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2013 Student Research Day

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Every spring, the department holds a single-day event that includes research presentations from students, an award ceremony, and a department wide happy hour at the Mucky Duck.

This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, April 26, 2013 and will take place from the beginning of research presentations at 8:00 am to the conclusion of the happy hour that evening.  

Student Research Day

Each year, Earth and Atmospheric Science students are given the opportunity to present their research to the department. Students can showcase their work in the form of a talk or a poster presentation. Faculty members will judge each presentation and prizes in the form of travel grants are awarded to the best submissions.

Lunch will be provided to participants and judges. Several coffee breaks will also be held throughout the day.

Student Research Day presentations are from 8:00am to 2:00pm in SR1. The talks are held in room 634 and posters will be presented in the second and third floor hallways.

Talks must less than 15 minutes in length and students with posters will have 10 minutes with a judge to discuss their research. To sign up for a presentation or for questions, please contact Jesse Ortega.

Research day presentation schedule.

Department Award Ceremony

The yearly award ceremony will be held from 3:00pm to 4:00pm in SR1 Room 117. Awards are given out each year to outstanding graduate and undergraduate students. A list of past award winners can be found on the Honors and Awards page.

Numerous grants, scholarships, and fellowships are also awarded during this ceremony. The application deadline to apply for these awards is April 15th, 2013. To apply, fill out the application form available on the Fellowships and Scholarships page.

For more information contact Regina Capuano at 713-893-1402 or capuano@uh.edu.

Department Group Picture

Directly after the award ceremony, we will be taking a group photo on the steps outside SR1.

Faculty-Alumni-Student Happy Hour

After the events of student research day and the award ceremony are concluded, all are invited to the annual happy hour located at McGonigal’s Mucky Duck. If the weather is nice, the gathering will take outside on the back deck. In the past, the Mucky Duck has provided a generous, and free, happy hour buffet.

We always have a great time with over 100 faculty, alumni, staff, students and friends of the department showing up each year. If you have not attended in the past, you should give it a try this year. The Mucky Duck is an Irish pub where the whole family is welcome. Photographs from past happy hour get-togethers are available at the department photo gallery.

The happy hour will begin at 4:00pm. The Mucky Duck is located at 2425 Norfolk in Houston.

For more information contact Regina Capuano at 713-893-1402 or capuano@uh.edu.


Talk Schedule
Time Presenter Name Presentation Title
8:00am - 8:15am Laura Margaret Judd Comparing Tropospheric NO2 Data between the Ozone Monitoring Instrument and In-Situ Aircraft in Urban Environments
8:15am - 8:30am Charles Ryan Jeffcoat Heterogeneous Mantle Recorded by Zircon During the Death of a Mid-Ocean Ridge, Macquarie Island, Southern Ocean
8:30am - 8:45am Omer Akbas Locating Microseismic Events: A Physical Modeling Comparison Using P and S waves in Surface and Borehole Data
8:45am - 9:00am Luanxiao Zhao Reflectivity Dispersion Due to Wave Induced Fluid Flow
9:15am - 9:30am Johnny Seales Formation of Oceanic Core Complexes
9:30am - 9:45am Xin Lan Seasonal and Diurnal Variations of Atmospheric Mercury in Houston Area
9:45am - 10:00am Matthew Loocke Arc Foundations and Subduction Initation in the Izu-Bonin Forerarc
10:00am - 10:15am Lun Li Complex Lithosphere Deformation beneath Northeastern Tibet Plateau Revealed by Seismic Anisotrpy
10:30am - 10:45am Pan Deng Angle-Domain Common-Image Gathers by Wave-Equation Migration
10:30am - 10:45am Daniel M. Coleff Geomechanical and Acoustic Properties Measurements on Re-consolidated Mudrock Constituents at Reservoir Stresses
11:00am - 11:15am Malleswar Yenugu Seismic Characterization of Kerogen Maturity for Organic Rich Shales
11:15am - 11:30am Thera Grosshans Lu-Hf and Sm-Nd Ages and Source Compositions for Depleted Shergottite Tissint
11:30am - 12:20pm LUNCH BREAK LUNCH BREAK
12:30pm - 12:45pm Harold Justin Trammell Outer Planetary Mission Development - New Frontier Mission to Io
12:45pm - 1:00pm Alex Barnard The Role of Mantle Heterogeneity in Oceanic Core Complex Formation
1:00pm - 1:15pm Minyu Zhang Use Converted Wave Travel-Time to Estimate S-wave Velocity: 3-C VSP Case Study
1:15pm - 1:30pm Lijun Diao The Establishment of Air Quality Forecasting System Over the US
1:30pm - 1:45pm Kefei Lu Gas Shale Permeability and Velocity Measurement at Laboratory Scale
1:45pm - 2:00pm Ozbil Yapar Investigation of Complex Interaction between Salt Movement, Faulting and Deposition, Eugene Island South Addition, Gulf of Mexico, Using a High-Resolution 3-D Seismic Dataset.

