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July 2001

Ron Russell, Manager of Computer Services at the Bureau, won first place in his running category at the first annual Hawaii 5K Run & Fun Walk held at sunset July 21, 2001. Click here for more information. 07/30/01

On July 23, 2001, Researcher Alan R. Dutton traveled to College Station and held the Second Stakeholder Advisory Forum for his Groundwater Availability Modeling (GAM) study of the central part of the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer. The GAM is a statewide groundwater-modeling program funded by the Texas Legislature and managed by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). [Details] 07/25/01

Senior Research Scientist Martin P. A. Jackson spent July 18–19, 2001 discussing common research interests with Applied Geodynamics Laboratory (AGL) member Marathon Oil Company in Houston, Texas. In addition to giving a presentation about past, present, and future AGL research, Martin spent time with Marathon geologists looking at various basins and prospects in the North and South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. 07/25/01

Former Bureau Director Dr. William L. Fisher was interviewed Saturday morning, July 14, at 8:00 a.m. by hosts of KXAN’s Firstcast news program regarding the $25 million gift to UT by John A. Jackson and his late wife, Katherine, to create the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences. The interview was carried on KXAN Channel 36 (cable channel 4). Click here to listen to an audio clip of the interview. The audio file may take several seconds to download. 07/13/01

The Bureau welcomes a new employee to its growing staff: Caroline (Cari) Breton. Cari, who earned her B.S. degree in geography from The University of Texas at Austin, will assist in the Geophysical Log Facility. 07/13/01


(Left to right) Mr. John A. Jackson, UT System Chancellor Dan Burck, and UT Regent Cyndi T. Krier

"My education at UT Austin helped launch and sustain my career. Now, I want to help others get the best education possible. I believe that UT Austin should be the nation’s leader in the geological sciences," said UT alumnus and retired Dallas oilman John A. Jackson, who together with his late wife, Katherine G. Jackson, has donated $25 million to create a school of geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin.

(Left to right) Mrs. Rita C. Clements,
Dr. W. L. Fisher, and Dr. Scott W. Tinker

(Left to right) Dr. Ben Casey of Dallas, and
Dr. Peter T. Flawn

The announcement was made at a press conference on Tuesday, July 10, 2001, which was attended by UT President Larry Faulkner and other dignitaries. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson’s generous gift is in addition to $15 million recently given to the University for expansion of the University’s Geological Sciences Building.

The new John A. and Katherine G. Jackson School of Geosciences will include the Department of Geological Sciences, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and the Institute for Geophysics. Mr. Jackson, a 1940 UT graduate in geology and an honorary life member of the Geology Foundation, is a long-time associate of former Bureau Directors Peter T. Flawn and William L. Fisher. [More] 07/12/01

BEG Seeking Operator Partner!

New Life for Frio
and Woodbine Fields?

Bureau researchers have identified excellent geologic formations in Texas for the sequestration (underground storage) of unwanted CO2 produced from the burning of fossil fuels. The Frio and Woodbine Formations rank high on the scale of characteristics for subsurface geologic units that would provide long-term storage of high volumes of CO2. The formations are also present under large areas of Texas where CO2-emitting facilities are located. This combination of desirable attributes and location would enable CO2 to be injected and stored directly below its point of emission.

A small field experiment is being designed by Bureau scientists. If you are an operator interested in hosting this experiment in your Frio or Woodbine field (see proposal), please contact Associate Director Eric Potter. 07/12/01

Research Associate Dr. Julia F. W. (Stowell) Gale presented "Effect of modern state of stress on flow-controlling fractures: a misleading paradigm in need of revision" at DC Rocks, the American Rock Mechanics Association’s 38th U.S. Rock Mechanics Symposium held in Washington, D.C., Monday, July 9, 2001. [Abstract] 07/09/01 

Senior Research Scientist Dr. Stephen E. Laubach presented "Predicting Fractures Using Cathodoluminescence" at the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists luncheon meeting in Denver on Friday, July 20, 2001. [Abstract] 07/03/01