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February 2006

Mark Tomasso

Bureau Research Associate Mark Tomasso delivered the Friday technical presentation this week. His topic: "Three-Dimensional Seismic Forward Modeling of a Sinuous Slope Channel, Brushy Canyon Formation, West Texas." [Abstract] 02/28/06

Bureau scientists Tim Dooley and Martin Jackson spoke at the Friday, February 24 seminar on "Modeling of Allochthonous Salt Extrusion, Roof Dispersion, and Intrusive Import and Export of Salt in Squeezed Stocks." [Abstract]. 02/21/06

Tim Dooley and Martin Jackson

Ph.D. candidate Marcus Gary, Department of Geological Sciences, was Friday's seminar speaker. He presented "DEPTHX — Autonomous Exploration of Underwater Caves as a Path to Search for Life on Europa." [Abstract] 02/14/06

Marcus Gary
Steve Laubach

At the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Leadership Conference held February 10–12 in Galveston, Steve Laubach presented "Moving toward an Improved Relationship between Academic Geoscience and Professional Geoscience" in a session on the same topic that he chaired,

along with AAPG Editor Ernest Mancini. Steve is the chair of the AAPG standing committee for Academic Liaison. 02/13/06

Bureau Director Scott Tinker gave his AAPG International Distinguished Ethics Lecture, The "I" in BusIness EthIcs [Abstract], at a lunch meeting February 16 in Wichita Falls, Texas, hosted by the North Texas Geological Society. Attendees included representatives from the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, the Society of Petroleum Engineers, and local societies. He gave this

Scott Tinker

talk again February 28 at a lunch at Midland College, Midland, Texas. 02/20/06

COOL kids

Mark Holtz guides (l to r) Cindy Abbot, Courtney Snyder, and Victoria Maynard in the use of the binocular microscope to see detail in core samples.

Three students from Cedar Park and Leander High Schools visited the Bureau February 8 and 9 to take part in the Career Opportunities on Location (COOL) job-shadowing program. Susan Hovorka and Gulf Coast Carbon Center (GCCC) and other Bureau staff welcomed Cindy Abbot, Victoria Maynard, and Courtney Snyder to a two-day career as scientists. The students examined core from an

oil reservoir in Fisher County, the site of an enhanced oil recovery effort where CO2 will be used to get more oil out of the rocks and then stored in the reservoir. They also viewed slices of sandstone magnified at about 1,000x power under the scanning electron microscope operated by Rob Reed, who helped them identify the minerals making up the rock. The COOL program is designed to give students first-hand experience actually performing jobs that may become their future careers. 02/10/06

Although the 2005 annual meeting of the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies, slated for New Orleans, was cancelled because of Hurricane Katrina, the long-awaited CD version of the GCAGS Transactions Volume 55 has just been released. It is available for $40 (plus handling and sales tax) by prepayment to Publications Sales, by e-mail, or by phone (512-471-7144). Please order item GCAGS 055CD. The

Bridget Scanlon

book-format edition will be available later this spring. Among the authors of articles in this volume are Bureau scientists Frank Brown, James Gibeaut, Ursula Hammes, Robert Loucks, Jerry Lucia, H. Seay Nance, Ramón Treviño, and Hongliu Zeng. 02/09/06

Mark Holtz

On Friday, February 10, Bureau scientist Mark Holtz spoke on "Optimizing Permanent CO2 Sequestration in Brine Aquifers: Example from the Upper Frio, Gulf of Mexico." The talk, part of the Bureau's weekly technical talk series, was held in the Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. [Abstract]. 02/07/06

Bridget Scanlon was the guest speaker at the February 6 meeting of the Austin Geological Society, which was held at 7:00 p.m. at the Bureau of Economic Geology. Bridget's topic was “Arsenic in Groundwater.[Abstract] 02/06/06

Bridget Scanlon
Scott Tinker

Bureau Director Scott W. Tinker will deliver two talks as part of the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) Centennial Lecture Series in Champaign, Illinois. On February 9, he will share the podium with P. Patrick Leahy, Acting Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, to explore the theme of “The Role of Science in Policy-Making.” Scott will speak on “Earth Science and Society: The Impact of State Geological

Surveys.” On February 10, Scott will deliver his American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Ethics Lecture, “The 'I' in BusIness EthIcs,” to ISGS and the Department of Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign [Abstract]. He will also present “The Global Energy Future: Think Unconventionally” to ISGS on February 10 [Abstract]. 02/02/06

The Ground Water Protection Council held its 2006 Underground Injection Control (UIC) Conference, Carbon Capture and Geologic Storage: From Science to Regulation—a timely forum for current Bureau research on the subject—January 23–25, in Austin. On behalf of the Bureau's Gulf Coast Carbon Center, Bill Ambrose, Susan Hovorka, J. P. Nicot, and

GCCC

Rebecca Smyth all gave talks dealing with various aspects of Bureau research on CO2 storage and its effects on groundwater. Click here to view presentations. 02/01/06