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May, 2009
Tucker Hentz On May 12 Tucker Hentz presented an invited talk titled "New Sequence Stratigraphic and Depositional Perspectives on Reservoir Architecture of the Upper Cretaceous Woodbine Group in East Texas Field" at the Dallas Geological Society's monthly luncheon meeting. The meeting had a particularly good showing of about 60 DGS members both because of general interest in the historic East Texas field and because of the article on the topic by Ambrose, Hentz, and others published in the February 2009 issue of the AAPG Bulletin.
Tucker answered numerous questions about the Woodbine Group in the East Texas Basin and field and discussed aspects of the Bureau's long-standing STARR project, under which the Woodbine study was conducted.

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Fares Howari
On May 5th and 6th, in conjunction with the Watertech Conference 2009, Fares Howari (far right, above) presented a day-long master class in Abu Dhabi on remote-sensing applications of water and soil management. During the 3-day conference, Fares also chaired a session on improving desalination efficiency and alternative solutions and presented a talk on technical and policy implications of emerging nuclear programs in the Middle East and North Africa.

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BEG On April 24, Bureau researchers presented a day-long core workshop to a crowd of more than 70 geoscientists in Midland, Texas. The workshop was co-sponsored by the Bureau's STARR program and the Permian Basin Section of SEPM, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Southwest Section of AAPG. Presenters included Steve
Ruppel, Bob Loucks, Julia Gale, Seay Nance, Scott Hamlin, Qilong Fu, and Dana Helbert. Included in the workshop, Applications of Cores to Permian Basin Reservoir Characterization, were 23 cores from 15 major reservoir plays in the Permian Basin. Attendees hailed the event as one of the largest and most valuable workshops in recent years. Bureau core research center staff, James Donnelly, Nathan Ivicic, Andy Faigle, and Kenneth Edwards, provided key support in preparing cores for viewing.

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The Bureau was featured in a Daily Texan story on April 21, "News Briefly: Chevron Donates $1 Million to UT's Geosciences School." The story says that the donation will support the Bureau core research facilities, both the buildings themselves as well as the operations, so that the Bureau's large core collection can continue to be maintained for public availability. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

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On April 28th Dr. Lesli J. Wood presented at the AAPG Southwest 2009 Annual Meeting All Division Luncheon in Midland as a BEG Centennial Distinguished Lecturer. More than 125 AAPG members attended her presentation titled "Mars: A History of Flowing Water and Moving Sediments." Although a cancelled flight prevented Lesli from actually going to Midland, Reuben Reyes and Joseph Yeh of the Bureau's IT group saved the day by setting up streaming video, and Lesli was able to give her presentation after all. Gene Fritsche, Program Chair of the 2009 Pacific Sections AAPG-SEPM-SEG Convention, later invited the Bureau to sponsor a half-day session titled 100th Anniversary of the Texas Bureau of Economic Geology. Four Bureau Centennial Distinguished lecturers traveled to Ventura, California, and gave a total of five presentations at the session, which included Dr. Shirley Dutton (Session Chair), "Reservoir Quality and Pore-Type Evolution in Tertiary Wilcox Sandstones of the Northern Texas Gulf of Mexico Coast during Burial from 0.2 to 6.6 km"; Dr. Bob Loucks, "Geology of the Mississippian Barnett Shale-Gas Play in Texas: Regional Setting, Sedimentology" and "Pore Networks, and Origins of Reservoir Heterogeneity in Paleokarst Reservoirs, Key to Understanding Production"; Dr. Ian Duncan, "Risks and Benefits of Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide - How Do the Pieces Fit Together?"; and Dr. Lesli Wood, "A Martian History of Standing Water and Moving Sediments". More than 350 people attended the session.

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Hongliu Zeng and Bob Loucks were invited to Beijing, China, to present several Centennial Lectures to various groups. Bob's tour included BGP of PetroChina (April 17), RIPED of PetroChina (April 21), and the China University of Petroleum (April 20). Approximately 560 people listened to his presentation, "Origins of Reservoir Heterogeneity in Paleokarst Reservoirs; Key to Understanding Production." Hongliu presented one lecture at the China University of Petroleum, "Frequency-Dependent Seismic Stratigraphy and Thin-Bed Resolution" (April 29) and one lecture at RIPED, PetroChina, "Seismic Sedimentology: Concepts and Applications" (May 5) to an audience of 185+. Hongliu also attended the SEG Beijing International Conference, April 24-27, at which he co-chaired a special technical session on seismic sedimentology and presented two papers.

