Transdisciplinary Areas of ExcellenceSustainable CommunitiesConference

Professor Sinclair speaks with students

Program Schedule

Thursday April 10, 2014

11:30a.m.-1p.m. – Presenters and participants sign in

1-2:30p.m. – Local Environmental Impacts Panel

Joseph Graney, Binghamton University

What's in the Water and Where did it come from? Contrasting Geochemical Fingerprints from the Marcellus Shale versus other Natural and Anthropogenic Sources

Joseph Graney is an associate professor of geological sciences, chair of the Department of Geological Sciences, director of the Environmental Studies Program and associate director of the Center for Integrated Watershed Studies at Binghamton University. His current research focuses on tracing natural and anthropogenic geochemical processes to assess ecosystem impacts adjacent to Oil Sands production facilities in Alberta; assessments of energy resource development on Chesapeake Bay watersheds; and the impact of interstate and local roadway infrastructure on surface and groundwater resources. He received a PhD in geology from the University of Michigan and was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Air Quality Laboratory within the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan before starting his duties at Binghamton University.

William Kappel, United States Geological Survey

Local Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Development in New York

William (Bill) Kappel earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Penn State. He has worked as a hydrologist for the U.S. Forest Service in Missouri and Wisconsin. He has studied the hydrogeology of upstate New York with the U.S. Geological Survey in the New York Water Science Center for over 30 years and is currently hydrogeologist emeritus with the New York Water Science Center at Ithaca, N.Y. Past investigations include the Onondaga Trough, studying the movement of natural brine to Onondaga Lake at Syracuse, N.Y.; study of mudboil (mud-volcano) activity in the Onondaga Creek Valley; study of landslides in upstate New York – in relation to glacial lake clays; and carbonate aquifer studies in western New York. He has also coordinated USGS water-resource information and study efforts related to shale-gas development in New York and with other Water Science Centers across the Marcellus 'Play' - West Virginia to New York.

2:30-2:45p.m. – Afternoon break

2:45-4:15p.m. – How to Have a Dialogue about Hydraulic Fracturing

Gwen Arnold, University of California-Davis

Understanding Local Civic Response to the Introduction of Fracking: An Analysis of Marcellus Shale Communities

Gwen Arnold is an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California, Davis, where she works in the Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior. She is also an affiliated faculty member at the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University. She graduated in 2012 from Indiana University with a degree in public policy. Her research focuses on environmental policy, with substantive emphases on wetland management and hydraulic fracturing policy and theoretical emphases on bureaucratic behavior, federalism, public entrepreneurship and institutional analysis.

Jennifer Dodge, SUNY Albany
Jeongyoon Lee, SUNY Albany

The Discourse Ecology of Hydraulic Fracturing in New York State: Contesting Storylines of Public Policy and Governance

Jennifer Dodge is an assistant professor of public administration and policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany-SUNY. Her research interests include the role of nonprofit organizations in public deliberation and democratic governance; public and social change leadership; environmental politics; and the application of qualitative research methods to the study of public administration and policy. She has published articles in Policy & Society, Public Administration Review, Critical Policy Studies, and the Handbook of Action Research. She is currently the book reviews editor of Critical Policy Studies anda fellow at the Research Center for Leadership in Action at The Wagner School at New York University. Previously, she conducted policy research at MDRC, and has partnered with various organizations to support nonprofit and public leadership including the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the U.S. State Department and the NYC Research and Organizing Initiative.

Jeongyoon Lee is a doctoral candidate at Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany-SUNY. Her research interests include collaborative governance, environmental policy and nonprofit management.

Grace Wildermuth, Middlebury College

Voices Not Heard: Natural Gas Development, Public Discourse and Power in Wayne County, Pennsylvania

Grace Wildermuth is a lifelong resident of Northeastern Pennsylvania and currently a senior at Middlebury College in Vermont. She will be graduating in May with a joint degree in sociology and environmental studies. Her senior thesis, "Voices Not Heard: Natural Gas Development, Public Discourse, and Power in Wayne County, Pennsylvania" explores her longstanding interest in human relationships with the landscape.

5-7p.m. - Dinner

 

Friday, April 11, 2014

8–9a.m. – Continental Breakfast

9-10:30a.m. – Technological Development

Colter Ellis, Sam Houston State University

The Social and Community Implications of Oil and Gas Development in the Eagle Ford Shale

Colter Ellis is an assistant professor of sociology and a research associate in the Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University. He received his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2011. Colter is principally an interpretative sociologist whose work focuses on rural America. The sociology of inequality, environment and social psychology are central themes throughout his work.

Douglas Jackson-Smith, Utah State University

Understanding Drivers of Environmental Technology Adoption in the Oil and Gas Industry

Douglas Jackson-Smith is currently a professor of sociology at Utah State University, where he has served on the faculty since 2001. He received an MA in agricultural economics and an MS and PhD in sociology, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests include the sociology of agriculture and natural resources, rural community development and land-use change. In recent years, he has focused much of his time working to integrate human dimensions (and social science insights) into 'transdisciplinary' scientific research projects about water, energy, agriculture and environmental issues. He has helped lead several major inter-disciplinary science grants with a focus on both rural/agricultural and urban/urbanizing landscapes.

