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    Researchers to Present Marcellus Shale Findings in November at Duquesne

    More than two dozen academic researchers will present their findings regarding Marcellus Shale extraction at a two-day conference in November at Duquesne University.

    The Facing the Challenges symposium on Monday, Nov. 25, and Tuesday, Nov. 26, will explore:

    • Biological, geological and environmental investigations
    • Fugitive methane migration and climate change
    • Air and water quality
    • Human and animal health
    • Social, political and legal aspects.

    Professors from Duquesne will include:

    Dr. Brady Porter, Impact of Marcellus Activities on Salamanders and Fish Populations in the Ten Mile Creek Watershed; Dr. John Stolz, Using Surveys to Assess Well Water Quality in Western Pennsylvania; and discussion leaders Dr. Sarah Woodley, associate professor of biological sciences, Dr. Partha Basu, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Dr. Stan Kabala, associate director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE).

    Topics will range from water interactions with shale gas extraction (Duke University) to statistical analysis of leakage from Marcellus wells in PA (Cornell University), climate change (Cornell), fracking water and wastewater facilities (Wheeling Jesuit University), local government response to shale gas development (Cornell),  environmental law and Marcellus Shale (University of Pittsburgh), fracking extraction impacts compared to past extraction disturbances (Penn State University ) and human and social service impacts (Keystone College).

    Researchers from the New Jersey College of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Bucknell University, Juniata College and Yale University also will speak.

    The events, with sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, are free and open to the public, but registration is required online at www.duq.edu/facing-the-challenges. The symposium is funded by The Heinz Endowments, the Claneil Foundation, the Colcom Foundation and the George Gund Foundation, and sponsored by Duquesne and CERE.

    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 10 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.