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June 2001

Scientists Rafael Tocco and José Luis Mogollon from PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.) visited the Bureau on Friday, June 29, 2001 and met with Associate Director Eric Potter and researcher Dr. Lesli Wood to discuss technical aspects of gas hydrates and other topics related to the exploration of natural gas. Dr. Wood's research is a key part of ongoing gas hydrates research at the Bureau. 06/26/01

(Left to right) Bureau researcher Dr. Lesli Wood, Rafael Tocco,
José Luis Mogollon, and Associate Director Eric Potter

The Journal of Structural Geology (v. 23, no. 8, pp. 1255–1279) has published paleomagnetism research conducted by Bureau scientist Tim F. Wawrzyniec for his undergraduate honors thesis. Tim’s paper, co-authored by John W. Geissman, R. Ernest Anderson, Steve S. Harlan and James Faulds, is titled "Paleomagnetic data bearing on style of Miocene deformation in the Lake Mead area, southern Nevada." [Details] 06/26/01

As of June 18, petrophysicist Jeffrey A. Kane is the Bureau’s newest Research Associate, coming on board with 17 years of geophysical and petrophysical experience gained in Midland, Texas. Jeff has a B.S. degree in geophysics and an M.S. Degree in geology and will begin work with Steve Ruppel on the University Lands project. 06/19/01

The Bureau welcomes postdoctoral researcher Ke-Sheng Chan to its growing team of scientists. Ke-Sheng, a former Bureau graduate research assistant, will work with Offshore Secondary Gas Recovery researchers performing 3-D reservoir modeling. Ke-Sheng received his Ph.D. in Science Education from UT in December 2000. His research interests include reservoir modeling as well as science education. 06/19/01

Bureau researcher Robert G. Loucks was presented with the Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for best paper in the 1999 AAPG Bulletin during the recent 2001 AAPG Annual Meeting Award Ceremony in Denver. His award-winning paper is titled "Paleocave Carbonate Reservoirs: Origins, Burial-Depth Modifications, Spatial Complexity, and Reservoir Implications." 06/18/01

Bureau Director Scott W. Tinker poses with Robert M. Sneider of Robert M. Sneider Exploration of Houston, who received AAPG’s highest award, the Sydney Powers Medal, at the opening session of the 2001 AAPG Annual Meeting in Denver. 06/18/01

Bureau Graduate Research Assistant Adrian Badescu received Second Place Best Poster at the 2001 AAPG Annual Convention held June 3–6 in Denver. A member of the Offshore SGR group, Adrian presented "Integrating 3-D Seismic, Sequence Stratigraphy, and Reservoir Properties to Enhance Secondary Gas Recovery of two Major Miocene Gulf of Mexico Offshore Fields," which was co-authored by Hongliu Zeng. [Abstract] 06/13/01

Two Bureau researchers were honored at the AAPG Annual Convention’s 2001 President’s Reception and Awards Ceremony the evening of June 5, 2001.

Past-director Dr. William L. Fisher received the William H. Twenhofel Medal for Excellence in Sedimentary Geology. The ceremony program included a two-page tribute by Dr. Robert L. Folk, Dave P. Carlton Centennial Professor Emeritus in Geology at UT, in praise of Dr. Fisher’s outstanding contributions to the world of geology.

Bureau researcher Dr. Lesli J. Wood received the 2000 Excellence of Poster Presentation Award for her work on the Sego Sandstone in Utah titled "Falling-Stage Tidal-Bar Complexes and Incised Valleys of the Sego Sandstone, Upper Cretaceous, Utah: Implications for Reservoir Development in Heterolithic Deltaic Systems." 06/07/01

Dr. Jairo Lugo, UT graduate and scientist with PDVSA (Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A.), visited the Bureau on Friday, June 8, to formalize a relationship with the Bureau regarding Venezuelan graduate students attending UT. The Bureau has been part of many collaborative projects with Venezuelan scientists since the early 1970’s. 06/07/01

In an attempt to analyze the ink used to write the infamous "Alamo Diary," researchers from UT’s Center for American History, Preservation and Conservation Studies Program, and Institute for Cellular and Molecular Biology visited the Bureau on Friday, June 8, to use its state-of-the art


Back-scattered electron image of ink from the document

scanning electron microscope. Bureau researcher Robert Reed assisted the scientists as they examined the chemical composition of the ink used in the diary. The SEM, a principal research instrument of the Fracture Research and Applications Consortium, is used used in many University Projects, including structural materials studies at the Texas Materials Institute. 06/07/01

Rob Matthews of RKM and Associates was guest speaker at the Bureau’s Friday morning seminar on June 8, 2001. His topic was "Forward Modeling of Sequence Stratigraphy: Orbital Forcing of Higher Order Cycles, 2.4–190 Ma." 06/07/01

During May 2001 Bureau coastal geologists James C. Gibeaut and Tiffany L. Hepner surveyed beaches in Prince William Sound (PWS), Alaska, for oil left from the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. [Details and photos] 06/04/01

The third edition of Vertical Seismic Profiling: Principles, authored by Senior Research Scientist Bob A. Hardage, has been published by Elsevier Science. The updated and revised textbook, considered the standard text on vertical seismic profiling, was published in response to demand from industry and academia. The 570-page textbook covers all aspects of vertical seismic profiling. For more information and to order, click here. 06/04/01

Researchers from the Bureau traveled to Denver on June 3–6, 2001, to present papers, poster sessions, workshops, and short courses at the 2001 AAPG Annual Convention. Click here for a list of authors and titles, together with dates and times of presentation. 05/29/01

On January 1, 2001, the Bureau acquired the inventory of Earth Enterprises, Inc., which managed the sale and distribution of Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS) publications and those of many of its related societies. The GCAGS has chosen the Bureau to take over sales and distribution of their publications. A Geological Society Publications catalog is now available on the Bureau’s Web site. For further information regarding sales of GCAGS publications, please contact Publications Sales. 06/01/01

(Left to right) Jay Raney, José Luis Moran-Lopez, Eric Potter

Dr. José Luis Moran-Lopez, new Director of the Institute for Science and Technology in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and Dr. Juan Sanchez, UT Vice President for Research, visited the Bureau on Friday, June 1, 2001. These distinguished visitors met to discuss collaborative research opportunities with Bureau Associate Directors during a working lunch. 06/01/01

Dr. Bill Galloway, Senior Research Scientist and Professor in The University of Texas at Austin Department of Geological Sciences, was the guest speaker for the Bureau’s Friday morning seminar June 1, 2001, 8:30 a.m., Main Conference Room. The topic of his presentation was "Gulf of Mexico Basin Depositional Synthesis: Cenozoic Sequences, Depositional Systems, and Paleogeographic Evolution of a Small Ocean Basin." [Abstract] To view Dr. Galloway’s UT Internet biography page click here. 05/29/01

   

 

 
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