BP Spill Puts Faculy in the Spotlight

Eric Smith, Geoff Parker, Lisa Jackson

Eric Smith and Geoff Parker, left to right, of the Tulane Energy Institute met with EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, right, on May 11 to discuss the environmental and human health impact of the BP oil spill.

Since April 20, when an explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico triggered the worst accidental oil spill in history, journalists from around the world have looked to Tulane for scholars to comment on the spill and its aftermath.

At the Freeman School, Eric Smith, associate director of the Tulane Energy Institute, has emerged as one of the nation’s leading experts on the spill, with more than 3,000 media mentions since the story broke. In recent months,

In recent months, Smith has appeared on “60 Minutes,” “NBC Nightly News,” “CBS Evening News,” and NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition” as well as on CNN, Fox News, CNBC and the BBC. He’s also been quoted in or contributed commentary to Forbes, TheStreet.com, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Salon.com, Stars & Stripes and USA Today.

Eric Smith and Kevin Costner

Eric Smith testified before a congressional committee on June 17 alongside actor and oil cleanup entrepreneur Kevin Costner, right.

On June 17, Smith, along with actor and oil cleanup entrepreneur Kevin Costner, testified before a U.S. Senate committee on utilizing small business research and technologies for the Gulf Coast cleanup.

In addition to Smith, Peter Ricchiuti, clinical professor of finance and research director of Burkenroad Reports, has also been busy. Ricchiuti has discussed the effects of the spill on “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “Nightly Business Report” and in The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Barron’s and Kiplinger’s among other publications.

You can browse some of the articles featuring Smith, Ricchiuti and other Tulane faculty experts by visiting http://tulane.edu/news/newwave/oilspill.cfm

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