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February, 2008


Bureau scientist Seay Nance discusses core with attendees at the Permian Basin Geological Synthesis Program Annual Meeting.

The Bureau’s Permian Basin Geological Synthesis Program held its third annual meeting for consortium sponsors at the Bureau February 12-13. Program Director Steve Ruppel and Bureau researchers Cari Breton, Julia Gale, Scott Hamlin, Rebecca Jones, Bob Loucks, Seay Nance, and Rob Reed, along with Charlie Kerans from the Department of Geological Sciences, presented results of their research from the past year in oral presentations on Tuesday and in a core workshop on Wednesday to 45 geologists and geophysicists representing 15 companies. Sammy Jacobo provided key support for the event, as did Joel Lardon and the BEG graphics group, Scott Rodgers, and the CRC team (James Donnelly, Nathan Ivicic, and Josh Lambert). 02/18/08

The Bureau will present a special seminar on Monday, February 18 at 4:00 p.m. AAPG Distinguished Lecturer Katherine Giles of New Mexico State University will present "Tracking the Migration of Salt Diapirs using Halokinetic Sequence Stratigraphy." The talk will take place in theMain Conference Room. [abstract] 02/13/08

Bureau Researchers Bill Ambrose, Eric Potter, and Romulo Briceno are the authors of the article “An ‘Unconventional’ Future for Natural Gas in the United States”

in this month’s issue of GEOTIMES. This article discusses the important role that unconventional gas resources have in meeting future energy demands in the U.S. The authors gratefully acknowledge Joel Lardon and Lana Dieterich for drafting and editing the manuscript. 02/14/08

CEE-UT resumed its periodic Think Day seminars on February 12 with a special event co-hosted by the British Consulate-General, Houston/UK Science, and Innovation on climate economics. This Think Day seminar featured Dmitri Zenghelis, Head of the Stern Team for the Stern Review on Economics of Climate Change. 02/13/08

The Bureau's speaker for the Friday, February 15, technical seminar will be Daniel Kahn, Ph.D. student from Duke University. His topic: "Basel Deep Heat Mining: A Study of a Hydro-Fractured Reservoir." The talk will begin at the special time of 1:30 p.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 02/13/08

On February 11, Bureau scientist Ursula Hammes was invited by the New Orleans Geological Society to give a talk titled "All Fill - No Spill: Slope-Fan Sand Bodies and Sequence Stratigraphy of Growth-Faulted Subbasins: Oligocene Frio Formation, South Texas Gulf Coast, USA." About 80 attendees heard her talk at the Holiday Inn Superdome. 02/12/08

The Bureau's speaker for the Friday, February 8, technical seminar will be Saudi Aramco Geophysics Team Chief Technologist Panos Kelamis. His topic: "EXPEC ARC - Saudi Aramco's Upstream Research." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 02/06/08

Bureau Director Scott Tinker went coast to coast to coast during the last 2 weeks of January, speaking to audiences about energy and the environment. On January 14, Tinker spoke at the USGS Western Region Colloquium in Menlo Park, California, on "Energy Myths and Realities" and delivered the same talk January 29 in Corpus Christi at the SIPES board meeting. On January 28, Tinker presented

"Carbon Sequestration in a Global Energy Context" at the National Academies Workshop in Washington, D.C. 02/05/08

Texas Parks and Wildlife teamed up with the Jackson School of Geosciences and the Texas Cave Management Association to construct a 3D digital model of Devil’s Sinkhole State Natural Area in Rocksprings, Texas This impressive collapsed sinkhole is over 300 feet deep and is home to a large seasonal population of Brazilian freetail bats, as well as an endemic amphipod and a rare aquatic isopod. It is also a window into the

Edwards aquifer, with ongoing research by Geary Schindel at the Edwards Aquifer Authority Texas Parks and Wildlife will air show #1620 on February 15th, 2008, at 5:30 a.m., and on February 17 at 9:00 a.m. on PBS Channel 18 (KLRU). On Channel 20 (KLRU2), it will air February 12 at 11 p.m. It's called “New Wave Cave” and was filmed and produced by Don Cash. The Bureau’s Jerry Bellian, Dallas Dunlap, and Reuben Reyes are involved in the project. 02/04/08

The Bureau's speaker for the Friday, February 1, technical seminar will be BEG Senior Research Scientist Martin Jackson. Martins's topic: "Continental-Scale Salt Tectonics on Mars and the Origin of Outburst Channels." The talk will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Main Conference Room. Come early for conversation and donuts. [abstract] 01/30/08

   

 

 
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