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UT Pitches in $7.5 Million for Bureau Modernization

Energy Geosciences

The Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) is in the midst of an ongoing effort to modernize the extensive laboratories and other facilities in Building 131, and to construct a new core viewing facility for researchers and graduate students. The effort received a huge boost in spring 2015 when then University of Texas at Austin president Bill Powers approved a university investment of $7.5 million in the project.

“President Powers recognized that the bureau has been delivering outstanding research and reputational benefit for the university,” said BEG Director Scott Tinker, “and that we are doing fundamental work related to energy, the environment, and the economy that is core to the university mission. He feels that upgrading our laboratory infrastructure is a great investment, and we are very grateful for his confidence in our research capabilities.”

The campaign to raise the additional funding required to complete the project will continue.