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Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Seminars

On June 4, 2014, the Regional Science Council held a seminar entitled "Global Energy Trends, Fracking, and the Energy Water Nexus" that was presented by Dr. Michael E. Webber from The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Webber's presentation focused on global energy trends with additional insights on US energy trends. The worldwide energy section is going through dramatic shifts in energy demand, end-uses, and sources. Population growth and economic growth are driving up total demand whereby industrialization, electrification and motorization are changing how we use energy and a policy push for domestic, low carbon and renewable fuels is changing our sources of energy. View the presentation.

On October 25, 2013, the Regional Science Council held a seminar on the "Soils Contamination: The Scourge of the Planet?" The Seminar featured Dr Nadia Plata, who visited the Region all the way from Switzerland. Dr Plata holds a Bachelor and Master of Science in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Technical Sciences, an Executive MBA in Management and Finance, in addition to a degree in International Environmental Law, thus making her a well rounded speaker. This talk does not necessarily reflect the views of the EPA, however the Regional Science Council would like to thank Dr Plata for agreeing to share her research. To view the recording of the seminar, visit https://epa.connectsolutions.com/p4awlif040b/.

On September 4, 2013, the Regional Science Council held a seminar on the "Texas Parks and Wildlife Environmental Response and Restoration Program." The Seminar featured Alan Butler and Greg Conley of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) Kills and Spills Team (KAST) investigate fish and wildlife kills resulting from pollution events such as oil and brine spills, releases of chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, sewage, and chlorinated water. KAST assesses impacts on habitat alterations such as dam maintenance, the creation of dead-end canals, and the channelization of streams and storm water conveyances to determine the causes of events. This presentation covers current pollution events, fish and wildlife kills, and TPWD and EPA collaboration.

On August 21, 2013, the Regional Science Council held a seminar titled, "Waterborne Pathogen Research to Support Water Quality Regulations." The Semianr was presented by Dr George D. Di Giovanni, a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences with the University of Texas – Houston School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus. This talk does not necessarily reflect the views of the EPA, however the Regional Science Council would like to thank Dr Di Giovanni for agreeing to share his research. To view the recording of the seminar, visit https://epa.connectsolutions.com/p911ualixzw/.

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