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December 2011

Bob HardageOn November 8, Bob Hardage, in his capacity as President of SEG, gave a talk at the 4-day SPG/SEG International Geophysical Conference in Shenzhen, China. SPG is the Society of Petroleum Geophysicists, a large professional society of Chinese geophysicists. Bob also gave two invited technical talks at the conference, "Direct Shear Waves from Vertical-Force Sources" and "P-Wave and S-Wave Backscatter Noise across Surface Exposed High-Velocity Rocks." Bob says that his attendance at this international conference was a step in the process of creating a new Chinese section of the SEG.

Eric Potter

On November 8, BEG Associate Director of Energy Eric Potter spoke to citizens gathered at the Matthews Center at Southwest Texas Junior College in Uvalde. His presentation, titled “What is Fracking?” was part of the school’s Phi Theta Kappa honors lecture series, the topic of which is “The Economic and Environmental Impact of the Eagle Ford Shale Oil Development.” The talk provided insights into both current fracking practices in general and the current Eagle Ford Shale unconventional resource development.


Ruth CostleySusan Horvath recently joined the Bureau as an RSA III/ Data Analyst in the energy division. Her current work includes creation of data and GIS information systems for the Sloan Foundation project. Susan received her Bachelor's degree in Professional Geology in 2003 and her Master's degree in GIS in 2007, both from Eastern Michigan University. Previous positions include work as GIS Analyst for the Arkansas Geological Survey, GIS Technician for Pulaski Area GIS, and GIS and Remote Sensing Intern at the Michigan Tech Research Institute. Welcome Susan!

Dr. Andrasa FallDr. Andras Fall recently joined the Bureau as a Research Associate in the Energy Division. The focus of Andras's research will be development and application of techniques in destructive and nondestructive fluid-inclusion analysis, artificial diagenesis, and, potentially, in synthetic fluid-inclusion experiments. Andras received his Ph.D. in 2008 and Master's degree in 2005, both in Geosciences from Virginia Tech. He received another M.S. in Geology from the University of Bucharest in 2002. Since December 2008, Andras has worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bureau, during which time his research has established him as an expert in fluid-inclusion analysis in hydrocarbon systems. His work has also allowed the Bureau to expand its integrated approach to textural imaging and fluid-inclusion microthermometry and barometry. We welcome him as a Research Associate at the Bureau!

Here's a last look at the Bureau's current main lobby before major renovations begin on December 12. The new lobby will feature an updated work station for receptionists, a renovated publications-sales store, new paint and tile, and many other changes. Visitors may find the construction disorienting, but be assured that Bureau staff will be nearby to assist you in finding, for example, Bureau publication sales, which is temporarily moving to the reading room adjacent to the main lobby. All publication-sales services will remain unchanged during renovations. Remember, however, that publication sales will be closed during the University's holiday, December 23, 2011, through January 2, 2012.


The Advanced Energy Consortium held its second biannual Projects Review Meeting December 6 through 8 on the PRC campus here in Austin. More than 125 participants, including members of the Board of Managers (BoM), Technical Advisory Council (TAC), member-company mentors, collaborating principal investigators, and their students, attended the 3-day meeting that combined a workshop in magnetic contrast agents, an AEC board meeting, comprehensive review of 34 research projects, and concluded with a microfabricated sensors brainstorming session.

The Salt MineThe Salt Mine, a Digital Atlas of Salt Tectonics, by Michael R. Hudec and Martin P. A. Jackson, is now available through BEG publication sales. More than 10 years in the making (by the Applied Geodynamics Laboratory and the Bureau's team of graphics, GIS, editing, photography, and digital media staff), this hard-bound, four-color volume and accompanying interactive DVD has been published as the BEG's Udden Book Series No. 5 and AAPG Memoir 99. The Salt Mine provides a guided tour of some of the finest examples of salt tectonics in both classic and little-known salt basins, including outcrop views, geologic maps, aerial photographs, satellite images, seismic sections, geologic cross sections, conceptual sketches, and animations. The DVD contains more than 1,350 color images and 50 animations and is fully searchable. The book showcases 400 of the most interesting and visually appealing of the full-color images in the digital atlas. To learn more, or to purchase The Salt Mine now, click here.



 

 

 
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