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Gregg RobertsonGeologist Gregg Robertson, head of independent petroleum company First Rock Inc., was named the 2012 Caller-Times Newsmaker of the Year for his role in the development of the Eagle Ford Shale.
Corpus Christi Caller Times, December 29, 2012


Joel Johnson of the Jackson School has crafted metal rocks to mimic a natural stone’s shape and density, and then inserted custom-made electronics to measure and record the faux rock’s movements in real streams and rivers. The mission: to better understand how waterways move tons of rock and other sediment downstream. Improving sediment transport models means getting down to small details, including better measurements of dozens of variables ranging from large-scale channel slopes and water velocities to minute interactions between a single grain of sand and the water flowing around it.

Science, December 14, 2012
Featuring: Joel Johnson, Lindsay Olinde


Austin American-Statesman, November 11, 2012
Featuring: The Bureau of Economic Geology


Hurricane Sandy was dubbed a “Super storm” for its unusual formation. Kerry Cook, a climate scientist at the Jackson School, calls it a hybrid that was “drawing energy from the warm tropical Atlantic, but also from strong temperature gradients associated with the jet stream and the cold front.” Cook cautions against making any direct connection between this individual storm and climate change, but she said the factors that led to it are things we can expect to see more of. “It is exactly the kind of thing we expect to happen more under global warming,” said Cook.

Austin American-Statesman, October 31, 2012
Featuring: Kerry Cook


A spiky, well-armored mollusk that lived in the ocean 390 million years ago has been brought back to life with the help of 3-D printers. To reassemble the specimen, a team led by Jakob Vinther, a postdoctoral fellow at the Jackson School, made a three-dimensional model of the fossil using a technology similar to medical CT scanning. National Geopgraphic hosted a short video showing the reconstruction process.

National Geographic Daily News, September 18, 2012
Featuring: Jakob Vinther


The Leading Edge, August 2012
Featuring: Sean Gulick, John Goff, Marcy Davis, Dan Duncan, Steffen Saustrup


New York Times Green Blog, Discovery News, LiveScience, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, Reuters, Nature News Blog, Businessweek, StateImpact Texas/KUT/NPR, August 6-7, 2012
Featuring: Cliff Frohlich


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, July 28, 2012
Featuring: Peter Flaig


FOX 7 News (Austin), July 25, 2012
Featuring: Ginny Catania


State Impact Texas (NPR/KUT), July 19, 2012
Featuring: Scott Tinker


Academic Minute (WAMC in Albany, NY), July 18, 2012
Featuring: Joe MacGregor


Academic Minute (WAMC in Albany, NY), June 12, 2012
Featuring: Bayani Cardenas


Reuters, LiveScience, Wall Street Journal (blog), Daily Mail (UK), Alcalde, May 26-June 6, 2012
Featuring: Earle McBride


LiveScience, Christian Science MonitorUPI.comClimate CentralState Impact Texas (NPR), May 28-June 4, 2012
Featuring: Bridget Scanlon


Paleogeographic map from the Gulf Basins Depositional Project

Paleogeographic map from the Gulf Basins Depositional Project at the University of Texas Institute for Geosciences.

Despite the Gulf’s long production history, much remains to be learned about the geology here – and an ongoing industry-funded program conducted by the Institute for Geophysics at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin (UTIG), is proving to be a rich information resource for GOM players who want to add to their already extensive knowledge of the area.

AAPG Explorer, May 2012
Featuring: John Snedded, Pattie Ganey-Curry, GBDS, UTIG


NY Times, May 17, 2012
Featuring: Chip Groat


Sharon Mosher.

Sharon Mosher, Dean, Jackson School of Geosciences.

“Geoscientists are needed to address societal needs more than ever, in the areas of energy, water, natural hazards, natural resources, climate, the environment, geological engineering and public policy,” said AAPG member Sharon Mosher, dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences and Farish chair and professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

AAPG Explorer, April 2012
Featuring: Sharon Mosher, GeoFORCE Texas


CNN, Live Science, Huffington Post, Climate Wire, Mar. 28-29, 2012
Featuring: Joseph MacGregor, Ginny Catania


Some 17 countries in the Caribbean region receive shipments of crude or refined oil products with preferential repayment terms under the Petrocaribe energy pact with Venezuela. But some nations fear oil shipments could stop post-Chávez. If that happens, everything from construction of new highways to the price of gas and electricity and tax rates could be affected in countries like the Dominican Republic, threatening to undermine their economy. “Any cut to Petrocaribe would be disastrous for countries” that receive Venezuelan oil under such deals, says Jorge Piñon, an energy analyst and Caribbean specialist at The University of Texas at Austin. “It’s become an integral part of their economies.”
Christian Science Monitor, March 27, 2013

Featuring: Jorge Pinon


CNN, Mar. 9, 2012
Featuring: Chip Groat


New York Times, New Scientist, National Geographic News, AFP, Audubon Magazine (blog), et al., March 8-9, 2012
Featuring: Julia Clarke


CBS Evening News, Feb. 23, 2012
Featuring: Eric Potter


Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express News, Feb. 19, 2012
Featuring: Eric Potter, Michelle Michot Foss


Houston Chronicle, BBC News, Press Association, Vancouver Sun, StateImpact Texas (NPR), Associated Press, Business Insider, Fox News, Time (blog), et al., Feb. 16-17, 2012
Featuring: Charles Groat


TAMU Times, Feb. 15, 2012
Featuring: Sharon Mosher, Kathy Ellins


State Impact Texas (NPR/KUT), Feb. 8, 2012
Featuring: Cliff Frohlich


Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan. 22, 2012
Featuring: Michael Webber and Sheril Kirshenbaum


Houston Chronicle, Jan. 22, 2012
Featuring: Cliff Frohlich


New York Times/Texas Tribune, Jan. 14, 2012
Featuring: Jean-Philipe Nicot


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