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March 2011

Scott Tinker Director Scott Tinker has been busy the first few months of 2011, speaking at events around the world. On January 13, he traveled to Greater Noida, India, just outside Delhi, to speak at GeoIndia. His keynote address was titled "The Role of Shale Gas in the U.S. Energy Future: Global Implications." Closer to home in early February, Scott participated in the inaugural McCombs School of Business Energy Forum on "Energy Resources in 20 Years."
On March 1, Scott presented the keynote address at the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association (TIPRO) 65th Annual Convention in Austin, which was titled "Global Energy Outlook." On March 9, he participated as an invited luncheon speaker at the Colorado School of Mines CoRE Lecture Series in Golden, Colorado. Scott spoke on "Energy: Powering the Future." Finally, he participated in the Jackson School of Geosciences annual Latin American Forum in Colombia later in March, presenting a keynote address during the opening events.
 
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Fifty-eight people, including representatives from eleven companies (BGP, BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, Fusion Petroleum, Hess, PGS, Shell, Total, and Zterra) attended the inaugural meeting of the Texas Consortium for Computational Seismology on March 17 and 18 at BEG's Houston Research Center. The newly formed consortium is a cooperative effort of BEG and UT's Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES). According to Co-PI and co-founder Sergey Fomel, the consortium's mission is to address the most important and challenging research problems in computational geophysics facing the energy industry today while educating the next generation of research geophysicists and computational scientists. Bureau scientists making presentations at the meeting include Karl Scheicher, a senior research fellow, and five Ph.D. students: William Burnett, Vladimir Bashkardin, Parvaneh Karimi, Siwei Li, and Xiaolei Song.

 
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On March 17, Dr. Michelle Michot Foss gave testimony at the Committee on Natural Resources oversight hearing on "Harnessing American Resources to Create Jobs and Address Rising Gasoline Prices: Domestic Resources and Economic Impacts." The hearings focused on rapidly escalating gasoline prices and ways that harnessing energy resources on Federal lands might reduce energy costs while helping to create new jobs. On March 24, Dr. Gürcan Gülen presented "Energy Poverty and Economics of Energy Technologies" at the Baylor University Global Business Forum. Each year, the GBF focuses on different topics of importance for the U.S. and world economies. This year's focus was Global Energy: Sufficiency and Sustainability. The multiday event included presentations from a dozen energy and economics specialists from the academic, business, and public policy communities.

 
left to right: Chris Zahm (faculty advisor), Michael Fairbanks, Ashley Bens, Ben Siks, Erin Miller, and Justin Fitch. Photo by Mary Broussard. Click image to enlarge

On March 25, five students from the Jackson School (Ashley Bens, Ben Siks, Justin Fitch, Michael Fairbanks, and Erin Miller) competed in the Gulf Coast Region AAPG Imperial Barrel competition in Houston. Our UT team (the Bureau's Chris Zahm is the faculty advisor) took first place out of 10 universities (Auburn, Louisiana State University, Rice, Stephen F. Austin State, Texas A&M, Alabama, University of Houston, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, University of New Orleans, and The University of Texas at Austin). Winnings included a $3,000 prize for the UT-AAPG Student Chapter and a chance to represent the Gulf Coast region on April 8 in the global competition against the best teams from the remaining 11 AAPG National and International Regions. Ninety-six universities around the world participated in the AAPG Imperial Barrel competition this year. Winners of the IBA competition are awarded the coveted Imperial Barrel Cup and $20,000 for their local AAPG Student Chapter. Thanks to all those that contributed time, effort, and suggestions toward our 2011 UT team.


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The cameras were rolling at Blanton Auditorium on the University of Texas at Austin campus as Director Scott Tinker presented "The Future of Energy" on March 30. The talk was filmed as part of an ongoing two-year documentary project about the challenges of meeting the world's rapidly increasing energy needs with both conventional and alternative energy sources.The documentary, which will accompany a large website, is now targeted for release in late 2011 or early 2012. Tinker's talk and documentary were also featured in the March 31st edition of the Daily Texan.

 

 

 

 

 
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