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February 5, 2013

'Drilling Down' journalist to speak at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ian Urbina, an award-winning New York Times investigative reporter and author of the series "Drilling Down," will speak at Purdue University on Feb. 13 as part of the Project Impact series.

Urbina's talk, "Drilling Down," is 5 p.m. in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. In a discussion moderated by Leigh Raymond, professor of political science and director of the Center for the Environment at Discovery Park, Urbina will focus on his reporting on the effects of natural gas drilling and the controversial technique called fracking. The event, which is free and open to the public, is an audience-interactive forum. Audience members will be able to participate in an instant poll using their cell phones, and audience members can ask questions at microphones or via Twitter (@Project_Impact). The event also will be live-streamed at http://purdueimpact.wix.com/main

A reception will be in the Stewart Center Ringel Gallery following the event. This event is sponsored by Purdue's Project Impact, Center for the Environment, the Energy Center, and Global Sustainability Institute.

Urbina's talk is the first of four Project Impact events this semester. Others included:

* Feb. 26. 5:30 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. "Our Divided Democracy: How Did We Become So Polarized?" Richard Norton Smith, a distinguished historian and author.

* April 4. 6-7 p.m. Stewart Center's Fowler Hall. Anne-Marie O'Connor, best-selling author and journalist. Co-sponsored by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation and Jewish Studies program.

* April 11. 9-10:15 a.m. Lawson Computer Science Building, Room 1142. Brian Lamb Master Class. The event is open to the public on a first-come basis.

Project Impact, which launched its lecture series in 2010, is an experiential learning initiative in which students produce forums with historians, government officials, journalists, media executives and successful practitioners in their fields of interest. Ambassador Carolyn Curiel, a clinical professor in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and former White House senior aide, is the founder and director of Project Impact.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Elizabeth Dorrance Hall, Project Impact graduate assistant, edorranc@purdue.edu