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Cornell University’s Dr. Anthony Ingraffea Will Discuss Fracking at Seton Hill April 10


What:  The Seton Hill University Nature Club will host a lecture on the processes and current issues relevant to deep well hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, for shale gas, by expert Dr. Anthony Ingraffea. The event is free and open to the public and registration is available online at or contact Nature Club Advisor J. Michael Atherton, Ph.D. at

When: Tuesday, April 10 at 7 p.m.

Where: The JoAnne Woodyard Boyle Health Sciences Center, Room 156.

Who: Dr. Anthony Ingraffea is the Dwight C. Baum Professor of Engineering Emeritus at Cornell University. His teaching career included courses such as structural mechanics, finite element methods and fracture mechanics. Since 2006, he has been the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Engineering Fracture Mechanics, the premier journal in the field of fracture mechanics and winner of the George Irwin Medal of the American Society for Testing and materials, the highest American honor for fracture mechanics.

Background: Dr. Anthony Ingraffea will offer insight into what has been learned about fracturing technology in the past decade as well as current issues relevant to the process.The Seton Hill University Nature Club, an organization for students interested in environmental efforts and sustainability, presents Dr. Anthony Ingraffea’s lecture as a way to learn how the last 10 years of fracking has impacted Pennsylvania and its environment. The event will provide the community a unique opportunity to learn more about fracking and its impacts.