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April 2006

Energy Commission

On Friday, April 28th, the seminar speaker was Joseph Essandoh-Yeddu, Chief Planning Analyst, Ghana Energy Commission. He spoke on "Capacity Building in the Ghana Energy Sector: the Contribution of CEE/BEG". As always, the seminar was held in the Main Conference Room. [Abstract] 04/26/06

Claudia Gerardo, an Administrative Associate at the Bureau who handles purchasing, has been chosen to receive one of the University's 2006 Staff Excellence Awards. One of only thirty recipients of the award this year throughout the campus, Claudia will be honored at the Staff Recognition Program and President's Reception on May 2. She joined the Bureau in November 2003 and quickly learned that geologists can have some unusual purchasing needs for field equipment and modeling supplies. It's a routine day for Claudia to order parts for drilling rigs, or pig gelatin, which stabilizes sand used in models of salt domes, in addition to regular office supplies. Claudia says she enjoys being a sleuth, assuring Bureau staff that "if it's out there," she'll find it, and at a good price. Claudia also represents the Bureau's district on the UT Staff Council and serves on The University of Texas Police Department Oversight Committee. Noting Claudia's unique contributions to the Bureau, Director Scott Tinker said, "It takes a sense of humor, a determined nature, and lots of patience to handle purchasing requests for the Bureau. Claudia measures up on all counts and does an excellent job of getting good value for every Bureau dollar spent. Claudia is a great member of the Bureau family, and we are all very proud of this honor." 04/21/06

The Bureau's own John Hooker addressed Friday's seminar attendees on "SEM-CL and Fracture Scaling, or Too Many Microfractures!" [Abstract] The talk was held in the Bureau's Main Conference Room on April 21 at 8:30 a.m. 04/19/06

John Hooker

Last week, coastal geologist James Gibeaut participated in a workshop funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). A dozen scientists, including ecologists and geologists, met in Biloxi, Mississippi, which took the direct hit from Hurricane Katrina last year, to start work on a strategic plan to better manage the nation's barrier islands in light of future sea-level rise and extreme storms. Discussions on designing a 5-year study to be funded by NSF ensued, and field trips were held to inspect the effects of Hurricane Katrina. 04/19/06

Katrina washover deposit covering marsh on Horn Island, a sandy barrier island offshore Mississippi. Click on photo to enlarge.

Jeffrey Paine

Jeffrey G. Paine, Research Scientist at the Bureau, has been elected to serve as President-Elect (2006–07), President (2007–08), and Past President (2008–09) of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society (EEGS). EEGS is an international professional society devoted to near-surface geophysics that is best known as the sponsor of the annual Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems (SAGEEP). Jeff began his term as President-Elect at the 2006 SAGEEP held April 2–6 in Seattle, Washington, where he gave a talk on "Streambed Induction Logs: An Airborne Approach to Identifying Salinity Sources and Quantifying Salinity Loads." 04/17/06

It's easy to find a parking place at the Bureau this week. A large contingent of Bureau scientists has converged on the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston for the 2006 Annual Convention of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. The convention, spanning April 9–12, drew more than 8,000 attendees on its final day. Bureau staff chaired sessions,
gave talks, presented posters, led workshops, and enjoyed the opportunity to visit with colleagues and take part in technical discussions. Click here to view technical program. 04/12/06

Steve Ruppel

Project Director Steve Ruppel and other researchers of the Bureau's Permian Basin Geological Synthesis Project (PBGSP) welcomed 28 geologists and geophysicists, representing 11 companies, to the Bureau for the first annual project meeting on February 27–28. In addition to Steve, Bureau staff involved in the two-day meeting were Bob Loucks, Cari Breton, Julia Gale, Edgar Guevara, Jeff Kane, Charlie Kerans, Seay Nance, Ted Playton, and Wayne Wright. Attendees were welcomed by Bureau Director Scott Tinker and Associate Director for Energy Eric Potter. The meeting consisted of a day-and-a-half of oral presentations on the geology of the Permian and Fort Worth Basins followed by a core workshop. The PBGSP is funded by industry sponsors, the Department of Energy, and the Bureau's Project STARR (Bob Loucks, Project Director). 04/07/06

   

 

 
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