Dr. Mandell receives a token
of appreciation from Austin Earth Science Week Chair,
On Thursday, July 24, Dr. Humboldt C. Mandell, Jr.
gave an educational and entertaining presentation about the
future of human exploration on Mars. More than 70 people attended
the lecture hosted by the Austin Earth
Science Week Consortium. Dr. Mandell discussed the
feasibility and challenges that NASA and the U.S. face to
reach this goal. He explained that the technology exists for
humans to explore Mars now but that certain conditions will
have to be in place in order for the U.S. to move forward.
What will those conditions be? Other countries are actively
pursuing future human exploration of Mars. Who will be first?
Dr. Mandell is currently a Research Fellow at UT IC2
and also works with the UT Center for Space Research. He is
recently retired from NASA where he managed the Exploration
Programs office. 07/25/03
FRAC 2003 Summer Research Meeting
began with a field trip July 1920 and continued with
technical presentations and discussion on July 2122
in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Visit the FracCity
Website for meeting information.
Among the issues addressed:
What are fracture patterns at the trap scale?
What is the correct mechanical explanation for fracture
How does interaction of diagenesis and fracturing govern effective permeability?
Can calibration advance seismic fracture characterization?
Friday, July 18, Martin Jackson, Senior Research
Scientist, presented "Salt Glaciers:
A Geological Wonder of the World" as the next
lecture in the Bureau's Summer Seminar Series. [Details]
Monday, July 14, Jim Gibeaut and Becky
Smyth of the Coastal and Lidar
Research Groups presented a workshop titled "Lidar
Surveys for Coastal Hazards and Resource Mapping"
at the Coastal Zone 2003 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland
details]. This workshop introduced participants to the
use, advantages, and limitations of applying topographic Light
Detection and Ranging (lidar) in assessing coastal environments.
researchers Ramón Treviño and
Bob Loucks spent July 1321, 2003, at
the Pemex office in Poza Rica,
Mexico, describing 27 cores from the Poza Rica carbonate reservoir.
The rock data collected will be integrated into a model of
this Cretaceous reservoir that is being developed by the Bureau.
The Bureau's Summer Seminar Series continued Friday, July
11, when Elizabeth Murphy from the International
Office at The University of Texas at Austin was the
speaker. The title of her presentation was "Effective
Cross-Cultural Communication." [Details]