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September 27, 2007

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August 2007

Dr. L. Frank Brown Jr., Bureau Research Professor and member of the STARR team, was recently informed that he is the 2008 recipient of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Pioneer Award. On the plaque is engraved “long and valued service to AAPG”—a minimum of 35 years of membership is, after all, required before a candidate is even considered. Dr. Brown has earned a laudable reputation in geological research for his trail-blazing work in stratigraphy and mapping. “[The

Pioneer Award] is a prestigious award, richly deserved…and brings honor to the Bureau,” Scott Tinker remarked. Congratulations from all of us at the Bureau, Frank! 08/31/07

Postdoctoral fellow Stephen Becker joins the BEG as part of the Bureau’s structural diagenesis initiative. Stephen comes to us from Virginia Tech, where he received his Ph.D. working on fluid inclusions in porphyry copper deposits. Dr. Becker will apply fluid inclusion analysis to unraveling the fracture history of tight-gas sandstone reservoirs alongside Steve Laubach and Peter Eichhubl. 08/24/07

This photograph, taken by Bureau scientist Martin Jackson in Iran, has been selected for multimedia presentation at an exhibition entitled 'Séismes et Volcans' in the Palais de la Découverte [French Education Ministry], in Paris. The exhibition will open on October, 1, 2007, and will run for 10 years. 08/10/07

Congratulations to Uschi Hammes and the rest of the State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR) team on the publication of their latest Report of Investigations: Reservoir Geology, Structural Architecture, and Sequence Stratigraphy of a Growth-Faulted Subbasin: Oligocene Lower Frio Formation, Red Fish Bay Area, South Texas Gulf Coast, by Ursula Hammes, R. G. Loucks, L. F. Brown, Jr., R. H. Treviño, Patricia Montoya, and R. L. Remington. 28 p., 26 figs., 3 tables, 1 color plate in back

pocket, 2007. RI0272, $15.00 To purchase the full-color book online at BEG's TXShop bookstore, click here.

Julie Duiker The Bureau’s Contracts and Grants Manager, Julie Duiker, has been accredited by the Research Administrator’s Certification Council as a Certified Research Administrator. As part of an initiative sponsored by UT’s Office of Sponsored Projects, Julie completed an intensive training program administered partly by the National Council of University Research Administrators on the standards and practices of developing and administering Federal research grants and contracts. Julie has managed the Bureau’s grants and contracts program since 2006. 08/03/07

Mark Clayton CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR 2007

Will carbon sequestration provide a respite from increased concentrations of atmospheric CO2? That is the question posed by the Christian Science Monitor in its lead story of July 31 featuring BEG's Rebecca Smyth, Sue Hovorka, Ian Duncan, and Daniel Ortuño. The story, titled "Earth too warm? Bury the CO2," highlights ongoing research by Smyth and Hovorka on carbon sequestration, especially long-term mobility of sequestered CO2. [article] 08/02/07

Making informed choices about our energy future is not always easy, especially considering common misinformation that obscures the real issues and potential solutions. "The choice is ours: Big Oil or Chavez," an editorial by Director Scott W. Tinker from the July 28 edition of the Houston Chronicle, examines the realities and choices concerning our energy future. [article in PDF form] 08/01/07