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June 2015
AAPG President Randi Martinsen (left) presents the Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award to Kitty Milliken and Tongwei Zhang
The 2015 American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Annual Convention and Exhibition wrapped up recently in Denver, and a host of renowned Bureau of Economic Geology geoscientists brought home noteworthy awards and accolades. William Ambrose and J.-P. Nicot were awarded Certificates of Merit by the AAPG Division of Environmental Geosciences. Kitty Milliken was honored with the Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award “in recognition of a singular achievement in petroleum geosciences research,” and she and Tongwei Zhang shared the Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for best AAPG Bulletin article published in 2013. Former Bureau director William “Bill” Fisher was recognized for his “extraordinary contributions…to the AAPG Foundation” with the AAPG Foundation Chairman’s Award. The Society for Sedimentary Geology awarded the Francis J. Pettijohn Medal for Sedimentology to Charles Kerans for his “significant record of outstanding contributions” to the field. Bureau director Scott W. Tinker was presented with the AAPG Honorary Member Award, which is bestowed upon “persons who have distinguished themselves by their service and devotion to the science and profession of petroleum geology and to the Association.” Please join all of us at the Bureau in congratulating these distinguished geoscientists for their remarkable achievements.
 President Randi Martinsen presents the the AAPG Honorary Member Award to BEG Director Scott Tinker   Secretary for the AAPG Foundation Trustees James Gibbs (left) presents the AAPG Foundation Chairman’s Award to Former BEG Director William Fisher.

The Bureau's Center for Energy Economics in Houston recently added three new members to its team.

Dr. Chen-Hao TsaiDr. Chen-Hao Tsai is a new Senior Energy Economist at the CEE. Dr. Tsai received his PhD in Energy and Mineral Engineering with an option in Energy Management and Policy from Penn State University. He also earned a BS in Civil Engineering from National Taiwan University and an MPA from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, University of Indiana-Bloomington. A former civil and project engineer at the Lungmen Nuclear Power Project in Taiwan, Dr. Tsai’s research interests include electricity market deregulation/regulation, nuclear power, and nonfuel minerals.

Laura MartinezLaura Martinez is the CEE's new Program Coordinator. Martinez earned a BA in Communications from the University of Houston, and her diverse professional background includes more than 5 years as a Linguist Analyst and Translator. She is fluent in Spanish as well as English. Martinez is responsible for CEE administrative duties, including events coordination, travel planning and logistics, and management of inquiries and information requests.


Daniel QuijanoDaniel Quijano joins the CEE staff as an Energy Economist. Quijano earned his BBA at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, where he was recognized as Outstanding Graduate in Finance for 2012. He interned at Santander Private Banking International and Merrill Lynch, where he worked as a member of a financial advisory team. His work with the CEE has concentrated on the research and reporting of upstream cost benchmarking for U.S. energy producers and national oil companies, and Mexico energy-policy reform.



Ron RussellRon Russell, the Bureau’s longtime IT Manager, passed away April 5, 2015. Ron was highly regarded for his tenacious work ethic and his 24/7 presence in guiding the growth of the Bureau’s massive Information Technologies and Data Management systems. He is remembered by staff as “tough,” “fair,” “diligent,” “caring,” and “a person of integrity.” A private person of few words, Ron was dedicated to his family, faith, and community. He was a service veteran of 32 years, and earned a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland and an MA in Economics from the University of Oklahoma. Ron’s consistent excellence and steadfast presence will be long remembered and deeply missed.  


Mary McBride, the Bureau’s Public Information Geologist from 1981 to 1991, passed away on May 22, 2015. McBride received her BS in Geology from TheMary McBride University of Texas at Austin and her MS in Geology from the University of Oklahoma. She taught geology at the University of Houston and science in the RichardsonISD before joining the Bureau in1979 as a Research Scientist Associate. She was first author (with co-authors Chock Woodruff and L. E. Craig) of “Facies Distribution within the Hosston Formation, Central Texas—Implications to Low Temperature Geothermal Waters,” and authored numerous other publications and articles, including the annual “Mineral Industry of Texas” reports that appeared in The Texas Almanac. The Bureau honors her memory and many contributions to Texas geology.

Daniel Ortuño in the archives of the Bureau's Geophysical Log Facility (GLF)
Located in the Bureau of Economic Geology’s Resource Center, the Geophysical Log Facility (GLF) houses geophysical well data available to the general public, industry, and researchers. Approximately 1.5 million logs are archived at the GLF, including those from the Railroad Commission of Texas, industry donations, and Bureau research projects. Other datasets available at the GLF include well records, drillers’ logs, strip logs, mud logs, scout tickets, and core analyses from thousands of Texas wells. A searchable database of well logs stored at the GLF is available online through the Bureau’s Integrated Core and Log Database (IGOR). Data not yet catalogued is available by visiting the GLF at the Bureau. Logs are available in electronic format (.tif images) or as paper copies upon request. Logs are copied on continuous, prefolded paper and cost $2.75 per log + $.50 per linear foot + shipping and handling. Electronic images are $2.75 each. For assistance, contact GLF Manager Daniel Ortuño by phone (512-471-7139), fax (512-471-0140), or e-mail (daniel.ortuno@beg.utexas.edu).




 
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