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SEG Forum

Corporate and Academic Social Responsibility:
Engagement or Estrangement?


Monday, 5 November, 9 a.m., Mandalay Bay Convention Center

Social responsibility has become a popular topic of discussion these days. Many people working in both industry and academia have a strong desire to make a humanitarian contribution as part of their employment. Employers also see the benefits of including corporate social responsibility in their business model because it contributes to societal needs and helps to maintain a positive public image. In recent years, there have been much talk and "cheerleading" about making a difference and social contribution. However, not enough serious discussion has occurred regarding the practical issues of corporate and academic social responsibility, the different models and possibilities that exist, and the potential impact of such activities. The 2012 SEG Forum will attempt to address some of these important issues. Don't miss this opportunity to listen and interact with the panel!

Dr. Jonathan Nyquist, Temple University
Dr Jonathan NyquistNyquist received a BA in physics from Macalester College, a MSc in physics from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in geophysics from the University of Wisconsin. After working for more than a decade as a researcher the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Nyquist accepted a position in 1987 at Temple University as Weeks Chair of Environmental Geology, and currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Earth and Environmental Science. Perennially active in the near-surface geophysics community, he has served as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics (JEEG), as president and past-president of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS), and currently serves on the board of directors for Geoscientists Without Borders® (GWB). For his contributions to the profession, Nyquist received the EEGS Gold Medal Award in 2007, and in 2011 the Society of Exploration Geophysics (SEG) presented him with the Harold Mooney Award "in recognition of scientific and technical excellence and innovation leading to the advancement of near-surface geophysics."

Michael Oxman, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)Michael Oxman
Michael leads BSR's Energy and Extractives Team and its work in helping energy, mining, and other clients assess, manage, and execute social performance activities wherever they do business. Prior to joining BSR in 2006, Oxman was senior planning analyst for Chevron's Eurasia business unit in Kazakhstan and later served as the unit's liaison to upstream headquarters in California. He also was responsible for fiscal modeling of upstream opportunities and served as one of the primary developers of an internal process for improved integration of above-ground risk management into the strategies of several international business units. Oxman has worked at PwC, where he supported the government of Kazakhstan on large-scale oil and gas transactions, and at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where he provided U.S. clients with political risk insurance for international investments. He holds a BA in Russian area studies from Trinity College, an MA in international affairs from Columbia University, and an MBA from the Jones Graduate School at Rice University. Oxman currently serves on the Sustainability Committee of the Society of Petroleum Engineers.

Dr. Steve Silliman, Gonzaga UniversityDr Steve Silliman
Silliman received his BSE in Civil Engineering from Princeton University. He completed an MSc and PhD in the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona. Silliman has pursued research in areas of groundwater hydrology: wellhead protection, chemical/microbial transport, and water resources in developing countries. He is dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Gonzaga University. Silliman spent more than 26 years at the University of Notre Dame as professor and associate chair of the Department of Civil Engineering and Geological Sciences and as associate dean for undergraduate programs in the College of Engineering. He has won awards for teaching, service, and research. These include the ASEE Outstanding Teaching Award as well as the ASEE Global Engineering and Engineering Technology Award (both in 2006), nomination for the University of Oklahoma World Water Prize (2009), and selection as the National Ground Water Association Distinguished Darcy Lecturer for 2011.

Dr. Mary Lou Zoback, Stanford University (moderator)Dr Mary Lou Zoback
Zoback is a seismologist and a consulting professor in the Environmental Earth System Science Department at Stanford University. From 2006 to 2011, she served as vice president, Earthquake Risk Applications with Risk Management Solutions, a private catastrophe modeling firm. Zoback used the firm's commercial models to explore the economic and humanitarian impacts of future earthquakes on South American capital cities, including the urban poor. She was a senior research scientist at the USGS and a chief scientist of the Western Earthquake Hazards team in Menlo Park, California. Zoback joined the USGS in 1978 after receiving her BSc, MSc and PhD in geophysics from Stanford University. She has served on national committees and panels on topics ranging from defi ning the next generation of earth observations from space, storage of high-level radioactive waste, facilitating interdisciplinary research, and science education. Zoback is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences, past president of the Geological Society of America, and currently a member of the Carnegie Foundation Board of Trustees, the National Academies' Disaster Roundtable, and the Board of Directors of the Seismological Society of America. She cochaired the Advisory Committee for San Francisco's Department of Building Inspection's CAPSS (Citizens Action Plan for Seismic Safety) Program.