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Inaugural Mirsky Lecture: "Journey from IUPUI to the Oil and Gas Fields of the Gulf of Mexico"

Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 4:00pm
Lilly Auditorium IUPUI Library | Lower Level

Bruce Sidner, 1971 alumnus of the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI and current president of Houston, Tx., based South River Exploration, will visit campus as the keynote speaker of the inaugural Drs. Arthur and Patricia Mirsky Memorial Lecture.

Sidner will deliver "Journey from IUPUI to the Oil and Gas Fields of the Gulf of Mexico: An alumnus' past experience and future perspectives" beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday in the lower level of the IUPUI University Library. The presentation will discuss Sidner's long and successful career in oil exploration as well as his fond memories during his undergraduate years at IUPUI. He went on to earn a master's degree and a Ph.D. in geological oceanography from Texas A&M University. He previously has worked for Exxon, Pogo Producing, Hall-Houston Oil and Energy Partners.

Sidner also will reflect on his personal interactions with Art Mirsky, the founding chairman of the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI and the former professor emeritus for the department. Mirsky, who along with his wife Patricia have been longstanding scholarship supporters of the department, passed away in June 2012.

Sidner regularly credits Art Mirsky with encouraging him as a student and after graduation as he pursued success in his oil career.

Refreshments will be available beginning at 4 p.m. in the Lilly Auditorium.