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November 30, 2005

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October 2004

 

Senior Research Scientist Shirley Dutton spoke at the monthly meeting of the Austin Geological Society, which was held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 1. The title of Shirley’s presentation was “Play Analysis and Digital Portfolio of Major Oil Reservoirs in the Permian Basin. [abstract] 10/29/04

The Bureau’s Friday morning seminar featured an expert in exploration geophysics, Dr. Rob Ferguson, of UT’s Department of Geological Sciences. Dr. Ferguson presented “Planned Seismic Imaging Using Explicit, One-Way Operators. [abstract]. 10/28/04

 

 

Senior Research Scientist F. Jerry Lucia has been named a “50-Year Fellow” by the Geological Society of America in recognition of his 50 years of support and commitment to the Society. This honor is accompanied by a letter of recognition from John W. Hess, Executive Director of GSA, and a gold pin. 10/27/04

Several Bureau researchers will travel to Midland to present results of their research at the 2004 West Texas Geological Society Fall Symposium, which is being held October 27–29. Click here for a list of presentations and abstracts. 10/27/04
 


Luciano Correa talks to SACNAS board member, Dr. Aaron Velasco, Professor, The University of Texas at El Paso Geology Department.

 

On October 22–23, 2004, the Jackson School’s Luciano Correa, Philip Guerrero, Leonel Gomez, and Sigrid Clift attended the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) annual conference as exhibitors. More than 2,300 undergraduate science, math, and engineering students from across the U.S. attended. At the conference, they gave

presentations, presented poster sessions, and learned about future employment and graduate school opportunities. 10/26/04

The Advisory Committee to the Bureau of Economic Geology held its biannual meeting on October 21, 2004, here at the Bureau. The meeting featured

 
presentations by Associate Director Ian Duncan and researchers in the Fluid Rock Seismic Technology (FRST) group. In this photo, Jim Jennings discusses work being done by FRST researchers. Pictured here (from left to right) are Jim Jennings, Richard Chuchla, Wanda LaPlante, Paul Ching, Ian Duncan, Russell Slayback, Bill Gipson, Jay Raney, Eric Potter (standing), Thomas Barrow, Jay Kipper, and Scott Tinker. 10/22/04
  The 2004 AAPG International Conference and Exhibition will be held October 24–27 in Cancun, Mexico. Click here for a list of Bureau presentations and abstracts. 10/21/04

On Friday, October 22, the Bureau Friday seminar welcomed guest speaker Wulf Gose from the Department of Geological Sciences. “Paleomagnetic Data from the Precambrian of Africa: a Cautionary Note to Plate Pushers” was the morning’s topic. [abstract] 10/21/04

 


John Andrews talks to parents and kids about 3-D models at the Bureau’s Adventures in Virtual Reality exhibit.

  On Saturday, October 16, 2004, Bureau staffers John Andrews and Sigrid Clift exhibited at the 2nd Annual Science Fest at the Science Stuff Store in Austin. More than 600 people, who included families and bus loads of students and teachers, attended the event. The fest comprised virtual reality tours, robots, live reptiles and spiders, forensic science, and many more science exhibits. 10/19/04
The 5th annual Austin Earth Science Week Career Fair for 350 middle school students and their teachers was held at the U.T. Commons Conference Center on October 12, 2004. Students represented Benold (Georgetown), Lake Travis, Porter (Austin), Pflugerville, and Murchison (Austin) middle schools. The highlight of the fair was the keynote presentation given by NASA Astronaut, Captain Dominic Gorie, titled An Astronaut’s View from Space. This annual event, organized by the Austin Earth Science Week Consortium, is sponsored by many local organizations,  
NASA Astronaut Dominic Gorie visits with students at the career fair. Astronaut Gorie has commanded three missions—the final Shuttle-Mir docking mission, the Shuttle Radar Topography mission, and a flight to the International Space Station.
including the Bureau. For more information about Texas Earth Science Week, click here. For more information about Astronaut Gorie, click here. 10/15/04


