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U.S. should support basic research

BY KITTY L. MILLIKEN Special to the Star-Telegram Basic research into how our planet operates is an essential investment. That’s why it is alarming that the reauthorization of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science Act of 2007, or America COMPETES Act — passed by the U.S. House in…

Milliken: Finding the Upside of a Downturn

While not wanting to be dismissive of the current downturn in the oil and gas industry, Kitty L. Milliken – winner of AAPG’s Robert R. Berg Outstanding Research Award and co-recipient of the Wallace E. Pratt Memorial Award for best AAPG Bulletin article – points out that had she not been laid off during the…

The U.S. Department of Energy, which has been researching carbon dioxide storage for years, announced $12 million in new research grants this month to learn the potential of the Atlantic sea floor to sequester carbon along the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast. Carbon capture and storage, or CCS, is among the technologies both the…

Researchers will begin moving quickly to study what may be making the earth move in North Texas after Gov. Greg Abbott approved $4.5 million to pay for a comprehensive earthquake study. The money was included in a supplemental appropriations bill signed by Abbott over the weekend. It includes $2.47 million to buy 22 permanent seismograph…

 Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has signed legislation authorizing funding of $4.47 million for the TexNet Seismic Monitoring Program, an initiative led by the Bureau of Economic Geology — the State Geologic Survey of Texas — at The University of Texas at Austin. TexNet will enhance the ability of the State of Texas to gather information…

The past few weeks have highlighted a challenge for water resource managers in Texas: we either have too much water when we don’t need it or too little when we do. The recent devastating floods have underscored the need for better preparation in not only monitoring but also keeping as much of that water as…

The Q&A: Bridget R. Scanlon

With each issue, Trib+Water brings you an interview with experts on water-related issues. Here is this week’s subject: Bridget R. Scanlon is a senior research scientist at the Bureau of Economic Geology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research group evaluates variations in water resources in response…

AUSTIN—The state will dedicate $4.5 million to the University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology to study seismic activity in Texas under a supplemental budget bill approved by the House Thursday. House lawmakers voted 145-1 to give final approval to the supplemental budget, money to address needs in the current state budget, which…

The Texas Standard interviewed The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology Director Scott Tinker about the potential impact of Iran’s oil on the world market and the Texas economy. Tinker also addresses some larger oil and economy issues. It’s well worth a listen. The interview runs from about the 7:40 to the 11:40 mark….

University of Texas at Austin researcher Todd Caldwell will give a talk about a new project to provide vital information for determining the chances of droughts and dangerous floods in Texas at The Grace Museum on Thursday, March 19, at 6 p.m. Caldwell is a research associate at the Bureau of Economic Geology, a unit…

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