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Recognizing new reservoirs of talent: Memorial University awarded new Canada Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience

Ref. No. 162

DATE:     June 25, 2002
SUBJECT:     Recognizing new reservoirs of talent: Memorial University awarded new Canada Research Chair in Petroleum Geoscience

Today, Industry Minister, Allan Rock, announced the approval of a new Canada Research Chair position for Memorial University. The chair in petroleum geoscience was awarded to Dr. Andrew J. Pulham, associate professor, Department of Earth Sciences.

"These Canada Research Chairs will enable Canadian universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and become world-class leaders in the global knowledge-based economy," said Minister Rock. "Not only will we attract and retain excellent researchers, but Canadian students will be able to work alongside the best and the brightest Canada and the world have to offer."

Dr. Pulham's research examines the principle controls affecting fluid flow in oil and gas sandstone reservoirs, particularly those having relevance to Atlantic Canada. More, specifically, his research aims to decipher the depositional history and paleo-biology of reservoirs and to quantify what physical and biological structures and fabrics are most important to the recovery and injection of fluids.

Dr. Pulham completed his undergraduate degree in physical geography and geology at Liverpool University. His PhD, from the University of Wales at Swansea, focused on ancient deltas. He has been an associate professor at Memorial's Department of Earth Sciences since June 2001, bringing with him a wealth of research experience acquired through his 12 years in the oil and gas industry, and five years as a research associate at the University of Colorado.

"It is with great pride that we congratulate Dr. Pulham on the receipt of this Canada Research Chair. His work on fluid flow in oil and gas reservoirs has the potential to provide both local and global petroleum industries with valuable insight on how to manage our resources more efficiently," said Dr. Christopher Loomis, vice president, (research and international relations). "Dr. Pulham's research also supports Memorial's goal of becoming a world-class centre of research in oil and gas development."

The Canada Research Chairs program was established by the Government of Canada to enable Canadian universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence. In its 2000 budget, the federal government provided $900 million to support the establishment of 2000 Canada Research Chairs in universities across the country by 2003-4. The program is designed to enable Canadian universities to create outstanding research opportunities that will attract researchers with international reputations. Memorial is currently searching for ten more Canada Research Chairs positions. It is expected that over the five-year life span of the CRC program, Memorial will be eligible for approximately 21 positions. For more information on the Canada Research Chair Program, please consult the web site at: www.chairs.gc.ca.

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Editors please note: a photo of Dr. Andrew Pulham is available at: http://www.mun.ca/univrel/photos.html

For more information, contact: Gay Decker, communications coordinator (research), Memorial University at (709) 737-4073 or e-mail gdecker@mun.ca.

 

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