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May, 2007


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On May 18, Martin Jackson gave an invited lecture titled 'Surface Morphology of Terrestrial Salt Structures: Analogs for Mars?' at the University of Washington's Quaternary Research Center in Seattle. The presentation formed part of the QRC's annual Spring Workshop on Martian Glaciation, which

was attended by experts on Martian geology from the United States and Europe. Next day, there followed a 6-hour informal discussion devoted to evidence of large-scale salt tectonics on Mars. 05/30/07

Weon Shik Han of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology presented "Evaluation of CO2 Storage Mechanisms at SACROC, Site of 35 Years of CO2 Injection" on Friday, June 1, in the Bureau's Main Conference Room. The talk reviewed development of a comprehensive numerical model for analyzing the effects of 35 years of CO2 injection and evaluating various sequestration mechanisms. 05/23/07

BEG Director Scott Tinker addresses Bureau staff about his selection as President-Elect of AAPG

Please join the Bureau in congratulating BEG Director Scott W. Tinker on his new title— President-Elect of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. AAPG made the announcement yesterday on its Website: "Scott W. Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, and Texas State Geologist, was voted president-elect by the AAPG membership. He will serve as AAPG president in 2008— 09." AAPG is currently the world's largest professional geological society, with more than 30,000 members. 'The original purpose of AAPG, to foster scientific research, to advance the science of geology, to promote technology, and to inspire high professional conduct, still guides the Association today.' Dr. Tinker will begin his duties on July 1 by serving on the AAPG Executive Committee. The Bureau trusts that its own leader will lead this esteemed society wisely and well. 05/22/07 

Milo Backus, Paul Murray, Bob Hardage, and Robert Graebner won SEG's "Best Paper in The Leading Edge" for their article “ High-Resolution Multicomponent Seismic Imaging of Deepwater Gas-Hydrate Systems.” Bob Hardage was also recently named an Honorary Member of the SEG. Congratulations to Bob and company!

Sergey Fomel was recently notified that he has been selected as the 2006 winner of the "Best Poster Paper Presented at the SEG Annual Meeting" for his presentation "Local Seismic Attributes." All three presentations he gave at the meeting were chosen for inclusion in the "Top 30 Presentations at the SEG Annual International Meeting." Because more than 700 papers were given at the meeting, this is quite an honor. "Part of the credit should go to John Ames for

his outstanding design work on the poster," Sergey said. "High-quality graphics is a definite part of the BEG brand, and I am very grateful for all the support from the media group. This is also a chance to thank Bob Hardage and Milo Backus for getting me to work on the multicomponent image registration problem, which led to the idea of local attributes. The poster made an extra appearance this year at the EGL sponsor meeting." You make us proud, Sergey! 05/18/07

Amanda Masterson, the Bureau's Bookstore Manager, was awarded a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin on May 15, 2007. Many family members and friends were in attendance. Amanda's pursuit of a lifetime of learning began when she received her Bachelor's degree in English from Vanderbilt University and then a Master of Library Science degree from The University of Texas at Austin. While working a

full-time job at the Bureau and going to seminary in the evenings, Amanda has also been very active in the community, volunteering for Hospice Austin and Refugee Services of Austin. The Bureau congratulates Amanda for all of her accomplishments! 05/16/07

Jim Jennings addresses participants at the RCRL reservoir characterization workshop.

Jerry Lucia, James Jennings, and Charlie Kerans presented a 5-day workshop titled "Carbonate Reservoir Characterization and Modeling" May 7 - 11. The workshop was attended by an international group of 24 reservoir geologists, petrophysicists, geophysicists, and reservoir engineers from 11 of the 19 companies that sponsor the Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory (RCRL) Industrial Associates program. The workshop emphasized integration of geological, petrophysical, and geostatistical data for constructing carbonate reservoir models. 5/14/07

Researchers and staff did the Bureau proud this past Tuesday, May 8, at the Pickle Research Center Commons, where Jackson School awards were presented following a luncheon. Dean Eric Barron presented awards to Shirley Dutton, Jamie Coggin, Sergey Fomel, Sue Hovorka, Mike Hudec, and Steve Laubach.

Shirley Dutton was the recipient of the prestigious Joseph C. Walter Jr. Excellence Award, “in recognition of demonstrated excellence in any or all of the areas of the [Jackson] School—research, teaching, service, professional activity, and administration.”
Said the Dean: “Shirley is internationally known for her work on sandstone diagenesis and reservoir quality. Her contributions have a great deal of breadth, from fan

deltas to deep-water sandstones, organic geochemistry, basin analysis, resource assessment, and the origin of salt dome cap rock. She has received three A.I. Levorsen Memorial Awards for the quality of her research. Her publications span key journals such as the AAPG Bulletin and the Geological Society of London, but she also directs her efforts toward outreach, regional societies, and corporations. She is currently PI on a $1.5-million consortium investigating deep reservoir quality in the Gulf of Mexico. Shirley represents the Bureau with distinction: name an important JSG activity—from leadership searches to the appointments committee—and there’s Shirley. She was Senior Technical Advisor to the Director of the Bureau 2003–2004. Her service to the profession is equally noteworthy - from program chair to AAPG delegate, to associate editor, to service in three societies - we find Shirley sharing her time and wisdom to enable the geosciences. She has mentored 36 Research Assistants in their professional development. Her nomination letter included the following words all in the same paragraph - "instinctive, unafraid to voice opposing points of view, level-headed, good judgment, unfailingly responsible, non-self-centered, acts for the good of the university." Those words don't always go together, but together they represent a significant compliment. I am pleased to honor Shirley with the Joseph C. Walter Jr. award for 30 years of excellence." Rock on, Shirley! 05/11/07

