January 24, 2011

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Updated Jan. 31, 2011
Editor's Note: This event has been rescheduled to Feb. 10 due to the winter weather forecast.

By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy will host three panel discussions in February and March to examine the impact of Marcellus Shale development on local communities.

The three events in the "Marcellus Shale and the Impact on Local Communities" series are free and open to the public.

The first panel, "Community Impact: Economic Impact and Job Development," will be held Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Gallery Theater of the Elaine Langone Center. [Note: The Pennsylvania Cable Network will be streaming the broadcast of this program from 7:30 to 9 p.m. tonight on the PCN website. The program will be re-aired next week; check the website for the schedule.]

Panelists will include Tim Kelsey, professor of agricultural economics in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University; Suzanne Lee, president and CEO of the Williamsport Lycoming Community Foundation; and Larry Michael, executive director of Workforce and Economic Development with the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The second panel, "Community Impact: Public Health," is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center.

Panelists will include Thomas Shelley, chemical safety and hazardous materials specialist (retired) with Cornell University Environmental Health and Safety; Sharon Larson, co-director of the Rural Health Policy Institute at the Geisinger Center for Health Research; and Susan Everett, director of Outpatient Rehab at Susquehanna Health.

The third panel, "Community Impact: Severance Tax," is scheduled for Thursday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center. [note location change for third panel]

Panelists will include Gene Yaw, state senator for the 23rd District; and Rick Mirabito, state representative for the 83rd District.

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy is a new interdisciplinary institute to link more closely the Bucknell curriculum with the major policy issues facing the United States. It serves as a locus for student and faculty exploration in related areas, expands the University's engagement with America's civic discourse as it relates to both domestic and international issues, and increases service-learning programs that enrich students' understanding of their role in society.

Contact: Division of Communications