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January 2012
The 2011 recipient of the Jackson School's Outstanding Service Award is the Bureau's Sigrid Clift. It was presented to her at the December 14 Holiday Party and Walter Awards Banquet by Jackson School Dean Sharon Mosher. The Dean said of Sigrid: "As the Bureau's Public Information Geologist for more than 2 decades, Sigrid Clift has consistently provided excellent service, information, and resources to JSG and UT staff, to professional geoscientists, to landowners, to legislators, and to teachers and students in Texas. Sigrid has led field trips for industrial associates, students, teachers, and Girl and Boy Scouts, spoken at schools, and forged relationships with a wide variety of private-sector and local, state, and national professionals. She has also been active in the annual Texas Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers (CAST). Through Sigrid's efforts, the BEG continues to sell its wildly popular Texas Rock Kit to Texas schools and school districts. Sigrid has aided the Austin Geological Society and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies (GCAGS), helping to plan events, meetings and conventions, including the upcoming GCAGS 2012 in Austin, and served as the Petroleum Technology Transfer Council's regional lead organizer. But Sigrid's most outstanding service contribution has been as organizer and host of the annual Earth Science Week (ESW) Career Fair at the PRC Commons, which she has managed for over 10 years, benefitting literally thousands of middle school students and hundreds of teachers in Austin. Sigrid has a strong service ethic and deep commitment to the contributions that the Bureau, Jackson School, and UT provide to the citizens of Texas, the Nation, and the world. To acknowledge her many and varied service activities, please recognize Sigrid Clift as this year's recipient of the Jackson School Outstanding Service Award."

Dr. Mehdi Zeidouni recently joined the Bureau as a Research Associate-Reservoir Engineer in the Environmental Division. Dr. Zeidouni's research will focus on reservoir modeling and monitoring design related to CO2 sequestration. He received his Ph.D. in Reservoir Engineering from the University of Calgary, Canada, in spring of 2011. He was awarded a Master's degree in Reservoir Engineering in 2003 from Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, and a Bachelor's degree in Petroleum Engineering in 2000 from the Abadan Institute of Technology, Ahwaz, Iran. Dr. Zeidouni also has 8 years of experience in reservoir engineering and scientific research in the oil industry and at academic institutions. We are excited he is here and we welcome him to the Bureau.


Katherine Romanak
Katherine Romanak (far left) of the Gulf Coast Carbon Center spoke on 'Geologic Carbon Storage: Monitoring and Environmental Impacts' at a side event hosted by the Carbon Capture and Storage Association (CCSA) on Tuesday, November 29, at the COP17 meeting in Durban, South Africa. The event was aimed at informing negotiators and other delegates about various aspects of CCS technology and its potential inclusion in the CDM (Clean Development Mechanism).

The Bureau's Mudrock Systems Research Laboratory (MSRL) scientists have been conducting extensive field studies on the Cenomanian-Turonian Boquillas Formation, an outcropping analog of the "hot" Eagle Ford Shale. Steve Ruppel, Bob Loucks, David Smith, and Gregory Frebourg (above) have been on multiple missions to Uvalde and Terrell Counties, where roadcuts along U.S. 90 display good-quality and laterally extensive exposures of the Boquillas Formation.


William AmbroseBureau Research Scientist Bill Ambrose presented “Oil-Recovery Strategies in the Lower Woodbine Group, East Texas Field” at the 2011 Dallas E&P Forum titled “Raising the Dead: New Techniques and Technologies For Bringing Old Oil Fields Back to Life.” More than 150 attended the December 13 symposium jointly sponsored by the Society of Independent Professional Earth Scientists (SIPES) and the Dallas Section of SPE in partnership with the Maguire Energy Institute at SMU. Bill’s presentation covered work that he published with BEG co-authors Fred Wang and Tucker Hentz as part of the STARR group’s  East Texas Field Studies, and it detailed case studies that employed a variety of techniques to develop opportunities in mature producing fields.


Director Scott Tinker presented the 2012 State of the Bureau address January 20 to a standing-room-only crowd. The talk reviewed the Bureau's major successes during the past year in a wide range of programs including carbon sequestration, industrial partnerships, nanotechnology, unconventional energy, water resource management and economics. Tinker looked at the challenges ahead: in remaining competitive in an increasingly competitive world; balancing competition with collaboration; in better communicating the Bureau's extensive research programs to a broader public; and in developing new talent for the future. He lauded the research and support staff that helped make the past year one of the most successful on record.

 


The State of the Bureau address was just the first of many talks Director Scott Tinker will deliver in the weeks ahead. His schedule includes upcoming talks at the World President's Organization in Houston on January 24, where he'll present "Global Energy Supply and Demand"; a keynote speech on "The Global Energy Transition" at the Topsides, Platforms, & Hulls Conference in New Orleans on January 31; a luncheon address to the American Association of Petroleum Landman in Austin on February 3; a keynote address for the Texas Enterprise Speaker Series in Austin on February 7; a lecture for the Environmental Change and Sustainability class at UT-Austin on February 8; and, finally, a lecture at Washington & Lee University on February 15 in Lexington, Virginia.




 

 

 
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