Judges Needed for Long Beach
There are a couple of questions that arise around AAPG convention time, and both deserve an answer.
- Question #1 -- How can I get involved?
- Question #2 -- How can I “give back” to the profession?
There is one answer for both: Volunteer to be a judge at the Long Beach meeting.
It is an important job and it is a chance to “give back.” The job rewards excellence, helps promote competence -- and boosts the profession.
The service will last for just one session (or more, if you like) and you will have the satisfaction of accomplishing, helping to make a difference and you being involved in a scientific, worthwhile exercise. You’ll meet some new colleagues as well.
On a personal note, here is a comment from Patrick T. Gordon, exploration manager for Gaither Petroleum in Houston:
“In San Francisco in June 1981, while a geologist for Gulf Oil in Midland, I gave an oral paper on a Texas Gulf Coast gas field at a session chaired by Michel Halbouty. Although I did not win the Matson best paper award, I was asked by the awards chairman if I would like to give the talk again at the SEG convention in Los Angeles that fall at the ‘Best of AAPG’ session.
“Obviously, the judges thought well of my paper. So I got a second free trip to sunny California, and had a great time. Soon after, I was contacted by Tom Barber, Halbouty’s general manager, asking me to come back to Houston to work for them. That was one of the best moves I ever made.
“I owe it all to the hard-working judges who thought well of my oral presentation. Thank you.”