The Division of Professional Affairs will have an exciting and active profile at the upcoming AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, set June 7- 10 in Denver, the “Queen City of the Plains.”
The meeting, in fact, continues an exciting and active streak for Denver itself, which has been showcased twice recently during historic national events – hosting the Democratic National Convention in August 2008 and being the site where President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Investment Act. Both were of significant national importance, and Denver rose to the occasions.
Further evidence of Denver’s unique qualifications for hosting a memorable annual convention is that our mayor, John Hickenlooper, is a member of AAPG!
In fact, Hickenlooper was a geologist-turned brewpub pioneer who throughout his career in the energy industry had never run for political office.
(It is also interesting to note that Colorado is number one in craft brews per capita in the United States, boasting 101 breweries as of 2008 – a “heady” enough reason by itself to visit Denver this June!)
Largely as a result of being the entrepreneur that he is – and because of his civic involvement in numerous causes – “Hick” was elected mayor of Denver in 2003 and re-elected in 2005. There is no doubt that his creative leadership and innovative thinking helped draw these two significant national events to Denver.
Hickenlooper will be speaking at the DPA luncheon on Tuesday, June 9, about “Professionalism and Public Policy,” focusing on the importance of maintaining professionalism and high ethical standards in everything that we, as professional geologists, must maintain – especially when interacting with the non-technical public that may not understand our profession.
This matters, because whether it be a simple discussion with the public about anything geological, energy or minerals related, or public testimony before a regulatory body, consideration must be given to maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards. Due to increased public awareness of energy and climate change issues our profession is increasingly being called upon for scientific input and guidance. Remember, you are not only representing yourself, but the entire geologic community!
So sign up soon when you register for the convention for this exciting talk, as this event will likely sell out early.
Other DPA activities for Denver include three DPA-sponsored short courses and a special forum on carbon dioxide issues.
The short courses are:
All three courses are worthy of consideration, especially for the younger members of the profession.
Finally, the DPA will be co-hosting (DEG/DPA/EMD) an Energy Forum on Tuesday afternoon dealing with carbon dioxide and sequestration. The speakers will include:
Once again, the timeliness of this forum is incredible considering the upcoming emphasis on “green energy” and the nation’snew administration’s direction toward a cleaner environment.
Make your plans soon and join us in Denver!
Cliff Clark is the DPA Annual Meeting Vice Chair.
The Division of Professional Affairs (DPA), a division of AAPG, seeks to promote professionalism and ethical standards, provide a means for professional certification of petroleum geologists, coal geologists, and petroleum geophysicists, assist in career planning, and improve the professional well-being of AAPG members. For more information about the DPA and its activities, visit the DPA Web site.
AAPG’s Division of Professional Affairs will honor several of its own in Denver. DPA award winners are:
Past President Award – Thomas E. Ewing, San Antonio.
Life Membership – Peter R. Rose, Austin, Texas.
Distinguished Service Award – Daniel J. Tearpock, Houston.
Certificate of Merit awards: