Today, Wednesday the 19th, from noon till 1pm in the Allen Chapman Activity Center on the TU campus, TU's Department of Geosciences (along with the Tulsa Geological Society Foundation) will host the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Ethic Lecture. This lecture is free to the public, and it will be delivered by geologist Donald Clarke, who's also our guest on StudioTulsa. Clarke teaches petroleum geology at the University of Southern California and serves as a consulting geologist for several California petroleum companies and cities.
Our guest on this edition of ST is a retired petroleum engineering executive and author, John Turley, who will deliver the free-to-the-public Norman M. Hulings, Jr., Memorial Lecture here on the TU campus tomorrow evening (Friday the 15th). Turley's lecture begins at 6pm in the Great Hall of the Allen Chapman Activity Center, which is at 440 S. Gary Avenue.
Our guest on ST is Tony Knowles, the president of the National Energy Policy Institute (or NEPI) and former governor of Alaska. Based here at the University of Tulsa, and created in 2008 with a donation from the George Kaiser Family Foundation (which also donates funds to Public Radio Tulsa), NEPI is a think-tank aiming to provide policymakers with better research and scholarship with which to design and implement energy policy.
Our guest on this edition of ST is Molly Williamson, a highly experienced former Foreign Service Officer who served six U.S. Presidents over the course of a long, far-flung career, eventually achieving the rank of Career Minister. Throughout the 1990's and early 2000's, she held important positions within the U.S. Departments of Energy, Commerce, State, and Defense.
On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Paasha Mahdavi, who is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science at UCLA. As part of the University of Tulsa Collins College of Business Lecture Series, Mahdavi will deliver a free-to-the-public talk on "Oil Politics in the Islamic Republic of Iran" on Wednesday the 13th at 7pm in the Tyrrell Hall Auditorium on the TU campus. Mahdavi's ongoing research concerns the study of national oil company governance and the political consequences of oil nationalizations, and he joins us today by phone.
On this edition of our show, we speak by phone with Dr. Mark Thurber of Stanford University, who will give a lecture this evening (Monday the 28th) at 7pm in the Tyrrell Hall Auditorium on the University of Tulsa campus. His address is presented as part of the TU Collins College of Business Energy Lecture Series; Dr. Thurber will be discussing state-run oil companies, which actually control most of the world's oil production. A well-respected expert whose scholarship has focused on the role of state-owned firms in the most crucial energy markets around the globe, Dr.
Oil output in the U.S. is poised to surpass that of Saudi Arabia within the next decade, as has been widely noted, but what about the serious if not alarming environmental costs associated with this surge in production? On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with Dr. Brian Lutz of the Department of Biology and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. He'll soon deliver a free-to-the-public address on "Hydraulic Fracturing vs.