The Jackson School’s distinguished lectureships are made possible by support from our friends and alumni. Read more about the lectureships and their benefactors below.

All lectures are part of the Technical Session seminar series
Boyd Auditorium, JGB 2.324, 4-5 PM

Thursday, Sep. 19
Hans-Dieter Sues, National Museum of Natural History
Clara Jones Langston Centennial Lectureship in Vertebrate Paleontology

Thursday, Sep. 26
Ken Farley, Caltech
Virgil E. and Mildred L. Barnes Distinguished Lecture Series in Geology

Tuesday, Oct. 1
Stuart Simmons, University of Utah
Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Geological Sciences

Thursday, Oct. 17
Michael Bostock, University of British Columbia
Edwin Allday Lectureship in Geological Sciences

Thursday, Oct. 24
Tim Dixon, Univ. of South Florida
Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series

Thursday, Jan. 23
Wolfgang Kinzelbach, ETH Zurich
The Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources

Thursday, Jan. 30
Jeroen Tromp, Princeton University
Edwin Allday Lectureship in Geological Sciences

Thursday, Mar. 20
Dennis Hartmann, University of Washington
Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series

Thursday, Mar. 27
Stephen Wofsy, Harvard University
Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series

Thursday, Apr. 3
James Kinter, Institute of Global Environment and Society Inc.
Edwin Allday Lectureship in Geological Sciences


The Edwin Allday Lectureship was established in 1982 from the estate of Edwin Allday to support visiting lecturers in geological sciences. Born in 1929, Edwin Allday was an independent oil and gas operator in Houston, Texas. He also had cattle and ranching operations in Red River and Houston Counties, Texas. Allday attended the University of Texas, receiving a BS in geology in 1951 and his Masters in geology in 1953.  The Fondren Foundation established the Edwin Allday Centennial Chair in Subsurface Geology to allow for the recruitment of a person with special expertise in the field of subsurface geology.

The Virgil E. and Mildred L. Barnes Distinguished Lecture Series in Geology was established in 1998, by the children of Virgil and Mildred Barnes. Preference is given to lecturers in the areas that Virgil was especially passionate about:  tektites, meteorites and impact phenomena; geological mapping; Precambrian stratigraphy; economic geology; gravity and magnetics; earth temperatures; Paleozoic stratigraphy; and petrology.  Virgil Barnes was a Professor Emeritus of the Department of Geological Sciences, a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology and a world renowned scientist.   Dr. Barnes was inducted into the Jackson School’s Hall of Distinction in 2008.

The Don R. and Patricia Kidd Boyd Lectureship in Petroleum Exploration was established by Mr. and Mrs. Don R. Boyd in 1985 to give a series of lectures on various and timely aspects of petroleum exploration that would be interesting and beneficial to young geologists.  Remembering what he learned from attending lectures while a geology student at UT Austin, Mr. Boyd wanted to bring geologists of national stature to speak at the Jackson School with the hope that students would find what was said to be memorable and motivating.  On April 24, 2003, the main auditorium and lecture hall in the Jackson Geological Sciences Building on the campus of UT Austin was named the Don R. Boyd Auditorium in honor of Mr. Boyd’s many contributions to the Jackson School.

The Robert H. Cuyler Endowed Lecture Series was established in 2008 with a gift from the estate of Benjamin Monroe Anderson. Ben wanted to honor the life of his friend and mentor, Captain Robert Hamilton Cuyler. Cuyler was born in Austin, Texas in 1908 and was Associate Professor of Geology at the University of Texas at Austin for 17 years. His untimely death, while serving his country on a training mission with the Army Air Corps in 1944, was a staggering blow not only to his friends and family, but to the science of geology, specifically micropaleontology and subsurface geology. Ben Anderson earned a degree in geology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1939 where he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. He also spent a year studying aeronautical engineering at the Curtiss-Wright Aeronautical Institute in California. In 1945 he co-founded Anderson-Greenwood and Company to design and build aircraft, which became a world leader in precision valve technology. Ben Anderson died in 2007, at the age of 91.

Clara Jones Langston Centennial Lectureship in Vertebrate Paleontology was established in 1983 by an anonymous donor in honor of Ms. Clara Jones Langston.

The Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources was created in 1985. Fred and Frances Oliver created this lectureship because they believe the study of water resources in Texas is as important as the development and exploration of oil and gas. They established the lectureship with the goal of providing better education concerning water problems being faced by Texas and solutions to those problems. Fred received his B.S. in geology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1951. He is a current member of the Geology Foundation Advisory Council. Fred resides in Dallas, Texas where he is the president of PVT, Inc.  In 2009, Fred’s family established the Fred and Frances Oliver Endowed Scholarship in their honor to recruit graduate students in the field of hydrogeology.

The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Petroleum Geology and The Judd H. and Cynthia S. Oualline Centennial Lectureship in Geological Sciences were established in 1983. The funds exist to bring exceptional and distinguished lecturers to the Jackson School for the benefit of the geosciences community at UT. The endowments honor Mr. Judd H. Oualline of Houston, Texas, a 1942 geology graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and former vice president and general manager of Getty Oil Company’s Southern Exploration and Production Division. He was a director and executive Committee member of the Oklahoma Petroleum Council and a member of both the Western Oil and Gas Association and the Illinois Oil and Gas Association.  The petroleum geology lectureship, the first endowed lectureship in the Department of Geological Sciences, and the subsequent geological sciences lectureship were established to meet the then-critical need for funding of outside speakers. Mr. Oualline was instrumental in securing the Getty Oil Company Chair, the first company sponsored chair within the Geology Foundation, which is currently held by Dr. Mark Cloos within the Department of Geosciences.