GC Lecture Series Continues

01/19/2012

Galveston College Lecture Series Continues

Galveston College’s 2011-2012 Lecture Series titled “Ten Years From Now” has announced the  final speaker for the spring semester portion of the lecture series will be Dr. William J. Merrell of Texas A&M University at Galveston. Dr. Merrell will present “The Ike Dike: A Coastal Barrier Protecting the Houston/Galveston Region from Hurricane Storm Surge,” on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing.

Dr. Merrell currently holds the George P. Mitchell Professorship of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He has also served as president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, vice chancellor for Strategic Programs of The Texas A&M University System, vice president for Research Policy of Texas A&M University, president of Texas A&M University at Galveston, and has held presidential appointments with the National Science Foundation. Among his awards are the Distinguished Achievement Medal from the Geosciences and Earth Resources Council, and the Distinguished Service Award of the National Science Foundation for “his lasting impact on the course of American science.” Recently his interests have evolved to coastal sustainability and disaster mitigation and recovery.  In particular, he is investigating the possibility of a regional surge suppression barrier for the Houston/Galveston area, the Ike Dike.

For more information contact Lecture Series Coordinator Klaus Adam at 409-944-1273.