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January 26, 2006

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January 2006

Christ Church Oxford

Great Hall, Christ Church, University of Oxford. Click picture to enlarge.

Bridget Scanlon gave a talk January 16 at the Center for the Environment at Oxford University on “Impacts of Climate Variability and Land Use/Land Cover Changes on Water Resources in Semiarid Regions.” The talk was of considerable interest to researchers there because much of their work focuses on water resources of developing

of developing countries. While in Oxford, Bridget stayed at the historic Christ Church, where many scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot. Bridget also presented a short course on Groundwater Recharge January 19 to a group of 45 researchers and consultants in Dublin, Ireland. Considerable interest in recharge has resulted from new European Union regulations related to the Water Framework Directive that require quantification of recharge related to aquifer vulnerability to contamination and withdrawal of groundwater. 01/26/06

On Friday, January 27, the Bureau's own David R. Pyles spoke on “Stratigraphic and Hydrodynamic Concepts Learned from a Three-Dimensional Exposure of a Sinuous Slope Channel, Brushy Canyon Formation, West Texas.” The presentation was made in the Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. [Abstract] 01/24/06

David Pyles
NAPE

The Bureau is hosting an exhibit booth at the upcoming North American Prospect Exposition, known as NAPE® Expo 2006, to be held February 2–3 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

The event brings oil and gas prospects to a venue that draws energy professionals from all over the world. Last year's attendance topped 10,000. The Bureau will be represented by Eric Potter and Ramón Treviño, who will be available to answer questions about the Bureau's research capabilities and extensive support facilities. Ramón will showcase the Bureau's State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR) program. Sharon Campos and Julie Fowler are coordinating the Bureau's exhibit. Amanda Masterson and Beverly Blakeney DeJarnett will staff an adjacent booth sponsored by the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. 01/23/06

The SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) convened a meeting of its Strategic Planning Committee January 19 and 20 at the Bureau to develop a strategic plan for the Society for the coming decade. The meeting was led by SEPM President Bill Morgan and attended by several past and present

Lesli Wood and Bill Morgan

Lesli Wood and Bill Morgan

officers, council members, and committee members. Lesli Wood, current president of the Gulf Coast Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) and secretary-treasurer of the national organization is hosting the meeting on behalf of the Bureau. SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) is an international professional society based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that disseminates scientific information on sedimentary geology and related disciplines to 4,000 members. 01/20/06

Dr. J. Bee Bednar

Dr. J. Bee Bednar, Panorama Technologies, Houston, spoke on Friday, January 20, in the Main Conference Room here at the Bureau. As part of our Technical Seminar Series, Dr. Bednar's topic was “The Next Generation SEG/EAGE Model: Where Are We and Where Are We Going? [Abstract]. 01/18/06

Bureau Director Scott Tinker will speak on The Future of Global Energy: Resources, Technology, and Talent January 18 in Billings, Montana, before the Montana Geological Society (Rocky Mountain Section of AAPG) and the Billings Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. [Abstract] 01/12/06

Scott Tinker
Bridget Scanlon

This week Bureau Senior Research Scientist Bridget Scanlon spoke on “Impact of Climate Variability and Land Use/Land Cover Change on Water Resources in Southwestern U.S.” The talk began at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. [Abstract]. 01/11/06

The Bureau congratulates the Texas Longhorns on their 41–38 victory over the University of Southern California (USC) in the Rose Bowl January 4. UT quarterback Vince Young ran the ball across the goal line to score the game-winning touchdown in the last seconds of the fourth quarter. The consensus is that he could have a career in geology…if he wanted one. His coaches say he excels at field work. 01/05/06

Jerry Lucia

F. Jerry Lucia presented the first Bureau seminar of 2006 on January 6, in the main conference room. His topic was Fractures to Caves to Fractures: the Touching-Vug Pore System. [Abstract]. 01/06/06