Beaver at Redeemer and McMaster, “Shall We Frack?”

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Event Details


Friday 27 March 2015

  • 11:00 at Redeemer University College
  • 4:15-5:45pm at McMaster University, 114 John Hodgins Engineering Building (South Entrance)

ABSTRACT: This presentation examines the role of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) for natural gas production as a bridge fuel to a more sustainable future. The basic science, technology, risks and benefits of fracking will be addressed. In addition, various Christian perspectives on fracking will be explored.

Dr. Beaver will also meet with students and faculty over lunch to share some of his innovative work on environmental education. For details contact – Kyle Spyksma kspyksma@cs.redeemer.ca | Dean of Sciences & Co-Dean of Humanities Associate Professor of Mathematics/Physics

SPEAKER BIO: Bruce Beaver is Professor of Chemistry, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. His research interests include all aspects of hydrocarbon fuel oxidation. This work has resulted in over 100 papers & presentations. Energy & Sustainability has become a new interest area. Bruce closely follows developments in both climate change and the global shale gas industry. He has recently written a peer-reviewed paper on fracking and its relationship to climate change. The role of energy in economic development in Africa, particularly South Africa is another topic Bruce follows. Past research experience resulted in expertise in the use of cooperage for quality wines & spirits. For the past 20 years Bruce has actively sustainably managed the families small oak forest. He is also an expert in environmental education as evidenced by being awarded the 2006 Bayer School teaching excellence award for creating the course Chemistry, Culture & Environment. Bruce is a practicing Catholic and lives in rural Pennsylvania with his wife Gina, and children, Vince, Sam and Augusta.