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11-07-2013

European University Reform at Clarkson University Shipley Lectures November 18 & 19

Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik, rector and professor of materials science at the University of Ljubljana in Ljubljana, Slovenia, will deliver the two lectures of Clarkson University's 19th Shipley Distinguished Lectureship, November 18 and 19.

Radovan Stanislav PejovnikA frequent visitor to Clarkson, Pejovnik received an honorary doctor of science degree from the University in 2012.

He will speak about " European University Reform -- Case: University of Ljubljana” on Monday, November 18, at 4:15 p.m. in Science Center Room 360. The presentation will be preceded by a 3:30 p.m. reception.

Most European countries are introducing new degree structures to reduce long first-study cycles and high drop-out rates. Pejovnik will present and evaluate the changes and restructuring that the University of Ljubljana has made over the past decade to address these and other issues.

For students, faculty and the more technically inclined, Pejovnik will then speak about “Nanostructured Electrodes for Modern Li-ion Batteries" on Tuesday, November 19, at 11 a.m. in Bertrand H. Snell Hall Room 212. He will present novel concepts to resolve various problems associated with both negative and positive electrodes in lithium ion rechargeable batteries.

Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Pejovnik is a world-renowned leader in materials research. He has co-edited six books and presented papers and invited lectures at scientific conferences and universities throughout the world, including the United States and Japan. He has also served as a member of international boards and has chaired conference sessions on sintering, materials research, stereology and battery research.

He started his academic career as an assistant professor of inorganic chemical technology in 1978, and since 1989 he has been professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Ljubljana's Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology. From 2005 to 2009, he served as the dean of the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology. In September 2009, he was elected rector of the University of Ljubljana and took office on October 1, 2010.

From 1982 to 1999, he was director of the National Institute of Chemistry, and from 2000 until 2003 served as a state secretary for higher education at the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.

The Shipley Lectures are sponsored by the Shipley Family Foundation, with support from Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP).

The Shipley Distinguished Lecture Series was initiated in 1994 through a generous gift from the late Lucia and Charles Shipley through the Shipley Family Foundation. Over that period distinguished speakers from around the world, including eight Nobel Laureates, have presented talks.

The purpose of the lectures is to promote scholarly achievements at Clarkson by providing the opportunity for idea exchange and active learning, as well as allowing undergraduate and graduate students to meet the most prestigious speakers from all over the world.

For more information about the lectures, please contact lectureship organizer Egon Matijevic, Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science, at 315-268-2392.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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