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TONIGHT: Impact of Marcellus shale on Pennsylvania, 7:00 p.m.

guest speaker
Professor Rudy Slingerland
4/11/2011 —

 

GUEST SPEAKER:
DR. RUDY SLINGERLAND 
"Black Diamond, Black Gold, and Black Shale: Pennsylvania’s Energy Landscape"
7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 13

"By the peculiarities of North American geology, Pennsylvania has been blessed with abundant energy resources in the form of coal, oil, and natural gas. Historically, coal and oil have taken the front seat in the commonwealth’s energy production, but left a regrettable environmental legacy. Today, the current energy boom is natural gas, particularly from Marcellus shale."

Pennsylvania’s energy history and energy future is subject of the spring presentation of Penn State New Kensington's Faculty Speaker Series-Insight Forum, a community lecture and discussion series.

Geologist Rudy Slingerland brings his insights on the commonwealth's role in the energy industry at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the campus Forum Theatre. His talk, "Black Diamond, Black Gold, and Black Shale: Pennsylvania’s Energy Landscape," focuses on the past extraction methods of coal and oil, and the new extraction methods of shale gas. Slingerland is an expert on sedimentology, the study of sediments such as sand, mud, silt and clay; stratigraphy, the study of the physical and temporal relationships between rock layers or strata; and geomorphology, the study of landforms and the processes that shape them.

By the peculiarities of North American geology, Pennsylvania has been blessed with abundant energy resources in the form of coal, oil, and natural gas," said Slingerland, who holds a doctorate in geology from Penn State. "Historically, coal and oil have taken the front seat in the commonwealth’s energy production, but left a regrettable environmental legacy. Today, the current energy boom is natural gas, particularly from Marcellus shale."

There will be a public reception at 6:00 p.m. to meet the speaker. Prior to his talk, Slingerland will meet with campus students in the afternoon. Tickets for the talk are $5 for the general public and $2.50 for campus gfaculty and staff. Students with college or high school identification are admitted for free. General admission seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Insight Forum is a semiannual series that consists of one-hour talks in the fall and spring. Local, regional and nationally-known guests discuss various aspects of American life and take questions from the audience. A reception to meet the speaker is a special feature of each program. Last spring, pollster Terry Madonna shared his insights on the 2010 political landscape of Pennsylvania. Madonna is scheduled to return in October to discuss the 2012 election cycle.

For tickets, call 724-334-6056 or contact tms57@psu.edu

ABOUT RUDY SLINGERLAND
Slingerland, professor of geology at Penn State University Park, is the guest speaker for "Insight Forum," the campus' lecture and discussion program that is geared to the local community. His talk, "Black Diamond, Black Gold, and Black Shale: Pennsylvania’s Energy Landscape," focuses on Pennsylvania’s energy history, as well as the future with shale gas.

"By the peculiarities of North American geology, Pennsylvania has been blessed with abundant energy resources in the form of coal, oil, and natural gas," said Slingerland, who holds a doctorate in geology from Penn State. "Historically, coal and oil have taken the front seat in the commonwealth’s energy production, but left a regrettable environmental legacy. Today, the current energy boom is natural gas, particularly from Marcellus shale."

For more than 30 years, Slingerland has taught and written about his academic specialties: sedimentology, the study of sediments such as sand, mud, silt and clay; stratigraphy, the study of the physical and temporal relationships between rock layers or strata); and geomorphology, the study of landforms and the processes that shape them. He has written extensively for national journals, and is on the editorial boards of "Basin Research" and "Journal of Geology."

Among his numerous honors and awards was the Margins Distinguished Lecturer recognition he received for 2009-10. Now known as GeoPrisms and based at Rice University in Houston, Margins is a program committed to the understanding of the origin and evolution of the continents. Funded in part by the National Science Foundation, the scientists visit American academic institutions to present technical talks and public lectures.

Before joining the faculty at Penn State in 1977, Slingerland was a third class petty officer in the United States Navy.
The Troy, Pennsylvania native earned his bachelor's degree in geology from Dickinson College and his master's degree from Penn State.

Prior to his talk, Slingerland will meet with campus students in the afternoon.  A public reception to meet the speaker precedes the evening session. The series is open to the public. Tickets for the talk are $10. Students with college or high school identification are admitted for free. General admission seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For tickets, call 724-334-6056 or contact tms57@psu.edu

 

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