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January 2007

Jennifer Hicks joins the BEG administrative staff and will perform a wide range of duties in Human Resources, including student hiring, UT Driver authorizations, key authorizations, International VISA issues, and other HR related issues. Jennifer is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a degree in Business Administration in Human Resources Management. Jennifer also worked at NMSU in the Human Resources department prior to arriving in Austin. Welcome, Jennifer! 01/31/07

The Bureau's Friday Seminar has been moved to a different venue this week only. Chip Groat, Professor and John A. and Katherine G. Jackson Chair in Energy and Mineral Resources, and Director, Center for International Energy and Environmental Policy will present "CIEEP and EER: New Jackson School Acronyms" in the UTIG/TACC Seminar room at 10:30am, Friday, February 2. 01/30/07

Director Scott Tinker will deliver his annual "State of the Bureau" address at Friday's seminar session. His presentation will review major events and progress during the past year and look forward to the future and upcoming projects and events at the Bureau of Economic Geology. The presentation will begin at 8:30am sharp in the Bureau's main conference room. 01/26/07

Roger A. Pielke Sr., Senior Research Scientist (CIRES) and Senior Research Associate (ATOC) at the University of Colorado, Boulder will present a special seminar Thursday, January 25, titled "Prediction as a Technology." The talk summarizes why weather prediction is possible, and examines the limits of weather prediction.  This will be followed by a discussion on multi-decadal climate prediction, and how they are alike and how they differ from weather prediction. The talk will take place in the UTIG/TACC seminar room 1.603 from 10:00 to 11:00am. 01/22/07


Steve Constable of Scripps Institution of Oceanography is one of the leading developers of marine Controlled-Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) technology. The Bureau hosted Steve and his consortium supporters January 5 as they discussed plans to acquire CSEM data across deep-water sites in the Gulf of Mexico that appear to have near-seafloor hydrate systems. Attendees included representatives from academia, service companies, Mineral Management Service, and energy companies. 01/19/07


Opening festivities of the UTIG-TACC complex concluded with the Jackson Jaunt BBQ luncheon at the new JSG facilities at the Pickle Research Campus on Saturday, January 13. Though icy weather cancelled the walk, run, and ride, attending participants were warmed by good food and hospitality. 01/18/07

BEG Director Scott Tinker (right) presents a commemorative LIDAR image of Austin to UTIG Director Paul Stoffa (left) and TACC Director Jay Boisseau during Thursday's dedication ceremony.

University officials, including Vice President of Research Juan Sanchez and Eric J. Barron, Dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences officially dedicated the new UTIG/TACC Research Complex Thursday, January 11. Adjoining the Bureau, the building will be the new home of the Institute for Geophysics and the Texas Advanced Computing Center and offers state-of-the-art facilities housing some of the world's most advanced computing systems. The formal dedication was followed by building tours, a scientific colloquium, and a reception. For the complete events agenda, click here. 01/12/07

On December 10, Peter Eichhubl attended the 14th Hubbert Quorum, which was held at USGS in Menlo Park, California. Peter gave a talk on “Porosity Reduction by Compaction Localization in Sandstone.” The Hubbert Quorum, named for M. King Hubbert, is an interdisciplinary gathering of hydrogeologists, geophysicists, and structural geologists who meet to discuss interactions among these disciplines (details here). Peter also attended

the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco (December 11 through 15), at which he presented a poster titled “Deformation Band Formation as a Coupled Mechanical and Chemical Process” (details here ). 01/09/07

Ian Duncan, BEG Associate Director, was featured in the Saturday, January 6, edition of the Austin American-Statesman in a column titled "Coal Plant Foes See Clear Choice in Gasification," a story about traditional coal power plants versus gasified power plants. "It's the first real radical departure from the boil-water-make-steam-make-power technology," said Ian Duncan [speaking about the latter type of power plant], a professor at the Bureau of Economic Geology at the

University of Texas. "You can gasify chicken manure, literally. Anything with carbon they can gasify." Ian is Associate Director of Earth and Environmental Systems at BEG. To read the full article, click here.01/0807