Pitt Cyber will host three-time Pulitzer Prize winner David Sanger at 12:00 p.m. Wed., Feb. 21 in Ballroom B of the University Club. Sanger will discuss “The Cyber Threat: The New Way Nations Struggle for Power and Influence.” Following the lecture, Pitt Cyber Director, David Hickton, will lead a discussion with Sanger and the audience. This event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. Please register at cyber.pitt.edu events by Thursday, Feb. 15.
The Matthew B. Ridgway Center will present the Fifth Annual Paul Y. Hammond Memorial Lecture at 2 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 22 in Ballroom A, University Club (123 University Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15231). The lecture will feature renowned scholar and intelligence expert Richard K. Betts, Leo A. Salzman, Professor of War and Peace Studies and the Director of International Security Policy Program at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. RSVP, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Wherrett Lecture Series will present Dr. Carolyn J. Heinrich at 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 23 in Wesley Posvar Hall, room 3911. Dr. Heinrich is a Professor of Public Policy and Education in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Peabody College and a Professor of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Vanderbilt University. RSVP, email@example.com.
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KDKA reporter Ralph Iannotti interviewed GSPIA students engaged in a joint research project with the FBI spearheaded by Associate Professor Michael Kenney. The foundation for the partnership developed out of the student working groups at the Matthew Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at GSPIA, under the leadership of Dr. Phil Williams, director of the center. “As a policy school, GSPIA strives to give its students experience in conducting policy relevant research inside and outside the classroom,” explained Associate Professor Kenney. The students in the group work collaboratively and share a common interest in a career in intelligence and law enforcement. Read more.
In the recent article “How Andrew Carnegie set the stage for Bill Gates to give away his fortune, altering philanthropy forever,” director of GSPIA’s Philanthropy Forum Kathleen Buechel spoke with Lisa Stiffler of GeeKWire about the future of philanthropy.
The U.S. nuclear power industry has found it difficult to compete in electricity markets in recent years. Major operators such as Exelon have shuttered nuclear power plants and announced plans to close others in the future. In an effort to improve their profitability, nuclear power plant operators have sought subsidies from state governments in which their plants are located. At the urging of operators, policy makers in Illinois and New York have agreed to provide billions of dollars in “zero emission credits” to nuclear power plants, ostensibly to compensate nuclear power’s lack of greenhouse gas emissions. Similar subsidies have been considered in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Zero emission credits have been widely criticized and a majority of Americans hold an unfavorable view of nuclear power.
Associate Professor Jeremy Weber, Director of GSPIA’s Shale Gas Governance Center (SGGC), recently discussed the rising price of crude oil with NPR reporter Erika Beras. According to the report, the cost of a barrel oil increased by 30% over the past 6 months, prompting Beras to ask “Is the oil industry back?” Dr. Weber joined Samantha Rose, an Energy Policy Analysis at the Brookings Institution and Mukul M. Sharma, Engineering Professor at the University of Texas Austin to discuss the increase in price and the implications for oil producers.
The Shale Gas Governance Center (SGGC) is hiring a summer intern to conduct research on issues related to abandoned oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania. The internship will begin May 15 and end August 15. Pitt graduate students who have completed at least one year of study and enrolled for fall 2018 are eligible to apply. Some familiarity with data organization and analysis is required. GIS skills are especially helpful. Good oral and written communication skills and the ability to work with limited supervision are also valued. To apply, master degree students, click here and PhD students, click here.
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The US shale boom and efforts by other countries to exploit their shale resources could reshape energy and environmental landscapes across the world. But how might those landscapes change? Will countries with significant physical reserves try to exploit them? Will they protect or harm local communities and the global climate? Will the benefits be shared or retained by powerful interests? And how will these decisions be made? In the book, GSPIA associate professor Shanti Gamper-Rabindran brings together experts working at the forefront of shale gas issues on four continents to explain how countries reach their decisions on shale development.
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