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Galveston College
News Release
Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Galveston College Announces New Lecture Series

Galveston College’s 2011-2012 Lecture Series titled “Ten Years From Now” has announced the guest speakers for the fall session. The first guest speaker is Robert J. Traylor, Geologist, from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Mr. Traylor's lecture topic is titled “’Fracking’ Technology - Exploiting a New Energy Source in Texas - Economic Potential and Environmental Risk.”  The lecture begins at 7 p.m. on October 19, 2011 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing located at 4015 Avenue Q of the Galveston College campus.

Robert J. “Bob” Traylor holds a BS in Geology from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.  He has 40 years of combined experience in the petroleum industry as a petroleum geologist and in public service as a geological advisor.  He is a licensed geoscientist in geology with Texas, a certified petroleum geologist with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a certified professional geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists.  He is an active member in several other geological societies, including the Houston Geological Society and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists. 

The second guest speaker is Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, whose topic is “The Changing Face of the Houston Region: Tracking the Economic and Demographic Transformations Through 30 Years of Houston Surveys.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. on November 15, 2011 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing located at 4015 Avenue Q of the Galveston College campus. 

A graduate of Haverford College, with an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Dr. Klineberg is a Professor of Sociology at Rice University. In 1982, he and his students initiated the annual "Houston Area Survey,” now in its 30th year of tracking the remarkable changes in the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences, and beliefs of Harris County residents. The recipient of twelve prestigious teaching awards, including the Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Piper Professor Award, Klineberg is currently writing a major report on the Houston studies and serving as Co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. 

For more information contact Lecture Series Coordinator Klaus Adam at 409-944-1273.

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