Recipients Announced for Weeks Grants

Recipients of this year’s L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grants have been announced by the AAPG Foundation, which sponsors the annual program that supports educational expenses.

This year the Weeks Grants went to a record-breaking 68 recipients, for a total of $68,000. The list includes 37 U.S./Canadian and 31 international recipients (see accompanying list on page 73).

Each grant consists of $1,000 per qualified AAPG Student Chapter; half of the grant ($500) is awarded to the undergraduate student and the other half ($500) supports the university’s AAPG Student Chapter.

The program was funded for 2011-12 through a generous endowment gift from the late L. Austin Weeks.

Last year 44 grants were awarded. 

The AAPG Foundation Trustees recently approved funding for several proposals, including:

♦ The AAPG Publications Department was awarded $10,000 for AAPG Memoir 100 – “Tectonics and Sedimentation: Implications for Petroleum Systems.”

This award was made possible through contributions to the Amoruso Special Publications Fund and the L. Austin Weeks Memorial Fund.

♦ A request was approved for $15,000 to the AAPG Europe Region to help support student activities. The Region will match the funds as a condition of the award. 

♦ Since 2008, the AAPG Foundation has been a partner with Oklahoma State University in a Geoscience and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Consortium to create, promote and provide access to digital peer-reviewed GIS products. It is carried out through OSU’s Boone Pickens School of Geology, the geography department and the AAPG GIS Publications Committee. The products have direct applications to the search for and development of petroleum and energy-related mineral resources, environmental geology and related economic issues.

With funding provided by T. Boone Pickens, the Boone Pickens Digital Geology Fund accelerates and sustains AAPG Datapages’ Geographic Information Systems publishing program through the AAPGF-OSU Geoscience GIS Consortium. Pickens’ pledge gift of $9.2 million provides $240,000 per year for this program for 10 years, and then continual support for years to come.

Two projects totaling over $58,000 recently were approved:

  • Atlas of Shale Pits in the Devonian Mississippian Shales in Oklahoma.
  • An Atlas of Modern Deltas. 

The 2012 Michel T. Halbouty Fellowship recipients – $5,000 gifts awarded to four deserving geoscience graduate students – recently were announced by Texas A&M University at College Station, Texas.

The recipients are: Aileen Gaudinez, Sally Scott, Rachel Wells and Harold Johnson, each of whom received a check and a certificate as part of their award.

The AAPG Foundation funds this award through an endowment from the late Michel T. Halbouty. 

The Foundation Trustees express their appreciation to the estate of Karl Arleth for remembering the Foundation in his bequest.

Bequests currently represent a major source of support for graduate students through the AAPG Foundation Grants-in-Aid Program as well as other AAPG Foundation programs.

Gifts may be a fixed amount, a percentage of the estate, or all or part of the estate residue – and often can be arranged with the simple addition of an amendment to your existing will.

After providing for loved ones, you may desire to support your choice of AAPG Foundation programs by designating a gift bequeathed through your will.

Bequests to the AAPG Foundation may qualify for an estate tax charitable deduction. 

Clearly, the AAPG Foundation – thanks to the backing of dedicated supporters (see pages 74-75) – continues to impact the geosciences worldwide.

Please consider a gift, bequest or other form of support to the AAPG Foundation today.

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2012 L. Austin Weeks Recipients

Recipients of this year’s L. Austin Weeks Undergraduate Grants are:

