Monday, January 28, 2013

1/31 - UTES Lecture: Energy Conservation Behavior and the Behavioral Wedge

Energy Conservation Behavior and the Behavioral Wedge
Thomas Dietz
Thursday, January 31, 5:15 PM 
Mezes Hall (MEZ) 1.306. Refreshments served at 5pm
About the speaker:
Thomas Dietz is a Professor of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy (ESPP) and Assistant Vice President for Environmental Research at Michigan State University. He is also Co-Director of the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessment Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of General Studies from Kent State University. Dr. Dietz is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and has been awarded the Sustainability Science Award of the Ecological Society of America as well as the Distinguished Contribution Award of the American Sociological Association Section on Environment.
At the National Research Council he has served as chair of the U.S. National Research Council Committee on Human Dimensions of Global Change and the Panel on Public Participation in Environmental Assessment and Decision Making, and currently is Vice Chair of the Panel on Advancing the Science of Climate Change of the America’s Climate Choices study. He is currently a member of the NRC Committee to Advise the U.S. Global Change Research Program.  He has co-authored or co-edited twelve books and more than 100 papers and book chapters. His current research examines the human driving forces of environmental change, environmental values and the interplay between science and democracy in environmental issues.

Monday, January 14, 2013

1/17 - UTES Lecture: Alternatives for Mitigating the Natural Resources Curse

Alternatives for Mitigating the Natural Resources Curse
  Scott Gaille
Thursday, January 17, 5:15 PM 
Mezes Hall 1.306. Refreshments served at 5pm
About the speaker:
Scott Gaille is an Adjunct Professor of Management at Rice University’s Graduate School of Business and Chief Compliance Officer and general counsel for ZaZa Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: ZAZA).  He is the author of three books and several law review articles, including a textbook based on his course at Rice, International Energy Development. 
Previously, Scott was Director - Business Development for Occidental Oil & Gas Corporation. His responsibilities there included starting and growing new business units in Africa, the Middle East and South America.  Prior to joining Oxy, Mr. Gaille practiced law with the Energy Section of Vinson & Elkins.  Scott was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago, where he received his Doctor of Law degree with High Honors.  He received a Bachelor of Arts with High Honors at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.