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Read the 2014 Newsletter - A tradition since 1950, the Newsletter highlights research, news and achievements by Jackson School faculty, students, scientists and alumni

Read the 2014 Newsletter

A tradition since 1950, the Newsletter highlights research, news and achievements by Jackson School faculty, students, scientists and alumni

Video: GeoFORCE - Changing lives since 2005

Video: GeoFORCE

Changing lives since 2005

Video: Unveiling Earth's Surface - Airborne lidar at the Jackson School's Bureau of Economic Geology

Video: Unveiling Earth's Surface

Airborne lidar at the Jackson School's Bureau of Economic Geology

Video: Preserving Stories From the Rocks - Bureau of Economic Geology core facility is vital for research and exploration

Video: Preserving Stories From the Rocks

Bureau of Economic Geology core facility is vital for research and exploration

Video: Fire, Ice & Huge Quantity of Potential Energy - Researchers at the Jackson School of Geosciences are leading a project to learn more about frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico

Video: Fire, Ice & Huge Quantity of Potential Energy

Researchers at the Jackson School of Geosciences are leading a project to learn more about frozen methane under the Gulf of Mexico

Video: New Stash of Ice Age Fossils

Video: New Stash of Ice Age Fossils

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of Q-and-A’s with UT’s deans. This interview has been edited and condensed. Sharon Mosher has been dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences since 2009. The Daily Texan: Can you tell us a...

MAR
03

Tech Sessions Speaker Series: PhD Talk
4:00 PM

Tech Sessions Speaker Series: PhD Talk

  Start: March 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm     End: March 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

MAR
03

Employer Spotlight Day: TCEQ
10:00 AM

Tech Sessions Speaker Series: PhD Talk

  Start: March 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm     End: March 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Employer Spotlight Day: TCEQ

  Start: March 3, 2015 at 10:00 am     End: March 3, 2015 at 3:00 am
 Location:JGB 2.112 Martineau Career Services Suite
 Contact:Maurine Riess, mriess@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-7673
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT DAYS
A career services program designed to bring employers and students together in a relaxed, informative setting.

TCEQ will be on hand to visit with students and to talk about current full-time and internship openings.

Where: JGB 2.112 Career Center
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students are welcome to stop by at any time during the day.
Refreshments will be provided. Business casual dress recommended.

MAR
05

Tech Sessions Speaker Series: Owen A Anfinson
4:00 PM

Tech Sessions Speaker Series: PhD Talk

  Start: March 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm     End: March 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Employer Spotlight Day: TCEQ

  Start: March 3, 2015 at 10:00 am     End: March 3, 2015 at 3:00 am
 Location:JGB 2.112 Martineau Career Services Suite
 Contact:Maurine Riess, mriess@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-7673
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT DAYS
A career services program designed to bring employers and students together in a relaxed, informative setting.

TCEQ will be on hand to visit with students and to talk about current full-time and internship openings.

Where: JGB 2.112 Career Center
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students are welcome to stop by at any time during the day.
Refreshments will be provided. Business casual dress recommended.

Tech Sessions Speaker Series: Owen A Anfinson

  Start: March 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm     End: March 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm

MAR
05

BEG Seminar
10:30 AM

Tech Sessions Speaker Series: PhD Talk

  Start: March 3, 2015 at 4:00 pm     End: March 3, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Employer Spotlight Day: TCEQ

  Start: March 3, 2015 at 10:00 am     End: March 3, 2015 at 3:00 am
 Location:JGB 2.112 Martineau Career Services Suite
 Contact:Maurine Riess, mriess@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-7673
EMPLOYER SPOTLIGHT DAYS
A career services program designed to bring employers and students together in a relaxed, informative setting.

TCEQ will be on hand to visit with students and to talk about current full-time and internship openings.

Where: JGB 2.112 Career Center
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Students are welcome to stop by at any time during the day.
Refreshments will be provided. Business casual dress recommended.

Tech Sessions Speaker Series: Owen A Anfinson

  Start: March 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm     End: March 5, 2015 at 5:00 pm

BEG Seminar

  Start: March 5, 2015 at 10:30 am     End: March 5, 2015 at 11:30 am
 Location:BEG Main Conference Room; Building 130; PRC Campus
 Contact:Sophia Ortiz, sophia.ortiz@beg.utexas.edu, 512.475.9588
 URL:Event Link
William W. Simpkins
Professor and Chair, Department of Geological and Atmospheric Sciences
Smith Family Foundation Departmental Chair in Geology
Iowa State University

Abstract:
Enteric viruses have been observed in the Ames aquifer, an alluvial/buried valley aquifer composed of sand and gravel that supplies drinking water to Ames, Iowa (pop. 59,000). The focus of this study was the Downtown well field, where continuous pumping induces flow from the South Skunk River (SSR) nearly 1.4 km away into the well field. Because the SSR watershed contains 13 wastewater treatment plants and 109 swine CAFOs upstream, it was hypothesized that enteric viruses of both human and animal origin could be drawn into the well field by induced infiltration. The experimental design consisted of four sampling sites along a groundwater flow path at distances of 3.1 m to 2 km from the SSR. Velocity estimates predict that viruses would travel to Site D at the farthest point within two years. Fifty samples were collected and analyzed for adenovirus, enterovirus, norovirus, rotavirus, Bacteroides, and Hepatitis E virus (HEV), as well as Cl, ?18O, and ?2H, during seven sampling events (October 2011 to October 2012). Untreated sewage was sampled twice. Viruses were analyzed using real-time qPCR and RT-qPCR methods. At least one virus was detected in 42% of the samples, with groundwater showing detections in 39% of samples in the unconfined part of the aquifer next to the SSR and in 28% of the samples in the confined part of the aquifer. Adenovirus Subgroup A and HEV were the most frequently detected. Sewage samples showed the highest concentrations of adenovirus subgroups A and C, D, F, but contained no HEV. Sequencing showed adenovirus A31 to be the only serotype in the SSR and sewage; G3 HEV was the only genotype present and only in the SSR. This evidence suggests that the SSR is the source of G3 HEV (likely a swine source) and adenovirus A31 (human source) in the aquifer, thus confirming the original hypothesis about groundwater transport via induced infiltration. The occurrence of G1 norovirus and Campylobacter jejuni in two municipal wells, but not in the SSR, suggests possible entry through leaks in the sanitary sewer systems and/or well casing. In the case of enteric viruses in the Downtown well field, human enteric viruses come both river and sanitary sewer sources, while animal enteric viruses appear to come solely from the South Skunk River.

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Alumni - Tailgates, reunions and continuing education with your fellow alums
Tailgates, reunions and continuing education with your fellow alums
New Salt Tectonics Complex - Honoring Martin Jackson, raising funds towards a newly renovated Salt Tectonics Modeling Complex
Honoring Martin Jackson, raising funds towards a newly renovated Salt Tectonics Modeling Complex
Geoscience Education - Summit on Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education: Summary Report & Survey
Summit on Future of Undergraduate Geoscience Education: Summary Report & Survey
GeoFORCE Challenge Match - This endowment has launched to ensure the continuation of this critical program
This endowment has launched to ensure the continuation of this critical program
Work at JSG - The Jackson School is hiring. Apply online.
The Jackson School is hiring. Apply online.
Find a Supervisor - Grad students work with over 70 scientists in 9 research disciplines
Grad students work with over 70 scientists in 9 research disciplines
 
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