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December, 2008
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Ramon Trevino On Tuesday, December 9, Ramón Treviño of the Bureau’s Gulf Coast Carbon Center gave a talk at the Jackson School of Geosciences Latin American Forum. Titled “Geologic Storage (Almacenamiento Geológico) Carbon Dioxide (CO2),” the talk reviewed the GCCC’s research efforts in CO2 sequestration. The goal of the conference is Pan American cooperation in education and environmental and energy research.
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From November 16 through 20, researchers from the Bureau’s Gulf Coast Carbon Center presented results of their work at the Green House Gas Technology Conference in Washington, D.C. Several presentations were based on experiments from the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership ongoing field projects conducted by the GCCC at Cranfield field in southwest Mississippi with support from the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy and managed by the Southern States EnergyBoard. Presenters were Ian Duncan, J.-P. Nicot, Jong-Won Choi, Gürcan Gülen, Sue Hovorka, Tip Meckel, Ramon Trevino, Fred Wang, Rebecca Smyth, Jiemin Lu, Katherine Romanak, and Hongliu Zeng.

Culf Coast Carbon Center
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In his role as President of AAPG, Bureau Director Scott Tinker visited Abuja, Nigeria, in November and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Singapore in early December. As AAPG globalizes, these countries will play key roles in the African and Asia Pacific Regions, respectively. Tinker’s AAPG visits include universities, corporations, and government officials, bringing great exposure to the Bureau as well.
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Mark Andrews The Bureau welcomes Mark Andrews, our new GeoMechanics Lab Manager. Mark will pursue instrument development and provide technical support to Dr. Peter Flemings and the new GeoMechanics Lab in CRC room 1.102. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology from Texas A&M, Mark gained experience at A&M's Cyclotron Institute as an Accelerator Technician. Over the years Mark has gained both professional and personal experience designing and building electrical equipment, mechanical devices, and data acquisition systems. On his own, he has built a seismometer and used it to detect earthquakes from as far away as the Philippines. He also assisted his father in building a two-seat, single-engine airplane. Glad to have you aboard, Mark!
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Fares Howari
Dr. Fares Howari was invited by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to speak on "Uranium Geology of the Middle East" during the 6th IAEA Technical Meeting on Uranium Exploration and Mining Methods, which was held in Amman, Jordan, November 16-20th. The meeting was attended by 28 global uranium geology and exploration specialists, among others. Dr Howari's talk focused on exploration models, new remote sensing tools, and global uranium analogs that have not been tested or applied in the Middle East. During the 4-day meeting, Dr. Howari reviewed and discussed nuclear energy policy proposed by some countries in the Mid-East.
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On November 18, members of the Bureau STARR team—Bill Ambrose, Tucker Hentz, Bob Loucks, Florence Bonnaffé, Sigrid Clift, and Eric Potter—presented a day-long workshop to more than 60 geoscientists, engineers, and managers at the Bureau's Houston Core Research Center. Sigrid Clift and Randy McDonald provided critical logistical support. The workshop, titled "Sequence Stratigraphy and Depositional Systems of the Woodbine in East Texas Field," was also released as a joint BEG-PTTC publication, SW0018, available at the BEG Publications Store.
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Center for Energy Economics From November 3 through November 14, CEE hosted 27 professionals from Nigeria for an executive program titled "New Era in Oil, Gas, and Power Value Creation. And on November 14, Michelle Foss, Head of CEE, moderated a panel discussion on "The Transformation and Increasing Impact of NOC's in the Global Energy Marketplace" at the Women's Global Leadership Conference in Houston.
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Stephen Ruppel

On November 20, Bureau mudrock researchers presented a day-long workshop to an overflow crowd of more than 100 geoscientists, engineers, and managers at the Bureau’s Houston Core Research Center. Presenters included Eric Potter, Steve Ruppel, Kitty Milliken, Bob Loucks, Ruarri Day-Stirrat, Rob Reed, Julia Gale, Fred Wang,Farzam Javadpour, and Tongwei Zhang. Harry Rowe, Assistant Professor at UT Arlington, also presented. Sigrid Clift and Jennifer Logan provided critical logistical support. The workshop, titled, “Questions, Answers, and Challenges in Mudrock Systems Research: Technologies and Applications for Shale

Reservoir Successions,” also served to announce the launching of the Bureau’s new Industrial Associates consortium in mudrocks, the Mudrocks Systems Research Laboratory.
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Three Bureau-connected poster papers received awards at the 2008 Annual SEG meeting just held in Las Vegas. “Applications of Nonstationary Regression” and “Linear Amplitude Patterns in Corpus Christi Bay Frio Subbasin, South Texas: Artifacts or Depositional Features?” by Sergey Fomel and Hongliu Zeng, Robert Loucks, and Ursula Hammes, SEG
respectively, received Honorable Mention—Best Poster Paper at the 2007 Annual Meeting. “Investigating Active Deepwater Sedimentation near a Gas-Hydrate System with High-Resolution Seismic Data” by Pete A. Christianson and Paul Murray received Award of Merit—Best Student Paper Presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting. Kudos to all!
   

 

 
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