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UT Martin to host screening of acclaimed energy film

UT Martin to host screening of acclaimed energy film

Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 6:00 pm

The Messenger 04.03.13

The Eta Alpha chapter of the Sigma Gamma Epsilon Earth Science Honor Society at the University of Tennessee at Martin will host a viewing of the energy documentary “Switch” at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the UT Martin Watkins Auditorium.
UT Martin is one of 300 universities across the country to partner with Arcos Films and the Geological Society of America (GSA) to bring the Switch Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program to the campus and local communities.
“Switch” is a documentary following Dr. Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, on an around-the-world tour of the world’s leading energy sites, many never before seen on film.
Tinker will explore the uses, misuses and potential of coal, solar, oil and biofuel resources, as well as addressing issues raised by the government regulations, industry standards and academic research surrounding global energy.
Tinker is also a professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Allday Endowed Chair and is the acting associate dean of research.
He is also the state geologist of Texas and has been exploring energy for more than 30 years.
Dr. Stan Dunagan, associate professor of geology at UT Martin, will moderate a scientific discussion panel of personalities with various energy backgrounds, including recyclables, biofuels and oil, after the film.
The viewing is free and open to the public.
For more information on the UT Martin screening, contact Danielle Cavender, president of the UT Martin SGE chapter, at For more information on the Switch Energy Project, visit the program’s official website at

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