Jamie Coggin received the Jackson School Staff Excellence Award. The Dean had this to say: “Jamie has long been the go-to person at the Bureau for graphics and publication design. Her extensive knowledge of graphics software and the printing process complements her knack for visually appealing layouts, enabling her to consistently produce professional-grade publications that effectively portray

our scientific, outreach, and public relations efforts. Jamie is a self motivated individual who works well independently or with others. She is always willing to work long hours and weekends in order to meet deadlines and to see that all publications for which she is responsible carry the Coggin trademark of quality and innovation.” Congrats, Jamie!

Sergey Fomel, Sue Hovorka, Mike Hudec, and Steve Laubach represented 4 of the 10 Jackson Research Excellence Fellows this year. The fellowships are part of the Jackson School Strategic Plan designed to increase emphasis on supporting research endeavors through chairs and fellowships that promote and reward excellence throughout the School. The awards are meant to reward research productivity. Way to go, y’all!
Sue Hovorka was also recognized at the luncheon for her promotion to Senior Research Scientist. As part of a new Jackson School tradition, Sue was asked to select a new book for the School library, which will contain a name plate in her honor. The Dean encouraged everyone to visit the library to check out the display of books honoring all those promoted. Each has a note explaining why the individual selected the book for the library.05/11/07

Tuesday, May 15 at 11:00 a.m. in the Bureau's Main Conference Room: Dr. Sophie Warny, Louisiana State University, will present "Palynology: its use in paleoenvironmental studies." Hosted by Ian Duncan.
Wednesday, May 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the Bureau's Main Conference Room: Professor Philip John Bart, Louisiana State University, will present "Shelf-margin-delta morphology as an indicator of paleo-sea-level: Clues from the modern Mississippi River Delta." Hosted by Ian Duncan.

Bureau Senior Research Fellow Frank Brown was recently named recipient of the Gulf Coast Section SEPM’s 2007 Doris Malkin Curtis Medal, which recognizes significant career contributions in the development of new concepts for understanding the geology of the Gulf of Mexico Basin and other basins globally. 05/10/07

The Bureau is proud to present Dr. Steven Bachtel, the 2007 AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, as its Friday speaker, May 11, in the Main Conference Room at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Bachtel will speak on “Seismic Stratigraphy of the Miocene-Pliocene Segitiga Platform, East Natuna Sea, Indonesia: the Origin, Growth, and Demise of an Isolated Carbonate Platform.” To schedule time with Dr. Bachtel, please contact Tip Meckel. Dr. Tinker will speak following Dr. Bachtel’s lecture. [abstract] 05/08/0

Pictured from left to right: Rosa Laier, Dr. Frederico Laier, Federal University of Rio do Janeiro, and Randy McDonald, BEG Houston Research Center.

Dr. Frederico Laier, visiting professor from The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (URJ), visited the BEG’s Houston Research Center Monday, May 7, as part of a working tour of three core and sample repositories in North America. URJ is collaborating with the Agencia Nacional de Petroleo (ANP) to explore the possibility of building a large repository for storing Brazilian geological samples on the main campus of URJ. Recent legislation in Brazil requires that two-thirds of each sample be given to the Brazilian government for permanent curation in order to preserve and provide future access to these invaluable materials. 05/08/07

Dr. Michelle Foss participated in the Energy and Development Day in Mexico, a forum organized by Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Thompson & Knight, and CEE. This workshop was an extensive discussion on the economic, financial, fiscal, and legal implications of the strategic issues Mexico faces in its energy sector and potential solutions. The event represents the first activity in CEE's collaboration with ITAM. 05/04/07

BEG research scientist and EMD President William A. Ambrose was the speaker at the All-Division Luncheon at the 2007 Southwest Section AAPG Convention at Wichita Falls, Texas, on April 24. The title of his presentation was “Decarbonized Power, Energy for the Future: Clean Coal, CO2 Sequestration, and the EOR Prize in the Gulf Coast and Permian Basin.” 05/04/07

On April 19, Scott Tinker visited the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington. While there, he spoke as the Don C. Haney Distinguished Lecturer to 150 participants from the University of Kentucky, nearby universities, government, and industry geologists. The hour-long talk was titled “The Global Energy Scene: Waltz of the Three E’s,” and it was followed by an hour-long Q&A. Dr. Tinker also presented a seminar to the Petroleum Geology class at the University, which was titled “Energy Myths and Misconceptions.” 05/01/07

Trevor Aitken of Devon Energy will be the Friday technical seminar speaker. His topic - “Salt Diapir-Induced Slide Blocks” - examines exceptions that explain the presences of stratigraphically out-of-place clastic features in some sedimentary basins. The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. [abstract] 05/03/07

Members of the Southwest Regional Partnership on Carbon Sequestration gathered at the Bureau April 17 and 18, 2007, for the SACROC/Claytonville Spring 2007 Workshop. More than 30 individuals from 16 institutions heard presentations on sequestration site characterization, approaches to integrating research, program planning

for upcoming projects, and technical presentations on research methodologies. Presenters from the Bureau included Mark Holtz, Fred Wang, and Becky Smyth. 05/01/07

   

 

 
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