A.E. Luloff, The Pennsylvania State University

Monitoring Community Action in Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale Play

A.E. Luloff's teaching, research and writing concentrates on the impacts of rapid social change as a result of sociodemographic shifts on the natural and human resource bases of the community. Changes in land cover and use; the impact of rural development and environmental policy on small and rural communities; and the importance, use and regeneration of the state's forest resources have been central features of his work. He uses a multiple method approach involving both qualitative and quantitative protocols, and has examined adjustments in rural resource-dependent economies, particularly in forested and agricultural areas. Luloff has extensive experience designing, conducting and analyzing survey research.

Gene L. Theodori, Sam Houston State University

Hydraulic Fracturing and Shale Gas Development: Examining Public Perceptions, Trust and Community Engagement

Gene Theodori is professor and chair of sociology and director of the Center for Rural Studies at Sam Houston State University. He earned a PhD in rural sociology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1999. He teaches, conducts basic and applied research, and writes professional and popular articles on rural and community development issues, energy and natural resource concerns and related topics. A central feature of his work is the development of outreach educational and technical assistance programs that address important community-level issues associated with energy development. He received the award for Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach from the Rural Sociological Society in 2010, and the awards for Excellence in Extension and Public Service, Excellence in Research and Excellence in Teaching from the Southern Rural Sociological Association in 2007, 2011, and 2013, respectively. He served as president of the Southern Rural Sociological Association (2008-2009) and co-editor of the Journal of Rural Social Sciences (2010-2012). He currently serves as a member of the Environmentally Friendly Drilling Systems Program research and outreach team.

10:30-10:45 a.m. - Morning break

10:45a.m.-12:15p.m. – Economic Impacts Panel

Adam Briggle, University of North Texas

Fracking, Mineral Rights and Environmental Justice: A Community Case Study from the Barnett Shale

Adam Briggle is an assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religion and faculty fellow in the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinarity at the University of North Texas. His research focuses on the intersections of science, technology, ethics and policy. He has published in bioethics, environmental ethics and media ethics. He is currently a field philosopher studying and influencing the ethics and policy dimensions of fracking in his hometown of Denton, Texas. He also writes about fracking for both local and international audiences.

Robert Holahan, Binghamton University

State-level policies and unconventional hydrocarbon production

Robert Holahan is an assistant professor of environmental studies and political science at Binghamton University and an affiliated faculty member of the Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis at Indiana University-Bloomington. His primary area of research investigates environmental policy from a social-ecological perspective that incorporates the biological, ecological and geological characteristics of resource systems with the economics of human decision-making. Current research projects include a property-rights examination of unconventional oil and gas production and a cross-national study on the vote choices of parliamentarians over environmental policies. His work has appeared in the journals Science, Ecological Economics and Marine Policy, among others.

David Kay, Cornell Community and Regional Development Institute
Richard Stedman, Cornell University

Tales from the underground: Learning from gas leases

David Kay is a Senior Extension Associate with the Community and Regional Development Institute (CaRDI) in Cornell's Department of Development Sociology. He provides leadership for CaRDI programming in the areas of energy, land use and community development. His work involves research, outreach and training efforts that attempt to build community-based decision-making capacity and to help weave local policy into a regionally coherent fabric. He is also a past president of the New York Planning Federation and has served on many municipal, county and not-for-profit boards related to sustainability, land-use planning and transportation issues. He is a mediator with the Community Dispute Resolution Center. His Cornell MS degree is from the Department of Agricultural Economics.

Richard Stedman is an associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, where he also directs the Human Dimensions Research Unit. His research and teaching are in the realms of community and environmental sociology, with particular interest in challenges to sense of place associated with rapid social and ecological change. Much of his recent work in this area has focused on rural landscapes transitioning to energy development, but has a general interest in the sustainability and resilience of resource dependent communities.

12:15-1:15p.m. – Lunch

1:15-2:45p.m. – Community Capacity

Stephen Bird, Clarkson University
Ross Miller, Clarkson University

Fracking in the Empire State: Crafting Environmental, Regulatory Policy through a Co-Production Model

Stephen Bird is an assistant professor of political science at Clarkson University. He specializes in energy and environmental politics, land-use conflict, social and policy networks, and U.S. politics. He has served as a consultant or expert to a variety of entities including the European Commission, the U.S. State Department, Harvard's Electricity Policy Group and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection. Current research includes municipal efficacy and land valuation for fracking, renewable portfolio standards, green data centers and policy solutions for split-incentive problems. He was board chairperson for five years at the Energy Consumer's Alliance of New England, a non-profit with over 25,000 member customers. He holds a master's degree in government from Harvard University and a PhD from Boston University.

