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Chemistry department screens high-profile documentary on energy

Loyola press release - October 1, 2012

The Department of Chemistry at Loyola University New Orleans presents a screening of “Switch,” a documentary that addresses today’s most controversial energy questions, on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker Harry Lynch, “Switch” follows energy visionary Scott Tinker, Ph.D., as he travels the world and explores leading energy sites from coal to solar and oil to biofuels, most of them highly restricted and never before seen on film. Tinker seeks the truth from the international leaders of government, industry and academia, and then cuts through the confusion to discover a path to our energy future that is as surprising as it is practical.

“Switch” is screening as part of the Geological Society of America’s Switch Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program, which launched at 40 pilot universities across the country this fall with a student ambassador program, efficiency drive and screening of the film. “Switch” and the GSA program are part of the Switch Energy Project, a multi-pronged effort to build a global understanding of energy.

Tinker has been exploring energy for 30 years. His passion is bringing government, industry and academia together to solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. Toward that end he has given nearly 500 invited and keynote lectures in nearly 50 countries. He is the director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the state geologist of Texas. He is the Allday Endowed Chair and the acting associate dean of research in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the bureau, he worked for Marathon Oil’s research division.

Lynch is a documentary director, producer, writer, cinematographer and soundtrack producer whose films include “Unconventional,” “Recapturing Cuba,” “Ride Around the World” and “Making the Modern.” He is the co-founder of Trinity Films and the founder of Arcos Films, a multimedia production company dedicated to building awareness and understanding of the most important issues of our time.

The screening is co-sponsored by Loyola’s University Honors Program.

For more information, contact Loyola professor Lynn Koplitz at 504-865-3274 or koplitz@loyno.edu .