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Date:6/2/2010

Gene Theodori had no idea that the worst oil disaster in U. S. history would be taking place at this time when he began planning a 2010 symposium on social issues and resource management two years ago.

However, that, and similar issues affecting society and the environment will be the major topic of discussion during the 16th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management June 6-10 in Corpus Christi at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel.

Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas is the host of this year's symposium "Tyranny of 'Or': Conservation or Development? Preservation or Utilization?"

The symposium is the official annual meeting of the International Association for Society and Natural Resources. Last year's meeting was in Vienna, Austria and next year's meeting is tentatively scheduled to be in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

"It's coincidental that the British Petroleum incident is going on at this time," said Theodori, a sociology professor at SHSU and organizer of the symposium.

"When I inquired about hosting the meeting on behalf of the university two years ago, my goal then, as it is now, was to provide an opportunity for the energy industry and environmentalists to come together and engage in a mature discussion about energy development and natural resource issues," he said.

Since its inception in 1986, the symposium has become the premier interdisciplinary scientific meeting for academic researchers, government personnel, land managers, non-governmental organization representatives, students and others who are interested in the human dimensions of natural resources and the environment.

However, according to Theodori, the last 15 meetings rarely had anyone representing the energy sector.

This year's meeting will be different.

"Monday will be 'Energy Day,'" said Theodori. "On that day, numerous research papers focused on energy-related issues will be
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Contact: Gene Theodori
gtheodori@shsu.edu
936-294-4143
Sam Houston State University
Source:Eurekalert

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