Ross Miller is an environmental politics and governance MS candidate studying at Clarkson University's Institute for a Sustainable Environment. He holds a bachelor's degree in government from St. Lawrence University, where he studied the intersection of energy and national security policy in Washington, D.C. as an intern with the Truman National Security Project. Currently, his research interests focus on citizen involvement in the development of hydraulic fracturing regulations among New York state's rural, municipal governments.

Pamela Mischen, Binghamton University
Thomas Sinclair, Binghamton University

Are Small, Local Governments Sustainable?

Pamela Mischen earned her BS from Cornell University and her MS and PhD from Arizona State University. Her research focuses on inter-organizational networks in the public/nonprofit sector; knowledge management in local government and nonprofit agencies; and applied community-based research. As the director of the Center for Applied Community Research and Development, which includes faculty from nearly a dozen Binghamton University departments and programs and numerous community agencies, she has received over 20 grants and contracts from numerous local government agencies and nonprofit organizations, totaling more than $450,000. She currently is an advisory board member and chair of the Planning Committee for the Broome County Youth Bureau.

Thomas Sinclair earned his BA degree from Michigan State University, his MPA degree from Western Michigan University and his PhD from Indiana University. His research and teaching in the Department of Public Administration has focused on local government capacity and contracting. Recent collaborative projects involving students and the community include: an economic profile for the Windsor Partnership, an analysis of the impact of the 2011 flood on the Village of Owego's finances and an Economic Development Incentive Guide for the City of Binghamton's Department of Economic Development. He received the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service in 2011, and in fall2013 was a co-recipient of NASPAA's Social Justice Award for coursework projects designed with colleagues from Albany State University in Albany, Georgia.

Thomas Pearson, University of Wisconsin-Stout

Community Conflict along the Hydrocarbon Commodity Chain: Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin

Thomas Pearson is an assistant professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, located in western Wisconsin. He received his PhD from Binghamton University in 2009. He is writing a book about community responses to frac sand mining and is the author of "Contested Landscapes" (http://wisconsinfracsand.blogspot.com/), a community engagement blog where he writes about his ongoing research.

2:45-3p.m. – Afternoon break

3-4:30p.m. – Social Impacts Panel

F.I.M. MuktadirBoksh, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada

Hydraulic Fracturing in Western Newfoundland: Economic and Environmental Policy Implications

F. I. M. MuktadirBoksh is from Bangladesh. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in economics from Shahjalal University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. He worked as a research associate for one-and-a-half years on the research theme 'Climate Change and Environment' in the Centre for Policy Dialogue, a leading research organization in Bangladesh. He is currently a graduate student in the Environmental Policy Institute (EPI), Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. His research interest is environment and resource economics and his concentration is on renewable and sustainable development of energy. He is currently working on two research projects: the economic and environmental effects of The Muskrat Falls hydroelectric generation and carbon saving from renewable energy use in Bangladesh. He received a USQ Publication Excellence Award in 2014 for his paper 'Economic viability of biogas and green self-employment opportunities in Bangladesh.' He has served as principle investigator to a UN-ESCAP funded project in 2013. His objective is to continue to conduct research and contribute toward building a free-thinking, cohesive and better society.

David Casagrande, Lehigh University

Impacts of Unconventional Shale Gas Development on Psychological Stress and Quality of Life in Pennsylvania

David Casagrande is an associate professor of anthropology and research coordinator for the Environmental Initiative at Lehigh University. He has dedicated his career to developing interdisciplinary research that informs policy. His primary interest focuses on how humans organize information when interacting with natural resources. His work has been published in Society & Natural Resources, Environmental Management, Human Organization, Environment & Behavior and other scholarly venues. He was formerly editor-in-chief of the Journal of Ecological Anthropology. For 10 years,he served as a senior planner and policy analyst for the State of Connecticut. He holds a BS in geography from Southern Connecticut State University, a master's degree in ecology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Georgia.

Timothy McNally, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Samuel Young, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

The utilization of housing choice vouchers by Section 8 eligible households in communities impacted by oil and gas exploration

Timothy McNally is an economist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development & Research, Economic Market Analysis Division. He received his BA in international political economy from Fordham University, and his MA in economics with a concentration in applied economics from Temple University. He has worked at the Philadelphia Regional Office since 2010, and is monitoring the effects of oil and gas exploration on housing markets and HUD programs. He recently collaborated with Sam Young and Steve Komadina on a working paper titled Impact of Oil and Gas Exploration on Affordable Housing. He can be contacted at timothy.d.mcnally@hud.gov.

Sam Young is an economist at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development & Research, Economic Market Analysis Division. He received his BA in economics from the University of Colorado, and his MS from Colorado State University. After a six-year career that began as a business analyst, before rising to chief financial officer, he decided to pursue his passion for economics. He has worked with his peers at HUD since 2010. In addition to market analysis and forecasting, he is co-leader of the Gas/Oil Task Force, tasked with monitoring the effects of the energy sector on housing markets. He recently collaborated with Tim McNally and Steve Komadina on a working paper titled Impact of Oil and Gas Exploration on Affordable Housing. He can be contacted at samuel.d.young@hud.gov.

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