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Energy: From the Last to the Next 150 Years


This symposium will explore the science of energy generation and the politics and policies of energy use. Scientists today concur that human dependence on fossil fuels has changed our climate, particularly over the past 150 years. Some of our greatest challenges in the future will involve discovering new forms of energy, finding efficient routes to energy conversion, and developing national and global agreements on energy management.



Friday, October 25, 2013
9:00 a.m.

The Heights Room
Corcoran Commons
Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus

The conference is free and open to the public.



9:00–9:30 a.m.

Registration and continental breakfast

9:30 –10:30 a.m.


Dr. Susan Tierney
Energy Policy and Economics Expert with the Analysis Group; Former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Energy; Former Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs and State Public Utilities Commissioner

10:30–10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m.–
12:15 p.m.

Research On Emerging Technologies To Drive Our Energy Conversion and Storage

Michael J. Naughton, Evelyn J. and Robert A. Ferris Professor of Physics, Chairman of the Department, Boston College
Cyril P. Opeil, S.J.,
Associate Professor of Physics, Boston College
Yang Shao-Horn,
Gail E. Kendall Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dunwei Wang
, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Boston College

ModeratorNoah P. Snyder, Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Director, Environmental Studies Program, Boston College

12:15–1:15 p.m.

Complimentary Lunch Buffet

During lunch, Robert Pion, BC's Sustainability Program Director, and student Alexander Krowiak, EcoPledge president, will give a short presentation on Boston College's efforts in energy conservation.


1:15–2:15 p.m.


Ed Markey ’68, J.D. ’72
United States Senator from Massachusetts and Congressional Leader on Energy and Climate Change

Introduction: Frances A. Dubrowski, NC ’70
Co-Chair, BCEEAN (Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network)

2:15–2:30 p.m.


2:30–4:00 p.m.

Balancing Energy Needs and Climate Change in the 21st Century: International Policy Challenges

Joseph E. Aldy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School; Nonresident Fellow at Resources for the Future; Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and former Special Assistant to President Obama for Energy and Environment
David A. Deese, Professor, Political Science Department, Boston College
David A. Wirth, Professor and Director of International Programs, Boston College Law School

Moderator: Thomas R. Burton III  '93, JD '96, Member and Chair, Energy & Clean Technology Practice, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.