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November, 2007


Researchers Mike Hudec and Martin Jackson’s 2007 paper, “Terra Infirma: Understanding Salt Tectonics,” Earth Science Reviews, May, p. 1–28, was recently included in Science Direct’s Top 25 Hottest Articles. The paper came in at number 18 on the chart. Congratulations, guys! 11/27/07

The Energy Forum at Baker Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) and the Center for Energy Economics (CEE), BEG/JSG/UT, co-hosted a conference on Natural Gas in North America: Markets and Security. The conference was an occasion to profile research and activities at BIPP

and CEE related to U.S., North American, and global natural gas. Dr. Michot Foss organized and chaired Session II, North American Demand and Competition of Fuels in Gas-Consuming Industries. Read more 11/27/07

The Bureau's guest speakers for the Friday, November 30, technical seminar will be Tucker F. Hentz and William A. Ambrose, presenting "New Interpretations of Reservoir Architecture in East Texas Field: Sequence Stratigraphic and Depositional Perspectives." The talk will begin at the special time of 9:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. [abstract] 11/27/07

Steve Laubach (right) and co-author Meghan Ward, a FRAC student now at Chevron, were the recipients of an AAPG Award of Excellence “Top 10” Oral Presentation for their paper titled “Structural Complexity in Structurally Simple Fractured Reservoir Analogs.” The presentation, which was recognized at the 2007 AAPG Convention in Long Beach,

described some of the results of Ward’s Master’s thesis research on tight gas sandstone analogs in NE Mexico and FRAC research in reservoirs in West Texas. 11/21/07

Bureau Research Scientist Sue Hovorka was recently interviewed by Mason Jones, Videographer, UT Office of Public Affairs, as part of a series of videos that will appear on a new OnCampus website. Sue’s discussion of Bureau research on geologic storage to reduce atmospheric emissions of CO2 will be part of a segment on alternative energy. 11/16/07

On November 8, Bureau scientist Peter Eichhubl made a department seminar presentation at Texas A&M as part of the ConocoPhillips Colloquium Series. Peter’s talk was titled “Localization of Deformation in Sand and Sandstone,” and was presented at the invitation of Dr. Judith Chester and the Center for Tectonophysics, a group active in brittle deformation research that shares interests with the FRAC group. 11/15/07

Sean Murphy, Project Manager (left), and
Paul Ching, AEC Advisor

The Bureau of Economic Geology is pleased to announce the hiring of Sean Murphy and Paul Ching in the roles of Project Manager and Advisor, respectively, to the Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC), which is led by BEG. Sean and Paul will be working with Dr. Scott Tinker and Jay Kipper to manage the consortium, which begins officially on January 1, 2008. The AEC, which includes Oxy, Marathon, BP, Schlumberger, Shell, Halliburton, Baker Hughes, and ConocoPhillips, will be collaborating with nano-technology experts at Rice University. [more] 11/14/07

The Bureau's guest speaker for the Friday, November 9, technical seminar will be Ted Playton of JSG's Dept. of Geological Sciences. Ted's topic: "Characterization, Variations, and Controls of Reefal Carbonate Foreslopes ." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 10/31/07

The Austin Geological Society held its monthly meeting at the Bureau on Monday, November 5. Bureau scientist Tip Meckel spoke on “An Overview of Current Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geologic Storage (Sequestration) Activities in Texas,” in which he presented basic aspects of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the context of environmental, energy, and economic factors affecting deployment. He focused on the role of the

Bureau in DOE-funded field tests, including the recent DOE award of $38 million for a large-volume test in southwest Mississippi. Close to 50 were in attendance. 11/09/07

The Bureau's guest speaker for the Friday, November 9, technical seminar will be BEG Research Associate Tip Meckel. Tip's topic: "Pressure evolution and capillary seal performance during CO2 injections." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 10/31/07

At the recent GCAGS meeting in Corpus Christi, Dr. L. Frank Brown Jr., Bureau Research Professor and member of the STARR team, received the first-ever Gulf Coast Section SEPM Doris Malkin Curtis Medal. The medal was established to recognize geologists for their career contributions in the development of new concepts for understanding the geology of the Gulf of Mexico Basin and other basins globally. The award is named in honor of Doris Malkin Curtis, one of the

pioneers in studying the paleontology and stratigraphy of Gulf Coast Geology. Dr. Curtis worked in the Gulf Basin for more than 50 years, and served the geologic profession in many ways. Frank was chosen for the award because, “in his 5-decade career, Frank has been a leader in the development of studies in depositional systems, seismic stratigraphy, and later an advocate for sequence stratigraphy.” 11/05/07

   

 

 
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