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Interdisciplinary Lunch Series Features Darryl Butt Nov. 8

By: Kathleen Tuck   Published 10:22 am / November 2, 2012

Darryl Butt, professor and chair in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and associate director of the Center for Advanced Energy Studies, will speak at the next Interdisciplinary Lunch Series. He will address “Materials Challenges in Energy” from noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Student Union Bergquist Lounge.

The series is presented by Boise State’s Arts and Humanities Institute and the Honors College. Faculty are invited to enjoy lunch, discussion, and intellectual and artistic provocation. Lunch is provided, but space is limited to the first 20 faculty who RSVP to Nick Miller at 426-3902 or

Butt was at Los Alamos National Laboratory between 1991 and 1999, where he was a Director’s Postdoctoral Fellow, technical staff member, team leader and lead project leader. His research at LANL included modeling and developing materials for extreme environments, environmental effects on materials, surface analysis, carbon dioxide sequestration, and non-proliferation. From 1998-2000, on leave from LANL, he lead a DOE-Industry program at Ceramatec Inc. in collaboration with Air Products and Chemicals Co. to develop microchannel gas separation membranes for the production syngas from natural gas. From 2000-2005 he was an associate professor at University of Florida in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. He joined Boise State University in 2005.

Upcoming series speakers include:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13 — Jacky O’Connor, Boise State, “Law and Sexuality in Tennessee Williams’s Postwar Fiction”
  • Tuesday, March 19 — Amanda Johnson, Boise State, “Arts and Urban Resiliency: Exploring the Impact of the Financial Crisis on Creative City Building”
  • Thursday, April 18 — Louis Menand, Harvard University. Menand is the spring Distinguished Lecture Series speaker

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