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APSU to host geologist Steven Dutch

The Austin Peay State University Department of Chemistry will host a lecture by geologist Dr. Steven Dutch, a touring speaker with the American Chemical Society. The lecture is part of the Nashville Section of the American Chemical Societys monthly meeting.

The speech, titled A Scientist Goes to Desert Storm, will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 in the Sundquist Science Complex Room E106. The event is free and open to the public.
The Austin Peay State University Department of Chemistry will host a lecture by geologist Dr. Steven Dutch, a touring speaker with the American Chemical Society. The lecture is part of the Nashville Section of the American Chemical Society's monthly meeting.

The speech, titled “A Scientist Goes to Desert Storm,” will begin at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 12 in the Sundquist Science Complex Room E106. The event is free and open to the public.

“His talk will be of interest to the local community, since he will speaking about (his) time spent in Kuwait in the 1990s,” said Dr. Carrie Brennan, associate professor of chemistry at APSU.

Dutch's Army reserve unit was mobilized in December 1990, and it moved into Kuwait only 24 hours after the ceasefire. The unit was given the task of aiding civilian recovery efforts in Kuwait.

“From our compound only three kilometers north of the Magwa Oil Field, we could see up to 100 burning wells. On at least one occasion, we experienced complete darkness from horizon to horizon at midday, during which it was literally impossible to tell whether it was noon or midnight,” Dutch said.

Dutch and his Army reserve unit were redeployed to Saudi Arabia in April 1991 to aid the Kurds in northern Iraq under Operation Provide Comfort.

“This experience allowed me to view the spectacular geology of northern Iraq, near the boundary between the Arabian and Turkish plates, as well as to observe and photograph remarkable arid-climate meteorological events,” he said.

For more information about Dutch's speech, contact Brennan by telephone at (931) 221-7623 or by e-mail at brennanc@apsu.edu. -- Jessica Baird