Lunchtime Lectures

All lectures are in the Charlotte Convention Center, Ballroom A, 12:15–1:15 p.m.


Wednesday, 7 November

The National Election: What do the Results Mean for Science?

David Conover and Albert Teich
Moderated by Kasey White, GSA Director for Geoscience Policy

The long election season will finally be over on 7 November. What do the results of the presidential and congressional races mean for science? This distinguished panel will examine how the elections will shape environmental and energy policy, federal funding for geoscience research, minerals development, and more.

David ConoverDavid Conover has more than 20 years of experience in public policy, having served in the executive and legislative branches of the U.S. government as well as in the private sector at a major corporation. He is currently Senior Vice President at Dutko Grayling. His executive branch service was as acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary for policy and international affairs at the Department of Energy and as director of the U.S. Climate Change Technology Program. In Congress, Conover was staff director and chief counsel of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Earlier, Conover was with CH2M-Hill and had extensive experience in the environmental law and management fields. He holds a J.D. cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. with highest honors from the University of Virginia. He is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Albert TeichAlbert Teich is Research Professor of Science, Technology & International Affairs at the Center for International Science & Technology Policy in the Elliott School at George Washington University. From Feb. 1990 through Dec. 2010, Teich was director of Science & Policy Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Washington D.C. After retiring from that position, he remained at AAAS through 2011 as Senior Adviser to the CEO. During his tenure as director of Science & Policy Programs, he was responsible for AAAS activities in science and technology policy and served as a key spokesman on science policy issues.

Before joining AAAS, Teich taught science and technology policy at George Washington University (from 1976 to 1980) and spent several years in teaching, research, and administrative positions at the State University of New York (Binghamton and Albany) and at the Syracuse University Research Corporation (now Syracuse Research Corporation).
Teich speaks frequently on topics of science and technology policy and science, technology, and society, and is the author of a variety of articles and editor of several books, including Technology and the Future Teich is the recipient of many honors and has actively servied on boards and committees, including as member of the Board of Governors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and president of the American Friends of the BSF.  He earned a B.S. in physics (1964) and a Ph.D. in political acience (1969), both from MIT.

Sunday, 4 November

George Davis
GSA Presidential Address & GSA President’s Medal Presentation

George H. Davis
GSA President

Please join us for this special lunchtime lecture—the Presidential Address of GSA President George H. Davis, "Where Our Deepest Passions Intersect the World's Compelling Needs." Following this address, GSA Past President John W. Geissman will present the President's Medal to Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, and Scholar in Residence in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College. All are welcome; no reservations, tickets, or meeting registration are required to attend.


GSA Gold Medals

Monday, 5 November

GSA Awards Ceremony

Please join GSA's President George H. Davis and GSA's Vice President Suzanne Mahlburg Kay to honor and greet the GSA medal and award recipients for 2012. Citations and responses for the 2012 recipients of the Penrose Medal, the Arthur L. Day Medal, the Young Scientist Award (Donath Medal), the GSA Public Service Award Medal, the GSA Distinguished Service Award, The Subaru Outstanding Woman in Science Awardee, The Bromery Award for Minorities, and the American Geological Institute (AGI) Medal in memory of Ian Campbell will be presented. The John C. Frye Environmental Geology Awardee, the ExxonMobil Field Camp Awardee, the GSA Division awardees, the International Section's Honorary Fellow, and the newly elected GSA Fellows will also be recognized. All are welcome; no reservations, tickets, or meeting registration are required to attend.

Tuesday, 6 November

Scott W. Tinker
Switch: The Global Energy Transition

2012 Michel T. Halbouty Lecturer
Scott W. Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology; State Geologist of Texas; Director, Advanced Energy Consortium

GSA Fellow Scott Tinker is the state geologist of Texas, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, director of the Advanced Energy Consortium, and the Allday Endowed Chair and acting Associate Dean of Research at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin’s Jackson School of Geosciences. Tinker spent 17 years in the oil and gas industry prior to joining UT in 2000.

Tinker is past elected president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), past president of the Association of American State Geologists, and current president of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. He has been a distinguished lecturer for the AAPG and Society of Petroleum Engineers, a distinguished ethics lecturer for the AAPG, and is now the GSA Halbouty Distinguished Lecturer. Tinker holds appointments on the National Petroleum Council, the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, the Geoscience Advisory Board at Sandia National Lab, Trinity University Board of Visitors, and several other private, professional, and academic advisory boards.
Tinker’s passion is building bridges between academia, industry, and government. Toward that end, he has given nearly 500 invited and keynote lectures, visited over 45 countries, and most recently produced and is featured in the acclaimed documentary film on global energy, SWITCH.SWITCH

You will have two opportunities to view SWITCH before hearing Tinker’s lecture: Sunday and Monday, 4–5 Nov., 9–11 a.m., in Ballroom A at the Charlotte Convention Center.