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January, 2008


Dr. Michelle Michot Foss recently spoke at two high-level seminars on energy security for Algerian energy, interior, and defense officials and personnel. The Energy Infrastructure Security Seminar was sponsored by ANHAM, LLC, a leading infrastructure and risk management contracting firm based in Dubai. Dr. Michot Foss addressed "Strategic Priorities for Energy Infrastructure Security" on a panel led by

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Admiral James Loy, The Cohen Group (former deputy secretary, Homeland Security, and administrator, Transportation Security Administration) and including Dan McWhorter, ANHAM, LLC; Len Ogier, Ogier Electronics; and Mark Garver, Specialty Intelligence Group, LLP. The conference took place in Algiers January 14-15, 2008. 01/30/08

On January 17, Martin Jackson presented a talk titled “Subaerial Morphology and Subsurface Advance of Allochthonous Evaporite Sheets” for the weekly seminar at the Department of Earth and Space Sciences in the University of Washington (Seattle). He spent that week with colleagues in U. of W.’s department working on aspects of Martian geology. 01/29/08

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From left to right (in color): Hargrove, Ellis, and Inigo on the 2007 FRAC field trip to Valley of Fire.

FRAC graduate students Magdalena Ellis, Peter Hargrove, and Juan Inigo are recipients of fellowships from the GDL Foundation for their research on the structural diagenesis of petroleum reservoirs and reservoir analogs. Other Fall 2007 fellowship recipients in this competition are from Yale, Harvard, and Stanford. Ellis and Hargrove study fractures in tight gas sandstone analogs in Scotland and in cores from the western United States. Inigo is working on fractured sandstones in Bolivia.01/29/08

Bureau scientist Sue Hovorka is featured in the February 2008 issue of Texas Monthly as one of the "Top 35 People Who Will Shape Our Future" because of being in the forefront of sequestration of CO2 in Texas. Get the whole story, which includes an interview with Sue, at TexasMonthly.com 01/28/08

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The Bureau of Economic Geology will host the 4th International Symposium on Submarine Mass Movements and Their Consequences, November 8–11, 2009. Part of an initiative of the International Geoscience Programme (project 511), a joint endeavor of UNESCO and the International Union of Geological Sciences,

the main objective of this event is to present a world perspective on submarine mass movements and their consequences by assembling excellent contributions from active international researchers, academic institutions, and the oil and gas industry. The Bureau’s Lorena Moscardelli was instrumental in securing the event for the Jackson School of Geosciences and will serve as chair. [more] 01/23/08

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The Bureau's speaker for the Friday, January 18, technical seminar will be BEG Hydrogeologist Seay Nance. Seay's topic: "Using Basic Hydrochemical and Radio-isotopic Data to Delineate Recharge Areas and Estimate Recharge Volumes, Edwards Aquifer, West Texas." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 01/18/08

In the January 17 edition of the Daily Texan, the Bureau was featured in an article titled “Oil Extraction Nanotechnology May Boost Energy Production.” The Bureau’s own Sean Murphy, Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) manager, was quoted as saying “In any given petroleum reservoir, approximately 60 to 70 percent of oil can remain underground.” Director Scott Tinker, who also directs AEC, followed up with “The

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world gets 87 percent of its energy from oil, gas, and coal. It’s very important that as we bridge our way to future energy sources, we continue to successfully develop the existing fossil fuel resources. The AEC is designed to help do that.” For the full story click here. 01/15/08

The Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) held its first workshop at the Baker Institute on the Rice University campus in Houston January 8–9. More than 40 technologists representing UT, Rice University, and consortium members Baker Hughes, BP, ConocoPhillips, and Marathon attended. The Bureau’s Scott Tinker, Jay Kipper, Sean Murphy, Paul Ching and Sharon Campos participated in the 2-day workshop as materials scientists and electrical

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engineers shared their latest nanotechnology sensor and materials advances with petroleum engineers and geoscientists, who reciprocated with the latest in enhanced oil recovery and reservoir characterization technologies. The resulting interchange improved understanding of the potential for near-term and longer term applications for nanotechnologies in the often harsh conditions that typify oil and gas regimes. A regional workshop is now being planned for March, with the intent to include more university research groups working in the nanotechnology field. 01/15/08

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In late December Steve Laubach was elected to the Petroleum Group Committee of the Geological Society of London, which, among other things, sponsors GSL’s petroleum-related conferences and publications (some in collaboration with AAPG and SPE). Although Steve will be appearing in person for a committee meeting in February in London, he’ll be able to participate in most committee activities via conference call. Congratulations, Steve! 01/07/08

   

 

 
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