LSU CES News 2011 Full




ExxonMobil Corporate Strategic Research Director to Speak Oct. 17

Please join the Center for Energy Studies for this lecture event: 

"Innovation and Technology: Meeting the Energy Demand Challenge"

Dr. Tim Barckholtz
Corporate Strategic Research
ExxonMobil Research & Engineering

Monday, 17 October 2011 at 1:30 p.m.

Dalton J. Woods Auditorium
Energy, Coast & Environment Building
Louisiana State University


Opening remarks by Louisiana Public Service Commissioner Eric Skrmetta

Dr. Barckholtz will discuss the global energy demand across all sectors (transportation, industrial, commercial, and power generation) and fuel types (oil, gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables). He will examine the role of renewable energy and discuss a new ExxonMobil joint venture project on biofuels from algae. Because the link between economic growth and energy demand demonstrates the need for improving our efficiency at using energy, Dr. Barckholtz will share several examples of how to achieve higher energy efficiency. 

Dr. Barckholtz manages the research programs for ExxonMobil dedicated to alternative fuels and advanced vehicles, life cycle assessment of technology options, carbon capture, and similar technologies. He holds a Ph. D. in chemistry from The Ohio State University. Following a post?doctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology / University of Colorado, Dr. Barckholtz joined ExxonMobil Research and Engineering in 2001, initially working in advanced combustion technology.


RSVP to Center for Energy Studies or 225-578-3948




Energy Summit 2011 Presentations Available

Unconventional Louisiana: Shales, Sands, and Other Opportunities
Dalton J. Woods Auditorium
Energy, Coast & Environment Building
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Click here to view the presentations.



Louisiana Geological Survey Publishes State Parks Series, New Geologic Quadrangle Maps

The two State Parks and Lands series publications summarize the geology, mineral resources, natural regions of Fontainebleau State Park and the Port Hudson State Historic Site. The Fontainebleau document includes the park’s archaeological sites and its environs, as well as information sources and a glossary. The Port Hudson document provides a history of the Port Hudson State Historic Site and National Historic Landmark and surrounding areas. It includes information sources and a historic map, custom soil resource report, comprehensive gallery of photographs, related Web links, and a self-guided driving trip. 

The LGS geologic quadrangle maps describe and illustrate the surface geology of the New Orleans and Terrebonne Bay quadrangles in the south Louisiana delta plain. The colorful 28"x 46" maps,  identify the various surface geologic formations and their composition, and the locations of fault lines and waterways. In addition to rendering the geologic framework of the surface of these areas, the maps can serve as a potential guide to derivative engineering properties of surface materials, such as in connection with the design and construction of flood-protection structures. The 30 x 60 minute geologic quadrangle maps are at 1:100,000 scale.

These and other LGS geologic quadrangle maps and publications are available from LGS at 225–578–8590 or via the LGS website.




La. Geological Survey's 2011 Publication Catalog Online

Louisiana Geological Survey has published its 2011 Publication Catalog.  Most maps, atlases, and geological reports are available for order.  

The collection features some of the Survey's earliest geological reports, including an overview of mineral resources and topography dating back to 1869, available for viewing only at the LSU Hill Memorial Library. Copies of "newer" reports, such as 1931's "Geology of Iberia Parish, are available for order.  An index provides a list of geological, mineral, and water reports and pamphlets available for Louisiana parishes.

2011 Publication Catalog



RPSEA 2011 Ultra-Deepwater Technology Conference, 26-27 July 2011, The Woodlands, Texas

July 26-27, 2011

Lone Star Corporate College
The Woodlands, Texas

Register by July 25

When and Where
The RPSEA 2011 Ultra-Deepwater Technical Conference is a two-day conference set for July 26-27, 2011, at the Lone Star Corporate College in The Woodlands, Texas.

The Conference will begin at 8 a.m. on July 26 and end for that day at 5 p.m., followed by an immediate reception from 5-7 p.m. The Conference will continue on Wednesday, July 27, at 8 a.m. and wrap up at 4:30 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.

