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January 2013

On December 12, three Bureau employees were honored at the Jackson School of Geosciences Annual Awards banquet. Bob Hardage (above left) was named recipient of the Jackson School Outstanding Service and Leadership Award. Said JSG Dean Sharon Mosher: "Bob Hardage's career embodies a passionate quest for new applications in multicomponent seismic technologies that have impacted seismic exploration research and the seismic industry in general. Additionally, he has a long history of leadership in his service to the profession.Patty Romano He merits this recognition as a fine example of the high standards that are expected from the recipients of this award." Patty Romano (left), Bureau Human Resources Manager, was awarded the JSG Staff Excellence Award. Dean Mosher said this about Patty: "Patty Romano is someone who performs in an exemplary fashion and encourages others to aspire to superior performance. She is a professional of high integrity. She can be trusted to handle any situation, no matter how involved, in a very calm and thoughtful manner. Her presence strengthens our organization." Sergey FomelSergey Fomel (below, right) was presented the Jackson School Teaching Award, the first time that the award has gone to a Bureau scientist. "Sergey is a superb educator in many important ways," said Dean Mosher: "In the classroom as a lecturer, in private as an advisor to the large number of M.S. and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral scientists who flock to him, and to other researchers both internally and externally. His lectures are said to be so clearly presented that one leaves with a clear understanding of what methodology has been developed, why it works, and why it is important."

Geological Society of London Special Publication 370 Edited by Garland, Neilson, Whidden, and Bureau scientist Stephen Laubach, Geological Society of London Special Publication 370, Advances in Carbonate Exploration and Reservoir Analysis, is now available online in GSL's Lyell Collection. The volume is a compilation of 15 articles presenting key recent advances in carbonate exploration and reservoir analysis. As well as a comprehensive overview of the trends in carbonate over the years, the volume focuses on four key areas: emerging plays and techniques, improved reservoir characterization, impact of fractures and faults in carbonates, and advances in geomodeling of carbonate reservoirs. Bureau researchers contributing articles include Stephen Laubach, co-author of "Advances in Carbonate Exploration and Reservoir Analysis"; John Hooker, Julia Gale, and Stephen Laubach co-authors of "Effects of Diagenesis (Cement Precipitation) during Fracture Opening on Fracture Aperture-Size Scaling in Carbonate Rock"; and Xavier Janson, co-author of "Geomodelling of Carbonate Mounds Using Two-Point and Multipoint Statistics."

Roselle M. GirardThe Bureau mourns the recent loss of former employee Roselle M. Girard on December 17, 2012. She was 94. Roselle earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in geology at the University of Texas and worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and Shell Oil before joining the Bureau in 1952. She wrote the Bureau's popular Guidebook 6, Texas Rocks and Minerals: An Amateur's Guide in 1964, still among the Bureau's best-selling publications. She also was the author of the Bureau's early bibliography and index of Texas geology series. As part of the Bureau's cooperative program with the U.S. Bureau of Mines, Roselle collected mineral statistics for Texas; from 1960 to 1977 she was coauthor of annual reports on the mineral industry of Texas. Roselle also played a major role in developing the Bureau's annual report and was at the center of the BEG's public outreach. Roselle, who retired in 1983 after 32 years of service to the Bureau, will be long remembered for her lasting contributions to BEG and the field of geology.

Report of Investigations No. 277 The Bureau of Economic Geology has released Report of Investigations No. 277, Wolfberry (Wolfcampian-Leonardian) Deep-Water Depositional Systems in the Midland Basin: Stratigraphy, Lithofacies, Reservoirs, and Source Rocks by H. Scott Hamlin and Robert W. Baumgardner. The new report documents Lower Permian stratigraphy and lithology in the Midland Basin, focusing on Wolfberry reservoirs and source rocks. Producing more than 55 million barrels in 2011, the Wolfberry is one of the largest unconventional oil plays in the United States, with the potential to exceed that number significantly in coming years. This report will be of interest to oil and gas professionals or anyone interested in the geology of the Permian Basin, especially because it combines previously published information with new research to provide a regional geologic framework for Wolfberry exploration and development. RI 277 also includes separate map-sized regional stratigraphic cross sections with "quick-look" lithology from gamma-ray and resistivity logs. RI 277 is now available online at BEGstore or through Bureau publication sales.

Michael Young Bureau of Economic Geology Associate Director, Environmental Division, Michael Young has been named editor of the Vadose Zone Journal, one of the preeminent journals in the area of soil and water resources. His 3-year term began on January 1, 2013. The journal serves as a scientific outlet to a wide spectrum of soil and vadose-zone topics, ranging from basic research in ecological, geochemical, and hydrological issues, to technological and engineering aspects of near-surface research, including geotechnical, remote-sensing, and hydrogeophysical methods. The Vadose Zone Journal is celebrating its 10th year of publication. As the new editor, Michael plans to increase journal visibility through enhanced public relations, further reduce the average time from submission to publishing, and promote the journal worldwide. Michael will also endeavor to build new bridges with the Geological Society of America and the Ecological Society of America, in addition to maintaining the strong foundation that the Vadose Zone Journal enjoys with the American Geophysical Union.

 

 

 
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