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September 2014

Protect Your Groundwater Day"September 9th is Protect Your Groundwater Day. The Bureau of Economic Geology joins the National Ground Water Association in encouraging the citizens of Texas to protect public health and the environment by protecting groundwater. In Texas, groundwater accounts for 60 percent of all freshwater withdrawals; 80 percent of agricultural water use (mostly for irrigation); and, 28 percent of the public water supply. For rural populations, groundwater is the source for 99 percent of their drinking water supply. A challenge facing water resource managers worldwide is to develop sustainable water resource management programs that address the increasing stresses due to population growth, climate variability/change, and land use. BEG Researchers focus on groundwater resources across the state. Groundwater research has included investigating the water-energy nexus, mapping of groundwater chemistry and brackish waters, quantifying aquifer recharge, and supporting the construction of Groundwater Availability Models (GAMs) as part of state-wide water resource planning.


from left: Gregory Frébourg, Jiemin Lu, and Sophia Ortiz
Gregory Frébourg and Jiemin Lu hosted the first of 13 presentations in the Bureau's Fall Seminar Series. Richard Davis, Emeritus Distinguished Research Professor at the University of South Florida, was the inaugural speaker. Sophia Ortiz is providing invaluable service as logistical coordinator of the fall series, which offers a wide range of topics presented by leading researchers from academe and industry designed to increase awareness of current research and improve interdisciplinary collaboration. Future speakers include John Holbrook, Farzam Javadpour, Chloé Arson, William Ambrose, Dan Ebrom, Bruce Cutright, Venkat Lakshmi, Kutalmis Saylam, Brian A. Smith, Andy Duncan, Esti Ukar, and Peter Flaig. The seminars, held Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. in the Bureau's Main Conference Room, are frequently webcast. For a current listing of scheduled speakers, abstracts, and webcast links, click here.

Bridget R. Scanlon The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has just announced that the Bureau's Bridget R. Scanlon has been named a 2014 AGU Fellow. This unique distinction recognizes that she has attained acknowledged eminence in the Earth and space sciences as valued by her peers and vetted by an AGU- wide committee of Fellows. The primary criteria the AGU uses for evaluating scientific eminence are a major breakthrough or discovery, paradigm shift, or sustained impact. This year's class of 62 Fellows is less than 0.1% of the total AGU membership worldwide. The purpose of the American Geophysical Union is to promote discovery in Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. Members advance Earth and space science by catalyzing and supporting the efforts of individual scientists within and outside of an international membership. The AGU also serves the public good by fostering quality in Earth and space science, and by publishing the results of research. Please congratulate Bridget for being recognized for her important achievements with this distinguished honor.

from left: Mike Grubb, President and CEO of Southern Gas Association, Bureau Director Scott Tinker, and Greg Rizzo, SGA Chairman of the Board
In a summer-long tour, Bureau Director Scott Tinker travelled around the world speaking of the Bureau's work in Energy, Environment and Economics. In June, Tinker spoke to Congreso Mexicano del Petroleo in Acupulco, Mexico , then travelled to Tokyo to address the Mitsubishi Corporation. Stateside, He spoke to the DTE Energy Gas Midstream meeting in Bay Harbor, Michigan, gave an invited talk at the TCEQ Summer Intern Conference in Austin, and addressed The Houston Producers forum on the Future of US Shale Gas. In New Orleans, Tinker delivered the keynote address to more than 900 at the Southern Gas Association meeting (pictured above), returned to Austin for a Bureau seminar on energy education, then delivered two talks at the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in Denver on August 25 and 27.






 
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