Tomas Yarrington

  On October 7 and 8, Scott Tinker and Luis Barreda attended a forum titled “Growth in the 21st Century: the Challenge of Regional Competitiveness” that was held in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The conference was organized by the office of the governor of Tamaulipas, Tomas Yarrington, to address the importance of, and regions’ contribution to, national competitiveness; the role of the energy
sector in regional growth; innovative response to market changes through a profitable use of information technologies; and key policies for increasing the competitiveness of the northeastern region (states bordering the U.S.) in order to contribute to Mexico’s future growth. [More] 10/14/04
The Bureau’s weekly seminar series continued on Friday, October 15. Bureau Research Associate Renaud Bouroullec presented “Structural Setting of Mississippi Canyon and Atwater Valley, Northeastern Gulf of Mexico.” [abstract] 10/14/04  
 

At the 4th Annual Houston Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Conference on October 2, Laura Zahm and Sigrid Clift gave presentations on careers in the geosciences to undergraduate students. LSAMP is a partnership

of the National Science Foundation, University of Houston, Texas Southern University, Texas State University, Rice University, University of Houston—Downtown, University of Houston—Victoria, Houston Community College System, San Jacinto College District, and Houston Independent School District. Its goal is to increase the number of minority students who major in math, science, and engineering. 10/11/04

The Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL) held its 2004 Annual Research Review meeting and field trip October 4–8 here in Austin.

 
The meeting was attended by 42 geologists, geophysicists, and engineers from 13 sponsoring companies. Presentations focused on the application of new lidar methods for constructing 3-D outcrop geologic models, descriptions, modeling and fluid flow of vuggy pore systems, and advances in geostatistical analysis and seismic imaging. The field trip included stops in the Sacramento Mountains, New Mexico, and the Franklin Mountains, Texas, to examine carbonate buildups and mega-karst features. Click here to visit the RCRL Web page for more information about this active research program. 10/08/04
  On October 10, Bureau Scientists Frank Brown and Bob Loucks will present a short course at the 2004 GCAGS Annual Convention in San Antonio. The course is titled “Using Sequence Stratigraphic Wireline-Log Analysis to Develop Stratigraphic Architecture in Growth-
Faulted Basins: Practical Application to the South Texas Offshore Frio Section.” To sign up for the short course, click here and register. 10/06/04
On October 8th, the Bureau hosted Dr. Joel Walls of Rock Solid Images, Houston, who spoke at the Friday seminar. Dr. Walls’s topic: Use of Well Logs in Seismic Reservoir Characterization [abstract]. 10/07/04  
  On September 27, Senior Research Scientist Bob Loucks spoke at the invitation of the Houston Geologic Society at its North American Dinner, which was held at the Westchase Hilton in Houston. An audience of 60 heard Bob’s “Understanding Growth-Faulted, Intraslope Subbasins and Associated Reservoir Targets by Applying Sequence Stratigraphic
Principles: Examples from the South Texas Oligocene Frio Formation.” [Abstract] 10/06/04
Bureau Research Associate Beverly DeJarnett of the Houston Core Research Center presented “The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology’s Core and Sample Repositories,” at the Fifth International Meeting of the National Geoscience Data Repositories. The meeting was held at the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, on September 21.  
The Bureau was one of 3 state repositories represented at the meeting, which folks from more than 25 countries attended. [abstract] [PowerPoint] 10/04/04
  Bureau Research Associate Laura Zahm recently represented the Bureau—and shared exhibit booth space with the Houston Geological Society—at the Houston Gem and Mineral Society’s 51st Annual Gem, Jewelry, Mineral, and Fossil Show, which was held September 24–26. The exhibit focused on outreach with elementary-age children and scouting and featured four interactive
stations that showed how geoscientists use core. For more information and pictures click here. 10/04/04