2015 Alabama Mineral Institute
The 2015 Alabama Mineral Institute will be held September 1-2, 2015 at the Bryant Conference Center, Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Anyone interested in mining, geology, mining regulations, mine construction and development, mine health and environmental issues, coalbed methane and related subjects should participate. 15 PDH Credits
Institute Speaker Highlights:
Dr. Nick Tew;
Alabama State Geologist and Oil and Gas Supervisor, Geological Survey of Alabama
Nick Tew is Alabama’s State Geologist and Oil and Gas Supervisor. In these capacities, he directs the Geological Survey of Alabama and the staff of the State Oil and Gas Board of Alabama. Nick holds Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. degrees in Geology and has been with GSA and OGB for almost 29 years.
Dr. Tew has extensive knowledge of Alabama’s surface and subsurface geology and the state’s rich endowment of geologically related natural resources and has published extensively on the geology of the state and region.
Nick is currently President-Elect of the American Geosciences Institute, the federation of geoscientific and professional associations representing more than 250,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists around the globe. He has previously served as President of the Association of American State Geologists, Vice-Chairman of the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, and Chairman of the U.S. Department of the Interior Outer Continental Shelf Policy Committee.
Dr. John Christy;
Alabama State Climatologist, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Dr. John R. Christy is the Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric Science and Director of the Earth System Science Center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where he began studying global climate issues in 1987. Since November 2000 he has been Alabama's State Climatologist. In 1989 Dr. Roy W. Spencer (then a NASA/Marshall scientist and now a Principle Research Scientist at UAH) and Christy developed a global temperature data set from microwave data observed from satellites beginning in 1979. For this achievement, the Spencer-Christy team was awarded NASA's Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement in 1991. In January 2002 Christy was inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Dr. Christy has served as a Contributor (1992, 1994, 1996 and 2007) and Lead Author (2001) for the U.N. reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in which the satellite temperatures were included as a high-quality data set for studying global climate change. Dr. Christy has provided testimony to several congressional committees.
Below are some of the presentations that were featured at last year's Institute
Presentations from the 2014 Institute:
Dust Collecting--by Brian Mathews
MSHA Metal Non-Metal--by Judith Etterer
MSHA Coal Update--by Danny Crumpton
Alabama Water Policy Update--by Dr. Bennett Bearden
How the GSA is Addressing Current Energy Research and Issues--by Denise Hills
Shale Gas and Oil Sand--by Dr. William Thomas
History of Hydraulic Fracturing--by Mark Parker
Kemper County Energy Facility--by Vern Lund