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September, 2007


On Thursday, September 27, Dr. Michelle Foss presented “Electricity Sector Restructuring” and “Global LNG Developments” at the international Energy in Angola conference, which was held in Luanda. The 2-day event was organized jointly by the Centro de Estudos e Investigação Cientifica (CEIC) at Universidade Católica de Angola and the CEE.

It was sponsored by the USAID, OSISA, ESSO and the Angola Education Assistance Fund (AEAF). CEE and AEAF have an ongoing partnership in Angola, working with CEIC on joint publications (such as the Angola Energy Guide), conferences, and energy curriculum development. 09/27/07

BEG's guest speaker for the Friday, September 28, technical seminar will be George Tsoflias of the University of Kansas. George's topic: "Hydrogeophysical investigation of the near-surface using GPR and seismic methods ." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts.[abstract] 09/24/07

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Bryce Wagner, who was recently awarded three scholarships:
(1) ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholarship, (2) Michael Bruce Duchin Endowed Presidential Scholarship, and (3) SEG Foundation Scholarship (renewed). Bryce has started his research on salt tectonics in the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory, supervised by Martin Jackson and Mark Cloos; his committee also includes BEG's Mike Hudec. 09/19/07

This week in Houston, CEE is leading the 27th North American Conference of the U.S. Association for Energy Economics (USAEE/IAEE). CEE is an institutional supporter of this conference, which is a key event for Houston, the U.S., and international energy economics

professionals from industry, service companies, the financial sector, national labs and Federal agencies, and universities and research institutes. Dr. Michelle Michot Foss is the USAEE emeritus chair and presided over keynotes by Charles Zimmerman of Wal-Mart and Houston Mayor Bill White yesterday, the opening day of the conference.
Four papers are being presented by CEE researchers. Dr. Mariano Gurfinkel will present “The Elusive Optimal Fiscal Regime for an Extra-Heavy Oil Resource: A Case Study,” (by Gurfinkel, Gulen, Foss, Makaryan, Volkov; abstract); Dr. Gurcan Gulen will present “Supporting Biofuels: A Case Study on the Law of Unintended Consequences?” (paper by Gulen, B. Shenoy; abstract); Miranda Ferrell Wainberg, “Commercial Frameworks for National Oil Companies” (paper by Wainberg, Volkov, Foss; abstract); and Dmitry Volkov will present “Russian Gas Abyss” (paper by Volkov, Makaryan; abstract). CEE is also supporting a paper by Mr. Javier H. Estrada (President, Analitica Energetica S.C.) titled “Trans-Boundary Oil and Gas Fields between Mexico and the USA,” see abstract
CEE senior researchers are leading plenary sessions as well. Dr. Gurfinkel will be presiding over a dual plenary session on LNG today, September 18. Dr. Gulen will preside on a concurrent session on Geopolitics of Energy Supply and participate in a Training Session on ERCOT with the Gulf Coast Power Association (GCPA). CEE is also sponsoring a major session on legal and regulatory issues for energy development in North America. CEE, the Jackson School of Geosciences, and McCombs School of Business have a joint exhibit at the conference, displaying information about various research and educational programs. 09/17/07

Les Denham (far right), vice-president of Interactive Interpretation and Training, Inc., addresses a group during Geoscience Day at the Houston Research Center.

On Friday, September 7, BEG’s Houston Research Center (HRC) hosted the First Annual Houston Geoscience Day for 140+ people. Co-sponsored by the Geophysical Society of Houston and the Houston Geological Society, the sold-out event targeted professionals in the petroleum industry with less than 5 years’ experience. The occasion provided a chance for new-hires in the industry to observe an array of geological and geophysical methods and included live geophysical demonstrations, presentations by industry leaders, core displays, tours of the Geophysical Society of Houston Museum, and interactive displays. BEG Director Scott Tinker gave a rousing opening address titled "The Energy Geoscientist of the Future: What Will Make Me Worth My Very Big Salary?" 09/17/07

Xavier Janson was recently invited to speak at the Statoil research summit titled "Challenges Faced in Carbonate Exploration, Reservoir Characterization and Geo-Modelling." The summit was held at the Statoil research center in Trondheim, Norway, September 10 through 12. Xavier talked about RCRL’s outcrop modeling impact on carbonate reservoir characterization and modeling. 09/14/07

BEG's guest speaker for the Friday, September 21, seminar will be Jon Olson of U.T. Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering. Jon's topic: "What Every Geologist (or lesser mortal) Should Know about Fracture Mechanics." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts.[abstract] 09/14/07

On September 11, 2007, Bob Loucks was the invited speaker for the first fall luncheon meeting of the Dallas Geological Society. Approximately 85 people attended the presentation, which was co-authored by Steve Ruppel and Rob Reed and titled “Depositional

Setting, Lithofacies, and Pore Network of the Mississippian Barnett Shale in the Northern Fort Worth Basin.”

And on September 12 in Houston, Ursula Hammes and Bob Loucks were invited speakers at the 2007 SIPES Continuing Education Seminar. Approximately 90 people were in attendance, where they heard Uschi present “All Fill—No Spill: Lowstand Sand Bodies in Oligocene, south Texas Gulf Coast, Growth-Faulted Subbasins,” which was co-authored by Hongliu Zeng, Bob Loucks, and Frank Brown. Bob’s lecture was on “Burial Evolution of Pore Networks in Tertiary Sandstones along the Texas Gulf Coast,” which was co-authored by Shirley Dutton. 09/13/07

Members of the National Digital Catalog working group enjoy a tour of BEG’s Austin Core Research Center.

On September 5–6, BEG hosted a 2-day meeting of the National Digital Catalog working group. Members of the working group include representatives from several state geological surveys, the U.S. Geological Survey, and other Department of the Interior Bureaus. The working group is part of the larger National Geological and Geophysical Data Preservation Program. Information about the program will soon be posted at http://datapreservation.usgs.gov. 09/10/07

Dr. F. Jerry Lucia of the Bureau's Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory will present the technical seminar on Friday, September 14. The talk is titled "The Search for Burial Dissolution in Carbonate Rocks," and will begin at 8:30am in the Bureau's Main Conference Room. [abstract] 09/10/07

One of Lesli Wood’s graduate students, Nysha Chaderton, was recently awarded Outstanding Student Presentation of the 4th Conference of the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago, which was held in June in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The oral presentation dealt with her research on the structural and stratigraphic evolution of the Tobago Forearc Basin, Tobago, West Indies. Nysha will be co-leading the annual QCL IA field trip this year to Trinidad and Barbados. 09/05/07

FutureGen Texas continues to create interest as Texas and the nation seek clean, efficient alternatives for power generation. Director Scott W. Tinker is featured in an article appearing in the September 5 issue of The Bryan-College Station Eagle regarding Texas’ efforts to secure the $1.5 billion clean-coal project. To read the full article, click here.   09/05/07

Dr. Dale Bird of Bird Geophysical and the University of Houston will present the first technical seminar of the fall season on Friday, September 7. The talk is titled "Pangea breakup and the early evolution of the Central Atlantic Ocean, assembly of Mexico, and opening of the Gulf of Mexico," and will begin at 8:30am in the Bureau's Main Conference Room. [abstract] 09/05/07

   

 

 
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