EarthCube Distinguished Lecturer Speaking At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 19 2016

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – EarthCube Distinguished Lecturer, Denise Hills, will speak at Concord University on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Her lecture will run from noon to 1p.m. in Room 400 of the Science Building. The lecture title is “Energy Resource Assessment and Data Preservation: What’s the Connection?”

There is no admission charge and the community is invited to attend. Hills will also be meeting with Concord students during afternoon classes.

Hills is Director of Energy Investigations at the Geological Survey of Alabama and is based in Tuscaloosa. She also serves on the Engagement Team within EarthCube.  Hills conducts and oversees research on the stratigraphy, geophysics, and structural geology of petroleum reservoirs, including work with applications in enhanced oil recovery and carbon sequestration. Additional responsibilities include database creation for at-risk legacy data and presenting information to a wide range of audiences to increase the public’s knowledge of the importance of geology.

The April 20 lecture deals with the importance of Earth science data in the development and management of energy resources. According to Hills, energy development begins with resource assessment, but this can be expensive. One way to reduce these costs, she explains, involves reusing data originally collected for other purposes. Often, though, this legacy data is at risk of being lost. Rescue and preservation of such data are therefore critical to efficient, thorough, and cost-effective resource assessment, Hills said.

Hills is being brought to Concord as part of a three-stop lecture tour supported by the EarthCube Distinguished Lecturer Program. EarthCube is a cyberinfrastructure initiative for the geosciences funded by the National Science Foundation. EarthCube’s project teams are creating frameworks for sharing data, software tools, and models to enhance Earth science research to enable an integrated understanding of Earth systems.  Additional information may be found at

For additional information on Hills’ upcoming visit to Concord, please contact Dr. Stephen Kuehn at or 304-384-6322.




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if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.