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Sierra Club Monthly Program: Challenges to Sustainability
October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Hosted by the Sierra Club –
Happy Hour /food and beverages (http://www.scholzgarten.com/): 6-7 pm
Socializing and informal discussions on current events: 6-7 pm
Announcements and program begin at 7 pm
PROGRAM: Planet Texas 2050: Challenges to the Sustainability and Resilience of 21st Century Texas, with Jay Banner
Jay Banner was born and raised in New York City and was interested in science from an early age. He attended the University of Pennsylvania as a Chemistry major and switched majors to Geology partway through to his Bachelor’s degree. He pursued graduate studies in geology and geochemistry at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he received his MS and Ph.D. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Banner was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology and Louisiana State University. He joined the faculty in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas in 1990 in Austin, Texas. He is presently the Fred M. Bullard Professor in the Jackson School of Geosciences and Director of the Environmental Science Institute at UT-Austin.
Dr. Banner is a geochemist who investigates the impacts of urbanization on aquifers and streams, and the reconstruction of past climate change, soil erosion and ocean chemistry. His field research sites include Texas, Guam, Western Australia, the midcontinent and Great Basin USA, Barbados, and the Bahamas. Banner co-developed and teaches UT-Austin’s first Signature Course, Sustaining a Planet, and helped develop the university’s newest interdisciplinary degree, a B.S. in Environmental Science. Dr. Banner is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and was the first person certified as an Environmental Scientist by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists. Among the recent honors he has received are the UT Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award (2013), the Texas Exes Teaching Award (2012), the Friar’s Centennial Teaching Fellowship Award (2011), induction into UT-Austin’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers (2011), and the Jackson School of Geosciences Outstanding Educator Award (2010).
Consider biking, carpooling, or taking Cap Metro (http://www.capmetro.org/planner) to the meeting. Free parking is available after 6pm on San Jacinto and nearby streets.