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Febuary, 2009

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Jerry Lucia - BEG Distinguished Lecturer On February 18, the Bureau's Centennial lecture program continued with Distinguished Lecturer Jerry Lucia's presentation of "Locating Remaining Oil in Carbonate Reservoirs: The Reservoir Characterization Problem" at the Engineering Division of Earth Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City. Approximately 500 faculty members, students, and representatives from Mexico's Secretariat of Energy attended the event. Jerry answered numerous questions ranging from recovery mechanisms to the
future of the oil business. UNAM faculty member and Texas Ex Dr. Ricardo Padilla y Sánchez hosted the event. Thirteen Bureau scientists will deliver talks throughout 2009 on cutting-edge research currently being conducted by BEG in Texas and around the world. BEG Centennial

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BEG's Scott Hamlin discusses core samples with attendees of the PBGSP annual review.

The Bureau's Permian Basin Geological Synthesis consortium held its annual sponsors review meeting February 9–10. Attendees included 45 geologists, geophysicists, and engineers from 15 member companies. Monday's program consisted of presentations by Director Scott Tinker, Project Director Steve Ruppel, Julia Gale, Scott Hamlin, Bob Loucks, Seay Nance, and Fred Wang. Charlie Kerans, from the Department of Geological Sciences, Dan Jarvie, Worldwide Geochemistry, and Harry Rowe, UT Arlington, also participated. On Tuesday, attendees heard core/poster presentations on 11 Paleozoic systems by Gale, Loucks, Hamlin, Nance, Ruppel, Qilong Fu, and current M.S. candidates Walaa Ali and Dana Helbert.

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Time on Earth
The Bureau Centennial Celebration continues with the introduction this week of the new podcast series "Time on Earth." A creation of Bureau geophysicist Paul Murray, the monthly audio program seeks to increase public understanding of geoscience, demonstrate how it is interwoven into the most important issues in our world, and highlight cutting-edge research that may provide solutions to our most pressing Earth resource problems. First up: Bureau Director Scott W. Tinker discusses the value of the Bureau's work in its 100th year, and scientists Susan

Hovorka, Rebecca Smyth, and Tip Meckel talk about the Gulf Coast Carbon Center's efforts to minimize the effects of greenhouse gases through carbon capture and sequestration. Future episodes will feature scientists Bridget Scanlon of the Center for Sustainable Water Resources and Michelle Foss of the Center for Energy Economics. Hosted and produced by Murray, "Time on Earth" is made possible through the resources and financial support of the Bureau Centennial Program.

Paul Murray

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Associate Director Eric Potter addresses the recent meeting of researchers reviewing research results and possible collaborative projects.
Researchers from ExxonMobil and the Bureau meet each quarter to discuss research findings and strategies in a collaborative project that is tasked with evaluating unconventional gas plays. This quarter's meeting was hosted by BEG's Exploration Geophysics Laboratory (EGL)

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The Bureau is celebrating its centennial in 2009, and many projects are under way to commemorate the occasion. Senior Research Scientist Dr. Shirley Dutton kicked off the Bureau Centennial by speaking as a distinguished lecturer at the Houston Geological Society Northsiders’ Group luncheon meeting on Tuesday, January 20. Shirley spoke on“Reservoir Qualityand Pore-Type Evolution in Tertiary

Shirley Dutton

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BEG Centennial Wilcox Sandstones of the Northern Texas Gulf of Mexico Coast during Burial from 0.2 to 6.6 km”. Throughout 2009, she and 12 other esteemed Bureau scientists are participating in the Bureau Centennial Distinguished Lecture Program in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. To learn more about the Bureau's centennial celebration, click here.

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AEC
Discussing the breadth of nanoscale research projects in the current portfolio, from left to right: Darrin Willauer, BakerHughes; John Ullo, Schlumberger; Paul Ching, AEC; Paul Rodney, Halliburton; Rosemary Hornbrook, BP; and Leandro Balzano, Shell.

Technical Advisory Council (TAC) members recently met at the Advanced Energy Consortium’s Houston offices to review the current portfolio of funded projects. The purpose of the meeting, coordinated by BEG's Sean Murphy and Jay Kipper, was to analyze respondents’ specific research projects against the consortium’s published “Needs Statement” and determine the technological gaps in the current portfolio.  AEC intends to initiate additional research projects this year (2009) through direct funding and/or public request for proposals (RFP). Stay tuned for more information to be posted on the AEC website.

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