University of Pittsburgh, University Center for Social & Urban Research -- 4:30-6 p.m., room 3911, Posvar Hall, 230 S. Bouquet St., Oakland. Brown Bag Urban Research Seminar Series; Tom Wilber presents "Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes, and the Fate of the Marcellus Shale." RSVP: email@example.com.
Pittsburgh Human Resources Association -- 8:30 a.m. registration, 9-11 a.m. program, Doubletree by Hilton, One Bigelow Square, Downtown. Communicating Change, presented by John Rodgers, president of Dale Carnegie Systems. 2.5 recertification credits available. Cost: $65 member; $75 nonmember. pittsburghhra.org.
"CEO Conversations" at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus -- Noon-1 p.m., Community Center Bird's Nest Cafe, 2201 University Drive, Lemont Furnace. Andrew J. Diana, incoming president of Bayer Business and Technology Services LLC, will open the series. Free.
Peacock Keller -- 6-10:30 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh/ Southpointe, 1000 Corporate Drive, Canonsburg. "Off the Shelf: A Celebration of Books" charity event to support libraries in Washington, Greene and Fayette counties. Presentation by Anthony DeCurtis, Rolling Stone Magazine music critic and contributing editor. Sponsorship opportunities are available and auction items are being collected. Cost: Individual, $75; tables of eight, $600; corporate tables, $1,000. Contact a local library, call 724-222- 4520 or visit offtheshelf.info.
Pittsburgh Technology Council and Pittsburgh Social Exchange -- 6- 8 p.m., Rivers Club, 301 Grant St #411, Downtown. Networking With Technology. Discover how smartphone applications and technology can have a positive influence on your business. Cost: Members of both groups, $20, after Sept. 18, $60; guests and nonmembers, $45, after Sept. 18, $60. pghtech.org or PittsburghSocialExchange.com.
NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Pittsburgh chapter -- 7:30 a.m. registration and breakfast, 8 a.m. program, Omni Westin William Penn, 530 William Penn Place, Downtown. "Marcellus Shale: Up To The Minute." Speakers: Jim Palmer, president, Beaver County Corp. for Economic Development; R.T. Walker, Beynon & Co.; and Robert Snyder, Nova Chemicals Corp. Cost: Members complimentary, RSVP required, 412-928-8303; non-members $40.
Regional Learning Alliance -- 8 a.m. registration and …