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January, 2009

Lana Dieterich Bureau editor and sometime actor, Lana Dieterich, made her network debut on Friday, January 16, on NBC's Friday Night Lights, which is shot in and around Austin. Lana played a disgruntled history teacher complaining about the lack of supplies to the school's new principal - the coach's wife. The entire episode (the opener for season three) can be viewed here. Next up is Zachary Scott Theatre's production of Grapes of Wrath, set to open in March. Go Lana!

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David Coleman of Shell (left) and BEG's Katherine Romanak (center) and Sue Hovorka (right) discuss GCCC efforts at the annual meeting.
On January 14 and 15, the GCCC convened its 2008 Review/2009 Planning Meeting at the Bureau of Economic Geology with more than 40 in attendance. Among those from the Bureau who presented at the meeting were PI Sue Hovorka, Tip Meckel, JP Nicot, Becky Smyth, Carey King, and intern Eamon Briggs. Attendees received a review of GCCC work during the previous year, including outreach, training, funding, publications, and a summary of legislative activities. The second day's activities focused on the consortium's plans for 2009, with an action plan for the coming year being approved.
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On January 13th a group of RCRL researchers visited Longhorn Caverns near Marble Falls to investigate an age-old research question concerning the relationship between fractures and caves, which is a focus area of the Carbonate Reservoir Characterization Research Laboratory. The caverns provide an excellent example of the effect of fractures on cave-passage control. Researchers included (from left to right in photo) Randy Caber, Bob Loucks, Jerry Bellian (kneeling), Chris Zahm, Nabiel Eldam, Cari Breton, and Joseph El-Azzi. Photo by Jerry Lucia.
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STARR team
From left to right: STARR team members Bill Ambrose, Dave Carr, and Tucker Hentz prepare for a presentation to Jones Energy, Ltd.
On December 18, members of the Bureau STARR team Bill Ambrose, Dave Carr, and Tucker Hentz presented a half-day core, log-analysis, and mapping workshop on the Cleveland and Atoka Formations to 11 geologists and engineers from Jones Energy, Ltd. The objective of STARR's study is to provide a sequence-stratigraphic framework and petrophysical assessment of the major Cleveland and Atoka tight-gas plays in the Anadarko Basin.
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On December 7th and 8th, Bureau researchers Sue Hovorka, Tip Meckel, J.P. Nicot, and Fares Howari participated in a Carbon Capture and Storage Technical Workshop in Houston. The workshop had two panels of U.S. and UK academic and government researchers, who highlighted Texas and UK innovation in the area. The event was preceded by the 6th Annual CO2-EOR Conference.
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Jay Kipper and Sean Murphy were invited to present a program at the November 3, 2008, meeting of the Nanotechnology Colloquium, a biweekly colloquium established to review and discuss developments, applications, and commercialization of nanotechnology. This video conference meeting is broadcast to and from around the country, including Winstead PC (law firm) offices in Austin,Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands, as
well as at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Texas A&M, and El Paso Community College. Future speakers and logistics can be found at http://www.nanotxstate.org/Schedule.htm.
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Sergey Fomel Bureau scientist Sergey Fomel has recently served as Guest Editor of Computing in Science and Engineering for a special issue on “Reproducible Research.” In the editorial Sergey says that “Reproducibility is a core principle of science. For computational experiments to become reproducible, one needs to develop a system for linking scientific publications with computational recipes.” The full editorial and an image of the journal cover are available at here.
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Advanced Energy Consortium
The AEC is pleased to announce its plans to fund more than $6 million in nanotechnology research in 2009. After a 5-month technical evaluation of proposals submitted to AEC from around the world, proposals from these institutions were selected as winners:
The University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, Tufts, Northeastern, University of California, San Diego, University of California-Berkeley, California Institute of Technology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Louisiana State University, University of Oklahoma, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, University of Calgary, Herriot Watt University (Scotland), Kyoto University (Japan), 3M, Oxane Materials, and the Alberta Research Council. AEC intends to fund specific research projects at these institutions for periods ranging from 1 to 3 years. Funds have been reserved for additional solicitations and directed research projects that will be announced later this year.

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