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May 2014

EGL Chief Scientist Bob Hardage presents a review of Direct-S principles
The Exploration Geophysics Laboratory (EGL), now in its 17th year, held its 2014 annual research review meeting on April 22. Representatives from more than 10 sponsor companies and research partners saw presentations on the principles, characteristics, and use of Direct-S (direct shear) reflection seismology in seismic imaging. EGL Chief Scientist Bob Hardage opened the meeting with a brief overview of ongoing research, then presented a three-part review of Direct-S principles. Other Bureau researchers presenting talks included Diana Sava, Don Wagner, and students Menal Gupta, Mustafa Al-Waily, and Nurtach Erturk. Those in attendance also saw presentations from research partners FairfieldNodal and GeoCenter, Inc.

repsolThe Advanced Energy Consortium (AEC) would like to extend a warm, Texas welcome to Repsol. Based in Madrid, Spain, Repsol is the 15th-largest petroleum-refining company, according to the Fortune Global 500 list, employing over 40,000 people worldwide. It is vertically integrated and operates in all areas of the oil and gas industry, including exploration and production, refining, distribution and marketing, petrochemicals, and power generation and trading. The consortium looks forward to the insight, experience, and expertise Repsol brings to help lead AEC into a new technological space within oil and gas.


Maria PrietoMaria Prieto, Ph.D. candidate and Quantitative Clastics Laboratory (QCL) researcher, has received a grant from the Geological Society of America for $1,500 to go toward her work on the role of deep ocean currents in mobilizing, transporting, and depositing sediments in ultra-deepwater environments. Maria presented some of her observations at the May 7th OTC meeting in Houston, Texas, at a session hosted by Jim Thomson of BP on collaboration between industry and academia.

2014 Tinker Family BEG Publication Award Winner Sergey Fomel (left) and BEG Director Scott W. Tinker
Bureau researchers were prolific in 2013 with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications featured in renowned academic journals worldwide. A total of 45 Bureau first authors accounted for 70 of these publications, and those distinguished authors were honored recently at the Bureau's Publication Awards Dinner. Taking top honors at the ceremony was Sergey Fomel, who earned the 2014 Tinker Family BEG Publication Award for his exemplary publication record in exploration geophysics, and his dedication to the development of the open-source software "Madagascar", as demonstrated in the 2013 publication, "Seismic wave extrapolation using lowrank symbol approximation in geophysical prospecting". Sergey Fomel, Alex Sun and Changbing Yang had the greatest number of first-author papers in 2013, with four each. Bill Ambrose and Bob Loucks shared the distinction of being honored six years in a row, every year since the inception of the awards program. Please congratulate the Bureau of Economic Geology's distinguished award winners!

AAPG President Lee Krystinik and Robert LoucksThe Bureau really took the spotlight at the Awards Ceremony of AAPG's 2014 Annual Convention and Exhibition, held recently in Houston, by garnering three major honors. The Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award is given in recognition of a singular achievement in petroleum geoscience research, and it is the AAPG's fifth highest award. The Bureau's Bob Loucks was honored with this distinction this year, in part, "For his key research in characterizing pore systems in hydrocarbon-bearing sedimentary successions and his ability to enthusiastically communicate these findings to the geoscience community."AAPG President Lee Krystinik and Charles Kerans The Bureau's Charlie Kerans earned the distinction of being selected for AAPG's Grover E. Murray Memorial Distinguished Educator Award. This award is given in recognition of distinguished and outstanding contributions to geological education. A very well-respected professor in the Jackson School of Geosciences, Charlie says, "I enjoy demonstrating to my students their wisdom in studying sedimentary geology, a field that offers fascinating subject matter and welcoming cohorts." Bureau director Scott Tinker, and co-producer and director of the global energyBEG Director Scott Tinker and Harry Lynch documentary film Switch, Harry Lynch, together received AAPG's Geosciences in the Media Award. This award is presented in recognition of notable journalistic achievement in any medium which contributes to public understanding of geology, energy resources, or the technology of oil and gas exploration. The Switch Energy Project has reached millions of viewers around the world through the film, its online outreach, and its broad energy education efforts. Please congratulate the Bureau of Economic Geology's distinguished award winners!






 

 
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