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July 2004
The Bureau welcomes David Jordan to the Media and Information Technologies group as its GIS programmer. David holds a B.S. degree in Geological Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master's in Applied Geography (M.A.G.) from Texas State University, San Marcos. He has experience in both geology and  
geography, and at the Bureau he will focus on developing Internet- and network-based mapping systems and GIS applications. 07/28/04
  A poster produced by UT Graduate Student Kristine L. Mize and coauthors Lesli J. Wood and Paul Mann received the SEPM Best Poster Award at the 2004 AAPG/SEPM meeting. The poster is titled “Controls on the Morphology and Development of Deep-Marine Channels, Offshore Trinidad and Eastern Venezuela.”
Nearly 230 posters were presented at this annual meeting. 07/22/04
UT Graduate Students and Deep-Marine Depositional Margins researchers are getting noticed! Sean Sullivan received a $500 award from the Earth and Space  
Foundation for a study titled “Mud Volcanoes on Earth and Mars. In the study, Sean will investigate possible similarities between mud volcanoes in offshore Trinidad and certain features on Mars. He will present his work at the December 2004 GCS/SEPM meeting. For more information, click here. 

Lorena Moscardelli has been invited to present her poster, “Debris Flow Processes and Architecture, at the AAPG Prospect and Property Expo (APPEX), which will be meeting September 14–16 in Houston. The poster, coauthored by Lesli Wood and Paul Mann, scored high when it was evaluated for an award at the AAPG annual meeting. 07/22/04

  Mike Hudec recently traveled to the offices of AGL sponsors for presentations and meetings. Mike spent June 30 and July 1 at the offices of BP in Houston as a participant in an in-house Salt Tectonics Symposium, during which he presented “Near-Salt Deformation: Formation of Subsalt Disturbed Zones during Salt-Sheet Advance.” Later in July, 13–14, Mike visited the offices of
Forest Oil International in Denver to discuss salt tectonics in offshore Gabon. 07/22/04

Bureau Director Scott Tinker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, attending the National Conference of State Legislators on behalf of the American Association of State Geologists (AASG). Scott, who was recently elected Vice President of AASG, is representing the AASG in a joint

 

booth with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the American Institute of Petroleum Geologists. 07/20/04


The lucky raffle winners of a Campo del Cielo iron meteorite donated by John Curchin. Proceeds from the raffle will go toward the Austin ESW career fair for middle school students and the middle school library book drive.

 

On Thursday, July 15, 2004, in the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) auditorium, more than 200 Central Texans attended a lecture titled Space Rocks! that was sponsored by the Austin Earth Science Week (ESW) Consortium, the Bureau of Economic Geology, and TxDOT. John Curchin from USGS gave a presentation on meteorites, a topic on which he is an expert. John’s presentation also included an update of the Cassini Spacecraft program, in which, as part of a team at USGS, John is downloading and

reviewing images from Saturn. He displayed some of his meteorites at the event and showed images of Saturn that were seen by the public for the very first time. 07/19/04

On behalf of the Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL), Jerry Lucia recently traveled to several European cities consortium. His work included a 2-day seminar for members of the Institute for Geology and Mining of Spain in Madrid titled “Carbonate Reservoir Characterization, as well as

 
meetings with RCRL sponsors in Milan (AGIP) and London (BP). 07/19/04
  The Bureau welcomes Joseph (Jiandong) Su to the Media and Information Technologies group as its new database programmer and software systems developer. He holds a B.S. degree in computer science and engineering from Beijing Polytechnic University and has been professionally certified by Microsoft, SUN, and Oracle. Joseph has extensive experience
consulting for various companies in Texas and will focus on development of database-driven software at the Bureau. 07/12/04
Nathan Ivicic is the new Technical Staff Assistant for the Bureau’s Core Research Center in Austin. Nathan earned an Associate of Arts degree (2001) from Temple College and a B.S. degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin (2003). While attending UT, Nathan was named to the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Also while still a student, Nathan was a  
proofreader for the MIT group here at the Bureau. Welcome back, Nathan! 07/12/04
 

Dr. Ian Duncan became the BEG’s Associate Director for Environment and Earth Systems on July 1, replacing Jay Raney who served in this role for nearly 10 years. Ian comes to the Bureau after 10 years as a Scientist Manager at the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy Division of Mineral Resources. He also worked as a geology professor at SMU in Dallas

and Washington University in St Louis. Ian’s interests lie in environmental geology, remote sensing, carbon sequestration, and geoinformatics. 07/08/04
Deep-Marine Depositional Margins researcher Lorena Moscardelli presents her research to the MSEA student group at the TACC Visualization Facility. MSEA is a precollege outreach program known as the Mathematics, Science, and Engineering Academy (MSEA). The goal of MSEA is to create a continuous pipeline of minority and female students,  


from ninth grade through the Ph.D. level, to major in mathematics, science, technology, and engineering. The Jackson School is partnering with Fort Valley State University in Georgia to host MSEA students for a week of intense summer training. Click here for more information on Deep-Marine Depositional Margins. 07/02/04