Talks Given at Scientific Meetings

William Roy, Illinois State Geological Survey geochemist, presented "Protecting Drinking Water by Reducing Uncertainties Associated with Geologic Carbon Sequestration in Deep Saline Aquifers" at a U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency collaborative review, "Tracking Geologically Sequestered CO2: Monitoring, Verification, and Accounting (MVA), Simulation, and Risk Assessment," held at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on March 23-24, 2010.

Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) researcher Ed Mehnert presented "CO2 Sequestration Efforts in Saline Reservoirs in the Illinois Basin and Potential Long-Term Effects" on March 24, 2010, at the joint meeting of the American Gas Association and Society of Petroleum Engineers (Gas Storage Operations Branch) in Louisville, Kentucky. The gas storage operators are interested in the ISGS projects, and expressed their willingness to cooperate with future data collection efforts. Approximately 75 people attended this presentation.

Ivan Krapac gave a presentation entitled "Geologic Sequestration of Carbon Dioxide: Illinois Basin Examples" at the Illinois Association of Groundwater Professionals meeting at Rend Lake, Illinois, on March 24, 2010.

Robert Bauer and Beverly Herzog of the Illinois State Geological Survey presented talks on March 10 and 11, 2010, at the Annual Conference of the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management held in Tinley Park, Illinois. Bauer's presentation to about 200 participants was on the history and impact of earthquakes in the central United States and how earthquakes might affect levees. Herzog's talk was on the Illinois Height Modernization Program. Although slated last at the conference, the talk still attracted an audience of about 75 who asked several questions about height modernization. 


Staff member Ahmed Ismail gives one of his talks to the Egyptian Geophysical Society.Ahmed Ismail (at left) attended the 25th Annual meeting of the Egyptian Geophysical Society, held in Cairo, Egypt, on March 15, 2010. He presented two papers documenting work conducted at the Illinois State Geological Survey: "Downhole P- and S-Wave Velocity Measurements to Aid in Characterization of Glacial Sediments in Central Illinois, United States," and "High Resolution Seismic Imaging of Bedrock Surface and Overlaying Glacial Deposits in Champaign County, East-Central Illinois, United States."

Lu-Ming Chen, graduate student advised by Mei-In Melissa Chou at the Illinois State Geological Survey, received a travel award provided by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences to attend the 25th International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management, March, 14 - 17, 2010, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the conference, Chen presented a paper related to the characterization and application of solid waste generated by the biodiesel process.

Justine Petras, Illinois State Geological Survey research assistant, presented "Sedimentation and Radiocarbon Dating of an Ice-Walled Lake Plain in Northeastern Illinois" at the 40th Annual International Arctic Workshop. The workshop was hosted by the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado at Boulder, and was held March 10-12, 2010, at the Winter Park Mountain Lodge. Petras also presented the poster at the annual research review of the School of Earth, Society, and Environment held on March 5, 2010, at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dave Morse, Joan Crockett, and Beverly Seyler presented the paper, "What's New with the New Albany in Illinois" at the Annual Illinois Oil and Gas Association Meeting, March 4, 2010, in Evansville, Indiana.