Bureau staff members in their new conference room. Left to right: Miss Josephine Casey, Virgil Barnes, Bill Fisher, Peter Flawn, Gus Eifler, Joe McGowen and Ross Maxwell.
In April, Ed attended the Soil Survey Technical Work- Planning Conference at Texas A&M University. He has been appointed a member of the Field Trip Planning Committee for next year's 4th Annual Forum on the Geology of Industrial Minerals in Austin.
Roselle Girard contributed to the Bureau's public service work by answering hundreds of inquiries about sulfur, salt, copper, mercury, clay, sand, iron, talc, limestone, and other industrial and metallic mineral resources of Texas. Among her other continuing duties, she helped write the Texas chapter of the U. S. Bureau of Mines Minerals Yearbook, the Bureau's section of the Annual Report of Balcones Research Center, and the Bureau of Economic Geology Report for 1966.
Roselle served as Treasurer of the Austin Geological Society for the 1966-67 administrative year. In November, she at tended the meeting of the Geoscience Information Society that was held in conjunction with the Geological Society of Amer ica meeting in San Francisco. In March, she gave a talk, "Sources of Geological Information," to Sam Ellison's petro leum geology class at The University of Texas. In June, Roselle worked with the CLASP Program of The University of Texas Department of Geology. In July, she attended the Seminar and Workshop on Large Scientific Data Files sponsored by Inter national Science Information Services, Inc., in Dallas, and served as Coordinator of the Workshop Session on State and Federal Data Files at the meeting.
Roselle also is preparing a nontechnical report on Texas mineral resources and conservation and editing, as time per mits, a bibliography of Texas geology.
Ross A. Maxwell saw the culmination of a long-term project as his report, "Geology of Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas," was published by the Bureau late this summer. Co-authors of the report are the late John T. Lonsdale,
The Bureau's new Cartography Laboratory.
Roy T. Hazzard, and John A. Wilson. Ross has a very special interest in the Big Bend area, having lived there for many years while serving as the first Superintendent of the Park. Ross has also completed work on a nontechnical report of the Park that will be issued as a publication in the Bureau's Guide book series later in the year. He is now editing and preparing for publication a geologic guide to the State parks of Texas that will be published by the Bureau.
Ross has been continuing his participation in educational, church, and community affars. He gave a talk, "The Geologi cal History of the Parks in Texas," at the Conference for the Advancement of Science and Mathematics Teaching at Austin last fall. As a representative of the Texas Academy of Science Visiting Scientists Program, Ross lectured to science classes at high schools in Midland and Blanco. He continued to serve as a member of the Executive Board, Capitol Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, as a Board Member of the Central Christian Church of Austin, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Science Association of Austin. In April, Ross was appointed by Mayor Harry Akin to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board of the City of Austin.
Joe McGowen is continuing his investigation, with Bill Fisher, of the Wilcox Group of strata of the Texas Gulf Coastal Plain. He also is working on the Geologic Atlas Project and has completed mapping the western portion of the Dallas Sheet. During the summer, Joe began mapping a rock interval that includes the Simsboro Sand (Wilcox Group) to the top of the Newby Sand (Claiborne Group). He will map this interval through the Waco and Austin sheets as part of both the Geo logic Atlas Project and the Wilcox Group Project.
Joe has completed requirements for his Ph.D. degree in geology at The University of Texas except for final work on his dissertation. His dissertation problem is a recent-sediment study of a fan delta along the north shore of Nueces Bay titled