Recovering from the explosion and spill that resulted in 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico — a wound in the earth that could not be staunched for nearly three months — requires our best minds. Discover Cal offers perspectives from Berkeley experts about the effects on the environment and efforts to make oil companies more careful, accountable, and socially responsible.
6—7 p.m. — Reception with light refreshments and no-host bar
7—8:30 p.m. — Faculty perspectives and audience Q&A
Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door
Terry Hazen is head of the Ecology Department, Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Microbial Communities Department at the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He is also the co-director of the Virtual Institute for Microbial Stress and Survival and the Microbial Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery Program of the Energy Biosciences Institute at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Hazen’s expertise is in environmental microbiology, especially as it relates to bioremediation, water quality, and bioenergy. He and his team at the Berkeley Lab are researching the unexpected surge of microbes consuming the underwater oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico. Hazen received the Department of Energy’s Biological and Environmental Research Distinguished Scientist Award in 2005 — just one of four ever given. He has a Ph.D. from Wake Forest University.
Kellie McElhaney is the Alexander Faculty Fellow and the founding faculty director of the Center for Responsible Business at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Since she launched the center in 2003, corporate social responsibility has become a core competency and competitive advantage of the Haas School. McElhaney is the author of Just Good Business The Strategic Guide to Aligning Corporate Responsibility and Brand. She works with several Global 1000 companies — including Hewlett Packard, GAP, eBay, and McDonalds — to develop their strategies for corporate social responsibility. McElhaney has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Thomas Azwell is a doctoral researcher at UC Berkeley’s College of Natural Resources. His research focuses on developing low-cost and environmentally safe bioremediation technologies for hydrocarbons and toxins found in crude oil and sediments. Azwell’s technology was tested successfully after the Cosco Busan cargo ship collided with the Bay Bridge in 2007 and spilled 53,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil into the San Francisco Bay. His work is dedicated to the development and dissemination of sustainable solutions that are environmentally sound, socially equitable, and economically viable. Azwell currently is the environmental lead for the Deepwater Horizon Study Group — an international group formed to assist the Obama Administration in the Gulf oil spill investigation.
Tony Kingsbury joined the Center For Responsible Business in September 2007 on secondment from The Dow Chemical Company to launch a new interdisciplinary program at UC Berkeley on sustainable products and innovations.
Tony is a recognized expert in global sustainability, environmentally preferred purchasing, plastics and chemical environmental issues and public policy. He is known for using his wide ranging knowledge of the whole supply chain from raw material extraction, to manufacturing, to final use and disposal, to distill complex messages into understandable language.