Poster Presentations
Judging Time Presenter Name Poster Title Class
8:00am - 8:10am Kherlen Batbayar Shifts in the Caribbean Plate Direction Inferred From Paleostress Measurements from Striated Fault Planes in the Circum-Caribbean Region UG
8:10am - 8:20am Yuribia Munoz Sedimentary signatures of Retreating Tidewater Glaciers along the Western Antarctic Peninsula SG
8:20am - 8:30am Luan Nguyen Gravity and Petroleum Modeling in the Gulf of Mexico UG
8:30am - 8:40am Luis F. Pachon Tectonic and Structural Evolution of the Putumayo Foreland Basin, Southern Colombia. SG
8:40am - 8:50am Rongrong Lin Extracting Polar Anisotropy Parameters from Seismic Data and Well Logs SG
8:50am - 9:00am Alli Oyepeju 2D Numerical Modeling of Slow Lithospheric Extension: An Application to the Formation of Cratonic Basins. SG
9:10am - 9:20am Alex Dale Central Atlantic Magmatic Province Plume Focus and Evidence for its Relation to the Basement of the Bahamas SG
9:20am - 9:30am Selin Deniz Akhun Evolution of Minibasins and the Role of Growth Faulting Green Canyon Area, Gulf of Mexico: Preliminary Results SG
9:30am - 9:40am Yiduo Liu Structure of Main Central Thrust in Lower Dolpo, Western Nepalese Himalaya SG
9:40am - 9:50am Kyle Reuber Continent-Ocean Boundary and Plate Tectonic Reconstructions of the Northern Brazil-West African Margins SG
9:50am - 10:00am Rediet Abera Transtensional Rifting: From Pull-apart Basins to Sheared Margins SG
10:00am - 10:10am Mohammad S Ullah Predicted Nature of Fluvial Style within a Compound Incised Valley: Example from Cretaceous Ferron Notom Delta, Henry Mountain Region, Utah SG
10:10am - 10:20am Murad Hasan New Observations on the Crustal Structure of the US Gulf of Mexico Basin based on Deep-Penetration Seismic Reflection Data, Gravity and Plate Reconstructions BG
10:30am - 10:40am Sukru Gokhan Kose Crustal Architecture, Structural Highs and Igneous Activity of Onshore Northern Gulf of Mexico Basin: Sabine and Monroe Uplifts SG
10:40am - 10:50am Matt Cannon Active Shortening of the Dolpo-Mugu Folds: Implications for Subsurface Geometry SG
10:50am - 11:00am An Li Investigation of the Himalayan Thrust Belt Architecture SG
11:00am - 11:10am Rebecca Neill Spatial and Temporal Variability of Subsidence in Fort Bend County, TX BG
11:10am - 11:20am Daniel M. Coleff Geomechanical and Acoustic Properties Measurements on Re-consolidated Mudrock Constituents at Reservoir Stresses SG
11:20am - 11:30am Uchenna Ikediobi Crustal Structure of the Salton Trough, Constraints From Gravity Modeling. SG
11:30am - 12:20pm LUNCH BREAK LUNCH BREAK
12:30pm - 12:40pm Eray Kocel An Integrated Geophysical Study of the Hockley Fault SG
12:40pm - 12:50pm Henry Herrera Petroleum System Analysis of the Cratonic Williston Basin: Bakken Formation SG
12:50pm - 1:00pm Bryan Ott Structure and Tectonics of the Eastern Nicaraguan Rise SG
1:00pm - 1:10pm Javier Sanchez Basin analysis, tectonic and hydrocarbons implications. Cesar-Rancheria basin, Northwestern South America SG
1:10pm - 1:20pm Rocio Bernal-Olaya Deformation and Kinematic Evolution of the Colombian Caribbean Accretionary Prism, Northwestern South America SG
1:20pm - 1:30pm Patrick Loureiro Regional Tectonic and Structural Controls on Late Miocene Collapse of the Eastern Nicaraguan Rise Carbonate Platform, Caribbean Sea BG