More information at




LSU Unveils Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Two chargers, donated by Entergy, have been installed on campus – one across from Patrick F. Taylor Hall and one in the Hart Lot near Kirby Smith.

The chargers--the first installed at any Louisiana university--will provide students, faculty and staff with free power for their electric vehicles as part of Entergy's five-year Charging Station Award Program.

The charging stations will enable university areas--such as the Center for Energy Studies--and Entergy to collect usage data and conduct critical research about the chargers’ impact on consumers and the electric grid. 

The Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition, housed at CES, helped to coordinate the electric vehicle charging program for the University.




Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

Deepwater Horizon Response

LSU Resource Information

CES Faculty Quoted in Oil Spill News Stories


Allan Pulsipher

National Post, April 24, 2010

The Wall Street Journal, April 23, 2010


David Dismukes

Los Angeles Times, July 9, 2010

New OrleansTimes-Picayune, July 4, 2010

The Miami Herald, June 27, 2010

Fortune, June 24, 2010

CNN Money, June 24, 2010

Clean Skies Sunday, Washington, D.C.-area news program, June 11, 2010

The Christian Science Monitor, May 19, 2010

USA Today, May 18, 2010

Clean Skies Sunday, Washington, D.C.-area news program, May 16, 2010

CBS News Online/Associated Press, May 12, 2010

McClatchy News, May 5, 2010

David Dismukes has also been interviewed by

Congressional Quarterly
DR (Danish Broadcasting Corporation)
Harper’s Magazine
WNET (NY Public Broadcasting)
Engineering News and Mining Weekly
WBRZ TV, Baton Rouge, evening news, on unemployment related to moratorium (August 19, 2010)
Infrastructure Solutions magazine, on Gulf oil spill and U.S. energy policy (Aug. 20, 2010)



Omowumi Iledare

Fortune, June 24, 2010


Mark Kaiser & Allan Pulsipher

New Orleans Times-Picayune, Sept. 15, 2010




Haynesville film screening April 19

Please join the Center for Energy Studies and the Consumer Energy Alliance for a screening of 

Haynesville: A Nation's Hunt for an Energy Future

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Dalton J. Woods Auditorium

LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Building

Reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

Screening: 6:15 p.m.

RSVP to John Northington at

Or 713-337-8804

Click here to view the PDF invitation.




Alternative Energy 2011

Clean Fuels & Green Jobs Forum
April 14, 2011
3:00-4:30 pm: Clean Fuel Forum: Engines, Infrastructure & Incentives
4:30-6:00 pm: Green Jobs Panel: Technology, Policy & Implementation

Louisiana Clean Energy Expo
renewable energy, alternative fuels and vehicles, energy efficiency
April 14, 2011
3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Reception -- guest speaker TBA
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

All events at Dalton J. Woods Auditorium, LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Building, Baton Rouge, La.

Click here for more information.



LGS director John quoted in Tuscaloosa Shale story

In the February 13 Baton Rouge Advocate, Chacko John, director of the Louisiana Geological Survey, comments on the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation.

See the full story at




2011 IEEE Green Technologies Conference Registration Now Open

Register now for the 2011 IEEE Green Technologies Conference
April 14-15, 2011
Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Register online at

• Louisiana Clean Energy Expo hosted by LSU Center for Energy Studies
• Introduction to Building Green
• 2011 NEC Changes
• Alternate Energy Installation Requirements of the 2011 NEC
• Professional Credit Hour seminars for engineering practitioners
• Department of Energy Grant Writing Workshop.
• Tour of the LSU Agricultural Center LA House
• IEEE Region 5 Meeting and Student Activities


For more information, contact Jeffry J. Handal at



Commission Releases Final Report on Deepwater Horizon Spill

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Spill and Offshore Drilling released its final report on the Gulf oil disaster January 11, 2011.

A copy of the report and details from the press conference are available at
Oil Spill Commission Action