Charles S. Jackson, a Research Associate at the UT
Institute for Geophysics, was
the Bureau's weekly seminar speaker on Friday, March 28, 2003.
The title of his presentation was "Carbon
Sequestration within the Context of other Climate Model Uncertainties
Affecting Predictions of Future Climate." [Abstract]
reception honoring current University of Texas students
from Mexico was hosted by Texas State Senator Judith
Zaffirini from Laredo and the Texas Exes Association
at the Lieutenant Governor's Reception Room at the State
Capitol on March 26, 2003. The event was part of an
ongoing effort to strengthen ties between Mexico and
the UT community. Dignitaries who spoke at the reception
included Lt. Governor David Dewhurst
and UT Regents Chairman Charles Miller.
For more information, please read the Daily
Texan article. 03/27/03
Juan Mata, a sophomore mechanical engineer major, is
looking forward to getting his degree and going back
to Mexico to pursue his career.
Researcher Rebecca Smyth was Friday's Seminar
speaker on March 21, 2003. The title of her presentation was
"Forensic Hydrogeology Applied
to a Half-Century-Old Crude-Oil Seep, Colorado River, Wharton
County, Texas, U.S.A." [Abstract]
John A. Jackson shown with a photograph
of his late wife, Katie. Photograph by Dick Clintsman.
Courtesy of Presbyterian Healthcare Foundation.
John A. (Jack) Jackson, whose gift of $25
million to The University of Texas
at Austin in 2001 made possible the establishment of
the John A. and Katherine G. Jackson
School of Geosciences, died in Dallas on March 21,
2003, at the age of 89. The Bureau mourns the loss of this
longtime friend of the geoscience community. Jackson, who
earned a bachelor's degree in geology from the University
of Texas in 1940, never forgot the source of his geological
James Donnelly talks to teachers
about the Bureau's core facilities
The Botanical Research Institute of
Texas (BRIT) hosted an ecology fieldtrip for teachers
during spring break that included a visit to the Bureau on
March 11, 2003. Bureau staff members who participated were
Rob Reed, James Donnelly,
Julia Gale, Daniel Ortuño,
Sue Hovorka, John Andrews,
Scott Rodgers, and Sigrid Clift.
Kathy Ellins from the UT Institute
for Geophysics also gave a presentation. 03/12/03
Research Scientist Dr. Bob Hardage presented
the Bureau's weekly seminar on Wednesday, March 5. The title
of his presentation was "Multicomponent
Seismic Technology: Principles and Applications."
Staff member Sigrid Clift represented
the Bureau at the Texas Informal Science
Education Association's (ISEA) annual conference that
was held at the LCRA McKinney Roughs Nature
Park on March 46. John Andrews, Sue
Hovorka, and Scott Rodgers also
participated as presenters at the conference. For more information
about ISEA, visit their website.
For more information about McKinney Roughs, click here.
Panoramic view of the Colorado River from one of McKinney
Roughs' hiking trails.
Troutman, a geologist with Shell
Exploration and Production in U.S. Gas Onshore New Play Development,
visited members of the Fracture Research
and Application Consortium (FRAC) through March 5.
His visit included training in microfracture imaging and characterization
techniques developed by FRAC. The work is part of ongoing
studies of Cretaceous sandstones in the northern Rocky Mountains.
Research Scientist Dr. Bridget R. Scanlon
presented "Intercode Comparisons
for Simulating the Water Balance of Engineered Covers in Semiarid
Regions" at the International
Applied Phytotechnologies Conference in Chicago on
March 4, 2003. Her talk compared various unsaturated flow
codes for simulating the water balance of engineeredcovers
designed for waste containment and included field data from
the prototype engineered covers in the Chihuahuan Desert in
west Texas and in the Snake River Plain in Idaho. [Abstract]
Austin Geological Society held
its monthly meeting on Monday, March 3, 2003, 7:00 to 8:00
PM, at the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology
This was the Society's annual Poster Session Meeting. [Partial
list of presenters] 02/28/03