Gas Prices Panel

October 5, 2005



Five experts will try to separate fact from fiction about gas and oil prices during a panel discussion sponsored by the School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend.

The evening’s discussion is titled “Do They Have Us Over a Barrel? – Gas Prices and Our Future.” Each panel member will give brief presentations and then answer questions from the audience. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 12, in Room 1001 in Wiekamp Hall on the IU South Bend campus. It is free and open to the public, however because of limited seating tickets are required.

The panel will feature the following local and nationally known experts:

Tyson Slocum - Slocum is research director for Public Citizen’s Energy Program, founded by Ralph Nader. He researches the influence of corporate special interests on the political system in the U.S. and works to promote corporate and government accountability. Slocum appears regularly on Fox News, CNN and in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

Maggie McShane - McShane is executive director of the Indiana Petroleum Council (IPC). The IPC is a trade association representing Indiana companies involved in the oil and natural gas industry. The IPC helps members address legislative and regulatory issues. She previously worked in the administrations of Gov. Evan Bayh and Gov. Frank O’Bannon as director of business and legislative relations for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. She is a graduate of Loyola University.

Bruce Wrenn, Ph.D. - Wrenn is a professor of marketing at IU South Bend and a frequent resource for local and national news media on marketing and consumer issues. He recently was interviewed on the subject of rising gas prices on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation.” Wrenn earned his Ph.D. in marketing from Northwestern University.

David Betson, Ph.D. - Betson is an associate professor of economics and the former director of the Hesburgh Program in Public Service at the University of Notre Dame. He is a research associate at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin with the Joint Center for Poverty Research at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. Betson earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Mark Dobson - Dobson is the St. Joseph County Commissioner, District 1. He is serving his first term after a career with B and R Oil Company, Inc., one of the nation’s largest Phillips 66 motor fuel distributors. At B and R, Dobson served as executive vice president of operations. He is a graduate of Butler University

The panel will be moderated by H. Lane David, Ph.D. David is assistant professor of economics at IU South Bend. His research fields include international economics, economic growth and development, and economic integration and globalization. He earned his Ph.D. in economics at Claremont Graduate University.

Seating for audience members for the panel discussion is limited. To receive a ticket to the event, please call Tess Chandler in the School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend at 520-4487. Tickets will be given on a first come, first served basis.