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Dr. Scott Tinker's passion—bringing academe, government, industry, and NGOs together to address major societal issues in energy, environment, and the economy—has led him to nearly 60 countries where he has presented 700 keynotes and invited lectures to government, industry, academia, and the public. Dr. Tinker is an AAPG Halbouty Leadership Medalist, AGI Campbell Medalist, GCAGS Boyd Medalist, a Fellow of the Geologic Society of America, and has been broadly awarded by AIPG, AGI, AAPG, and TIPRO for his successful efforts to engage the public in science. Tinker had a 17-year career in industry before joining The University of Texas at Austin in 2000, where he serves as director of the 275-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences. Dr. Tinker has been president of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Association of American State Geologists, the American Geosciences Institute, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, and he serves on private, public, academic, and government boards. Dr. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film, Switch, seen by over 15 million viewers in 50 countries and used in thousands of educational campuses worldwide. Scott is producing another film, Switch On focused on energy poverty. Scott is the voice of EarthDate, bringing weekly stories about earth and science to over 300 National Public Radio stations in all 50 U.S. states. Tinker’s degrees are from the University of Colorado, the University of Michigan, and Trinity University.