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    Boom & Bust: The Impact of Energy Extraction on Local Communities

    Duquesne and Penn State University are teaming up to sponsor a two-day Boom & Bust conference focused on local impacts of the boom and bust cycle of Marcellus Shale and other energy extraction. The conference will be held Monday, Nov. 12, and Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom.

    Speakers will examine topics including economy, education, jobs training and workforce development, health and policies.

    "At this stage, we feel it's critical to bring together the public, scientists, policy makers, advocates and industry representatives to discuss the cyclic nature of limited natural resources," said Dr. Alan Seadler, who leads Duquesne's Institute for Energy and the Environment. "This conference provides a neutral ground where the public and experts can interact, and develop an agenda based upon data and focused on questions impacting local communities."

    Washington County Commissioner Diana Irey Vaughan will speak at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday about how Marcellus Shale drilling has affected her region, which recently was ranked third in the nation for job growth by the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Other speakers will include:

    • Dr. Barbara Sattler of the University of San Francisco, a board member of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments who serves on the Fracking Committee, which has called for a national moratorium on fracking.
    • Dr. Byron Kohut of Westmoreland County Community College, director of the Marcellus ShaleNET jobs cooperative.
    • Dr. Kathy Brasier of Penn State, who researches agricultural economics, sociology and education.
    • Dr. Kent Moors, a Duquesne political science professor, who will chair a panel on local and regional policy, and health issues related to extraction.
    • Dr. Joel A. Tarr, the Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor of History and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University, who will on the history and impacts of natural gas development in Southwestern Pennsylvania.

    Early bird registration is available online through Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the discounted rate of $75, $95 otherwise. Student registration is $50.

    Professional Development Hours are available for landscape architects and engineers.

    Duquesne University

    Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic research universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. The University is nationally ranked by U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review for its rich academic programs in nine schools of study for nearly 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and by the Washington Monthly for service and contributing to students' social mobility. Duquesne is a member of the U.S. President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for its contributions to Pittsburgh and communities around the globe. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges acknowledge Duquesne's commitment to sustainability.