UpDate - Vol. 12, No. 17, Page 1 January 21, 1993 Former Pres. Jimmy Carter to receive Karl Boer medal Former President Jimmy Carter will be awarded the University of Delaware's first Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit and deliver a free public talk on Tuesday, Feb. 16, on the Newark campus. The program is scheduled at 8 p.m. in the University's Bob Carpenter Center. The Karl W. Boer Solar Energy Medal of Merit, which includes a cash prize of $40,000, honors the renowned scholar and pioneer in the field of solar energy who founded the University of Delaware's Institute of Energy Conversion. It recognizes signficant pioneering contributions to the promotion of solar energy as an alternate source of energy through research, development or economic enterprise or honors an individual who has made valuable and enduring contributions to the field of solar energy in other ways. The presentation of the medal and Carter's speech will cap a daylong international solar energy symposium on the campus. Focusing on "Balancing Energy, the Economy and Ecology: The Solar Energy Contribution," the symposium will feature some of the world's leading scientists, international industrialists and political leaders. Scheduled from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in Clayton Hall on the Laird Campus, the symposium will feature such topics and speakers as * "Economy of a Realistic Future" with Olav Hohmeyer of the Fraunhofer-Institut fur Systemtichnik und Innovation in Karlsruhe, Germany; * "Solar Energy as Major Source for Terrestrial Use," with S. David Freeman, ceo of the Sacramento Municipal Power Utility District; * "Photovoltaic State of the Art (Crystal)" with Antonio Luque, professor and director, Instituto de Energia Solar, Universidad Polytechnica de Madrid; * "Photovoltaic State of the Art (Thin Film)" with Thomas Surek of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory; * "The Swiss Example of PV-Deployment" with Thomas Nordman, president of Swiss Solar Industry Association in Chur, Switzerland; * "Introduction of Photovoltaic Systems in the Near and Intermediate Future: An Industrial Assessment" with Hubert Aulich, ceo of Siemens Solar GmbH in Munich, Germany; * "The Need for Control of Population Growth" with Henry W. Kendall, Nobel laureate and professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; * "Innovative Policies to Promote Solar" with Hal Harvey, president of the Energy Foundation in San Francisco; * "Political Keys Toward a Solar Energy Economy-A European View" with Hermann Scheer, honorary president of EUROSOLAR and a member of the Bundestag in Bonn, Germany; and * "U.S. Emphasis on Renewable Energy" with U.S. Sen. Timothy E. Wirth of Colorado. In conjunction with the symposium, the University will host a solar energy exhibition with the latest solar conversion equipment, devices and results from major solar industries, power utilities and research laboratories. Cost of the symposium is $85 before Jan. 26 and $105 after that date. A special rate of $30 is available to the University faculty. Advance registration is required. For registration information, contact the Division of Continuing Education at 831-2795. Jimmy Carter served as president of the United States from 1977-1981, and his administration's domestic achievements included a comprehensive energy program conducted by a new Department of Energy; deregulation in energy, transportation, communications and finance; major new educational programs under a new Department of Education; and major environmental protection legislation, including the Alaska Lands Act. His foreign policy accomplishments included the Panama Canal treaties, the Camp David Accords, the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union and the establishment of U.S. diplomatic relations with the People's Republic of China. In 1982, Carter was named University Distinguished Professor at Emory University and also founded the Carter Center of Emory University, which addresses national and international issues of public policy. Karl Boer, who is internationally known for his achievements, was a professor at Humboldt University in Berlin in 1961 when he emigrated to the U.S. He joined the Delaware faculty as a professor of physics in 1965. In 1972, he founded the Institute of Energy Conversion.