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February 2004
  Bureau Research Scientist Associate Robert Reed traveled to Tulsa, Oklahoma, on February 24 and gave two presentations. Some Uses of
SEM-Based Cathodoluminescence Imaging in Sandstone Petrology
was presented to a graduate sandstone petrology class at the University of Tulsa and Microfractures, Macrofractures, and Fracture-Cement
Relations in Sandstones: Examples from Oklahoma and Texas [Abstract] to the Tulsa Geological Society. 02/26/04

Dr. Carlos Torres-Verdín, Assistant Professor in the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, was the speaker for the Bureau’s Friday Seminar, February 27. The title of his presentation was “Assessment of Permeability from Well Logs Based on Core Calibration

 

and Simulation of Mud-Filtrate Invasion.” [Abstract] 02/26/04

  On February 19, 2004, Bureau Research Scientist Jim Jennings made a lunch presentation to members of the North Texas Geological Society in Wichita Falls Texas titled “3D Modeling of Stratigraphically Controlled Petrophysical Variability in the South Wasson Clear Fork Reservoir.” [Abstract] 02/26/04  

On February 26, Bureau Director Scott Tinker will testify before the Texas State Board of Education on the topic of Earth Science teaching in Texas high schools. Click here to read Scott’s written testimony.

In addition to being a Citizen of Texas and a father of four, Scott will be an external advisor at the

 
first meeting of the Texas Energy Planning Council chaired by Railroad Commissioner Carrillo on February 24. Scott will present the keynote talk to the PTTC-sponsored Gas Well De-Liquefaction Workshop in Denver, Colorado on March 1. He recently presented “The Coming Gas Economy” to 120 lunch attendees of the Lafayette Geological Society monthly luncheon in Lafayette, Louisiana. 02/24/04

From left to right: Mr. Momeni, Pedram Aftabi, John Cosgrove, Chris Talbot, Abbas Bahroudi, Hemin Koyi, Abbas Ghassemi, Martin Jackson.

Senior Research Scientist Martin P. A. Jackson recently returned from a month of travel, research, and adventure in Sweden and Iran under the auspices of the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory. Martin was away from January 14 through February 15, 2004. Click here for details and photos. 02/24/04

  As part of the 2003–2004 Society of Petroleum Engineers' Distinguished Lecture Series, Senior Research Scientist Stephen Laubach presented "Fractures in Reservoirs: Prediction, Characterization, and Incorporation in Fluid-Flow Simulation" at the Austin Section SPE monthly luncheon on February 24, 2004, at Serranos at Symphony Square. [Abstract] 02/24/04
Senior Research Fellow F. Jerry Lucia presented “Textures, Fabrics, and Petrophysics of the Ghawar Field, Saudi Arabia--The Largest Oil field in the World--And It’s a Shallow-Water Carbonate” at the monthly luncheon meeting of the Permian Basin Section of the SEPM in Midland, Texas, on February 17, 2004. During the meeting, Jerry was awarded an honorary lifetime  
membership in the PB SEPM by Emil Stoudt, past president of PB SEPM. [Abstract] 02/18/04
  Dr. John Grotzinger, a friend of the Bureau and UT, as well as professor in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, is one of the leaders of the long-term planning group for NASA’s Spirit mission. John is helping to decide where the rover will go and what scientific
experiments it will conduct as it explores the Gusev Crater on Mars. He also had a hand in naming some features on the planet Mars, including Adirondack and El Capitan. [Website] 02/17/04
Dr. Lesli Wood was the seminar speaker on February 13, 2004. The title of her presentation was Seismic Geomorphology: The Future of Seismic Investigation in Depositional System Analysis. (Abstract) 02/11/04  
  “Austin's Energy: Power Can Be Clean and Renewable” was the title of Mark Kapner’s free presentation for the Environmental Science Institute’s Outreach Public Lecture Series at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2004, at the Welch Foyer on the UT campus. The talk was geared
toward teachers and the general public. A free CD-ROM containing the lecturer's PowerPoint presentation and related media was distributed to teachers. The presentation was also be broadcast live on the Web. Click here to visit the Institute’s Web site. 02/11/04

(from left) Fred Taylor, UTIG, Sigrid Clift, BEG, and Patty Ganey-Curry, UTIG, talked to students about geoscience opportunities at U.T. Dr. Taylor also served on a faculty panel for the students that discussed research programs and opportunities at the university.

Members of the U.T. Geoscience Alliance from the Jackson School of

 

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Geosciences attended the 5th Annual Science Undergraduate Research Fair (SURF) at the Student Union on February 6, 2004. The event, sponsored by the Science Undergraduate Research Group (SURGe) and the College of Natural Sciences, is devoted to providing information about undergraduate research to UT undergraduate students. For more information about how researchers and faculty can participate in this program, and to visit the SURGe website, Click here. 02/10/04

    From February 8 through 11, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists will hold its 2004 Hedberg Research Conference at the historic Driskill Hotel in the heart of Austin's famous 6th Street district. This year the conference is titled “Structural
Diagenesis: Fundamental Advancesand New Applications from a Holistic View of Mechanical and Chemical Processes.” Conference conveners include the Bureau's own Stephen Laubach, along with Rob Lander (Geocosm), Jon Olson (UT Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering), Joann Welton (ExxonMobil Upstream Research), and Nick Woodward (U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences). 02/10/04
Bureau researchers Beverly Blakeney DeJarnett and Laura C. Zahm were invited luncheon speakers for the January 20 meeting of the Lone Star Chapter of the Association of Women Geoscientists. Beverly and Laura presented “The Houston  
Research Center Rocks!!—How Holding a Rock in Your Hand Can Change Your Life.” Click here to see their presentation in Powerpoint format. 02/05/04

   

 

 
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