  • Babes Bolyai University –
    Radu Grigoras
  • Brawijaya University –
    Rizky Kusumawardani
  • Brigham Young University-Idaho – David Kulbeth
  • Cairo University –
    Ali Nasr El Deen Ali
  • California State University-Fresno – Jeff Papendick
  • California State University-Long Beach – Jessica Uglesich
  • California State University-Northridge – Brian Clements
  • Colorado School of Mines – Rebekah Simon
  • Colorado State University – Jessica Crowder
  • Gadjah Mada University –
    Didit Putra Kusuma
  • Idaho State University –
    Jessica Nichols
  • Imperial College London – Eleanor Sansom
  • Indian School of Mines –
    Arvind Kumar
  • Institute Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais – Yannick Mourlot
  • Institute Technology Medan – Mustafa Helmi Lubis
  • Institute Teknologi Bandung –
    A Bryan Hasiholan Sihombing
  • King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals – Mohammad Al Mohanna
  • Makerere University –
    Vuciri Isaac
  • Missouri State University – Amber Morefield
  • New Mexico Institute of
    Mining & Technology –
    Noah Stewart Maddox
  • Northwest Missouri State University – Lonnie Treese
  • Obafemi Awolowo Univesity – Akindulureni Oaolu John
  • Oklahoma State University – Miranda Mackey
  • San Diego State University – Taylor Carrasco
  • Santa Barbara City College – Jane Fairchild
  • Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology –
    Tri Martha Kusuma Putra
  • Southern Methodist University – Emma Lyn Giddens
  • Stephen F. Austin State University –
    Henriette Eidsnes
  • Suez Canal University – Mahmoud Alaaeldin Mohamed
  • Trisakti University –
    Ignatius Limin
  • Universidad Eafit –
    Martin Javier Reyes Correa
  • Universidad Industrial de Santander – Flover Gregorio Rodriguez Portillo
  • Universiti Teknologi Petronas – Chin Soon Mun
  • University “Al.I.Cuza” of Iasi Hutu – Ana Maria
  • University of Aberdeen – Rebecca Wain
  • University of Adelaide –
    Anna Maddocks
  • University of Akron –
    Kimberly Jarden
  • University of Alabama –
    Andy Roark
  • University of Bucharest –
    Eugen Tudor
  • University of Calgary –
    Melanie Klucker
  • University of Colorado at Boulder – Connor Newman
  • University of Diponegro – Farahanne Riana
  • University of Houston – Johnathon Osmond
  • University of Ilorin –
    Ogunkanbi Shakirudeen O
  • University of Indonesia –
    Qonita Amriyah
  • University of Iowa – Dylan Cook
  • University of Kansas –
    Adrienne Duarte
  • University of Lisbon –
    Ulisses Miguel da Costa Correia
  • University of Malaya –
    Khor Simon
  • University of Manchester – Alexandra Griffiths
  • University of Missouri –
    Emma Rosenow
  • University of Montana –
    Ryan Kadlik
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Aaron Page
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas – May Sas
  • University of New Orleans – Christopher Johnson
  • University of Oklahoma –
    Bagdat Toleubay
  • University of Padjadjara –
    Fachri Novian Danu Priasmara
  • University of Pembangunan Nasional “Veteran” –
    Giland Cahaya Ramadhan
  • University of Texas at Austin – Sarah Coyle
  • University of Texas at El Paso – Shane Schinagel
  • University of Tulsa –
    Jerissa Valdez
  • University of Utah –
    Kim Koeven
  • University of Western Ontario – Adrian Smith
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison – Marshal Tofte
  • University of Wyoming –
    Matthew Cargill
  • West Virginia University –
    Carly Parana
  • Wichita State University –
    Kyle Day
  • Yerevan State University –
    Arkadi Mukhsi-Hoveyan

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Outcrops of the Cretaceous high-porosity sandstone of the Southeast Basin, France, show two main types of deformation structures: a large number of small-offset, shear-enhanced cataclastic deformation bands (DBs); and a small number of large (meters to decameters)-offset ultracataclastic fault zones. Microstructural analyses of the cataclastic DBs show that fragmentation produces strands of cataclastic fragment-supported matrix, separated by weakly fractured host rock, which cluster to form the DBs. The ultracataclastic fault zones, however, are composed of a matrix-supported ultracataclasite material. Permeability data show that the DBs reduce host-rock permeability by 0.5 to 2 orders of magnitude, whereas the ultracataclasites reduce permeability by approximately 4 orders. Simple calculations considering the structural frequency, thickness, and permeability of these faults suggest that, although the DBs may have an impact on single-phase flow, it is most likely to be less than a 50% reduction in flow rate in extensional contexts, but it may be more severe in the most extreme cases of structural density in tectonic shortening contexts. The larger ultracataclastic faults, however, despite their much lower frequency, will have a more significant reduction in flow rate, probably of approximately 90 to 95%. Hence, although they are commonly at or below the limit of seismic resolution, the detection and/or prediction of such ultracataclastic faults is likely to be more important for single-phase flow problems than DBs (although important two-phase questions remain). The study also suggests that it is inappropriate to use the petrophysical properties of core-scale DB structures as analogs to larger seismic-scale faults.
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Offshore Angola has to date delivered recoverable reserves in excess of 20 billion barrels of oil equivalent. This has been encountered in two distinct play systems: the Upper Cretaceous Pinda carbonates sourced by Lower Creatceous lacustrine mudstones and Tertiary deepwater slope turbidite sands sourced by underlying Upper Cretaceous marine mudstones. An extension of the Girassol play into Block 18 to the south will be used to describe how high quality 3D seismic data coupled with a detailed analysis of rock properties led to an unprecedented 6 successes out of 6 wells in the block, including the giant Plutonio discovery. Industry is turning once more to the carbonate play potential - this time in deepwater. It would seem that the Angola offshore success story is set to continue for some time to come.

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Those of us in the petroleum industry have been tracking the rapid expansion of oil and gas production from shales and in the process we may not have noticed the rapid expansion of renewable energy, especially wind. Read the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) statistics.

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