Lecture series on Energy and the Environment on Wednesdays

Ray Beiersdorfer

Ray Beiersdorfer

Youngstown State University is hosting a Fall Semester Speaker Series on Energy and the Environment, organized by Ray Beiersdorfer, professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

The free lectures, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in Room 2000 Moser Hall on the YSU campus, emphasize the scientific, public health and policy research surrounding shale gas development and renewable energy. The majority of the lectures will be via video conferencing, but there also will be three live lectures.

“This series is an outgrowth of the successful video lectures I organized last spring by Dr. Tony Ingraffea of Cornell and Dr. Mark Jacobson of Stanford,” Beiersdorfer said. “The talks will focus on peer-reviewed research. The only real exception to that will be when Thomas Linzey, the founder of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, who speaks about the community rights movement.”

Here’s the schedule, all at 7 p.m. in Room 2000 of Moser Hall on the YSU campus:

Sept.10, “Biodegradation of Organic Additives in Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids,” Paula Mouser, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Geodetic Engineering, Ohio State University.

Sept. 17, “Shale Gas Wastes from the Marcellus and Utica Shales: What are they & how are they managed in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia?”, Julie Weatherington-Rice, PhD, Bennett & Williams Environmental Consultants Inc., and adjunct assistant professor, Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Ohio State University.

Sept. 24, “Birth Outcomes and Maternal Residential Proximity to Natural Gas Development in Rural Colorado,” Lisa McKenzie, PhD, MPH research associate, Department of Environmental & Occupational Health, Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado, Denver.

Daniel Aldrich

Daniel Aldrich

Oct. 1, “Site Fights: Divisive Facilities and Civil Society in Japan and the West,” Daniel P. Aldrich, PhD, associate professor, University Faculty Scholar, Director of Asian Studies, Purdue University.

Oct. 8, “A Community Revolution: Elevating the Rights of People and Communities Over Corporations,” Thomas Linzey, Esq, executive director, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.

Oct. 15, “Legal Issues Surrounding Shale Gas Development,” James O’Reilly, Esq., volunteer professor, College of Law, University of Cincinnati.

Oct. 22, “Unconventional Politics of Unconventional Gas: Policy Challenges,” Andrew Kear, PhD, assistant professor, Department of Political Science, Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Bowling Green State University.

Katie Huffling

Katie Huffling

Oct. 29, “Public Health Impacts of Shale Gas Development: The Role of Nurses,” Katie Huffling, RN, MS, CNM, director of Programs Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments.

Nov. 5, “Solar Photovoltaic Technology,” Clovis Linkous, PhD, Professor, Department of Chemistry, YSU.

Nov. 12, “Wind Power,” Walt Musial, principal engineer, National Wind Technology Center, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.