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Center for Northern Appalachian Studies Offers Energy Symposium

Posted on 10/13/2008 11:00:28 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Northern Appalachian Studies will present a free symposium, “The Future of Energy in the Northern Appalachian Region,” Oct. 30 at the IUP Hadley Union Building Susquehanna Room.

Dr. Jim Dougherty, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Northern Appalachian Studies, is symposium coordinator. The center is housed in the IUP department of sociology.

Symposium programs begin at 9 a.m. and end with a 7 p.m. keynote presentation, “The Legacy of Rachel Carson and the Future of Energy” by Dr. Patricia M. DeMarco, executive director of the Rachel Carson Homestead. Carson was a writer and environmentalist who was born in 1907 in Springdale.

All programs are open to the community. Participants may attend all or part of the symposium programming.

The sessions will include information about the historical development of extraction industries, wind and solar power, the Marcellus Shale gas field, coal, energy social costs and environmental concerns.

The symposium is funded by a grant from the Appalachian Region Commission through the Appalachian Teaching Project.

“In addition to offering information to the community, the program also has the intent of getting students involved in regional issues,” Dougherty said. “The IUP students will participate fully in the symposium and then will make a presentation on the event at an upcoming Washington, D.C., conference with students from the 14 Appalachian-based universities.”

IUP represents the northern tier of the Appalachian region.

The symposium schedule is as follows:

  • 9–9:15 a.m.:  Opening remarks, Dr. Jim Dougherty, director of the IUP Center for Northern Appalachian Studies and student representative
  • 9:15–10:15 a.m.:  “Energy, Extraction, and Exploitation in the Appalachians, A Historical Perspective,” Dr. Irwin Marcus, IUP emeritus professor of history
  • 10:30 a.m.–noon: Marcellus Shale panel presentation with Thomas Murphy, Penn State Cooperative Extension; Gary Falatovich, attorney at law, Greensburg; Rep. Camille “Bud” George, 74th District, Clearfield County, chair of the House Committee on Environment and Energy
  • 1–2 p.m.: “Social Costs of Energy:  The Future of Energy and War,” Dr. Lloyd Stires, IUP retired professor of psychology; “Energy Assistance in Indiana County,” Gary Calhoun, Low Income Housing and Energy Assistance Program coordinator in Indiana County
  • 2:15–3:45 p.m.: “Wind and Solar Power, Future Energy Alternatives,” Dr. Brian Oakey, IUP assistant professor of geography; Doug Copeland, senior project developer, Gamesa Energy (wind energy), and Tim O'Brien, Plextronics (solar power)
  • 4–5 p.m.: "The Future of Energy and the Coal Industry,” Jerry Stephens, director of fuels, Edison Mission Inc. (Homer City power plant)
  • 7–8 p.m.: Keynote presentation: “The Legacy of Rachel Carson and the Future of Energy,” Dr. Patricia M. DeMarco, executive director, Rachel Carson Homestead
  • 8:15 p.m.: Closing remarks, followed by reception in Breezedale Alumni Center.

For more information, contact Dougherty at (724) 357-2734.