Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper will be the keynote speaker at the 2017 SSA Annual Meeting's Public Policy Luncheon, scheduled for 12 noon CT on 19 April, at the Sheraton Downtown Denver.
Governor Hickenlooper is a former geologist and entrepreneur, who recently added "author" to his resume with the publication of his memoir, The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics. Hickenlooper served two terms as Denver mayor from 2003 to 2011, and was named one of the country's top mayors by Time magazine in 2005. He was inaugurated as the 42nd Colorado governor in 2011, and was reelected to the office in 2014. Hickenlooper is the first geologist to become governor in the United States.
"Governor Hickenlooper brings the remarkable perspective of a geoscientist, businessman, and big city Mayor to the leadership our state, including promoting and pursuing policies to jointly ensure both a strong economy and a healthy environmental future," said Richard Aster, a professor of geophysics and head of the Geosciences Department at Colorado State University. The 2017 annual meeting is expected to be the largest gathering in the Society's history, with more than 800 earthquake and other Earth scientists and educators from government, industry and academia in attendance.