is now realized in the products and technologies offered by the company they founded—Energy Conversion Devices [ECD]. Stan Ovshinsky is likely to be known as the Father of the Hydrogen Economy. This is his story,” writes Howard.

During the lecture, Dr. Howard will detail how the world is making the shift in energy systems—transitioning from producing energy by burning hydrocarbons (e.g., oil, natural gas, wood, and coal) to producing energy from hydrogen—and how that shift will impact our country’s businesses, the homes we build, and the cars we drive.

He will discuss some of the products that have already begun this transition, such as photovoltaic cells and hybrid cars. He will also explain the basics of hydrogen— generation, storage, transportation, and use. A list of transition tips will be offered and explained.

By writing the Ovshinskys’ biography, Dr. Howard hopes that “in knowing the Ovshinskys—their beliefs, values, hopes and visions—one can see more clearly how the science of disordered and amorphous materials developed; how ECD developed into a most extraordinary company; and how our world transitioned from the age of hydrocarbons to the age of hydrogen.”

In addition to serving as professor of psychology, Dr. Howard is the Joseph Monahan Director of the College Seminar at the University of Notre Dame. The author of 12 books and over 170 scientific articles and chapters, he has also served as chairman of the Department of Psychology and as director of the Laboratory for Social Research at Notre Dame. He served as past president of two divisions of the American Psychological Association: Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, and Humanistic Psychology. Dr. Howard also was the 1998 winner of Notre Dame’s Faculty Award.

The Father Theodore M. Hesburgh Lecture Series is named for Reverend Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame, who led the university for 35 years and is considered one of the most influential figures in higher education in the 20th century. He is now 89 years old.

Reverend Hesburgh wrote in the forward of Dr. Howard’s book, “Ovshinsky's story offers readers a ringside seat to the Herculean struggle between forces tied to our hydrocarbon-dominated past and the prospects of a clean and renewable energy future.”

The lecture is free, but reservations are required. For more information or to register, contact the Georgian Court University Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Directions to GCU can be obtained at, and free parking is available on campus.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge and at Coastal Communiversity in Wall and Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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