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June 30, 2006

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March 2001

The Geology Foundation Advisory Council of The University of Texas at Austin held its 90th meeting at the Bureau's main facility on Friday, March 30, 2001. Discussions included reports by UT System Chancellor Dan Burck, College of Natural Sciences Dean Mary Ann Rankin, Geology Foundation Director

USGS Director Charles G. (Chip) Groat with Bureau Director Scott W. Tinker

(and former BEG Director) William L. Fisher, BEG Director Scott W. Tinker, and Institute for Geophysics Associate Director Ian Dalziel, as well as summaries of Department initiatives and programs presented by members of the Department of Geological Sciences.

Hard at work: The Geology Foundation Advisory Council discusses program initiatives.

The Bureau of Economic Geology's Advisory Boardheld its Midyear Meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2001 at the Bureau's main facility in Austin, Texas. In attendance were committee members
Dr. Thomas Barrow
, Mr. L. Decker Dawson, Mr. James Gibbs, Dr. John Hopkins, Mr. Mark Leonard, Mr. Russell Slayback, and Dr. Scott W. Tinker. Also present were Dr. William Fisher, and Associate Directors Dr. Jay Raney and Doug Ratcliff. Presentations were made by Dr. Lesli Wood, Dr. Bridget Scanlon, and Scott Rodgers.

Visitors from Ecuador toured the Bureau on Thursday, March 29, 2001. The group included Victor Bastidas, Rector, a delegation from Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and Freddy A. Larrea, Director of Lamco Energy Group, LLC, of Houston, Texas. The contingent was here to review the research and technical capabilities of the Bureau.

The Bureau resounded with excitment and chatter on Monday, March 26, 2001, as 110 fifth graders from Spicewood Elementary came to learn about geologic mapping from the experts at the Bureau. The program, titled "My Location on Earth: How Geologists Make Maps," introduced the students to the wonders of mapping using LIDAR, drilling core, GPS, Virtual Reality, dual-monitor workstations, and old-fashioned fieldwork. (Photos)

The Bureau was the focus of the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Eye on Earth video program for the month of March. This nationally acclaimed, award-winning program is designed to introduce teachers and educators to the wide variety of

environmental education opportunities that abound in Texas; a different environmental issue, event, or resource is presented each month. Eye on Earth is produced by the T-STAR Satellite System, which develops quality educational programs for the Texas public school system. The half-hour videos are shown on TEA’s cable channel and copied free of change for interested parties.

Research Scientist Stephen Ruppel presented "Sequence- and Cycle-Scale Stratigraphy of the Leonardian: Lessons from Outcrops and the Subsurface" at the monthly luncheon meeting of the PBS-SEPM, March 20, 2001. (Abstract)

Bureau Scientist Stephen E. Laubach visits with representatives of the Kuwaiti Oil Company at the Middle East Oil Show and Conference held March 17–20, 2001 in Bahrain. Steve and Bureau Associate Director
Doug Ratcliff traveled there to represent the Bureau at the conference.

Bureau scientist Bob Hardage has been awarded the prestigious A. I. Levorsen Memorial Award for Best Paper that he presented at the recent Southwest Section, American Association of Petroleum Geologists meeting in Dallas on March 12–13, 2001. Bob’s paper is titled "3-D Seismic Evidence of the Effects of Carbonate Karst Collapse on Overlying Clastic Stratigraphy and Reservoir Compartmentalization." He will receive the award at the next annual Southwest Section meeting June 6, 2002, in Roswell, New Mexico. (Abstract)

PTTC RLO Directors meet in D.C. Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) Regional Lead Organization (RLO) Directors and PAG chairpersons were invited to attend the March 2001 PTTC Board of Directors meeting in Washington D.C.

In attendance were (from left to right) new Texas PTTC Chairman Gene Ames, III, Texas Congressman Lamar Smith, and Texas RLO Director Scott W. Tinker. This three-day event included Capitol Hill briefings, strategic planning, and visits to Congressional members on Capitol Hill. They met to discuss the importance of technology transfer to independent producers, who now account for 80% of U.S. oil and gas production.

Austin Science Fun Day a great success! (Details and photos)