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USI will host series of events to address the worldwide demand for energy

USI will host series of events to address the worldwide demand for energy

10/26/2012 | University Communications

The Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education and the Geology and Physics department at the University of Southern Indiana, along with the Indiana-Kentucky Geological Society, Illinois Geological Society, and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, will host several public events in November to address the demand for energy in the world and the ethical and environmental issues associated with extraction of natural resources.

The three free events will be held in room 1101 of the Education Center at USI.

The first event, a presentation by Richard K. Stoneburner, will be from 7 to 8 p.m., Thursday, November 1. Stoneburner is president of North America Shale Production Division BHP Billiton Petroleum and will discuss “The Exploration, Appraisal, and Development of Unconventional Reservoirs:  A new approach to petroleum geology.” He is an American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Lecturer with more than 35 years of experience in the energy business. More information about Stoneburner is available at

On Wednesday, November  14, Dr. W.C. ‘Rusty’ Riese will make a presentation entitled “Oil Spills, Ethics, and Society: How they intersect and where the responsibilities reside.” The lecture will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Riese has worked in both minerals and petroleum as a geologist, geochemist, and manager during more than 39 years in industry. More information about Riese is available at

The final event in the series, a viewing of the film “Switch”, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m., Monday, November 19. The purpose of the film is to engage the audience in energy awareness and efficiency, and to find practical, balanced solutions to our global energy challenges. The movie will provide a summary of topics introduced by the two lecturers. Visit for a video introduction to the film.

Contact Dr. William Elliott, chair of the geology and physics department, at or 812/228-5053 if you have questions about the events.


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