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On April 20 Jerry Lucia gave his Centennial lecture titled "Locating Remaining Oil in Carbonate Reservoirs: the Reservoir Characterization Problem" at the Houston Geological Society Northsiders' Group monthly luncheon meeting. Approximately 80 HGS members attended the presentation. Jerry answered questions, received numerous requests for references, and led several informal discussions regarding the Bureau's Reservoir Characterization Research Lab Industrial Associates program.

On April 21 Dr. Mike Hudec visited the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City to give his Centennial lecture titled "Structural Style and Evolution of Thrust Systems Driven by Spreading of Allochthonous Salt Sheets" to approximately 175 faculty and students. We thank Ricardo Padilla and the faculty of UNAM for their gracious hospitality during Mike's visit.

The Centennial lecture program is one of several events that have been organized to celebrate the Bureau's 100th birthday in 2009. Of the Bureau's many esteemed scientists, 13 are traveling to more than 20 locations to present 45 invited lectures at universities, companies, and other organizations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and China. To learn more about the Bureau's Centennial celebration, including the Time On Earth podcast series and the upcoming Centennial Symposium, click here.
Photo of the Day." Bill moonlights by researching the Moon as a hobby.

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On April 9, Dr. Susan Hovorka visited the Department of Geosciences at the University of Arizona in Tucson to give her Bureau Centennial lecture titled "Put it Back: Geologic Sequestration for Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions." Approximately 30 graduate students took an active role in hosting and attending the department colloquium and asked numerous questions. Sue enjoyed visiting Tucson in the spring when all the desert plants were blooming. On April 16, Dr. Martin Jackson visited Marathon Oil Company in Houston to give his Centennial lecture titled "How and Where is the Sigsbee Escarpment Advancing?" to 40 geoscientists. A question-and-answer session and detailed discussions with small groups followed the lecture. The Centennial lecture program is one of several events in 2009 organized to celebrate the Bureau's 100th birthday. This year 13 of the Bureau's esteemed scientists are traveling to more than 20 locations to give 45 invited lectures in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and China at universities, companies, and other organizations.

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RCRL The RCRL held its annual spring field course, led by Jerry Bellian, Xavier Janson, Charlie Kerans, and Chris Zahm, April 5 - 11th. This year 13 attendees from Anadarko, BHP, BP, ENI, ExxonMobil, KinderMorgan and Whitings Petroleum became familiar with a good part of the Paleozoic section in southern New Mexico and West Texas. The trip covered several world-class exposures of carbonate systems from the Ordovician to the Middle Permian and, during evening lectures, linked outcrop observation with core, logs, and seismic from subsurface analogs. (click photo to enlarge).

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Jerry Luica Jerry Lucia was given the 2009 Cheney Award "for singular contributions to and achievements in the science of petroleum geology of the southwest region" at the April 2009 Southwest Section AAPG Convention in Midland. Past recipients include Dr. Grover Murray, George Asquith, and Bob Hardage, also from BEG.

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Jennifer Logan Congratulations to Jennifer Logan, Administrative Associate and doyenne of the Bureau's 2nd floor, on receiving the UT 2009 Outstanding Staff Award. Chosen from across the university out of hundreds nominated this year, Jennifer joins an elite group within the Bureau who have received this honor in the past. Her staff page tells us that Jennifer has Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Anthropology, and she worked for 8 years as a professional archeologist in Texas, Louisiana, Wyoming, and Illinois. Her thesis research examined cultural change and continuity among the
missionized Indians of San Antonio and their descendants. In 2002, she shifted her career goals to focus more on education and outreach, initially working as a program assistant for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Program and Conservation Education programs before moving on to become a program specialist in heritage education for TPWD's Interpretation and Exhibits branch. In 2005, following coursework offered by the National Association of Interpretation, she became a Certified Interpretive Guide. She has considerable experience as a researcher, writer, and editor and has contributed to numerous publications. Jennifer is often seen working side-by-side with Sigrid Clift and others in many of the Bureau's outreach programs. Kudos, Jennifer!

Other Bureau folks being recognized this year for their service to UT are: Sigrid Clift, 20 years; Sharon Bierschenk, 15 years; Bob Loucks, 15 years; Julie Duiker, 10 years; Dallas Dunlap, 10 years; Julia Gale, 10 years; Rob Reed, 10 years; and Scott Rodgers, 10 years. Congratulations one and all!

 

 

 
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