Halliburton Award to Faculty: Drs. Benjamin Brunner, Katherine Giles, Marianne Karplus, James Kubicki, Deana Pennington, Jason Ricketts, Aaron Velasco
Surrounded by the Franklin Mountains and within the Chihuahuan Desert, El Paso provides an ideal natural and managed setting for exploring geoscience. Through this program, UTEP will create a cohort of 50 high school juniors and expose them to local geology and high-tech, 21st century geological science applications, especially as related to the exploration for oil and gas. Our program will accomplish these objectives via a series of site visits to 10 local public high school classes to present the research of current UTEP graduate and undergraduate students with an estimated reach of 1,000 students, followed by a 3-day workshop for 50 students. High school students will be recruited through the site visits and selected based on a merit-based application. The 3-day workshop in January 2020 will be led by UTEP geological science faculty and students and will involve hands-on, problem-solving exercises where small teams work to interpret data. The workshop topics highlight the integration of physics, chemistry and biology in the geological sciences to help the students experience how the science they have learned is applied in oil and gas exploration and exploitation. Students will also be mentored on career opportunities in the geosciences with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities. Both the site visits and workshop will incorporate Halliburton’s core values of integrity, safety, collaboration, competition, reliability, and respect.
Award amount: $30,000
James Kubicki part of a team receiving DOE award for Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC)
Undersecretary for Science of the U.S. Department of Energy Paul Dabbar (left) awards a Ten at Ten Scientific Ideas Award to Allison Roberts (University of Rhode Island) and James Kubicki (UTEP) for team research as part of the Energy Frontier Research Center – The Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation – at the EFRC Summit 2019 in Washington DC.
NSF Grant Awarded to Professors: Dr. Linxin Jin, Dr. Diane Doser, Dr. Anthony Darrouzet-Nardi
The project, entitled "Combine sensors, geophysical survey and geochemical tools to investigate pedogenic carbonate precipitation and carbon dioxide emission in irrigated soils of aridlands," is under the direction of Lixin Jin, Diane I. Doser, Anthony Darrouzet-Nardi. This award is expected to total $683,756.
This award starts August 1 , 2019 and ends July 31, 2022.
UTEP Professors and Alumni Elected by GSA Council
Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of our profession by election at the spring GSA Council meeting. GSA members are nominated by existing GSA Fellows in recognition of a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the geosciences and the Geological Society of America through such avenues as publications, applied research, teaching, administration of geological programs, contributing to the public awareness of geology, leadership of professional organizations, and taking on editorial, bibliographic, and library responsibilities.
Diane I. Doser (University of Texas - El Paso): Dr. Doser has made numerous contributions to earthquake seismology including source mechanics in the western US, Alaska, New Zealand and East Africa, and trying to understand the nature of earthquakes in different tectonic environments. —Kevin Mickus
James W. Handschy (Indiana University: UTEP alumn): Jim is recognized for superb applied research in tectonics and sedimentation in over 100 basins and all tectonic environments in every continent except Antarctica while rising to the rank of Global Chief Geoscientist at ConocoPhillips; in addition, he has made important contributions to service and geoscience education particularly field camp. —Virginia Sisson
Virginia T. McLemore (New Mexico Bureau of Geology: UTEP alumn): Dr. Virginia McLemore, throughout her career, has demonstrated a sustained record of distinguished contributions to the field of geoscience research. She has also been notably productive in applied geoscience, and training of geologists. Her exceptional record makes her perfectly suited to receive the honor of GSA Fellowship. —Nelia Dunbar